Introduction to "Redemption-Understanding Bible Prophecy"

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Introduction

 

In 1993, a member of a large religious cult entered into a campaign to draw me into her organization. Over the course of the next 3 months, each of us was committed to converting the other.

 

At that time I had been serving the Lord for about twelve years. Throughout that time, my habit had been to prayerfully read four chapters a day from the Bible, so by then, I had read the New Testament portion completely through at least 24 times and the Old Testament about a dozen times or so.

 

I knew my Bible very well.

 

After 3 months of trying to covert this dear woman, I was heartbroken over the sad results of my labor. The tortuous twists, turns and warps in her theology were of great concern to me. Even though the woman claimed the Bible as her authority for doctrine—she didn't seem to believe anything it said.

 

I prayed to the Lord about this experience and asked him for a simple, understandable, systematic way to present his plan of redemption to those who had been seduced and confused by false doctrines.

 

After praying that prayer, within a very short period of time, I received understanding from the Holy Spirit, concerning what I had asked, and saw clearly a panoramic, chronological, overview of God's plan of redemption—not only for our souls, but for our bodies and the earth as well.

 

I began writing these things down, and though I hadn't started out to do it, within twenty four hours, found I had written a short book on Bible Prophecy. For the first time, I had a clear understanding that Biblical Prophecy was all about redemption—nothing else.

 

It had to be so, because God’s plan of redemption had its beginning before the foundation of the earth and will finally be consummated in the New Heavens and New Earth. Everything in between was, and is, prophetic—either fulfilled or unfulfilled.

 

In addition to that, within a mere 56 pages (the length of the original manuscript), I had touched on and, very simply, explained almost every major doctrine in scripture that had to do with God’s great redemption.

 

Up until that point, I had never been particularly interested in, nor considered myself a student of, Biblical Prophecy. But I now saw that any study of redemption is also a study of Bible Prophecy--and visa versa. The two are one and the same. They cannot be separated.

 

Although each chapter this book is capable of being read and understood independently of the other chapters, understanding is broadened immensely if the chapters are read in order and allowed to lay a foundation for subsequent chapters. This is a Biblical approach to Bible study. The prophet Isaiah confirmed this when he penned the lines, “Line upon line, precept upon precept….”

 

The temptation will be great to skip chapters that deal with events that were foretold and have already come to pass.

 

But do not do it!

 

Although the events described in each chapter can easily be understood by reading the chapters alone, the chronology of future events, dealt with in later chapters, becomes much clearer when coupled with the scriptural foundation provided in the earlier chapters.

 

This book gives an over-view of God’s plan of redemption for our souls, bodies and this earth as revealed in scripture. Tremendous strength for remaining faithful to God, and growing as Christians, is drawn from knowing these things. It is by no means an exhaustive study, but does provide a solid foundation upon which further study can be based.

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