Paul’s words concerning the return of the Lord were a comfort to the grieving Thessalonians, but they have caused protracted strife among theologians. Perhaps the solution lies in his use of Covenant-literary structure.
The modern practice of dismantling the Bible into a shambles of documents authored in response to disparate historical events rather than viewing it as a unified testimony inspired by God is a surefire way to miss what is actually going on in the text. This failure is compounded by an outright refusal to accept Genesis 1-3 as the foundation for the entire metanarrative.
John Weis wisely read Moses and the Revelation twice before reviewing, and on his second pass he made a helpful summary.
Jesus’ seven last “words” from the cross follow the pattern of Creation. Why? Because He was making all things new.
There are no redundant details in the Bible. Every word is there for a reason. So what is the significance of the fact that the great red dragon in Revelation 12 “stands” rather than “stood”?
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Taken at face value, the New Testament appears to warn its first readers about coming events which were not only momentous but also imminent. This means that there is a great discrepancy between the sacred texts and the things which modern Christians are actually taught.
The eleventh cycle brings us to Atonement, where the theme is the “Covenant Oath” of Israel. However, since Jesus was entirely faithful to the Mosaic Oath as our High Priest, John turns this theme inside-out and calls upon other witnesses to testify to that faithfulness.
The sixth major section of Revelation is the OATH / SANCTIONS step of the Covenant pattern. In the Bible Matrix, this corresponds to the book of Joshua and the Day of Atonement. Here, however, the inheritance of earthly Israel is made void.
The seventh cycle deals with the saints in the court of God as a new Hierarchy. Unlike the Abrahamic demarcation, this is a division by Spirit rather than flesh, a court not of Jews by birth but of “Jews indeed,” those with hearts circumcised by the Gospel of Christ.
Why are there seven bowls of wrath in Revelation 16, and from where did they come? Those familiar with the Old Testament will relate them to the Day of Atonement, but only the literary architecture reveals their actual source and identity.