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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).
The Commentary on the Apocalypse is a book written in the eighth century by the Spanish monk and theologian Beatus of Liébana. It is a commentary on the New Testament Apocalypse of John or Book of Revelation. It also refers to any manuscript copy of this work, especially any of the 26 illuminated copies that have survived. It is often referred to simply as the Beatus.
Preface to The Apocalypse of St. John, the Apostle
Though some in the first ages [centuries] doubted whether this book was canonical, and who was the author of it, (see Eusebius, lib. 7, History of the Church, chap. xxv) yet it is certain much the greater part of the ancient fathers acknowledged both that it was a part of the canon, and that it was written by St. John, the apostle and evangelist. See Tillemont, in his ninth note upon St. John, where he cites St. Justin Martyr, St. Irenæus, St. Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, St. Cyprian, St. Athanasius., Eusebius, St. Ambrose, St. Jerome, St. Augustine, &c. It was written in Greek to the churches in Asia [Asia Minor], under Domitian, about the year 96 [A.D.] or 97, long after the destruction of Jerusalem, when St. John was banished to the island of Patmos, in the Ægean Sea.
Plan of the Apocalypse
Key to columns 2–9: Regular type face (Political), Italic type face (Ecclesiastical)
The Structure of Revelation
The Apocalypse was written for a different audience and a different reason from any other book of Scripture. As the first verse reveals, it was for servants of the Lord Jesus Christ and it was to show them “things which must shortly come to pass”. It contains warnings, exhortation, encouragement and visions of future glory for those who “overcome”. It informs his servants of future events that will affect their walk in Christ.
The Book with a Blessing
“Apocalypse” is the English form of the Greek word rendered “Revelation” in the opening verse of the last book of the Bible. The name is almost exclusively applied to that particular Last Message from Christ to distinguish it from the rest of Scripture, although the Bible as a whole is also a “revelation” or “apocalypse” of Goers will and purpose.
Revelation of John
The last book of the New Testament. It professes to be the record of prophetic visions given by Jesus Christ to John, while the latter was a prisoner, “for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus” (Revelation 1:9), in PATMOS (which see), a small rocky island in the Aegean, about 15 miles West of Ephesus. Its precursor in the Old Testament is the Book of Dnl, with the symbolic visions and mystical numbers of which it stands in close affinity. The peculiar form of the book, its relation to other “apocalyptic” writings, and to the Fourth Gospel, likewise attributed to John, the interpretation of its symbols, with disputed questions of its date, of worship, unity, relations to contemporary history, etc., have made it one of the most difficult books in the New Testament to explain satisfactorily.
Book of Revelation
This, the last of the books of the New Test., according to their usual arrangement, is entitled in the A.V. “The Revelation (Α᾿ποκάλυψις, Apocalypse) of [St.] John the Divine (τοῦ θεολόγου),” but in Codices Alex., Sinait., and Ephr. Rescrip. it is simply Α᾿ποκάλυψις Ι᾿ωάννου; and in Cod. Vat. it takes the fuller and more explicit form of ‘Α᾿ποκάλυψις Ι᾿ωάννου θεολόγου καὶ Εὐαγγελιστοῦ, thus clearly identifying the author with the writer of the fourth gospel. The true and authoritative title of the book, however, is that which it bears in its own commencing words, Α᾿ποκάλυψις Ι᾿ησοῦ Χριστοῦ; which has been restored by Tregelles in his critical edition of 1844, and which has been adopted by most of the critical authorities and versions since.
Frontpiece for the Book of Revelations (folio 10 recto)
Jesus Appears to John (17th c. engraving)
John’s Not-So-Simple Version
John Exiled to Patmos
John on the Isle of Patmos
Keys of Death and Hades
Plan of the Apocalypse
Book of Revelation
The Book of Revelation, often called the Revelation to John, the Apocalypse of John, The Revelation, or simply Revelation or Apocalypse, is a book of the New Testament that occupies a central place in Christian eschatology. Its title is derived from the first word of the text, written in Koine Greek: apokalypsis, meaning “unveiling” or “revelation”. The Book of Revelation is the only apocalyptic document in the New Testament canon (although there are short apocalyptic passages in various places in the Gospels and the Epistles).
Historicism, a method of interpretation of Biblical prophecies, associates symbols with historical persons, nations or events. It can result in a view of progressive and continuous fulfillment of prophecy covering the period from Biblical times to the Second Coming. Almost[quantify] all Protestant Reformers from the Reformation into the 19th century held historicist views. The main primary texts of interest to Christian-historicists include apocalyptic literature, such as the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation. Commentators have also applied historicist methods to ancient Jewish history, to the Roman Empire, to Islam, to the Papacy, to the Modern era, and to the end time.
Historicist interpretations of the Book of Revelation
Historicism, a method of interpretation in Christian eschatology which associates biblical prophecies with actual historical events and identifies symbolic beings with historical persons or societies, has been applied to the Book of Revelation by many writers. The Historicist view follows a straight line of continuous fulfillment of prophecy which starts in Daniel’s time and goes through John’s writing of the Book of Revelation all the way to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.