The angel (or messenger) appeared on the island of Patmos. He had a loud voice described as being first like the sound of a trumpet and then like the sound of rushing waters. He had a golden sash round his chest. His hair and beard were white. His feet were bronze and he had a sunny countenance. The messenger introduced himself thus: I am the living one. I was dead and behold I am alive (...) I hold the keys for death and Hades. He then instructed John to write various letters to various churches.
The letters dutifully written there then came the 7 seals, the 4 horsemen, the bringers of evil, of war, of disease, of plagues and pestilence, and other horrors, a nuclear war and a new Jerusalem scenario and so on. All told by various voices and other devices.
But is it true? Do we say to each other in our angst: it's written in the Bible so it must be true? Or do we examine the facts?
We need only to look at one of the letters to prove the falseness of the messenger and confirmation of the mendacious content of the writer John's outpourings.
In the letter to the Church in Thyatira it is written:
"You tolerate that woman Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants (...) I will cast her on a bed of suffering (...) I will strike her children dead."
Plainly this message cannot be, as claimed, from Jesus. Jesus as we all know is the one who preaches suffer little children to come unto me.
One of the anomalies of human existence is that persons in positions of power, and scribes and prophets were in those days, are often guilty of the same sins of which they like to accuse their enemies. That this John accuses Jezebel of being a misleading prophetess is a case in point. Examining the letter purporting to come from Jesus we find that John is guilty of the offence of false prophecy. The same crime of which he has accused Jezebel.
The author of Revelation is but another in a long line of prophets of doom hell bent on inciting fear and unrest. It's so easy to prove:
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