The Book of Revelation / The Apocalypse > !
I have been steeped in studying Revelation the last several weeks. Right now I am on chapter 13. I have actually read through and studied this book a few other times, and it amazes me how something like this remains fresh, and gets deeper and more moving each time through. I try to vary my approaches when I revisit a book in scripture, and this time is no different. I have been using a series of sermons or expositions by John Guzik found in the Blue Letter Bible. Guzik is a great commentator, using a wide variety of sources new and ancient to come to some well informed views. I am also using the Durer Revelation Woodcuts found here. I have included the 4 Horseman of the Apocalypse as an example in this post (click to enlarge).
There is so much that is so interesting in this book I scarcely know where to start, so I will just encourage you to read it. It’s imagery is rich and epic! It is prophetic, consequently, it is probable that much of the content has to do with events that are yet to be. The bible promises that those that read it will be blessed, and even if one has a different view on the actual sequence of Revelation, there is no doubt that prayerfully reading it helps me put the events of the day in perspective (i.e. that God is in complete and utter control of how history will unfold). I know that there are people that read this blog that aren’t Christians. Well, today is a good day for a change! If you want to know the Lord Jesus Christ – ask for His Spirit (Luke 11:13) and turn away from those things that you know you should not be doing. This is called repentance…and it basically means to turn around and go the other way. If you have never read the bible before – Revelation might be a bit heavy…maybe start with John or one of the other New Testament books. I am just sharing one of my greatest joys and inspirations…
I have a lot of musical ideas coming from this study…hopefully I will be posting some new music in the upcoming days. Until then – keep smilin!