The book of Revelation has caused much concern over the speculation of what is to come, but amidst all the panic and conspiracy theories lies the heart of the entire message: He will reign forever. This book is about someone from eternity past, the Alpha, and someone who will reign forever, the Omega. From beginning to end, this book forces its readers to focus on the person and work of Jesus Christ, our King.
John, the brother of James, the son of Zebedee. He was also the author of the Gospel of John and 1, 2 and 3 John.
About A.D. 95.
There will be an end of the church age, of Jacob’s trouble, of Tribulation, of the Millennium, of Satan, of war, of judgment, of time, of sin and of death.
According to tradition, John did not live much longer after writing this letter. He wrote all of his letters recorded in the New Testament within five years of each other, and all were written much later than any other of the New Testament books. The recipients were the seven churches of Asia. John wrote this letter to encourage the believers in his flock who were facing intense persecution, and warn these various congregations that He will come not only to rescue but also to judge with wrath those who oppose Him. Given John’s present circumstances as a prisoner, his letters would likely be censored, which may be one reason this letter takes the form of a revealed vision that speaks in figurative language. Most of the letter addresses events future to the time of the writing.
© Dr. Rick Taylor
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