Dating the enemy ost
Rozko last night as we walked through Soho that our current narrative theologies place a great deal of emphasis on the story of Israel that culminates in Jesus, but the New Testament has much more to say about the continuation of the story .
Evangelical narrative theologies are constructed in such a way that they do not rock the theological boat too much. The question, however, is: How far into the future does the projected New Testament narrative reach?
There is a consistent pattern in the Old Testament of judgment on Israel followed by judgment on the over-bearing nation by which Israel was judged. The conviction is repeatedly expressed in Jewish apocalyptic literature that Rome, depicted as an eagle, a fourth beast, is accused of having terrorised the world: “you have judged the earth, but not with truth”.
This insolent behaviour has “come up before the Most High”, and judgment is pronounced: Therefore you will surely disappear, you eagle, and your terrifying wings, and your most evil little wings, and your malicious heads, and your most evil talons, and your whole worthless body, so that the whole earth, freed from your violence, may be refreshed and relieved, and may hope for the judgment and mercy of him who made it. The Qumran sectarians fervently believed that the Kittim, Rome, would be destroyed and that they themselves would have dominion in a radically changed post-Roman world.5.
The pagan enemies of the persecuted Thessalonian believers will be judged “when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus” (2 Thess. More to the point, the Caesar-like “man of lawlessness”, who “opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God”, will be brought to nothing by the appearance of Jesus’ coming (2 Thess. As in Daniel the appearance of the son of man is closely linked to the destruction of the blasphemous pagan opponent of God’s people.10. 9) and almost exactly the argument that we find in Revelation.
The three angels of Revelation 14:6-11 proclaim the “good news” of a coming judgment against “Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality”. In other words, this judgment is against the background of a classic Jewish polemic against pagan idolatry. Both 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch, writing after 70, reflect on the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans by implicitly comparing Rome with Babylon. A mighty angel throws a great millstone into the sea, saying “So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more” (Rev.
The parallel with Revelation 18:9-10 is clear: And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. he himself indicates, referring to the city metaphorically as Babylon” ( 2.15.2).14.The prosecutor for the case was none other than Roy Moore.OAN reports Moore made another enemy after ruling against convicted drug dealer Richard Hagedorn, who was brought before Judge Moore over contempt charges stemming from back payments for alimony and child support.Moore ruled against Hagedorn in 1994 and is still making alimony and child support payments. Richard Hagedorn is the brother of David Hagedorn, a “longtime editor,” of the Washington Post.Judge Roy Moore is under siege after the Washington Post published sexual advancement allegations against the Alabama GOP Senate candidate.The Qumran community, for example, had every reason to denounce Jerusalem as a modern Babylon.15.It could be argued that in the Old Testament the metaphor of harlotry generally entails unfaithfulness to God or breach of the covenant.The same applies to trolling, the use of multiple aliases, or just generally being a jerk.Enforcement of this policy is at the sole discretion of the site administrators and repeat offenders may be blocked or permanently banned without warning. I offer some direct exegetical observations regarding the identity of the city which is called Babylon, but the main point I want to make here is that the Old Testament, extra-biblical Jewish literature, and Paul in particular in the New Testament all lead us to expect that the God of Israel will first judge his own people, then will judge the enemy of his people and establish his own rule over the nations. It is an integral part of Daniel’s “son of man” vision that the powerful kingdom that oppressed Israel would be judged and destroyed (Dan.That’s the story that the New Testament tells, and the “missional” relevance of the narrative-historical argument—this was our conversation last night—is that we need to do a much better job of telling our own story, in proper continuity with the New Testament narrative, but under very different conditions. The identification of Babylon the great with Jerusalem is not entirely implausible, but I think it’s very unlikely; and given both the Jewish background and the historical circumstances of the early churches in the Greek-Roman, it would have been remarkable if the fate of Rome had not been a matter of interest to such apocalyptically minded apostles as Paul and John the Seer.1. He will send the Chaldeans—he has “ordained them as a judgment” (Hab. ), with dominion being given instead to the people of the saints of the Most High.3.