Whenever in a discussion with those who deny the coming of Christ in his contemporary generation, they invariably cite the lack of physical evidence and lack of written witness accounts. This stands to reason since John wrote about spiritual events.
The book of Revelation was written about things John saw while "in the Spirit." John wrote in human terms what he saw in the Spirit. But when those spiritual events actually happened how would those who walk after the flesh know it, or witness it that they can write in down. When in the course of human events something happens of epic proportion, it becomes human history and has many proofs in the flesh. But, when in the course of spiritual events something happens of epic proportion, who in the flesh can know it that can write it down? Therefore, how can it be proved to the satisfaction of religious people constantly yielding to the flesh for answers?
I'd like to write a long dissertation about his, but I believe this is sufficient. If not, feel free to add to it.
I agree, it is why visions of heavenly things are given to men - else they would not know them because they cannot see them. The NT deals more with the spiritual side of things as it concerns eschatology which Jesus and the apostles showed us how to do with the hidden things in scripture that prophecied about Jesus - to a nation that for the most part would be blinded until those things were accomplished which concerned His death. Jesus also pointed to the heart of the matter as it concerns sin and every other major theological issue upon which the Law touched. One needn't allegorize or spiritualize indiscriminately since these examples are given to us. We are supposed to see the types given and know the deeper significance as it concerns our redemption. So why aren't Christians taught this? My guess is because it didn't serve the agenda which was already afoot in that generation amongst the religious group that was ousted. Which only goes to show that things are seldom what they appear to be and we ought to be able to look beyond mere appearances for our understanding. Men get so busy looking at trees that they never find the forest. It is no different among the religious today who have let themselves get so distracted by their doctrinal disputes that they lose sight of why we even need to be redeemed in the first place. But for those of us who know our Hope is in heaven and not earth, at least we know to look up to find the glory of the Lord!
Last Edit: May 17, 2010 16:48:02 GMT -5 by MoGrace2U
Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in things that appear to be the same - Miles Sanford