Although the New Testament has twenty-seven books, I choose to do this research project on the book of Revelation also called Revelation to John. Despite the fact that many people avoid this book, saying that it is confusing, or perhaps even frightening, in my opinion it is the most intriguing and interesting book within the New Testament. The book of Revelation can be quite difficult to understand, there for it often raises more question than answers. However by concentrating on the structure and the symbols within the book, it becomes less difficult to understand. Choosing the book of Revelation for this research paper will give me the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what is in my perspective is one of the most important books in the bible.
The identity of the author of the book of Revelation has been and still is under debate. External evidence reveals that the earliest individual known to have been knowledgeable with the book of Revelation was Papias, who was considered among the disciple of John. He was a compiler of sayings and teachings of Jesus, which made up his sayings about the lord in a total of five books. However no clear statement from Papias has been found concerning his identity in relation to the book of Revelation. Other scholars point to John the apostle; scholars base this theory on many factors such as the usage of symbols like the lamb to represent Jesus and the fact that “John never actually referred to himself as a prophet in Revelation, but he implied that he was one by describing his work as a “prophesy”1. Many different biblical scholars debate on who wrote the book of Revelation, unfortunately the answer will never be fully known and can only be speculated.
The book of revelation was written to the seven churches of Asia Minor, present day turkey. These seven churches can be interpreted as to the churches in universal terms. The apostle John seems to be very interested in the number seven; he was instructed by Jesus to write seven letters to seven churches, each of this letters fallow very similar formats, and each letter has a total of seven sections. An important verse in the bible which points to this view is in the New American Bible “1:4, 9 to the seven churches in the province of Asia: John wishes your grace and peace- from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faith witness.”
After extensive research scholars have come to the conclusion about the place in which the book was composed, scholars believe that it was written in west coast of Asia Minor, in fact they go as far as naming the city in which is was writing, their argument is that the book itself names seven cities of the west Asia Minor such as Ephesus, Smyrna and Philadelphia. According to scholars one of the reasons the author of this book wrote it in apocalyptic literature is because this style was common to the people of that time,...