The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord commemorates the bodily ascension of Christ into heaven which is recounted in Acts 1:1-11, which is our first reading this Sunday. We are told that Jesus appeared to the disciples “during forty days” (Acts 1:3) after his resurrection and then He ascended into heaven before them. This […]
The scenes of judgement and destruction in the previous chapter are countered with scenes of creation and blessing in chapter 21.
Revelation chapter 20 is a sort of theological rail station through which various sorts of interpretive trains pass. Each train travels from a different Scripture tradition and espouses a view of the end times which attempts to find its home in this passage. Six times in this passage St. John refers to a “thousand years” […]
In chapters 17-18 of Revelation St John uses several ancient rhetorical techniques.
Chapter 14 of Revelation opens as a counter point to the worship of the beast described in Chapter 13.
One common difference between our modern notion of Bible interpretation and the ancient one we see in the Bible itself,
As we come to the end of the series of judgments concluding with the seven bowls of God’s fury in Revelation 16, we notice another transition that occurs beginning with Chapter 12 of Revelation.
In the central section of Revelation there is an extended narrative involving a parallel series of three sets of progressive judgments;
As we have already seen, Revelation was primarily written for the encouragement and consolation of those experiencing suffering and persecutions.
As mentioned previously, the book of Revelation can be organized around successive images of Jesus Christ: