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December 28   - Day 362
* SCRIPTURES, history, and commentary below
* Introduction to the book of Revelation
* BOOKS on Revelation and Amazon.com
* Study Index: Revelation
* BIBLE DICTIONARY - Satan | Fulfill | Reveal
* Scriptural requirements of Messiah, MessiahRevealed.org
* MAPS * OUTLINE BIBLE * TIMELINES
* Chart: Kings of Judah and Israel
* Charts: Israel history | Crucifixion
* Timeline: Some prophets of Judah and Israel
* Timelines: New Testament * Dates of NT books, BibleStudy.org
* Biography of author: John the Apostle | John of Patmos, wikipedia
* Map of Early church travel and events
* Map of the rise and fall of Roman Empire, 753 BC- 1453 AD
Commentary:
Satan's Hatred Unleashes Tribulation
Rev 12-14

Local History:
Patmos is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea.

The book of Revelation "has generally been fixed at A.D. 96, in the reign of Domitian" most likely by John the Apostle and evangelist. (EBD) "Eusebius also records that, in the persecution under Domitian, John the apostle and evangelist was banished to the Island Patmos for his testimony of the divine word." (SBD)

Wikipedia:
Apostle John | Revelation | Roman emperor Domitian reigned from 81 to his 96 assassination


* Timelines: Emperors of Rome
* Timelines of events of the apostles and of the reigns of emporers of Rome
* The Roman Empire and Israel [Judea]
* Rulers of Rome and Israel when Jesus was crucified

Scriptures: (55vs)
* Revelation 12 (17vs) * 13 (18vs) * 14 (20vs)


  John sees angels instructed according to God's plans

  Revelation 12 (17vs)
  * Signs seen in heaven: as a woman is giving birth, a red dragon threatens
  * God gathers up her son
  * She flees to the wilderness where God had prepared a place for her; 1260 days there
  * Michael and his angels make war on the dragon (Satan, the deceiver) and his angels
  * Losing the war, Satan and his angels are thrown to Earth
  * Unable to defeat the woman and her child, Satan makes war on her people Israel

  Revelation 13 (18vs)
  * John sees a beast coming out of the sea - a blasphemer - with 10 crowns, under Satan's authority
  * Making war for 42 months, he spoke great things against God, heaven, and its residents
  * His authority includes making war on the saints in all nations, and overcoming them
  * All listed in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain will worship him
  * Here is the endurance and the faith of the saints
  * A two-horned beast serves the blasphemer beast even after his fatal wound is healed
  * This second beast shows the people great signs from the sky, to deceive them
  * People on earth make an image of the 1st beast who had the sword wound yet lived
  * The second beast was given the ability to let the image breathe, speak, and kill any who wouldn't worship it
  * He requires everyone to receive marks on their right hands or foreheads to buy and sell
  * Understand that the name of the beast or the number of his name is 666

  Revelation 14 (20vs)
  * On Mt Zion standing with the Lamb are 144,000 with the Lord's name and the name of His Father on their foreheads
  * The sound of many waters thundering from heaven
  * They sing a unique song before the throne and follow the Lamb wherever he goes
  * They are redeemed virgins
  * An angel flew in mid-heaven proclaiming the gospel to those still on Earth
  * Another angel proclaimed the fall of Babylon and its sexual immorality
  * A third angel warns men on earth not to take the mark of the beast, declaring the patience of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus
  * Those who die in the Lord are blessed
  * On a white cloud, one with a sharp sickle
  * Several angels come out of the temple in heaven with sickles; time to harvest the earth
  * Blood flowed even to the bridles of the horses

"They (our brothers) overcame him (the accuser)
because of the Lambís blood,
and because of the word of their testimony.
They didnít love their life, even to death." (12:11)
Today's Bible Commentary: Revelation 12-14

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Map of some early church events - click to enlarge


Local HISTORY charts:

Timelines of apostles work during reigns of Roman emporers

History of the Dispersed Jews from Judea area around Jerusalem:
  * Diaspora, wikipedia * Dispersed Jews of Africa and Asia et al
  * FAQ.org - "After being conquered and dispersed by the Babylonians, Persians, and Greeks, Judea again became independent under the Hasmonean Jewish Kingdom from 165 to 63 B.CE."

Roman Empire citizens begin to hear about the Messiah in Israel

TIMELINE:
Approximate dates of various events of the apostles

* NT Introduction and The Book of Acts, Baruch Smith

* ca 30 AD - Jesus was crucified in Judea just outside of Jerusalem
* ca 30 AD - Witnesses saw Jesus alive, resurrected in Judea
* ca 32 AD - Stephen preached and was stoned to death
* ca 32-36 AD - Jesus converted Saul (aka Paul) on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-31, 22:1-22, 26:9-24)
* ca 44-46 AD - Paul's 1st missionary journey with Barnabas (Acts 13-14)
* ca 49 or 50 AD - Jerusalem Conference for circumcision controversy (Acts 15; Gal 2:1)
* ca 50-52 AD - Paul's 2nd mission journey (Acts 16, 17, 18)
* ca 52 AD - Paul, Silas, Timothy spent about 18 months in Corinth (Acts 18)
* ca 53-57 AD - Paul's 3rd mission journey (Acts 18,19,20,21)
* ca 53-57 AD - Paul's 3rd mission journey: Ephesus (Acts 19)
* ca 61 AD - Barnabas was stoned to death in his home country Cyprus
    (per "Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church" at wikipedia)
* More on Paul's trips
* more about Paul
* mid-60s (67?) - Paul died, killed in Rome wikipedia
* ca 64 or 67 - Peter died, killed in Rome (Wikipedia: 67 or 64)
* ca 100 - John the apostle (ca 6-100) died
* 306-337 - Constantine 1 was the first Christian Roman Emperor, over 250 years after Peter and Paul's deaths.

Roman Empire - secular dates of reign list of the Emperors of Rome

* Map of the rise and fall of Roman Empire, 753 BC-1453 AD

REIGNED: 81-96 AD - Caesar Domitian, emperor of the Roman Empire for ca 15 years. Ending the Flavian dynasty, he was assassinated.
REIGNED: 79-81 AD - Caesar Titus, emperor of the Roman Empire for ca 2 years, dying of a fever.
79 AD: Mt Vesuvius erupted, following a disasterous earthquake around Pompeii in 62 AD.
REIGNED: 69-79 AD - Caesar Vespasian, emperor of the Roman Empire for about 10 years. Having been a military leader, he conquered Britain in 43 AD, was at the Judea Rebellion (66-73), and was reigning when Jerusalem fell (70AD). Construction on the Colosseum (ca 71-80 AD) began during his reign.
REIGNED: 69 AD - Caesar Vitellius, emperor of the Roman Empire for 8 months.
REIGNED: 69 AD - Caesar Otho, emperor of the Roman Empire for 3 months.
REIGNED: 68-69 AD - Caesar Galba, emperor of the Roman Empire
REIGNED: 56-68 AD - Caesar Nero, emperor of the Roman Empire ruled during the great fire of Rome (64AD). The Judea Rebellion began (66 AD) during his reign. He committed suicide rather than be assasinated, aged 30.
REIGNED: 41-56 AD - Caesar Claudius, emperor of the Roman Empire conquered Britain, Judea, Phamphylia, Lycia.
Aquila and Priscilla moved to Corinth because Claudius exiled all Jews from Rome.
REIGNED: 37-41 AD - Caesar Caligula, emperor of the Roman Empire
REIGNED: 14-37 AD - Caesar Tiberius, emperor of the Roman Empire
REIGNED: 27 BC - 14 AD - Caesar Augustus, emperor of the Roman Empire, ordered a census of the entire empire ca 6-4 BC; Luke 2:1.


Rulers of Rome and Israel when Jesus was crucified


Harmony reading 4: Jesus was crucified in Judea (Nov 4)

DATE: ca 30 AD - around the age of 33, Jesus was crucified after being tried by Pontius Pilate and High Priest Annas
DATE: ca 6 AD - Annas High Priest officially from 6-15 AD, but who lived until assasinated in 66 AD
DATE: ca 14-37 AD - Tiberius Caesar, Emperor of the Roman Empire, began his reign
DATE: ca 18-36 AD - Caiaphas High Priest from 18-36 AD (John 18:13 - son-in-law of Annas)
DATE: ca 4 BC-34 AD - Philip the Tetrarch of Ituraea and Trachonitis, son of Herod the Great, died
DATE: ca 26-36 AD - after ruling about 10 years, Pontius Pilate was exiled to Gaul, perhaps by the cruel and insane Caligula who ruled Rome from 37Ė41 AD
DATE: ca 37 AD - Tiberius, Emperor of the Roman Empire, died and was followed by Caligula (AD 37Ė41) who claimed divinity
DATE: ca 39 AD - Tetrarch Herod Antipas was exiled from Galilee and Perea by his nephew Agrippa I who took over Galilee and Perea

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