reply to post by CasiusIgnoranze
Hey Cassius Ignoranze
It seems that the Apocalypse of Yohanon the Levite (most of chapter 1 & the text beginning with chapter 4) was originally an Aramaic Poem with 24-line
stanzas, written by a Judaean Priest in exile c. 69 CE during the outbreak of the 1st Failed Jewish War against Rome (c. 66-72 CE) - the year 69
marked an hiatus or break in the fighting, and the book seems to have been a propaganda tract for 'the elect of the lost sheep of the house of
Yisro'el scattered among the goyim' in Asia to rise up against their Roman oppressors abroad...
The socalled 7-letters allegedly address to the so-called '7-yahadim of the Elect of Yisroel scattered amongst the Gentiles in Asia' (attribed to
Yohanon the Diviner, whoever he was) seem to be formulaic and somewhat manufactured from smaller scraps of correspondence and Messianic poetry - the 7
yahadim ('congregations') as viewed from tiny Patmos Island form a 7 branched Menorah form (if you connect the cities like Ephesus, Sardis, and
Pergamom etc. back to Patmos)
Here is the FORMULA from which the 7=-fake letters were composed - with its parts explained
DECLARATION of SPEAKER
And the Angel said to me, Write to the Mebakker at [such and such a place]
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit of the Most High speaks to the Yahadim in Asia - These are the words of him who (xxxx) - e.g. holds
the seven stars in his right hand, or walks between the 7 lights etc.)
DECLARATION OF Speaker BEING ABLE TO SEE
It is I who know the inward the hearts and kidneys of all the sons of men...behold I know all of your Mitzvot ('works, commandments, deeds') etc.
BLESSINGS of the Messiah to THOSE WHO LISTEN / REPENT & CURSES for those who Do Not
Repent ! Re-dedicate yourself to xxx (e.g. to performing the Chief Mitzvot ('main-commandments') -
For if you do not listen and do not repent, I will... (xxx)
(e.g. come upon you sudddenly and remove your Menorah from its lampstand...).
Amen, to him who endures to the very end with Patience - even unto Death in Victory, I will grant..xxxx
.(e.g. the Right to eat from the Tree of Chayyim which is in midst of the Garden of EL)
But there seems to have been originally (10) of these Blessings-Curses formulae, not 7 - matching what was called the Yomei Aseret Teshuvah - the 10
Days of Repentance, the period between the Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashannah & Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) in 2nd Temple times (c. 300 BCE to 70 CE)
when the High Priest at Jerusalem would 'seal' Israel for the coming year (sound familiar? ) to make prophecies for the same period...
Fragments of Blessings v. Curses for # 8, 9 and 10 can be found scattered , You'll notice they don't fit where they are:
e.g. Rev 7:16-17
To he who endures until the End with patience unto death,
I shall grant that they shall never again starve or be thirsty.
The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat torment them longer.
17 For He who sits in the midst of the Throne will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to drink from springs of living water.’
12 This calls for Patience & Endurance on the part of the people of YHWH who keep Torah Commandments & remain faithful to it Then I heard a voice from
heaven “Write this: Blessed are the dead who are killed fighting for YHWH from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their
labor, their deeds will follow them.”
Rev 16:15 Behold, I shall come upon you like a thief in the night - blessed is that [Priest] who stays alert at his post [in the temple of EL] and
remains clothed, so as not to be stripped naked by the Night Watchmen & shamefully exposed.”
Rev. 19:9 9 Then the Watcher said to me, “Yohanon, Write ! These are the True and Faithful Oracles of EL Blessed are those who are invited to the
wedding supper of the Lamb!”
Rev 21:6 Then the Watcher said to me, “Yohanon, Write ! Yohanon, Write ! These are the True and Faithful Oracles of EL : These are the words of the
Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
"To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. To those who are victorious, they will inherit the land of
Yisroel for 1000 generations, where I will be their clan-god and they will be my sons ! "
Rev 22:4-5 4 To those who endure [with patience unto the End even unto death], will see the Face [of YHWH] and his name will be on their foreheads -
and there will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for their clan god YHWH will give them light. And
they will reign as kings and priests over the gentiles for ever and ever.
Rev 22:14 14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the