Still in the 20th century:
“The literary title of the book is ‘the Revelation of John, the theologian.’ He was used to transcribe the book, ‘borne along by the Holy Ghost,’ but the true moral title is that given in verse 1, ‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ.’ This is a further encouragement to readers; for clearly the book is not meant to conceal, but to reveal.[from THE VISIONS OF JOHN THE DIVINE, by William Hoste, 1932]
Nice quote: reveal, not conceal. Let’s keep going:
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, — This expression evidently is a title for the entire book, being comprehensive enough to include all its contents. The Greek work Apocalypse — here rendered ‘Revelation’ — properly means the uncovering of anything; an unveiling, so that what is hid may be known. Spiritually it denotes the making known of divine truth that had not before been understood, as the following passages indicate: Rom. 16: 25; Gal. 1:12; Eph. 3:3.
Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began (Romans 16:25; NKJV)
For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:12; NKJV)
how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, (Ephesians 3:3; NKJV)Continue reading