(redirected from Divine inspiration)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms.




(əpŏk`əlĭps), the last book of the New Testament. It was written c.A.D. 95 on Patmos Island off the coast of Asia Minor by an exile named John, in the wake of local persecution by the Emperor Domitian (A.D. 81–96). Tradition has identified John with the disciple St. JohnJohn, Saint,
one of the Twelve Apostles, traditional author of the fourth Gospel, three letters, and the Book of Revelation (see John, Gospel according to Saint; John, letters; Revelation); it is highly unlikely, however, that all five works were written by the same author.
..... Click the link for more information.
, but many scholars deny such authorship. They also disagree as to whether this book has common authorship with the Gospel or with First, Second, and Third John. The book is an apocalypse, comprising visions of victory over evil and persecution and of the triumph of God and the martyrs. Its structure is deliberate, depending heavily on patterns of sevens. It consists of letters counseling and warning seven churches in Asia Minor; the opening of the seven seals on the scroll in the hand of God, four revealing the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; the blowing of seven trumpets by angels before God's throne; the seven visions, including a seven-headed dragon (Satan) and the rising from the sea of the Beast, related to the Emperor Nero (persecutor of Christians in Rome after the great fire of A.D. 64), whose name is numerically equivalent to 666; the seven plagues; the seven-headed harlot named Babylon, representing the Roman Empire; and visions of heaven, the defeat of Satan, the judgment, the millennial reign of Christ, and the New Jerusalem. Constant allusion occurs to earlier scriptural prophecies, such as EzekielEzekiel
, prophetic book of the Bible. The book is a collection of oracles emanating from the career of the priest Ezekiel, who preached to Jews of the Babylonian captivity from 593 B.C. to 563 B.C. (according to the chronology given in the book itself in chapters 1 and 2).
..... Click the link for more information.
, DanielDaniel,
book of the Bible. It combines "court" tales, perhaps originating from the 6th cent. B.C., and a series of apocalyptic visions arising from the time of the Maccabean emergency (167–164 B.C.
..... Click the link for more information.
, and IsaiahIsaiah
, prophetic book of the Bible. It is a collection of prophecies from a 300-year period attributed to Isaiah, who may have been a priest. Some scholars argue that a long-lived "school" of Isaiah preserved his oracles and supplemented them in succeeding centuries.
..... Click the link for more information.
. One immediate goal of Revelation was to encourage persecuted Christians; absolute assurance of interpretation stops there. Every period of Christian history has produced variant explanations of the book's mysteries. See apocalypseapocalypse
[Gr.,=uncovering], genre represented in early Jewish and in Christian literature in which the secrets of the heavenly world or of the world to come are revealed by angelic mediation within a narrative framework.
..... Click the link for more information.


See studies by G. E. Ladd (1972), D. H. Lawrence (1972), G. B. Caird (1980), L. Morris (1987), A. Y. Collins (1988), J. P. M. Sweet (1990), R. Wall (1991), J. Kirsch (2006), and E. Pagels (2012).


final book of the New Testament discussing the coming of the world’s end. [N.T.: Revelation]


a. God's disclosure of his own nature and his purpose for mankind, esp through the words of human intermediaries
b. something in which such a divine disclosure is contained, such as the Bible


the last book of the New Testament, containing visionary descriptions of heaven, of conflicts between good and evil, and of the end of the world. Also called: the Apocalypse, the Revelation of Saint John the Divine
References in periodicals archive ?
IF Dundee need a touch of divine inspiration when they face Perugia in the second leg of their UEFA Cup clash then it's just as well they have Juan Sara in their ranks.
Children from Coventry's Bengali community are looking for divine inspiration for their exams.
It took Michelangelo years of divine inspiration to chisel his creation of the biblical David at the beginning of the 16th century.
But if you're bored with your vegetable repertoire, find divine inspiration in the recipes of A Passion For Vegetables (pounds 12.
15 (14) The Way (Put Your Hand In My Hand) - Divine Inspiration
Choose between Pop Idol finalist Zoe Birkett - who has been touring with Will Young and Gareth Gates - Europopster Dario G, Divine Inspiration and Busted.
After Venables saw his side lose their sixth successive Premiership home game he looked skyward seemingly for divine inspiration - but none came as Charlton's Scott Parker scored the last-minute goal which condemned them to a 2-1 defeat.
Cherie's search for divine inspiration came as she stood below Peter Sedgley's painting Cycle after opening a new wing of the Birmingham Museum.
ISLAMABAD -- Seeking divine inspiration ahead of the upcoming Pakistan Super League edition, Lahore Qalandars players visited the shrine of renowned Sufi scholar Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh on Tuesday.
A shy woman finds divine inspiration to start singing for a living.
The show's music, derived from the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, had no trouble raising the roof in Leeds but its storytelling could have used a little divine inspiration.
While Ronaldo hitches up his shorts and looks skyward in the hope of finding some divine inspiration to ease his Euro 2016 woes, Bale is proving himself to be the tournament's star after notching his third goal of the group stage against Russia and is now 9-2 favourite to be top scorer - having been a 50-1 chance before the tournament started.