A Recapitulation –
A reinforcement, a necessary theory in understanding the Apocalypse first introduced by Victorinus of Pettau. It holds that the visions are not necessarily in chronological order and possibly a repetition of other visions. Many interpretation errors are a result of assuming the chapters are in chronological order.
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. All named John.
A New Jerusalem –
A Church on a rock. Rome with twelve gates and one river running through it. Don’t wait for it to cometh down out of heaven. It is here now. Just as Jerusalem was the center of the Jewish religion, Rome, the New Jerusalem is the center of the Christian religion. See the map. His Church.
A Date for the Apocalypse –
A bishop, John Chrysostom, is the writer according to the astronomer Nikolai Alexandrovich Morozov who sets the date as 395. At this time five of the seven dynasties of Rome had fallen. Chrysostom was in Ephesus at the end of the fourth century. Would he not look for evidence of the most famous book of the bible? Was Chrysostom the third John of the Apocalypse?
A Candlestick –
A church and a state represented by the olive tree. The Apocalypse and Zechariah are connected by “two olive trees”. This leads to Zerubbabel, the state, and that leads to Joshua, the church, and together they built the second temple. The Holy Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire are the two witnesses of the Apocalypse.
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 third John who also am your brother.
A White Sea –
A bow, a covenant between God and man. Not from the White Sea but from the Aegean or Mediterranean Sea aka the white sea. Constantine is the rider of the white horse who made the world safe for Christianity. This artist has a rainbow in his hand. Constantine started the thousand years where they reigned with Christ.
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 Black Sea –
A pair of balances in his hand. The rider is Marx the father of communism that is the second greatest threat to the Church. Communism was also a problem for Islam. The pair of scales replaces the free market and eliminates the profit motive. Both Russia and China proved that it didn’t work. Calling it socialism doesn’t work either.
A John –
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.