Response To Charles Four

But now, Charles, let's look at the book of Revelation which was probably originally a Jewish apocalypse and was later taken by a Christian editor and Christologized to be brought into the canon of the New Testament. It shows a completely different Jesus, one more in line with how the Desposyni and James' Nazarenes saw him. This is YESHUA, the warrior as descibed by Luke, chapter 1 -  

[67] And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, [68] Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, [69] And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; [70] As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: [71] THAT WE SHOULD BE SAVED FROM OUR ENEMIES, AND FROM THE HAND OF ALL THAT HATE US; [72] To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; [73] The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, [74] THAT HE WOULD GRANT UNTO US, THAT WE BEING DELIVERED OUT OF THE HAND OF OUR ENEMIES MIGHT SERVE HIM WITHOUT FEAR,

Revelation 18
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon [Rome] the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
Revelation 19
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

"[However], there were a few who rejected Revelation for one reason or another. Among them was Marcion, a Gnostic heretic with a considerable following before the middle of the century, who discarded the Jewish scriptures and substituted for them the first-known Christian canon, a gospel and the letters of Paul. He was said to have rejected Revelation BECAUSE OF ITS JEWISH CHARACTER; moreover, he did not believe that its author was an apostle."

A little-known fact is that the seven churches to which John writes -- Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphi are all predominantly Jewish [ones], and the influx of the war contributed even further to their numbers. It is no accident that these churches (with the exception of Ephesus) are unknown to the general

There are no epistles addressed to these churches by Paul in the New Testament, and most scholars conclude that "Paul's" letter to the Ephesians was not written by Paul, but by a later disciple at the end of the first century when the church at Ephesus had become a predominantly Gentile church. None of the seven churches of Revelation were established or influenced by Paul; they are the churches of James and Peter.
THE SECRET LEGACY OF JESUS by Jeffrey J. Butz, Inner Traditions Press, 2010

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