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And where does The Book of Revelation fit in? After all, it’s St. John the Divine’s bad LSD trip. There has to be something sacred about that.
Aside: How the heck do you get a name like St. John the Divine? Do you think he called himself John the Divine? He was a prisoner/slave working in the quarries on a remote Roman possession island called Patmos. So the logical inference is that he so-called himself to his fellow prison/slaves and tyrannical slave masters. Surely, doing such important work, John must have spouted out his predictions to everybody he ran into. "I tell you prepare yourselves for the Four Horsemen, the plague, war and famine. Frogs, cockroaches, slimy worms and bloody lobsters everywhere. And don't forget about the anti-Christ, the sign of the beast and the infamous sick six six."
A burly, leather-aproned slave driver must have said to himself: “John the Divine, eh. Another fuckin’ nut to deal with. All right, John the Divine, you just keep hammering on this boulder stone ‘til you smack it to the size of grains of sand. (He held up tiny specks of sand to show John the size he wanted.) God will bless you and some day they’ll call you Saint John the Divine.”
Outcome: Two thousand years later The Book of Revelation is one of the widest read books in human history. People live by it. The true prophet was the slave driver and not the beloved saint.
Morale: One never knows do one?
Ironic note: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine up on Riverside Drive and 126th St in NYC is the largest house of worship in the United States.