Pentecostal Reflections on Revelation and the "New Creation"
Discussions about the environment and the believers’ responsibilities in creation care appear to be at an all-time high. From the melting, and consequent receding, of the polar ice-caps and glaciers, to cases of the pollution of water supplies and the air we breathe, it is clear that creation as we know it is not what it used to be. Alongside these physical global changes, the church has become increasingly aware and appreciative of the biblical mandates to be guardians and caretakers of the creation that has been entrusted to us. As it happens the Book of Revelation is frequently drawn into these discussions by interpreters who often reach diametrically opposite conclusions, who, nonetheless, appeal to the book for biblical support for their interpretive positions. More times than not, such appeals draw on one specific aspect of the book’s relevance for this topic. However, the book’s witness on this issue is thicker and more complicated than a one-dimensional approach is able to appreciate. In what follows, I offer some reflections on this challenging issue as a Pentecostal who has devoted a fair amount of attention to the Book of Revelation over the course of the last couple of decades.
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