A great video that celebrates creativity with a capital ‘C’.
A great video that celebrates creativity with a capital ‘C’.
I followed the work of Richard Twiss and Wiconi International for a number of years. I never met Richard but felt the sadness at his loss when he died in February this year. Gayle and I watched this video a few days ago. Sadness for the loss of his life and the reminder of the hegemony of the European christendom world. Hope as whatever Richard embodied of the Jesus’ way lives on and as christendom lies in dust in Europe to think of what is rising.
In this video Gar Alperovitz opens with a quote from Claus Schwab, the founder of the Davros ecomomic conference. The quote is from the opening of the conference.
Capitalism, in its current form, no longer fits the world around us.
He suggests there has to be a way forward, a way that is neither the unregulated capitalism of the right, nor the state controlled socialism of the left. (I am neither suggesting all capitalism is unregulated, nor all socialism is controlled centrally.) He says:
You get a sense of what a systemic crisis is when the long, long trends simply do not change in response to politics or reform or action.
A wrapping it up video, with some comments about the beginning and the end: creation -> new creation, followed by some comments on the New Jerusalem.
This is a slightly technical look at the structures we are encountering. To try to make Revelation fit a nice pattern chronologically is problematic. The issue of the battles – in Rev. 19 where there is total destruction only to be followed by post-millennial Gog and Magog is somewhat difficult to perceive. Where do they come from??? The nature of the book is that it is symbolic and highly structured. Many times we encounter the common shape of the chiasmus (X shape: points to a mid point and then reversed), and I look at this within Chapter 18, where there is a chaismus within a chiasmus. I also take from Chapter 17 with the judgement on Babylon through to Chapter 22 and the vindication of the New Jerusalem and seek to show how it is a chiasmus with the Millennium right at the centre. If so we should not be looking to over-interpret what that is / will be. It is an image.
In this video I focus on the four descriptions for the fall of Babylon. The abused woman, the abandoned city, the burning city and the millstone cast into the sea. Also there is a key part relating to the sequence of seven kings, five have been, one is, one is to come. I suggest this is not a technique by which we can date Revelation – which ‘king’ would we start with, which ‘kings’ would we include.
As we come toward the climax of the book we have the very stark tale of 2 cities. The contrasts between the 2 cities are so evident. The city that rises up and the city that comes down. The contrasts too are deliberate. I list 26 contrasts.
We are now in chapters 15 and 16 with the final bowls poured out. This is the chapter that mentions ‘Armageddon’, however John is very explicit that it is a Hebrew name: ‘Harmagedon’ – the Mount of Magedon. It does not exist!! This is no earthly warfare, but the cosmic judgement of heaven against everything that resists the coming of the New Creation.
We also have the second announcement of the fall of Babylon: preparing the way for a fourfold telling of its fall.
This video is a short interlude in the sense that I take a look at a passage within Rev. 14, that on the surface supports eternal punishment:
The smoke of their torment will rise, they hall have no rest day and night
I put forward two issues: the passage uses the genitive for the phrase ‘night and day’: the genitive of time being related to the kind of time (relentless) rather than length of time.
Then I look at the parallel in Isaiah 34 where there is a sequence of fire and sulphur, a night and day experience followed by smoke. (A ‘normal’ sequence of a relentless process that leads to a final, and finalised, outcome.) In Revelation we have the same elements – maybe in a different order, but when looked at structurally it is likely to have the same sequence as the underlying Isaiah passage.
In this video I am taking a look at chapter 14 of Revelation. We have the Lamb and 144,00o followers. There is a strong martyrdom theology in Revelation, and the terminology that is used to describe this army is in sacrificial terms. we are coming to how will the:
dragon –> the beasts –> Babylon (kings of the earth and worshippers of the beast) be overcome?
War was set out in Chapters 12 and 13. So what is the strategy? In the upside down kingdom overcoming is done through obedience to the Lamb, with possible outcomes in the short term of not being allowed to buy and sell and ultimately through martyrdom.
Three angels proclaim:
Then the chapter ends with a two-fold harvest: of salvation and judgement.
Here is the video with a password of revelation.
Back to the camera after a break!! Chapter 13 sees the rise of two beasts: one out of the water and one from the land. we have a hierarchical trinity: the dragon (in creation myths is chaos that resists creation; here is the resister of New Creation – where the book is headed) gives authority to the sea beast (Rome across the waters) and in the land there is a beast that calls for worship – the Imperial cult.
So a strong historical setting – even with a probable reference to Julius Caesar’s assassination.
So here we are with password of ‘revelation’. Enjoy!
In this video we come to Chapter 12. The 3 chapters to chapter 14 are an interlude between the blowing of the seven trumpets and the pouring out of the final seven bowls. They deal with the Messianic war, an OT theme and something very present in many Jewish writings. There has to be a radical re-interpretation of what this means. The enemy is not flesh and blood (no surprise there) but the Satan / dragon. So the weapons are not flesh and blood weapons.
This is a critique of the Pax Romana, as well as any views concerning ‘the myth of redemptive violence’. We will have to bear this in mind for later when we come to the Armageddon texts.
The three visions in this chapter relate together:
The woman gives birth to a child, the dragon opposes her in order to destroy the child, but he ascends to heaven, and the woman is protected in the desert.
There is warfare in heaven, the dragon falls to the earth, the battle becomes more intense. The overcoming is described two-ways: by Michael and his angels / by the saints. The connection between heaven and earth is very clear in this expression of the world view of the writer.
The dragon pursues the woman, the earth comes to her aid, and then the dragon pursues the followers of Jesus / the children of the woman.