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The Importance of Context

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Perhaps the saddest or most tragic outcome of misplacing the time of the writing of the Book of Revelation is that, in so doing, men must then misrepresent this book by inventing a new theme for it. Afterward, a new theme requires more inventive and more elaborate explanations of the text. Each time men invent a meaning or an interpretation for God’s word, which the Scriptures don’t support, we add to the traditions of men, which in turn make the word of God of no effect upon the hearts of men (cf. Mark 7:13). In so doing, men accomplish the exact opposite of the intention of God’s word, which is to bring the wisdom or plans of men to no effect through the Gospel (Psalm 33:10). Simply put, men are unable to accomplish the will of God through their own wisdom (1Corinthians 1:17; 2:1, 4-5, 13), and neither are men able expect God to verify or establish what they mistakenly say about this book. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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When Was the Apocalypse Written?

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Eusebius, a fourth century AD church father and considered to be the “Father of Church History,” interprets Clement of Alexandria, a second and early third century church father (cir. 155-215 AD), saying the Apostle John returned from the isle of Patmos “after the tyrant was dead”, and Eusebius identifies the “tyrant” as Domitian, Emperor of Rome from AD 81-96. He does this at the beginning of his testimony concerning John’s writing the Apocalypse.[1] It also seems as though many modern scholars simply accept Eusebius’ testimony without even consulting Clement. If they do read Clement, it must be with the eyes of Eusebius, because Clement mentions Domitian four different times in his writings, but not once does he claim he was a tyrant or even that he persecuted Christians. Eusebius and, apparently, most modern scholarship have read this understanding into Clement’s works. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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