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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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, 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).
Other than Langland's appropriation by various readerships, salvational and revelatory theologies are juxtaposed with Langland's own frequent slippages into pseudo-prophecy Kerby-Fulton addresses the author's (and his presumed coterie's) own negotiations with suspect eschatology and salvational doctrine in his attempts to respond to the "horrific" severity of predestinarianism (344).
She presents us with a Chaucer who, in the House of Fame, echoes Langland's voice and concerns with revelatory material and matters of salvation.
God means what he ought to mean" (134) because the interpretation is not only epistemic (depending on a knowledge of a theology per se) but ontological: theological principles brought into play with the revelatory text unfold what God intends for persons precisely as believers.
Once beneath this surface, however, the reader quickly can be caught up in the narrative by Mortimer Frank and realize the potentially revelatory importance of a recorded archive that, along with independently cut discs and a number of video recordings, preserves an important part of the career of one of the twentieth century's most celebrated conductors.
This cultural study of the case's repercussions on the writing of Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Genet, the dramatic inspiration of Kesselmann, the film-making of Papatakis, Meckler, and Chabrol, and on the French consciousness generally, provides no answer, but a revelatory questioning of the reason for the horrendous crimes' enduring folkish fascination.
The entire piece had unfolded in one huge phrase, even the Beethovenian 'big tune' naturally assimilated into the argument, and the result for those uncomfortable with the symphony was revelatory.
Even the best TV nature show can't replace this revelatory function of zoos.
But what is wonderful about this book is that on virtually every page there are revelations about birds that are somewhere between revelatory and amazing.
Darwish's poetry has been growing in its abstractness over the years, yet somehow it remains intimate and revelatory.
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.