WHATCHU TALKIN BOUT WILLIS?

I grew up when Diff'rent Strokes was a popular television show. That's no big deal unless your last name is Willis. To this day I still hear those famous words popularized by Arnold: "Whatchu talkin bout Willis?" Usually they are uttered by someone looking at me as though I may have never heard it before. Yeah, right! Well this blog is what I (Willis) am talkin bout...my thoughts, observations & opinions. Enjoy...



Wednesday, March 18, 2009

More Revelation

I have a new found love for the book of Revelation. It promises a blessing to those who read it (1:3) and I'm really being blessed these days! I, like many new Christians, read Revelation many years ago after my conversion. It's a book, however, that I've tap danced around for many years since. It was cool... it was mysterious... but I basically didn't get much from it between chapters 3 and 21! I recently committed to studying it and it has been incredibly inspiring. The book of Revelation rocks! When I read it I can't help but get pumped up! And it should encourage us. It did so for our brothers and sisters many years ago and for many generations since. Here's a taste from chapter 5...

6Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."

I recently read the entire book without chapter or verse markings. I had to do a lot of cut & pasting from Biblegateway. It took a few minutes, but I highly recommend it. Try to do it in one sitting if you possibly can. It's awesome - trust me.

4 comments:

William Mckinley Dyer said...

I think a book like Revelation has to be read with no chapter or verse sections. It flows real well

aaronsaufley said...

Dude! Email that sucker to me.

David H. Willis said...

Aaron,

It's coming at you the AM. It's on my thumbdrive at the office.

bethshusband said...

I think there are many things that most conservative Christians shy away from; things like the Holy Spirit and eschatology. I know it's out of a reaction to the inaccurate interpretation of most of it that is shared by so many evangelicals, but I think so much is missed when we put these things on the back burner and ignore them.
I've recently become attached to a verse in Revelation that I've started to really see in a new way. Revelation 21:4 "...for the old order of things has passed away." What a great promise that what is to come will be nothing like what is. It will be so much more!
Man, now I'm getting pumped up too!