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 apologize in advance for the several errors and inaccuracies. I am constantly aware of shortcomings, and will attempt to rectify them when I get the chance. Do these errors invalidate the studies? I hope not. I do not believe they do actually. The core understanding of the Book of Daniel remains intact, and the same applies across the board with all the studies. Even after I have revised the studies, there will always be room for improvement.
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 Olivet Prophecy and Revelation, amongst other things.
To study the Bible, I use the NRSV and the KJV or NKJV. (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 Olivet Prophecy. Much of the eschatological confusion that is rife these days, with all the different camps, Futurists, Preterists, Partial Preterists, Amilleniallists, Premilleniallists – most of whose doctrines I am honestly clueless about – comes down to errant understandings of Daniel, which then lead to confusion over the Olivet Prophecy, and from there on it can get overwhelming. Unless you have the correct foundation and superstructure, your whole building will be terribly wonky.
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.
Comments are coming presently, so for now feel free to use the contact form if you have questions.