Rapture Now, The Sequel

Perhaps you’ve heard. Harold Camping is now saying the Rapture will happen in October.

If you missed last Saturday’s Rapture, don’t worry; the next one promises to be very similar. No one will be taken up, but more false teaching will be taken down.

I’m still trying to understand these believers who are so fixated on the Rapture. How did they get like this? What desire so colored their objectivity that they could ignore Scripture and believe Camping’s teaching?

Did they sing I’ll Fly Away one too many times growing up and now can’t get the tune out of their head? Or did they read a Left Behind book and now every time they see an attractive cloud start fantasizing about hooking up with it? Or maybe they are frustrated acrobat wannabees who see the Rapture as the ultimate circus gig sans the net? Continue reading “Rapture Now, The Sequel”

The Beast Of Revelation-Part III


In two previous blog posts I gave the evidence from Revelation that the beast was Nero Caesar. I’ll conclude here with two more clues which point to Nero.

1.  His Death. Revelation 13:8 says those who aren’t Christians will worship the beast. As I mentioned in a previous post, Nero was one of the first Roman Emperors (along with Caligula) who claimed to have become a god while still alive. Then comes these two verses:

“If anyone has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.”

Revelation 13:9-10. Sure enough, in 68 A.D., Nero died by the sword, his own; he committed suicide. Continue reading “The Beast Of Revelation-Part III”

The Beast Of Revelation-Part II (666)


I said in the blog post yesterday that Revelation was intended to make clear to the reader the identity of the beast of Revelation. I suggested the beast was Nero Caesar.

Revelation 13:18 contains another clue as to the identity of the beast:

“Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.”

In Hebrew, every letter has a corresponding number. The Hebrew spelling of Nero Caesar (represented here with English letters) was NRWN QSR.

Now if you take each Hebrew letter and add its corresponding number, here is what you get: N = 50  R = 200   W = 6  N =50  Q = 100  S = 60  R = 200 = Total: 666. Continue reading “The Beast Of Revelation-Part II (666)”

The Beast Of Revelation-Part I


If I was going to engage in speculation about the meaning of Revelation, I would never have taken up the task of blogging on the subject. There has been too much speculation already.

Do you really want to hear more about how everyone from Osama Bin Laden to President Obama is the Antichrist? Do you want to continue freaking out about having the numbers “666” on a social security card, credit card or driver’s license?

No doubt you’ve heard similar speculation about the beast of Revelation. I would like to suggest to you that the identity of the beast of Revelation is quite clear. Revelation contains clues intended to make his identity easy to discover.

One of those clues is found in Revelation 17. There the angel says to John, “I will tell you the mystery of the woman and the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and ten horns.” (Revelation 17:7). “The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits…” (Revelation 17:9). It is well-known Rome sits on seven hills. Continue reading “The Beast Of Revelation-Part I”

Demystifying The 42 Months Of Revelation


The Book of Revelation is supposed to bring a blessing to those who read it. (Revelation 1:3).

Unfortunately, the interpretations taken by many are so fanciful and speculative it’s hard to see how they could possibly be blessed by it.

This is true with some of the interpretations of the 42 months mentioned in Revelation 11:2 & 13:5.

If you’ve been reading the posts here you know I’ve taken the interpretation that Revelation is primarily a book about the destruction of Jerusalem and events that occurred prior to its destruction in 70 A.D.

Continue reading “Demystifying The 42 Months Of Revelation”