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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, shows 2 Corinthians 11.33-12.9. John's Gospel is almost certainly written after the other Gospels and this gives us the dating of 90-95 AD for Revelation. The writer of Revelation is traditionally recognized and generally considered to be John, the son of Zebedee, who is 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) identify the author of Revelation as John the Evangelist, the companion of Jesus.

Author John

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 are 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. John of Patmos whose name means "God has been gracious", repeats for us Jesus' words in Revelation 3.16, "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot." He is widely accepted by Early Church writers as the author of the Book of Revelation. He is banished to the Island of Patmos after being plunged into a vat of boiling oil and miraculously surviving! To this day, icons bearing his image show a scar from boiling oil down the side of his head. He is believed to have been the only one of Jesus Apostles to have lived a full life and died a natural death. He is so highly respected in his day that he was sought after for advice by the leaders, princes, and officials who came to visit him.

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 is told not to write down what he saw. The blanks will only be filled in when Christ himself comes!✞

Spectacular Vision

Radiant JesusJohn is called by many names. He is sometimes known as John of Patmos, John the Evangelist, John the Divine or by his normal name the Apostle John. In this study of the Book of Revelation, I use the name John of Patmos to refer to this same person for clarity. He is a prophet and visionary and bound by an oath in Revelation to write down only what he sees, nothing more and nothing less. He is faithful in that task, even though at least some of the time he does not understand what he is seeing and describing. Through graphic word pictures, we are shown the radiant Jesus in all his glory in the Heavenly realms speaking to his church. "There are two great days in a person's life," wrote the late 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 writes. 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 me to build us up and bless us. This is the approach I take in this eBook study called "Revelation Now." I 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 just concluded a distinguished ministry as a professor at Glasgow University and had passed away in 1968. Though we never crossed paths physically, he leaves 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. Dr. Barclay more than anyone else makes the Scriptures come alive for you and me. 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 attends regularly, he pulls out the Hebrew and Greek originals from his pocket and translates 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!

Habakkuk Revelation

Icon of HabakkukThe Habakkuk revelation came to us from the collected minor prophets of three thousand years ago as a precursor to the Revelation prophetic apocalypse. Long before John of Patmos came on the scene, the prophet Habakkuk spoke and wrote in the seventh century BC of the "End Times." In Habakkuk 2.2-3, the prophet wrote, "Then the Lord answered me and said: 'Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time but in the end, it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it because it will surely come, it will not tarry.'"

Live by Faith

Habakkuk MessageHabakkuk was a great prophet in the Hebrew Bible and the author of the Book of Habakkuk, the eighth of twelve collected minor prophets. Of the three chapters in his book, the first two were a dialog between God and the prophet. The central message of the Habakkuk revelation in Habakkuk 2.4 was that "The just shall live by his faith." and this concept has come to play an important role in present-day Christian thought.

An Appointed Time

Statue of Habakkuk, FlorenceHabakkuk's revelation brought us an astonishing forecast of things that will happen in the future. The Lord himself was the speaker and he told Habakkuk to "Write down the revelation" to encourage his listeners in the distant future. Today, we have Habakkuk's words authenticated by John of Patmos. We can be sure of the completion of the story whether for Habakkuk's listeners from three or four thousand years ago, for us or other Christians perhaps a thousand years from now in the future. Though we do not know the date or time, it is a certainty for which we should and will no doubt wait. It will surely come, it will not tarry! The end may appear at any time!

"Revelation Prophet John"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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