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.
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.
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?
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