A First Coming
A servant of God. It was John the Baptist who “bare record” of the word of God. John was preparing the way for the first coming which must shortly come to pass. He was preparing the way for the “Lamb”, a word found 27 times in the Apocalypse. John the Baptist wrote the first Apocalypse and John the Apostle wrote the second.
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 Book of Revelation
A bare record. A revelation to shew unto his servants. That’s plural. There is more than one John. John the Baptist who bare record. John the Apostle to the seven churches. John Chrysostom who also am your brother. It’s complicated but I can explain if you are really interested.
A Place Called Patmos
A man named John. Just one of His servants. There are two more also named John. The first bare record. The second wrote to the seven churches. The third was on the isle of Patmos. Three different Johns. A reasonable explanation for some of the questions surrounding the Apocalypse.
A First John
A writer of the original Apocalypse. The “bare record” suggests John the Baptist wrote the first version. The word “lamb” that is found 27 times also points to the Baptist who is preparing the way for the first coming which must shortly come to pass. The Baptist is just one of His servants that were named John.
A White Robe
A little season. They were told they should rest until the full number of their fellow servants would be killed as they were. Numbers. Follow the numbers. Pay attention to the numbers. No need for interpretation. All the different translations of the bible somehow get them right.
A shewing to His servants (plural). His servant, (singular), John who bare record is tied to John the Apostle in his gospel. Start at the beginning. The first verse. This is a clue that there is more than one John. Three different Johns. One who bare record, one to the churches, and one who is also your brother. This is just the first clue.
A Servant of God
A servant named John. Named three times. The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants. That’s plural. There are three different Johns. The Baptist, the Apostle, and the Chrysostom. A reasonable explanation.