I wanted to share some Bible studies that I have done, and will be doing, so I have put together a website, and here they are. I am constantly aware of revisions and improvements that I need to make, either for the simple reason that the Bible goes very deep, and new things occur to me all the time, or for the even simpler reason that I have made a hash of something. I have just revised the Olivet Discourse study, so I am always working on things.
I started the website for the sole reason of doing a commentary on Romans. However, I then found myself doing other studies so that a proper background picture was in place. I’ve never read a single commentary that gets remotely near to understanding Paul correctly, other than a few years ago I chanced on a small blog where a man was fulminating over the same things as I found vexatious in standard commentaries. Regarding The Book Of Daniel, it is another book that has been put through the mangle of scholarship, and then some. It is a coded book, so I cannot say it is in any way straightforward, but really, some of the contortions the commentaries go through have to be read to be believed. Equally alarming to me is how people swallow the dogmas and defend them with their lives.
I find the best way to understand the Bible and Prophecy is progressively, ‘line upon line and precept upon precept’. A lot of modern Churches, (and also students), jump into the Bible without a real understanding of the whole counsel of God. We can understand the Gospel message easily enough, but then as we explore further, we can easily come unstuck if we do not have a proper grounding in Biblical history (and actual history), and Biblical Law. I learnt this lesson myself the hard way, and then understood from Dr Jones at God’s Kingdom Ministries that he had experienced a similar trajectory, where he too had needed to ‘reculer pour mieux sauter’ – go backwards first in order to go forwards. A really thorough understanding of the Old Testament had allowed him to make much better sense of the New Testament.
The site will expand with more studies, but my starting point is Daniel the Prophet, and his 70 weeks prophecy. I view Daniel as a major key to the Bible. I have explained how the 70 weeks work, but am yet to find one person who understands it with me. I think I need to enhance the study with greater explanatory detail, and a full presentation on the first 7 books of Daniel.
Once Daniel has been decoded properly, then you then have unlocked the main gate, and you can progress to a proper understanding of The Temple Prophecy and Revelation, amongst other things.
To study the Bible, I use the NRSV, NIV and the KJV or NKJV. I am a bit of a magpie. (The NRSV is a mixed bag – at times exemplary, at times a bit frustrating; others recommend the NIV). I make extensive use of the online tools available these days, which have transformed the landscape. Strong’s Hebrew & Greek Lexicon is an absolute necessity, (Blue Letter Bible), and by delving into the original Greek and Hebrew, even without having studied the languages, one is able to cross reference usages and gain a much better understanding of meaning. You can also source a Septuagint version of the Old Testament in Greek, for greater precision.
Although the studies are labelled in different sections, I would advise starting in “Complex Issues” with Daniel’s 70 Weeks, and then after that reading the Temple Prophecy. All of the eschatological confusion that is rife these days, with all the different camps – Futurists, Preterists, Partial Preterists, Amilleniallists, Premilleniallists – comes down to errant understandings of Daniel, which then lead to confusion over the Temple Prophecy, and from there on it can get overwhelming. Unless you have the correct foundation and superstructure, your whole building will be terribly wonky. Until recently I was totally disinterested in these designations, but more recently I have worked out how eschatology carves up. The standard for eschatology is Historicism, and I would certainly put myself in this camp. More recently Futurism and Amillenarianism, (aka Preterism), have become popular, particularly Futurism, (which tries to detach Daniel’s 70th week and place it into the future), although both are blind alleys, created apparently by a Jesuit priest to deflect attention away from the Catholic Church in prophecy.
Where I quote other authors, this does not mean I am necessarily agreeing with their views. Quite often somebody provides a useful resource which I can capitalize on.
As you can see, every study is downloadable as a PDF, the little red icon at the top right. I’ve done this because they are much easier to manipulate in the browser (or a PDF viewer) I find than ordinary website text. In the unlikely event that you think my studies are so good you want to print them off, feel free. I trust you will handle the material with integrity. The only caveat I would give is that I may modify a study at a later point. I would of course be pleased to get feedback.
As Jesus can return at any time, we are to be ready at all times. Whatever dates I give, you must do your own research and confirmation. Everything I write will of course be my understanding, and all things need to be weighed and tested by yourself against God’s Word.
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