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THE BOOK OF

REVELATION

 

Overview:

This letter is named after its author (1:1, 4, 9, 22:8), who composed it while living in exile on Patmos (cf. 1:19), an island located about 62 miles southwest of Ephesus in the Aegean Sea. The literary form is that of apocalyptic literature, a genre which grew in popularity during the time between the close of the Hebrew Scriptures canon and the beginning of the New Testament era. This book is composed as a series of visions, which are not necessarily presented in chronological order except for the three major divisions of the work:

(1) The Things that Were (chapter 1),
(2) The Things that Are (chapters 2-3), and
(3) The Things that Will Be (chapters 4-22).

Within these three divisions, no less than 63 separate visions or events (each delineated by a subject separator “And then I saw,” “And then I turned,” “And then I heard,” and the like) describe activities that will take place during the End of Days.

Authorship:

Christian tradition affirms this letter's claims that it was written by the Apostle John, brother of the Apostle James (cf. Mark 1:19-20), who also authored 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and the Gospel of John. No individual other than the Apostle John was suggested by the early church as the author of this work.

Composition Date:

No scholarly consensus exists as to the approximate date of the composition of this work, but conservative scholars generally hold that it was either composed during the latter years of Domitian's reign (ca. 81-96 AD) or during the latter years of Nero's reign (ca. 54-68 AD), since both of these emperors are known to have engaged in local or regionalized pogroms against the Christian community. Internal evidence tends to suggest that this work was completed and in general circulation well before destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 AD due to its repeated imagery references to that edifice, which did not exist during Domitian's reign.

Messianic Theme:

The Victory of the Messiah

 

Introduction to the book of Revelation taken from the Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.0., Build 2014.01.13.
Copyright © 1996-2014 by the ISV Foundation. Used by permission of Davidson Press, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY.

 



 

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SOS | ISA | JER | LAM | EZE | DAN | HOS | JOE | AMO | OBA | JON | MIC | NAH | HAB | ZEP | ZEC | MAL | N.T. | MAT | MAR | LUK | JOH
ACT | ROM | 1CO | 2CO | GAL | EPH | PHI | COL | 1TH | 2TH |1TI | 2TI | TIT | PHL | HEB | JAM | 1PE | 2PE | 1JO | 2JO | 3JO | JUD | REV
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