View from Patmos

Not preterit, not future tense, but nowthe revealing, the unveilingfrom that rock in the Aegean.Such solitudehas its obvious compensation.The lonely hours encourage contemplation.For John not mere survival but a viewof a Jerusalem entirely new,not walled or garrisoned by ethnic tribeor stale theology.Consider Johnflung out of allfamiliar pattern and environment,misunderstood, condemned, deported,yet—in this remotenessin blaze of illuminationable to seeTruth eternally established—a message to all nationsthrough constantly unfoldingrevelation.

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