Origin of the work:
perhaps 1628, Leszno
Comenius became familiar with the texts of the prophecies of Kryštof Kotter on a journey to Poland in 1625. “I was so taken with it all – certainly it came from God Himself – that I could not but wonder at the angelic voice that was heard again among a generation of Man, and at the grace which we had thought withheld from Mankind for centuries already, which had reached us through so many and such important revelations,” he wrote, “My euphoria was such that I ate virtually nothing, drank virtually nothing, and hardly slept at all” (Historia revelationum, 1657). Comenius translated Kotter’s text into Czech in the space of fourteen days, and sent it to Frederick of the Palatinate in 1626. Kotter, like Mikuláš Drabík later, forecast the defeat of the Habsburg military party, and this, amongst other things, caused Comenius’ euphoria; the revelations conveyed the Voice of God, and offered hope to those who had lost it.
For further study, see also:
Josef Volf: Krištofa Kottera Vidění a zjevení. In: Časopis Českého musea, 1911, p209
Studia Comeniana et historica VIII, 1977, no. 17
Jan Kumpera, Jan Amos Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, p310