Three ways in which Revelation is similar to a prophecy

  1. The author specifically describes the book as a prophecy (Rev. 1.3, 22.7, 22.10, 22.18, 22.19. cf. 19.10).
  2. The author never calls himself a prophet, but receives prophetic commissions in Revelation 1.9-20 and 10.1-11.
  3. Wilson (20) lays out the many elements of prophecy found in this book. See his book for verse references in Revelation. One hopes that a future edition of Wilson’s book will also include OT verses for the sake of comparison.
    • The use of ‘disclosure’ vocabulary
    • The language of fulfillment
    • Reception of the word of God
    • Exhortations
    • The theme of suffering in exile
    • Prophetic experiences while “in the Spirit”
    • Commands to write
    • The formula “Thus says…”
    • Visions of a heavenly throne room
    • The mention of prophets
    • Prophetic symbolic actions
    • Prophetic journeys
    • Prophetic oath formulas
    • Prophetic seal
    • Prophetic curse

Sources: David Aune, Word Biblical Commentary: Revelation 1-5. (Waco, TX: Word, 1997); Mark S. Wilson, Charts on the Book of Revelation. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007), p. 20.

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