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Revelation 21:15-22, Images as Just Images

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And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, each of the gates is a single pearl, and the street of the city is pure gold, transparent as glass.
— Revelation 21:21

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, May 28, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

When I was in college for my undergrad, there was a TV show that never failed to make my roommates and me laugh out loud. (A real life LOL).

I think it was broadcast late into the hours on Saturday. It may even have been in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Anyway, the show consisted of a ranting preacher interpreting the prophecies from the Book of Revelation and Daniel as describing current world events. What gave us a chuckle wasn’t just the wild-eyed passion with which this guy ranted on about, but also the content of his predictions.

I mean, that guy had all his bases covered, because if one of his predictions for the end of the world was off a bit, he’d just adjust it the following week.

Sometimes, I think it’s okay for images in the Bible to just stay as literal images, and nothing else. Especially when you’re looking at the Book of Revelation. I have no idea what “twelve pearls” really referred to when the Revelation to John was first penned. Nor do I really care. What matters is the eventual message of hope that we read about in Revelation.

Prophecies aside, that’s much more beautiful to me anyway.

How do you interpret (or not) the Book of Revelation and its imagery?


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