Book of the Week 66: Revelation

Greek Name: APOKALUPSIS IOANNOU

Human Author: John (the Apostle)                        

OT or NT: New Testament

Number of Chapters: 22

Basic Facts

  1. Revelation is the sixty-sixth and final book of the Bible.

  2. In terms of literary genre, the book of Revelation is classified as apocalyptic literature, but according to some it fits in the categories of prophecy, or even an epistle.

  3. The Greek name for the book of Revelation is APOKALUPSIS IOANNOU which means, “revelation of John.”

  4. The book of Revelation contains more prophesies about the second coming of Christ than any other book of the Bible.

  5. The book of revelation contains both a supernatural revelation given to John the Apostle concerning the end of the age, and a word from God to seven different churches.

Story of the Book

Revelation begins with an introduction by John, which claims that the entire book is a revelation of Jesus Christ who is revealed as the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 1:1-8). John was exiled on the island of Patmos when he received a revelation of God in the form of a vision to seven churches (Revelation 1:9-20). God gives a message to each of the seven churches, commending them for what they do right and calling them to repent for what they do wrong. John writes to the churches in Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7), Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11), Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17), Thyatira (Revelation 2:19-29), Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6), Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13), and Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22). After addressing the seven churches, John receives a complex series of visions concerning the judgments of God which are to come at the end of the age including seven seal judgments (Revelation 5:1-8:1), seven trumpet judgments (Revelation 8:2-15:8), and seven bowl judgments (Revelation 16:1-18:24). After the judgment and wrath of God is poured out, God proclaims the marriage supper of the Lamb to be shared by Christ and all the faithful (Revelation 19:1-21). After this, Satan is bound and thrown into the pit of the abyss for a thousand years. At the end of this thousand years Satan is released and given a final defeat (Revelation 20:1-15). After this final victory over Satan, God renews heaven and earth, and New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven from God and His people live with Him in paradise forever (Revelation 21:1-22:6). The book ends as John tells his audience that he saw all these visions and He proclaims to them that Jesus will return. He also strictly forbids anyone from adding to or taking away from this book of prophecy (Revelation 22:1-6-21).

Jesus Revealed in Revelation

The book of Revelation reveals Jesus in many ways, and space does not permit to list them all here. However, the following is a list of some of the most important ways Jesus is revealed in Revelation including: Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end (Revelation 1:8; 21:6), the lamb of God who was slain (Revelation 5:6), the one through whom God will renew heaven and earth (Revelation 21:1-5), the one who is faithful and true (Revelation 19:11), the one who will bring about both judgment for the wicked and eternal salvation to the righteous (Revelation 20:11-15). Jesus will bring judgment to the world, and all those who trust in Him will have their names written in the Lamb’s book of life. They will dwell in the paradise of God forever and ever, and God will wipe away all tears from their eyes (Revelation 7:17; 21:3-4).