a love of truth 

A Reason to Live – 

A meaning for life.  A test of wills.  Don’t bury your talent.  Learn what you can.  Teach what you can.  You will need help.  Ask for it.  Seek the truth.  You will find it.  Knock and it will be open unto you.  The Truth will not only set you free, It will make you happy.  It will help you pass the final test.  We are being tested. You may not find that word in your bible.  

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a look back 

A Church History – 

A problem with the churches.  Eusebius mentions six of the seven churches of the Apocalypse but never associates them with the Apocalypse.  He doesn’t mention Antipas.  All this would be consistent with an earlier version of the Apocalypse written by John the Baptist.  Victorinus has a similar problem.   

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a commentary 

A Witness – 

A view of what was.  We don’t know what the Apocalypse looked like in the third century.  Victorinus knew and we know what his commentary looked like.  It didn’t include the seven churches John wrote to.  It did include the seven churches Paul wrote to.  There is a reasonable explanation for this.  He is not the only witness.    

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a repeat of repeat 

A Recapitulation – 

A necessary tool of teaching. Practice, practice, practice. Everything must be repeated. Even the liars have learned that. Victorinus was the first to suggest that visions in the Apocalypse were repeated and could not be considered in chronological order. A clear example of this is the “bottomless pit” where the beast is released before it is chained. The beast is not a ‘him’. A careful analysis of Daniel and the Apocalypse in all the translations clearly shows that the beast is an ‘it’.