Does the Book of Revelation Have Divine Authority?

Does the Book of Revelation Have Divine Authority?


The first few words of verse 1 are crucial
as well as not just a bit controversial. The crucial part is that
the words of Revelation are characterized as more than divinely inspired; they are divinely
given. Let me
explain what I mean. Since Christians tend to be primarily focused
on the New Testament, then the level to which divine
authority can be attached to those 27 books is important to determine. Thus Christian theologians say
that, generally speaking, the New Testament is of a class of authority called “divinely
inspired”. What
does that mean? Using the accepted theological definition
it means that while the words of the New Testament were
thoughts of, and written down by, humans, the human authors were led by the Holy Spirit
or otherwise divinely influenced in some unknowable way
to think them and record them. The exception usually
mentioned is, of course, the words directly spoken by Messiah Yeshua; those are direct
divine words and instructions made without human mediation. Therefore Christ’s words rise to a higher
level of divine authority than those which are merely
divinely inspired. However the words of Revelation are essentially
in the same category as the direct words of Yeshua
because we are told unequivocally that “this is the revelation that God gave to Yeshua
the Messiah” and were passed along to John. Such a circumstance is what also sets the
Old Testament Prophets apart from most other writings of the Old and New
Testaments. That is, the writers are given direct divine
oracles; they are not passing along their own thoughts
inspired or otherwise. John belongs in the same category as the Old
Testament Prophets in this regard. That is, John is used as a human messenger
of God’s directives. This also tells us that to call this book
the Apocalypse of John is a misnomer that waters
down its divine authority. Revelation stands unique in the
New Testament as not being merely “inspired of God”, by actually directly from God,
partly given by oracle and partly by vision.

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