A Prophet Like No Other
A preparation for the lamb, a word found 27 times in the Apocalypse but woe to anyone who might suggest John the Baptist was the first writer but she did anyway in her book, Revelation. The experts didn’t accept this and Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford took a lot of heat for this even though other commentators had suggested multiple writers. So who might be the other writers who did prophesy again?
A Problem with the Churches
A strange commentary by Victorinus. He mentions the churches Paul wrote to but not the ones John wrote to. This is hard to believe but it would be consistent with both Eusebius and Victorinus looking at the Apocalypse John the Baptist wrote and that would not include the seven churches.
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 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.
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 Servant of God
A “lamb” and the “bare record” ties John the Baptist to the Apocalypse. Vischer holds the Apocalypse to have been originally a purely Jewish composition. It would not have included the seven churches that Eusebius and Victorinus failed to recognize. A reasonable explanation why they didn’t.
A purely Jewish composition if you take away the churches and the name of Jesus, which is mentioned only 12 times. Lamb is mentioned 27 times. John the Baptist knew the Lamb of God. John the Apostle knew that. He also knew Jesus and the churches. He also knew about the followers of the Baptist in Ephesus.
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.