Jesus was presented in the Temple when he was 8 days old. Inspired by the Holy Spirit Simeon saw that Jesus was the promised Messiah. However, Simeon also foresaw that there would be conflict ahead. For followers of Jesus there is conflict with the world and within ourselves. How does this conflict manifest itself and what can we expect when we come through the “other side” of this conflict?
Here we explore the way the Book of Revelation uses numbers in a variety of ways. The numbers and number patterns illustrate several things including the awesomeness of God, the order and design of creation and the fact that Revelation is a coherent whole and carefully constructed book. The numbers also reinforce the surface meaning of much of the text in exciting ways.
In our final talk of this series we look at the final 5 revelations of the last scene of Revelation (for the first 2, listen to last week's talk) and what they tell us about the “life of the world to come”. We also reflect on how Jesus’ words, “I am coming soon” should influence the way we live our lives and what urgent responsibilities we have.
What do the thousand years tell us about the victory of God, the Lordship of Christ, the vindication of the saints and the renewal of the earth? We explore what the thousand years described in Revelation 19-21 tell us about various ultimate realities. These include the victory of God and good over evil, the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the vindication of the saints and the renewal of the earth.