Category Archives: Meditations

The Eagle of Woes


In the brief intermission after the fourth trumpet sounds the eagle is introduced. What do we know of the eagle? There is much information about the character of the eagle as scavenger, bird of prey, and symbol of strength. I … Continue reading

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Imitation of the Divine


The seven seals are followed by the seven trumpets, beginning in chapter 8. The last seal ended with a theophany of fire, announcing that the divine has arrived upon the earth. John begins to see stunning destruction unfolding upon the … Continue reading

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The Silence before the Thunder


The opening of the seventh seal comes with great expectations. The spirit of the mystic, the apocalypticist, is filled with the completeness of everything that is symbolized by the throne room. This is the fulness of Presence, the completeness of … Continue reading

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The Divine Sabbath


How does the living one reveal himself in this interlude between the opening of the sixth and the seventh seal? The Apocalypse is a book of hints and allusions, smudged connections and subliminal evocations of myth and history in which … Continue reading

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The Lamb Who is also The Shepherd


After the opening of the sixth seal there is an abrupt break in the unfolding of the revelation of the divine. Chapter 7 presents two visions the content of which offers hope and assurance that in spite of the cosmic … Continue reading

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The Face of the Living One


When the Lamb opens the sixth seal the terrible wrath of the divine is revealed. The fifth seal was the self-revelation of the Lamb as judge and avenger. Now the revelation discloses the face of the avenger. It is a … Continue reading

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Martyred Witness


When the Lamb opened the fifth seal John receives the revelation of the martyred souls abiding under the altar. Where does this image of an altar originate? So far, what has been revealed is what is taking place in the … Continue reading

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Of Seals and Sealed


What are we to make of the opening of the seals? It is clear that the living one, who has the power to open and shut, is the one who opens the seals. The opening is a revelation. Something is … Continue reading

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The Seven Seals of War and Victory


The opening of the seven seals is described in chapter 6, and in chapter 8:1-5. The scene is still the throne room, and the Lamb is about to open the seals. First seal: white horse and rider carrying the bow. … Continue reading

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The Lion Who Is The Lamb


The Apocalypse continues in chapter 5 the theocentric┬ávision in the throne room. “One” seated on the throne has a scroll in his right hand. The scroll is sealed, and no one is found in heaven or on earth, worthy to … Continue reading

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