This bible book was written by the Apostle John,in Patmos and was completed c. 96 C.E. Are the symbolism’s of Revelation intended to terrify? Far from it! The Fulfillment of the prophecy may bring terror to the wicked, but God’s faithful servants will agree with the inspired introduction and the angel’s comment at the end; ” Happy is he who reads aloud and those who hear the words of the prophecy of this scroll.”(Rev. 1;3; 22:7)
Though written before the four other inspired books by John, Revelation is correctly placed last in the collection of 66 inspired books making up our Bible, for it is the Revelation that takes it readers far into the future, providing an all-embracing vision of what God purposes for mankind and that brings the grand theme of the Bible, the sanctification of Jehovah’s name and the vindication of his sovereignty by means of the Kingdom under Christ, the Promised Seed, to a glorious climax.
According to the title verse, this is a revelation by Jesus Christ, which God gave him…… and he sent forth his angel and presented it in signs through him to hid slave John.” So John was merely the writer, not the originator, of the material. Therefore John is not the revelator,nor is the book a revelation of John. (1:1)
This Unveiling to God’s slave of His wonderful purpose for the future makes its title most appropriate for the book’s Greek name A.po.ka’ly.psis (Apocalypse) means “Uncovering” or Unveiling.”Who was this John referred to as the writer of Revelation in its first Chapter? We are told that he was a slave of Jesus Christ, as well as a brother and sharer in tribulation, that he was exiled on the Island of Patmos.
Obviously he was well-known to his first readers, to whom no further identification was necessarily. He must be the apostle John. This conclusion is supported by most ancient historians. Papias, who wrote in the first part of the second century C.E, is said to have held the book to be of apostolic origin.
In John other writing he put in much emphasis on love does not mean that he could not have written the very forceful and dynamic Revelation. He and James were the ones so filled with indignation against the Samaritans of certain city that they wanted to all down fire from heaven. That is why they were given the surname “Boanerges” or ” Sons Thunder.’ What John saw in his vision he has never seen anything like that before.
We must appreciate that what John saw and was told to write to the congregation was not just a series of Unrelated vision, haphazardly recorded. No, the entire book of Revelation, from beginning to end, give us a coherent picture of the things to come, going from one vision to another until the full disclosure of God’s kingdom purposes is reached at the end of the vision.