If John the Evangelist Had Blogged Revelation….

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YOM SHLISI, SIMANU, 96

Another Vision Of An Angel

[Sorry about the delay between posts, everyone. It’s been storming the past few days, and I think a lightning strike fried my modem the other night. I was just able to get back on-line this morning. Anyway, here’s my latest vision…]

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring; when he called out, the seven thunders had sounded. And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”

And the angel whom I saw standing on sea and land lifted up his right hand to heaven and swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there should be no more delay, but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God, as he announced to his servants the prophets, should be fulfilled.

Then the voice which I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll which is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me. “Take it and eat; it will be bitter to your stomach, but sweet as honey in your mouth.” And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. And I was told, “You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.”

POSTED BY JOHN THE EVANGELIST AT YOM SHLISI, SIMANU, 96
LABELS: ANGELS, VISION
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16 Comments:

Bardus Skepticus said

You keep claiming these are “visions from God”, but where’s your proof? You could be just experiencing hallucinations that anybody who’s been exiled on an island would probably have.

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 8:15 AM

Polycarp said

“…a lightning strike fried my modem…”

John – get yourself a surge protector.

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 8:49 AM

Magnus Bopperitus said

OK, let me get this straight. This angel comes out of the sky, it’s legs made of fire, and it stands with one foot in the water, but his fire leg doesn’t go out? That makes no sense at all.

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 9:23 AM

Flavius Flava Flave said

“That makes no sense at all.”

Well, whaddya expect? These are the same people who claim that a Nazarene carpenter was raised from the dead. They claim he ‘multiplied’ some bread and fish, too, but everyone knows that the crowds brought their own food. Reason and logic will never get through their thick heads.

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 9:58 AM

Papias of Hierapolis said

Magnus, these are visions. A gift from God. They are similar to dreams in that they must be interpreted in order to be better understood. Before succumbing to doubt and derision, I counsel that we wait until John’s visions cease before we try to interpret them.

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 10:19 AM

Anonymous said

Well, I was interested in these visions up until a couple weeks ago where John said he saw seven angels blowing trumpets, and there were flaming mountains falling from the sky and fire and brimstone, and then a bunch of the horses blew sulfur and smoke out their nostrils, killing a third of humanity…combine that with the seven seals business, and I’m chalking this up as more hackneyed apocalyptic literature that’s all the rage these days. Yawn.

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 10:43 AM

Polycarp said

Papias, don’t feed the trolls, man.

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 11:08 AM

Justinian said

IMHO, I don’t think it’s prudent to follow any apparition or locution that hasn’t been approved by someone in authority.

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 11:35 AM

John the Evangelist said

I’ll try to respond to your comments.

Bardus – we’ve had this discussion before. Visions are different than hallucinations, in that hallucinations are typically accepted by the subject as being reality, whereby I know that these visions are not reality, but signs and wonders revealed to me by God, either as allegorical or representations of some future, unknown event. These visions are not for my benefit, but I believe they are for the benefit of others, for the benefit of those who believe.

Polycarp – did that. When the modem got replaced, the tech threw in a surge protector. And your advice to Papias is most wise.

Flavius – no miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes? What, were you there??? If that miracle was false, along with the claim of Jesus’ resurrection, along with all the other miracles that have been recorded, would I then be willingly exiled…for a bunch of lies? Give it some thought – apply some of that reason and logic.

Justinian – the apostle Paul said to test all things, and retain what is true. As one who knew Jesus personally, and cared for His mother, is not my word a sufficient test? Still, your difficulty in accepting my visions does not indicate a weakness in faith on your part, only a pure willingness to submit to proper authority. Perhaps some day in the future, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, these words I speak and visions I witness will be as authoritative as the Torah itself. But that would be God’s will, not mine.

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 12:03 PM

Bardus Skepticus said

As I pointed out on a previous post, the crucial thing your story is lacking is a control group. Without a control group, there’s no way to prove you’re having visions (fine – I’ll use your word if it makes you happy) and not just making stuff up.

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 12:21 PM

John the Evangelist said...

“…your story is lacking is a control group.”

And just how many followers of The Way are exiled on islands, exactly?

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 12:42 PM

Anonymous said

Keep up the good work, John. We’re praying for you here in Ephesus!

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 1:12 PM

Simeon of Smyrna said

I bet some people 2000 years from now will take all these visions literally…

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 1:43 PM

Polycarp said

Flavius Flava Flave – I’ve known John for many years. I have never known him to lie about anything.

Simeon – LOL! That is if Jesus doesn’t triumphantly return by then!

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 1:58 PM

Demetrius said

I love your site – adding it to my blogroll.

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 2:21 PM

Just Another Happy Roman Citizen said

I can’t believe the junk you “followers of the Way” believe. This is precisely why the Roman Empire will crush your little religion and rule the world for centuries! Nice knowin’ ya, losers!

YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 2:55 PM

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3 Responses to If John the Evangelist Had Blogged Revelation….

  1. 🙂 This was a good way to start a day. Thank you!

    I might believe that what we’ve been saying for two millennia is a pack of lies: if folks hadn’t started getting themselves killed – or exiled, in John’s case – until a generation or two after the ringleaders had died, after having their fun. Fun and, taking some 20th century televangelists as the norm, profit.

    Even our Lord’s torture and execution could be, and has been, presented as a massive political miscalculation. The idea sounded plausible, at least, while it was still fresh: and as told.

    The ‘up’ side of the claim was that it presented Jesus and the Apostles as real people: not barely-two-dimensional placeholders in an excessively “spiritual” fantasy.

    I’m not sure how many folks still take the ‘Jesus as failed revolutionary’ story seriously now. Maybe more than those who believe governments and media are controlled by shape-shifting, space-alien lizard men. That’s among my favorite conspiracy theories, maybe because of the space opera theme. And that’s another topic.

    Assuming that 11 of the ‘core’ disciples,’ including the one who replaced Judas, saw death as a reasonable alternative to admitting that they lied? And the one who wasn’t executed was exiled?

    I’ll grant that it’s a small sample, but 12 of 12 is an impressive fraction. Particularly considering the Apostles’ various occupations and temperaments.

    As this post’s John the Evangelist put it, “…would I then be willingly exiled…for a bunch of lies?…” (YOM SHLISI, SIMANU 96 12:03 PM)

    Rewriting part of Revelation as a blog post made, I think, another good point: that it’s written in an ‘apocalyptic’ style that was popular at the time. Using references and imagery that were current then, not so much now, and that’s yet another topic.

    I’ll get off the soapbox now. Thanks again!

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