Book of Revelation Scholar Endorses My Chronicles of the Apocalypse Novel Series!

Kenneth Gentry, a significant scholar of eschatology and the book of Revelation endorsed my Chronicles of the Apocalypse.

See what he wrote here.

This is significant, because he is coming out with a commentary on the Book of Revelation THIS YEAR called “The Divorce of Israel.”

It is a game-changer on Bible prophecy and Revelation. I am not exaggerating.

It was Gentry’s scholarship that opened my eyes to the eschatological viewpoint in my novel series. And I footnote him a lot in my novels from that new commentary because he gave me an advance copy of it to read.

His books on the subject are already classics. Check out “The Beast of Revelation,” “Before Jerusalem Fell,” “The Book of Revelation Made Easy” and others at www.kennethgentry.com

His blog post on my series.

 

Josh Peck Podcast: Just What is a Preterist View of Bible Prophecy All About?

This is my most in-depth podcast interview on the subject of preterism and Bible Prophecy.

Josh Peck’s podcast, Peck Underground Church. It went five hours!

Josh is an enthusiastic and kind host who is gracious in disagreeing over issues like prophecy.

We talk all about my conversion out of Left Behindism, explicit passages that are an introduction to preterist interpretations, how we should treat those with whom we disagree over prophecy, Matthew 24, a little about Revelation, and we had a whole lotta fun!

You will too. You will be caught up in the fascinating pace of it all and will wonder, where did the hours go???

And then you will want to buy my books!

Watch the YouTube podcast here.

One Little Word Proves the Book of Revelation is NOT About the End of the Earth

Revelation is surely one of the most controversial and debated books of the Bible. It is visionary, it is fantastic, it is earth-shattering in its significance. And I had always assumed it was about the end of the world in our future. But I would eventually discover that it was not about the end of the world, but about the end of the old covenant and its earthly elements of holy city and temple in the past. It is earth-shattering in heavenly significance, but not in earthly geographic scope.

And I can prove that with one little word: earth.

To finish this article, please go here to GaryDeMar.com, where I published the article.

 

Why Many Christians Completely Misunderstand Christ’s Cloud-Coming

 

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Matthew 24:30

In the early years of my Christian faith, I assumed, like so many of my brethren, that Matthew 24:30 was a prophecy about the second coming of Christ in our future. The picture was one of Christ on his white horse surfing in on a cumulus nimbus up in the troposphere down to the earth below, because after all, we must take the Bible “literally,” right? It seemed obvious to my modern western scientific mindset.

Until I began to look into the ancient Jewish mindset and discovered that this terminology of Christ’s cloud-coming was a common word-picture with a tradition of very symbolic meaning that had precedent in the Old Testament.

And that biblical meaning was very different from what I had been taught.

Back to the Bible: This Generation

The first thing that caused cognitive dissonance in my “literalistic” interpretation of Christ’s cloud-coming was the actual context of Jesus’ prophecy. The cloud-coming was to be part of an entire sequence of events that Jesus began to explain in Matthew 23.

He condemned his generation of Jews and their leaders for rejecting his messianic identity. Jesus said those of his generation who were rejecting his messiahshipwould be guilty of all the blood of righteous prophets shed in the land of Israel from Abel unto their very day (Matt 23:35).

Then he says, “Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation” (23:36).

I discovered that every time Jesus used that phrase, “this generation,” he always used it to refer to the generation of people who were alive in his day, not to some future generation, as some Christians try to argue. Don’t trust prophecy pundits. Look it up for yourself like I did (Matt 11:16-19; 12:41-42; 12:45; 17:17; Luke 11:29; Mark 8:38).

And when you read those passages, you’ll notice like I did that Jesus always used “this generation” in a negative way to refer to his first-century generation being spiritually adulterous for rejecting him as the coming Messiah. They were rejecting God’s own “visitation” (Luke 19:41-44).

Remember Moses’ generation of Jews in the wilderness being judged for forty years for not believing the spies of Canaan? Same thing. Jesus was comparing his generation of unbelieving Jews to that unbelieving generation.

And the Lord’s anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the Lordwas gone.
Numbers 32:13

Just like Moses’ generation were judged in forty years, so Jesus’ generation would be judged in forty years. But what things would come upon the contemporaries of Christ? Contextually, it included the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem (Matt 23:37-24:2), as well as persecution of Christians (24:9), the abomination of desolation (v. 15), the great tribulation (v. 21), false christs (v. 23-24), and even Christ’s cloud-coming (v. 30).

We know the fulfillment of this prophecy includes everything in that passage because Jesus uses an “inclusio,” a repeated phrase before and after the sequence of events to include everything within the sequence.

He repeats himself in Matthew 24:34. “Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” That’s an inclusio.

Christ’s cloud-coming was within that inclusio (23:36-24:34). I could not deny it. To be biblically consistent, I had to include it within the events that would occur before the forty-year generation would pass away or die. Just like Jesus said.

Which made me reconsider that maybe, just maybe, my modern western hyperliteral interpretation of the cloud-coming may not be what Jesus meant it to be.

So I had to search more. And what I found confirmed my suspicion.

And it changed my life.

Go here to find out what it was. I published the article on GaryDeMar.com.

 

Podcast: Apocalypse Part 2. How Prophecy Pundits Get it Wrong.

This is a GREAT second part of an interview I had with Andy and Mel about the end times and the Bible.

Their show is called The Not So Dissident Future. I am humbled to have discovered that I have had an influence on changing their views.

Have prophetic events that many of us think are in the future actually happened already? Mel and Andy chat with Hollywood Screenwriter and author of Chronicles of the Nephilim and Chronicles of The Apocalypse, Brian Godawa. They examine the theory that much of what Jesus predicted would happen ‘soon’, has actually happened in the 1st century.

Listen to it here. You’re gonna love this one. It’s very in depth and biblical.

 

AK47 Podcast: All About Nephilim and the Divine Council in Brian Godawa’s Bestselling Series

I was on the AK47 Podcast, hosted by Aaron Gleason.

Aaron interviews bestselling author Brian Godawa and they discuss the weird stuff in the Bible. Brian has written several series of “Theological Novels” (Aaron, in his characteristically pretentious style describes them as “Didactic Christian Myth”) which explore the more bizarre (but scholarly accurate) aspects of the Old Testament. We discuss the book of Enoch, Giants, Angels, Demons, and other aspects of what Dr. Michael Heiser calls the Deuteronomy 32 worldview. Even the Epic of Gilgamesh comes up at one point. We talk alot about Michael Heiser and his work.

Listen to it here.