Immanent, Soon and a specific time – When will the Second Coming happen?

When I was 15, I had the first of two cornea grafts (the second on the other eye was when I was 18).  This was due to a condition called keratoconus. So, whenever I visit the optician, they don’t just check my vision, they are also looking out for how the graft is doing. Stats on medical websites suggest that in 95% of cases, a graft will last at least ten years.[1] However, there is no guarantee that they will last for my life time, I’ve seen suggestions that grafts can be expected to last between 15-20 years (I’ve also seen suggestions that the grafts could hold for the duration of most of my life).[2] Continue reading

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

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

Tomorrow’s World

We’ve been thinking about how we can live faithfully now in a world full of evil, suffering and temptation. How can we continue to trust God through trials and troubles? How can we resist temptation? How can we keep going? Continue reading

Millenium

On Sunday, we discovered that Satan’s power is finite and temporary as we looked at Revelation 20:1-6. This is the primary point that we should take away from those verses. Pastorally this makes it a deeply encouraging passage.

However, as I pointed out in the sermon.

  1. These verses have been the source of controversy over the years as people have debated exactly when and how Satan’s power will be limited
  2. Although we have just a short passage here, people have often decided their interpretation of the book of Revelation and indeed the Bible’s whole teaching on eschatology from these few verses.

In a sermon, I don’t really have the time to unpack all the options, nor do I think that would be the best use of my time. However, it may be that some would like a little bit more background and explanation. So here it is. My plan is to first of all give an overview of the different positions taken and then give a short explanation of why I’ve landed on the interpretation I have. Continue reading

The State we are in

We are thinking about the different worldviews and ideologies that underpin different political approaches and how Christians should engage with them.  One important factor to consider is our attitude to the State. Continue reading

Victory (Revelation 19-20)

“Come away from her my people, do not take part in her sins?” (Revelation 18:4).

This verse is a call to God’s people to be separate from “Babylon” the code name representing this World’s opposition to God and his people. Continue reading