First Thoughts


      The purpose of this web site is to provide sane, evidence-based information about the Bible's Book of Revelation in the context of the exciting times in which we live. The primary owner and author of the site is Jon Paulien, a professor of New Testament at Andrews University and a specialist in the Book of Revelation. The blogs posted on this site will include studies of particular texts in Revelation and also exploring issues of interpretation and how the Book of Revelation impacts today's world and how today's world impacts the way we study Revelation.
      A companion web site is also under construction. It is thebattleofarmageddon.com. That site will focus particularly on the End-time scenarios of Revelation. It will include devotionals based on the Book of Revelation and an online store where visitors can eventually purchase materials that include audio and video lectures on Revelation and DVD video presentations.
      It is my hope that both sites will be active by the first of January, 2007. Check back by the first of the year and then visit over and over again as new content is added. If you have suggestions about issues I should address in my blogs, feel free to write.

Best wishes,

Jon Paulien

 

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  • 12/25/2006 9:08 AM Marty wrote:
    Great to see you starting a blog Jon. I'm sure many of us will look forward to your musings.
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  • 12/25/2006 11:33 AM Julius wrote:
    I'm eagerly awaiting...your thoughts, reflections, and full advent in Loma Linda! Thanks for letting me know about the blog!
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  • 12/30/2006 8:27 AM Michael Campbell wrote:
    Welcome to the world of Blogging! It's great to see you online.
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  • 1/3/2007 7:48 AM JC wrote:
    Jon,
    "Freely receive, freely give" is something we are commanded to do. Will you be offering your 60 CDs available for download in MP3 files for free? If you need help in getting them converted to MP3 format, let me know.
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    1. 3/12/2007 5:15 AM Jon Paulien wrote:
      JC,
      I am exploring that option with the manufacturer. They are working on an MP3 version. We will see if they give permission to download single pieces.
      Jon
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  • 1/5/2007 1:50 PM Mele wrote:
    Your interview on 3ABN caught my attention...and HELD it! Gratitude & appreciation.

    What a delight to learn that peasants such as myself can have access to such an experienced and educated giraffe (if I may liken you to such) who, via your CD's lets us into your classroom.

    I'm puzzled with poster's "chips in the air" comments, if Truth is progressive depending on the experience and faith of each individual seeker, it would follow that when interpretations are offered which challenge that individual's current interpretation, he has the option to evaluate then reject or align it with his current understanding of The Word. Isn't it those very challenges that drive us to deeper study and reflection— often resulting in "AhHa!" moments— leading to a brighter and happier relationship with our Lord?

    Of course, each of us has the ultimate power of veto [freewill] so why should any new/different idea be unsettling?

    Oh, and how can I get a copy of your own translation of Revelation that you referenced during the visit with Danny?

    Eagerly awaiting 3ABN project,
    Mele
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    1. 3/12/2007 5:17 AM Jon Paulien wrote:
      Mele,
      We're working on the translation. Not as simple a project as it may sound. Hope to post it on the web site before the end of 2007.
      Jon
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  • 1/7/2007 12:47 PM Chris wrote:
    Jon: it was so nice to see and hear you speak on 3ABN "Revelation for Dummies." Just what I need some tools to help me understand the deeper mysteries of God. We can all dive deeper into that subject. If you do have MP3 messages available I would be very interested. Thanks for all your study and commitment. Chris
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  • 1/9/2007 11:10 AM Diana Harrell wrote:
    I am so happy to have seen you on 3ABN. I'm not SDA but am very interested in learning about this Faith and learning a different way to think about Revelations. I feel you are part of my growing experience with SDA's and look forward to reading your Website daily.
    I want to learn the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I'm also looking forward to your program on 3ABN. I really enjoy your laid back way of teaching. I'm so excited about learning. Thank you so much, Diana
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  • 1/21/2007 6:21 AM Kemboi wrote:
    I was excited to capture the theme of worship marked the early encounter of Yahweh in Exodus 3:12. The theme is put in put in the context of "people coming out of Egypt and worshipping Yahweh in Mt. Horeb.
    This theme, as you point in Revelation series, comes full circle to those being "called out of Babylon" and worship Him who is the Creator.

    What a calling and what a continual theme. And this is done with an emphasize on Who, When and Why.

    Kemboi
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  • 6/17/2007 5:24 PM david wrote:
    do not be afraid

    PRAISE GOD



    QUOTE EINSTEIN
    look for what is not what should be.
    the important thing is not to stop the questions.


    What is the meaning of life?
    THE QUESTION IS THE ANSWER


    thats my own lil revalation



    Revelation is an uncovering or disclosure via communication from the divine of something that has been partially or wholly hidden or unknown, "which could not be known apart from the unveiling"

    revelation is the process, or act of making divine information known, often through direct ontological realization which transcends the human state and reaches into the divine Intellect




    QUOTE David Gosney
    WHAT IS THE MEAING OF LIFE?
    THE QUESTION IS THE ANSWER.
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    1. 6/21/2007 7:01 PM Richard Humpal wrote:
      Inspiration takes many forms. There are people who say they live “Inspired” lives. For some a beautiful sunset or the brightly colored wings of a butterfly inspire them to write a song. Others are inspired by the love expressed to them by their husband, wife or child that causes them to make sacrifices of their personal comfort or very life for the benefit of the other. Many say that they are “Inspired” by the Word of God that fills their lives to overflowing with the ‘fruits of the spirit’. And a small number of people have claimed (or had someone make the claim about them) that God “Inspired” them either to deeds of surpassing benefit to mankind, or to do abject evil (suicide bombers). In every one of these cases the inspiration has come upon them from the outside that caused them to do what they did, for good or evil.

      Most of us don’t pause to actually think about the definitions of the words we use. We acknowledge ‘common usage’ of words in our everyday language and don’t realize that the true meaning may be opposite to what we intend. This is the case when we use the word “Inspire”. The word “Inspire” is a verb that acts from the inside, not from the outside.

      Take a deep breath, what do you experience? If you are in the mountains and the air is clear you can have an experience that rivals a kiss. Now light up a cigarette or stand close to someone who has and take a deep breath, what do you experience? If you have never smoked before you will experience coughing, hacking, and a burning sensation in your throat and lungs. In both cases you inspired (breathed in), but the results were dramatically different.

      In the spiritual world we use the word inspire to suggest that God has singled someone out for a specific purpose. We say with certainty that the Bible is ‘inspired,’ or that someone we view as a prophet or apostle was ‘inspired’. Many people say that the Spirit of God directly inspired the writers of the Gospels. They even say that Paul was inspired on the Damascus road by a vision of Jesus Christ. As an example, today the Mormons claim that Joseph Smith was a prophet and was ‘inspired’ by God. Adventists make the claim that Ellen G. White was a prophet and was directly inspired by God, (as did she herself), so much so, that they say with complete certainty that her writings and books are “The Spirit of Prophecy”.

      Is any of this true? How are we to tell? The only way to really know which spirit it is that you have chosen to inspire (breath in) is by comparing the truth that this spirit leads you to, with the teachings of Jesus Christ given to us by actual eyewitnesses when He was here on this earth. It appears that the only eyewitnesses to Jesus' testimony in the New Testament were Matthew, John and Peter. Perhaps this is the reason Luke, Mark, James and Paul's writings are very hard to understand.

      To know the truth to what people call "divine information" one must know the spirit they are dealing with.
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  • 4/12/2009 6:28 PM RICHARD SCHURZ wrote:
    Hi,

    Enclosed is a Bible study of the 7 Bible clues which reveal the identity of the coming antichrist of the Great Tribulation. Hoping for your comments and feedback.

    Your eternal friend in Jesus,

    Richard

    WHAT ARE THE 7 BIBLE CLUES WHICH REVEAL THE IDENTITY OF THE COMING ANTICHRIST??

    Revelation 13:17b,18: "The mark of the beast {Or antichrist} is the *NAME* of the Beast or the number of *HIS NAME*. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, *LET HIM* calculate the number of the Beast {Even in AD 96 when Revelation was written}, for it is a man's number {Or "Number of a MAN"}. *HIS* number is *666*." God has promised in the above inspired passage that any saint {Even in AD 96--which implies that the name was known in AD 96} with spiritual wisdom and insight may calculate the name of the beast which is a *MAN'S NAME* and adds up to 666.
    In Thess 2:3 the Beast of the End-Times is called a "*MAN* of sin or lawlessness" or very SINFUL MAN and therefore the name of the Beast which adds up to 666 is a *MAN'S* name which is also confirmed in Rev 13:17b,18 above. Therefore, the NAME of the Beast which adds up to 666 is a sinful *MAN'S NAME* and could not be the name of a woman or a city, country, computer or Satan, etc.. Rev 13:16,17: "He {The False Prophet} forced everyone... to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead. No one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast {Nero Caesar??} or the number of his name {666}.
    Actually there are 7 BIBLE CLUES that show who the antichrist of the future 1260-day Tribulation will be. By an amazing coincidence all 7 Bible clues can be applied to Nero Caesar!!
    {1} The anti-christ will be a "MAN OF SIN" or very sinful MAN as per 2 Thess 2:3 above.
    {2} The number of this sinful man's name is 666 as per Rev 13:16-18. The Bible was written by 40 divinely inspired Hebrews in Hebrew and Greek; so then it is highly probable that this man's name adds up to 666 in Hebrew or Greek. Nero Caesar's name adds up to 666 in Hebrew which we will show later in this Bible study.
    {3} This sinful man whose name adds up to 666 died BEFORE AD 96 when Revelation was written.{See Rev 17:8 below} We will show later why Revelation was written between Sept AD 95 and Sept AD 96. Nero Caesar lived from December 15th, AD 37 to June 9th AD 68.
    {4} This sinful man who was alive and then died before AD 96 was FATALLY WOUNDED by a sword wound to his head. Nero Caesar committed suicide with a sword wound to his head on June 9th, AD 68. {See Rev 13:3 and Rev 13:14 below}
    {5} This very sinful man who died before AD 96 was a KING in the Roman Empire as per Daniel 7:24. There were 11 Roman Kings or Caesars who died before AD 96 including the 6th Roman Caesar who killed Paul and Peter in AD 66; and whose name adds up to 666 in Hebrew. Domitian Caesar was the 12th Caesar who was alive when Revelation was written in AD 96.
    {6} The beast is also called a
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    1. 5/9/2009 12:56 PM John Quin wrote:
      I'm not sure I follow all of this.
      However I can say as someone that loosely identify themselves as an Adventist that I feel there is a need for caution regarding bold prophetic claims.
      I do not think we need to have an explanation for everything in the Bible, esp revelation. I think the church seems to have felt the need to prove it's credentials as having the gift of prophesy by deriving an interpretation for almost everything.
      I think it is important to be able to say that we don't know what was meant by some parts of the Bible.
      Now I do allow for the fact that I may not have studied sufficiently to understand why some people are so confident in their interpretation of scripture.
      With respect to the traditional SDA views on the Papacy and the USA I think it is important to recognise that we should not make the accusation of a crime before one is committed. It is my understanding that Adventists have gotten it wrong in the past with regard to the Antichrist. Potentially we still have it wrong.
      I allow for the fact that the world political and social structure may change into something that is completely unrecognisable to us before the end of time.
      I still see the need to share the gift of prophesy with others so that they can identify end time events as the unfold. However I also believe that much damage can be done by a promoting a rigid interpretation of exactly who is going to be a persecuting power.
      I feel it can create a barrier between Adventist and other denominations that is not in keeping with Christian principles. Additionally the Adventist church looses face badly is 'current events' prove their rigid interpretation to be flawed.
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  • 7/27/2009 8:46 AM RICHARD SCHURZ wrote:
    Hi,

    Enclosed is a Bible study of the 7 Bible clues which reveal the identity of the coming antichrist of the Great Tribulation and could Obama possibly be the future False Prophet of 666. Jesus is our bestest Friend and only Jesus and His Father gives Endless Love. Hoping for your comments and feedback. My phone is 863-651-4426.

    Your eternal friend in Jesus,

    Richard

    WHAT ARE THE 7 BIBLE CLUES WHICH REVEAL THE IDENTITY OF 666??


    Revelation 13:17b,18: "The mark of the beast {Or antichrist}is the *NAME* of the Beast or the number of *HIS NAME*. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, *LET HIM* calculate the number of the Beast {Even in AD 96 when Revelation was written}, for it is a man's number {Or "Number of a MAN"}. *HIS* number is *666*." God has promised in the above inspired passage that any saint {Even in AD 96--which implies that the name was known in AD 96} with spiritual wisdom and insight may calculate the name of the beast which is a *MAN'S NAME* and adds up to 666.

    In Thess 2:3 the Beast of the End-Times is called a "*MAN* of sin or lawlessness" or very SINFUL MAN and therefore the name of the Beast which adds up to 666 is a *MAN'S* name which is also confirmed in Rev 13:17b,18 above. Therefore, the NAME of the Beast which adds up to 666 is a sinful *MAN'S NAME* and could not be the name of a woman or a city, country, computer or Satan, etc..

    Rev 13:16,17: "He {The False Prophet} forced everyone... to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead. No one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast {Nero Caesar??} or the number of his name {666}. The antichrist is called a "BEAST" 36 {6x6} times in Revelation and the BEAST is a much better name than antichrist since antichrist is mentioned 4 times in God's Word {I John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7} and each time the word encompasses all who are against Christ. I JOHN 2:18: "Even now many antichrists have come." Surely all who receive the mark of the Beast are antichrists.

    666 is referred to in the MASCULINE gender 28 times and the Beast is never referred to in the feminine or neuter gender. It is interesting to note that if the Beast of the end-times will be a religious organization, country or city it would be referred to in the female or neuter gender!!! The masculine pronouns used for the Beast are "HIS" 11 times: Rev 13:1, 5,16b,18b; 14:9,11; 17:7b; 19:2; 20:4(2X) & Daniel 7:26. "HE" 10 times: Rev 13:1;6a,7a,7; 17:8b; 17:11; 2 Thess 2:6; Daniel 7:24,25 & Daniel 9:27. "HIM" 5 times: Rev 13:4b; 19:20; 2 Thess 2:6; Daniel 7:25 & Daniel 9:27. "HIMSELF" 2 times in 2 Thess 2:4.

    Actually there are **7 BIBLE CLUES** that show who the BEAST of the future 1260-day Tribulation will be. By an amazing coincidence all 7 Bible clues can be applied to Nero Caesar!!

    {{1}} The BEAST will be a "MAN OF SIN" or very sinful MAN as per 2 Thess 2:3 above.

    {{2}} The number of this sinful man's name is 666 as per Re
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  • 10/6/2009 1:43 PM RICHARD SCHURZ wrote:
    Hi,

    Enclosed is a Bible study of the 7 Bible clues which reveal the identity of the coming antichrist of the Great Tribulation and could Obama possibly be the future False Prophet of 666. Jesus is our bestest Friend and only Jesus and His Father gives Endless Love. Hoping for your comments and feedback. My phone is 863-651-4426.

    Your eternal friend in Jesus,

    Richard

    WHAT ARE THE 7 BIBLE CLUES WHICH REVEAL THE IDENTITY OF 666??


    Revelation 13:17b,18: "The mark of the beast {Or antichrist}is the *NAME* of the Beast or the number of *HIS NAME*. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, *LET HIM* calculate the number of the Beast {Even in AD 96 when Revelation was written}, for it is a man's number {Or "Number of a MAN"}. *HIS* number is *666*." God has promised in the above inspired passage that any saint {Even in AD 96--which implies that the name was known in AD 96} with spiritual wisdom and insight may calculate the name of the beast which is a *MAN'S NAME* and adds up to 666.

    In Thess 2:3 the Beast of the End-Times is called a "*MAN* of sin or lawlessness" or very SINFUL MAN and therefore the name of the Beast which adds up to 666 is a *MAN'S* name which is also confirmed in Rev 13:17b,18 above. Therefore, the NAME of the Beast which adds up to 666 is a sinful *MAN'S NAME* and could not be the name of a woman or a city, country, computer or Satan, etc.. 666 is also identified with a MASCULINE pronoun 28 times in God's Word which we will show later.

    Rev 13:16,17: "He {The False Prophet} forced everyone... to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead. No one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast {Nero Caesar??} or the number of his name {666}. The antichrist is called a "BEAST" 36 {6x6} times in Revelation and the BEAST is a much better name than antichrist since antichrist is mentioned 4 times in God's Word {I John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7} and each time the word encompasses all who are against Christ. I JOHN 2:18: "Even now many antichrists have come." Surely all who receive the mark of the Beast are antichrists.

    666 is referred to in the MASCULINE gender 28 times and the Beast is never referred to in the feminine or neuter gender. It is interesting to note that if the Beast of the end-times will be a religious organization, country or city it would be referred to in the female or neuter gender!!! The masculine pronouns used for the Beast are "HIS" 11 times: Rev 13:1, 5,16b,18b; 14:9,11; 17:7b; 19:2; 20:4(2X) & Daniel 7:26. "HE" 10 times: Rev 13:1;6a,7a,7; 17:8b; 17:11; 2 Thess 2:6; Daniel 7:24,25 & Daniel 9:27. "HIM" 5 times: Rev 13:4b; 19:20; 2 Thess 2:6; Daniel 7:25 & Daniel 9:27. "HIMSELF" 2 times in 2 Thess 2:4.

    Actually there are **7 BIBLE CLUES** that show who the BEAST of the future 1260-day Tribulation will be. By an amazing coincidence all 7 Bible clues can be applied to Nero Caesar!!

    {{1}} The BEAST will be a "MAN OF SIN" or very sinf
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  • 12/8/2009 8:56 PM como hacer dinero wrote:
    This is a part of the scriptures that intrigue me the most, naturally I'm enjoying teh site quite much. Jon thank you.
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  • 1/17/2010 2:19 PM Alejo wrote:
    Hi Dr Paulien!

    I know you look seven main visions and no eight structuring Revelation, but do you agree with Strand's idea that every vision has 4 sections (introduction, prophecy, interlude and climax)? If so, what would be, in your oppinion, this four sections in the fifth to seventh visions?

    In the other hand, do you think that the testimony of Correia that Bacchiocchi tells at his 666 dvd is historically accurate or trustworthy?
    Thanks!
    Alejo
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  • 8/31/2010 10:30 PM CAPODANNO ROMA wrote:
    Resources like the one you mentioned here will be very useful to me! I will post a link to this page on my blog. I am sure my visitors will find that very useful
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  • 11/21/2010 10:49 PM juliemary catapan wrote:
    i am confused of isias 66:16 about the fire and the people who eats pork, and any other dirty things on earth. please explain it to me.i am a catholic and i want to know the thruth.about the 2ndcoming of JESUS CHRI.ST
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  • 10/12/2011 7:17 AM Ernesto Mack wrote:
    This is a informative blog. Continue the good work and information.
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