Wade Allen on November 11

This coming Sunday, we will come together to Revelation 18. This passage is a bit different from the other chapters we have studied. It is poetry. John’s recording is an echo of prophetic literature about the fall of evil empires (symbolized in Babylon). While we might consider these words for a distant time and place, they are incredibly applicable to our world in 2019. Join us on Sunday as we explore them together. Let me invite you to read the chapter as you prepare for worship. I will include it below in the NTE version. (Revelation 18 NTE) After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven with great authority; the earth was flooded with the light of his glory. He shouted out in a strong voice, and this is what he said: “Babylon the great has fallen! She has fallen! She has become a place for demons to live, a refuge for every unclean spirit, a refuge for every unclean bird, a refuge for every unclean, hateful monster. All the nations drank from the wine of the wrath of her fornication; the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the traders of the earth became rich from the power of her luxury.” Then I heard another voice from heaven, and this is what it said: “Come out of her, my people, so that you don’t become embroiled in her sins, and so that you don’t receive any of her plagues. Her sins are piled up to the sky, and God has remembered her wickedness. Pay her back as she has paid others; give her double again for all her deeds. Mix her a double dose in her own cup – the cup in which she mixed her poisons. She made herself glorious and lived in luxury; balance... read more

Wade Allen on November 04

This week’s imagery will be anything but boring. As we continue to work our way through Revelation, we encounter new imagery once again. This week, John is taken by an angel into the wilderness. The wilderness is a place where God is encountered over and over through the biblical story. It is also a place where evil lives. In John’s vision, he witnesses a prostitute sitting on a scarlet beast. John marvels at this scene. Join us on Sunday as we explore Revelation 17 together. I have included it below in the NTE version. I hope you will read it as you prepare for worship on Sunday. (Revelation 17 NTE) Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came over and spoke to me. “Come with me,” he said, “and I will show you the judgment of the great whore who sits on many waters. She is the one with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication; she is the one whose fornication has been the wine that has made all the earth-dwellers drunk.” So he took me away, in the spirit, to the desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet monster. It was full of blasphemous names, and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was wearing purple and scarlet, and was decked out with gold, precious stones and pearls. In her hand she was holding a golden goblet, full of abominations and the impurities of her fornications. On her forehead was written a name: “Mystery! Babylon the Great, Mother of Whores and of Earth’s Abominations!” I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I was very greatly astonished. “Why are you... read more

Wade Allen on October 28

As we read and study Revelation together, we might be struggling with the images. Certainly, we are witnessing scenes that do not correspond to our reality. We have to remember that these are images, not literal scenes. Each image takes us back to realities embedded in the Old Testament. Without a proper understanding of the Old Testament, we will have a hard time wrapping our mind around what we are reading. If you were with us this past Sunday, you know that we saw seven angels with seven bowls. This week, we will witness the bowls of wrath being poured out. The connection with the Exodus story is strong. I hope you will join us on Sunday as we explore Revelation 16 together. I will include the passage below in the NTE version. I hope you will read it this week as you prepare for worship on Sunday. (Revelation 16 NTE) Then I heard a loud voice coming from the temple, addressing the seven angels. “Off you go,” said the voice, “and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of God’s anger.” So the first one went off and poured out his bowl on the earth, and foul, painful sores came on the people who had the mark of the monster, and those who worshipped its image. The second one poured his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that from a corpse. Every living thing in the sea died. The third one poured his bowl on the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood. Then I heard the angel of the waters saying,”You are the one Who Is and Who Was,you are the holy one, and you are just!you have passed the righteous sentence: they spilt the blood of saints and... read more

Wade Allen on October 21

As we continue in our Revelation study, we keep coming back to the same themes over and over. But my hope is that they are beginning to become familiar with God’s story as we cycle through it over and over. This week, we come to a pause in the story. Revelation 15 is a short chapter. But it sets the stage for all that is to come. I hope you will take a few minutes to read the passage as you prepare for worship on Sunday. (Revelation 15 NTE) Then I saw another sign – a great, amazing sight in heaven: seven angels who were bringing the seven last plagues. With them God’s anger is completed. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass, mixed with fire. There, by that glassy sea, stood the people who had won the victory over the monster and over its image, and over the number of its name. They were holding harps of God, and they were singing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the lamb. This is how it went:Great and amazing are your works, O Lord God, the Almighty one. Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord,and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before you, because your judgments have been revealed. After this I looked, and the temple of the “tabernacle of witness” was opened in heaven. The seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in clean, shining linen, wearing golden belts across their chests. Then one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the anger of the God who lives for ever... read more

Wade Allen on October 14

If you have not been with us the past few weeks, we have found ourselves deep in Revelation imagery. We now have a dragon, beasts or monsters who are demanding worship. This week, we turn our attention back to the key image of John’s vision. We know that the dragon, with his beasts, are waging war on the people of God. In Revelation 14, the Lamb reenters the story with elite warriors responding to forces of evil. If you have been away for the last few weeks. Let me encourage you to spend a few minutes catching up. You can quickly access the sermons by subscribing to the podcast. If you prefer to watch the videos, you can access them on the sermon videos page. As you prepare for worship on Sunday, please read chapter 14. I will include it here in the NTE version. (Revelation 14 NTE) As I watched, there was the lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were a hundred and forty-four thousand who had his name, and the name of his father, written on their foreheads. I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters, and like the sound of mighty thunder, and the voice I heard was like harpists playing on their harps. And they are singing a new song before the throne, and before the four creatures and the elders. Nobody can learn that song except for the hundred and forty-four thousand who have been redeemed from the earth. These are the ones who have never polluted themselves with women; they are celibate. They follow the lamb wherever he goes. They have been redeemed from the human race as first fruits for God and the lamb, and no lie has been found in their mouths. They are without blemish.... read more

Wade Allen on October 07

Our study in Revelation gives us more images each week. If you were not able to be in worship on Sunday, let me encourage you to listen or watch online. The dragon introduced in chapter 12 will play an important role in the story. This week, the dragon empowers two additional monsters or beasts. As we explore this passage, considering another key apocalyptic book (Daniel), we discover characteristics and patterns of the beast. In the final verse of this chapter, we find one of the most famous verses in Revelation. Join us on Sunday as we step together into chapter 13. I will include the passage below in the NTE version. I hope you will take the time to read it as you prepare for worship on Sunday. See you then. (Revelation 13 NTE) Then I saw a monster coming up out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads. Each of the ten horns was wearing a coronet, and blasphemous names were written on the heads. The monster I saw was like a leopard, with bear’s feet and a lion’s mouth. And the dragon gave the monster its power and its throne and great authority. One of the heads appeared to have been slaughtered and killed, but its fatal wound had been healed. The whole earth was awed and astonished by the monster, and worshipped the dragon because it had given the monster its authority. They worshipped the monster too. “Who is like the monster?” they were saying. “Who can fight against it?” And the monster was given a mouth that speaks great, blasphemous words, and was given authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, to curse his name and his dwelling place – that is, those who dwell in heaven. It... read more

Wade Allen on September 30

As we continue to venture through the book of Revelation, I hope that you are beginning to feel a bit more comfortable reading this often neglected book. Certainly, there is no shortage of challenging chapters. Yet as we begin to wrap our minds around the imagery and symbols, the overall narrative becomes a powerful statement of God’s rule and reign in this world. As you might imagine, the first century Christians needed this letter. And while we may not know it, we need it too. This week, we come to another chapter with more images. This is a fun one (in my opinion). I hope you will read ahead and join us on Sunday for worship. Remember, you can always go back and watch or listen if you have missed a week or two. Here is Revelation 12 in the NTE version. (Revelation 12 NTE) Then a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was expecting a child, and she cried out in pain, in the agony of giving birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: a great fiery-red dragon with seven heads and ten horns. On its heads were seven coronets, and its tail swept a third of the stars out of heaven and threw them down to the earth. The dragon stood opposite the woman who was about to give birth, so that he could devour her child when it was born. She gave birth to a male child, who is going to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. And the child was snatched away to God and to his throne. The woman, meanwhile, fled into the desert, where a place has been prepared for... read more

Wade Allen on September 23

This past Sunday, we crossed over the halfway mark in our series on the book of Revelation. It has been a strange, yet wonderful story. This week, we come to one of the most puzzling chapters in Revelation. All sorts of interpretations have been scattered throughout church history. Yet as we appropriately place this story within the narrative of Revelation, it has powerful implications for the church. I will not give too much away in this blog entry. Let me encourage you to read it and come preparing to study Revelation 11 on Sunday. I will include the NTE version for you in this entry. See you on Sunday. (Revelation 11 NTE) Then a measuring rod like a staff was given to me. “Get up,” said a voice, “and measure God’s temple, and the altar, and those who are worshipping in it. But leave out the outer court of the temple. Don”t measure it. It is given to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. I will give my two witnesses the task of prophesying, clothed in sackcloth, for those one thousand two hundred and sixty days. These two are the two olive trees, the two lampstands, which stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths and devours their enemies. So if anyone wants to harm them, that is how such a person must be killed. These two have authority to shut up the sky, so that it will not rain during the days of their prophecy. They have authority over the waters, to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with any plague, as often as they see fit. When they have completed their testimony, the monster that comes up from... read more

Wade Allen on September 16

The deeper we get into the story, the more intriguing it becomes. The past two Sundays have been difficult chapters. The story lightens a bit this week as John comes down from heaven to experience the message of a powerful angel. This chapter is also shorter than previous chapters. Let me remind you to catch up on sermons you may have missed. You can reference all of the videos and podcast on the website. I have talked to many of you who have told me that you have been doing this. I hope it will make for a richer experience as you are able to hear the entire story. Let me encourage you to read Revelation 10 as you prepare for worship on Sunday. I will provide it below from the NTE version. (Revelation 10 NTE) Then I saw another strong angel coming down from heaven, dressed in a cloud. Over his head was a rainbow; his face was like the sun, and his feet were like fiery pillars. He was holding a small scroll, open, in his hand. Placing his right foot on the sea, and his left on the land, he shouted in a loud voice like a lion roaring. When he shouted, the seven thunders answered with their own voices. When the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven. “Seal up what the seven thunders said,” instructed the voice. “Don”t write it down.” Then the angel whom I had seen standing on the sea and the land raised his right hand towards heaven and swore an oath by the One who lives for ever and ever, who made heaven and what it contains, the earth and what it contains, and the sea and what it contains. This was the... read more

Wade Allen on September 09

We find ourselves in interesting, yet terrifying section of the book of Revelation. Last week, we witnesses the opening of the seventh seal. I would encourage you to watch or listen online if you missed the sermon. A good portion of the sermon is a review of all that we have covered since July. If you have missed several weeks, this will serve you well. This week, we continue the opening of the seventh seal in Revelation 9. As usual, let me encourage you to read ahead as you prepare for worship on Sunday. I will include Revelation 9 from the NTE version in this entry. See you on Sunday. (Revelation 9 NIV) The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of... read more

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