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Coming Soon: Chapter 4, Part II & III – Coming on the Clouds

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on December 6, 2012

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Sunday, Morning Prayer:  READING: Romans 13: 11-14 (emphasis added)

It is NOW the HOUR for you to WAKE FROM SLEEP, for OUR SALVATION is CLOSER than when we first accepted the faith.  The night is far spent; the DAY DRAWS NEAR.

Let us CAST OFF deeds of DARKNESS and PUT ON the ARMOR of LIGHT.  Let us LIVE HONORABLY as in daylight; NOT in CAROUSING and DRUNKENNESS, NOT in SEXUAL EXCESS and LUST, not in quarreling and jealousy.

Rather, PUT ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST and make no provisions for the desires of the flesh.

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY: Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on us!

 

Index of Terms

We continue through Revelation 1: 7 -20 (emphasis added)

Acts 1:11

Acts 1:11

Revelation 1: 7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, everyone who pierced Him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so.  Amen.

Sound familiar?  It should.

Then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Mt 24:30)

And while they were gazing into heaven as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?  This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.’(Acts 1:11)

In the OT, the passages from Daniel 7:13, tells us that “the Son of Man comes in the clouds to receive the kingdom.  He then turns and gives it to the saints who persevered through persecution.” (Barber, 39)

The prophetic passage in Zechariah 12:10, which speaks of the type of death the Son of man will endure speaks about the mourning of those who pierced Him – I have a Christmas CD that has that verse sung in the final piece produced by this company emphasizing the Infant King’s purpose and how that purpose would be fulfilled.  It’s quite moving! – and how those who bear the guilt will know their guilt with great sorrow…btw, that’s you and me and all who choose sin over life in Christ…

God is with us!

God is with us!

PILLAR OF CLOUD vs EUCHARIST

Remember how at the beginning of this study Barber made mention that the fullness of John’s Book of Revelation (Unveiling) cannot be properly understood apart from the Liturgy and more specifically the Liturgy of the Eucharist?  Here is another example of why that is true!  But FIRST…

Whenever God came to dwell with His people during the Exodus from Egypt in their 40 years in the desert, how did God manifest Himself?  In a “pillar of cloud”, right?

When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the door of the tent, and the LORD would speak with Moses.  And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the door of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, every man at his tent door.  Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. (Ex 33: 9-10, 11, emphasis added)

How does God come to His people today?  In the HOLY EUCHARIST!  Remember the Greek word for presence – parousia ?  Christ COMES to His people in the Holy Sacrament of the Mass that is the Eucharist and is MADE PRESENT to us Body, Blood, Soul, and divinity!

Christ’s coming, therefore, is found in His real presence in the Eucharist, where He comes to us in the ‘unity of the Holy Spirit.’ (Barber, 40)

Revelation 1: 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty.

A revisit to a place we’ve already been: I AM WHAT I AM ;  Or: I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE (commentary on Ex 3:14)  = Yahweh revelation to Moses

Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM. (Jn 8:58; interestingly enough the Jews of His day recognized this for the statement that it made, and they picked up stones to throw at Him, Jn 8:59)  = Jesus’ revelation to us (see also Lk 4: 16-21, there reaction was a bit more favorable than the above passage.)

Make a visit to John’s listings – there are SEVEN of them – for the “I AM” statements of Jesus (cf. Barber, 50).  See: Jn 6:35, 48; 51; 8:12; 10: 7, 9, 11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5.

These very sayings are further present in Revelation occurringat the beginning and end of the book (Ibid.).  See: Rev 1: 8, 17; 2:23; 21:6; 22:16

Revelation 1: 9 I John, your brother, who share with you in Jesus the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

Tribulation: As I’ve made frequent mention, Christians were persecuted by not only the Roman authority in Rome (Nero), but also by the Roman citizenship:

Following the example of Caesar and the policy of their capital city, [they] began to persecute Christians at the local level. (Barber, 41)

As well as by the Jewish authority that desired to “silence” the name of Jesus, see Acts 4: 13-21; 5: 17-32; 13: 44-50; 14:19.

LISTEN and DO as it is commanded...

HOPE does not disappoint!

SMALL TANGENT…

SUFFERING

And with a few extra words about suffering.  St. Paul gives a wonderful commentary on the importance of suffering and why it is NECESSARY for not only the advance of the Kingdom of Heaven, but also for our own Salvation:

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through Him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our HOPE of sharing the GLORY of GOD.

More than that, we REJOICE in our SUFFERINGS, knowing that SUFFERING produces ENDURANCE, and ENDURANCE produces CHARACTER, and CHARACTER produces HOPE…

HOPE does NOT DISAPPOINT us, because GOD’S LOVE has been poured out into our hearts THROUGH the HOLY SPIRIT who HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US.

(Romans 5: 1-5, emphasis added)

So REJOICE! in your sufferings.  This is ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD! and the advance of His Kingdom, “Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done…” (cf. Mt 6:10).  Jesus made frequent reference to the Kingdom throughout His ministry.  See also, Mt 4:17; 5:3; 16:19; Acts 1:3; 28:31 for just a few examples.

END OF TANGENT…

Mt. 24: 42

Mt. 24: 42

Revelation 1: 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to La-odicea.”

“THE LORD’S DAY” DOUBLE MEANING

Sunday is the “Lord’s Day”, because He rose from the dead triumphant on “the first day of the week” (cf. Mt 28: 1-7; Mk 16: 2-3, 6; Lk 24: 1-3, 5; Jn 20: 1-18).

The “Lord’s Day” also refers to that “day” when God’s Justice will come upon the earth with “a loud trumpet blast” (cf. Rev 8 & 9, the Trumpet judgments).

But this judgment accompanied with a “trumpet blast” was not unknown to the ancient Israelite:

In the Old Testament, a trumpet is blown to warn the people that God’s judgment is coming… (Barber, 43.)

The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter, the mighty man cries aloud there.  A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness,  a DAY OF TRUMPET BLAST and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.” (Zeph 1: 14-16, emphasis added)

There is another battle that comes to mind that led to the total destruction of a city – save one part of the wall with a house attached to it – as a result of a trumpet blast.  Can you guess which one I mean?  If you said, “The battle of Jericho” you would be correct!  See Joshua 6 for a full account of the events.

JUST A NOTE:

During the liturgical celebration in the Temple, the trumpet was often used to sanctify as well as accompany the priests “in sacred processions”.  See Ezra 3:10, Lv 23:24; 25:9; Num 29:1; 2Chron 5:12-13; 7:6; 29: 27-28; Ps 150:3.  (Barber, 43, footnote 12)

So the trumpet, used for judgment as well as for liturgical and solemn celebrations, should demonstrate how one is to view God’s judgment.  Not merely as punishment for our stubborn hearts, but a calling back to Him who truly does LOVE US.

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of His reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom He loves, is a father the son in whom he delights.” (Prov 3: 11-12)

And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons?—‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished by Him.  For the Lord disciplines him whom He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.’

It is for discipline that you have to endure.  God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?  If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.” (Heb 12: 5-8, emphasis added)

And as St. Paul is quick to remind us:

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are SONS OF GOD.  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the SPIRIT of  SONSHIP.

When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’  it is the Spirit Himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.

(Romans 8: 12-17, emphasis added)

"I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst...one like a Son of man..." ~Rev 1:13

“I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst…one like a Son of man…” ~Rev 1:13

REVELATION 1: 12-13

John sees a voice, “one like a Son of man”, which echoes the vision of Daniel (see Dan 7:11, 13).  He also sees the 7 Golden Lampstands echoing the ancient Temple where the 7 candle stick Menorah stood in the Holy of Holies.  Thus John now sees the Heavenly Temple of God (refer to Barber, pp 44-45).

The “Son of Man” John sees not only refers back to Dan 7, and the account he gave about the “Son of man”, but also to the references Jesus made to Himself as the “Son of Man” during His earthly ministry.  See Mt 12, 24, 26; Mk 4, 9; Lk 9, 12, 17; Jn 3, 6, 12; just to give a few examples. :-)

Jesus used the phrase ‘Son of Man’ to describe Himself more than any other term. (Barber, 44)

John then says, “and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man”, making reference again to Dan 7:13.  Barber tells us that:

Daniel 7 is one of the most important Old Testament passages for understanding Revelation [Unveiling].  Images such as ‘the son of man’, ‘beasts’, and ‘kingdom’, used throughout the Apocalypse, are all found in this important Old Testament passage. (Ibid.)

We know that this must be Jesus because He is “standing in the midst of the lampstands”, those same lampstands that are connected directly to the golden Menorah – seven candles – that stood in the Holy of Holies – in the presence of the Most High God.  Thus also providing Jesus His Godhead; He is TRUE GOD and TRUE MAN.

As such He is the One to inherit the kingdom of the Almighty – making Him the King of Kings, and we are told that, ‘the kingdom…will…be given to the saints.’” (Barber, 45)

For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with victory.  Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their couches.

Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands, to wreak vengeance on the nations and chastisement on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute on them the judgment written!  This is glory for all his faithful ones.  Praise the LORD! (Ps 149: 4-9, Sunday, Morning Prayer, Week I, emphasis added)

Jesus said to His disciples, “You are those who have continued with Me in My trials; and I assign to you as My Father assigned to Me, a KINGDOM, that you may…sit on the thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Lk 22: 28-29, 30b, emphasis added)

It is for this reason and this reason alone that the Apostles Peter and Paul and many others after them went to Rome.  Rome was to the Jew the fourth beast because the prophet Daniel , tells of four beasts that are four kingdoms, which will persecute the Jews: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. (Barber, 45)

They went to shed their blood for the Kingdom of Christ with the hopes of converting that fourth beast – that IS the people, the citizens of Rome.  Early Church writer, Tertullian, said in his Apologeticus, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” 

Which is why it is important for good and faithful Catholics of the Roman-School to acknowledge their lineage:

The term ‘Roman Catholic’…reflects not some kind of implicit political alliance…but the fulfillment of God’s plan, which He announced through Daniel. (Ibid.)

IT IS JESUS BECAUSE…

We continue to see this is Jesus in verses 14-16, which describe the Son of man’s appearance.  His hair was “white as wool”…

And He was transfigured before them, and His garments became glistening, intensely white… (Mk 9: 2c-3a)

His “eyes were like a flame of fire”, “His feet were like burnished bronze”, “voice like the sound of many waters”…

I lifted my eyes and looked, and beheld, a man…His eyes like flaming torches, His arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of His words like the noise of a multitude. (Dan 10: 5, 6)

This description of Jesus will later appear in Revelation 19:12 as well as 19:15 when is spoken about the “two edge sword” which issued forth from His mouth “to smite the nations”.

REPENT!  Return to the LORD, your God with your whole heart!

REPENT! Return to the LORD, your God with your whole heart!

A PROPHECY GIVEN

The date was May, 2012.   I was in front of the Blessed Sacrament continuing my study of this book when the prophecy (Isaiah 11:4 & Lev 26:25) jumped from the page as I read: “The Messiah [aka Warrior King – see Rev 19: 11-16] will ‘smite the earth with the rod of His mouth’ andwill bring a sword upon you, that shall execute vengeance for the covenant; And if you gather in your cities I will send pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hands of the enemy.”

Though this DID HAPPEN in the year 70AD, the Bible is TIMELESS – as we have already proven, so the writings contained within on this matter can pertain to any age.

The urgency I had in my soul was this will pertain to us, in our present age, and in our cities.  Already we’ve seen displaced families that have had to leave their homes and live out of their cars or in tents or other forms of shelter leaving them vulnerable to the elements.  And thanks to the overuse of antibiotics, there are now strains of influenza (flu), and the common cold that develop in their host into more serious conditions like pneumonia in a matter of days without any of the usual medicines having any affect.

I’ve personally witnessed this myself, and though I have taken the necessary steps to guard my own health, these “super-bugs” or “super-virus” are often pernicious in that they are highly contagious as well as hard to combat.  With the weather patterns now off their ‘normal’ – thanks largely in part to the slight shifting of the tilt of the earth on its axis – the unseasonable warmth and cold will aid in the development of such ‘bugs’.  Just ask any biology student with a petri dish.

What if governments work with chemists and biologists to construct super-bugs and strains of influenza that are genetically specific?  What about those scientists that are manipulating our plants creating GMOs without taking time to look ahead at the consequences?  Mankind has made himself vulnerable to all sorts of plagues and food shortages.

Did you notice this past summer the presence of small gnats in more than just fruits and vegetables?  I think that was only a ‘sampling’ of what is shortly to come.

Lastly, who is this “enemy”?  Refer back to that first day with the introduction and the passage from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 675, emphasis added:

…the ‘mystery of iniquity’…”The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of His Messiah come in the flesh…
(CCC§675, EXCERPT)

Which WILL result in physical death.  And if those who succumb are not living their lives in sincere repentance for their daily sins, then what will happen to their immortal souls upon entering judgment?

And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment…” (Heb 9:27)

For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.’  So each of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14: 10c – 12, emphasis added)

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good OR evil, ACCORDING to what he has DONE in the BODY.” (2Cor 5:10, emphasis added)

The beaded braid is consistent with each coin I saw... stars?

The beaded braid is consistent with each coin I saw… stars?

WE CONTINUE… It is Jesus Because:

Rev 1: 16a In His right hand He held seven stars…

FIRST: A SYMBOL OF: A little known fact: The Roman Emperors minted their coins with the image of seven starts to signify their “political power” , and with Christ holding those stars in His hands, He is in essence holding the Roman Empire, thus making Him above Rome’s rulers as the “true King of Kings.”(Barber, 47, footnote 20)

Of course, Rev 1: 17-19, clinches this understanding since they describe amply the homage paid by John to the King of Kings.  Plus, Jesus makes reference to Himself being “the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades,” forever closing any arguments as to WHO the Son of Man is.

SECOND: SPIRITUAL MEANING:

Revelation 1: 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Here I turn to Barber’s words of warning in not taking the Book of Revelation to literal:

It is apparent from this verse…John tells us…Jesus touches him with His right hand [cf. Rev 1:17]; however, in Revelation 1:20, Jesus is holding the seven stars in His hands.  The symbols are thereby meant to convey a spiritual meaning and should NOT BE interpreted in an overly literal fashion. (Barber, 51, emphasis added)

He continue on to point out that the use of the word ‘angels’ with the seven churches – that were real and physically did exist InJD gives the reader an understanding that the Church Christ established is not JUST an earthly Church (Church Militant), but also a Spiritual reality (Church Triumphant).  This is why, in the Apostle’s Creed we profess, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints

We know and believe what St. Paul teaches and what the Church also teaches, that NOTHING separates us from the Love of Christ, and that includes death.  So if in dying we are still unified with Christ – presupposing a state of grace at the moment of death – then those who have gone home before us are ALSO united to the Body, that is Christ, and therefore to us who are STILL in that SAME BODY yet on earth; see Romans 8:35, 38-39; CCC§957 & 1474.

Therefore we cannot treat this study or the reality of our union with our Creator arbitrarily; instead we need to approach both with a great deal of reverence and reliance that there IS Absolute Truth and all fall short of this, but we must STRIVE to obtain it.

We must put our pride away and come before the Lord with humility, acknowledging our own unworthiness.  Only when we do this will we truly appreciate His awesome LOVE…When Jesus’ glory is revealed…John, the beloved disciple, the apostle who rested his head on Jesus at the Last Supper, falls down at His feet as though dead…St. John recognizes his own unworthiness, and falls down and worships.  How can we do anything different? (Barber, 52)

2Chron 7:14

2Chron 7:14

Pray…Fast…Daily Prayer with daily Mass and/or utilizing the Liturgy of the Hours – aka Christian Prayer

Turn off the TV, shut down the computer, go to a quiet place in your home and rest in the Savior asking Him to come to you through the Holy Spirit that resides in you. 

WHY?

Because, REPENTANCE is the only way to HOLINESS…and that’s the topic of chapter 5.

My "to-do" list

My “to-do” list

Posting for Chapter 5, Part I:  please read ahead to make yourself familiar with the content.  The study really picks up from here on out!

Chapter 4: Discussion/Study Questions

REVIEW:

Chapter 4: Part I: Revealing the Son of Man

Chapter 2: 4 Senses of Sacred Scripture
Chapter 3: Heavenly Liturgy and the Holy Mass

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Coming Soon…Chapter One

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on November 26, 2012

How well do you know your faith?

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers.  The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of His Messiah come in the flesh. ~CCC§675 (emphasis added)

Make yourselves familiar with the above passage, because it will present itself throughout this study.  It is the central theme to which I will refer back to as this study progresses.

Important information here…

Yet, before I begin, there needs to be an Index of Terms so the reader has reference for abbreviations and text formation within this study.  This index will later appear in PDF format at the beginning of each study for the reader so they can access it without having to leave the study.

Index of Terms:

  • InJD = In John’s Day – referring to the history found in Revelation as it happened
  • InOD = In Our Day – applying this Living Text of Sacred Scripture to our own time and events
  • (Barber, pg#) = reference to where you can find the current quote in use in the book.
  • [ …] = when used inside a quote, these are my words and do not appear in the original text.  Most often used for further clarification and/or for a smoother read.
  • (Ibid.) = quote used is found on the same page as the proceeding quote.
  • ***REGARDLESS of the text and translation used (Holy Bible, RSV Catholic Edition); whenever God is in reference to the Pronoun will receive a capital letter in reverence to our Creator : i.e. Him, His, Himself.***

By Michael Barber

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

“Revelation” in Greek literally means “unveiling”.

In this book, we will take an in-depth look at the Apocalypse.  Chapter by chapter, verse by verse, we will move through this difficult and confusing book of the Bible.  Along the way, we will steer clear of fanciful interpretations by faithfully following the criteria laid out by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Second Vatican Council for studying scripture:

The Content of Unity of Scripture: We will look at the Book of Revelation in the context of the rest of the Bible, seeing how its message fits into God’s fatherly plan (the oikonomia).

The Church’s Living Tradition: The Book of Revelation cannot be properly understood without seeing its relationship to the Church’s tradition, as passed on through her liturgy.

The analogy of Faith: As we consider the concepts and images presented in this book, we will remain faithful to the teachings of the Church, using them to guide us to faithful interpretation.

Rest assured: The Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Scripture, and He helps us to understand Scripture as the Faith is passed on through the life of the church, particularly in her liturgy and in her teaching authority.  (Barber, introduction, xi, xii)

~Michael Barber©2005

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INTRODUCTION:

Having provided that, there is one other element that must be addressed and understood.  It is an element that Barber also thought required addressing and I’m very grateful for his thorough job!  That is, to confirm in the clearest of terms THAT the Apostle John DID INDEED write the Apocalypse.   You can find Barber’s complete evidence in the very first chapter.  I will just give the highlights in the parallel scripture passages as they are found in John’s Gospel and Revelation:

Gospel of John ……………….… Book of Revelation

Jesus as the WORD:                      Jn 1: 1, 14 ———————- Rev 19:13

Jesus as the LAMB:                     Jn 1:29, 36 ——————–  Rev 5: 6, 8, 12, etc…

Christian Worship as
something
done in the Spirit:                        Jn 4:23 ————————– Rev 1:10

Salvation as the gift
of “Living Water” :                      Jn 4:14 —————————- Rev 21:6

Jesus as the Giver
of true Manna :                             Jn 6: 48-50 ———————– Rev 2:17

Mother of Jesus as the
Mother of all believers:          Jn 19: 26-27 ———————- Rev 12:17

The Bridegroom and
the Bride:                                          Jn 3:29 —————————- Rev 19:7, 21: 2, 9

[The call to give our
lives even unto death
(martyrdom)]:                             Jn 12:25 —————————- Rev 12:11

Satan as “cast out” :                  Jn 12:31 —————————– Rev 12:9

Mother of Jesus
being called Woman:              Jn 2:4, 19:26 ———————– Rev 12: 1, 5

Jesus as the
True Temple:                              Jn 2:21 ——————————-  Rev 21:22

Christ as Shepherd:                 Jn 10: 1-16 ————————— Rev 7:17

One can understand, then, why those who lived closest to John knew him as not only ‘Saint John the Evangelist’ (the Gospel writer) but also ‘St. John the Revelator’.” (Barber, 4)

Not to mention that “Clement of Alexandria says that John wrote the Apocalypse while on the island of Patmos, where he had been banished by a ‘tyrant’ [that is Nero, emperor of Rome].” (Ibid.  See footnote 6 for more information.)

For a complete and chilling history of the cruelty of this emperor, see page 5.  It’s interesting to note that the many ‘beasts’ that have followed since Nero’s time have embraced the same type of cruelty in their contempt for mankind and their apparent wish to see mankind destroyed (Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, Mao) .  Something, I might add, that comes up later in the discussion of Satan and his same hatred for mankind.

Sacred Scripture

Which then also reiterates the TRUTH already stated that “Sacred Scripture is timeless”.  It applies to YESTERDAY, TODAY, and the DAYS TO COME.  Barber also makes this point with the event of the Passover.  He states, “There was once a real Passover in Egypt that saved Israel from real bondage – a Passover at which a real lamb was really slaughtered and eaten.  This HISTORIC EVENT PREFIGURES another moment in history – the sacrifice of Christ as the TRUE Passover Lamb, who died to SET US FREE from BONDAGE to sin.(Barber, 14, emphasis added)

So as we continue to read through John’s book of unveiling we are reminded that his writings may pertain to many of the events in our day BUT they also HAPPENED in John’s day to some extent as he prepared the Christians in Jerusalem for the coming destruction of the great city; so too does He prepare us for our own ‘destruction’ – that is the collapse of all that we know.

STUDY MAKE-UP:

The next two chapters provide background and give us a firm foundation for our study in this book of the “Unveiling”.  Read them well, because if you skip any parts, what follows will not make total sense, and you WILL find yourself thumbing back to the beginning to try and discover what you missed.

Also, I’ve had further reflection on these postings.  They may actually occur more frequently than originally thought.  I’ll try to include the next post date with each upcoming chapter to give everyone participating a “head’s up!”

ARE U READY?

Okay, this ends the Introduction.  If you have the book, take a look at the end of the book chapter questions.  Note, the Multiple Choice questions have the answers at the bottom of the page.  But see if you can answer them first without looking at the answers. 

The next page has the Discussion/Study Questions.  This is where this book study can take on an active side.  If you have the book, and if you’re interested – for this chapter and the chapters that follow – answer the questions Barber asks and then choose one that really caught your attention. 

Then, follow the link at the bottom of THIS page, and drop me a line with your response.  If a lot of people respond, I’ll pick the most thought provoking ones and post them on a separate page, with only your initials so as to keep a level of privacy, but so that you can recognize your own response.  If it’s appropriate, I’ll include my own response to those I post.  I hope many will consider participating.

My “to-do” list

FOR CHAPTER TWO:  Please read all of chapter 2 so that you have a “heads up” concerning the content; and so you can participate in the discussion questions that follow at the end of the chapter.  I guarantee it, the posts will have deeper meaning for those who read ahead.   

Introduction Discussion/Study Questions

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