Bible Articles on the Topic of Isle of Patmos

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The Heavenly Tabernacle

The tabernacle built in the days of Moses was the center of divine worship in Israel. It was a figure for the time then present, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered at that time — while good and righteous and from God — were not yet the perfect sacrifice, which was yet to come (Hebrews 9:9).

In the Isle of Patmos

Patmos, with which the Apocalypse is closely connected, is a small island off the coast of Asia Minor. It is volcanic in origin, rocky and barren. At any time its population must have been small and backward. John was sent there during the Christian persecution perpetrated by Diocletian towards the end of his reign. He was succeeded by the Emperor Nerva, who reigned for a very short time, and was followed by Trajan, who reversed the acts of Diocletian. John’s exile, therefore, was not a long one; but even a stay of two or three years in such an island must have been trying to a man used to an active Christian life. The terms of his banishment may have enforced a solitary life, and tradition associated the Revelation with a cave. To John, therefore, Patmos may have been the equivalent of Paul’s imprisonments in Caesarea and Rome—a time for quiet meditation and reflection. There was time to think over the events of the past which he had seen, and in some of which he had been an actor. It was part of the process that changed a “Son of Thunder” into the “Apostle of Love.”

Patmos

pat ́mos (Πάτμος, Pátomos; Italian: San Giovanni di Patino): A Turkish island of the group Sporades, Southwest of Samos, mentioned once in the Bible, Revelation 1:9, “I, John ... was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus” (διὰ τὸν λόγον τοῦ θεοῦ καί τὴν μαρτυρίαν Ἰησοῦ, diá tón lógon toú theoú kaí tḗn marturian Iēsoú). The island is 10 miles long, and about 6 broad along the northern coast. It is for the most part rocky. The highest part is Mount Elias, which rises to a height of over 800 ft. As in Greece, and in the adjacent mainland of Asia Minor, the land is treeless. Near the city of Patmos there is a good harbor. A famous monastery, Christodulos, was founded on the island in 1088. Near this is a thriving school, attended by students from all parts of the Archipelago. The population of the island numbers 3,000, almost entirely Greek. The ancient capital was on an isthmus between the inlets of La Scala and Merika. Many ruins can still be seen. The huge walls of Cyclopean masonry, similar to those at Tiryns, attest their great age. In Roman times Patmos was one of the many places to which Rome banished her exiles. In 95 AD, according to a tradition preserved by Irenaeus, Eusebius, Jerome and others, John was exiled here—in the 14th year of the reign of Domitian—whence he returned to Ephesus under Nerva (96 AD). The cave in which he is said to have seen his visions is still pointed out to the traveler. Only a small part of the once valuable library in the monastery of Christodulos is left. Just 100 years ago (1814) Mr. E.D. Clark purchased here the manuscript of Plato which is now in the Bodleian Library, the celebrated Clarkianus, a parchment written in the year 895, and admittedly the best of all for the 1st of the 2 volumes into which the works of Plato were divided for convenience. Patmos is mentioned by Thucydides (iii. 33), by Pliny (NH, iv. 23), and by Strabo (x.5). See also JOHN, THE APOSTLE; REVELATION OF JOHN.

And the Angel Which I Saw Lifted Up His Hand To Heaven

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The Apocalypse of Saint John the Evangelist (1563 oil on oak)

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The Apocalypse of Saint John the Evangelist on the Island of Patmos

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The Great Red Dragon

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Jesus Appears to John (17th c. engraving)

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John’s Rapture

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John Mounting Ladder to Heaven

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John on the Isle of Patmos (The Sforza Hours) (15th c. illumination)

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John the Apostle (1536 engraving)

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John the Apostle on Patmos

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Revelation 1

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Revelation of John (ca. 1420 illumination)

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Saint John the Evangelist on Patmos (ca. 1613 oil on canvas)

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Saint John the Evangelist on Patmos (ca. 1620 oil on canvas)

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Saint John the Evangelist on the Island of Patmos

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St. John the Evangelist on the Island of Patmos (15th c.)

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Woman of the Apocalypse

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Patmos

Patmos (Greek, Πάτμος; Italian: Patmo) is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, most famous for being the location of both the vision of and the writing of the Christian Bible’s Book of Revelation.