November 12 - November 13
We recently took our initial plunge into apocalyptic literature and discovered that the stimulating world of apocalyptic symbols, colors, and numbers can be confusing. Revelation is the only entire book in the New Testament devoted to apocalyptic thought. It is an exciting and challenging book. Revelation has frequently been misused. It has been divorced from its historical setting and understood as a book of secret codes that program how God will act at the end of time. Revelation does tell us how the story will end: It will end with defeat of all evil with God united with God’s people. The exact timetable, however, is not outlined in Revelation (or anywhere else in the Bible). In fact, the author tells us not to read his book as though it were a schedule. Jesus, despite all attempts to predict the end, will come like a thief (16:15). What is painted in the stark colors of Revelation is a series of impressionistic paintings that witness to God’s activity in the past, present, and future.
This learning event is part of Equipping Leaders for Mission and Ministry and will be led by Professor Kelly Murphy. This event will take place November 12-13, 2021 via Zoom.