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Dating The Book Of Revelation

Most commentators assign the book of Revelation the date of 96 A.D. for its composition.  Lay people often assume this date to be correct.  After all, isn’t this what the marginal notes in their Bibles report?  They never suspect that the same teachers who interpret the book wrong, date it wrong also. However, the evidence for this date is so…

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The Bottomless Pit

Among the imagery of Revelation, the bottomless pit holds a prominent place.  The locust army bearing the image of “scorpion-centaurs” emerges from the pit.  (Rev. 9:1ff) Also, the beast and dragon are shut up in the pit and rise from thence to make war on the saints.  (Rev. 11:7; 17:8; 20:1-3; 7-11)  Because the pit is central in the imagery…

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More On No Death, No Sorrow, No Pain

In the July issue of "The Reformer," a bimonthly publication out of Phoenix, Arizona, PO Box 10074, 85064-0074 editor Buff Scott takes issue with some things that have been written lately about the Biblical promise that in the New Heaven and New Earth there would be no death, no tears, no pain. In the April, 1991 "Living Presence," Charles Geiser…

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The Little Horn of Daniel's Sea Beast

 In the June, 1993 issue of the Christian Courier, Wayne Jackson, an out-spoken critic of Covenant Eschatology, expounds on the little horn of Daniel 7. Our purpose here is not to set forth a positive exegesis of Daniel 7 as much as it is to show the fallacy of Jackson’s article because his interpretation is representative of the view held…

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Avenging the Prophets

One of the major themes of Revelation is the avenging of the martyrs. This theme is stated in chapter 6:9ff; 11:11-19; 17:4-6; 18:20, 24, to cite a few passages. The judgment of Revelation is on "Babylon" the city "drunken with the blood of the saints" and "all those slain on the earth" (17:6; 18:24). Who was Babylon?

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The Nicolaitans and the Date of Revelation

The condition of the 7 churches of Asia is often posited as evidence for the late date, i.e. 95-98 A.D., of the book of Revelation. Stanley Paher, for instance, in an unpublished paper says "the existence of heretical sects such as the Nicolaitans, the Balaamites and Jezebel’s group [Rev. 2:6; 14, 15, 20] is not confirmed by anyone in A.D.…

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The Day Has Come

Isaiah lamented the condition of Israel due to her sin "we wait for light but behold obscurity; for brightness but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men" Isaiah 59:9-10. Compare…

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Revelation: A Tale of Two Cities

All students of the book of Revelation agree it is the story of two cities — "Babylon" and the New Jerusalem. The identity of these two cities is where the confusion sets in. Some define Babylon as "apostate Christianity," some say the Roman Catholic church, others say it was the old city of Rome. The New Jerusalem is variously defined…

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More on Heaven and Earth

It is unfortunate that modern Bible students are not more familiar with Biblical terminology. The term "heaven and earth" is an example where careful study will reveal weaknesses in traditional interpretations. In Isaiah 51:15-16 Jehovah, speaking to Israel, said he gave them the Mosaic Covenant, "that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say…

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