The Revelation Of Jesus Christ

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How does John’s gospel connect to his final writing, the Book of Revelation? “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place; he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.” John 1:1-2 (RSV) The book of Revelation is considered the final writings from John’s Gospel. Revelation is a unique book, which unveils future events, and final judgements. Growing up, this was the book we as children didn’t want the preacher to preach about. I grew up Holiness Pentecostal and this is the book that was preached on more than others. I believe I received salvation every week due to these lessons…show more content…
The Jewish writings, according to deSilva, spoke of Jesus as more than a man and the apocalyptic of Him, The Jewish Scriptures themselves provide an obvious resource for John’s expression of the meaning of Jesus as light, shepherd, and fountain of living water, all of which are images for God or God’s Word. These images are also shared by Jewish apocalyptic writers contemporary with the fourth Evangelist,…” Additional connection between John’s Gospel and Revelation is how Jesus talks of futuristic events John’s account and how John speaks futuristic in Revelation. Look at John 14:2 (RSV), “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” Jesus is speaking about the future. He states that the place He is going has rooms and He is going ahead (future) to prepare this place. Compare this to Revelation 21:1 (RSV), where John’s future is, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.” John is speaking of the Ne Heaven, New Earth (future). Ladd states, “The final state of the Kingdom of God is a new heaven and a new earth (21:1ff). This expresses a theology of creation that runs throughout the Bible. The Old Testament prophets picture the Kingdom of God in terms of a redeemed earth (Isa. 11:6–9; Joel 3:18; Amos
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