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Applying the insights regarding the purpose of Unconditional Love to re-interpret the Old Testament.

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Love Returns

Summarizing the Old Testament as a demonstration of how selfishness fails in families, neighborhoods, cultures and nations. Despite our failings, the Most High remains constant in his love. Inspired by the loyalty and courage of the Lamb, the angels also struggle along with us. While love sometimes feels distant, the prophetic writings of Revelation teach us that it will win through in the end.

One of the challenges I face in reaching the faithful is that they already know so much about the Bible when they read Revelation. They want to treat Revelation as the next part of the Bible – as a story about people. They become confused when I suggest that Revelation is a story about angels. Worse, it’s a story told several times from different perspectives. Revelation 4-7 was the story as experienced in heaven; Revelation 9-11 tells the story again as the history of God’s work…

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The Answer

John prophesizes regarding the history of the Gentile religions – and his insights are echoed unwittingly by the atheist author Douglas Adams (“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).

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Love Returns

Revelation 11 is a prophetic chapter, which allows us to play with ideas again. Although Douglas Adams – a cynical atheist – chose ’42’ as a silly answer to “life, the universe, and everything,” it has a coded meaning in Revelation 11. It signifies the era of civilization after the coming of Jesus  – the era in which the Most High completes his process of healing the world through the religions given to the Gentiles (Christianity and Islam). That accomplishment – first celebrated in Revelation 7 – is celebrated again after the sounding of the seventh trumpet. We should heed to warnings in particular: honor his scripture, and care for the earth.

In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams took on the ultimate question: “What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?”

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Now the question isn’t normally asked that way. Normally we ask “What is the…

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Vaccination

John experiences the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil as a little scroll given to him by Christ.

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Love Returns

Revelation 10: John serves as the measure of Humanity’s strength as Christ and the Most High prepare a dose of evil for us to overcome.

In the theater, we feel tragedy when a person on the stage is surrounded by danger that we saw plotted in other scenes. The death of Romeo and Juliet is a great tragedy. In the final scenes, we know that Juliet has been given a drug that makes her seem dead, but Romeo does not. Finding her in the crypt, he takes a poison. Juliet awakens to find Romeo dead, and plunges a dagger into her heart.

There is no passage in the Bible that brings the human tragedy to light as does Revelation 10. Reading it now, with the struggle so close to its conclusion, we can see nobility as well, and celebration in Christ. But John is so unwitting as he brings suffering…

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Brains

The evolution of brains created new opportunities and dangers for the angels trying to express themselves on earth. The balance: social species gained the upper hand.

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Love Returns

Brains shift the field of evolutionary struggle into learning. In Revelation 9, the Most High adopts new methods to force animals to learn to cooperate. But selfish spirits liked the dinosaurs – they were wonderful machines. So when the Most High wiped out the dinosaurs, their ghosts took root in their successors: insects, birds and mammals. That spiritual infection troubles us even today.

ColdMiseryWinter is cold and flu season, but every year we make appointments to get a flu vaccination. When the sore throat and sniffles start, we might wonder “Where was my cold vaccination?”

There isn’t any, and there probably never will be. The reason is that getting a cold is something that keeps our brains from freezing when the weather gets cold. A cold blocks up the nasal passages and sinuses that lie right next to the skull, keeping the cold air from flowing through them and reaching the brain.

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Extinctions

Interpreting the trumpets of Revelation 8 as extinction episodes that occurred hundreds of millions of years ago, allowing life to escape evolutionary dead ends.

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Love Returns

Combining Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection with Revelation Book 8 to disprove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. The key departure from popular teaching? Revelation 8 does not describe disasters waiting for us in the future, but disasters hundreds of millions of years in our past: the great extinction episodes revealed in the fossil record.

An associate at work is studying Revelation as popularized by many Christian teachers. Frustrated by my objections to their “wisdom,” he asked me “Why were we given Revelation?”

In the modern world, Christianity faces two great objections. The first is a moral objection: Why does God allow evil? Kovno-massacre-June-1941Our study in past weeks has offered a response. The Most High allows evil because he loves unconditionally. He loves all of creation, the beautiful and the ugly.

He believes that ugliness yearns to become pleasing. That can create conflict when ugliness – rather than seeking its…

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