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01/30/2022 at 08:18 in reply to: What, according to Dr. Blomberg, is the significance of the new Jerusalem discussed in the book of Revelation? #95315088
New Jerusalem is the imagery that is used to describe what will be at the center of the “new earth”. It is a reminder that all Christians will enjoy the blessings that were originally reserved for only the people of Israel. It is significant to contrast this city with Eden, as cities have been associated with the worst of humanity, but the new Jerusalem will be a redeemed perfect place. There will not be a temple, because through the presence of the Lord the role of a temple is fulfilled. This is some of the significance of the new Jerusalem as it is seen in the book of Revelation.01/30/2022 at 08:07 in reply to: Describe three instances of symbolism in the book of Revelation and discuss your interpretation of the symbols. #95315086
Seven is a symbolic number which means completeness. One instance where we see seven used in Revelation is when it mentions seven seals, seven trumpet, seven years, seven trumpets, seven bowls, seven hills…
Another symbol is the “dragon”, which is Satan.
There is a woman who has offspring which is pursued by the “dragon”, this symbolizes the Christian church.01/29/2022 at 23:49 in reply to: What new things about interpreting the book of Revelation did you learn from this lesson? #95315070
From this lesson I learned that there are four different ways that people interpret the book of Revelation.
I really enjoyed reading the video transcript after watching, it helped me to dissect and revisit the analysis portion of this lesson on Revelation (I read it multiple times). I gathered new learning in the sections on “Readership, Circumstances, and Date”.
I was reminded that Revelation was corroborated by the prophecies of Ezekiel and Daniel.01/29/2022 at 23:30 in reply to: What advice would you give a new Christian who wants to read the book of Revelation? #95315068
I would let them know that the book of Revelation can be very confusing because it contains a lot of symbolism.
It is a book of prophecy, things yet to come. These prophecies were shared by the apostle John and the prophets Ezekiel and Daniel (although the book of the Bible is written by the apostle John).
There are several interpretations for the book of Revelation, this tells me that even highly educated theologians are not completely sure how to interpret the scripture. However, one message remains clear…Jesus is coming back soon and He will have the victory…and He will make all things new.01/29/2022 at 22:17 in reply to: In the video, William Craig said, “The purpose of Jesus’ miracles was to serve as signs of the in-breaking of the kingdom of God. The centerpiece of the message preached by Jesus of Nazareth was that the kingdom of God was breaking into human history. And as signs of this in-breaking, He carried on a ministry of miracle-working and exorcisms. Healing people of various diseases and infirmities, and then casting out evil spirits. And these were meant to be signs to the people that the Advent of the kingdom of God was indeed coming in the Person of Jesus.” Do you agree with Craig’s assertions? Explain the reasons for your response. #95315063
Yes, I believe with Craig’s assertions. Jesus’ miracles allowed people to see what God’s Kingdom would be like. He healed the sick and rose people from the dead because His Kingdom will not know sickness or death. By driving out evil spirits, He showed that the Kingdom would not be a place for them.