Theological Issues. WAR & PEACE Trinity International University. © John Stevenson, 2009. Session Objectives. To apply interpretation of passages in Revelation to the issues of the Kingdom of God, War and Peace, and the nature of Christian discipleship.
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WAR & PEACE
Trinity International University
© John Stevenson, 2009
Throne of God & Scroll with seven seals
Christ, the Dragon & the Seven Bowls
The Harlot on Seven Hills & the Bride
The King reigns
New Heaven & New Earth
Vision of Jesus and Seven letters to seven churches
Each ends with a promise of 2nd Coming
Christ wipes away every tear (7:17)
Christ will reign forever & ever (11:15)
Fall of the nations
“It is done” (16:17)
Rider on the White Horse (19:16)
Lake of Fire
I am coming quickly (22:20)
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.
And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
What are the Primary Issues to Consider when thinking theologically about the issue of War and Peace?
“God only knows that which is possible to know.”
“God is so confident in His sovereignty, He does not need to micromanage everything.”
Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD,
And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”?
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He counts the number of the stars;
He gives names to all of them.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in strength;
His understanding is infinite.
Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.