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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 8- What audience do you intend for your books, such as The Prophets of God, to reach?

Answer 8- I realized fairly early that I was writing for students. Students are not necessarily young; neither is every young Christian a student. It is more of an attitude. But what I have discovered about this group is that they are extremely cautious. I have to tell you about this brand new Christian who was given The People of God to read. He told me how much he got out of it. It was the first book he’d ever read. But most students are reading a lot already. They won’t invest their time or money, even on something they are curious about, if they aren’t encouraged to do so by a peer or a teacher they trust. People who are not subject to “groupthink” are rare, but once an inroad is made, look out. Things could “go viral” in a hurry. That could happen, but I am okay if it doesn’t.

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Question 6- You previously wrote The People of God. What kind of response did you receive from it?

Answer 6- I decided that The People of God is a gem with a richness that few have yet to appreciate—but many will. At this time, I have not had the response I thought it would have. A vital part of book sales is marketing. Marketing my own writing is difficult for me. A customer who judges the book by me or by its cover may be reluctant to take it seriously. If that obstacle is overcome, the next one is reading for comprehension what I wrote to grasp the message that is there. The principle that was quoted by Jesus applies, “There is no honor for prophets in their hometown.” My focus is on writing and publishing my next book or other written materials while I have the opportunity.

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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 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.

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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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