Week 5 of a six-week series called The End of All Things. We explore Revelation 13. The beasts and the dragon. And the mark of the beast. They are disturbing images, ones that get twisted around to scare and frighten us. But we have to remember that the Book of Revelation is about cycles of warnings and promises and suffering and hope. And chapter 13 is no different. This chapter is meant to move the people of God out of complacency to a place of renewed faithfulness. It is to remind us of who we are and who we belong to. And it reminds us of who we are to worship and serve.
Six-week series called, The End of All Things. In this series we explore and uncover some of the mysteries in the Book of Revelation, this last book of the Bible. With which lens to we read Revelation? Is it really a futuristic book about the destruction of the world and non-Christians? Or is it a book about warnings and promises, and the hope we have in our relationship to Jesus? How do this letter from the author John relevant to us today in the 21st century? The Book of Revelation presents us with so many questions and yet, its words comfort us and give us hope. Its words are used in hymns and liturgies in the larger Church throughout the centuries, words and images that we have memorized and that have been engrained in our hearts.