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I cannot wait until Pepperdine to hear Rick & his lessons on the 7 churches & all of Revelation, so will be podcasting The Hills on a regular basis, throughout the fall semester.
These videos are great to whet our appetites for those golden days the first week in May. Thanks, Mike!
I hope you stick with your game plan you laid out in the video. I agree 100% when Rick says it is about the beginning of new things. Rev 21:5 is probably my favorite verse in the whole Bible – “Behold, I am making everything new!” I love that. It just gives me chills. He doesn’t say he is going to but that he is in the process of doing it right now. I thought I would mention a chart that has been helpful to me to see exactly how God is making things new in the end of Revelation. I don’t know where I got this chart from but it is a chart comparing Genesis 1-3 and Revelation 20-22 and how tight those bookends are to the rest of scripture. God is restoring everything that went wrong in the beginning and fulfilling everything he set out to fulfill. I will try to lay it out here but may not look great since I can’t just paste a chart in here.
Genesis 1-3……………………………………………………….Revelation 20-22
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (1:1)……“I saw a new heaven and a new earth” (21:1)
“The darkness He called night” (1:5)……..“There shall be no night there” (21:25)
“God made two great lights” (1:16)……….“The city had no need of the sun or of the moon” (21:23)
“In the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (2:17)……..“There shall be no more death” (21:4)
Satan appears as deceiver of mankind (3:1)……..Satan disappears forever (20:10)
Shown a garden into which defilement entered (3:6-7)……..Shown a city into which defilement will never enter (21:27)
Walk of God with man interrupted (3:8-10)……..Walk of God with man resumed (21:3)
Initial triumph of the serpent (3:13)………Ultimate triumph of the Lamb (20:10, 22:3)
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow” (3:16)……..“There shall be no more death or sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain” (21:4)
“Cursed is the ground for your sake” (3:17)…….“There shall be no more curse” (22:3)
Man’s dominion broken in the fall of the first man, Adam (3:24)…….Man’s dominion restored in the rule of the new man, Christ (22:5)
First paradise closed (3:23)……New paradise opened (21:25)
Access to the tree of life disinherited in Adam (3:24)…….Access to the tree of life reinstated in Christ (22:14)
They were driven from God’s presence (3:24)…….“They shall see his face” (22:4)
I can not recommend too highly George Eldon Ladd’s classic work The Gospel of the Kingdom. His vision of the consummation of God’s reign on this earth at the return of Christ made a profound impact on me many years ago that has never dimmed. Even if one does not share all of his eschatological views his teaching on the Kingdom of God both now and to come is unsurpassed to my knowledge.
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