Published August 6th, 2008 by

Where did the Revelation Roundtable go? Well, it’s actually still here and I do hope to get back to it soon and pick up where we left off a couple years ago. I hope to have a sort of Revelation/Eschatology commentary, blog and resource site for you at that time. Until then, you can find family news, musings and other items of interest/disinterest on our personal blog, At Home On Piety Hill.

You may also find information about my new book, a short biography of Richard Baxter, here.
Thanks for dropping by.… Read the rest
Published February 25th, 2006 by

I just took the eschatology quiz at QuizFarm.com to see where I slot in on the end times spectrum. It looks like a pretty solid analysis:

  You scored as Premillenialist. Premillenialism believes that there will be a rapture and tribulation before Jesus returns and overthrows the antichrist and establishes his Kingdom. Current events are spoken of in scripture.
Premillenialist
 
100%
Moltmannian Eschatology
 
95%
Preterist
 
55%
Amillenialist
 
50%
Left Behind
 
30%
Postmillenialist
 
30%
Dispensationalist
 
10%

What’s your eschatology?
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The 28 questions yielded an eerily accurate picture of where I stand on the issues.… Read the rest

Published February 8th, 2006 by

Revelation RoundtableToday I got my Revelation Roundtable blog shaped up. We are going through the Book of Revelation in our Tuesday night Bible study. When you study Revelation in a group, you have to choose one of a number of approaches and follow it through. There simply isn’t enough time to discuss all the different options and questions which pop up, so I hope we will be able to engage in further discussion through the blog. Feel free to drop by and participate or just follow the converstion.… Read the rest

Published December 6th, 2005 by

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:6b – 8

Jim and Kevin wondered if the faces of the four creatures might relate to Israel somehow or if that idea, which they remembered hearing before, really had any validity.… Read the rest

Published December 6th, 2005 by

Tonight, at our study in Revelation we discussed thoroughly the thrust of chapter 4, which we concluded was the centrality of God in His universe and the promise that in heaven and soon (we hope) on earth, all creation will fulfill it’s purpose in glorifying God and bringing Him praise.

Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. Revelation 4:6

Some of us were captivated by the imagery of the sea of glass and Paul took us to Ezekiel chapter 1, the most likely background for John’s image. Jen began musing on this and wondered if there was a connection between the sea of glass in chapter 4, the crystal expanse in Ezekiel 1 and the sea spoken of in Revelation 15, where the victors stand on the shore of the sea of “glass mixed with fire.” Then, she went to the “river of the water of life” in chapter 22.… Read the rest

Published December 3rd, 2005 by

John Stott, commenting on Revelation 3:18 – 20:

But it is not merely for supper that Christ enters the human soul. It is also to exercise sovereignty. If he comes in to bestow his salvation, he comes in also to receive our submission. His entry is an occupation. He comes in to take control. No room may be locked against him. He has conquered us. He is the master of the house. His flag flies from our roof. This is what it means to be committed to Christ, and to be wholehearted in our allegiance to him. It is to surrender without conditions to his lordship.… Read the rest

Published December 3rd, 2005 by

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw — that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:1 & 2

When studying Revelation, it doesn’t take long before we find diverging opinions. I think Alan Johnson has some good advice for us here:

What do the imagery and visions mean? Another problem involves chronology: When do the things spoken of occur… what is symbolic and what is literal?… Read the rest

Published December 3rd, 2005 by

Welcome to the first installment of our online discussion of The Apocalypse or The Book of Revelation! Each Tuesday night at Nevada County Christian Fellowship, we are going verse by verse through the revelation of Jesus Christ, which He showed John the apostle in the first century. Our purpose in the Tuesday night study has a very practical aim: we are approaching this letter as written specifically to us — disciples of Jesus Christ engaged in the monumental struggle between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world. Each week, we conclude by asking ourselves, “what will be my response, as a disciple of Jesus?” We want to worship Him, tell others about Him and live for Him.… Read the rest

Published June 14th, 2005 by

Do I read? Sure, I do. Not much fiction, though. To purloin and retool a phrase from the pen of Don van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart), I generally read “opaque literary works, which would bug most people.” Case(s) in point: rarely in recent months have I experienced the joy and excitement of feasting on anything approaching Oscar Cullmann’s Early Christian Worship nor have I surfeited on any book which approaches the sumptuous banquet which is Abbas Amanat’s Resurrection and Renewal: The Making of the Babi Movement in Iran, 1844 – 1850! Oh, the memory of reading those masterpieces during the magical days of my youth makes me long for more, more, more!… Read the rest