A First Coming
A kingdom at hand. The time was near. John the Baptist knew the Lamb, a word used 27 times in the Apocalypse. He wrote the first one. Later John the apostle added Jesus and the seven churches. He knew about the followers of John the Baptist in Ephesus. There must be a third John.
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 Revelation of Jesus Christ
A blessing for reading and hearing this prophecy. It must shortly come to pass. The first coming. Not the second. John the Baptist was preparing the way. John the Apostle knew this when he wrote to the seven churches. John Chrysostom, your brother, knew that when he was in Ephesus and Jerome was finishing the Vulgate.
A preparation. Repent for the time is near for the first coming. The voice of John the Baptist. That was then and now the time is near for the second coming. The message is the same. Prepare the way. Repent. He is the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come. Get ready.
A bare record. A revelation for those who have an ear. Listen for the time is near for the second coming. Two thousand years ago the time was near for the first coming. John the Baptist was preparing the way for the Lamb of God. The word “lamb” can be found 27 times in the Apocalypse. Think about that. It is about the Lamb.
A First Version of the Apocalypse
A conjecture that it was written by John the Baptist was first suggested by Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford. She is not the first to suggest multiple authors of the Apocalypse. Peter Vischer did suggest it was “originally a purely Jewish composition”. It has also been suggested that it was originally written in Hebrew.
A Bare Record
A connection. A bare record ties John the Baptist to John the Apostle and the Lamb of God. Just the word “lamb” ties John the Baptist to the Apocalypse. Only John the Apostle knew John the Baptist knew the Lamb of God. The original Apocalypse was about the first coming, which must shortly come to pass, to prepare the way.
A Reason for the Apocalypse
A preparation for the Way, the Truth, and the Life. This was a job for John the Baptist. He knew the Lamb. He knew Daniel. He knew the Old Testament. He bare record. He was the first John. John the Apostle was the second. Chrysostom was the third. It’s complicated but it can be explained.
A purpose was to prepare the way for the first coming. John the Baptist was to introduce the Lamb of God to the world. The word “lamb” can be found 27 times in the Apocalypse. “Jesus” only 12 times. The word “Jesus” could have been added later by John the Apostle who knows John the Baptist knows the Lamb of God.
A Testimony Of Jesus Christ
A first coming. The Lamb of God. We are preparing for the second coming. Two thousand years ago John the Baptist was preparing for the first coming. The word lamb is used 27 times in the Apocalypse. John the Apostle knew the seven churches, Jesus, and John the Baptist.