Unraveling Revelation: Thyatira – The Lax Church

November 18, 2019

Thyatira was a town dominated by craftsmens’ guilds, and to have a career you needed to belong to a guild—and worship its patron deity. We discuss comparisons of Thyatira to the medieval church between 606 and 1517 AD.

Unraveling Revelation: Pergamum – The Compromising Church

November 11, 2019

Besides the Great Altar of Zeus, Pergamum was known for the Asclepion, a temple of healing devoted to the demigod Asclepius. We discuss the pagan rites of Pergamum and why the church there represents the history of the Christian church between 313 and 606 AD.

Unraveling Revelation: Smyrna – Conquering the Second Death

October 28, 2019

The church of Smyrna was told it would be tested and suffer tribulation for ten days. We discuss the trials of Smyrna, which represents the church age between 100 and 312 AD, and the reminder that the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation is about the long war with Death.

Unraveling Revelation: The Church of Ephesus (Part 1)

September 30, 2019

Ephesus was a world-class city in the first century, the most prominent in Western Asia Minor. We discuss the importance of the goddess Artemis, evidence of demonic activity during the apostolic age, and begin to analyze the letter from Jesus to the church in the city where John spent his last days.

Unraveling Revelation: Who Was John?

September 2, 2019

John was the youngest of the apostles, the last one to die, and the only one we know of who wasn’t martyred for his faith. We summarize what we know about John and explain why we believe he was the author of Revelation.

Unraveling Revelation: What Did John Know?

August 26, 2019

The political and social changes of the centuries before John wrote the book of Revelation turned the world of the apostles upside down. We summarize the political and social changes from Antiochus Ephiphanes to Domitian, including the 1st century myth of Nero Redivivus, the belief that Emperor Nero didn’t die in 68 AD and would return someday, possibly as the spirit inside another evil Roman emperor.

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