Saturday, November 29, 2008

Rightly Reading Revelation

Revelation renews us, not so much by telling us about particular future events, as by showing us God, who will bring all events to pass in his own time and own way.

Revelation constantly utilizes earlier Scripture, but uses it creatively, in new configurations. Any vision of God and and his throne room is less like a photograph than an artistic impression. It is a vision, which symbolizes rather than photographs the realities that it presents.

- Vern Poythress, The Returning King, pp. 99 & 105

Prophetic vision is not intended to provide photographic reproduction of what spirits such as cherubim and seraphim look like. Rather, in prophetic vision God adapts to the need of the moment the visual metaphors by which he portrays aspects of truth about himself and his heavenly courtiers.

- Dennis Johnson, The Triumph of the Lamb, p. 101

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