Scripture Revealed

A Revelation of Jesus Christ – Revelation 1:1

Tag: pearly gates

Well,  another year has come to an end.  Once again it’s time to look back on the articles that were the most popular.  The internet is an amazing thing.  I’m able to look at each article and see how many unique visitors it received.  What I’d like to do this year is look at the five (5) most popular articles posted in 2016.

Let’s start the count down.

  1. Preaching the Gospel – To the Whole World

    Is it possible that the gospel was preached to the whole world in the first century A.D.?  What the scriptures reveal is that the gospel of the kingdom was preached in the whole world just as Jesus had declared in Matthew 24:14.  The preaching of the gospel to the then known world was a necessary part of God’s plan.  Since the Jews had been scattered over the world (James 1:1), they all had the opportunity to accept the gospel or reject it.  Once the gospel of the kingdom was preached in the whole world, the “end” would then come.

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The Nature of the Book

One of the most misunderstood scriptures in our Bible centers around Revelation 21:21. This is the “pearly gates”, “street of gold” scripture.  Should we take this scripture literally?  Let’s explore what the scriptures reveal.

Revelation is undoubtedly a unique book. While considered part of the New Testament, it is different from other books of the New Testament. More importantly, it is different from styles of writing used today. Revelation is apocalyptic. The word ‘revelation’ in Greek is “apokalupsis”, which means ‘an uncovering’ or ‘unveiling.’ Thus, Revelation is a book that was intended to reveal, not conceal! The book is an example of apocalyptic literature.

Apocalyptic Literature

Apocalyptic literature is a literary style popular from 200 B.C. to 200 A.D. It is a style known for highly symbolic or figurative language written during times of persecution. It usually depicts the conflict between good and evil while encouraging the righteous to persevere.

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