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February 26, 2021



Richard Murray, this is excellent! Also, the third chapter of your free ebook _God vs. Evil_, titled, “SATAN: Old Testament Servant Angel or New Testament Cosmic Rebel?” changed my life, opening my eyes to recognize that our God of love has never killed, nor will He ever kill; that it is the devil who has the power of death, not God (Heb. 2:14); and that the prophets—like many believers today—sometimes misattributed to God the acts of Satan.

Nevertheless, I still interpret the Book of Revelation from a futurist perspective: there is a coming literal Antichrist, a coming tribulation, and coming rapture(s), as I discuss at The Evangelical Universalist Forum in my essay,

“The Temple, the Antichrist, and the Structure of Revelation”

at https://forum.evangelicaluniversalist.com/t/the-temple-the-antichrist-and-the-structure-of-revelation/14645

I believe that, in part, Revelation forewarns us that the devil will violently resist his coming eviction, when Jesus starts breaking the seals on the title deed. Our gracious God, through the agency of the saints in heaven, will be impeding and mitigating the devil’s malicious activities right up until The Second Coming of Christ (and us) to earth, on horseback, after the Wedding Feast.

There is a lot of great encouragement in Revelation. But I think unfortunately John of Patmos, the author of the book, still struggled with a bipolar view of God (had some “wrathful residue,” as you might say), and misinterpreted some of what he was seeing in his vision—at least whenever he apparently attributed the inflicting of bloodshed and torment to God or to the saints in heaven.

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