Religious books can be considered as important read. One of the most read books in history is the Bible. The Revelation of the Bible is the last book of the New Testament. The said chapter of the Bible is also referred to as the Book of Revelations.
The Author and the Work The Book of Revelation is written by John as it was revealed in the first part of the chapter (Revelation 1:1). John is one of the Apostles of Jesus Christ who was believed to be His forerunner. In this regard, he is considered to be the one who records the event that occurred during that time (Gospel of John 1:1-15).The main subject of the book is the revelations that John had recorded on the basis of his observations and as according to him the command of God. In relation to the point of view that the author used, it can be examined that the content is a form of narration of events that occurred as well as the message conveyed through the author. The work can also be described as prophetical due to the content that can be viewed as a warning of events yet to come.
Persuasion, if not merely presentation and narration of the events, can be considered as another aim of the literary work that is under study.This can be observed in the fact that the work targeted a specified audience which are the religious groups expressed and perceived in the writing. In relation to the author and the position on the subject matter, it can be surmised that based on the fact that the literature is written by one of the follower he represents a positive and persuasive effect on the audience. Such notion is due to the fact that one of the main objectives of the work is both historical and persuasive on the part of the people with the author as the medium for understanding. Summary and ThemeThe book targets every people, specifically religious leaders.
This is to be able to lead and influence the people. The key points expressed in the Book of Revelations started by introducing John and the content of the said writing. It is a narration of the relationship of John to Jesus, thus, aiming to build the credibility of the points that is given referring to the prophetic part in the last chapters. By building up the rapport of the writer, it gives credibility to the latter part of the work that is mainly perceived to make a point and persuade the audience.The chapters of the Revelation can be described as a presentation of the present events relating to the time the work was undertaken, then a prediction of the future events in apocalyptic literature. The presentation of the chapters started with the message of warning to the religious institutions (Revelation 1-3).
The subsequent chapter described the tribulation. The Chapters 4 to 11 then describe the different forms of evil that cab be perceived in the present era. Chapters 11 to 18 on the other hand pertain to the empire that was Rome.The end part of the Revelation is composed of the events that are predicted to occur in terms of the fight of goodness over the evil that was discussed (Revelation 19-22). Thesis The development of the text incorporates the rise of the believers due to the fact that the writing is deemed to aim on the message to mobilize and require the participation of the advocates of Christianity.
It is a narrative of persuasion by presentation of events in the present and its relationship to the events that could happen. The audience then is encouraged on the basis of the events that can happen.Summary of Content The book deals mainly on the religious issues during the time it was written. It is divided into different parts.
The first part of the book of Revelation served as a forewarning to the churches as it was written to be given to the different religious groups during that time. The first part, specifically the first three chapters, is a representation of the vision God by John conveying a massage to the different churches and religious institutions. During that era, the main religious institutions are located in Asia.The first verses are meant to serve as preface and introduction on the content of the book (Revelation 1:1-3). The other parts of the first chapter is aimed to present the credibility and the intent of the writer by describing hid relationship as the main historian and tasked of recording the events (Revelation 1:4-20). The second and third chapters on the other hand present the main target of the records given.
These are the Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thytira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea (Revelation 2-3).After the description of the author and the aim of the book including the target audience, the content led to the description of the events that had been occurring in the contemporary era, specifically the reign of evil. These accounts were presented in the Chapters succeeding, 4 to 11. The Chapters 11 to 18 of the Revelation on the other hand hypothetically accounts the empire that led the world to sufferings, specifically the Roman Empire, which is described in the context (Revelation 4-18). The last part of the book accounts the events in the future on the basis of the choice made by the people.
For it was expressed, that punishment for the evil deeds and celebrations shall be given to the good deeds. The latter part of the Book of Revelation presents the events that will occur and that it so presented in the time of the second coming of Christ (Revelation 19-22). Analysis of Text The book is written on a persuasive atmosphere that targets the religious audience. The topic is presented by developing rapport to be able to achieve the trust of the audience in terms of the data to be presented.
The said style in writing is important to be able to achieve and maintain the attention and interest of the target reader and even the skeptics on the content of the book. Another observation with regard to keeping interest of the audience is the fact that it is a prophetic work, thus, it can be expected to achieve a fair share of negative comments. With regards to the technicality of the paper, it can be considered to be relatively technical thus it increased the subjectivity of the paper.This can be related to the language and the formation of the concept in a relatively hypothetical point of view. This can be attributed to the present state of skepticism and conflict regarding the message of the particular piece of work. The work can be considered as an account according to the author of the prophecies given.
In relation to this, it was presented through a cause and effect manner, the evil of the era to be reprimanded by the events that are predicted to occur in the future.Although this is the main method undertaken the author’s opinion radiated in the work, relating to the events that he is aware of. He imposed the contemporary events in his era. Another area of query is the possibility of the written concepts to be an analogy. This is the main reason for the skepticism on the written account. If the work was considered an account of events in the reality, there are questions on the latter part of the work, the prophetic chapters (Revelation 19-22).
Thus, certain groups perceived that the presented language and expressions are analogy and representation of real events.Events that are presented to support the argument and the credibility of the work include the events that occur which is presented in a hypothetical method, such as the leadership and the events in the Empire of Rome (Revelation 16-18). The presentation of the credibility and the relationship of the author as well as the events can be related to the events in the era. Although the argument and the events that are predicted can be considered as complete during that time, it was perceived as an analogy in the present era. This can be attributed to the language used during that time that can add mystery to the written account.
Although it was perceived to be related to events in the past, readers cannot help but wonder if the events that are presented and revealed pertain to events in the part or is it in the near future. This is due to the applicability of the description of the end times in the revelation in the contemporary era (Revelation 19-22). Evaluation of the Text The Book of Revelations in the Bible is a controversial piece of work due to the presentation of the things to come. This is also presented with real events that can make the readers question its significance.Upon the building of the rapport of the author and the presentation of real events, the audience begins to accept that the content of the work is an account of reality, only to find out in the latter part that the events presented are composed of prophetic literature and analogies.
The large part of the work is composed of the events yet to come presented in ancient language and in analogy and representations. This can be considered as one of the weakness of the book. To be able to achieve a persuasive level of learning, the audience requires a clear understanding of the concept presented.The method of presentation of the Revelation created an area of skepticism that was not able to be answered by the book, even through the clarification through the language used.
On the other hand, one of the strengths of the book is the credibility of the author. Thus it achieved the respect of the religious population to a point that a quest to interpret the meaning of the work of John became their mission. With regards to the query on the attainment of the aim of the work to reach the audience, it can be perceived to be successful. This is due to the fact that it has made the people specifically the Christians to reassess their faith.In this view, the book had been successful.
This can also be the main use of the book written by John, though others may believe the concepts presented literally or interpretatively adapting to reality, they have been moved. Though the people may perceive it as fiction or account, it has made its mark and the audience was made to gauge their faith. One thing is can be learned though that the book teaches evil shall be punished. This is the main reason, the book of Revelation is still applicable in the present times and the prophecies it had presented still live on.