Posted 1/31/15 at 11:16 PM | Dana Cottrell
The Twenty-Four Elders
In the early nineties while writing a lengthy thesis for my master of arts degree in biblical studies, the question was asked as to who are the twenty-four elders that figure prominently with the Lamb mentioned in Revelation 4. The question still comes up, so I thought it would be nice to reveal the answer in a blog for those who are interested. I answered the question in my thesis and subsequently in one of my books. In order to answer the question, I had to apply some Biblical Hermeneutics and allow the Bible to interpret itself.
The twenty-four elders were sitting on thrones and wore crowns of gold. This implies that they are kings. In reference to Jesus, John referred to Christians as kings and priests.
And has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen (Rev. 1:6).
Assuming that the kings are also priests, one may search the scriptures for the number 24 associated with priests. This association is found in 1st Chronicles 24:1–19 which lists the names of twenty-four priests who were the sons of Eleazar and Ithamar and who were to minister in the house of the Lord. The following lists the priests in the order given in the Bible, and the interpretations of the names are taken from various study guides. Not all study guides agree with some of the interpretations. FULL POST
Posted 12/16/14 at 2:30 PM | Dana Cottrell
After reading the front page of the Christian Post about the Taliban attack on school children and the attackers screaming "God is great" as they murdered over 120 or so children, I was stirred to write the following comparison between the characteristics of Jesus and Satan:
Jesus: Savior, love, truth, light, order, mercy, compassion
Satan: Murderer, hate, lies, deception, darkness, chaos, torture, torment
Is it not written that you become like the God you worship? Who is the God of those who kill children, burn people alive, crucify Christians, and behead those of a different doctrine? The evidence demands a verdict.>
Posted 12/6/14 at 2:22 PM | Dana Cottrell
In the gospels, Jesus spoke to us in parables. In the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Jesus again speaks in a figurative language. John 1:3 says that all things were created by Him. If so, is there any reason why He doesn't speak in a figurative language in Genesis chapter 1?
Given that Genesis is the first book of the Bible, it stands to reason that it sets the foundation for all of scripture. Discovering a hidden meaning in the description of creation may lead to a greater in-depth understanding of the Holy Scriptures and perhaps provide a refreshing wind to the churches.
Treating the creation narrative as an allegory doesn't necessarily dispel the fact that God created the heavens and the earth. While the evolutionists are battling the creationists, the possibility of an allegorical interpretation is being ignored.
Jesus, John the Baptist, and the twelve that were sent out began their ministry preaching repentance and that the kingdom of heaven was at hand. Given the importance of the kingdom of heaven and that it is handed to the Father in the book of Revelation, one could speculate that the foundation of scripture could, in a figurative sense, contain the design and plan for that kingdom. FULL POST
Posted 12/5/14 at 6:53 PM | Dana Cottrell
Being a bit remiss on blogging lately and given that I'm layed up for a couple of weeks having a rod removed from my lower left leg, I thought that I would share a couple visions and a dream that I had on 2 July, 2014. The first vision was of two I-Beams falling real fast. The second vision was of a half carton of eggs. I interpreted these visions as destruction is coming quickly and that food supplies will be cut in half. The dream is described as follows: I saw a flood coming. There were three layers of water, each layer set back from the other. Then I saw someone hoarding food. Next, I was standing on a fortress of some kind preparing to defend against an adversary. My attention was drawn to an old style cannon and realized that I had not stored enough ammunition. The interpretation indicates that disasters will come one after the other and that one should hoard food and prepare to defend himself/herself. As mentioned in my book titled "Visions and Dreams", the visions and dream serves as a warning and given that all three came in one day, the events may happen fairly soon. Please visit my webstie at: www.danacottrell.net>
Posted 3/13/13 at 12:53 AM | Dana Cottrell
I had what appeared to be a prophetic dream. As mentioned in my book "Visions and Dreams", my dreams generally are warnings of future events. I would be remiss if I didn't share this with my fellow Christians. The description is as follows:
Description: Tony, a cocker spaniel that we were baby sitting at the time, escaped out the front door. I immediately heard a yelp as if he was attacked by something. I opened the door and to the right I saw Tony on his back in a position that indicated that he was dead. Next to him was a black labrador retriever lying down next to him. The labrador was alert and passive, showing no agression at all.
Interpretation: Two dogs – two is the number of witnesses
Dead dog – death
Black Labrador– black
This dream warns of the approach of black death. Black death was a devastating pandemic of the 14th century that killed 75 to 200 million people. It was known as the Bubonic Plague that killed 30 to 60 % of Europe’s population.
Revelation 6:8 mentions death from the pale horse:
So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth. FULL POST
Posted 2/26/13 at 8:14 PM | Dana Cottrell
Fishing With a Short Line
Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19)
One does not need a long drawn out fancy or complex message to be successful in fishing for men. While traveling through Ohio on a trip around the country, the Lord spoke to me in a couple of dreams referencing fishing for men.
Description: I was getting ready to fish in a lake. There were two people with me, one on each side. They had casting rods and were equipped to fish while I was getting my act together. I had a string with a hook on the end, and decided to toss the string out without the rod and reel. The edge of the lake was shallow, and I figured that I could not throw the hook far enough to catch fish. I saw a fish near the bait on the hook. I cast the bait out again near a fish and waited for it to take it. The fish took the bait. I brought the fish in, and it was a huge rainbow trout. It took the shape of a flounder, and it seemed to get bigger as I held it.
Interpretation: Don’t need a complex or a fancy approach to be a fisher of men. A short line with the right message is all that is needed. Once caught, they can grow and change into a new person. FULL POST
Posted 1/6/13 at 10:33 PM | Dana Cottrell
The Lord, in a recent dream, told me that we are on the eve of destruction. In the dream, I was having trouble transacting business at the bank. The Lines were long, and when at the teller window, there seemed to be issues with my password. In the next scene, there was a deep layer of snow everywhere. I was walking in a snow covered field and kicked at the snow as if trying to help the snow melt faster. Someone heard of a job opportunity with the railroad. I wanted a job, so I punched a hole in a snowbank in hopes of cutting a shortcut to the railroad and getting to the railroad before the other man did. I saw a train on the tracks through the hole in the snow. As I waded through the snow towards a river, I encountered a black woman who asked me, "Why are men so destructive?" Then I sat on the eave of a house looking toward the snow covered river and kicked at some overhanging snow. As the snow fell, I heard the words "Eve of destruction." The issue with the bank represented bank failures or a run on the banks.The snow represented a serious economic crisis. The field represented world economy. The train represented stalled transportation and industial output. Punching a hole in the snow meant that it will be difficult to punch through the economy in a highly competitive work work environment. The black lady represented people who are in the dark concerning what is happening and wondering why mankind is destroying the economy. The word ‘destruction’ was mentioned twice. This indicates that it will happen soon. I believe that we are on the eve of destruction. Perhaps a message for 2013. FULL POST
Posted 3/29/12 at 2:13 AM | Dana Cottrell
The Tabernacle of Moses and the Balanced Christian
Author: Dana George Cottrell
A person can view the Tabernacle of Moses as type or pre-ordained representation of good things to come such as the body of Christ or the Kingdom of Heaven. One can spend a whole semester studying the Tabernacle of Moses; the door, the curtains, the fixtures and the furniture therein. However, in short order, one can relate the three sections of the Tabernacle to three levels of Christians within the body of Christ.
The Tabernacle is divided into three sections; the outer court, the inner court or Holy place and the Holy of Holies. The outer court contains the brazen altar and the brazen laver. The Holy place contains the golden candlestick with seven lamps, the table of shewbread, and altar of incense. The Holy of Holies contains the Ark of the Covenant. FULL POST
Posted 3/11/12 at 8:04 PM | Dana Cottrell
Author: Dana George Cottrell
During grade school, my son, Micah, had a hamster named Little Man. One day Little Man escaped from the house and was nowhere to be found. Micah, being a Christian, gathered with some family members and prayed that Little Man would be found or return home. A week or so went by and no Little Man. Micah and the rest of the family pretty much resigned themselves to the fact that Little Man was gone forever. Time had diminished all hope for Little Man’s return. One evening, while the family was gathered for dinner, we heard a knock on the door. A lady was standing there holding a hamster. It was Little Man. She was walking the neighborhood to see if anyone had lost a hamster. Apparently, she was driving up the street near the house and spotted what appeared to be a hamster in her headlights. The hamster had run into some ice plant or low bushes. She stopped the car and waded in and searched for the critter and found him. Wow! What an answer to prayer! How nice it is to have a God who not only answers prayers, but looks after the little things in life. What are the odds that someone (in this case, a very nice lady) would see a hamster on the side of the road, stop the car at nighttime, and search, for what appeared to be a hamster, in the bushes where there could be a rattle snake and who knows what else, and then take the time to track down the owner? Needless to say, little things like this went a long way to build our children’s faith in God. FULL POST
Posted 3/11/12 at 6:40 PM | Dana Cottrell
The Tabernacle of David
Author: Dana George Cottrell
Last week, I was editing a section of Dr. Graham Truscott’s latest book and noted that, as a missionary from New Zealand, he taught on the subject of David’s Tabernacle and had written a book on the subject called The Power of His Presence, The Restoration of the Tabernacle of David. His new book, Kiwis Do Fly, which should be published by the fall of this year, describes his evangelical ministry in India and elsewhere in the world. Hundreds of churches exist today in India as a result of Dr. Graham’s ministry which seemed to focus a great deal on the Tabernacle of David. He goes on to describe the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at his evangelical outreaches, and mentions the large numbers of people receiving salvation, not to mention the healing of people who were blind, deaf, and dumb. Lepers were also completely healed. FULL POST