As a follower of Jesus, I love to study and write about the Bible, especially the New Testament. Although I have studied and taught in seminaries (in the U.S. and overseas), I prefer practical writings and informal discussions in small Sunday Schools and home bible studies. Join me in discussions or questions at my blog (see address below).
False prophets have misused Revelation for centuries; they predicted end-time apocalyptic disasters were at hand. But Revelation's disasters are symbolic: they depict heaven's warnings to churches that have fallen in love with greedy and violent empires. The risen Jesus calls most churches to turn from that idolatry and immorality and return to the one true Lord and his kingdom of true prophets.
Matthew's Jesus is the Messiah, God's anointed king; but his kingdom is not the kingdom of Israel. From the start, he announces a new kingdom, the kingdom of heaven: this kingdom of disciples will be a contrast to all the kingdoms of the world--beginning with the kingdom of Israel.
Are the best things that happen to you blessings from God? The Bible is specific about what things are really blessings from God. Yet blessings in the Old Testament are different from blessings in the New Testament. This book describes the blessings in the Old Testament, and then especially the blessings in the New Testament; these latter blessings are the true blessings from God now.