Revelation, Seven Churches and Teasing Out the Parts from the Whole

To Ephesus: “I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary…Yet I hold this […]

My Favorite Verse

If left to pick from all the verses of the Bible and I had to boil it all down to one verse I would pick Revelation 21:5, “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” That verse […]

Logos Review: The Book of Revelation (NIGTC) By G.K. Beale

Beale’s Revelation Commentary in the New International Greek Testament Commentary series is excellent. It is listed as one of the top commentaries on Revelation by Scot McKnight and, although as McKnight notes slightly dated (1999), it is extremely thorough. Beale goes to great lengths to give you the major interpretations of the most important aspects […]

Richard Oster Has a New Commentary On Revelation Coming Out!

Great news from Richard Oster’s blog! Dr. Oster has completed and is about to have published his commentary on Revelation 1-3 entitled, “Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible.  A Commentary on Revelation 1-3” This is going to be great and I recommend you guys get a copy of this book when it is available. As […]

More Resources Uploaded – How to Study the Bible and Revelation

I uploaded two more resources to the Bible Class Archive. I had been hesitant to post these because they both relied heavily on the work of others. After reviewing it and adding some citations, I feel more comfortable that due credit has been given where necessary. Revelation (63 pages of fun!) How to Study the […]

Randy Harris on Persecution in Revelation

Often we hear the message of Revelation is, “We win!” That is the end game but it is not where the letter starts. Of the seven churches in chapters 2-3 only two don’t have judgments against them (Smyrna and Philadelphia). The rest are so culturally accommodated that you can’t tell the difference between who is […]

Ten Challenges in Teaching Revelation

Tomorrow night we finish Revelation in our Men’s class. This is the first time I have ever taught a class on Revelation and it was about as difficult as I thought it would be. There are several challenges to tackling this book in a Bible class: Dealing with disagreement – people have strong and varied […]

What is the Most Culturally Relevant Book of the Bible?

While all of scripture is inspired by God and relevant today, there are verses and books of the Bible that are so parallel with our modern culture that they stand out in their relevance to us today. What would you say is the most culturally relevant book of the Bible? Acts is increasing in popularity […]

Revelation – Even Though Good Wins, Evil Can Still Bite

In a book that tells us we win there sure are a lot of bumps and bruises along the way. That tells us Satan won’t go down without a fight and that this world is still a brutal place. Here are the verses in Revelation that tell us life here on earth won’t always be […]