Revelation 10:1-11: We would expect the seventh angel to blow the seventh trumpet and thereby bring on the third woe, but just as the sequence of the seals was broken, so here we have another angel appear with another scroll. John had been reporting from heaven, but here he is back on Patmos… View More
Revelation 8:1-5: The breaking of the seals by the Lamb continues. The seventh seal is broken, but instead of the scroll unrolling to reveal its contents, silence ensues. Seven angels are given seven trumpets – “as in a Chinese-box puzzle, another seven… is revealed” (Brown, Introduction to the New Testament, 788). The silence… View More
Revelation 6:1-17: The wild ride begins. The sealed scroll is opened.
When the Lamb opens each of the seals, horrifying events occur on earth. Those who interpret Revelation as predicting the long-range future have attempted to identify these with historical catastrophes, either those already past (various wars, earthquakes, and plagues) or those that… View More
Revelation 3:1-6: Sardis was a city of 75,000 forty miles southeast of Thyatira, and is not mentioned elsewhere in the New Testament. Again, the angel of the church is addressed by Jesus the Christ, who appears in yet another new visionary phrase. The experience of Jesus as the Christ is one which finds… View More
The seven churches were real congregations of real people with real problems in real cities at the end of the first century…. Although the individual letters reflect the particular situation of the church in each city, all the messages are addressed to all the churches. Each congregation is to hear not only the… View More