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Theology Matters: Intro to Revelation

For many, the book of Revelation is one of the most puzzling sections of the Bible. Confusing symbols, mysterious imagery, and sometimes unpleasant descriptions make it daunting to read and difficult to understand. In this series of seminars we look at some of the key themes and tricky passages, learning how to interpret and learn from this important book.

Apocalypse Now?

Liam Thatcher 17th June 2012

Confusing symbols, mysterious imagery, and sometimes unpleasant descriptions make Revelation daunting to read and difficult to understand. How much is it a prediction of the future? How is it relevant today? And how should we go about interpreting it? In this session we will look at some principles to help us understand this book, and the picture it paints of Jesus.

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The Lamb and the Throne

Liam Thatcher 24th June 2012

John’s first glimpse into heaven is a dazzling picture: strange creatures, precious jewels, and a dramatic scene with thousands of worshippers. Here we look at the Lamb on the Throne in Revelation 4 and 5, learn to interpret the symbols and consider how this picture helps us to understand the major theme of Revelation.

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Seals, Trumpets and Bowls

Liam Thatcher 1st July 2012

John describes a series of shocking events: natural disasters, plagues and catastrophes falling upon the Earth. How should we interpret these? Are they literal predictions of a bleak future? How and when might they happen? And what do they tell us about the trajectory of time and the character of God?

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The Woman and the Dragon

Liam Thatcher 8th July 2012

Revelation 12 and 13 are some of the most confusing verses in Scripture. Winged-women, multi-headed beasts and a cryptic number: 666. What do these pictures mean, how on earth are they relevant to us, and what sort of hope should we be able to draw from them?

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The Millennium

Liam Thatcher 15th July 2012

As the story draws towards a close, we read that Christ will reign for 1,000 years. Little in Scripture has caused more debate than these chapters. What is the millennium, when will it happen and how is it relevant for us today?

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New Creation

Liam Thatcher 22nd July 2012

What is God’s final plan for creation? This week we come to the end of our series on Revelation by looking at John’s incredible description of the New Creation, full of rich imagery and incredible hope. We will see what God has in store for this world, and how that gives us a sense of purpose and mission here and now.

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