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Revelation Prophet John
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Whom Jesus Loved

Apostle 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. One of the oldest New Testament papyri, known as Papyrus 46, showing 2 Cor 11.33-12.9. John's Gospel was almost certainly written after the other Gospels and thus gives us the dating of 90-95 AD for Revelation. The writer of Revelation is traditionally been recognized and generally considered or reputed to be John, the son of Zebedee, who was one of the Apostles and "the disciple whom Jesus loved." The early second century writers, Justin Martyr,(100-165 AD) Irenaeus,(c130-c202 AD) Melito the bishop of Sardis,(died c180 AD) and Clement of Alexandria (150-215 AD) identified the author of Revelation as John the Evangelist, the companion of Jesus.

Whom Jesus Loved

Traditionally, John is recognized as the author of the Gospel of John and the Johannine Epistles as well as the Book of Revelation. He calls himself "the disciple whom Jesus loved" and speaks fondly of Jesus his Lord and Savior. His writings were penned from his cave on the Greek prison Isle of Patmos. He reveals to us through divine revelation truths for today and our destiny tomorrow.

These Wonderful Things

Jesus PraiseGod shows these wonderful things to "John of Patmos" in a spectacular and mysterious vision. John is not attempting to predict the future here, but to faithfully record and "obediently describe the wonders he is being shown." We make a grave mistake if we attempt to construct a definitive calendar of future events from these chapters. On certain occasions, John was told not to write down what he saw. The blanks will only be filled in when Christ himself comes!✞

Spectacular Vision

Radiant JesusJohn has been called by many names. He was sometimes known as John of Patmos, John the Evangelist, John the Divine or by his normal name as the Apostle John. In this study of the Book of Revelation, I use the name John of Patmos to refer to this same person. 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 of Patmos gives us an inkling in Revelation as to why we are born and what our eternal destiny will be!✞

Highly Accessible Style

John of PatmosThe Book of Revelation is presented unfairly by many commentators as "sensational and incomprehensible." This is unfortunate, I believe, for, on the contrary, Revelation is a wonderful Biblical book. It is very much framed by the Roman customs and ethos of the last part of the first century AD in which John of Patmos wrote. No expositor or commentator in my estimation has contributed more to Revelation's study and understanding than Dr. William Barclay (1907-1978). He was a distinguished Scottish author, radio and television presenter, Church of Scotland minister and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He was enormously popular in his lifetime. He wrote and spoke to ordinary folk in his daily radio broadcasts about Revelation and other Bible studies in simple terms to encourage and edify working men and women.

For Ordinary Folk

Jesus in GloryRevelation may be a vision of splendor but it is also written for ordinary folk, like you and I for our upbuilding and blessing. This is the approach I take in this eBook study, "Revelation Now" in the hope that like those early Christians we might be built up in the Christian Faith. We will also view Jesus of Nazareth in a new light as the "Eternal One in Glory." He may be our "Savior" now but we will see him one day as our "Glorious Lord."✞

Jesus the Eternal One

Dr William BarclayI owe a great debt of gratitude to the many scholarly works I have consulted over many years of study. Revelation has absorbed my energies as I have discovered more and more about it and the times in which it was written. I started my ministry in 1970 as a young man at the Bible Training Institute on Bothwell Street in Glasgow which is now the International Christian College. Dr. William Barclay had concluded a distinguished ministry as a professor at Glasgow University and had passed away. Though we never crossed paths physically, he has left a deep spiritual impression on me from his writings.

Scriptures Come Alive

Bible with Red Cross ShadowThe Book of Revelation is written for the ordinary person, I believe. Dr. Barclay more than anyone else makes the Scriptures come alive for you and I. He draws on scholarship but also writes in a highly accessible style. I love the story which I feel sure is true that when asked to read a lesson in the Presbyterian Church he attended regularly, he pulls out the Hebrew and Greek originals from his pocket and translated them "on the fly" as he read. William Barclay's aim, as expressed in his book, "The Mind of Christ", was "to make the figure of Jesus more vividly alive, so that we may know him better and love him more." I hope and pray that this little eBook on the great Revelation of John will also do just that for you!

"Revelation Prophet John"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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