John of Patmos
John of Patmos (also called John the Revelator, John the Divine or John the Theologian) is the name given to the presumed author of the Book of Revelation (or the Apocalypse of John), the apocalyptic text forming the final book of the New Testament.
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- When the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”
- 6:9-10 NIV
- The twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying:
- “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
- the One who is and who was,
- because you have taken your great power
- and have begun to reign.
- The nations were angry,
- and your wrath has come.
- The time has come for judging the dead,
- and for rewarding your servants the prophets
- and your people who revere your name,
- both great and small—
- and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
- 11:16-18 NIV
Quotes about John of Patmos
- Patmos, that infamous island, place of banishment, place of punishment, place of lonely wanderings, became a place of revelation, of discovery, of empowerment. Instead of teetering on the brink of mad isolation, John finds himself drawn to the heart of God and miraculously, wondrously, into the heartbeat of the church, not only of Asia Minor but of the world, not only of that time but of all times to come.
- Allan Boesak, Comfort and Protest (1987), p. 41