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The Book of Revelation
John writes to encourage the faithful to stand firm against persecution and compromise in the light of the imminent return of Christ to deliver the righteous and judge the wicked. Revelation was written when Christians were entering a time of persecution. The two periods most often mentioned are the latter part of Roman Emperor Nero’s reign (AD 54-68) and the latter part of Domitian’s reign (AD 81-96). In the year 66 AD the Jews of Judea rebelled against their Roman masters. In response, Emperor Nero dispatched an army under the generalship of Vespasian to restore order. By the year 68, resistance in the northern part of the province had been eradicated and the Romans turned their full attention to the subjugation of Jerusalem. That same year, Emperor Nero died by his own hand, creating a power vacuum in Rome. In the resultant chaos, Vespasian has declared Emperor and returned to the Imperial City. It fell to his son, Titus, to lead the remaining army in the assault on Jerusalem in AD 70. The assault culminated in the burning and destruction of the Temple that served as the center of Judaism. In victory, the Romans slaughtered thousands. Of those sparred from […]