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John wrote the book of Revelation, according to historians, about AD 95 during the reign of the Roman Emperor Domitian. Tradition says it was the Emperor Domitian who sent John to the Isle of Patmos, a Roman penal colony off the coast of Asia Minor. While in exile on Patmos, John received the vision from God which he recorded in the book of Revelation.
Yes! The book of Revelation portrays the power and majesty of Jesus like no other book in the Bible. In the Gospels, we see our Lord humbled, born in the manger, walking upon the earth as a man, and ultimately going to a cross and dying.

In Revelation, we see Christ the King in all His glory. We see Him return to earth in power and majesty, every knee bowing and every tongue proclaiming that He is God. We see Him as the Judge of heaven, casting judgment on sinners and throwing Satan and his demons into the Lake of Fire. He claims His throne as sovereign ruler of the universe.
Let me give you three simple reasons:
1) Symbolism is not weakened by time. The dramatic images John uses to relay God’s revelation encourages the Church in every era. Symbols retain their meaning outside of culture and time.

2) Symbols impart values and arouse emotions. When you begin to understand the basis of the symbols, they convey a kind of emotion and excitement that is the ongoing war between the forces of good and evil.

3) Symbols functioned as a spiritual code. John wrote with symbolism in order to state opposition of the Roman Empire without the risk of apprehension by the Roman authorities. The letter (book of Revelation) was circulated to the seven churches in Asia Minor during the reign of Domitian (A.D. 81 96).
Studying Revelation helps you understand your future! It is the only prophetic book in the New Testament, and tells the future before it happens. Not only does it provide insight into the future, it comes with spiritual blessings for your life today: "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of prophecy..." (Revelation 1:3). When we understand God’s final plan, we find hope for more tomorrow and motivation and joy for today.
Your questions on REVELATION:
  • When was Revelation written?
  • Is Jesus in the book of Revelation?
  • Why was Revelation written with so much symbolism?
  • Why else should I read Revelation?

Resources from Dr. Jeremiah

2 Great Resources

Escape the Coming Night Book Escape the Coming Night is a shocking and eye-opening exploration of Revelation, but also consistently uplifting--a vital message for our time. The Escape the Coming Night set The Escape the Coming Night series reveals the astonishing end-time truths of the book of Revelation. Includes the book, 4 study guide volumes, 4 CD albums and The Revelation Prophecy Chart.