The End of the World Table

Given the claim that the world will end today (which is ultimately inspired by Harold Camping’s previous failed predictions), I thought it would be fun to create a system for rating apocalypses, much like the new system for rating comments that is being alpha tested on this blog. And so what else could I call [Read More...]

Wednesday Apocalypse

I was in two minds about whether to even blog about the prediction some have made that the world will end tomorrow, October 7th. But then I realized that, just as happens with the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy, so too with calculating the end of the world: people getting it wrong over and over in [Read More...]

Always Open

TheologyGrams shared the above chart. The imagery at the end of Revelation is noteworthy, and I’ve sought to draw attention to it before. Revelation ends with the nations still existing outside the city, and with its gates always open. I’m not entirely sure how this vision relates to the depiction of a lake of fire, [Read More...]

Revelation by the Numbers

Ian Paul shared this chart a while back, suggesting that it provides evidence for the unity of Revelation. I’m not so sure – I’m not entirely persuaded by redactional proposals, but I definitely see why such solutions to the puzzles of Revelation appeal to some. What do readers of this blog think? Is the Book [Read More...]

Spoiler or Revelation?

From People in White Coats. The expectation of an apocalyptic return of Jesus in the Bible is something that, in our era of much-decreased Biblical literacy, might indeed surprise some people. I’ve heard lots of people refer to “the second coming of Jesus Christ” and mean, not a descent from heaven on clouds of Jesus who [Read More...]

Proof That Obama is Satan

Barack Obama is nearing the end of his second term as president. Once his term is over, if not sooner, I hope that people will appropriately mock and ridicule those who confidently proclaimed that Obama is the Antichrist, by which they mean an individual who will rule the world in a final rebellion against God [Read More...]

The Credit Card Number of the Beast

Richard Haynes shared yet another way that one can find 666 in an everyday object. He begins with this: And then combines them to get this: = I wonder whether the person who came up with this is willing to bear the stigma of being wrong. Calling the letter “stigma” is an anachronism, reflecting the [Read More...]

More Biblical Than Left Behind

Benjamin Corey nominated ten movies in the category “more Biblical than Left Behind.” One of them was Shrek, which features a talking donkey, as does the Balaam story. And so when Hemant Mehta drew attention to Corey’s post, he also shared this: Also Biblical is the girding up of one’s loins, and so here is [Read More...]

Based on a True Story?

I saw this ad for the upcoming Left Behind movie on the blog Speculative Faith: There is no sense in which Left Behind is “based on a true story” – even one that hasn’t happened yet. It is based on an impressionistic reading of Revelation that ignores its original context, and often ignores what it [Read More...]

The Whore of Babylon is So Misunderstood

Via IO9 I learned that there is an online comic series about the Whore of Babylon. Here’s a sample: I like seeing pop culture try to tell stories – whether aiming for realism, comedy, or something else – that seek to take cardboard cutout two-dimensional characters from religious texts and give them greater depth, and the [Read More...]

Making Money Off Of Mysteries

Fred Clark has a post about Tim LaHaye's latest attempt to do the opposite of clarifying the meaning of the Book of Revelation. In fact, what such authors do is, first, to either make Revelation seem more mysterious than it is, or play on and cultivate a widespread failure to make sense of the text. [Read More...]