a crying voice 

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.  

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a speculation 

A Conjecture 

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.  

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a color 

A Number 

A connection between history and prophecy that can be trusted.  Your interpretation?  Not so much.  Your translation?  Not so much except for numbers and colors.  Somehow they have survived what translators do to the Word of God.  Some things are sacred.  

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