The SHEPHERD | Danilo Q. Junco
We have finished discussing Daniel’s book with regard to the prophetic timetable of God about the isolation, judgment, the forerunner of Antichrist, restoration of Israel, the first advent of Jesus Christ (Messiah) on earth culminated of His crucifixion on the cross, and the coming of the final Antichrist or the Great Tribulation and the consummation of the age through the second coming of the Lord Jesus.
Now, we are to deal with the last book of the Bible called “Revelation” written by the Apostle John, the unveiling of the things which will happen in the Last of the Last Days or End-Times.
John wrote this book approximately between AD 70 to 90 while he was in exile due to the teaching and preaching of the Lord Jesus as God, King, Savior, Lord and Judge in the island of Patmos, an island located 60 miles of Ephesus (Modern Turkey) in the Aegean Sea, and the area is primarily treeless and volcanic which the Roman used it as a penal colony, forcing prisoners to work in the granite quarries.
The word Revelation comes from the Greek word “apokalypsis” meaning unveiling or disclosing of a reality that previously has not been perceived.
There in that island John had many visions and his spirit was caught up in the dwelling place of Jesus Christ, God the Father, the Holy Spirit and the myriad of angels and also the departed spirits and souls of believers and back and forth to earth, especially in Jerusalem, the holy city of God where the Lord Jesus will use it as a launching pad for His second advent on earth.
This book has so many symbols and pictures which can help as an aid to view what heaven’s look like in a minuscule way and the glory of God through His Son Jesus Christ, who is the final Judge of mankind living and dead and all God’s enemies when He has to end this evil age.
This is also a book that even Bible scholars or theologians have divergent views of what will take place when this earth will come to an end like the teachings of the Great Tribulation, the Rapture and the Millennial Reign of Christ here on earth.
Nobody has the monopoly to claim that he knows all the events that will happen in an orderly and chronological setting and we will also be open to the views of these erudite biblical scholars and theologians even if we hold another view contrary to theirs.
In other words, we will have an open mind not myopic or bigotry insisting that ours are right and true and let the Holy Spirit be our teacher and guide and be tolerant with those who have views different from ours.