Doctor, doctor tell me the time of day
Another bottle's empty, another penny spent
He turned around and he slowly walked away
They shot him in the back and down he went

Shine your light
Move it on
You burned so bright
Roll on, John

From the Liverpool docks to the red-light Hamburg streets
Down in the quarry with The Quarrymen
Playing to the big crowds, playing to the cheap seats
Another day in the life on your way to your journey's end

Shine your light
Move it on
You burned so bright
Roll on, John

Sailing through the trade winds bound for the South
Rags on your back just like any other slave
They tied your hands and they clamped your mouth
Wasn't no way out of that deep dark cave

Shine your light
Move it on
You burned so bright
Roll on, John

I heard the news today, oh boy
They hauled your ship up on the shore
Now the city gone dark, there is no more joy
They tore the heart right out and cut it to the core

Shine your light
Move it on
You burned so bright
Roll on, John

Put down your bags and get 'em packed
Leave right now, you won't be far from wrong
The sooner you go the quicker you'll be back
You been cooped up on an island far too long

Shine your light
Move it on
You burned so bright
Roll on, John

Slow down, you're moving way too fast
Come together right now over me
Your bones are weary, you're about to breathe your last
Lord, you know how hard that it can be

Shine your light
Move it on
You burned so bright
Roll on, John

Roll on, John, roll through the rain and snow
Take the right-hand road and go where the buffalo roam
They'll trap you in an ambush 'fore you know
Too late now to sail back home

Shine your light
Move it on
You burned so bright
Roll on, John

Tyger, tyger, burning bright
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
In the forest of the night
Cover him over and let him sleep

Shine your light
Move it on
You burned so bright
Roll on, John

Roll On John

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1 With all that was seen and heard from John Lennon, his trip was taking him to his journey's end, death, as with the masses; unbeknownst and moving fast. No slowing down.

The John Lennon references are obvious. What may not be obvious are the references to another John.

2 This John was arrested and oppressed and sent into exile by the Roman authorities on an island. The eleven others associated with him were executed. All for the sake of the One who, through His death and resurrection for us, is the only way to God. This One they stood for in the Good News (Gospel) has the Name, Jesus. Such reaction to that Name, as then, so it is now.

This would be the Apostle John, the one Jesus especially loved, and the one who quite likely gave us the book of Revelation, the last book in the library of God, the Bible. It was probable that John received His disclosure about the end times while in a cave on Patmos; perhaps the cave pictured above.

Bob disclosed in Rolling Stone in 2012 that he believes in the book of Revelation. As it is written in the opening lines,
"Blessed are the ones who read and hear and obey because the time is near." Israel is in the Land, surrounded by her enemies, and sympathies for her seem to be on the decline, especially to the north. While the nation has not embraced her Messiah (but she will when He returns), Jews have believed in Jesus in significant numbers in recent years.

3 Whenever you take the right road in spite of public opinion, even hostility, circumstances can become barren like a wilderness. But there is no looking back, especially when your captors are shipping you to an isle of exile.

4 The book of Revelation exalts God as Creator at the end of chapters four and five just before the judgments and wrath begin to fall on earth for rejecting their Creator for Who He really is.

The William Blake poem
Tyger, Tyger begins with a recognition of intelligent design in God's creation.

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night.
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame
thy fearful symmetry?

Recent unbiased scientific discoveries perplex evolutionists and continue to verify a vastly younger earth and universe created by God. You are not being told this in the media or the educational system. So because God is not honored for who He is or given thanks as Creator, the Revelation judgments are coming. But for those who have trusted Christ as Savior, they will be delivered from the coming wrath. They will be kept from that time.

The Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ, is able to keep the souls of those who believe in Him even where it's dark and lonely. From childhood on He remains faithful in His eternal plans for the elect and chosen few, and faithful and always ever true in His loyal love,
חַסְדּוֹ (hesed His).

5 John the Apostle said there is only one Light, Jesus, that truly shines in the darkness. The word of His light needs to spread. Move it on. His light and his words blazed like the sun when given. Hell cannot conquer His truth and it has caused many an opponent to reel. But the Apostle John's words in the book of Revelation will keep going until they are fulfilled completely, as his life goes on forever. To acknowledge this could likely create a tempest, and more than a tempest in a teapot.

I would not be so all alone,
everybody must be exiled.
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1 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. You ought to say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.

James 4:13-17

2 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must happen very soon. He made it clear by sending his angel to his servant John, who then testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy aloud, and blessed are those who hear and obey the things written in it, because the time is near!

Revelation 1:1-3

Grace and peace to you from “he who is,” and who was, and who is still to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ – the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free from our sins at the cost of his own blood and has appointed us as a kingdom, as priests serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! Amen. (Look! He is returning with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the tribes on the earth will mourn because of him. This will certainly come to pass! Amen.) “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful!

I, John, your brother and the one who shares with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus.

Revelation 1:4-9

3 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely on account of me. Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.

Matthew 5:10-11

4 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless. Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them.

Romans 1:18-32

You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,

since you created all things,
and because of your will they existed and were created!

Revelation 4:11

Then I heard every creature – in heaven, on earth, under the earth, in the sea, and all that is in them – singing: “To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be praise, honor, glory, and ruling power forever and ever!” And the four living creatures were saying “Amen,” and the elders threw themselves to the ground and worshiped.

Revelation 5:13-14

5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.

John 1:1-5

Now this is the gospel message we have heard from him and announce to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us. (My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.) But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, and he himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.

I John 1:5-2:2

If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed my word, they will obey yours too. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. But they no longer have any excuse for their sin. The one who hates me hates my Father too. If I had not performed among them the miraculous deeds that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen the deeds and have hated both me and my Father. Now this happened to fulfill the word that is written in their law, They hated me without reason.’ When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me.

John 15:18-26

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