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About the Book of Revelation
This is the closing book of the Christian Bible, and the only prophetical book of the New Testament canon. It is also called the Apocalypse. It contains warnings and exhortations to the Church, and reveals events surrounding the rise of Satan’s ultimate Antichrist. It details coming judgments of God and mentions the Millennium’s coming physical Kingdom of God on Earth, and later the New Heavens, New Earth and New Jerusalem. The book ends with a strong warning.
The author of this book is undoubtedly John the apostle. His name occurs 4 times in the book itself (1:1, 4, 9; 22:8), and there is every reason to conclude that the “John” here mentioned is the apostle.
In a manuscript of about the 12th century, he is called “John the divine,” but no reason can be assigned for this appellation.
The date of the writing of this book has generally been fixed at A.D. 96, in the reign of Domitian. There are some, however, who contend for an earlier date, A.D. 68 or 69, in the reign of Nero. Those who are in favor of the later date appeal to the testimony of the Christian father Irenaeus, who received information relative to this book from those who had seen John face to face. He says that the Apocalypse “was seen no long time ago.”
As to the relation between this book and the Gospel of John, it has been well observed that…
Article Version: August 28, 2019