Nonogaki Reports – October 2018
Oct 4, 2018 – Studying the Book of Revelation
One of the members is very interested in the book of Revelation. In fact, lots of Christians talk about the second coming of Jesus Christ recently. This is understandable if one sees what is going in the world. The state of the world is a chaos in many ways.
To me, the book of Revelation has been impossible to understand, so I have left it alone. Since last month I have been reading books concerning this topic. I pulled out some books from my library and started digging in. It is impossible to count the number of different interpretations because it is like counting the number of people in the world. Each person or scholar has his own view slightly different from the rest.
I am going to study all the different ways of interpreting the book. This study includes premillennialism. Also, I will study the book of Daniel, which premillennialists heavily rely on. I cannot avoid this study because I need to answer to those Christians influenced by some Evangelical Japanese groups which talk about the second coming all the time. The systematic interpretation of the second coming, premillennialism is very attractive to young Christians, who do not know the implications of this doctrine.
I hope my study will be fruitful so that I can explain the meaning of the book to fellow Christians.
Oct 4, 2018 – Area-Wide Worship Service at Yokota
On 23 November, an area-wide worship service will be held at Yokota Church of Christ. This is an annual event taking place every November. At the preacher’s meeting, we had last year, I volunteered to have one here in Yokota. It is good for the members of the Yokota Church because they can serve God and his people. There is also a practical reason. When it is held far away from us, we have to drive or take a train. It takes at least two hours to get there, but if we have one here, the Yokota members can attend it more easily.
The featured speaker of the service is Tadayoshi Aikawa from Ochanomizu Church of Christ. Also, a member of the Yokota Church, Shu Hara, will be one of the two witness speakers of the afternoon service and be talking about how he became a Christian. This is a big day for him.