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

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The answer to terror

The aim of terrorism is to cause fear, panic and terror. That’s where it gets its name from.  Over the past few months, we’ve been learning from the book of Revelation that this world is often frightening, chaotic, messy, senseless. Terrorism is just one expression of evil – a world in rebellion against its loving creator. 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

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