Who wrote this book of the Bible?
Ah, a trick question.
The author of the book is God. In reality, the author of every book of the Bible is God, but He chose to use men to write it down.
“The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
God gave the message to Jesus who sent an angel to His servant John.
I love that. God’s supply chain: God, to Jesus, to an angel, to John, and then to us.
This book was written for us, for those who are His servants.
So, who was this John? Most scholars believe it to be John the disciple. It is what we believe also. John had not only been one of the twelve disciples, he was one of the inner three. Often Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him. So, John had this beautiful relationship with Jesus. He was the youngest of the disciples. He’s the one Jesus entrusted to care for His mother, Mary, when He was on the cross.
John’s job, before Jesus called him, had been a fisherman. So, he didn’t have any important letters after his name or any impressive titles before his name. But Jesus chose him, even as a young, wet behind the ears guy, and John became a devoted follower. Then he became a preacher, a pastor, an apostle, an evangelist, a missionary, and a writer of the Gospel of John, as well as the epistles of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John. He wore a lot of hats in his lifetime and God used him greatly.
Don’t you just love that God could use him when he was very young! His youth was no hindrance to God’s plan.
But now as Revelation begins, John was elderly. He probably no longer had the spring in his step that he once had, or the strength of his youth. And yet God had a brand-new assignment for him. John was given the glorious task of writing down this Revelation. God was going to reveal amazing future events and John got to view them and record them.
And don’t you love that! God is never done with us. No matter our age, our circumstances, our physical abilities or lack thereof, God has a plan. We aren’t too young to be called; we aren’t too old to be used. Even when we can’t leave our homes, or if it comes to it, our beds, God can always use us, because we can always pray. With our last breath, we can be praying for loved ones and praising our God.