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.
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.
Even a few sentences in, we can tell the Book of Revelation is unlike anything else in the Christian Testament. But the truth is, there is really nothing like it in the Hebrew Scriptures either, although there are many references to various prophetic imagery and events from the Hebrew scriptures.
In all four gospels, Jesus only ever asked the Father for one thing for himself. In this post, I imagine what it might have been like for John listening to Jesus pray, and I reveal what that one thing is.
According to Irenaeus, who lived around 130 to 202 A.D., the apostle John wrote the final form of his gospel in Ephesus, sometime toward the end of the first century.
Joel concluded his book with the magnificent and glorious reign of God in Jerusalem, with redeemed Israel living in a restored Judah, a prophesy yet to be fulfilled, to be looked forward to in hopeful joy.