The Word ‘apocalypse’ comes from the Greek word ‘apokalupsis’, which means an ‘uncovering’ or ‘revelation’. Therefore, the Book of Revelation (so named), contains a series of individual visions which were Divinely given to show Jesus’ servants ‘what must soon take place’.
There is some debate regarding the precise date during the First century (CE) for the Apostle John’s receiving of the apocalyptic visions. However, there is little doubt that it was towards the end of the century, by which time he was an old man and, on account of his faith, had been exiled to the island of Patmos. Many of his Christian compatriots had already suffered martyrdom.
Whether the reader of the Book of Revelation has, or has not, a specific understanding of this enigmatic book is, to some extent, of little importance. What is compelling is that all believers who, through subsequent generations, have encountered the book, have discovered that that which John ‘saw’ has a resonance with the times in which they themselves live.
Although many such readers will have been experiencing varying tribulations within their own lifetime, the words of Jesus via the Apostle reassure them that although times may be hard - even frightening - they should keep faith. The final two revelations given to the Apostle present the tried and the fearful with every reason to understand that, whatever their present suffering, the future is glorious.
For some years, David Miles has collaborated with an award-winning Documentary Producer and a Composer in the creation of an hour-long production, ‘Approaching Apocalypse’, based on the text of Revelation and David’s images.
For further information about this major Project, go to: www.approachingapocalypse.com