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what are the big questions?

This chapter introduces the big topic of what prophecy is - is it foretelling a future? describing a present with future implications?  We're also introduced to some of the specific historical context. Prevost is convinced that the Apocalypse is a "book of the '90's (AD) - how does that sound to you?

I appreciate that the Jean-Pierre Prevost differentiates between the two uses of the word "prophet".  He points out that OT prophets rarely foretold the immediate future but that they were more "telling it is like it is" (or, to use the modern term, "speaking truth to power").   If Revelation is read as "revealing" the truth to the persecuted Christians in Asia Minor, the emphasis shift from the "end of time" to comforting these Christians that the battle was won at Calvary.