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May 04, 2015

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Greg likes to throw an 's' on the end of Revelation sometimes. That 's' doesn't belong there.

I agree with Greg's overall assessment of Revelations: bad times with a win for the faithful at the end.

Revelations is a tightly structured collection of visions making up a well-woven revelation to John at the close of his life. The seven rounds of seven, the frightening images, the use of numbers, all make for enigmas aplenty. But to approach this with a literal approach has its difficulties. It might make for more confusion.

There is a degree of the literal that is important. Take the opening seven letters to the Churches in Asia Minor. We may see these as the churches to whom John writes, representing all situations of congregational life from faithful struggling enclaves to spiritually dead but highly ostentatious ones. Others may hold to these as seven epochs in Church history, with present company lodged in the epoch of lukewarm Laodicea. Question is, this could never have been the interpretation from the first. Interpreters in the second century could not have detected whether they had lapsed from the Ephesus period to the Smyrna age, and attributed the beast of Revelation 13 to Domitian, while those of the third century wonder whether they entered the Pergamos era with Marcus Aurelius being the beast.
And, there is always the Catholic-Protestant argument about the period of the Sardis church and the Philadelphia church.

As time passes, we have to be more and more careful lest our imaginations take the role of real hermeneutics.

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