Yesterday evening I uploaded Episode Fourteen in the New Testament: An Idealist Interpretation series of Bible Study videos on our You Tube channel. In this episode the focus is Chapter 9, the account of the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets. The video includes illustrations of both events from the 11th C. manuscript, The Bamberg Apocalypse. A key phrase is the Bottomless Pit (Abyss), which I relate to the various Day of the Lord prophesies of the writing prophets. As always with St. John’s writing there are many numerological references, in this case, in order of use, 4. 1/3, 2/3 (implied), 3 and 200 thousand thousand. I connect St. John’s description of the idols to this passage from Psalm 115:4,5,6:
….of silver and gold, even the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, and speak not; eyes they have, and see not. They have ears, and hear not; noses they have, and smell not.
The illustration is an enlarged view of the detail of the locusts which resemble horses, with crowns of gold, faces like men, and the hair of women from the Fifth Trumpet account (Rev. 9:7-10).
Also uploaded last night is my Podcast Homily for Sixth Sunday After Trinity. The Epistle reading (Romans 6:3-11) is a mini-homily by St. Paul on the concept of death to sin through baptism in Christ. The Gospel reading (Matthew 5:20-26) concerns the true meaning of “righteousness.” In the AIC Bookstore publication, Christian Spirituality: An Anglican Perspective, I explore the concept of spiritual rather than the elaborate ceremonial or symbolic righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees. The podcast includes text of verses that come just before the start of the reading but add more context than just the reading provides.
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