A Reading Of This Prophecy
A blessing if you have an ear for this prophecy. The time was at hand. That was then. Now we have history. That is where prophecy is fulfilled. Look for it using numbers which you can trust. Not your interpretation. Not even your version of the bible. Somehow all translations get the numbers right.
A Man Sent From God
A prophecy that must shortly come to pass. The first coming. The Lamb of God. John the Apostle knew the Baptist and the Lamb, a word used 27 times in the Apocalypse. John the Baptist was preparing the way for the “Lamb of God”. He wrote the first Apocalypse.
A Preparation For The Way
A prophet, of which none were greater said Jesus. John the Baptist prepared the way for the Lamb of God. What other document uses the word “lamb” more than the Apocalypse? John knew the lamb but did not know it was Jesus. John the Apostle knew it all including the seven churches.
A Radical View That Is Consistent With History
A reasonable explanation. An unsettled mystery. Who, When, What, and Why? Especially the Why but the Who might explain all the others. John the Baptist preparing the way for the Way, the Truth, and the Light. The first coming. The Lamb of God. The time was near for this prophecy.
A writer. It was written by John on Patmos. Don’t know when or which John. Are there three of them? Why does John introduce himself three or four times? These questions have not been answered so we are forced to speculate based on what was written by those who read what no longer exists. What were they looking at?
A Time A coming.
A preparation. We should be preparing for the second coming but at the time the Apocalypse was first written they could have been preparing for the first coming. Not a common belief but a few have proposed this as a possibility. It is not unreasonable to consider this. Watch for a reasonable explanation.
A First Coming
A reason for the Apocalypse. “The time is at hand.” It “must shortly come to pass”. Here we are 2000 years later still looking for the second coming. The reason for the Apocalypse was to prepare the way for the “lamb“. A word found 27 times in the Apocalypse. John the Baptist knew the Lamb of God.
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 First John
A writer of the original Apocalypse. The “bare record” suggests John the Baptist wrote the first version. The word “lamb” that is found 27 times also points to the Baptist who is preparing the way for the first coming which must shortly come to pass. The Baptist is just one of His servants that were named John.
A Comfort by Reading
A Blessing for he that overcometh. Blessed is he that readeth, watcheth, and keepeth what has been prophesied. That is not to say we shouldn’t work to make it better but not to be discouraged by what seems to be a hopeless situation. Never despair but if you do, work on in despair. The time is near.