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The Spanish-American, known popularly as George Santayana (1863 – 1952), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. He is widely known for articulating The Law of Repetitive Consequences.  In essence, this law states: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

As a tribute to the 150th year of the Madrid-born Santayana, let’s examine briefly the Spanish fleet, the “Armada Invencible” (literally “Great and Most Fortunate Navy” or “Invincible Fleet”)  and look at its 525 year-old lessons.  The Spanish ruler, King Philip II, had a long-standing personal feud with his relative, by marriage, Queen Elizabeth I of England. It came to a head when Philip sent his 130 ship armada (“the invincible fleet”) with the intention of overthrowing the Protestant queen and permanently establishing Spain’s power in the Low Countries or the Spanish Netherlands.

However, in August of 1588, Spain’s plan of conquest was not going well. They were beat back in a series of harassment-type attacks by the English fleet and forced to return to Spain. On the way back God intervened in the affairs of men. The Armada sailed into a great storm at sea, off the western coast of the northern part of Ireland. God inflicted heavy losses on the Armada. The Great and Most Fortunate Navy would never recover. Fifty of Spain’s ships that set sail with glorious intent, never returned home.

The British House of Commons may be paying attention to history. They denied their prime minister, David Cameron, the support he requested to help launch a strike against Syria’s leadership. As U.S. ships steam toward the eastern Mediterranean Sea armed with military muscle and might, except for France’s war machine that has known two centuries of defeat, they are sailing without allies. As our commander-in-chief, President Barrack Obama, sits poised to push the attack button without congressional or popular support at home, his attitude evokes images of the 16th century Philip II of Spain.

Back in America, many are still outraged by Miley Cyrus’ MTV awards performance, the justice department’s refusal to contest recently passed marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington, same-sex unions making their way through state legislatures, etc.  Could it be that the history lesson offered by Pharaoh’s commanders in Exodus 14:25 will be repeated? It was in their effort to destroy the Israelites that things started going badly. Just before they all died, they declared, “The Lord is fighting for them [the Israelites] against Egypt.” Do not be surprised if we see our God intervening again.

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Question 11- Do you ever wonder why you? Do you get tired of the difficulties?

Answer 11- I am beginning to move beyond the “Why me?” question. Now I am more into the acceptance phase. (Sounds like the five stages of grief, doesn’t it?) It is my burden to bear and I am embracing it. I realize the pioneers get the arrows. I have seen a bit of this already from Christian “friends” but my study of prophets prepares me to deal with the hostility. This is not about me. This is not about writing a best seller. This has always been about being faithful to what God has called me to do and being used to help many through the coming darkness. I do not look for any rewards on this side but I do hope to hear a well done on the other side. I appreciate and enjoyed this opportunity to share with you. Thank you.

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Question 10- How important do you feel it is that people read The Prophets of God?

Answer 10- It couldn’t be more important. This is salvation we are talking about and what is more important than that? We are close to a time of great deceit. We will be surrounded by wolves in sheep’s clothing—perhaps even angels declaring another gospel—and most are unprepared. God will send his prophets but many will refuse to hear their message because they won’t be cool or charismatic. Many will perish because they believe the lie. What I have written is not an exhaustive study on what is about to take place, but it gives everyone something big they need to think about. I hope others will come along and pick up the subject and take it further into the Word.

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Question 5- What has been the hardest part of the process?

Answer 5- Patience. It has taken much longer than I wanted the process to take and more work than I could have imagined. Another thing that was hard is overcoming my desire for affirmation or support from loved ones, neighbors, friends, etc. This book has helped me to depend on God for what I need—he sends others to bring the necessary encouragement. I also have to mention the difficulty in dealing with my personal doubts and fears. Why the Lord did not give this assignment to a more gifted writer, I do not know.

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Question 3: What are some of the fictions—myths as you call them—that you expose?

Answer 3: The one that comes to my mind first is that prophecy supports the notion that believers will be divinely delivered from an intense period of suffering, we call the Great Tribulation. It is a myth. Ask fellow believers in oppressive countries or areas of Africa, Asia and even South and Central America. I do not expose this as a myth—as you say–or other views that remove God’s people from the hot furnace of affliction, I let the words of Christ and his prophets do that. Another one that I call attention to is that not everyone who claims to be a Christian teacher or preacher—who is committed to the Bible and to following Jesus as Lord—is accurately portraying future events. (I am not questioning motives but motive is not the issue. Truth is.) What God intends to do this year and beyond is a matter of utmost importance. Most church-goers are getting it wrong from their leaders in the pulpit, on their TV and in their books of prophecy. To make matters worse, they are not encouraged to read and study the prophets for themselves. This is a major problem with severe consequences if it continues. 

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Question 2: Would you say your book is controversial?

Answer 2:  I believe it has the potential to be very controversial since it focuses on several popular myths propagated by Christian leaders today. Anyone who seriously reads The Prophets of God is going to be challenged to make some decisions: Are they going to believe popular teaching or stick to God’s Word, accepting it as their only guide to truth. I expect a lot of spiritual forces will be at work to keep this book from being widely read.

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In Acts 7:9-10, we find this: “These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke. Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, ‘We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.’ “

What did Stephen say that stirred the hatred of the opposition? Those who argued with him schemed to have him stoned to death using the false charge of blasphemy. It wasn’t simply what this Spirit-filled follower of Jesus said, but how he said it. He spoke the truth boldly. Stephen exposed the most powerful religious leaders of his day as wolves in sheep’s clothing.

A veteran newsman interviewed the U.S. president in 2012 asking questions the American leader did not like. Afterwards, the TV anchor was the subject of an audit by the tax collection agency of the U.S., the Internal Revenue Service. The same journalist was later fired from his job.

A reporter from a major cable news network covered a story that showed America’s president in a less than favorable light. Not long after, the reporter’s phones were wired with an eavesdropping device—as was his parents’ home phone. The wiretapping was ordered by the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

What did these men do to instill the wrath of the federal government? They both spoke the truth boldly. They are in the company of Whistle Blowers.

In reality, prophets are whistle blowers. They bring liars and hypocrites out of hiding. That’s what Jesus did. Christ blew the whistle on those who ran Jerusalem’s temple. Jesus as well as John the Baptist called them what they were, “a brood of vipers”.

There are poisonous snakes in our day, too. They may appear harmless but they spew venom. If anyone blows the whistle on them, they will hatch an evil plot to silence the blower or make them pay for being outspoken.

I’ve made up my mind; I’d rather be in the company of whistle blowers, than stand with those who revile them (Psalm 1:1). That’s why the book “Lifesaver”. That’s why this simple book will be loved by some, yet hated by those it exposes.  

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Question 1: You seem to be saying that The Prophets of God is unique; that it is a fresh, new approach to truth. Is that possible? How do you back up that claim?

Answer 1: The proof is in the reading. I cannot speak for everything in print or on the internet but, personally, I do not know of anything like this book. The conclusions, insights and arguments I put out there for the reader did not come out of a book nor did I hear them from anyone. The Prophets of God is a product of my study of God’s Word, input from and discussions with other Bible students, interaction with historical and contemporary events and—most of all, I think—insights God has given me. After a time, when I began to see some things differently, I looked around and thought, “You know, I have not heard this from a human.” So, God impressed it on me to write what I discovered.

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Question: Lifesaver is not the first book you have written. You are writing a series of books, of which ‘Lifesaver’ is the third. Tell us more about the inspiration behind your other two books.

Answer: The other books are parts of a series I call “The Prophets, Priests and Kings Series”. I started with an inspired thought and no clue what I was getting into. After a couple months of writing on this theme I had over 600 typewritten pages and had barely touched on the subject of kings in the Bible. I had visions of this big, fat book that no one would want to read. I was depressed and too discouraged to go on for about a week. But then a little voice spoke to me most likely in the shower. That’s where I hear a lot of things from God. Anyway, the voice simply said, “You have three books, not one!” Such a simple thought, but it solved my dilemma and energized me.

So, it was not long after I was back to work on P, P & K that I realized I needed an introduction. That was why I wrote “The People of God”. It was my belief that the first book is necessary to get the most out of the others in the series.

My original motivation for writing was the subject of prophets. It fascinated me no end. I thought we were missing it as to who prophets were and what they did. It is still one of my favorite subjects. I just love “The Prophets of God”. I’m crazy about the content in all my books, but especially that one. I strongly sense God wants these books written. Why he chose me to do it is a mystery, but I feel privileged.

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Question 10: Is knowing the tribulation is coming enough? What must Christians do to prepare for these difficult times?

Answer 10: Knowing is not enough. It is only half the battle, but an important step nevertheless. We have to clear our head of false ideas or we will be unprepared for the distress Jesus says the elect will endure prior to his coming. We must study and teach prophecy. That was Paul’s encouragement to the church in Corinth.  The prophets have the revelation we need. Gather with others who dig into prophecy using the rules I referred to earlier. Develop Christian communities that are self-sufficient. Do all the things Jesus says or we won’t pass our future test. Nothing can be done for those in denial. They will likely fall away because they put their trust in a lie.

   No one can afford to ignore prophecy. Heads must come out of the sand. This is all about salvation. Our Savior wants us to be saved to the uttermost. He wants our bodies and souls to be saved from what will soon come upon the whole earth. His Son Jesus is coming as the deliverer of his people. He is coming to establish his reign and rule over the earth and those he saves from out of the time of great distress will make up his kingdom and his priests. That is the future salvation that is written into Scripture in Revelation. Christ will demonstrate his glory and God will reveal his Sovereignty. He will punish those who alter prophecy for that reason. For those alive today, there is nothing more important than to know the truth. Why are we confused or in the dark about it? I suggest there is a diabolical answer to that question.

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