La Biblia: Apocalipsis
Año 90 d.C. Imperio Romano.
El emperador Domiciano, como los demás emperadores, exige ser adorado como un dios,
pero los cristianos se niegan a reconocer su carácter divino.
It is 90 A.D., and the Roman Empire is being run by the Emperor Domitian,
who has declared himself to be God, and ruler over heaven and Earth.
The Christians, who do not recognize his divinity,
are a thorn in his side, and he is having them cruelly persecuted.
The small village in Asia Minor, to which the aged apostle John has withdrawn, is also attacked by Roman soldiers.
As if by a miracle, John is the only person to escape the slaughter,
he receives divine orders to write down the visions he will have,
communicate them to the Christian communities in the Roman provinces of Asia.
The voice tells him that they should discover what is and what will happen thereafter.
Among the Christians of Asia Minor, who believe that John is dead, everyone is deeply worried about being persecuted.
Gaius, the community elder in Smyrna, is concerned that only a few believers still dare come to the ritual supper.
Under these circumstances, Christianity can no longer exist.
But at this point, the young Irene appears at the secret meeting.
She is convinced that John, who could give the Christians back their courage, is still alive, because a certain Theophilus,
who is being held captive by the Romans on the island of Patmos, is in contact with him, and had a letter sent to her.
In it, John describes his vision of Heaven:
behold, a throne was set in Heaven, and one sat on the throne, and out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices.
there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book that was sealed with seven seals.
Neither Gaius, nor the other adult believers, understand what John means by this.
Only a little child among them, also named John,
grasps the sense of it: John realizes that the throne belongs to God,
and sees the seven lamps of fire as the seven Christian communities of Asia Minor,
together with the four elements and the book of seals with the mystery of faith that brings salvation.
Yet the letter’s mysterious origins make Gaius skeptical.
He is only prepared to believe in the integrity of this vision, if John really is still alive.
Old Theophilus, who in reality is John himself, has been sent to the prison island of Patmos,
ruled by the corrupt Roman official Corvus, as a scribe, while the other prisoners have to do hard labor in the mines.
Many of them hate Theophilus (John) because of the special treatment he is receiving, but above all, because he is a Christian.
Nevertheless, he does succeed in converting some of his fellow prisoners to Christianity,
such as the young scribe Demetrius, who is planning to escape along a secret tunnel.
When the shaken John tells his companions about the crucifixion of the Savior, they realize that he was there at the time, and is actually John.
He falls into a trance and experiences a new vision of Heaven: And one of the elders said unto me,
behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.