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What about the souls under the altar? (Revelation 6:9)

Revelation 6:9 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”   This passage is sometimes read super-literally to support the teaching of the immortality of the soul, that souls of the […]

What is the name of the mighty angel in Revelation 10?

We are not told. In fact, we only know the names of two angels, despite many being mentioned in the Bible. The two named angels are Gabriel (Daniel 8:16;9:21; Luke 1:19,26) and Michael (Dan 10:13,21;12:1; Jude 9; Rev 12:7). The angel in John’s vision sounds extraordinarily impressive: Then I saw another mighty angel coming down […]

Will any Gentiles be saved during the tribulation?

The idea of a period of tribulation preceeding is based upon a section of the Olivet Prophecy, which reads as follows: For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, […]

The theme of the Book of Jeremiah is repentance or removal. How does this idea relate to the church at Ephesus that Jesus wrote to in Revelation 2:1-5?

Revelation 2:1-5 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.  (2)  “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested […]

Revelation 21:23 says that there will be no sun or moon shining on the earth. Will the earth be transported to heaven so God can be its light?

When Revelation 21:23 says that the glory of God will illuminate the New Jerusalem it is probably speaking figuratively, in the same way that God is said to be “its temple” in the previous verse. These verses are talking about a change in the order of things. Whereas previously worship was organised around temples, and […]

Which numbers in the Bible are literal and which aren’t?

The only way to tell the difference between literal and figurative is context. For example, when we find something in a historical book, like the book of Kings, then it is likely to be literal. When we find something in a poetic book, like Psalms, then it is likely to be figurative. However, even then […]