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The Book of Revelation: Hope in Dark Times

Department of Biblical Studies, Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne 3002, Australia
Religions 2019, 10(4), 239; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10040239
Received: 20 March 2019 / Revised: 26 March 2019 / Accepted: 27 March 2019 / Published: 31 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hope in Dark Times)
Contemporary analysis of the world that produced the Book of Revelation suggests that Patmos was not a penal settlement, and there is little evidence that Domitian systematically persecuted Christians. The Emperor Cult was widely practiced, but Christians were not being persecuted for lack of participation. The document makes much of God’s victory in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the slain and standing Lamb (Rev 5:6). The “saints” were not persecuted Asian Christians but, under the influence of the Book of Daniel, John’s presentation of those from Israel’s sacred history who lived by the Word of God and accepted the messianic witness of the prophets (8:3–4; 11:18; 13:7, 10; 14:12; 16:6; 17:6; 18:20, 24; 19:8; 20:6, 9). They already have life, the application of the saving effects of the slain and risen lamb “from the foundation of the world” (13:8). John addresses late first-century Asian Christians, presenting the model of these “saints,” offering them hope as they are tempted by the allure of the Greco-Roman world and its mores. He invites them into the life and light of the New Jerusalem, the Christian church (22:1–5). View Full-Text
Keywords: hope; apocalyptic; eschatology; prophecy; martyrdom; death and resurrection; Book of Daniel; Jesus Christ; Greco-Roman society; Christian community hope; apocalyptic; eschatology; prophecy; martyrdom; death and resurrection; Book of Daniel; Jesus Christ; Greco-Roman society; Christian community
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Moloney, F.J. The Book of Revelation: Hope in Dark Times. Religions 2019, 10, 239.

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