Patmos and God’s Word.



                    Skala on Patmos


Question:  Where did John see the visions (for the Book of Revelation)?

Question:  Why was (is) Patmos important?

Question:  Does Patmos have any similarities (Scripture-wise) to Egypt?


Let’s read Revelation 1:7-11 from

Revelation 1:7-11 (NIV):
7 Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him,  even those who
    pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be!
8" I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is
     to come, the Almighty."

One like a Son of Man
I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient
   endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word
    of God and the testimony of Jesus.
10 On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a
11 which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches:
       to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."

Now - let’s look at some commentaries regarding Patmos.


Halley, Irwin, Gromacki , and Miller all confirm that Patmos is a small rocky island where
John was “banished.”

Irwin tells us, “Patmos  . . . Offendors were banished . . . to work in the
mines or marble quarries.”

Furthermore,  tells us about Patmos:
“An island of the Aeagean sea, to which the apostle and evangelist John was banished by
Domitian,  A. D. 95, Revelation 1:9. It is a rocky and desolate island, about twenty-eight miles in
circumference, with a bold and deeply indented shore; and was used by the Romans as a place
of banishment for many criminals. It lies between Samos and Naxos, about forty miles west by
south from the promontory of Miletus; and contains at present some four thousand inhabitants,
mostly Greeks. Its principal port is a deep bay on the northeast side; the town lying on a high
and steep hill, the summit of which is crowned by the old and castle-like monastery of St. John.
Half way down the hill is a natural grotto, now covered by a Greek chapel, school, etc. In this cave,
over-looking the sea and its islands towards his beloved Ephesus, tradition says that John saw and
recorded his prophetic visions. The island is now called Patino; and the port Patmo, or
San Giovanni di Patino. “


Question:  Why was (is) Patmos important?

Question:  Does Patmos have any similarities (Scripture-wise) to Egypt?

                            (ie. read Irwin’s comments above)



The following were referenced on Dec. 21, 2007:


Gromacki, Dr. Robert G.  “New Testament Survey.” Baker Book House Co.
Grand Rapids, MI.  1985.


Halley, Henry H. “Halley’s Bible Handbook.” Zondervan Publishing House.
Grand Rapids, MI.  1965.


Irwin, C.H.  “Irwin’s Bible Commentary.”  Zondervan Publishing House.
Grand Rapids, MI.  1975.


Miller, Madeleine S. & J. Lane.  “Harper’s Bible Dictionary.” 
Harper & Bros. Publishers.  New York, New York.  1959.