Did you hear the story about the dragon?

It goes like this

The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”

 

Did you just read that passage and think that sounded like a fantasy novel, you like something that you would read in Lord or the Rings, or something that might be seen on shows like Games of thrones? Truth is it comes from Revelation chapter 13 verse 1-4. Revelation a book that is part letter, part prophecy and a whole lotta apocalypse. A book that can often be overlooked or become people’s obsession.

Over the next few weeks we are going to be looking at this book but not in the normal way. We are not going to try and match what we read in Revelation with what we read in the news. Instead we are going to approach by trying to understand the theology behind it. What does it say about God and about humanity?

See revelation is meant to be about hope and not fear. Hope that while things look like it’s at is worst, that evil is winning over good that will not always be the case. That ultimately the Alpha and the Omega, God will have the final say and we can take comfort in that.