PROPHECY HEADLINES: Russia suspects Turkey of preparing to invade Syria | Obama being pressured by aides to expand military role against ISIS in Libya | Saudi Arabia offers to send ground troops to Syria
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “War in Heaven? Part 1” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
Right in the middle of the book of Revelation is a “scorecard.” It lists the seven symbolic players in the great end-times drama. The identity of these figures is crucial to the interpretation of the whole book. The “woman” who brings forth the “male child” is especially significant.
“You can’t tell the players without a scorecard!” we often say. The same is true in the book of Revelation. Seven symbolic “players” are introduced in chapters 12-13. Their identities are crucial to the interpretation of the entire book. Who they are and what they represent determine how we view what is happening in the Apocalypse.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 31) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
But as Christ’s second coming will be a mighty change to the ungodly — so will it also be a mighty change to the godly.
They shall at length be freed from everything which now mars their comfort. “The door shall be shut”… against the fiery darts of Satan, against the loathsome weakness of the flesh which now clings to them, against the unkind world which now misrepresents and misunderstands them, against the doubts and fears which now so often darken their path, against the weariness which now clogs their best efforts to serve the Lord, against all coldness and deadness, against all shortcomings and backslidings — against all these the door shall be shut forever!”