Book of Revelation

National Association of Christian Ministers Summary Series

The book of Revelation is the final book of the New Testament in the Christian Bible. It is a highly symbolic and apocalyptic work that was written by the apostle John while he was in exile on the Greek island of Patmos around 95 AD. The book is a vision that John received from Jesus Christ, in which he foretells the end of the world and the ultimate triumph of God over evil.

The book of Revelation is divided into three main sections. The first section is a series of letters from Jesus to the seven churches of Asia Minor, which contain warnings and encouragement for the churches to remain faithful in the face of persecution and false teachings.

The second section of the book is a series of visions and prophecies that John sees. These include the opening of seven seals on a scroll, which unleash a series of catastrophic events on the earth, the appearance of four horsemen who represent war, famine, pestilence, and death, and the rise of a beast from the sea who represents the Antichrist.

The third section of the book describes the ultimate triumph of God over evil, as Jesus returns in glory to defeat the Antichrist and establish his kingdom on earth. The book ends with a vision of the new Jerusalem, a city of peace and prosperity where God dwells with his people.

Throughout the book, there are many symbolic numbers and images, such as the number seven, which represents completeness and perfection, and the image of a lamb, which represents Jesus as the sacrificial lamb who takes away the sins of the world. The book of Revelation has been a source of fascination and debate for centuries, and many different interpretations have been offered regarding its meaning and significance.