The Book of Revelation 2

 
In this short study I want to share some thoughts about the origin of the Book of Revelation. 
The Book begins with the words: “The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw--that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.” 
 
This passage is clear. The message of Revelation was transmitted to the Apostle John from the Risen Lord Jesus Christ Himself and it was written down by John so that the Church would know what was coming on the earth.
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The Book of Revelation

I have been challenged with the idea of writing a series of short thoughts about the Book of Revelation and, if sufficient interest is shown in this first posting, I will go ahead and do a series dealing with the main concepts and revelations of the Book. Here goes!

I love the Book of Revelation!

I love its rhythms and patterns. I love its complexity and yet the basic simplicity of its main theme. I love the fact that anybody who approaches the Book with an open and honest heart will find something in it that will be transformative in his life.

I love the way that the Book of Revelation “rounds off” and completes the message of the whole Bible. For example what begins in Genesis is completed in Revelation. Man fell and was expelled from Eden – what was the final result? Satan entered the world and Babylon was built. How does this end? God made a covenant with Abraham and another with Israel through Moses, but Israel failed. What happens about that? Jesus came as the Messiah of Israel and Saviour of the world. What is the final outcome? Only the Book of Revelation gives the answers!

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A Modern Greek Tragedy

 

The Greek Tragedies are one of the oldest forms of written drama in the world, penned and then performed in the amphitheatres of Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean. They had a number of common characteristics. The main characters were introduced early on in the narrative, and hints were given of their weaknesses and character flaws. The story line provided for the inevitable end drama and climax, in which those flaws were brutally exposed. Death and tragedy were usually the outcome. The audience were made aware of what was brewing, but it appeared that nothing could be done to prevent the sadness and loss. Simple little comments and the odd rash decision bring on the fate destined by the gods. There seems to be no escape, like a fly straying too close to the web of a spider. Today, psychological disorders are named after some of the characters, have you heard of the Oedipus Complex? This is but one example.

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A Modern Greek Tragedy

The Greek Tragedies are one of the oldest forms of written drama in the world, penned and then performed in the amphitheatres of Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean. They had a number of common characteristics. The main characters were introduced early on in the narrative, and hints were given of their weaknesses and character flaws. The story line provided for the inevitable end drama and climax, in which those flaws were brutally exposed. Death and tragedy were usually the outcome. The audience were made aware of what was brewing, but it appeared that nothing could be done to prevent the sadness and loss. Simple little comments and the odd rash decision bring on the fate destined by the gods. There seems to be no escape, like a fly straying too close to the web of a spider. Today, psychological disorders are named after some of the characters, have you heard of the Oedipus Complex? This is but one example.

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iDare2Care: One night of courage, A City Forever Changed

 

Victor Hugo once remarked: You can resist an invading army but you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.” The iDare2Care event proved to be one such idea, echoing as it did the campaign that is sweeping across the globe, namely the CEO SleepOut, a philanthropic initiative that began in Australia 10 years ago with the aim of drawing attention to the global issue of homelessness and raising funds to help combat the scourge. (Recently, South Africa took up the global challenge, successfully hosting the first CEO SleepOut to be held on African soil – the Inaugural 702 Sun International CEO SleepOut™ in Johannesburg).

Wayne Sandeman, Pastor at His People Christian Church Durban, had no idea the extent to which his God-inspired idea to challenge the status quo concerning the plight of the homeless in Durban would be embraced and adopted by his fellow ‘Durbanites’. However, at 5pm on Friday 15 May 2015, approximately 1000 people (including many from different churches around the City) braved the early winter chill and gathered at the City Hall in Durban, to participate in what became known as the iDare2Care initiative.

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Leading with Hope

 

1 Cor 13 (NLT): “Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love”.  When we think of Leadership, especially in the workplace, faith (more often called “vision” or “purpose”) easily comes to mind.  We also expect a leader to develop and nurture staff i.e. “love”.  I believe the third attribute mentioned in Corinthians, HOPE, is at least as important a component of Leadership.  I want to illustrate this point with the inspirational, and very topical, stories of two South African heroes.

Marshall Rapiya was going to be a lawyer, but found himself selling insurance for Old Mutual in uMthatha in the late 1970’s.  Nowadays all financial services companies want to be seen to be serving the so-called “mass market”, but in those days, it was highly uncommon.  Scepticism and racism both inside the company and outside threatened the brave efforts to extend financial inclusion to black people.  It just hadn’t been done before!

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