Understanding Revelation

You cannot understand the NT book of Revelation unless you are already steeped in the literature of the OT. Every sentence, every image, depends on the OT.

If you try to read Revelation without understanding the OT, you might come up with all kinds of fanciful ways to interpret it that do no justice to the book and its context.

Not that it would ever happen.

Stereotyping evangelicals in the United States – Craig Keener

Movements that become sectarian often do so because they perceive that they are under assault from the wider group or culture. Jesus warned his followers to expect the world’s hatred and (as happens in some parts of the world today) outright persecution (Mark 13:9-13; John 15:18-25). Some of those who stereotype his followers (or others) may not recognize how they actually play into that narrative.
— Read on craigkeener.com/stereotyping-evangelicals-in-the-united-states/

With LeMans streaming and the drag racers in the air, it makes for a nice day. In fact, it sounds like there is a circuit track race going on over in Clermont.

Blessed are the Dead

Revelation 14:12–13 (NRSV): 12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”


But while the devil is a tireless worker, “accus[ing our brothers] day and night before our God,” we know that his lies will ultimately prove ineffective. We know this because he is no match for Jesus Christ, the true witness, the one who tells us the truth about us by claiming us as God’s own. And because Christ speaks the truth, the Christian, too, is summoned to a vocation as courageous truth-teller. She does this first of all by bearing witness to the gospel, but also through a quiet passion for truth in everyday life. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exod. 20:16). This commandment of the law is also integral to the gospel. Whenever the Christian refuses to go along with the devil’s lies, she confirms her love both of the true witness and of the neighbor who suffers the burden of false witness. The “necessity” of lying is grounded in the structures of the old eon. But that eon is passing away. In a world where truth (Christ) is victorious, there is no reason not to speak the truth.

Mangina, Joseph L. Revelation. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2010, p 155.