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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. John's Gospel was almost certainly written after the other Gospels and thus gave us the dating of 90-95 AD for Revelation. 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 was recognized as the author of the Gospel of John and 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 were penned from his cave on the Greek prison Isle of Patmos. He also reveals to us through divine revelation truths for today and our destiny tomorrow.

These Wonderful Things

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. 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. 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 gave us an inkling in Revelation as to why we were born and what our eternal destiny was going to be!

"Revelation Prophet John"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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