THE MAIN WRITINGS OF THE APOSTLE JOHN AND THEIR RESPECTIVE PURPOSES:
Book of John (Written around A.D. 90) – SO ALL MIGHT BELIEVE
Book of Revelation (Written A.D. 95-97) – REVELATION OF JESUS TO HIS BONDSERVANTS
Epistle of First John (A.D. 98) – TO PREPARE THE REMNANT FOR THE UNFOLDING OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION
...The first epistle of John was written about a year after he finished the book of Revelation. I believe the Apostle of Love spent many sleepless nights in prayer and study, desiring to prepare the people of God for the unfolding of the vision he had witnessed regarding the things to come. John’s heart desired to prepare God’s people, and I believe the first epistle of John was the answer to the cry of his heart....
...I have always found it amusing that the Apostle of Love wrote the bluntest book in the Bible. In his first epistle, he calls people “liars” five times! His epistles are the only books in the Bible that uses the term “Antichrist”: 1 John 2:18, 2:22, 4:3 and 2 John 1:7. He discusses the “commandments of God” in a positive light seven times: 1 John 2:3, 2:4, 3:22, 3:24, 5:2, 5:3, and 2 John 1:6. He also uses the word “commandment” ten times: 1 John 2:7 (3), 2:8, 3:23, (2), 4:21, and 2 John 1:4, 1:5, and 1:5. Needless to say, the apostle John was trying to make a point. HIS FIRST LETTER IS A POWERFUL LITTLE BOOK WRITTEN WITH THE END-TIME SAINTS IN MIND....(Excerpt taken from THE SHINAR DIRECTIVE, Dr. Michael Lake)