A tale of two scrolls – How we know Revelation is for now

We have insisted throughout our #ReturnoftheKing series on Revelation that the book offers God’s heavenly and eternal perspective on history in order to enable us to live now. This contrasts sharply with some esoteric approaches that treat it as a series of codes that will only make sense at a future date. Continue reading

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The Wedding Feast (Revelation 22)

Power has won another round

Freedom’s shaking, gagged and bound

But we’re not so far away

And all these mighty little men Proclaiming dollars, sterling, yen But we’re saving for the day Continue reading

The Persecuted Church – A vital application from Revelation

One thing I can’t really ignore having spent 5 months teaching through Revelation is the focus on the persecuted church. For example the emphasis in Revelation 20 is on those who have suffered and been killed for their faith reigning with Christ.  Continue reading

Why does Satan get released?

A couple of weeks back we were looking at Revelation 19-20.  In that part of John’s vision he sees Christ reigning for 1000 years with his saints and Satan bound and imprisoned so he cannot deceive. However, we are also told that

“Afterward he (Satan) must be released for a little while.”[1] Continue reading

A Biblical Theology of Church Discipline

It all seems a bit harsh doesn’t it?  Aren’t we being judgemental? These are the sorts of emotions and objections that come up when a church has to exercise discipline. Even though we know that this is something the Bible requires of churches when there has been serious public sin, we still find the idea and experience of removing someone from membership painful. Continue reading

What kind of leader?

In a democracy, we use elections to choose our leaders. This means that the questions we ask are not just about parties, ideologies and policies. We want to choose the right people and so character is important. In a General Election, there is a double decision to make. We vote for a specific candidate and we will want to think about their suitability but we also know that our local decision will affect the national picture and who eventually becomes Prime minister.

In this article, we look at the characteristics that God looks for in a leader. We are going to do this by looking at Deuteronomy 18. We need to be careful in handling this passage because first and foremost this is about the leaders that God chose for his people Israel. This means that we won’t want to just apply it straight to a modern secular state. However, I think there are some helpful principles here. Continue reading