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Revelation was written in the last part of the 1st century by someone named John, probably not John the apostle. This writer used a familiar literary genre—an apocalypse, which was a kind of narrative with an expansive setting. An apocalypse could take readers from the heights of heaven to the far reaches of earth and even to the gates of the underworld, from the present to the past and into the future. In this lecture, we’ll consider four aspects of Revelation: its original audience, the protagonists in the story, the antagonist, and the ways in which the plot moves toward its grand conclusion.