The Final Battle

Ben Witherington had this to say about the final cosmic battle in Revelation: There is such a strong stress on God’s control over the final eschatological situation in apocalyptic literature that when in fact one gets to the final showdown, it turns out not to be a battle between human forces, which we might call… More The Final Battle

From Faith to Faith

I was reading through Romans 1 earlier and was curious how you out there interpret the phrase ἐκ πίστεως εἰς πίστιν. I haven’t read through commentaries or works on Romans lately, so I don’t recall what the prevailing interpretation is (if one is even more dominant than others). Here’s the whole verse: δικαιοσύνη γὰρ θεοῦ… More From Faith to Faith

John’s Use of Gematria

One among many issues in the book of Revelation concerns the mark of the beast–666. While I have my own interpretation/understanding of what that means, it’s been the subject of intense debate over the years. A plethora of candidates have been offered–Muhammad, the Roman Catholic Church, the papacy, various individual popes, Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen, Martin Luther,… More John’s Use of Gematria

Caird on Sin

I like G. B. Caird and I think his synopsis of the evil in the world is spot on. This quote come from his commentary on Revelation, specifically his discussion of the locusts of chapter nine and their human-like faces (p. 120). He writes Evil may take many sinister forms and ramify far beyond the… More Caird on Sin