An advocate of source criticism and an expert in early Christian prophecy, David Aune examines the full range of secular and biblical literature in search of possible sources for the striking literary devices in Revelation—over three volumes and more than 1,500 pages. His mastery of an incredibly broad range of ancient writings enables him to compare every pericope of Revelation to the literary traditions of the ages that preceded its writing, and thus to evaluate the possible sources for the forms John employed to write his vision. Aune’s detailed introductory comments scrutinize the entire expanse of this mysterious book, providing a monumental treatment of Revelation’s textual history. He provides an expanded outline of all twenty-two chapters and focuses on the implications for the book of Revelation in such matters as:
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“What is the significance of the scroll, and why is the Lamb alone able to open it? The scroll represents the final and fully predetermined stage in God’s redemptive purpose for the world, which will unfold between the heavenly exaltation of Christ following his death and resurrection and the final inauguration of the eternal reign of God. The scroll and its contents therefore include the entire eschatological scenario extending from 6:1 through 22:9.” (Page 374)
“In the NT, only in Heb 1:14 are angels called spirits. The ‘seven spirits’ of Rev 1:4 are equivalent to ‘the seven spirits of God’ of 3:1, 4:5; 5:6 and must be identified with ‘the seven angels who stand before God’ in 8:2. Thus the view that the seven spirits are the seven archangels (TWNT 6:450) seems correct.” (Page 35)
“Unfortunately, both sides of the debate have ignored the fact that the promise made here pertains to Philadelphian Christians only and cannot be generalized to include Christians in the other churches of Asia, much less all Christians in all places and times. Furthermore, to be ‘preserved from the hour of tribulation’ means not that they will be physically absent but rather that they will not be touched by that which touches others.” (Page 240)
“In 2:14–15, the ‘teaching of Balaam’ is apparently identical with the ‘teaching of the Nicolaitans’ and consists of eating meat previously sacrificed to pagan deities and the practice of fornication (Bousset  213; Caird, 38–39; Räisänen, ANRW II, 26/2:1606). It is likely that ‘Jezebel’ and her followers, who are devotees of ‘the deep things of Satan’ (2:20–24), constitute a group of Nicolaitans in Thyatira, since they also are said to practice fornication and eat meat previously sacrificed to pagan deities.” (Page 148)