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The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Although the authorship of the book of Revelation isn’t certain, commentators agree on the writer’s name as John and call him “John of Patmos” or “John the Elder.” In this introduction, the seer explains his charge to record the visions he is shown (see vv. 10, 11, 19) and confirms his fulfilling of this divine assignment.
Identified as a direct message from Christ Jesus, Revelation is unique among biblical books in both authority and content. One source suggests, “In addition to giving a glimpse of eschatological events, John’s book is to unveil the true nature of present reality.”
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Resources quoted in this issue
RR: Gaventa, Beverly Roberts. The New Interpreter’s Bible: One-Volume Commentary. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010; Barker, Kenneth, et al., eds. The NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995.
Cit. 8: Laymon, Charles M. The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 1971.
Cit. 10: Keener, Craig S., John H. Walton, eds. NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2016.
Cit. 12: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 7, The Gospels and Narrative Literature, Jesus and the Gospels, Matthew, Mark. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.
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