Frequently Asked Questions
Question 1: Isn't Revelation a vision?
There are lots of evidence supporting that Revelation is a literary work and not a work recording a vision and produced in a day.
The three primary supporting evidences are:
Revelation’s use of the Hebrew Scriptures.
Revelation has the most allusion to the Hebrew Scriptures than any book found in the New Testament.
Many passages found in Revelation are directly connected to passages found in the Hebrew Scriptures which this website documents.
The sheer magnitude of the use of Hebrew Scriptures makes it unlikely that the book was written via a vision or without preparation.
In my book, I go one step further and show the process on how John wrote Revelation using an easy to follow pattern in a way that even the skeptic will have difficulty explaining them away.
A by product of John’s use of the Hebrew Scriptures is the range of meanings for common words.
For such a small book, the words used in Revelation have great diversity of meaning.
This is something not natural to an author producing a work. Lexical meanings are consistent for an author.
Revelation is the exception where a single word such as the Greek word for land has over 80 meanings.*
This is something to expect when a person uses source material with a great diversity of situations written over the centuries.
The high level of parallels within Revelation.
Parallels in themselves do not make up a proof of planned writing because it is possible to form parallels without even knowing it.
However, the scope and scale of the parallel formations found within Revelation makes it impossible for it to have been written without preparation.
Virtually every passage found in Revelation has at least parallels formed with other passages.
With the sheer magnitude of the number of parallels, many of the parallels overwrite previous parallels allowing us to produce a logical order of construction.