a bare record 

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.  

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a commentary

A Church History 

A dog that didn’t bark.  A commentary that doesn’t include the seven churches.  A Church history that doesn’t connect the seven churches with the Apocalypse. Is there a reasonable explanation?  Their version of the Apocalypse did not mention the seven churches.  There are other reasons to suspect this.  

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a tribulation

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.  

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