Studying and Understanding ‘The book of Revelation,’ and its prophecy. Comparison of scripture of Bible predictions. More
A Roman vessel steers towards the desolate island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea. In chains sat an old wise religious man named John. Staring over the dark seawaters he gazes upon what is to be his dwelling for many years to come. The island, laid in volcanic rock, and was one of several locations in which criminals and political offenders where exiled. For the powerful testimonies and teachings of Christ, the servant John was now condemned to this island laid in the middle of nowhere. The year was 95 A.D. Roman hostility to Christianity was at its height, and the vice of its wrath had latched about him. Although the banishment of John was no doubt delivered to obtain his silence, it actually through Christ brought about the greatest prophecy ever written. Ironically, his forced silence delivered the ever-lasting echoes of Gods’ word. In the book of Revelation, the author identifies himself as being named John four times throughout this manuscript. In Hebrew the name John translates to “Johanan.” Many wonder, is this the same John who wrote the Gospel of John, along with the three epistles of the same name. The argument presented by African Bishop Dionysius in the 3rd century, compared the language with the dialect used in Revelation and determined the writing style differed greatly from the writings of the ‘Apostle John.’ First appearing in Matthew 4:18, John and his brother James were called by Jesus to be first disciples and to now become “fishers of men.” Though some internal evidence shows the theological content of this book differing from John’s other writings, one must take into consideration the surrounding circumstances involved. This change in writing styles may have simply displayed the change in John himself. The revelation presented to John may have compelled him to rise beyond spiritual consciousness by perceiving the greatest essence of God. If angels and the Lord appeared to me after His ascension, I’d change too… wouldn’t you?