The Purpose of the Book of Revelation
compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.

The original purpose of the Book of Revelation is NOT to scare people, NOR to predict future calamities (that will supposedly be fulfilled in our own day and age), BUT RATHER to encourage Christians of the late first century (and all later eras too!) to persevere in their faith despite and in the midst of trials and tribulations!

Note how often the words “patient endurance” (Gk hypomonē) and “to hold fast” (Gk kratein) and “to keep” (Gk tērein) appear in this book:

Note also all the promises made to “those who conquer” (Gk nikan), especially (but not only) in the "seven letters" near the beginning of the book:

CONTEXTUAL HISTORY: Roman Emperors in the New Testament Era:

  1. [Julius Caesar] - assassinated 44 BC
  2. Octavian/Augustus (27 BC—AD 14)
  3. Tiberius (AD 14-37)
  4. Gaius/Caligula (AD 37-41)
  5. Claudius (AD 41-54)
  6. NERO (AD 54-68)
  7. Galba & Otho & Vitellius (AD 68-69)
  8. Vespasian (AD 69-79)
  9. Titus (AD 79-81)
  10. DOMITIAN (AD 81-96)
  11. Nerva (AD 96-98)
  12. Trajan (AD 98-117)


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