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Introduction to the Book of Revelation

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1.    Who Was Revelation Written By?

1) The author identifies himself as John (1:1, 4, 9: 22:8), as a servant (1:1), and a brother (1:9), all of which are consistent with John the apostle.

2) The author uses many OT expressions, pointing to one who knew the Jewish Scriptures.

3) The content and tone of the words spoken to the churches point to one who knew the readers and had a position of authority.

4) Many parallels with the fourth gospel and 1 John—

2.   Who Was Revelation Written To?

1) Specific local churches, 1:4, 11

2) A wider audience, 1:3; 2:7, 11, 17; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9

3.   Where Was Revelation Written From?

The isle of Patmos, 1:9, a place where political prisoners were held.

4.   When Was Revelation Written?

It is best to see Revelation written near the end of the reign of Roman emperor Domitian, probably A.D. 90–95.

5.   What Kind of Book is Revelation?

This is an epistle—it begins and ends just like other epistles, and was written to local churches. The bulk of the letter is prophecy (cf. 1:3; 19:10; 22:7, 10, 18–19), given under God’s sovereign hand, encouraging godly living (1:3 and throughout).

6.   How Has Revelation Been Interpreted?

Over the course of church history Revelation has been interpreted in four different ways:

1)      Preterist (from the Latin word meaning past)

2)      Idealist (also called the spiritualist view)

3)      Historicist (also called the continuous historical view)

4)      Futurist

7.   Why Was Revelation Written?

1) From 1:10–11 and what Jesus says to the seven churches, we learn that they were persecuted by Jews and Rome, and that some churches weren’t as faithful in Christian doctrine and living as they should have been.

2) From 1:1, 19 and the book itself, future events surrounding Christ’s Second Coming are foretold to show that God will be victorious over evil. This would encourage believers to be faithful in difficult times. Revelation was written to encourage believers to be faithful to God in difficult times.

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