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(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.
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, 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).
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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.
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, 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.
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. 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.
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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
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The Supernatural Man: Learn to Walk in Revelatory Realms of Heaven motivates and equips readers and Christ follower desirous of experiencing God ministering through them in the power of the Holy Spirit as "carriers of God's glory" in a global awakening and a harvest of souls.
Though this circumscription is absolutely necessary and defensible on logistical grounds in order both to ensure a manageable scope of the project as well as remain in the orbit of von Balthasar's own approach, readers, along with Bychkov, will recognize the abundant incidence of aesthetic outliers: that is, "not all sensory (aisthetic) experiences are revelatory and not all revelatory experiences are sensory (aisthetic)" (326).
The book might have been helped in this regard by appendices glossing terms with capricious theological import (such as "Joachimism" or "free spiritism"), and with an appendix or glossary containing short entries providing context for the chief protagonists in the history of revelatory writing and its repression.
Also revelatory on Saturday was the singing of mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena in three Mozart arias.
Moreover, although the traditional Christian claim that Christ is "the light of all peoples" and all peoples are called to union with Christ is presented here in a spirit of "generous hospitality" -- as a royal road on which not only all Christians but all the world's peoples might travel together--we should perhaps not be surprised if non-Christians, non-theists, humanists and others respectfully decline the invitation--not because they are locked into a reductionist methodology but because they have encountered the encompassing mystery in their own foundational stories and revelatory experiences, which may have nothing to do with Jesus Christ.
There is nothing really profound or revelatory here, but it is great fun to hear the group in concert, and the sound is surprisingly good considering its pedigree and vintage.
What: Shirley MacLaine signing her most revelatory book, "The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit.
Their sole claim to fame is that they have a famous sister and, because of that, one of Britain's supposedly top showbiz magazines does a 15-page "in-depth feature" on them which hits us with revelatory stuff like how they bought their mirrors from Just Interiors in Epping, their dining table from Furniture Village International and their fireplaces from Antique Fires in Epping.
Gaustad's revelatory use of Williams's extensive leavings helps to entrench Williams in the tradition of radical reform through separation.
These types are too familiar by now for their caricatures to feel revelatory.
For those already in the naturalistic camp, Raymo's case for science, as opposed to wishful thinking, won't be revelatory, but his sharp dissection of New Age fads and resurgent fundamentalism is nevertheless instructive.
It is then that we need to invoke the power of these powerful revelatory texts.