The Apostle John was an elderly man
when this book was written. More than fifty years had
passed since the death and resurrection of Jesus and all
the other original apostles had gone to be with the Lord.
His enemies tried to kill John, but did not succeed, and he
was then exiled to the Isle of Patmos, in the Aegean Sea.
He had been told to be a witness of
Jesus Christ "to the remotest part of
the earth" and now he was trapped on a barren rock
where he could only tell a few. But life and ministry
are never over until God says it is. John would leave Patmos and return to active ministry.
Now it was
time for something even more important to happen.
Jesus Christ appeared to the Apostle
John and told him to "write in a book
what you see" (Revelation 1:11). John didn't write
immediately, for he fainted and fell down (Revelation
1:17). But he recovered when the Lord told him, "Do
not be afraid" and then wrote
what you will read in this book, which was written in A. D.
90 or before.