Scratchpad: Revelation as Liturgical Drama: 19.11-21 and 20.1-6 as an example

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All verses are from the NLT – although I changed 20.1 to reflect what I believe is the better translation. In my final project, I will most likely use the NLT as the base although other translations may be slotted in as well, changing bits and pieces here. Shucks, I might even through in the KJV a time or two as well. For now, I am including this bit because it is the freshest too me and one, the only one, which I’ve considered for a while now. I’ve intermingled Psalm 90 because it is the genesis of the 1000 year, day bit which is taken wrong by the millenialists among us.

For those who know how to right a call and response liturgy, I’d welcome your thoughts. For those who don’t know to right one, I’d welcome your thoughts. Anything missing here?

Revelation 19.11-21; Psalm 30:5; Psalm 90 – Leader

Revelation 20:1—6; Psalm 90; 1st Peter 4.17 – Congregation

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war.

For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; if it begins with us, what will be the end for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1Pe 4:17 NRS)

(I intend to use this verse at least one other time in Revelation, or I may append it to every verse dealing with judgment)

12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself.

13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.

14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses.

15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress.

16 On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

1 And I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand.

2 He seized the dragon– that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan– and bound him in chains for a thousand years.

3 The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished.

Psalm 90.4 For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.

Afterward he must be released for a little while.

19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army.

20 And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast– miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

21 Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies.

4a Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge.

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: “Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared.

18 Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.”

4b And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their forehead or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Psalm 90.1 Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!

2 Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.

3 You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals!”

4 For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.

5 This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.)

Psalm 90.4 For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.

6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years.

Psalm 90.4 For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.

Psalm 90.14 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good.

16 Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory.

17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!

Psalm 30:5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.

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