Revelation is full of colorful descriptions of visions which proclaim the last days before the return of Christ and the ushering in of the New Heavens and New Earth. But the importance of having ongoing revelation as a Christian. The Lord’s admonition to us with respect to learning is clear. Walton, John H. Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible. Revelation and Christianity In theology Christian, there are general revelation (by which God reveals Himself to all people, including the nature of the conscience and history) and special revelation (by which God reveals by words or actions). Over the last few weeks we have looked at the Book of … Only then can we accomplish God's purposes. Use it today and every day.! Dave Jenkins is the Executive Director of Servants of Grace Ministries, the Executive Editor of Theology for Life Magazine, and the Host of the Equipping You in Grace Podcast and Warriors of Grace Podcast. I am not against using our minds. That revealed knowledge does not come from books, from scientific proof, or from intellectual pondering. When Jesus returns, He will destroy all His enemies with a word out of His mouth then establish His Kingdom with the New Jerusalem. The body of Revelation contains four series of seven messages or visions: Letters to churches (Revelation 2-3), seals on a scroll (4:1-8:1), trumpets (8:2-11:19), and bowls of wrath (Revelation 15-16). The teachings of this verse are critical. Many West Africans dream dreams or see visions that have spiritual implications for them and for their families. There were a few men in the Old Testament who were men of the heart. The religious view (at least the view of a religion that is undiluted by apostasy) includes reason as well as revelation, and it embraces the truths determined by both. The Bible doesn’t address every area of life or answer every question we have about God. If you spend your life just using your head to study the Scriptures and acquire a lot of Bible-knowledge, you will end up being another scribe or Pharisee. We learn through study and faith (see Doctrine and Covenants 9:7–9; 88:118). Then, in Revelation 7:1-8, John explains the angels restraining the winds of woe until the people of God are sealed. In Revelation 12:1-6, John portrays the defeat of the dragon in its desire to destroy the child of the heavenly woman (Revelation 12:1-5), followed by her flight for safety into the wilderness (Revelation 12:6). Nick has worked for White Horse Inn for several years, has written over one hundred articles for Core Christianity, and has work featured in Modern Reformation, Fathom Magazine, Mockingbird NYC, Church Leaders, Banner of Truth, and other places. 1978, 25, 26, harvardmagazine.com. The Book of Revelation is one of those books in the Bible that will keep you at the edge of your seat. History is not moving about willy-nilly in the mind of God. A good portion of our intelligence is due to genetics. This is what Jesus taught in response to Simon Peter’s testimony that He was the Christ: ‘Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood’”—or, we might say, logic or the physical senses—“‘hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven’ (Matthew 16:17). After the flood, it became essential for the vertical relationship between God and man to become reestablished, and revelation from God enabled that creation covenant to become tenuous (Gen 8:20-22 NKJV). Both Isaiah and Jeremiah refer to God’s covenantal revelation to Abram a thread that flows throughout the entire OT until the fulfillment of that covenantal revelation in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, now all nations are a part of God covenantal family (Gen 22). David was a man after God's own heart. In contrast, the rational view excludes what is spiritually revealed. When applied to our hermeneutic, this means that the meaning of the biblical text is to be understood as it is written normally. Merril, Rooker, and Grisanti declared that Leviticus” attested” to revelation than any other book of the Bible (238). California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Moral degeneration; Cataclysmic natural and military disasters, Tribulation, including the persecution of Christians; The Second Coming of Jesus; The Millennium, The intermediate and final judgments; The final dissolution of the earth, The glorification of Christians in heaven. The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown. “When we know spiritual truths by spiritual means, we can be just as sure of that knowledge as scholars and scientists are of the different kinds of knowledge they have acquired by [scientific] methods.”3. Having grown up in a different Christian church, I felt that to accept the teachings of the restored Church, I needed to be totally convinced intellectually that my previous beliefs were mistaken and that these new teachings were truly teachings of the gospel that Jesus Christ had previously established. But it’s not the intellectual confirmation that’s most important; it’s the revealed truth and our acting on it. that they would get revelation from the Holy Spirit on these great truths. Instead of portraying characters and events directly, John describes them indirectly by means of symbols. There is no tolerance in the modern world for things that can’t be proven scientifically. Freedom in Christ – The Importance of Revelation. Torah is of Judaism, Quran for Islam and the Bible for Christianity. 26:8). In a letter to the Corinthian Saints, he said, ‘The things of God knoweth no man, but [by] the Spirit of God’ (1 Corinthians 2:11; see also John 14:17). John reveals the spiritual realities lying behind the church’s trials and temptations during the time between Christ’s first and second comings. We can see an illustration of this in the old covenant tabernacle which had 3 parts. When Is Thanksgiving? We live in an age of information. “But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God” (2 Nephi 9:28–29). The revelation of Jesus Christ is important because it is God's speaking to His people about when Jesus Christ will return. It's something I have thought a lot about because as culture becomes more and more skewed, more churches and Christians are getting caught up in the tangly web and I personally believe it's because we are a Christian community are not hungry like our predecessors in seeking wisdom and understanding about the deep things of God.