How to Read the Bible: Apocalyptic Literature
It’s the apocalypse! But what exactly does that mean? The Bible is filled wit...
https://seedbed.com Seedbed's mission is to gather, connect, and resource the people of God to sow for a great awakening. // Find out more and join the awakening journey! https://seedbed.com Who is the Beast of Revelation? In this Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. Ben Witherington responds with important Bible background. It's important to keep in mind that the term "antichrist" actually only shows up in the epistles of John (1 John 2:18-22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7), where there are supposedly several antichrists already on the scene. Christians have conflated this term with one of the beasts in Revelation though, who has the famous number 666 (Rev. 13:18). Using gematria, an ancient numerical code system for concealing sensitive information, the biblical author was referring to "Nero Caesar, the Son of the Divine Augustus," which in Latin has the numerical value of 666. In the 90s, some even thought that the emperor Domitian was Nero come back from the dead. So Revelation teaches that the beast, or person who sets himself up against Christ and his church, is a Nero-like figure. Human history tends to repeat itself and may even culminate in a figure whose character resembles that of Nero. // Study the Gospel of Matthew with Ben Witherington: https://my.seedbed.com/product/the-gospel-of-matthew-onebook-daily-weekly/ // Study the Gospel of John with Ben Witherington: https://my.seedbed.com/product/the-gospel-of-john-onebook-daily-weekly/ // Study the Letter to the Romans with Ben Witherington: https://my.seedbed.com/product/the-letter-to-the-romans-onebook-daily-weekly/