Who wrote the Book of Revelation and who did they write it for?
When did the events of Book of Revelation happen?
The book of Revelation was likely written somewhere between the mid-60s AD to the mid-90s AD, most likely in the 90s AD while John was exiled on the prison island of Patmos. The events described in Revelation refer to the end of the age, which is called eschatology, and are relevant for believers throughout their lives in preparation for the coming of the end of the age.
What was the setting of the Book of Revelation?
The book of Revelation was written at a time when Roman emperors were treated as gods and viciously persecuted Christians who refused to worship them.
What is the purpose of the Book of Revelation?
- Letters to the Seven churches of Asia (Revelation 1-3)
- Description of the Heavenly Throne (Revelation 4-5)
- The Scroll and the Seven Seals (Revelation 6-7)
- Sounding of the Seven Trumpets (Revelation 8-11)
- Seven Signs Before Final Judgement (Revelation 12-14)
- Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath (Revelation 15-16)
- The Woman and the Beast (Revelation 17-18)
- Return and Reign of Christ (Revelation 19-22)
How does the Book of Revelation apply to my life?
- Encourages believers that God has a plan, that His victory is certain, and justice will be done once and for all.
- Instructs believers on ways they can prepare for eternity while in this life.
- Encourages and exhorts Christians awaiting the return of Jesus Christ.
- Reassures believers that God is still in control yesterday, today, tomorrow, and for all eternity.
- Encourages Christians to stand firm in faith, living a godly life while they await Christ’s impending return.
- Provides a warning of what is to come and what believers and unbelievers should expect at the end of the age.
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The book of Revelation, authored by the apostle John by divine revelation from the Lord, is often called the book of eschatology. Eschatology is the study of end times, also called the end of the age. This book of scripture is an incredibly difficult yet important book for believers and unbelievers as it provides us with insight into the completion of God’s plan for eternity.
John reveals that he was instructed to write down and share what God revealed to him and that those who read aloud and keep the words of this book are blessed (Rev. 1:1-3). This shows us the importance of this book. Through the apostle John, God reveals helpful information to us about His coming judgment and eternity for those who believe in the Son of God and those who do not.
The contents of the book of Revelation should convict each of us to submit to the authority of Jesus Christ, believe in Him and His saving works on the cross, and accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior before He returns and God’s wrath and judgment are imparted on the world. Not only this but we should also be convicted, in love and gratefulness, to be obedient to the will and Word of God in preparation for judgment and eternity.
Have you accepted the grace of God?
If you have not accepted the grace of God and chosen to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I encourage you to pray to God now and invite Him in, accept Jesus as the sacrifice for your sins, and repent of your sins. Submit it all to God, lay it at His feet, seek the forgiveness of God, welcome Him into your life, and believe that Jesus died and rose again to save you from your sins.
If you would like to learn more about salvation, you can find a couple of studies that may help here:
- Names of Jesus: Savior
- Don’t Neglect Your Salvation
- Prayer of Salvation
- What is grace and why do we need it?
- What does it mean to be justified by grace?
- Don’t Reject God’s Grace
- Don’t Reject Christ
- Godly Women – what it means to live a godly life
- Redeemed Women – what it means to be redeemed
- What is Biblical Love?
- What are Spiritual Gifts?
- How to live in Spirit and Truth
- How to test what is pleasing to God
- Names of Jesus as the Son of God
- Names of Jesus as the Son of Man
- Names of Jesus as the Truth