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NA118612 - Revelation of St John the Divine (The)

The Revelation of

The Revelation of

St. John the Divine


The author is not the John who wrote the Gospel. The theme of Revelation is apocalypse: the end of the world and the coming of Christ in judgment. The style and imagery have been unkindly described as ‘deranged’ (A.N. Wilson), and they are certainly entirely unlike anything else in the New Testament. It should be remembered, however, that for the earliest Christians, the Second Coming was expected at any time, and in any case, in the very near future: Revelation is the work of a prophet, uniquely in the New Testament. It bears vivid witness to this sense of an apocalyptic atmosphere and undoubtedly possesses a terrible beauty. The author is on the island of Patmos and addresses the seven churches of Asia Minor. The date of composition is likely to be some time in the nineties AD.


John’s Salutation to the Seven Churches (Chapter 1)

What John was Commanded to Write to the Seven Churches (Chapters 2-3)

John’s Vision: The Book Sealed with Seven Seals (Chapters 4-7)

The Opening of the Seventh Seal (Chapters 8-11)

War in Heaven (Chapters 12-13)

The Hour of God’s Judgment is Come (Chapters 14-16)

Babylon the Great is Fallen (Chapters 17-18)

King of Kings, and Lord of Lords (Chapter 19)

The Book of Life (Chapter 20)

The New Jerusalem (Chapters 21-22)


Notes by Perry Keenlyside



Heathcote Williams


Heathcote Williams, poet, playwright and actor, is best known for his extended poems on environmental subjects: Whale Nation, Falling for a Dolphin, Sacred Elephant and Autogeddon. His plays have also won acclaim, notably AC/DC and Hancock’s Last Half Hour. As an actor he has been equally versatile — taking memorable roles in Orlando, Wish You Were Here, The Odyssey and Derek Jarman’s The Tempest, in which he played Prospero. Whale Nation and Sacred Elephant are also available on Naxos AudioBooks, read by Heathcote Williams.

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