Catholic Dude - I do not understand why you would make a joke of the Living Word of God, ha ha NOT FUNNY! Good thing Mother Superior did not see that “joke” or you’d not be laughing, at best. Because you’ve mocked The Word of God therefor you’ve mocked God. Never again forget what St. John writes “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep the things that are written therein; for the time is at hand.”
aridite - I believe you have missed something... "The question of the inspiration of the author and his identity are different questions." Not really the Holy Catholic Church for "1900" yrs has tought that The Apocalypse is the inspirated Word of God and that St. John was the author. And dont forget in The Apocalypse St. John names himself many times. So if it is not St. John who wrote the book both the Church and the author are liers, and if they can lie about one little thing like that what else would they lie about? To even question it is to place doubt and doubt in the Word of God is doubt in God and that is sinful. The Apocalypse does not only teach of future events, it teaches "of the things that were, are and will be... but many still lie in the future." Kind of like God, who is, who was, who is to come. Christ commanded St. John to address Christians of the past, the present and the future. Again just like God!
DavidFilmer - yes alot of protestant churches out there are fixated on the end-times. However alot of Catholic’s are not at all fixated on the end-times and do not think it will happen in there life time if at all. That is just as foolish, if not more. Least we forget no one knows the hour of the coming of the Lord, only the Father in Heaven. Always be ready “for the time is at hand”. As for the Catholic Church getting out of the business of teaching The Apocalyspe “1900” years ago, no it has not, what so ever The Holy Bible teaches, The Holy Catholic Church teaches, what so ever The Holy Catholic Church teaches, The Holy Bible teaches. And that includes The Apocalypse. However many heretics aka “theologians” have asked questions that place doubt in the minds of the faithful.
Everyone - The Apocalypse is a revelation of the things that were, are and will be. We are actualy witnessing some of the events foretold in this book, but many still lie in the future. It is Christ who commands John to write to the seven churches, opens the seven seals, reveals the sufferings of the saints, opens the little book, overcomes the beast, reigns during the period of the first resurrection, judges the dead, both great and small, according to their works at His Second Coming, rules over all things from the beginning, presides over all the changing scenes of earth's history, and is the King of kings and Lord of lords.
The book presents Christ as the Coming One; it reveals the dealings of Him who came, and who is to come. It opens with the solemn hope that the Coming One will come soon, and closes with the impressive prediction that the Coming One will come quickly.
The book is one of hope, but also one of warning; its aim is to assure the Church of the advent of her Lord in victory. The precise time of this victory lies hidden with God, but it is certain, although the crown will not be won without a struggle. Heaven wil be stormed and carried away through suffering and conflict. And all who keep the words of this book will take part in the conflict and share in the victory.
The conflict is presented under the form of symbols. It is not easy to give a full interpretation of all the types, but the general symbols are not difficult to understand. Jerusalem stands as the type of the cause, and this is the Church of Christ. Bablyon appears as the the type of the evil cause, and this is the world power. The heavenly Jerusalem has the assistance of divine power. The earthly Bablyon has he help of evil powers, the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. The scenes is the great conflict arrange themselves around these types of good and of evil. The numbers, the seals, the trumpets and the bowls are phases in the development and consumation of the conflict.
John has arranged the scenes in a sevenfold structure; even in the subordinate vision he keeps to this arrangement. Commentators, however, are not agreed on the marking off the limits of each structure.
The book was written in Greek by St. John the Evangelist, on the island of Patmos, about the year 96 A.D.