The Great Tribulation is in the Past – Godawa on the Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole is an open-minded host willing to explore ideas that challenge the mainstream.

Well, my ideas challenge the mainstream Bible Prophecy Industrial Complex.

You’ll love this show. We talk about the failure of the predictions of modern Bible prophecy pundits, and my own journey of waking up to a new viewpoint of the end times, the fallacious assumptions of Christians with other viewpoints, and how we have missed the meaning of so much of Revelation because we interpret it through modern eyes instead of the eyes of ancient Jews who wrote the New Testament. I talk about the corruption of prophecy interpretation from literalism.

Listen to the show here: 

Peeranormal Podcast: Do Transplant Recipients Take on the Personalities of Their Donors?

Peeranormal 08: Do Transplant Recipients Take on the Personalities of Their Donors?

I was a cohost on Peeranormal again with Michael Heiser, Doug Van Dorn, Doug Overmyer, Natalina and Trey Stricklin.

There have been dozens of documented cases where the recipient of a transplant, often involving the heart, apparently take on the personalities of the organ donor. Recipients also report memories of the donor, and memories that belong to the donor, despite never having met the donor. These cases range from very young children to adults. How can memories and behaviors be transmitted from one person to the next when brain and neural tissue is not involved? Does this phenomenon relate to the question of consciousness?

Listen to the podcast here.

Godawa on Nero, Rise of the Beast, Bible Prophecy: View From the Bunker Interview

Derek Gilbert was open to have me on View From the Bunker to talk about my new novel, Tyrant: Rise of the Beast.

This is particularly interesting because Derek and Skywatch do not share my End Times viewpoint, but they were kind enough to let me talk about my view and the novel!

Shocking revelations are guaranteed. You ain’t read nothing like this yet.

Kudos to you, Derek, and your open-mindedness!

Listen to the VFTB  interview here.

Watch it on video here.

 

Frankly Faraci: Inspiring Look Into the Heart & Soul of Entertainers

I saw an advance screener of a new family-friendly show starting tomorrow on the Dove Channel called Frankly Faraci.

Look, I don’t fit the “Dove” paradigm. I like a biblical amount of sex and violence in my stories. But I totally support the desire of those who wish to have a channel that is “safe” for their family and one that reinforces other biblical values that are more tame than the Song of Solomon or less violent than the book of Judges. There’s a place for that crowd of concern.

Frankly Faraci meets at that intersection of entertainment and values by exploring the personal lives and interests of entertainers and celebrities from a “values friendly” perspective. It isn’t only about Christian celebrities either. The goal of the show is to explore how deeper things like faith of different kinds can drive creativity in the lives of celebrities and entertainers. So, for instance, the first show covers the immensely popular Piano Guys, who are Mormons, but shows a secular world that there are many influential artists who do not drink the koolaid of a secular materialist world without transcendence.

The show is hosted by my Hollywood colleague, Matthew Faraci, who is an upbeat, positive presence with his hipster look and mature personality. He’s a pleasure to watch as someone who has a passionate vision for exploring the depth and meaning behind the artists and their art–beyond the silliness of most celebrity shows with their irrelevant factoids and lifestyles of envy. Faraci wants to find out the heart and soul of these people, and he has the personal depth and character necessary to achieve it.

As Frankly Faraci’s website puts it:

Frankly Faraci is a new original series on Dove Channel featuring authentic, heartfelt, behind-the-scenes interviews with inspirational figures in entertainment, music, sports, business, and politics who are actively focused on doing good and bringing positivity into the culture. Hosted by journalist Matthew Faraci, Frankly Faraci is an unprecedented show that will delight families with wonderfully unique stories they won’t see anywhere else. For everyone who is looking to be uplifted and inspired…welcome home.

Check it out on the Dove Channel tomorrow.

 

A Clear Lens Podcast: I just can’t shut up about Silence or The Shack.

I love these guys. They love movies and Jesus, and we don’t always see eye to eye, but that’s what makes it such engaging discourse. We talked about how powerful the Shack was, but where it failed in a full picture of the Gospel. And with Silence, we dug deep. Some of them liked it more than I did, but after talking, we did agree on the most important thing of all, and that was quite profound…

Take a listen to us talk about The Shack and Silence on their podcast here.

College Students Support Bigotry and Economic Violence against Christians

This is a disturbing video. And it is done by an honorable Christian legal foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom. So it isn’t a trolling. These guys have helped protect religious rights for all in our country.

The blatant irrationality in our society is so deep, logic and fact has no effect on those who wish to wipe us out with cavalier disregard.

Christophobia is rampant, it is the norm in our universities, where young people are being indoctrinated in hatred, bigotry and violence against Christianity and western civilization. And all in the name of Social Justice.

Please, if you are a Christian with a moral conscience, stop giving money to y0ur alma mater, if it is a school like UW-Madison. You are financing your own demise in the hands of fascism.

 

The Shack: The Good, The Bad, and the Heresy

A man returns to a small shack in the mountains where his daughter was abducted and murdered years ago. While there, he meets with God and learns to cope with the evil of his daughter’s suffering in light of the goodness of God.

The Good

This is a film in the vein of Miracles from Heaven and Heaven is for Real, a well made, well-told Hollywood attempt to penetrate the “faith-based” market. I have to say right up front, that I had read the book and was quite dubious going in. The book was certainly less than orthodox in its understanding of God, even unbiblical at times.

But as it turns out, apparently, the producers and Lionsgate, learned a bit of a lesson from past “Biblical” movies by pagans and atheists, that maybe they should have some real Christian influence on a product for that audience. I could tell that there must have been some Christians involved in the development of this story that desperately tried to keep it inline with that demographic.

For that, I applaud the filmmakers.

This story tackles THE most important struggle in the human experience: If God is good, why does he allow evil and suffering? And it does so with some rather powerful moments of truth worthy of the best of Christian apologetics (the “defense of the Faith”).

The first half of the movie builds on the relationship that Mack, the lead character, played with subtlety and nuanced emotion by Sam Worthington (Yes! Sam can act.) We see the precious sweetness of his youngest of three children, five year old Missy. We feel the abject horror of the number one universal fear of every parent, the abduction and murder of their child by an evil person.

This gut-wrenching dramatic incarnation is truly one of the most powerful and poignant I have experienced in movies (As it was in the book). And Mack’s hopeless aftermath of withdrawal and rejection of God rings with universal truth. This is an honest film of man’s spiritual struggles to make sense of a world of evil, suffering and God. There wasn’t a moment of inauthenticity in this part of the story.

But a few years later, Mack gets a letter claiming to be from “Poppa,” the name for God that little Missy used to use. It says to meet him up at the shack in the mountains where they found Missy’s tattered dress (never having found the body).

Mack reluctantly goes there and soon finds himself in the second half of the movie in a personal discourse with the Almighty in the form of three people, an Asian woman, Sarayu, who is supposed to be the Holy Spirit, a Middle Eastern young man who is Jesus, and the Father, a black woman named Poppa (We’ll deal with that later).

The rest of the story is a dialogue between Mack and the godhead. God compassionately forbears with Mack’s anger and tries to show him that he is too blinded to understand the truth of the bigger picture in relation to suffering and the goodness of God. He/She leads Mack toward his redemption and forgiveness.

But is it biblical? Or is it another Hollywood bastardized subversion of Christianity?… Continue reading

Biblical Sanity in a World of Crazy Prophecy Speculation

Just Released! #1 Seller in Amazon Bible Prophecy category!

I just released this Bible study to go with my new novel, Tyrant: Rise of the Beast.

So many Christians teach outrageous speculation about Bible prophecy. It’s frustrating for serious Bible students. What if you found out most of it is simply mistaken? That the biblical authors were using Old Testament imagery, not a crystal ball gaze into our modern future? What if you found out that everything that modern prophecy pundits are looking for – the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Antichrist, The Beast – was not what they told you it was, but something different?

Check it out here on multiple platforms