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Question 7- What is your next book?

Answer 7- I am working on The Priests of God. Again, I am going to present a Biblical view of the true priesthood and attempt to bring what we know in line with the last days. It will expose more myths and reveal more exciting insights the Lord has given. I try to make each book rock solid, treasure filled and better written than the last one.

Weighing In

“A house divided against itself cannot stand” is enscribed into a marble wall at the entrance to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. This proverb was from “the Great Emancipator” Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugeral address of 1865. President Lincoln was not the source of “a house divided”. It was taken from Jesus “the Greatest Emancipator” in Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Since the war fought between the states (1861-1865), there has never been a more divided America than we have today. The nation is split along so many lines I could not name them all. One fracture was in evidence this week during George Zimmerman’s highly-publicized trial in Florida. Commentators opined how the late-Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend, Rachel Jeantel’s, testimony seemed strange to whites only because they don’t understand how blacks think. Black people knew what she meant but whites are too white to “get it” is what we are supposed to believe.

Most oppose homosexual unions, and on a variety of grounds, yet, gay weddings can now continue unabated because the U.S. Supreme Court essentially struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this week. On the issue of marriage being exclusively between a man and a woman, we are a house divided. Despite God’s calling homosexual acts “detestable” (Leviticus 18:22) a few of our nation’s leaders have used their power to institutionalize what is, according to God’s law, an abomination.

America’s fissures are not little cracks. Pre-tribulation Rapture advocates declare that Jesus’ return is at any moment. They are wrong on this point and several others as well. The Pre-Wrath Rapture view is correct. Many signs remain before Jesus comes. What is imminent, or at any moment, is the day of disaster, the hour the house collapses with a great crash (Matthew 7:26-27).

The U.S. has taken the lead in corrupting the world. This once free people find themselves in bondage. We will be made a terrifying example before everyone’s eyes. We have ignored the warnings of Scripture. With sinful, unbelieving hearts we have turned away from the living God (Hebrews 3:12). A house divided cannot stand, yet, on the dreaded day about to come, God’s people will stand (Ephesians 6:10-13). -John Finkbeiner

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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 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 4- Why write The Prophets of God? What are you saying that other prophecy books have not said?

Answer 4- A few years ago, I was motivated to do a teaching seminar on “Prophets” based on a growing conviction that what we have in American Christian culture with the prophet label is quite different than what we see in Scripture. Elijah, Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Jesus are prophets. I developed an interest in the subject and then the insights came. One revelation was that before Jesus returns, he will send his prophets, forerunners like John the Baptist, to prepare the way for Christ. Prophets will expose the false prophets and priests for the phonies they are. We already have an invasion of false prophets in our day. Soon we will see God counter-attack with the true prophets of God. If there is another guide on this subject out there, I am not aware of it. 

Why “The Prophets of God” discussion?

To call attention to our newly released 2nd edition, we are publishing a Q & A on “The Prophets of God” (book #2 in “The Prophets, Priests and Kings Series”). This important contribution to understanding Bible prophecy is now also available in Kindle, Nook and iTunes electronic book stores as well as ePub @ $4.99. One cannot put a price tag on salvation. For the sake of everyone you love, you must get this book!

I hope you find the posted discussion on “Prophets” to be stimulating.

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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.