I'm doing good Jack, thanks for the shout. Hope everything is well your way.<quoted text>
Good question, I wonder if the Lord realised that when He gave John a shout to do just that?
Hi Quin and how's it go...?
But of course as you pointed out in another post this is allegorical, a vision- though it presents visual representation of something which John would be familiar,the Temple in Jerusalem, which ,I propose, existed concurrently with the writing of Revelation. And John unquestioning goes to the task,silence on the matter is deafening,"Measure, What Temple..?"
Now, it has been theorised John being in exile may not have know the Temple was destroyed, but wait...25 yrs. later?(If ones goes by a late date of 95 A.D.) Was John thrown into solitary confinement in 69 A.D.? Doesn't wash.
That's another aside, in what I term "Christian folklore" Patmos is made out to be a barren penal colony, yet archaeological evidence suggest it was anything but. Seems Patmos was a place of commerce and a convenient stop over for those traveling from Rome to places like Ephesus- which was an epicenter of Caesar worship(Gordon Franz, "The King and I:The Historical Setting of Revelation and the Apostle John on Patmos").
I once held to the common eschatological view in most evangelical circles, that of Dispensationalism, but in my course of studies and questioning some of that 'folklore'-my views have changed. Many a believer just accepts what the preacher or Bible teacher espouses and it becomes their 'Christian worldview'. And why not, hey "He's the preacher he's gotta be in the know,right...?"
I don't write this to disparage any with a differing view, this is a "in house debate",after all:)
I also normally don't publicly discuss specifics of eschatology as of late for I found it to 'upset' the sensibilities of some(except for Campingites;),and is not an 'essential'- unlike the efficacy of Christ.Only broached it for a response to Drew. Those that wish further discussion could contact privately.
Hope your evening is going well - Jack
As far as Patmos, it was inhabited initially and yes, it was a source of commerce also The original inhabitants left and it later became a prison mining colony for a long while. Ships still did go back and forth to pick up quarry work and such.
Have a good one.