Why Are Prophecies So Cryptic?

Paul tells us that, “None of the rulers of this age understood this [secret and hidden wisdom of God], for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory“ (1 Cor 2:8). This is important to note because we often act as though Satan knew God’s plan all along, but the truth…

Revelation Will “Soon Take Place”?

Verse one of Revelation kicks the book off with the claim that Jesus is showing John “the things that must soon take place.” Of course, this statement strikes us as a bit odd some two thousand years later. “What is soon?” we might ask? “I call all times soon,” C.S. Lewis imagined God replying (1). …

The Genres of Revelation

Revelation is a strange book—so strange that I’ve basically ignored it for my entire life. I was turned off by it for several reasons:  The violence. Again, the violence. Weird interpretations. Revelation code-crackers. Left Behind’s exciting, yet confusing take. The 8 million ways you can interpret everything. The violence. Yet despite everything that Revelation had…

Introduction to Revelation

Since many who expressed interest were missing for our introductory class on Revelation, we’ve recreated it on the 1208PODCAST so that you can get caught up to speed before you join in! The first part of the episode is an introduction to the book of Revelation and the second part is a look at Revelation…

Prophecy: Rush & the Rest Preview

We often misunderstand prophecy, which Paul understood to be an incredibly important spiritual gift that Christians were to earnestly desire. I spend a fair amount of time in my new book, The Rush and the Rest, trying to help people understand and move in this gifting in its various forms. The video above explains more.