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This book is styled, The Apocalypse," or, "the Revelation;" (from anoxaλTw, to unveil, or uncover, what was before hidden;) as consisting of matters chiefly prophetical, which were revealed to St. John immediately from Jesus Christ. This took place, when he was in the isle of Patmos, in the Egean Sea, whither he had been banished, as is generally thought, by the emperor Domitian, A. D. 94, or 95. Some indeed maintain that this happened much earlier, even during the persecution of Nero, A. D. 67, or 68, or even before that time: but the arguments adduced in support of this opinion are by no means conclusive and as the book stands last in the sacred canon, so it seems to have been written last, and to have been intended to occupy that place. The Revelation opens with the account of an extraordinary vision, which the apostle had of the Lord Jesus, appearing to him in glory. Then follow seven short epistles from Christ himself, to th seven principal churches in Asia: after which we have a series of prophecies, chiefly emblematical, relating to events which would take place, in the church and in the nations of the earth, through all the subsequent generations of mankind, to the end of the world, the day of judgment, and the eternal state.-See Scott.
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