March 30, 2014
When we were last together I said that on my next blog we will begin to study end-time doctrines – the differences between the modern viewpoint and the historical viewpoint on the book of Revelation. This will be an extensive study delving into historical documentation and defining the strange symbolism, idioms, metaphors, riddles, enigmas and esoteric message. By doing so, the beautiful message in the Revelation will be unveiled.
During this comparison study, I hope you will become a questioner of modern men’s religious doctrines, rather than simply accept their opinions without inquiry or challenge. The Apostle John said, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” – I John 4:1.
Can you imagine 2,000 years from now what our descendants may think if they read a book published in 2014, where someone asks the question, “Has a cat got your tongue?” Or, when a theater performer goes on stage, another performer says, “Break a leg.” If the future reader tries to literalize either one of these metaphors, they would totally misunderstand the context of the story. We cannot literalize a metaphor, or it wouldn’t be a metaphor.
The languages of the Bible, specifically Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek are richly laced with metaphors, idioms, and figures of speech. Did you know that the book of Revelation is rife with these riddles, as well as scary imagery? Even numbers have significant meaning.
If I told you that every one of these riddles and enigmas can be explained with clarity and accuracy, revealing the beautiful truths of the Apocalypse – would your interest be peaked enough to walk with me as I shed illumination on what some would say is impossible to understand?
Let’s go back a bit in time – 55 A.D. We can see the Roman Emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians has just begun, where he is hotly pursuing the fledgling church, whom he imprisoned, tortured, and viciously murdered. They did not have an instruction book to explain why they must endure this horrific treatment, so it was urgent that Jesus Christ get a message of hope to them stat!
Jesus spoke in veiled language with extraordinary imagery, because it would be spiritually discerned by the believers, but would prevent their government enemies from understanding God’s plans and purposes for His followers. Believe me – you can understand the book of Revelation!
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question…