By Rev. Junchol Lee
We use a calendar that has 12 months and 365 days in it. As it nears December 31st, we feel as though something is getting close to an end, and yet on January 1st it feels like a new beginning. Our life is composed of many endings and beginnings. We may live one life, but within this one life we have many different journeys.
(References: Habakkuk 3:17)
Power,' as in Revelation 4, signifies salvation, because all divine power regards this as its final purpose. A person is reformed by divine power, and in this way is introduced into heaven, detained from evil, and preserved eternally in good.
To take power,' as in Revelation 11, signifies divine omnipotence.
To give power to the beast,' as in Revelation 8:4, signifies establishing the doctrine of justification by faith alone, and giving it authority by reception among the laity.