Numberphile on 666

Today in my Bible class the topic was apocalyptic literature – Daniel and Revelation. The student who presented included a segment of the above video on the number of the beast, and I thought it was worth sharing with a wider audience. I now have my lecture on this topic online, so that we can [Read More...]

Left Behind in a Nutshell

A quote from the latest post in Fred Clark’s ongoing review of the Left Behind series gets at the heart of his evaluation: This is a pattern in these books. We’re told that Buck Williams is a master journalist, but since the authors couldn’t be bothered to learn what good journalism looks like, we’re shown that Buck is a [Read More...]

Barney the Antichrist

As readers will know if they watched my recorded lecture about the Book of Revelation, I offer a lighthearted look at some of the proposed identifications of the Beast, including the suggestion that it could be Barney. To be fair, a purple dinosaur is obviously more like the monster depicted in the book than most [Read More...]

The Four Horses of the Snowpocalypse

These horses were actually sculpted in China – read the story here. But for some reason when I was shown the photo, I thought, four horses, four horsemen, snowpocalypse (recent blizzard in New England) and it all sort of came together. [Read more...]

That’s Not Taking Revelation Literally

One media outlet described the man who quit his job over a form with the number 666 on it as taking Revelation literally. Fred Clark had this to say, with his characteristic combination of sarcastic wit and religious insight:   No. No, no, no, 666 times no. Believers like Slonopas do not “take the book [Read More...]

Interesting License Plate

What do you think? Accidental or specially ordered? Real or Photoshopped? Uninteresting or really cool symbolism about trust in God making one unconcerned about end times mania? HT Mike Beidler on Facebook [Read more...]

According to the Bible, Young-Earth Creationists Are Doomed to Hell

Revelation 21:8 says: But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Revelation 21:27 adds in reference to the New Jerusalem: Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful [Read More...]

Revelation 22:15: No Dogs Go To Heaven

Revelation 22:15 got a mention in my most recent Sunday school class, even though we weren’t up to that passage. That text mentions that outside the New Jerusalem are “the dogs” as well as a variety of clearly human sinners. One person in the class asked whether this means that God is a cat person. [Read More...]

Lecture on the Book of Revelation

The last class topic of the semester, this lecture begins with a bit of background about apocalyptic literature such as the Book of Daniel, covers general points about the Book of Revelation, and then tackles the number of the Beast, mentioning some prior proposed identifications both frivolous and serious. [Read more...]

Revelation 17: Key To Interpreting the Book of Revelation?

I have mentioned before that Revelation 17:9-10 seems to me to provide decisive evidence against the futurist or “end times” approach to understanding the Book of Revelation. We got up to chapter 17 of the Book of Revelation in my Sunday school class yesterday, and so we focused attention on that particular set of verses [Read More...]

144,000 Priests?

As I mentioned previously, in my Sunday school class we have been in chapter 14 of the Book of Revelation for the past two weeks. One of the members of my class, who in fact teaches Sunday school herself, made the interesting suggestion that the celibacy of the 144,000 (Revelation 14:4) might have to do with their [Read More...]


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