Lamb of God 

A Phrase

that can only be attributed to John the Babtist.  The word lamb is used 27 times in the Apocalypse and only 4 times in the rest of the New Testament.  The two in John’s Gospel are attributed to John the Baptist.  Jesus is mentioned 14 times in the Apocalypse. The commentary of Victorinus mentions Jesus 9 times.  Only four of them are direct references to the Apocalypse and they could have been added by Jerome who was not satisfied with the commentary and actually modified it.  Furthermore Victorinus does not mention Antipas or any of the seven churches.  He is not the only one.  Eusebius has the same problem but it is worse.


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three Johns

A Reasonable Explanation

or maybe the only explanation for all the issues surrounding the Apocalypse:
Who wrote it?
When was it written?
Why was it written?
John the Baptist wrote the first Apocalypse before he knew Jesus was the Lamb of God.
He was preparing the way for the first coming not the second.
John the Apostle  later updated it with Jesus, Antipas, and the seven churches.
He was addressing the Baptist followers in Ephesus.
John Chrysostom witnessed the sixth of seven fallen dynasties
He was in Ephesus shortly before Jerome included the Apocalypse in the Vulgate.


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John Chrysostom

A Third John

who lived during a key period of the Apocalypse.  Five kings have fallen, one is, and one is yet to come.  The first beast was, and is not, while the second is yet to come with ten kings.  Chapter 17 as well as chapter 20 is a specific time period.  John Chrysostom was present at this time and in Ephesus replacing exactly seven bishops. To make sense of this, to make the pieces fit, you need three Johns, seven dynasties, and yet still another ten dynasties.  We have them.


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The Byzantine Empire

A Thousand Years

when they reigned with Christ.  The dragon was bound for a thousand years.  The Byzantine Empire ended the first beast, that was and is no more, and was ended by the second, that was yet to come.  Europe was protected and given valuable time to get its act together so that it was able to defend itself from the greatest threat to Christianity.  This empire had all the pieces and they all fit.  Prophecy fulfilled.  History is the only reliable method for interpreting it.


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counting kings 

A Real Challenge

for anyone studying the Apocalypse.  How do I do it?  I don’t.  I let the experts do it,  Even they don’t know how to count kings but they do know how to count dynasties.  First you have to figure out who the beasts are and that is also a challenge.  The seven kings, the ten kings, and the two beasts are all in chapter 17 of the Apocalypse along with Babylon the Great and it is a mystery.  Rome was not a mystery.  Peter knew that and he knew those he was writing to also knew.  Constantinople was a mystery and it still is for most. It had seven hills.


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ten horns

A Connection

to Daniel 7 and chapters 12, 13, and 17 of the Apocalypse.  Anyone looking to for historical events that fit the ten horns will have to satisfy at least 9 references in the bible.  This connection suggests the importance of Daniel in understanding the Apocalypse.


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Islam

A Fit

like no other:
– the daughter – Fatimah
– the king of the south – Mohammed
– It will not go to his descendants – Hasan ibn Ali
– the king of the north –  Muawiyah
– one of his commanders will become even stronger – Muawiyah
– a daughter in marriage – Maysūn bint Baḥdal
– abomination – Dome of the Rock – Umayyad Caliphate
– to change times and laws – Islamic calendar – worship on Friday
– taxes – Umar
– ten horns – ten Islamic dynasties
– these shall hate the whore – Constantinople the capital of a Christian empire that lasted a thousand years falls to the tenth dynasty of Islam


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