The Apocalypse (2000 film)

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The Apocalypse
Written byFrancesco Contaldo and Raffaele Mertes
Directed byRaffaele Mertes
StarringRichard Harris
Bruce Payne
Country of originFrance
United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Running time96 minutes
Original release
  • 2000 (2000)

Apocalypse or The Apocalypse (known in Australia as Revelation, the original title is San Giovanni – L'apocalisse)[1] is a 2000 telefilm starring Richard Harris and Bruce Payne.


The film is set in 90 AD and concerns Jesus Christ's last surviving disciple, John of Patmos, and his writings and visions from the Apocalypse of John. Emperor Domitian has declared himself to be God and ruler over heaven and earth. The Christians do not recognize his divinity and face persecution from the "god"-Emperor. John has been imprisoned on the island of Patmos, a Roman mining penal colony, with many others. He writes out messages of his visions and sends the "Revelation of God" to the seven churches of Greek Asia Minor. The Christian church in Ephesus sends Irene to make sure John is alive and to confer with him in person. The movie depicts scenes from the Book of Revelation and links them to events happening to the church in Asia.

Biblical scenes portrayed[edit]

Revelation 1, Jesus among the Candlesticks
Revelation 4, The Throne Scene
Revelation 5, The Crisis of Sealed Scroll
Revelation 6, The Seals Opened and Related Events
Revelation 7, The Great Multitude
Revelation 8, The Trumpets
Revelation 12, The Woman, the Child and the Dragon
Revelation 21–22, The New Jerusalem, Jesus Returns

Historical events portrayed[edit]

The movie Apocalypse includes these historical events:

  1. The Life and Reign of Domitian with his proclamation of divine status and persecution of Christians.
  2. Patmos as a penal colony

Apocalypse events mentioned in early Christian literature:

Eusebius, in Ecclesiastical History 3:18–20 [2]

3:17 – Domitian conducted a reign of terror
3:18–1 – During this time, John was exiled to Patmos.
3:18–3 – Irenaeus wrote that John lived during the reign of Domitian.
3:20–10 – Domitian died and Nerva took over. Nerva tried to undo some of the results of Domitian's cruelty.
3:20 – John returned to Ephesus at this time.



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