The Day the Revelation Came to Man
It was Sunday morning, 95 AD, somewhere on thesmall island in the Aegean Sea called Patmoswhere the Apostle John—having been banishedthere by Rome for his testimony of Jesus Christ—was in some remote corner of that islandworshipping God. Though other days were undoubtedly consumedin the company of other prisoners doing hardlabor inside the mines of the volcanic island,Sundays apparently allowed the old Apostle timeto be alone and to rest. For "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day", theApostle said.Little did he know, however, that on this given Sunday, as he knelt inprayer, he would come face to face with Jesus Christ and then takeninto heaven to eyewitness the Revelation, a vision of the future neverbefore revealed to any man.We know it as The Revelation, the last book in our Bible. It is John’swritten account of the Revelation exactly as he experienced it. All thathe saw and heard he arduously recorded in compliance with the will of God so that the Vision might be shown to the Church, and thereby theChurch would know it.Moreover, the fact that the Apostle John was chosen to record theRevelation speaks volumes about God’s ability to accomplish Hispurposes despite even the most adverse of circumstances, whetherfrom natural causes, or the cunning devices of devil and man.After all, John was about ninety years old and therefore long past whatmight be considered a practical age for such an arduous task.Furthermore, it was the sole intention of Rome to silence John’s workand ministry when it banished him to the remote island of Patmos.In other words, God was making what you and I might regard as anuntenable choice and to our enemy an altogether improbable onewhen He selected John. Likewise, nothing suggests that the elderlyApostle had been seeking or even expecting an extended ministry—only that he was in worship of God, and as such had been drawn into aplace of spiritual joy and elationNonetheless, John was selected. For God knew all along the time, theplace, and the man by which, and to whom He would reveal theRevelation. Therefore, nothing did (or ever will) prevent Him fromaccomplishing His own wise and holy ends.