Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 August 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This article considers the outline, form, and content of the Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation, or the Apocalypse of Jesus Christ, is a collection of visions, some of which follow on from each other (e.g., chs. 5–6) while others begin a new visionary sequence (e.g., chs. 12–13). Despite the variety of the visions in the Book of Revelation, there is a discernible thread running through it. In John's initial vision of heaven God is acknowledged as creator and honoured as such. This contrasts with the world below in which humanity is in rebellion. The inexorable overcoming of that rebellion through the chaos which follows the opening of the first seal by the Lamb paves the way for the establishment of a messianic reign on earth, judgement, and ultimately heaven on earth when the God hidden from all except the visionary will be seen face to face.

Keywords: Book of Revelation, rebellion, heaven, God, Apocalypse, visions

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.