Revelation

This Sunday, we’re beginning a series on the book of Revelation at HOCC. The Bible classes will be studying it as well. Our hope is that the message(s) of Revelation will come through, and that all will be blessed for reading and hearing it’s words (1:3).

I’m opening up an email address for questions for questions regarding Revelation for the duration of the series (8 weeks). I’ll get to as many as I can over the cyberwire, and then choose one to answer from the pulpit each week. This is one of those ideas that I may wish I could retract in about…say… week one…but I’m choosing to be optimistic.

Revelation’s message(s) are absolutely astounding and important for Christians today. It gives us another image of Christ to offset the flannelgraph (is that how you spell that) version that is so well entrenched in our heads. It also has much to teach us about worship, about sacrifice and faithfulness…about the victory of Christ over the kingdoms of the world.

My experience with Revelation has been nearly all positive. The only negative experience with Revelation has actually been with a few of its’ interpreters.

What has your experience with Revelation and it’s interpreter’s been?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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6 thoughts on “Revelation

  1. I have always been amazed that most mainstream pastors (no so much in the C of C) piece together a view of Revelation by selecting choice bits from Daniel and Ezekiel. The sum total inevitably hinges on the audience’s acceptance that the modern day, political nation of Israel is God breathed and fullfillment of prophecy. Scary that many C of C folk have bought into this. Scary stuff.

  2. Tim: I’m currently making my way through Randy Alcorn’s book called simply, “Heaven”. He believes that there will literally be a renewed earth, one with which we will be totally familiar. If this is true, I find it exciting…much more exciting than the idea that we’ll be spirits, floating around in nothingness, somehow praising God. I assume that at some point in your series, you will explain the “new heaven and new earth” concept. Can’t wait for the messages!

  3. Van Imp? That is funny and I am hoping it wasn’t a typo cause it made me laugh out loud. Anyhoo, I like Revelation because of the newness it promises. That is my favorite part. Sure, there are alot of other things going on, but when Jesus speaks in Chapter 21 he tells us he is making all things new. That’s an incredible promise, and I can’t wait to experience the complete restoration of creation that will last for all time.

  4. Van Imp? That is funny and I am hoping it wasn’t a typo cause it made me laugh out loud. Anyhoo, I like Revelation because of the newness it promises. That is my favorite part. Sure, there are alot of other things going on, but when Jesus speaks in Chapter 21 he tells us he is making all things new. That’s an incredible promise, and I can’t wait to experience the complete restoration of creation that will last for all time.

  5. It is just funny to me that from this one book of the Bible, maybe with a smattering of Daniel and Ezekiel thrown in, that people have come up with it teaching about the U.N., one world governments, computer chips implanted in people’s bodies, the Euro, the Pope, 1000 year reign on the earth, the tribulation, on and on and on and on ad nauseum. I’m gonna ask the Lord when I see Him why’d He write a book like that.
    My favorite to listen to about it, favorite in a funny, embarrassing, I can’t believe He’s saying all this stuff sort of way, is Jack Van Imp and the little blonde haired lady that’s his sidekick. He’s awesome!!