A First Coming
A kingdom at hand. The time was near. John the Baptist knew the Lamb, a word used 27 times in the Apocalypse. He wrote the first one. Later John the apostle added Jesus and the seven churches. He knew about the followers of John the Baptist in Ephesus. There must be a third John.
A reasonable explanation to address what is not settled. Who wrote it? When was it written? Why was the Apocalypse written? The Apocalypse has “a decidedly Jewish complexion” and it was suggested that John the Baptist was the first writer. Others have suggested multiple writers.
A Date for the Apocalypse
A bishop, John Chrysostom, is the writer according to the astronomer Nikolai Alexandrovich Morozov who sets the date as 395. At this time five of the seven dynasties of Rome had fallen. Chrysostom was in Ephesus at the end of the fourth century. Would he not look for evidence of the most famous book of the bible?
A Third John
A confirmation that the apostle wrote the Apocalypse was necessary to get it in the Bible which was being translated and defined by Jerome. Just before the Vulgate was completed John Chrysostom was in Ephesus replacing seven corrupt bishops. Jerome needed a reliable version of the Apocalypse.
A Rider Named Death
A color of a polluted sea. Can you say climate change? Oh no Mr. Bill. A fate worse than death ushering in a New World Order with no need for religion. We now have science that tells us there are way too many people so abortion is just one of many solutions. Marx was right. Religion protecting life, marriage, and family is the biggest problem.
A Connection to John the Baptist
A Lamb of God. A “bare record” clearly points to John the Baptist. So does the word “lamb”. This also explains why the time is at hand. He was preparing the way for the first coming. John the apostle knew all this when he added the seven churches and Jesus to his version of the Apocalypse.
A canon that only considers apostles. So why did they think John wasn’t the apostle? The apostle wouldn’t use his name five times. He wouldn’t say lamb more times then Jesus. The Baptist would since he didn’t know Jesus was the Lamb. The apostle knew who “bare record” and Jesus.
A City of God
A new bible translated by Jerome precedes Augustine’s commentary on the Apocalypse in The City of God. Prior to the Vulgate many believed the Apocalypse did not belong in the bible. This was settled once and for all by Jerome who had the authority to define the bible.
A testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is he that readeth. Augustine read it. “Why then read it if only to keep silence about it?” Understanding it is a challenge. You may not have time for this. You may not have that much time. It’s later than you think. You may need help understanding it. Ask for it.
A Home for Doubt
A necessary explanation for what we experience. We have to make sense of it. To ignore it is to deny reality. To deny objectivity. Call it speculation, conjecture, or whatever but please accept the fact that there must be a reason, a purpose, a meaning, etc.