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 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.
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 Private Revelation
A reason to listen if you have an ear. Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the seven churches. Listen to what others are being told. Listen to what has been foretold. These are the signs that the end is near. Watch. Persevere. Repent. You must overcometh. Come, Lord Jesus.
A Little Book
A prophecy repeated. John the Apostle to the seven churches. John the Baptist who bare record knew the Lamb of God and the Apostle knew the Baptist. John Chrysostom, a third john and a brother, was in Ephesus at the beginning of the fifth century when Jerome was finishing the Vulgate, the official bible of the Church.
A Dog That Didn’t Bark
A commentary by Victorinus on the Apocalypse. He mentions the seven churches that Paul wrote to but not the ones John wrote to. Eusebius has the same problem. He mentions six of the seven churches of the Apocalypse but never associates any of them with the Apocalypse.
A Remarkable Connection
A man sent from God. He knew the Lamb of God. He who bare record is connected to the Apocalypse by the Apostle John who knew the Baptist. The word “lamb” also connects John the Baptist to the Apocalypse. It was John the Apostle who was asked to prophesy again and he knew the seven churches.
A reason for the Apocalypse. We know where for sure. Patmos. We know John wrote it three times. We don’t know when or why. Wondering why might be more telling. The oldest existing commentary on the Apocalypse is by Victorinus. What can he tell us? He can’t tell us about the seven churches. Why?
A First Coming
A man sent from God. His name was John. A voice crying in the wilderness preparing the way for the Lamb of God. The word “lamb” found 27 times is the Apocalypse. John the Baptist who “bare record” was mentioned by John the Apostle to the seven churches. John Chrysostom is also your brother. The third John.
A prophecy fulfilled. A history connected with numbers. Listen if you have an ear. Do not give up. You must overcometh. Be not afraid of them which kill the body. Only fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. It’s good news. You might be saved if you persevere. Find out what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Listen if you have an ear.