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Who Wrote The Book Of Revelation?

"The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His servants what must soon take place; and He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the Word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead [see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?], and the ruler of kings on earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." (Revelation 1:1-6 RSV)

All True Prophecy Comes From God

John On The Island Of Patmos As stated in the Scriptures above, although The Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation (and the Gospel of John), and although Revelation has sometimes been referred to as "The Revelation of St. John the Divine" (King James), God was, and is, the ultimate source of all that is in the Book of Revelation. It originated from God, was given to Jesus Christ, Who delivered it by "His angel" to John while the apostle was being held as a prisoner by the Romans (see Ancient Empires - Rome) on The Island Of Patmos some time after 90 AD. John then addressed it to The Seven Churches of Asia, as instructed (Revelation 1:11).

Of The Twelve Apostles, apparently only John survived to old age (see What Happened To The Apostles?), for two practical reasons. First, to care for Mary through her lifetime as Jesus told John to do (see Aunt Mary?) since Joseph was obviously already dead at the time Jesus was crucified (Jesus would not have specified that Mary go to live with John if she were not a widow). It also strongly indicates that Mary's Other Children eventually faced their own martyrdom (Mary very likely experienced the grief from the killing of all of her children, one after another) at a young age after they finally woke up to the reality of Who their brother actually was, otherwise she would almost certainly have lived with them, as was the normal custom of the time (as it still is today in many parts of the world). Mary would have been less than 20 years older than her nephew John, so getting her to her old age would have gotten John to his. The second reason was that John was chosen to be given to write the Book of Revelation. Jesus did allude to John's coming long lifetime in John 21:20-23 (although the other apostles didn't understand what Jesus meant when He said it, as described in those verses), unlike the rest who were martyred (see Martyrs).

A study of the Book of Revelation involves the greatest events of all human history, events that are now bearing down on the world in which we live. Some related studies from our Prophecy section for the understanding of the Book of Revelation:

The Return Of Jesus Christ
The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth
Spiritual and Physical Gatherings
1,260 Days
A Huge Mountain, All Ablaze
Never Before, Never Again
Revelation 13
Scenes From The Millennium
Signs In The Heavens
The Antichrist
The Mysterious "666"
The Two Witnesses
Why Is Christ Returning?

Fact Finder: What was the purpose of God's prophets?
See Prophets, also The Elijahs

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