New Books in the Works
May 01, 2010
In the past two weeks I have been working on three new books. Two are now completed and ready to be brought to the printshop. A third is now going through the proofing stage.
Please do not order these yet, as they are not printed yet.
In addition to these, this past month I reprinted The Jubilee, which is a reprint of Bill Britton's writing on "The Year of Jubilee," along with my own writing on "The Law of Jubilee." I was down to a half dozen copies and had taken it off the literature list until I could get it reprinted. Well, now that has been accomplished.
I also printed up Spanish editions (pocket size) for:
If God Could Save Everyone--Would He?
The 1986 Vision of the Two Gulf Wars
The Debt Note in Prophecy
The Purpose of the Wilderness
These four, along with The Jubilee, are the finished projects for April. Three more are now nearing completion. They are:
Revelation 1: The Unveiling of Jesus Christ
Revelation 4 and 5
Daniel's Seventy Weeks
I did a long FFI series on the book of Revelation beginning in 2002 and have intended to put out a book on it as well. However, since the FFI series began with Revelation 6, I needed to complete the study with the earlier chapters of Revelation. I had already written The Seven Churches, which comments on Revelation 2 and 3, but needed something on chapter 1, 4, and 5. That project is almost finished.
These will be a series of smaller books for now. When completed, I plan to put them all into a single large commentary on Revelation as well.
As for Daniel's Seventy Weeks, while there is some new material, it is mostly material that I have covered in other books such as Secrets of Time, The Struggle for the Birthright, The Rapture in the Light of Tabernacles, and The Laws of the Second Coming. The main value is that the material is more concise and regroups it into the relevant material for understanding Daniel's Seventy Weeks. The chapter headings are:
1. An Overview of the Prophecy
2. Dating the Seventy Weeks
3. The Timing of Jesus' Ministry
4. The Midst of the Week
5. Who is the Antichrist?
6. What is the Tribulation
7. The Rapture
For those who have been steeped in Dispensationalist views of prophecy (as I was in my early years), you will recognize the importance of each of these topics. One has to begin by establishing the beginning and end of the Seventy Weeks (458 B.C. to 33 A.D.) This must be followed up with the overlay of Jesus' ministry in the last half of the Week, from His baptism in the autumn of 29 to His crucifixion in the Spring of 33.
In showing that Jesus ministered in the last half of the Seventieth Week, it becomes obvious that there is no "gap" between Week 69 and Week 70, and that it was fulfilled in Jesus' ministry. This is all proven by plain history without having to resort to "creative history," as so many have done in the past.
Another very big topic in the modern schools of prophecy is the Antichrist. It is often taught that Daniel's 70th week was disconnected from the 69th week and has a future fulfillment. Then an Antichrist is added to the mix, without understanding the OT pattern in the story of Absalom and David and how it replayed in the New Testament crisis.
Along with that, of course, is the idea of The Great Tribulation, which too is built upon the idea that the 70th week of Daniel is yet future and involves an individual Antichrist. Likewise, few have studied the laws of tribulation in Lev. 26 and Deut. 28, and have little or no understanding of the conflict between Jacob and Esau over the Birthright.
My, my, how we stray from the Truth once we have laid a wrong foundation in the timing of the Seventy Weeks.
And all of this climaxes with the modern idea of the Rapture, in which the second coming of Christ is explained without understanding the Autumn feast days. The Scriptures used to teach the Rapture were actually written to explain the fulfillment of the feast of Trumpets and Tabernacles. But those Bible teachers who developed the modern idea of the Rapture in the 1800's knew nothing of these feasts. They did not see the second coming of Christ as being the fulfillment of the feast days.
This ignorance of the feast days, along with a misunderstanding of the timing of Daniel's Seventieth Week, Jesus' birth and ministry, the story of Absalom (the prime "Antichrist"), and the laws of tribulation in Lev. 26 and Deut. 28, all contribute to the modern prevailing view of prophecy.
So this is why my book on Daniel's Seventy Weeks is important. It addresses the assumptions of the most commonly held view of prophecy found in evangelical and pentecostal Christianity today. More importantly, it pulls material together into a shorter book (62 pages at present), so that one does not have to read through all the larger books to get the complete study.
Meanwhile, I'm still planning to put together the latest study on The Exodus Book of Psalms, as soon as I finish with the meaning of the numbers associated with each psalm.
I try to keep busy around here between phone calls and web logs.
Dr. Stephen Jones