Ten ways in which Revelation is similar to a typical apocalypse

  1. Revelation contains angelic intermediaries
  2. Revelation contains epiphanies
  3. Revelation mentions persecution
  4. Revelation contains first person narratives
  5. Revelation has a future eschatological orientation
  6. Revelation contains visions
  7. Revelation contains otherworldly journeys
  8. Revelation contains examples of otherworldly literature (the scroll with the seals)
  9. Revelation contains dialogue and discourse
  10. Revelation contains mention of the author hearing sounds and voices

Source: Mark Wilson, Charts on the Book of Revelation: Literary, Historical and Theological Perspectives. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007), p. 20


  1. Charles Jackson Said,

    July 18, 2015 @ 2:46 pm

    Thanks for all your long, hard work, Dave.

    However, in point 6 here, “Revelation contains visions”, 9: 17 says, “This is how I saw in the vision…”

    This is the only time the word is mentioned in the book, and it is singular, not plural.

  2. Dave Gifford Said,

    February 17, 2016 @ 7:50 am

    Thanks Charles. Don’t forget the verbs. I saw…and I saw…and I saw…I call the different scenes separate visions, even though they may have indeed been parts of one long vision experience.

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