Preface to Revelation: Dawn of This Age

Perhaps the most surprising discovery for me in exploring the words of Jesus and the Book of Revelation was that it was primarily written to Israel. I had no idea that this was the case. Much of the consensus today is that John’s Apocalypse is almost entirely unfulfilled, or that it was all fulfilled, with the Roman Empire as the recipient of the woes. However, as I pieced things together I found myself arriving at a very different conclusion.

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Heaven and Earth Shall Pass Away?

The Temple of Solomon, and the second one that replaced it, was considered to be the gateway between heaven and earth in Yahwistic minds. God Himself was said to have dwelt in the Holy of Holies, where only the high priest could enter once a year (Heb 9:7). God’s realm, heaven, had a physical location upon the earth. Nowhere else in those days could such a phenomenon be found.

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Why These Seven Churches?

Asia Minor, where the kingdom of Magog once was, was geographically a bridge between the West and the East. The Roman Empire, representing all things Greek and Gentile, was in the West. Jerusalem and Israel, representing all things Judaic, was to the East. The only way on land to connect from one to the other was through Asia Minor. The seven churches were situated on a physical crossroads between West and East.

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The Two Witnesses in Rev 11 Aren’t Who You Think They Are

Two witnesses were required under the Law of Moses in order for someone to have been found guilty of breaching the Law. The book of Revelation in many ways is a legal treaty between Yahweh God and apostate Israel. Jeremiah 3:8 reads, “Because faithless Israel had committed adultery, I gave her a certificate of divorce and sent her away.” And Hosea 2:2 says, “for she (Israel) is not my wife, and I am not her husband”. Therefore, the purpose of the two witnesses were to bring a legal case against apostate Israel for failure to uphold their end of the covenant with Yahweh.

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Why Should I Care About Bible Translations?

Perhaps one of the most startling examples of this that I came across as I’ve worked on my three-part series on Revelation was found in 2 Peter. This is a well-known passage, and one that causes either polarization or confusion in many church circles. People will either cling to this passage to support their “fire and brimstone” views, or reinterpret it to mean something entirely different.

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The “Day of the Lord”?

The Day of the Lord and the Coming of the Son of Man were the same event. And these events have happened several times in Israel’s history, the world’s history, and will happen one last time at the end of history (that Day of the Lord will fulfill what John wrote in Revelation 20:9-15). The only difference in the phrases is in the fact that the Day of the Lord is were Yahweh God is credited for the deliverance, and the “Coming of the Son of Man” are Day of the Lord events where Jesus is credited for the deliverance.

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