The book of Revelation records a vision received by the Apostle John while he was exiled on the Isle of Patmos. He was there “on account of the testimony of Jesus.” It was originally addressed and presumably delivered to seven Christian congregations located in key cities of the Roman province of Asia. Most likely it was penned in the late first century when Domitian was emperor in Rome (A.D. 81-96).
The first word of the book is the Greek noun apokalypsis (Strong’s #G602), a “revelation.” The English term ‘apocalypse’ is derived from it, a title commonly assigned to the book. As originally written, the word was not the title of the book but, instead, it designated what it is, namely, a “revelation” from Jesus Christ. It is placed in the first position for emphasis. Continue reading BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION
An introduction to the Book of Daniel with a brief overview of how the Book of Revelation applies it.
The book of Daniel is a well-structured literary work, not a collection of folk stories or random and unrelated visions. At the very beginning, the key themes of the book are presented in brief, then worked out in detail in the subsequent chapters, and each new vision builds on the preceding ones.
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SYNOPSIS – The book of Daniel demonstrates the absolute sovereignty of Yahweh over the course of history and nations.
The first paragraph of Daniel introduces the key theme of the book – God reigns over the kingdoms of the earth – Both the wicked and the just. This theme is presented in explicit statements in the narrative and demonstrated by the accurate predictions of the prophet Daniel to the rulers of the World-Power – Babylon and Persia – A political entity dating back to ancient Babel in the “land of Shinar” – (Genesis 11:1-9, Daniel 2:21-45, 4:17, 5:17-29, 11:1-4).
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