Lighting Up the Apocalypse 30: Dark Mystery, the Dirty Deal, and Double-Dealing

Rev 17; Jeremiah 51:6-10 Most of the mysteries unveiled in the Apocalypse have to do with God’s glory, worship in heaven, the Lion-Lamb, and the Church who is the Bride of Christ.  However, the curtain is also drawn back so that we can see something we might prefer to ignore: the dark “mystery” of Babylon, that woman-city who opposes God, in league with the scarlet beast, and seducing the mighty of this…

Lighting Up the Apocalypse 29: The Seven Bowls, the Word of the LORD, and Remembering Babylon

(Rev 16; Ex 7-12; Hag 2:6-7; Mat 24:42-44;  2 Peter 3:10) The sixteenth chapter of Revelation contains a sequence that is difficult to read, a word of the LORD that is enshrined within it, and the assurance that God remembers what He has planned to do for the sake of righteousness.  This passage echoes the events of Exodus 7-12, when God wrought salvation for the Hebrews, though here in the Apocalypse we…

Lighting Up the Apocalypse 28: The Sign of the Seven Angels, the Song, the Sea, and the Smoke

(Revelation 15; Ex. 40:35; 2 Chronicles/Kingdoms. 7:2-3; Is. 6:4; Ezek 1:22;10:4; 44:4) Chapter fifteen of the Apocalypse leads us into the final sequence of judgment, in which Babylon is ultimately overthrown.  All the players in this short chapter are righteous—God, the Lamb, the angels, the four cherubim, and the redeemed worshippers.  Any who think that judgment is incompatible with the righteous and true God must take this vision seriously, for as John…

Lighting Up the Apocalypse 27: Wheat, Wine, and Ju

Rev 14:14-20; Psalm 1; Joel 3:11-16, 18;  Isaiah 63:1-6 I begin with apologies to those of you who have been looking for this podcast or blog since the middle of March.  I had a book manuscript to complete, with a deadline of just after Pascha, and concentrated upon only that during the past month—it is called Mediation and the Immediate God,  and will be available sometime in October!  Discussing the book of…

Lighting Up the Apocalypse 26: Many Waters, Right Worship, and Solemn Words

Rev 14:1-13, 2 Kings 6, 2 Sam 11:6-13, Genesis 2:1-3 The last few chapters of the Apocalypse have sketched for us, from different perspectives, and with different images, the persecution and hardship that must of necessity plague all those who follow the Lamb.  In chapter 14, however, we come to the end of this grueling action, at least for a time, and glimpse the joy and glory of those who have been…

Lighting Up the Apocalypse 25: The Beast from the Earth and the Mark

Revelation 13:11-18: LXX Daniel “Bel and the Dragon,” 12b: 1-42 It is tempting, as one born in Canada, to read Revelation 13:11-18 in terms of the political over-reach that has left some of my friends reeling. (And, since the day after this blog was written, the whole world has been transfixed by the cynical arrogance of Putin, as he moves to reclaim Ukraine under the subterfuge of deliverance, and in a more…

Lighting Up the Apocalypse 24: The Dragon, the Beast, and the Lamb Slain

Rev 13:1-10, Dan 7:1-8, 11-12, 1 Peter 1:18-20, Isaiah 14:4-15 Chapter 13 of the Apocalypse is not PG approved. Full of suspense, violence, and bloodshed, it fulfils the picture that many hold generally concerning the book of Revelation.  After the persecution of the noble woman and her children, the Dragon has ensconced himself on the shore of the sea, in a stance prepared to master both the depths and the earth itself. …