Revelation: A Rock Opera

Have you heard about Mike Doughty’s rock opera based on the Book of Revelation? I love this sort of thing. Others have alluded to Revelation (see “Supper’s Ready” by Genesis, for instance), but to my knowledge this is the first complete rock opera setting of the book. And interestingly it begins with John 1:1 and a [Read More…]

Mythicism and Mysticism

Mythicism has done a pretty good job of spreading the idea that all the information Paul and others had about Jesus was gleaned from visions. That claim doesn’t fit the evidence. We certainly do have evidence that the genre of the apocalyptic vision was popular among Christians as among other Jews. But that is a literary [Read More…]

Merely a Remake

Thom Stark wrote the following on Facebook: The book of Revelation is just a retread of the apocalyptic portions of Daniel and Ezekiel, almost to the point of plagiarism. And it’s full of plot holes. Just goes to show the creative bankruptcy of the whole covenantal reboot. But no offense to all your zealot followers [Read More…]

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…]


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