Author: Possibly written by the apostle John although there is some debate as to whether this is the same John that wrote the gospel and epistles.

Date: Written from about 90-95 A.D.

Theme and Content

  • Written in apocalyptic style (uses symbolic language to describe visions)
  • Christ addresses the 7 churches
  • Tells of the Lord’s second coming and how Jesus will appear and believers will be taken to him
  • Talks about the final judgment and how believers and unbelievers will experience God’s justice
  • Talks of the defeat of Satan and that sin will be done away with
  • “666” the mark of the beast
  • Prophecies of Jesus are fulfilled
  • A new heaven and a new earth
  • Encourages Christians who are provoked by the unbelieving world to await with anticipation, Christ’s second coming
  • A book of hope

How and When Revelation Was Placed in the Canon

  • It was a part of the canon as soon as it was written
  • Was the last book to be put in the canon
  • Had been accepted by most churches as a part of a NT collection from its beginning, but it was not until 382 A.D. that the Synod of Rome gave an official approval that confirmed it as part of the NT canon
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Mary Magdalene: Facts & Summary

Requirements for a Book to be Placed in New Testament Canon

  • Must be of Apostolic origin
  • Must be received  and used by the historical churches
  • Must be consistent with the O.T. and Gospels
Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "Canonical Books: Revelation of John," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019, https://schoolworkhelper.net/canonical-books-revelation-of-john/.

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