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Somewhere along the way, Christians decided that an effective evangelism technique would be to talk about the end of the world.
I apologize for the tone, but really?
As if we had any idea what the end of the world is going to look like anyway.
Have you ever thought that perhaps Revelation was revealing to us something different? That perhaps we were supposed to read beyond the metaphor and allow our eyes to be opened to something deeper than our own world?
What if Revelation were something different from what we initially perceived it to be?
I won’t go into exegetical detail (I’m no theologian, so you don’t want me writing that kind of stuff), but I want to give you an idea of what happened as I read this book with new eyes.
The book of Revelation is one of those books that is often run away from because of its daunting nature and weird metaphoric and apocalyptic language. So naturally, it’s not a book you want to be going to if you don’t know anything about the Bible.
But here’s what I noticed about much of the imagery in Revelation: the stories seemed oddly familiar. They were different somehow.
Check out Chapter 12. Look familiar? Do you see it? It’s the Christmas story.
It’s being told, not from our perspective (which you’d find in the writings of Matthew and Luke), but from heaven’s perspective.
The Advent of the Christ was so much more than the birth of a child.
It was a war of universal proportions.
That’s just one example, but it got me asking the question, “What if that’s what Revelation is really about?”
What if Revelation isn’t revealing to us the end of the world and how it will play out? What if it’s revealing to us the history of our world from heaven’s perspective and playing out the most important events throughout that history through the eyes of the Author?
I’ve discovered a deeper richness to the book since allowing my mind to grasp a thought that didn’t come from something I had been taught.
It’s more alive to me now; it’s more exciting, more real.
And suddenly the Bible means something to me.