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 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 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 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.
A Common Year –
A new calendar starting in 622 would be 666 of the Julian Calendar starting with 44 BC. The Hijri year is 622 and the start of the Islamic calendar. A search of Daniel shows number refers to years. John knows Daniel is the place to go for clues. Follow the numbers.
A Writer Named John –
A confirmation that the Apostle wrote the Apocalypse was needed for it to be in the bible today. Chrysostom was in Ephesus when Jerome was finishing the Vulgate. Many didn’t believe it was written by the Apostle and therefore didn’t belong in the bible. Thanks to Jerome we have it in the bible today.
A Revelation –
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 Servant John –
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 was 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. That’s the truth.