a testimony 

A Blessing 

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.  

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a speculation 

A Radical View That Is Consistent With History 

A reasonable explanation.  An unsettled mystery.  Who, When, What, and Why?  Especially the Why but the Who might explain all the others.  John the Baptist preparing the way for the Way, the Truth, and the Light.  The first coming.  The Lamb of God.  The time was near for this prophecy.  

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a question 

A Time 

A writer.  It was written by John on Patmos.  Don’t know when or which John.  Are there three of them?  Why does John introduce himself three or four times?  These questions have not been answered so we are forced to speculate based on what was written by those who read what no longer exists.  What were they looking at?  

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a watch 

A Time A coming. 

A preparation.  We should be preparing for the second coming but at the time the Apocalypse was first written they could have been preparing for the first coming.  Not a common belief but a few have proposed this as a possibility.  It is not unreasonable to consider this.  Watch for a reasonable explanation.  

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a tribulation 

A Persecution of the Church 

A time of great suffering.  A time to listen to what the spirit is saying to the churches.  If you overcometh, you will not be hurt by the second death.  The death of the soul.  You need not worry about what can kill the body.  This is a test and suffering is a big part of it.  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.  

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