Seven represents all that is—the sum of the physical cosmos (the number four) and the spiritual realm (the number three). This was not unique to Judaism, but was also well-established in the Greco-Roman world.
For this study, I’m going to be reading from the Greek text, so my translations will retain an "accent," so to speak. But I am convinced the gems are easier to find in the original language, and my decision was immediately rewarded as I opened to the first page and read the first three words.
How do we outline a book that's a letter, but also prophecy, but also apocalypse? It's the Word of the Lord, highly symbolic, yet also (in parts) plain speaking and historical.
Growing up, I did not realize good would triumph in the end. In my young life, it seemed clear evil was the stronger, and evil would prevail. Good would tragically die.
Revelation was written in the setting of Asia Minor, just off the coast of the Aegean Sea, towards the end of the first century, under the reign of Emperor Domitian.
So who did write Revelation? Can we even answer that? Thankfully, yes, to a great degree, just from what is contained within the book itself.
What approach do we take, perspective do we use, and hermeneutic do we employ when reading Revelation? It's not a slam-dunk answer.
Angels can never share in the incommunicable attributes of God. As God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ contains all the fullness of God.