Revelation 15 & 16

When time runs out  Most people consider tolerance to be a feature of Christianity and Christians in general. I checked through my NIV-UK electronic copy of the bible and was somewhat surprised to find that it is not a word associated with the character of God. In fact, intolerance (of sin) is more associated with […]

Revelation 17

Satan’s kingdom comes to an end: Part 1 The world came under the control of Satan after the fall of Adam. In John’s first epistle (chapter 5) he remarks that ‘that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.’ We see clear evidence for the truth of John’s statement in our own […]

Revelation 18

Satan’s kingdom comes to an end: Part 2 In chapter 17 we learned something of the start of the collapse of Satan’s kingdom – it’s a collapse that comes from within as the beast (Satan’s offspring) turns on the prostitute (false religion). In chapter 18 we will see the collapse of Satan’s corrupt commercial system. […]

Revelation 19

Thy kingdom come Jesus had just finished praying when one of the disciples asked him ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ Jesus obliged and right at the start of his model prayer he used these words ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ God’s will is currently not being […]

Revelation 20

The kingdom has come “How could there be a God with all of this suffering, I just can’t believe.” 31% of people in the UK were reckoned to be atheists or agnostics in 1983, just 20 years later that figure had risen to 49%. “If only the world was a better place, if only there […]

Revelation 21

Everything New What a privilege for John to be shown what will take place in the distant future. And what a privilege for us too to see these remarkable things through John’s eyes! Satan, the beast and the false prophet have been finally dealt with, men and women who had rejected God are also dealt […]

Revelation 22

Coming soon What an extraordinary experience John has had! And what a privilege to accompany him through this remarkable series of visions and experiences! As John’s account comes to a close there is one more feature of the new order he still has to see and then he has two final and important closing conversations: […]

2 Corinthians 1

Standing firm in trouble and strife With some people it seems you can never win. You go out of your way to be fair, you think carefully before you speak or act but it’s never good enough, you always offend, you always say the wrong thing! It seems that this was the experience of the […]

2 Corinthians 2

Pain, love, forgiveness and pleasing aromas If you are a parent you will know the agony of not knowing what to do for the best. You love your child, you would do anything for them, but they are neither listening to your good advice nor receptive to your concern. What to do? Paul had made […]

2 Corinthians 3

Dead letter, life-giving spirit There’s nothing more satisfying that a productive day’s work. Just stand back and admire the fruit of your labour – exhausted but satisfied a milestone has been reached and a task completed. Paul was a worker, no question of that. In this chapter Paul reflects on the product of his work: […]