Category Archives: book of Revelation

The Bible is not Open to Narcigesis: Thinking the Bible is Written to You

The Bible is a massive collection of writings, and we must investigate and interpret each passage to understand what it says. There are two primary ways of doing this. Exegesis All genuine scholars know that study of biblical passages begins … Continue reading

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The Second Death, the Book of Life, and the Lake of Fire–Are They About the Endtimes or Something Else?

Revelation 20 tells about the Book of Life. When I was young, this was one of the most frightening passages of the Bible to me: Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on the Book of Revelation as Apocalyptic Literature

As a child I accepted the detailed dispensational scenarios of what was to happen in the near future. As I neared adulthood I began to question some of what I was taught but avoided end-time prophecy because it was too … Continue reading

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The Apocalyptic Book of Fourth Ezra and the Book of Revelation

Among followers of Jesus, there are two common approaches to Bible prophecy of the end times. The first is to avoid the subject because biblical prophecy is confusing, difficult, and controversial; these believers trust God to sort it all out. … Continue reading

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Apocalyptic

Shortly after graduating from an evangelical college with a Biblical Studies degree, I began to wrestle with the book of Revelation. I was taught that Revelation prophesied in detail what was to happen in the last days; and the last … Continue reading

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Revelation and the Lake of Fire

Finally, we come to the book of Revelation, which mentions hell in three places. Revelation has a special, but well-recognized, character; it is an example of the apocalyptic literature that became popular in some Jewish circles from about two hundred … Continue reading

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