Book of Revelation: Events Surrounding the Apostle John’s Writings

By Richard Wagner, Larry R. Helyer

Part of Book of Revelation For Dummies Cheat Sheet

John, who wrote the Bible’s Book of Revelation, was the longest living Apostle; as such, he witnessed extraordinary changes in the political, social, religious, and economic world. The following historical events were significant to John the Apostle and his audience:

  • First outbreak of persecution against Christians by Nero (64 CE)

  • Paul and Peter are martyred at Rome (67–68 CE)

  • Jerusalem is sacked and the second Temple burns (70 CE)

  • The emperor Domitian accepts worship as a god (81–96 CE)

  • John is exiled to Patmos (90–95 CE)