Looking for a Blessing (Part 2)

To better clarify the issue of whether one can “keep the words” of a prophetic book, it should be remembered that God expected Israel to obey the words of his prophets.  The conviction that someone can respond, either in obedience or disobedience, to a vision, visual act (e.g., gestures), or visual message is continued in … Continue reading Looking for a Blessing (Part 2)

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Looking for a Blessing [Part 1]

When John presents material in groups of seven, he sometimes uses the word “seven;” there are, for example, “seven stars,” “seven lamp stands,” “seven churches,” and “seven seals.”  At other times John’s prophetic book has implicit sevens, such the heavenly encomium that  lists  (1) power, (2) riches, (3) wisdom, (4) strength, (5) honor, (6) glory, … Continue reading Looking for a Blessing [Part 1]