Hi friends! I want to share something absolutely amazing with you involving my sister.
She has daily Bible time, though it’s almost always on her phone. Occasionally a video or another book is involved, but that’s it. She usually gets Bible time done in the morning as well, so then in the evening, she has time to squeeze in watching Heartland or Boy Meets World or a Marvel movie.
When evening arrives, I walk into the living room to see my sister has pulled out her study Bible, a highlighter, & has started playing the next Revelation video. Not only do I never see her have her Bible out, I have never witnessed her hunger for the Word until last night. What a feeling that was to witness, and what a small sliver of being blessed with what I assume God feels when He sees us hungry for Him.
Personally, I actually watched two videos last night because it was sooo good. I am grateful for the age of media where I can just binge theological sermons without having to wait a week. I’ll share both videos below but before I do, I’ll share the favorite thing I learned.
Before I do, I want to clarify that this pastor does not practice eisegesis, which we all have been guilty of. He focuses on the exegesis of scripture. He also tends to list the most common interpretations, then marking which of those interpretations he believes in. I think those practices are extremely important, especially in the Book of Revelation. If you have no clue what eisegesis vs exegesis is, I have included a multi-picture chart below.
Anyways, I’ll get into what my favorite insight was in these two videos I watched yesterday.
The verse is Revelation 1:7.
“Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.”
So at first glance, it’s not too hard to guess that John is writing about Jesus’ 2nd coming. A footnote after the word “cloud” leads us to Daniel 7:13:
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.” -Daniel 7:13
John was referencing Daniel in this text and many believe that it means that He is going to come down with the clouds.
However, there’s a verse in Hebrews 12:1 that mentions clouds in a different viewpoint. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,”
Another interpretation, one that this Pastor takes on, is that Jesus will be coming down with a “cloud of witnesses”…a cloud of saints…a cloud of believers who have been raptured from the grave and from the Earth, to work alongside him during his 1,000 year reign on Earth to destroy evil in The Last Battle (anyone read the last book of Chronicles of Narnia? I haven’t gotten to it yet).
Regardless of the interpretation, I can’t wait for that day that Jesus comes with the clouds.
Here are the two videos if you’d like to watch.