Dr. Kim Riddlebarger: It should be perfectly clear that all those whose names are not written in the book of life and have been judged according to their deeds, failed to stand in that judgment, and are, therefore, cast into the lake of fire, which is an apocalyptic symbol for unending, conscious torment in the … More Is your name written in the book of life?
Dr. Kim Riddlebarger comments on Job 40: Throughout the opening verses of chapter 40, the focus is on God’s sovereign work in redemption, often depicted throughout the Old Testament as YHWH’s outstretched hand. Job has no reason whatsoever to complain about how God does things. Yet in an eery way Job’s increasingly self-centered demand to be vindicated amounts … More Think your own right hand can save you?
Dr. Kim Riddlebarger gives us an important reminder: There is also an important pastoral emphasis in the Book of Revelation as well. John is seeking to offer hope and comfort to the persecuted Christians to whom he is writing. This becomes especially clear as we draw closer to the end of the book. Beginning with … More Jesus Christ wins in the end!
Revelation 17:1-2 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers … More Persecution, prostitution and the great pimp
Dr. Kim Riddlebarger, with some comments to help us as we read Job 37 today: Having considered the greatness of God’s purposes, throughout the balance of chapters 36 and 37, Elihu is moved to praise God for all his goodness, seen throughout the glories of creation. “God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher … More The greatness of God is beyond our understanding
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the … More They have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb
Dr. Kim Riddlebarger comments on Job 35: In the opening words of chapter 35, Elihu continues to speak to Job, asking him to think about his charge that God has not vindicated him. “Then Elihu said: `Do you think this is just? You say, ‘I will be cleared by God.’ Yet you ask him, ‘What … More Be careful Job
Dr. Kim Riddlebarger comments on the first half of Job 34 Since Job has been insisting that he is righteous, how about considering God’s righteousness first? That will put Job’s situation, as well as the false understanding of God’s retributive justice on the part of his friends, in their proper perspectives. In verse 10, Elihu … More Consider God’s righteousness first
Dr. Kim Riddlebarger helps explain Revelation 10: But this scene in Revelation 10 ends with a dramatic turn of events, which harkens us back to the prophets of old. In verse 8, John informs us, that “then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more:`Go, take the scroll that lies … More Missions: Bittersweet
Dr. Kim Riddlebarger helps us understand the seven trumpets in Revelation 9 Recall that the blast of trumpet is an important redemptive historical image throughout both testaments. Trumpet blasts accompany the giving of the law at Sinai. A trumpet blast announces the jubilee year as well as the coronation of a new king. A trumpet … More Trumpets and Final Triumph