Some scholars say that we see in Revelation not progressive events, not events that continue on and on, but parallel events, various pictures that describe the same events. Look back over chapters 6-8.5. Then look at chapters 8.5-10. Do you see anything that could be taken as parallel? How do both of these sections end?

At the beginning of Revelation 9, there is a picture of a star falling from the sky to the earth. And this star is given the keys to the great abyss. In Revelation, stars seem to represent angels. Here is a passage from Isaiah:
How you have fallen from heaven,
O morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!

You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.

I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”

But you are brought down to the grave,
to the depths of the pit.

Is this a reference to what we are reading in Revelation? What do you think it represents?

Remember, if you find yourself confused, you are in good company. To be honest, there are many things I read here, then read commentary from scholars, and still find myself confused. Revelation is not an easy read. But hang in there - there are some great pictures yet to come...


  1. Confused? Yes, I am. I reminds me of a History of English Literature class I took in college. I remember trying to read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, I never understood the poetic imagery, and was always lost in the discussions. When I read Rev. 6-10, I find that I have more questions than answers!

  2. I'm in good company. I was going to say this book wasn't written for linear thinkers. That's why people make charts and graphs of it.
    Interesting thought about the parallel events. I'm going to have to have a talk with John when I get up there.

  3. What happened this week? Did you guys wimp out on this one?

  4. Matt is on vacation and I spent all of my energy this week on Ephesians.
    :) We will be back this week though!