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 Time to Prepare
A time to repent. You may not have that much time to do what you need to do. How long? The numbers are not yet fulfilled but the signs are all there. Blessed is he that watcheth. It is time to reflect on what is going on. Take the time to look for meaning and purpose. Your eternal life depends on it.
A proven teaching technique. Victorinus employs Recapitulation to understand the Apocalypse. Visions of the Apocalypse are repeated and are not necessarily in chronological order. Do not assume the chapters of the Apocalypse are in chronological order. It can lead to significant misinterpretation.
A Truth For The End Times
A hijack of the Apocalypse has led to confusion about what to expect in the final days. Like the “reign of Christ” which cannot be found in the bible. We should be looking for a period in history when “they reigned with Christ”. Just look for a Christian empire that lasted a thousand years. There is only one.
A blog that has reached 62 countries. Not quite all nations but it is a nice start. Daniel sealed the book but noted “knowledge shall be increased” in the end and John was told not to seal “the sayings of the prophecy of this book”. Thanks to the internet the gospel is reaching all nations and knowledge is being increased. The time is near.
A Persecution of the Church
A time of great suffering. A time to listen to what the spirit is saying to the churches. If you overcometh, you will not be hurt by the second death. The death of the soul. You need not worry about what can kill the body. This is a test and suffering is a big part of it. And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
A hidden knowledge but it will increase in the end. Daniel was told to seal it and John was told not to. Not only will knowledge increase but the gospel will reach all nations before the end will come. The internet makes all this possible. It is now reasonable to be looking for the end to come. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
made two thousand years ago. This was not about the end times! It was about the first coming. His “time is at hand” was two thousand years ago. John the Baptist knew that and he was preparing the way for the “Lamb of God”. You will find the word “lamb” 27 times in the Apocalypse. This suggests John the Baptist wrote the first version.