Authors: Sigmund Brouwer
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The Last Disciple
Copyright © 2004 by Hank Hanegraaff. All rights reserved.
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The Library of Congress has cataloged the original edition as follows:
The last disciple / Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer.
ISBN 978-0-8423-8437-7 (hc) — ISBN 978-0-8423-8438-4 (sc)
1. Bible. N.T. Revelation XIII—History of Biblical events—Fiction. 2. Church history—Primitive and early church, ca. 30–600—Fiction. 3. Rome—History—
Nero, 54–68—Fiction. 4. End of the world—Fiction. I. Brouwer, Sigmund, date.
Repackage first published in 2012 under ISBN 978-1-4143-6497-1
To Ron Beers
Your character, competence, and courage
are a gift to us and to the body of Christ.
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The Romans divided the day into twelve hours. The first hour, hora prima, began at sunrise, approximately 6 a.m. The twelfth hour, hora duodecima, ended at sunset, approximately 6 p.m.
: first hour: 6–7 a.m.
: second hour: 7–8 a.m.
: third hour: 8–9 a.m.
: fourth hour: 9–10 a.m.
: fifth hour: 10–11 a.m.
: sixth hour: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
: seventh hour: 12–1 p.m.
: eighth hour: 1–2 p.m.
: ninth hour: 2–3 p.m.
: tenth hour: 3–4 p.m.
: eleventh hour: 4–5 p.m.
: twelfth hour: 5–6 p.m.
The New Testament refers to hours in a similar way. Thus, when we read in Luke 23:44, “It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,” we understand that this period of time was from the hour before noon to approximately 3 p.m.
The Romans divided the night into eight watches.
Watches before midnight:
Vespera, Prima fax, Concubia, Intempesta
Watches after midnight:
Inclinatio, Gallicinium, Conticinium, Diluculum
The Romans’ days of the week were Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn.
The months of the Hebrew calendar are Nisan, Iyar, Sivan, Tammuz, Av, Elul, Tishri, Heshvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shevat, Adar I, and Adar II. In AD 65, the date 13 Av was approximately August 1.
Seventy “sevens” are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.