Archive for July, 2013

Henry Alford on the second woe

July 30, 2013 Comments off

The following is Henry Alford’s commentary on Revelation 9:13-21, from The Greek Testament with a critically revised text, a digest of various readings, marginal references to verbal and idiomatic usage, prolegomena, and a critical and exegetical commentary, for the use of theological students and ministers. 3rd ed. by Henry Alford (1810-1871). Published 1856 by Rivingstons, Deighton, Bell, and Co. in London, Cambridge. pp. 644-648.
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Zechariah’s astonished horses and the second woe

July 30, 2013 Comments off

The horses of the prophecy of the 2nd woe may allude to the horses mentioned in Zechariah 12, and 14.

In Zechariah’s prophecies, the armies of those who come against Jerusalem are not killed; instead, they are smitten with “astonishment,” and with “blindness,” and other plagues. This illustrates that they are involved in warfare of a spiritual nature, not a flesh and blood conflict.

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Interpretation of the second woe

July 25, 2013 Comments off

The traditional interpretation of the second woe of Revelation 9 is that the horses in the prophecy are symbolic, and represent false teachers, and apostasy, which, it was believed, would become worse at the time of the end. The views of some of the early scholars of the church who studied the Apocalypse are considered in this post. Quotations and author information are adapted from Augustus Clissold, The spiritual exposition of the Apocalypse, Volume 2, 1851.

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Wayne Jackson on “gehenna”

July 20, 2013 Comments off

The following is a critique of a portion of an article published by Christian Courier, which discusses gehenna.

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The horses of the sixth trumpet

July 15, 2013 Comments off

Neither the locust plague of the fifth trumpet, which is the first woe, nor the army of horses in the sixth trumpet, which is the 2nd woe, are able to bring the world to repentance. In the sixth trumpet, the horses represent people who lack spiritual understanding.

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Symbolic horses of Joel 2 and Revelation 9

July 11, 2013 1 comment

Several prophecies, including Joel 2, Rev. 9 & 19 speak of armies of horses, and horsemen. They are not literal horses, but figurative.

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The land and its deity

July 6, 2013 Comments off

God’s promises to Abraham were connected with knowing God, as God’s revelations of himself were Abraham’s “exceeding great reward.”

“After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” [Gen. 15:1]

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G. K. Beale on the two witnesses

July 4, 2013 Comments off

Gregory K. Beale is Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. In his commentary on Revelation he says the two witnesses of chapter 11 represent the whole church, not two individual humans. Beale wrote: [1]

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