The World of the End


Revelation: The World of the End

October 12 - November 23, 2014

Revelation is one of the most widely known and least understood books of the Bible. It is often thought to be about the end of the world, but this is not at all what its author intended—at least not the way we talk about "the end of the world" today. Instead, Revelation is a letter to the churches living in the context of the Roman Empire, a political power like none that the world had ever seen. Revelation gives the church not a vision of the end of the world, but of the world of the end, the world as God has always intended it to be.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bryant Anderson

mp3 | Video | Revelation 1:9-20

The World of the End (Part 1)

John's introduction to the book of Revelation sets the stage for what is to come.  The fantastical images and puzzling symbolism are all a part of a comprehensive message to the first century church, a message that we can still hear today.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bryant Anderson

mp3 | Revelation 4:1-11 & 5:6-14

The World of the End (Part 2)

John takes us into the heavenly throne room and recounts the bizarre scene:  one seated on the throne, twenty-four elders with thrones of their own, living creatures covered with eyes, and a seven-eyed, seven-horned lamb.  John is framing the visions to come with worship of God and the Lamb, so that his hearers are clear:  God is king, not Caesar.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bryant Anderson

mp3 | VideoRevelation 6:1-8

The World of the End (Part 3)

The lamb breaks open the seals on the scroll one by one, and with each seal, a horse and rider are sent to the earth, representing conquest, slaughter, famine, and death. Readers have often viewed these as progressive stages of events that will take place one day during the end times, but in reality these were things happening at the very time of John's writing, and they have continued ever since. They are the natural outworking of human sin in a fallen world, and Christians are called to bear faithful witness in the midst of it all.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bryant Anderson

mp3 | Revelation 13:11-18

The World of the End (Part 4)

John's visions turn more violent as the seven trumpets are blown, calling down more destruction upon the earth and calling up unimaginable beasts.  The dragon calls a seven-headed beast out of the sea, and another beast out of the earth.  Far from predicting the eventual arrival of an "antichrist," John uses these ferocious figures to depict the political realities of the Roman Empire in the first century, political realities that are still familiar to us today.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bryant Anderson

mp3 | VideoRevelation 17:1-6 & 19:11-21

The World of the End (Part 5)

John narrates the great battle, staged at a place called "Armageddon."  The battle John speaks of is bloody and violent, but in symbolism only.  John works with all images pulled straight from the Old Testament prophets in order to demonstrate that the promises made long ago will be fulfilled, and that God will win the victory, no matter how great the powers of the world may seem.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bryant Anderson

mp3 | VideoRevelation 21:1-6 & 22:1-5

The World of the End (Part 6)

The final words of Revelation-and the final words of Scripture-are words of profound hope and reassurance.  Not only will God win the victory over the powers of evil and injustice in the world, but the world and everything in it will be made new.  Revelation is not about the end of the world; it is about the world of the end, and the world of the end is the remaking of all things.