1055RE: [revelation-list] Re: Rev 2-3 and Rev 4ff
- Feb 9 6:24 AMAre you suggesting that the Great Whore is relegated only to Rome? Or
are you saying that it symbolizes all "Romes" throughout the history of
the church? I
Dr. Tom Ricks
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Subject: [revelation-list] Re: Rev 2-3 and Rev 4ff
I think you have made some good points here, but you are being too
wooden with your approach.
The fact that the New Jerusalem has twelve gates need not mean that
one must be an Israelite to enter, only that Israel has provided the
entry [through its Messiah].
Then again, while 12 often carries the idea of completeness, it need
not always refer to the twelve tribes (="all Israel). The New
Jerusalem is probably a cube because the Holy of Holies was a cube.
That its sides are 12 units long may simply mean it that it is
I'm personally convinced the Great Whore in Revelation is Rome. It's
"secret name" came from the letters of its "Roma" reversed: "Amore."
Yet it represents not romantic love, but unrestrained lust.
I could go on, but I hope you get the idea.
Yes, there are symbols in Revelation. It requires as much art in its
interpretation as it does correct exegetical technique. Both must vary
with the various literary genres contained in Revelation, for the book
is not all of a single genre.
Hope this helps!
Timothy P. Jenney, Ph. D.
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>Tribes" "temple" "Jerusalem" are all symbolic in places in Revelation.
> Can't see it myself. It is clear that "Israel", the idea of "12
Exegetical integrity would demand that one follow through interpreting
all references in a symbolic way. It seems to me to be a strange
exegetical model that would say some references are symbolic and some
literal. This would open the door again to the Pretribulation school
methodology which does just that.
>gates. What it is saying is that to get into the city one has to be a
> For example:
> 12 tribes is clearly meant to be symbolical in Rev 21,22 - the 12
member of one of the 12 tribes. But the city is clearly the bride of
Christ, the church, made up of people of every nation, not just
> That "Tribes" is symbolical elsewhere in Revelation is shown by thefact that the new Jerusalem is represented as a cube, thus having 12
edges, or outside perimeters, each one measuring 12,000 stadia. Hence
a total external measurement of 144,000, the same number as we find in
Rev 7 and 14 concerning the "12 tribes". Again "144,000 Israelites" is
clearly intended to be symbolic.
>church in Rev 3 "make him a pillar in the temple..." It seems strange
> Same thing happens with "temple" whichis clearly are ference to the
exegesis to then make "temple" literal in Chapter 11.
>harlot system was alive and well in those cities at the time of Christ
> As for the harlot being Jerusalem - or even Rome - I admit the
but to limit it to those literal cities would be a great mistake. The
Harlot system is with us all the time. It is called Babylon because it
began in Babel. But it rules over "7 mountains" which is a typical OT
symbol for "empire", and "7" means "totality" i.e. over all the
gentile empires. The harlot system is thus a Gentile system, not as
>are just guessing out of our own minds.
> If we don't use the clues to symbolism John provides us with then we
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> John B
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