Author: Revelation  1:1,4,9 and 22:8 specifically  identify the author of the Book of Revelation as the apostle  John.

Date of Writing: The Book of Revelation was  likely written between A.D. 90 and 95.

Purpose of  Writing: The Revelation of Jesus Christ was given to John by God “to  show his servants what must soon take place.” This book is filled with mysteries  about things to come. It is the final warning that the world will surely end and  judgment will be certain. It gives us a tiny glimpse of heaven and all of the  glories awaiting those who keep their robes white. Revelation takes us through  the great tribulation with all its woes and  the final fire that all unbelievers will face for eternity. The book reiterates  the fall of Satan and the doom he and his angels are bound for. We are shown the  duties of all creatures and angels of heaven and the promises of the saints that  will live forever with Jesus in the New Jerusalem. Like John, we find it hard to  describe what we read in the book of Revelation.

Key Verses:  Revelation  1:19, “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take  place later.” Revelation 13:16-17, “He also forced everyone, small and  great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on  his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is  the name of the beast or the number of his name.” Revelation 19:11, “I  saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is  called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.” Revelation  20:11, “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth  and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.” Revelation 21:1, “Then I  saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had  passed away, and there was no longer any sea.”

Brief Summary:  The Revelation is lavish in colorful descriptions of the visions which  proclaim for us the last days before Christ’s return and the ushering in of the  new heaven and new earth. The Revelation begins with letters to the seven  churches of Asia Minor, then goes on to reveal the series of devastations poured  out upon the earth; the mark of the beast, “666”; the climactic battle of  Armageddon; the binding of Satan; the reign of the Lord; the Great White Throne  Judgment; and the nature of the eternal city of God. Prophecies concerning Jesus  Christ are fulfilled and a concluding call to His Lordship assures us that He  will soon return.

Connections: The Book of Revelation  is the culmination of the prophecies about the end  times, beginning with the Old Testament. The description of the antichrist  mentioned in Daniel 9:27 is developed fully in chapter 13 of Revelation. Outside of Revelation, examples  of apocalyptic literature in the Bible are Daniel chapters 7-12, Isaiah chapters  24-27, Ezekiel chapters 37-41, and Zechariah chapters 9-12. All these prophecies  come together in the Book of Revelation.

Practical Application:  Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? If so, you have nothing to  fear from God’s judgment of the world as described in the Book of Revelation.  The Judge is on our side. Before the final judgment begins, we must witness to  friends and neighbors about God’s offer of eternal life in Christ. The events in  this book are real. We must live our lives like we believe it so that others  will notice our joy about our future and want to join us in that new and  glorious city.