The 4 Gospels are 4 witnesses to Jesus Christ. Revelation 11 refers to two witnesses to Jesus Christ who are in fact the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Lords' Witnesses - see . But in the first presence we know that there were two witnesses to Jesus Christ in the form of FDS1 and FDS2 - see Intro46 and see U34. So the 4 true religions, the 4 FDS's (Faithful and Discreet Slaves of Matthew 24), are 4 groups of witnesses, or 4 witnesses to Jesus Christ. But this is exactly what the 4 gospels are. Now the Parallel Account Principle - see code, states:
If there are 2 or 3 or 4 parallel accounts of an event in the bible, then the first word symbolic thread has the same symbolism in all the accounts. This is true also for the second and third etc. word symbolic threads, for the accounts that actually have this number of word symbolic threads. So if all the parallel accounts have the same number of threads then the word symbolism for each thread is global across all the accounts. And each account is a distinct separate non overlapping fulfillment of the word symbolism, for all word symbolic threads. All of the fulfilments of one word symbolic thread relate to each other to from one global word symbolic picture for that thread.
So if we apply the parallel account principle to the 4 gospels themselves, then there are 4 greater witnesses to Jesus Christ. These are the 4 True Christian religions. But we can go further, because the 4 gospels relate to the 4 true Christian religions in sequential order as follows:
1 The book of the history of Jesus Christ, son of
David, son of Abraham (Matthew 1)
1 [The] beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ:
2 Just as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Look! I am sending forth my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way.
3 Listen! someone is crying out in the wilderness, Prepare the way of Jehovah, you people, make his roads straight (Mark 1).
1 Whereas many have undertaken to compile a statement of the
facts that are given full credence among us,
2 just as those who from [the] beginning became eyewitnesses and attendants of the word delivered to us,
3 I resolved also, because I have traced all things from the start with accuracy, to write them in logical order to you, most excellent Theophilus (Luke 1 - retranslated)
1 In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was [a] god.
2 This one was in [the] beginning with God.
3 All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.
What has come into existence
4 by means of him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light is shining in the darkness, but the darkness has not overpowered it (John 1).
|Gospel||FDS||Relevance of the first few verses of each Gospel|
|Matthew||FDS1||Jesus, the chief cornerstone, founded FDS1, and Matthew is the book of the history of Jesus.|
|Mark||FDS2||Paul is said to have declared the good news of God and the good news about Jesus Christ (he was the only evangeliser said to have declared both in the bible). The first few verses of Mark mention both the good news of Jesus Christ and the good news of God. The other Gospels do not mention either.|
|Luke||FDS3||Charles Russell, the cornerstone of FDS3, undertook to compile a list of true interpretations and true doctrinal understandings in the eyes of his spiritual group, and founded the Watchtower on this basis. Just as Luke 'compiled a statement of the facts that are given full credence by us'. Also Luke has the genealogy of Jesus. Hence is symbolises a 1NC church.|
|John||FDS4||FDS4 is the life, FDS3 was the truth, that is what JWs call themselves, and FDS1 was the way according to the bible - see . (We do not know what the name of FDS2 was!). But John refers to the life as being the light of men. And we are. The light is shining in the darkness. But the darkness has not overpowered it. There arose a man that was sent forth as a representative of God, his name was John. This scripture has a further fulfillment, with a further representative who is the cornerstone of FDS4.|
Since Jesus is called the Chief Cornerstone, there must be other cornerstones subordinate to him. So we have several Christ like characters, obviously 4.
The book of Psalms, is in fact 5 books. So the total number of books in the currently accepted bible canon is 70. Which is much more likely to be correct than 66, the number you get from combining all the 5 books of Psalms into one giant book of Psalms.
This was one of the 1 million dollar questions in the board game of the game show who wants to be a millionaire! The answer is the Gospel of John. The reason that John has no parables in it (although it is written in highly symbolic language) is that Jesus does not speak to the 4th witness, the 4th true church, in illustrations, he gives us the meaning of those illustrations. He shows us how to decode the whole book.