A purely Jewish composition if you take away the churches and the name of Jesus, which is mentioned only 12 times. Lamb is mentioned 27 times. John the Baptist knew the Lamb of God. John the Apostle knew that. He also knew Jesus and the churches. He also knew about the followers of the Baptist in Ephesus.
A Book of Revelation
A bare record. A revelation to shew unto his servants. That’s plural. There is more than one John. John the Baptist who bare record. John the Apostle to the seven churches. John Chrysostom who also am your brother. It’s complicated but I can explain if you are really interested.
A purpose was to prepare the way for the first coming. John the Baptist was to introduce the Lamb of God to the world. The word “lamb” can be found 27 times in the Apocalypse. “Jesus” only 12 times. The word “Jesus” could have been added later by John the Apostle who knows John the Baptist knows the Lamb of God.
A Beloved Apostle
A second John who knew the seven churches which are in Asia. If Paul found followers of John the Baptist in Ephesus, so did John the Apostle who would write to the seven churches adding Jesus to what was originally written by John the Baptist.
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 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 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 Voice Crying in the Wilderness
A bare record ties the Apocalypse to John the Baptist. He was preparing the way for the Lamb, a word found 27 times in the Apocalypse. John the Apostle knew the seven churches and John the Baptist who knew Daniel. They are all connected and we can use numbers and history to find out what has been prophesied and how it was fulfilled.
A Prophecy Again
A little book eaten by John the Apostle who added the seven churches. He was told to prophesy again. Followers of John the Baptist were found in Ephesus by Paul in Acts 19. This is a reasonable explanation of why John uses his name three times in the first chapter of the Apocalypse. Three different Johns.