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Revelation Prophet John (Introduction 5)

These Wonderful Things

JohnThe Revelation prophet John is writing to us from c90-95 AD. This date is based upon the earliest fragment of John's Gospel ever found from c135 AD. John's Gospel was almost certainly written after the other Gospels and thus gives us the dating of 90-95 AD. The writer of Revelation has traditionally been recognized as John, the son of Zebedee, one of the Apostles and "the disciple whom Jesus loved." The early second century writer, Justin Martyr(100-165 AD) was the first to connect the author of Revelation with John the Evangelist, the companion of Jesus. Traditionally, John is recognized as the author of the Gospel of John, the Johannine Epistles as well as the Book of Revelation. He called himself "the disciple whom Jesus loved" and spoke fondly of Jesus his Lord and Savior. His writings describe ancient times from his imprisonment cave on the Greek Isle of Patmos but he also reveals to us through divine revelation truths for today and our destiny tomorrow in his writings.✞

A Spectacular Vision

Jesus PraiseGod showed these wonderful things to "John of Patmos" in a spectacular and mysterious vision. John was not attempting to predict the future here, but to faithfully record and "obediently describe the wonders he was being shown." We make a grave mistake if we attempt to construct a definitive calendar of future events from these chapters. John of Patmos was told not to write down what he saw on certain occasions. ✞

Faithful John

Radiant JesusJohn is called by many names. He is sometimes called John of Patmos, John the Evangelist, John the Divine or by his normal name the Apostle John. He was a prophet and visionary and bound by an oath in Revelation to write down only what he saw, nothing more and nothing less. He was faithful in that task, even though at least some of the time he obviously did not understand what it was that he was seeing and describing. Through graphic word pictures, we are shown the radiant Jesus in all his glory in the Heavenly realm speaking to his church. "There are two great days in a person's life," wrote the late eminent theologian, Dr William Barclay (1907-1978) "the day we were born and the day we discover why." John gives us an inkling in Revelation as to why we were born and what this eternal destiny might mean.✞

"Revelation Prophet John"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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