Sunday, April 17, 2011

Revelation in the Bible : Explained


Megiddo, Israel
Armageddon, By Kelly Granite Enck
Most of us have heard  of Armageddon, but to my surprise there is a hot debate among Biblical Scholars as to whether or not God really has an “end of the world” plan. The following eschatological events are in the book of Revelation 6-18; the second coming of Christ to take over the earth, the rapture, a great tribulation, the Millennium, the last judgment, the end of the world “as we know it” and the New Earth. The debate is whether these events in the Bible are past, present or future, literal or figurative. And if you accept the “literal translation” of the Bible, then there is even a deeper question lingering, at which stage of the seven years of Tribulation will the Christians be “taken up” to meet Jesus in the air? The debate is over the timing called, Pre- Mid- and Post-Tribulation. The focus of this essay for my Bible Doctrine 2 class is the timing of the “Rapture” and my humble opinion on the end of the world.

I listened to the Holy Bible's book of Revelation several times in my car as I drove fifty minutes back and forth to Bible College, it sounded at first to me like a Tim Burton movie, something like "The Nightmare Before Christmas." This essay took me several weeks to get my arms around. I knew nothing before about Revelation until this assignment so I am posting my report as an objective view of the topic. I hope it helps others in this same boat that are asking questions about the end times.

Rapture
The Latin Vulgate translates the word “rapiemur” in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, 1 Thessalonians 4:17, as "we shall be raptured" or "we shall be caught up." During this period believers in Christ will be “taken up” without suffering a physical death. Also those that died in Christ, meaning 'believed' during their lifetime will come-up from their graves. I was a little puzzled about the dead coming out of their graves theory. I even thought of Michael Jackson's song, "Thriller," where the dancers come out of graves. Is this really true? It was hard for me to keep a straight face in class as my professor went into great details about the "new earth."
But, as I dug deeper to understand what Christians had to endure to bring Christianity to us, the puzzle began to come together.

Following the seven years of Great Tribulation is the period called the Millennium, which is a term for 1,000 years. It is interesting to note how Jesus' birth relates to the calendar.

AD 1 The Calendar we have was set by the birth of Jesus
"Most historians agree that Dionysius Exiguus nominated Christ's birth as December 25 of the year before AD 1. This corresponded with the belief that the birth year itself was considered too holy to mention. It also corresponds to the notion that AD 1 was "the first year of his life", as distinguished from being the year after his first birthday. Similarly in 1000 AD the church was established."

{Dionysius is best known as the inventor of the Anno Domini era, which is used to number the years of both the Gregorian calendar and the (Christianized) Julian calendar.
From about 500 he lived in Rome, where, as a learned member of the Roman Curia, he translated from Greek into Latin 401 ecclesiastical canons, including the apostolical canons.} Note: The date was later determined wrong, it was 4 years short, using Herod's reign as the marker. But, after further research I discovered that Eusebius (264-340 A.D.), the "Father of Church History," ascribes Jesus birth as autumn of 2 B.C.

The number of the Beast 666
(Book of Revelation 13:17–18) Some Biblical scholars believe the period of "Tribulation" and the "Millennium" recorded in Revelation occurred in the first 1,000 years when Christians lost their lives to share the events that had just occurred in Jesus' life. Some scholars contend that the number 666 in the book of Revelation is a code for the Roman Emperor Nero. Charagma is well attested to have been an imperial seal of the Roman Empire used on official documents during the 1st and 2nd centuries. In the reign of Emperor Decius (249–251 AD), those who did not possess the certificate of sacrifice (libellus) to Caesar could not pursue trades, a prohibition that conceivably goes back to Nero, reminding one of Revelation 13:17.

Christian Persecution
Dissension began almost immediately after Jesus was crucified and seen resurrected by over 500 people in a span of 40 days. Stephen, a faithful follower is documented in the Bible as being stoned to death in the streets of Jerusalem for alleged transgression of unorthodoxy teachings of Jesus as the Messiah, with Saul (who later converted and was renamed the Apostle Paul) heartily agreeing.

At the end of the apostle Paul's life, as he himself faced execution for his faith one has to wonder if perhaps Stephen came to Paul's mind. Jesus did not desert either Stephen or Paul. He stood with them both. As Stephen died he said, "Lord, don't hold this sin against them" (Acts 7:60). In like manner, Paul prayed for those who had deserted him, saying, "may it not be counted against them" (2 Timothy 4:16). No, I don't think Paul ever forgot Stephen. He carried the memory of that fateful day within his heart all the days of his life.

Acts 7:55-56 tells us that Stephen, right before he was stoned, "looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 'Look,' he said, 'I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.'" It is written that those who witnessed this, laid their coats down at Saul's feet. Can you imagine, how confused Saul must have been? I believe every man on the planet that is separated from God is lost, and confused, like Saul, now Apostle Paul was. Jesus died on the cross for all those that are lost, this does not match the gloomy translation of Revelations (God's wrath poured down on the non-believers." – Revelation 16:1-7:), which is missing the unconditional love of our God and His Apostles.

Nero the Roman Emperor from 54 to 68 was famous for persecuting New Christians. He covered them with hot tar, put them on sticks and then lit them on fire burning them alive as torches for his garden. But, the new followers in Christ had the Holy Spirit Mightily upon them, to help them spread the news of Jesus teachings. Once they believed they were under the most horrific trials, as they spread the gospel to the four corners of the Earth. They were persecuted in every country they went to. They were stoned to death like Stephen, hot tar was poured on them like, what happened to the Apostle Paul, the Apostle Peter was crucified upside down, thousands of Christians were thrown into prisons, the Roman Emperor even threw them in public stadiums where people watched as they were killed. John the Baptist was decapitated, “But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison."Acts 8:3 all for their faith! That sounds like a tribulation to me. This continued from the 1st century until the early 4th, when the new Emperor of Rome Constantine the Great converted to Christianity. He was the Roman Emperor from 306 to 337. Constantine reversed the persecutions of his predecessor, Diocletian, and issued the Edict of Milan in 313, which proclaimed religious tolerance of all religions throughout the empire. Christianity rose to become the dominant religion growing from 10 percent to 50 percent by the end of his rein.

Biblical Scholars debate over Revelation as a period of Judgment based on past, future or symbolic interpretations of the book.
This period of thousand years on earth literal translators believe is a final judgment by Christ during which Satan will be put into the bottomless pit or abyss, known as the Millennial Age, followed by eternity with Christ on the “New Earth,” one without sin.
This interpretation includes us in "glorified Bodies" that live on this new earth with King David again ruling over Israel and Jesus Christ ruling over the World. Right now the fundamental belief is that Satan is ruling earth now.

I am getting my masters in Theology at a Bible College, and every church I have ever been in had skipped the book of Revelations, now I know why. (smile) I will do my very best to give this essay all I’ve got to explain what I have learned about the seven years of tribulation, and give examples of all sides of the debate.

Rapture
The "rapture" is the period of the seven years of Tribulation of Christ’s church, before the second coming of Jesus. Charles Ryrie refers to this period as the “harpazo” which means “take away.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-57 and John 14:1-3) Ryrie lists components of the second coming of Christ as: the return of Christ, the resurrection of the dead believers in Christ, a translation of living believers, a reunion with Jesus Christ, a giving of a glorified body, and the speed of the rapture, “ in a twinkle of an eye.” (1 Corinthians 15:52)

Tribulation
The timing of the rapture is an exciting debate among those waiting for this day. The Pre-tribulation view is that the rapture of the church, "church" meaning the {Believers in Christ} will occur before the seven-year tribulation period begins. Supporters of this view are John Walvoord, Charles Ryrie, Dwight Pentecost, Alva J. McClain, John Feinberg, and Paul Feinberg.

During ancient times the Thessalonians were waiting for Jesus to come from heaven and to deliver them from the "extreme persecution" as new believers in Christ, in 1st century A.D., during which the Apostle Paul wrote the letter to them. (1 Thess. 1:9-10) This letter is used to argue for a Pre-Tribulation position, for the church and believers to be taken into the air to meet Christ and spared the wrath of the troubles on earth before they occur.

In this essay for my class I have to give my opinion on each of the three timing debates of the Tribulation.

Pre-Tribulation
Here is my short view for Pre-Tribulation:
If I took this literally, I would want to stay as long as possible to help those still "lost" rather than to escape suffering out of selfish needs. Because Christ taught, as you give, you receive. This concept reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s opportunity to leave his post of the Apostleship during his persecution, which was burning oil poured on him, prison for many years, and even public stoning as he shared the word. Paul when offered by God to be ruptured out of this chose to stay and continue to spread the "Good News." That the Messiah, the Lord God had come and if you believe in Him, the Holy Spirit would fill you with God, and your sins are forgiven, and most important you will be given eternal life. This essay is what that life might be?

Matthew 25:44-45 According to Matthew 22:44-45,"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' 45 "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

I think the church is for worship and would provide hope during the world’s tribulations. Why would God remove the churches, during these seven troubling years? Maybe those that believe in this position think that everybody else is damned already, so what's the point of staying. If the Churches are left in place, they can be Holy Ground for anyone seeking refuge and salvation during the seven years of tribulations.

Mid-Tribulation
The next theory is Mid-tribulation:
Mid-tribulations is the view that the Rapture of the church will occur at the midpoint of the seven years of Tribulation, that is, after three and a half years. Supporters of this view include Oliver Buswell and Gleason Archer. 2

J. Dwight Pentecost comments:

“Midtribulationism must either deny or at least weaken the dispensational interpretation of the Scriptures, and, (1) deny the strict distinctions between Israel and the church. This is observed in that this position places the church in the first half of the last seven years of the period determined upon Daniel's people and city. (2) The position must rest on a view of the tribulation that divides the period into two separate and unrelated halves, so that the church can go through the first half, even though it has no part in the last half. (4) The position must deny the doctrine of imminence, for all the signs of the first half of the week apply to the church. (5) The position must deny the concept of the church as a mystery, so that the church age may overlap God's program with Israel. (6) The position must depend, to a certain extent, on the spiritualizing method of interpretation.”

This is particularly evident in the explanation of the portions of Scripture dealing with the first half of the tribulation period. The seventh trumpet of Revelation 11:15 actually includes the seven vials (Rev. 16:1-21), and covers the rest of the seventieth week period. Included in the seventh trumpet, verses 15-19, is a "panorama of the rest of the book, future events being seen as already present." Other arguments of midtribulationists include: (1) "the denial of imminence"; (2) "the denial of the church as a mystery"; (3) "the nature of the seals and trumpets" (the mid-trib view believes they "are not manifestations of divine wrath"); (4) "the duration of the tribulation period" (the mid-trib view divides the week into two unrelated parts); and (5) "the chronology of the book of Revelation," the mid-trib view sees Revelation 11:15-18 as the Rapture, and not the Revelation.” 3

My opinion: I feel that the evidence against the idea of God removing the church in the middle of Tribulation is not sound enough to be valid.

Post-Tribulation
The Post-tribulationism view that believes that the Rapture and Second Coming are part of a single event, which will occur at the end of the Tribulation period. In this view the church will be on earth during the seven years Tribulation period. Supporters of this view include George Ladd, Robert Gundry and Douglas Moo.

The Post-tribulation opponents are opposed to the Pre-Tribulation view, because they see it as an "escape" designed to avoid the witnessing of any of the suffering and distress of the non-believers during the Tribulation. My Pauline Epistles Professor stated that he would like to be “one” of those “taken up” at the very beginning of the seven years of Tribulation. He said, “Can you imagine, us Christians disappearing while we are in the middle of the freeway driving our cars?” He went on to say,

“The cars will crash into each others and the non-believers will be terrified and wondering what happened."

I was shocked that he thought this would be a “divine plan” of our loving Father. At least a Post-Tribulation concept provides hope for the non-believer. If this becomes a literal state the ones that choose to stay, can spread the “Good News” of Christ to the none-believers. And, if the churches are still here during the “entire seven year period” of Tribulation, which is called the Post-Tribulation view they can provide a Sanctuary for both the believers and those questioning our existence. The Post-Tribulation view acknowledges the Church's part in the events of the Tribulation, including the suffering that goes along with this period. The scripture that supports this view is 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, “..for the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air." I believe that the scripture backing this belief is 1 Corinthian 15: 52 which reads, "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."

Another strong Post-Tribulation Rapture view is found in Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians. Paul had explained to them about the resurrection and the catching up of believers to meet the Lord in the air. (I Thessalonians 4:16-17) Later, some confusion had apparently developed in the minds of the people concerning this glorious event, so Paul wrote his second letter to them in which he clarified the matter. In his remarks, he clearly shows there to be a Post-Tribulation Rapture. "Now we beseech you, brethren, by concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by concerning our gathering together unto Him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed Antichrist, the son of perdition." (2 Thessalonians 2: 1-3)

In support of a Post-Tribulation Rapture, Paul writes the man of sin would be revealed, and, "Let no man deceive you." These two points, particularly the last point, are only compatible with Post-Tribulation Rapture. Even Christ's own words point to Post-Tribulation Rapture. Shortly before His death, Jesus spoke these words to His disciples: "In the world ye shall have tribulation..." (John 16:33) Then Jesus spoke to His Father, "I pray not that thou take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." (John 17:15) This scripture seems to mean that we are to take a stand for Jesus Christ though persecution, and tribulation. Jesus did not pray that the Church would be taken out of the world.

The Church was to remain in the world, but it would not be of the world. This is in alignment with the Post-Tribulation Rapture view. Jesus was not just praying for His disciples of that time, "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me…”

Those believing in a Post-Tribulation Rapture accept that instead of the Church being taken out of the world, Jesus taught that it would remain in the world to accomplish a definite purpose: to preach the Gospel. Jesus commissioned His disciples to "go ... and teach all nations" and in connection with this commission He promised, "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." (Matthew 28:19-20) this passage gives evidence for the Post-Tribulation Rapture view in its belief the Church is to remain in the world until the end.

Among the Parables of Christ there is evidence of a Post-Tribulation Rapture view. In the Parable of the Wheat and Tares (Matthew 13:24-30) Jesus said that "both" (the wheat and the tares would grow "together" until the "end of the world." The harvest occurs at the end of the age. There is some debate whether this means the end of the world or the end of the Jewish age. This Parable seems to be describing the end of the age; the tares will then be gathered up and burned. Preterism understands this to be the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, when the Jewish era came to an end as the ancient Judaism never revived after that. The Gospel of John also backs the Post-view of the tribulation in John 6:40,44)

The final and most riveting proof of this view is verse John6:54: "I will raise him up at the last day." The post-tribulation view includes the believers as to be taken at the end of the seven years, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days…they shall gather together His elect.” (Matthew 24:29-31) There are a vast number of “religious” views on the Tribulation, the Millennium and events that lead up to eternity with Christ.

Pan-millennialists
I lean towards the Pan Millenialist view, which is that everything will pan out in the end. Pan-millennialists believe that no one can know the future, but that everything will all pan out in the long run according to God's will and God's own time table. In my opinion the Bible is not clear on the exact end-times scenario. If it were, we would not be arguing about it. I tend to believe this lack of clarity is intentional.

Christ's own words may answer the debate:
"Matthew 24:36 (New King James Version)

"No One Knows the Day or Hour “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only."

But, my assignment is not complete until I state all views that I can find before I turn in my essay. Why not start with the original Church, The Roman Catholic Church.
1)"Catholic doctrine teaches that the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ in the 1st century AD and that the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles signaled the beginning of its public ministry.

Conditions in the Roman Empire facilitated the spread of new ideas, and Jesus apostles gained converts in Jewish communities around the Mediterranean Sea. As preachers such as Paul of Tarsus began converting Gentiles, Christianity grew away from Jewish practices and established itself as a separate religion."-MacCulloch, Christianity, p. 109.

The early Church was more loosely organized and based on "The Good News" stories about the events that had just occurred in the life of Jesus Christ, at times resulting in diverse interpretations of Christian beliefs.

The Roman Catholic commentator, Walter Drum in 1912, believed that the destination of the 1 Thessalonians 4:17 gathering was in heaven.

Amillennialism
Amillennialism (Latin: a- "no" + millennialism) is a view in Christian end-times theology named for its rejection of the theory that Jesus Christ will have a thousand-year long, physical reign on the earth.

"Amillennialism, the traditional view for Roman Catholicism, believes that the thousand years mentioned are not ("a-") a literal thousand years, but is figurative for what is now the church age, usually, the time between Christ's first ascension and second coming. This view is often associated with Augustine of Hippo. Amillennialists differ on the time frame of the millennium. Some say it started with Pentecost, others say it started with the fulfillment of Jesus' prophecy regarding the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem (70), and other starting points have also been proposed. Whether this eschatology is the result of caesaropapism, which may have also been the reason that premillennialism was condemned, is sharply disputed." -Wikipedia-Revelation

Fundamentalist Christianity
2)"As an organized movement it began within Protestant churches—especially Baptist and Presbyterian—in the United States in the early 20th century. Many such churches adopted a "fighting style" and certain theological elements, such as Dispensationalism. Their main goal to prove the inerrancy of the Bible. The term "fundamentalism" was coined by Baptist editor Curtis Lee Laws in 1920 to designate Christians who were ready "to do battle royal for the Fundamentals"; the term quickly was adopted by all sides."-wikipedia Fundamentalist Christianity

Fundamental Christians identify the destination of the end of the world as the "New Earth"in Jerusalem. They site the Olivet Prophecy, Mark 13, Matthew 24, Luke 21, which Jesus warns his followers that they will suffer tribulation and persecution before the ultimate triumph of the Kingdom of God. Jesus prophesied about the future destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem. Two well know theologians John Hagee and Tim LaHaye, say the Second Coming of Jesus is the meaning of the correct interpretation, but the “signs” of Jesus return they debated. The location of Mount of Olives is also thought by some scholars to be the site of the final battle between Christ and Satan. When the disciples asked Jesus what the “signs” will be of his return and the second coming, Jesus commented that His final coming is to render Universal Judgment. (Matthew 24:4-34, 24:35-51)

Jesus describes His second coming like this, nations rising up against nations, kingdoms against kingdoms, followed by earthquakes, famines, and pestilence. It’s interesting that these things have “always” been happening on Earth, always war somewhere or natural disaster. There will also be false prophets, apostasy, and persecution of followers of Jesus as they spread the gospel around the world. The Greek word for ‘gospel’ is good news. Jesus uses the book of Daniel to warn them of “abomination of desolation” the apocalyptic vision. (Daniel 9:27, Daniel 11:31, and Daniel 12:11) But, Luke 21.20-21 writes of the “Abomination of Desolation,” this has been interpreted as a synonymous for the Roman Armies surrounding Jerusalem. Biblical scholars believe that Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14 are prophesies after the event about the siege of Jerusalem in AD 70 by the Roman general Titus. (Luke 21:20-21)

Futurist Christians
3) Futurist Christians consider the “Abomination of Desolation” prophecy of Daniel, mentioned by Jesus in Mathew 24:15 and Mark 13:14, as referring to an event in the end time future when a 7 year peace treaty will be signed between Israel and a world ruler who fools the world and is known as, “the Anti-Christ.”

"Antichrist"
Note: ("Antichrist" is the English translation of the original Koine Greek ἀντίχριστος, pronounced än-tē'-khrē-stos. It is made up of two root words, αντί + Χριστός (anti + Christos). "Αντί" can mean not only “against” and “opposite of”, but also “in place of."” 1 John 2:18-23 (Meaning anyone opposed to Jesus is an Antichrist. What does Jesus say about this?

"He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."-Matthew 12:30

It is funny that we think the Anti-Christ is one person. If I look at my life before the Holy Spirit filled it, I would say I was not an "Anti-Christ" just lost, void of God, which to me was "hell." A Lake of fire would have been a relief to life without God in what felt like might be eternal isolation. SO for me, I don't care where God puts me, and I think the debate is egocentric.)

The Church of Latter-Day Saints
4) The Church of Latter-Day Saints believe in the representation of the first A.D. 70, tribulation and they also hold the view that the tribulation will be again fulfilled when Jerusalem is again under destruction before the second coming of Jesus.

5) Peter Bolt, head of New Testament at Moore Theological College, believes that the “Abomination of Desolation” in Mark 13 referred to the crucifixion of the Son of God.

Protestant Reformation:
6) Protestant Reformation: “In the 16th century, Martin Luther initially considered it to be "neither apostolic nor prophetic" and stated that "Christ is neither taught nor known in it", and placed it in his Antilegomena, i.e. his list of questionable documents, though he did retract this view in later life. In the same century, John Calvin believed the book to be canonical, yet it was the only New Testament book on which he did not write a commentary. It remains the only book of the New Testament that is not read within the Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox Church, though it is included in Catholic and Protestant liturgies.” -Wikipedia-Revelation

My Opinion:
like the view from the second century, which was that Jesus taught Revelation was the moment you UNDERSTOOD what he was teaching. Revelations in the Holy Bible is a match to the Jewish "Apocalyptic." Read my blog on "The Gospel of Truth" and tell me what you think?
From "The Gospel of Truth" the elect are those who have heard the good news and have fully understood it. Jesus said, that when all these signs were seen his second coming would be imminent.

Below is a brief explanation of the Jewish "Apocalyptic"

"Revelation belongs to a class of chiefly Jewish (and later Christian) literature called "apocalyptic." In fact, the word "apocalypse" has been borrowed from Revelation and applied to these other writings.

Apocalyptic refers, in a broad sense, to a group of writings found in the biblical world between 200 B.C. and A.D.100. Two specific historical markers are usually given for the span during which the Jewish apocalyptic works were written and edited. They are the persecution of the Jews by the Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes (167 B.C.) and the destruction of the Jewish nation by the Roman emperor Hadrian (A.D. 135).

Apocalyptic writings usually had certain characteristics in common. Writers generally claimed that a divine disclosure had been given through an angelic intermediary. God's secret purpose was said to have been revealed through a dream or vision in the heavenly realm. Almost all apocalypses are pseudonymous. Writers of apocalyptic works usually wrote in the name of heroes from Israel's history. There are books ascribed to Enoch, Abraham, the Twelve Patriarchs, Moses, Ezra, Enoch and Elijah, among others.

These apocalyptic writings claimed to reveal God's purpose in history. These writings tried to explain why the Jews, who thought of themselves as God's people, were part of a vassal nation suffering under ungodly political institutions. In the words of Robert H. Mounce:"

Conclusion:
To conclude I must remember that Jesus said, “the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He said, it is “within” and among his followers. If we hold to a future or “literal” idea of this “Kingdom,” than we are longing for what we already have. Christ said, “if you drink my water, you will never thirst again.” The Kingdom of Heaven is one mind in Christ, and Him dwelling within us. The Kingdom is the body of Christ, which is the Church. When Jesus said, “tear down this temple and I will build it again in three days.” He did just this, when he died for us, and rose again giving us the Holy Spirit, the Kingdom within.

John 2:19-21
"Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

But he spake of the temple of his body."

It should be noted that the term “Armageddon” is a reference to a place, not a time. More specifically, it is Latinized version of Har Megiddo, which was a place where numerous invasions of Jerusalem were staged.
The Mount of Olives, I stood for a long time in this spot then took this photo.

(Matthew 26:39). At the foot of the Mount of Olives lies the Garden of Gethsemane. The New Testament, tells how Jesus and his friends sang together – "When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives" Gospel of Matthew 26:30. Jesus ascended to heaven from the Mt of Olives as recorded in the letter of Acts 1:9–12.” My memoir  "From Hollywood to God"  is now on Amazon and Kindle books!

My first stop was to The World Sound Healing Conference in San Francisco. I wanted to understand the science of frequencies, especially if everything in the universe was vibrating to their own unique song!

I waited in the large conference room to hear Dr. Susan Yale's lecture on the Harmonic Oscillator.

The room went black and three pyramids projected on a movie screen.


"You can hear the sound of "nature" between the Pyramids of Giza," Dr. Yale said, pausing, "it's a perfect F Sharp."

No one moved. She spoke slowly, "If you knew there was a place in the world where you could hear God, would you go?"

I always wanted to sleep on the Nile!"

~ from my Memoir, (click link—"From Hollywood to God"  Kelly Granite Enck on Amazon books and Kindle.
Jesus Tomb

Last Supper


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Source:
From Hollywood to God, By Kelly Granite Enck
Anthony A. Hoekema, The Bible and the future. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1979.
Ice, Thomas, Kenneth L. Gentry Jr, Evangelicals Debate the Question. Kregel Academic & Professional, 1999
Mc Ginn, Bernard, Antichrist: Two Thousand Years Of The Human Fascination With Evil, New York: Columbia University Press, 2000 p. 100.
Phillips, John Exploring Revelations, (Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, 2004)
Prophecy Forum, available from http://www.prophecyforum.com/mid-trib.html, (Internet; accessed 4/11/2011)
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