Opening the Book of Revelation (XIV)

Opening the Book of Revelation (XIV)

In this post, we will cover some of the more famous images in the first half of the Book of Revelation. Chapter 5—The Lamb and the Living Creatures The Lamb that is the focal point of this chapter has seven horns and seven eyes. These are symbolic numbers, of course. Seven means fullness, perfection.... [Read more...]

Opening the Book of Revelation (XIII)

Opening the Book of Revelation (XIII)

In the beginning of the Book of Revelation, there is a vision of heaven. What are the blessed are doing in heaven? Worshipping God, of course. That means liturgy. We read in Vatican II’s Constitution on the Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, that the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of... [Read more...]

Opening the Book of Revelation (XII)

Opening the Book of Revelation (XII)

This post and those that follow will be a little tour of the Book of Revelation. I say “tour” rather than “commentary” because it will not be exhaustive, but a selection of some of the most famous sites along the way. I will not be giving my own opinions as authoritative, either—instead... [Read more...]

Opening the Book of Revelation (XI)

Opening the Book of Revelation (XI)

The first questions we need to ask about the Book of Revelation are the most basic: Who, what, where, and when is this about? Is it about the early Church under the Roman Empire? The Church right now? The Church at the end of the world? Fortunately, these all have the same easy answer: “Yes.”... [Read more...]

Opening the Book of Revelation (X)

Opening the Book of Revelation (X)

Before we begin our tour of the Book of Revelation itself in the next post, it is fitting that we take a look at a couple of points that will save a lot of explanation later on, then take stock of what we’ve learned so far. 1. Symbolic Numbers 2. Narrative flow—Recapitulation 1. The Book of Revelation... [Read more...]

Opening the Book of Revelation (IX)

Opening the Book of Revelation (IX)

When the LORD began to speak with Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea: Go, get for yourself a woman of prostitution and children of prostitution, for the land prostitutes itself, turning away from the LORD. —Hosea 1:2 The LORD said to me in the days of King Josiah: Do you see what rebellious Israel has done?... [Read more...]

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