The End Of Part One

I saw the Lamb break open the first of the seven locks. I heard one of the four living beings cry out like the sound of thunder, “Come and see!”

Revelation 6:1 – The Holy Bible

I’ve been having dreams about the end of the world recently. It’s been nursing a bit of an obsession in the Bible’s book of Revelation.

I have a theology degree. I studied it in depth. Still I feel like I have no understanding of it at all.

Artist’s rendering of the four horsemen

The four living creatures. The four horsemen. The seven seals. The seven bowls. The beast. Appolyon, keeper of the abyss. I wish I understood. For some reason, it’s literally been keeping me up at night lately. If you look up pictures of the aforementioned things online, you find terrifying things. Below is an artist’s rendering of Abbadon (or Appolyon, in Greek) the destroyer, mentioned in Revelation 9:11, simply as being the angel king over the bottomless pit.

Artist’s rendering of Abbadon the destroyer

All the things we draw, paint, write or reason for Revelation are based on the source material that we have- so lots of them look like scary video game characters. But what else do we really have to draw from? What will the creatures actually be- and what does all the prophesy really represent?

Thinking about Revelation just gives me that bit of churning in the gut and feeling of being unsure about the future. But then, I guess we never know the future, do we. It would be exciting to actually, finally be on the forefront at the end of days. After all- Revelation is just the beginning.

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!…Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true…It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End…All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.”

Revelation 21:5-7- The Holy Bible

What about you? Have you read the book of Revelation? Do you ever think about the world ending?

#thebible #christianity #religion #revelation #sermon #thoughts

Published by Hannah Eileen

Jesus. Cats. Podcasts. An introvert full of strange thoughts and musings.

5 thoughts on “The End Of Part One

  1. I’ve read Revelations and the Bible numerous times. I’ve also read a number of books that address the prophecies of Revelations (and Daniel and Ezekiel) and still feel just as stumped as always. As a Christian, I have some understanding of what is to come, but I also know the end is wrapped up in mystery.

    Right now I am focused on books related to Genesis, and theories about the Nephilim.

    Have you ever read The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey? Although it was written decades ago, I reread it several years in the past and still found much of it current. Revelations is scary. I don’t know that we’ll ever understand it, but it’s good to be aware.

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  2. I have read Revelation a few times, and I’ve studied it too. So this post really intrigued me! And while I SHOULD be grading papers right now (which I’ll get back to after) I had to jump in and enjoy a good theology nerd-out. I’m with you too; I’ve a degree in religious studies and one in theology. So I live to talk about this stuff! I’ve always embraced the Historical Metaphorical approach to the Bible so I’m in the camp that sees Revelation as an allegorical letter about Rome. Carrying anything anti-emperor or anti-empire before Constantine legalized Christianity was treasonous and thus dangerous. As a result of this, John of Patmos wrote his critique of Rome and expressed belief that, no matter how bad it got or how omnipresent Rome felt, God would win in the end with allegorical language. So things like the beast with seven heads and ten horns or 666 being “the Mark of the Beast” are all coded references to Nero and the other emperors who persecuted Christians. I don’t see it so much as a depiction of *the end* as a vivid and powerful reminder of the truth that no matter how dark it gets, in any time at any point in history, we are all to have faith that God will always win in the end and love will always ultimately triumph over empire. Marcus Borg wrote a great book called ‘Reading the Bible Again, For the First Time’ that has a wonderful section on Revelation.

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