Hope part 2

Hope (Part 2) There are three aspects of hope as it is used in the New Testament that we will consider in this article. They deal with hope as an anchor, as a source of assurance, and basis for anticipation. In the book of Hebrews the writer speaks of God’s faithful character. In the sixth…

Hope part 1

Hope (Part 1) This week I had a very interesting conversation with a dear Christian brother concerning Christian terminology in a post-Christian culture. In particular we discussed the use of the word, hope. What thought does that word convey to the non-believer? Does it mean more than wishful thinking? More than, I hope it doesn’t…

Thoughts on Revelation 17

Thoughts On Revelation (17) Revelation should be viewed more as a book of clarification than one of speculation. Interpreters and scholars have disagreed on images and time frames mentioned in the Revelation, but still the book has many broad lessons for the church throughout all ages. The conflict between good and evil has existed from…

Thoughts on Revelation 16

Thoughts On Revelation (16) In the fourth chapter of Revelation we are told that John hears a voice from heaven saying, “…Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” That invitation to John sets a few things solidly in place. First is the fact that he is about…

Thoughts On Revelation (15)

Thoughts On Revelation (15) The most recent article I wrote on Revelation concluded with the thought that this final book of the Bible gives sure hope for how it will be when all things are made new. For those who have their hope in Christ, Revelation is a letter of comfort, encouragement and promise. It…

Thoughts On Revelation (14)

Thoughts On Revelation (14) The thought of judgment is indeed a sobering thought. In our study of Revelation we have seen the judgment of God tempered with mercy. This intriguing book of the Bible clearly sets forth the reality of the forces of good and evil. It leaves no doubt that there is a realm…

Thoughts On Revelation (13)

Thoughts On Revelation (13) Following the dreadful beginning of judgments unfolding in chapter six of Revelation, there is an interlude. Chapter seven begins with John’ vision of four angels at the four corners of the earth holding back the wind from blowing on the earth and the sea. After all the devastation from the seal…

Thoughts On Revelation (12)

Thoughts On Revelation (12) The seven churches in Asia Minor were the first to read John’s apocalyptic letter concerning things that would come to pass in the future. In addition to the message specific to each of those churches, John unfolded to them the glorious visions of heaven that had been given to him. He…

Thoughts On Revelation (11)

Thoughts On Revelation (11) In chapter five John recounts the second part of his magnificent vision of the throne room of heaven. He sees God seated on the throne with a scroll in His right hand. This scroll is sealed with seven seals. It is now the proper time to open the scroll, but no…

Thoughts On Revelation (10)

Thoughts On Revelation (10) Following the messages to the seven churches the Revelation takes a turn heavenward. It also takes a direction toward the future. John records it in these words found in chapter four, verse one. “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which…