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Q- Who is going to enjoy or benefit the most from The Priests of God?

A- Without a doubt it will be the saints who are most eager to do God’s will. The “God is in heaven to serve me crowd” won’t get much further than the first chapter.

Q- Why do you think that?

A- Part of it is human nature. We do not like to challenge our assumptions. One of them may be that God has a big net that takes everyone who confesses Jesus to heaven. I won’t argue who goes to heaven and who doesn’t; that is not my call and, certainly not my purpose. My purpose is to accurately interpret prophecy. If we are in the end times, then we have another aspect of being saved to concern ourselves with. It is not who goes on to glory; it is who will stay for the next age, the Millennium. To be a part of Christ’s blessed kingdom of righteousness, most do not realize they must first live through a lot of hardship at the end of this age. Living means overcoming, or enduring to the end, and standing firm ’til Jesus comes with his rewards for the saints.

A major premise of The Priests of God is that God has specific priestly criteria in order to make it through the distress of the last days. So, being among the privileged to serve King Jesus, belongs to those who enter the narrow gate. Take Noah for example: He met God’s specifications in the first age, and, so, he and his family were saved. We ought to understand the concept of following criteria to make a selection. It’s part of life. It will be as it was in the days of Noah, except there will be multiplied thousands of Noah’s, world-wide, chosen to lead God’s people to salvation from the jaws of the beast. The difference between Noah’s time and now is our tests will be more compressed and intensified.

One of God’s criteria for Noah ought to wake us up. He had to have an accurate picture of what was going to take place. He received the prophetic word, believed it and acted accordingly. Most lack Noah’s clarity. When it comes to God’s set times and laws, the devil confuses, deceives, uses peer pressure, undermines, distracts, leads astray and causes apathy. I once heard a well-known pastor say that he was okay with his confusion about prophecy, as if it were an okay state of mind. I guess he thought everyone should be muddled like he was. The underlying message was no one should be so prideful as to think they have prophetic truth–like Noah did. Is God the author of confusion? Believe me, I was totally confused after seminary and almost two decades of ministry. We should not find this condition acceptable. How can the Lord expect his people will act in concert with his plan of salvation if prophecy was not knowable? The Lord is our guide through the valley of the shadow of death, through the traps and tribulations of the last days. He is the Light, but what if we are walking in darkness? The problem of the many contradictory voices is a big one. Unless we filter out the noise, and listen to the Spirit of truth like Noah, the narrow way to life will elude us.

God’s truth is attainable. Wisdom is too, but it must be pursued. Many Christians think they can fritter away the present, then, when they need it, wisdom will fall like pixie dust. That certainly isn’t the example Noah gives to God’s people. He produced an ark with his hands. He built something. It wasn’t just lip service. God expects his saints to manifest their knowledge of prophetic truth with goods and services that will save others in His family–the Noah way. The Priests of God and our other books are a means to that end.

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” For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3 NIV)

Two days ago, I was checking out a popular Christian station and the celebrated preacher was speaking on Ezekiel 47:12. Naturally, I wanted to listen because prophecy is a major interst of mine. He entitled his message “On Demand Blessings”. It was passionately delivered; every phrase met with the sound of the organ. There was a hypnotic atmosphere with a spellbound congregation caught by the camera.

It occurred to me this man was a shyster and a charmer. He claimed the fruit of every believer (who were the trees) would be supernaturally blessed, IF they planted a monetary seed-gift. The preacher requested $47:12, $147.12, and, for a few elect, a gift of $1047.12. He promised for this one time gift that God would bless the giver for a year. Every financial need would be met. He spoke dogmatically as hands were raised to the heavens.

Church-goers are foolish if they accept this without checking the Scripture. According to Ezekiel, the prophet, “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on the banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” (Ezek. 47:12 NIV)

The prophecy that begins in Ezekiel 40 speaks of the Millennial temple and the land that Israel will possess. When Jesus establishes his kingdom on earth, water from the sanctuary will flow into the Dead Sea. This “living water” is the embodiment of the Holy Spirit which brings life where there was none. The Dead Sea, with its high salt content, has little life, yet Ezekiel 47 promises it will be like the Mediterranean and the salt water will become fresh. The trees that yield the fruit are a type of the tree of life which is in the paradise of God (cf. Revelation 22:1-2)

This is a wonderful promise, a vision of the renewed earth. But, if we listen to teachers who misrepresent and spiritualize Scripture, we cheat ourselves of the golden treasure within the Word of God. Wake up! Prophetic truth must be defended whatever the cost. EJ

Question 1: Lifesaver is the third book you have written. The titles of the first two books, The People of God, and The Prophets of God, are self-descriptive and expected from a Christian perspective. But the title, Lifesaver, is a mystery.  How did you come up with that title and what does it mean, exactly? How does it relate to the book?

Answer. 1: The first two books are the first part of a series that I call ‘The Prophets, Priests, and Kings Series’. From the responses I was receiving, I realized that readers who had been exposed to the ‘any moment rapture’ position, or the Pre-Tribulation (PTR) view, were thinking apples while I was talking oranges. They were not benefiting from the content the way I hoped they would. It became obvious that I had to first go after the supporting pillars of the PTR view with sound, reasoned Biblical arguments. I knew that if I could help some switch to the Pre-Wrath rapture (PWR) view, their personal Bible study would benefit and they would be able to get a lot from my books as well.

   The title is a story in itself. I had some long titles I was working with that sounded negative, such as “Fatal Flaws in the Pre-tribulation Rapture Position.” Pre-trib writers made an early pre-emptive strike in this war of ideas when a PTR writer wrote “Fatal Flaws in the Pre-wrath Rapture Position.” I was firing torpedoes back—that is kind of how I saw it at least. I was in combat mode and was looking for a nice, pleasant picture of a passenger ship sinking to use on the cover. Tough assignment, huh?

     Then my wife, Leslie, found the picture of a lifesaver. She thought it would look great for the front cover and I agreed. “Lifesaver” carries more of a positive message and more indicative of what we’re trying to do. It isn’t just about shooting holes in the PTR ship but also about giving readers a “lifesaver,” a position and view that will save them by opening up end-time prophecy. The picture led us to the title.

Right after I officiated at my sister-in-law, Patty, and husband, Ray’s wedding, one of her bridesmaids approached me in a huff. It was many years ago yet I still remember that young lady’s verbal shot at me. It was my confidence that seemed to upset her. During the ceremony I declared that Christ was the only way to salvation. So this young woman proceeded to upbraid me for my intolerance. She was certain there were other roads to heaven for non-Christians. But since when is having assurance that salvation is through Christ alone “wrong”?

Sometimes contemporary Christianity reminds me of the upset bridesmaid: Tolerance is only extended so far. Everything is fine as long as we agree, but do not step out of line.  In regard to our understanding of what the Bible says about the second coming, Christians have our own version of the Taliban.  Dissent is quashed. But how can we arrive at an accurate interpretation of Bible prophecy, if we refuse to gather all the pertinent verses or listen to pieces of conflicting evidence? All admissible facts need to be heard, not just those that support the opinion of the majority.

Do we see why Christians have muddled heads on the subject of the Bible and the future. When it comes to understanding the future, we hear but one side. We tend to submit to the false premises that all true Bible-believing Christians are in agreement or there is only one side that should be heard. In some places, Bible students cannot even broach the subject of the Pre-Wrath rapture of the church or that believers will be called on to endure great tribulation globally in the last days, without being accused of heresy.

That is the way with puzzles. You know it is solved when all the pieces perfectly fit the creator’s theme.

Here’s the best way I know to explain how I know what I know. Each weekend the New York Times Magazine publishes and distributes a challenging crossword puzzle. Across the land thousands of minds go to work to solve this puzzle in as short a time as possible. Some can zip through it in an hour or so. Others, like myself, take quite a bit longer.

Let’s say we challenged an experienced NYT cruciverbalist (crossword solver) about his or her answers. We may get a “What are you asking me that for” type of look. At some point, they would probably tell you that their answers fit. Yes, they are confident because they have discovered what’s in the mind of the puzzle’s creator. That is the way with puzzles. You know it is solved when all the pieces perfectly fit the creator’s theme. Is it to say one is superior because they solved a NYT puzzle? Of course not, but the solvers are confident and exhilarated. It was Archimedes who grasped the physics of water displacement. At his epiphany, he  made the bold but perhaps rash declaration, “Eureka! I found it!” It was as if he was saying, “Problem solved!”

Why am I confident the Pre-Wrath Rapture position is correct? Because I am a puzzle solver and I tell you it fits. (Those who are not puzzle solvers have trouble with this concept.) Other answers do not quite fit regardless how hard one tries or how sophisticated one sounds or how much one beats the table while raising their voice. Simply, it will not come together as designed.

There is great satisfaction in puzzle solving. In my book, “The People of God,” I present twenty-six different clues to prophecy solvers. My goal is not to tell other explorers of the mysteries surrounding the end of this age what to think (i.e. the answers) but how to get in the mind of prophecy’s Creator so they can figure it out. As with math or science, there is only one correct solution.

If this is what you call arrogant, then so be it. I call the one that makes that judgment bigoted and narrow. (Two can play that game!) What would one call dismissing conclusions that were based on hundreds of Bible verses without ever giving them fair treatment? Intolerant is perhaps one descriptive word that comes to mind.

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