Armageddon

Daniel relates an account attributed to the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, in which the king dreams of a huge image made of various materials such as gold, silver, bronze, iron, and clay. The prophet Daniel tells the king God’s interpretation. It stands for the rise and fall of different major world powers starting with Nebuchadnezzar’s own as the golden head. Toes representing 10 kings “You, O king, were watching, and you saw an immense[…]

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Aeschylus and the wild beast’s iconography

Aeschylus is one of the greatest theater writers of all times. He was able to elaborate some iconographic frame we later find in the book of Revelation. His tragedy, The Seven against Thebes, shows important links which are basic in the representation of the wild beast John depicted when in Patmos. It is a tragedy which maintains a deep relationship with some old, primeval conception of history. A representation of the earth and the sky[…]

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Ezekiel’s description of a battlefield

Ezekiel’s oracle about Gog of Magog is deeply intermingled with all the other Bible prophecies. Hints about that final fighting are spread everywhere from Genesis to Revelation. In his last book, John introduces a white horse and its rider. His name is Faithful and True. He wears an ominous outer garment sprinkled with blood. This is Jesus, The Word of God. The time when he makes his entrance is the same when “Babylon the Great,[…]

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The two witnesses of Revelation 11

The two mysterious guys are the two witnesses John sees in vision when in Patmos. They make their entrance in Revelation 11:1-14. Who are they? Simply two normal guys who receive an order to prophesy in the spirit of Moses and Elijah. First John refers to them as being commanded, “in the day of the Lord”, to measure the sanctuary of the temple, the altar and those worshipping. Then the angel announces that the courtyard of God’s[…]

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Giving birth near to the deserts

Childbearing is a common theme in the Bible. Micah wrote: “So he will give them up until the time that she who is to give birth has given birth.”  Micah 5:3 Dying in the delivery A woman is crying out in her agony to give birth between Betel and Ephrata, a rather rocky area. Childbearing has never been an amusing moment. Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife, had difficulty in making the delivery. (Gen. 35:16-20) She actually[…]

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