Category Archives: Revelation Explained

What your college and seminary professors, and probably your church, will never tell you about studying the Bible

Professor Amy-Jill Levine, Reverend. James Jordan

To make sense of the Bible’s historical narratives and the Book of Revelation (to say the least), you must be familiar with Biblical symbolism. To understand Biblical symbolism, you must go all the way back to Genesis, Chapter 1, when the symbolism was revealed in its most simple form. From there, it is developed steadily, chapter by chapter, line by line, into much more complex forms. Continue reading

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Forming new covenants – a recreation of the world

Formless and void

In the Bible, God often uses cosmic re-creation imagery when describing the forming of covenants. In this article I will explore the link between Noah’s flood and the description of cosmic creation. Continue reading

What are the Last Days spoken of in the New Testament?

trodden grapes

You may have asked yourself “What are the last days?” To understand them, consider a situation in which you receive a Facebook message from a friend. In it, he writes “You have lied and cheated and stolen in order to amass your wealth, but all you have managed is to build up your bank account in the last days!” Continue reading

The Biblical Significance of “666”

"666" as written in Greek

You know what Doomsday soothsayers have to say about the number “666”, but do you know what the Bible actually says about it? It’s a popular number in doomsday prophecies and apocalyptic movies concerning the occult. It’s commonly associated with Satan and “the antichrist.” But what does the Bible really want us to know about this number? Continue reading

Revelation Symbolism: Faith that moves mountains

You’ve heard it said that “faith can move mountains.” This is in regards to a lesson Jesus taught to his disciples.

The context of this verse is that Jesus is telling his disciples to pray for the over-throwing of apostate Israel. For context, the imagery of the mountain was originally used by Jeremiah to describe the destruction of the wicked empire of Babylon and the liberation of God’s people, the Israelites: Continue reading

Revelation Symbolism: Trees

Decoding the symbolism St. John used when writing the Book of Revelation is key to understanding the message of the book. Correctly understanding the symbols requires understanding and knowing our Bibles back-to-front. Most Christians barely know their Bibles at all, so it’s understandably difficult to interpret the scripture.

God intended us to respond to symbols and symbolism. Through these things, grand ideas and sweeping images can be conveyed in ways that mere words cannot do justice. Invoking symbolism calls forth the most powerful faculties of our minds to convey many complex ideas in even a single image. Continue reading

Riddle: The rider on the white horse is carrying a bow. Do you know where He got it from?

One of the most popular images from the Book of Revelation is the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The first of the horsemen wears a crown and is holding a bow.

Have you ever wondered where the rider’s bow came from? Let’s first look at the actual scripture where the description is found:

Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!”  And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer. (Revelation 6:1-2) Continue reading