to reliably inform those who are being persecuted. The good guys win in the end but in the mean time there will be suffering to overcometh. Suffering is a necessary part of the test. We are being tested. Some bibles actually use the word ‘test‘. Have you tested your bible?
A Necessary Question
when developing a reasonable explanation. Speculation on the unknown must be consistent with what is known. Why speculate? Only the wise know and understand. Many don’t want to know. Don’t worry about them. It is our job to know and understand.
A Necessary Thing
to make sense of what we know. There has been a lot of confusion over the Apocalypse. Who wrote it? When? Why is it in the Bible? To address what we don’t know, we must try to make sense of what we do know. We may be able to come up with a reasonable explanation.
A Major Player
who wrote about the Apocalypse. What he wrote is not as significant as when he wrote it. Augustine addresses the Apocalypse in chapter 7 of book 20 in City of God which was completed as late as 426 ce. Well after Jerome completed his Vulgate in 410 ce. John Chrysostom was in Ephesus in 401 ce. Can you connect the dots?
that demands some kind of explanation. Have you heard one? Probably not. A reasonable explanation is there were three different Johns connected with the Apocalypse. John the Baptist, John the Apostle, and John Chrysostom. It fits with history. Really.
A Critical Piece
of the puzzle. The Roman Empire had seven dynasties. “There are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is.” John Chrysostom could have said that and Nikolai Morozov thinks he did based on astronomy. This is the third John of the Apocalypse. Based on history and numbers.
in Ephesus that John Chrysostom had to fix. Jerome needed a reliable copy of the Apocalypse for the Vulgate. The Church needed a reliable Bible. Chrysostom spent three months in Ephesus. How could he resist a trip to Patmos to see for himself a reliable copy of the Apocalypse.
A Historical Fact
as early as the fourth century. Bishops were being bought and sold. People from Ephesus journeyed to Constantinople to a bishop that could be trusted. John Chrysostom was asked to clean up the mess. It was the beginning of the fifth century. He reluctantly agreed.
that you can’t believe what you find on the internet. Duh? So what can you believe? A reasonable explanation when there is no alternative to a situation that demands an answer. What is a reasonable explanation? Something that is consistent with historical events.
A Reliable Copy
of the Apocalypse. We know that John Chrysostom was in Ephesus when Jerome was finishing the Vulgate. Who in Ephesus could be trusted? Certainly not the seven bishops Chrysostom was replacing. Jerome knew all the major players and must have known Chrysostom was someone you could trust.