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The Victory of the Everlasting Gospel

evelation 14:1-15:4 (focal 14:1) In the unfolding sequence of visions that John sees, a message of hope is building up. In the first few chapters, John has been shown the condition of the churches in Asia Minor at the close of the first century. Then, in a series of ‘wonderful’ pictures, the triumph of Jesus […]

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The Holy War

Revelation 12-14 offers a fourth cycle of visions that falls between that of the seven trumpets (chaps. 8-11) and that of the seven bowls (chaps. 15-16). These other cycles each begin with the first advent of Christ and end with his second coming. Likewise, this cycle begins in Revelation 12 with the birth and ascension […]

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Song of Triumph

“Inscribed over the high altar in Westminster Abbey, one of the most famous churches in the world, is the KJV translation of Revelation 11:15, which reads, “The kingdoms of this world are become the Kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ.” “It is an impressive text for an impressive location, looking down as it […]

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The Church's Witness

Chapter 11 in the book of Revelation as introduced by a writer: “People find many books puzzling, but the Bible is often the most puzzling of all. People find many parts of the Bible puzzling, but Revelation is often seen as the most puzzling book of all. And people find Revelation puzzling, but the first […]

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Sweet and Sour

There is a clear structure to the book of Revelation. Just as there was an interlude (parenthesis) between the sixth and seventh seal (chapter 7), so there is a similar one between trumpets six and seven. Richard Phillips suggests that perhaps we could use the term ‘intermission’. Citing the Oxford English Dictionary intermission is defined […]

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From the Bottomless Pit

In the movie National Treasure, Benjamin Gates uses a set of glasses with specially colored lenses to decipher a message written invisibly on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Using this ‘ocular device’, Gates’ eyes widen with amazement at the images that he can now see as each lens is used. Comparing the entire […]

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Reading Revelation

Greetings and grace to you. This week we continue looking at the seven trumpets. Richard Phillips provides some helpful insights on reading the book of Revelation, and I wanted to share them with you. I briefly mentioned this approach at the beginning of my sermon last week but thought it might be more beneficial for […]

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When the Trumpets Sound

The book of Revelation depicts the world that Christian believers must live in, and depicts that world in graphic and, at times, even lurid details. We find it as a world where sinners resist God to the ultimate limits. It’s a world which defies Jesus Christ. It is a world that sets itself resolutely and […]

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Last Word on Prayer

The Revelation is a fusion of vision and prayer. When the seventh seal is opened, there is silence in heaven for about half an hour. A climax has been reached. The silence prepares the mind to receive an incredible truth. While conflicts raged between good and evil, prayers went up from devout bands of first […]

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Visions of the Church

Revelation 6 and 7 are connected by question and answer. Who can stand in this world of evil? The Christian can stand. The chapters are connected in another way, by the word seal. In Revelation 6 the seals are opened by Christ, and the unsealings show the contents of history. The contents are frightful, exceeding […]

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