Monday, September 30, 2013


It's probably a good idea to start discussing the Book of Revelation by identifying the assumptions (presuppositions) I used during the major portion of my studies.  They are:

  1. The Book of Revelation is inspired Scripture and therefor like "All Scripture" it "is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." (2 Tim 3:16-17, ESV).
  1. John the Apostle was the author of the book.
  2. The book was probably written around the mid-90s AD. I'm not dogmatic on this date and there are some people who I respect that argue that Revelation was written at a much earlier date.
  3. Although it is not an assumption, at this point it's probably a good idea to indicate that unless otherwise noted, I'll quote Scripture from the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible.

That's it. That's all of them.

Oh, I probably should say that when I started studying Revelation I began with a lot more presuppositions then I ended the study with. The assumptions that didn't make the cut kept getting in the way of me being able to understand the text. I may post more about this in the future but I think this is sufficient for now.

Of course, you are free to disagree with these assumptions and/or to have a point of view that others should have been included or even that some or all of these should have been excluded. That's fine, I'm just trying to define the view point I used to help me during my studies.

Just What Everybody Needs

Just what everybody needs -- Another End Times Blog.

Actually, this blog isn't so much about the end times. My long time focus has been on the Book of Revelation. So, think of this blog as a place holding my thoughts and notes about John's apocalypse. Given my propensity to change note & word processing apps, even entire operating systems at the drop of a hat, I needed a somewhat whim-safe mental mechanization storage facility. I think a blog fits that bill.

Of course the Book of Revelation does deal with end time events so a little binary code will be expended on the end times within the 1's and 0's of this blog as well. Word of caution though, I'm 98.7% certain that the content of this blog will never have the approval of either Tim LaHaye or Jerry Jenkins. Nothing against the Left Behind boys mind you; I thought their books were pretty decent works of fiction.

Other people likely to be disappointed by Another End Times Blog include Bible code aficionados, numerologists (unless the total letters of their last name when translated from Hebrew to Babylonian is 3 less than the cube root of pi multiplied by itself less one), and people who think Harold Camping, Glenn Beck,  John Hagee, or Jack Van Impe are pretty good Bible expositors.

Rules of the rode:

I'm not seminary trained, I don't speak for a denomination, I'm not a teacher, I have no background in Biblical languages (most people agree that even my command of English is lacking), and I have a tendency to skip a step or two when trying to make logical connections. So, everything I post is subject to being totally and completely wrong, inarticulate, or mostly dumb. If on rare occasions I post an article that resonates with you though, I would very much appreciate hearing from you. Give me the benefit of your thoughts and post your comments people. Be interactive, respectful, and open minded.

Oh and Trolls…do us all a favor, go away.