Walla Walla University Good Word Broadcasts
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Good Word is an invitation. An invitation to explore biblical and theological topics presented in regularly published Bible Study guides. The Bible awaits our continued study and investigation; Good Word provides one way to approach it.
||CleanJudgment on Babylon||Opening Question Should we rejoice when a criminal is brought to justice? Introduction Revelation 17-18 show the fall of Babylon, the arch-type enemy of God. Beginning with the tower in Genesis 11, that region and that attitude have symbolized opposition to God throughout the Old Testament. Babylon becomes the nation that harasses Israel, steals the vessels from their temple, ravishes their city, and takes them exile. Babylon is also the tool that God uses to punish His people. But God has people in Babylon—sometimes even the King of the pagan city himself!—and so the message is given to “come out of ...||3/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Seven Last Plagues||Opening Question Should we consider natural disasters on this earth “acts of God”? Introduction Revelation 15 pictures the saints of God, and introduces the seven last plagues and the fall of Babylon. The plague motif here recalls God’s people in Egypt and their deliverance, as well as their exile in Babylon and deliverance there (referenced in the 6th plague). The plagues are a final preparation for the deliverance of God’s people in the language of His deliverance in the past. If you know how God has rescued in history, you will see him doing it again. The Text: Revelation 15:1-8 Once again, the Most ...||3/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGod’s Everlasting Gospel||Opening Question Question Introduction If this section was introduced with a sanctuary vision (11:19), then we expect a series-of-seven to follow, as has been the pattern throughout the book. Some point to the seven plagues of ch. 16, but there is an intervening sanctuary vision in ch. 15, and a series-of-seven in ch. 14 that some people miss: seven angels! Adventists often focus on the “three angels’ messages”, and well we should, but we often fail to see the others that follow. The seven angels are bracketed on both sides by scenes of God’s sealed saints (14:1-5 and 15:1-4). The heart ...||3/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSatan and His Two Allies||Opening Question Have you ever fallen for a scam? Introduction Chapter 13 is a favorite of Adventist evangelists because of its power to convince people of the historical accuracy of prophecy and the abhorrent record of the church-state power of Rome. But there is much more to this chapter, especially in regards to the impersonation of Christ in the last days and the efficacy of Satan’s counterfeit in the war for peoples’ allegiance. The Text: Revelation 13:1-10 The beast out of the sea is the first of the Dragon’s two allies. This beast looks just like the dragon, suggesting it’s a close relative. ...||2/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSatan, A Defeated Enemy||Opening Question Is there ever a “good war”? Introduction Adventists have spent more time on Revelation 12-14 than most Christian faiths. These passages are familiar in many of the details, but the big picture is sometimes lost sight of. Here is a great war between Satan, pictured as a dragon, and the people of God. In this war, Satan gets two allies forming a false trinity with him. They seek the worship and status that belong to God alone. Adventists have been correct in pointing out how Satan will impersonate God and His Son; chapters 12-13 reveal him doing exactly that! Fortunately, ...||2/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Seven Trumpets||Opening Question How do people respond to a God who is pictured as a judge of evil? Introduction If the seven seals show the sealing process of God’s people, the language of the trumpets appears to be that of judgment. How God responds to evil in the world places God’s actions in direct examination of both humans and beings from unfallen worlds. The Great Controversy in some ways hinges on this issue. Is God just and righteous when He deals with sin in His way that is both ultimately loving and ultimately authoritative and final? The trumpets are structured like the seals: ...||2/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sealed People of God||Opening Question Does God have a specific number of people He wants to save? Introduction Chapter 6 concluded with a question: The day of God’s wrath has come and who is able to stand? Chapter 7 answers this question with a special group, featured several times in the book, who follow the lamb wherever He goes. This chapter functions as a literary interlude between the 6th and 7th seals. A similar structure will be seen in the trumpets where an interlude falls between the 6th and 7th trumpets and shows God’s two witnesses. The Text: Revelation 7:1-8 The winds of strife do not blow ...||2/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Seven Seals||Opening Question What is the most difficult situation you’ve gone through in your life? Introduction As the Lamb breaks the seals of the scroll in heaven, events correspond that appear to affect people on earth. The first four are tied to one another through the horsemen imagery; the fifth and sixth trumpets prepare the way for an interlude in chapter 7 that reveals the 144,000 sealed saints of God. The seals conclude in 8:1. Horsemen are also found in Zechariah’s prophecy (1:7-11) who patrol the earth. These horses here, however, do not find the earth a peaceful place, but instead bring conflict, ...||1/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Enthronement of the Lamb||Due to technical difficulties, the Good Word recording is not yet available. Opening Question What is an ideal worship service in your mind? Introduction The Throne Room scene in Rev. 4–5 forms the introductory sanctuary vision for the seven seals in 6:1–8:1. If Christ was in the candlesticks of the heavenly sanctuary in ch. 1 before the seven churches, and later see him at the altar of incense in chapter 8 just before the seven trumpets are blown, scholars like C. Mervyn Maxwell and others have suggested the throne here be seen as a parallel to the “table of showbread,” that is, ...||1/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGod’s People in the Cities||Opening Question Is parental discipline a positive or a negative experience? Introduction The fact that the seven churches are written to congregations in significant cities of Asia Minor shows that their presence and witness there was important to Christ. But the messages to the seven churches show a significant amount of literary importance, as well. They also reveal the general trend of Christianity throughout time via sequential epochs or movements. All seven churches follow a similar pattern: Statement: “To the angel of the church in ______________, write” Picture of Christ from chapter 1 Confirmation that Christ knows their deeds ...||1/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmong the Lampstands||Opening Question Have you ever had a dream that was so meaningful to you that you wrote it down and shared it with others later? Introduction We’re told throughout the New Testament that the Spirit of God works in the Body of Christ—the Church—and that Christ loves His church and leads it. Revelation 1:9–3:21 shows just how intimately Jesus is involved in keeping the light of the church burning in the world as a witness for Him, for that is what the imagery of the Lampstands seeks to show us. The Text: Revelation 1:10 The commentary affirms Saturday as the “Lord’s day” John ...||1/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Gospel from Patmos||Opening Question What sort of emotions does the last book of the Bible, Revelation, evoke in you? Introduction Most people think of Revelation as a book about the last days including mythical beasts, end-time plagues and destruction, or “Babylon” and “Armageddon.” More than a few of my students note emotions like fear, apprehension, or disgust when they think about the book or its message; perhaps that describes you as well. Yet Revelation calls itself an “unveiling” or “disclosure,” and not of end-time events. It is a revealing of Jesus Christ. The lesson this quarter appropriately recalls this fact, and we must keep ...||12/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinal Restoration of Unity||Relevant Verses: John 14:1-3; Isa 11:1-10; Rev. 21:1-5; 22:1-5; 1 Thess. 4:13-18 Leading Question: What is your favorite passage that points to the final restoration of unity? These are the crucial features of the Adventist hope: Return of Jesus Promise of a restored (vegetarian!) kingdom. Resurrection Life in a new world From the writings of Ellen White, the last paragraphs of the book The Great Controversy capture the vision of Adventism: And the years of eternity, as they roll, will bring richer and still more glorious revelations of God and of Christ. As knowledge is progressive, so will love, reverence, and happiness increase. The more men learn ...||12/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great brief bible study
Excellent pointers to study and grow in the Bible
This is a great podcast. I really enjoy listening to your perspectives on the lessons. It is especially interesting to hear your insights after reading the associated verses and lesson. Please keep up the great work!