Interpreter of the Bible by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Served 8 years in the US Army and Marines and now serving Jesus Christ.
Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
Before we start getting some of that light lets scope some biblical details and see who is the one that brings that light to us from Jesus Christ!
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
The Holy Father revealed the Revelation to his son Jesus and then thru his angel the vision finally was given to John; But which John? We could read in the Book of Acts chapter 13 that John the Apostle got near Paphos, Cyprus with Paul but that was not the isle of Patmos which is in the Argean Sea west side of Greece 377 miles away from each other. This distance was too far for neither of them to travel on foot. But i can assure to you that it was John the Baptist the author and not John the Apostle.
Why this revelation was given to John the Baptist and not to John the Apostle? Simple! It could not happen 60 years after Jesus Christ crucifixion because everything was revealed to Jesus when the heavens were open during his baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan river and there was no need for God the Father to revealed anything to his son after he was raised to heaven to watch and intercede over us at his right hand side.
Meanwhile after Jesus baptism in the Jordan river, John the Baptist was in southern Perea when he was arrested and then he was taken immediately to the prison of the fortress of Machaerus, where he was incarcerated until his execution by decapitation. But one thing is for sure that his spirit was not decapitated in order to be that voice that cries in the wilderness to preach to the souls that are in Jerusalem that city of peace where people go after they die.
The Spirit of Christ says in,
Revelation 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
Where is that place of Asia? Well the Apostles spiritually elaborate about this place and give us the clue in,
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life. But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
John the Baptist speaks in,
Revelation 1:9-10 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
When John the Baptist said that he was in the spirit he foresaw in that vision that he was already decapitated and he has been buried and is dwelling in earth in that spiritual isle where his body is turning to dust after his killing by Herod the King, because that is what Patmos in Greek means "of my killing" which means that John the Baptist is in that place among the dead where he was killed. This is describing a spiritual visionary experience that took him to the place of his killing "Patmos" but not to that literal Island so far away where he never went in flesh. Indeed, the whole Book of Revelation is made up of symbolic and allegorical teachings which must be carefully interpreted spiritually in order to understand it.
In Isaiah 40 God tells us about John the Baptist and his mission in the afterlife,
Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
And God also tells us in the same chapter in verse 15 what an isle means for him.
Isaiah 40:15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
The Isle is that place where the body of a person turned into dust while the spirit goes to that celestial place to rest in peace called Jerusalem.
The Word of God gives the true meaning:
Revelation 1:9-10 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, (turning to dust in the place of my killing) for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Is simple to understand if you do not mix carnal things and places from Earth (Judea the land of the Living), with spiritual things and heavenly places like the ones we find in that Book of Revelation which is a spiritual book that is intended to prepare you for that spiritual world. All that prophecy of the book of Revelation was given to a prophet and John the Baptist was the last prophet because the Word of God says that in,
Matthew 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
And for this other reason it could not be John the Apostle because he was not a prophet and also all religions including the Catholic Church acknowledge that he was not killed by the Romans and the Scriptures are in support of this fact so let us read what the knowledge of the Internet has to answer if we ask; Why was John exile to the island of Patmos?
"No reason is given for John being exiled to Patmos, in fact neither the Book of Revelation nor any other part of the Bible actually says that he was exiled to Patmos at all... Modern scholars recognize that the author of Revelation clearly was not the author of John's Gospel and was most unlikely to have been the Apostle John. To differentiate John of Revelation from John the Apostle, he is now frequently referred to simply as John of Patmos. This recognize that the Apostle was not really exiled on Patmos because he preached the Gospels to the people till the end of his life; but this John is a controversial person not confirmed by any serious document until now. Before during the second century in times of persecution, it was decided by some people of that era people who assumed that the author of Revelation must have been the Apostle John, merely because of the coincidence of names."
The fact is and is not merely coincidence that the description of that John in the first chapter of the book of Revelation is the same description we find in the first chapter of the book of John describing John the Baptist. The Word of God confirms this!
John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
Revelation 1:1 ...and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
John 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
Matthew 14:1-3 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.
Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 14:2 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
John1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
John1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
John1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
Revelation 1:1 ...and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Revelation 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Revelation 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
The Little Book:
Revelation 10:9-11 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
I believe that the little book that John ate is the New Testament Book and the one who speaks there is the Holy Spirit teaching us "the little ones" how to read and understand it for our salvation. And in this little time, evil is trying to entertain everyone of us with corruption so we don't get to eat from the bread of life of Jesus Christ and drink from his cup. A bread of Scriptures from the Old Testament that is for us to digest and drink from that cup of the blood of Christ for grace from the New Testament of the Holy Bible. We are the little ones that Jesus protects just like the time when he was embracing that child in the middle of the crowd because he is also that Tree of Life in the middle of this garden of humanity. We are the Garden of Eden!
Map of the Seven Churches of that Old Testament World
The spirits of those generations of people that died during that Old Testament World and those that died before the flood of Noah were waiting and expecting for Jesus Christ to come as a thief in the night during their darkness. These event actually happened after he was crucified and died between two thieves then he descended for the mercy of this souls to proclaim his victory. At that place was John the Baptist who after being decapitated on earth has being that crying voice in that spiritual wilderness to guide this spirits to the light of Christ with these messages because they did not have the blessing that we have now in this New Testament World which is the gift of the Holy Spirit for Salvation. Then Jesus ascended to Heaven to be with the Father to watch over us and to prepare a place for each children of God. All of us! This are the messages intended for that Old Testament World which History was guided by many Holy Men with the inner help of the Seven Spirits of God. These seven messages also harmonized with a Biblical meaning as well, with the sequential order of the colors of the rainbow that God gave us as a sign in the sky!
First Message is for the old Era of Adam after their life on Earth and our "Apostolic Era" (A.D.70 to A.D.170)
Second Message is for the Era of Noah after their life on Earth and our "Constantine Era" (A.D.170 to A.D.312)
Third Message is for the Era of Abraham after their life on Earth and the "Union of Church and State Era" (A.D.312 to A.D.606)
Fourth Message is for the Era of Jacob after their life on Earth and our "Dark Ages Era" (A.D.606 to A.D.1520)
Fifth Message is for the Era of Moses after their life on Earth and our "Reformation Church Era" (A.D.1520 to A.D.1750)
Sixth Message is for the Era of David after their life on Earth and our "Evangelistic and Missionary Era" (A.D.1750 to A.D.1900)
Seventh Message is for the Era of Elijah after their life on Earth and our "Modern and Materialistic Era" (A.D.1900 to Present Time)
Revelation of Jesus Christ Chapter Two
Revelation of Jesus Christ Chapter Three
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