plead for a measure of understanding from these dear brethren with whom
we have so much in agreement and treasure the bonds of fellowship so
thoroughly. Such has been the experience of all of us who have
engaged in prophetic studies that have lead us to be named as preterists. But
it even goes deeper than that on this occasion.
As much as James Stuart Russell’s earth-shaking,
late 19th century title has influenced so many of us to consider the past fulfillment of Bible prophecy, yet in
this early 21st century we are privileged to find immeasurable help in the recently published, monumental effort
of Timothy P. Martin and Jeffrey L. Vaughn, PhD. The
title is BEYOND CREATION SCIENCE, which examines both the early
chapters of Genesis and the Book of Revelation from an in-depth
covenantal perspective. These authors probe deeply into hermeneutical distinctions in a most impressive manner
and leave one with an insatiable desire to compare our own presuppositions with those of the authors. In my case, this book has helped me to gain a better understanding of both the beginning and the ending
of God’s Word and everything in between.
Did I find it necessary to modify my previous views? Yes, I did! In
some cases, very substantially, but in each case where this happened, I
have found a “comfort of spirit” in these newly adopted interpretations
and insights. I
consider the Martin/Vaughn book to be the most valuable study that I
have ever read dealing with Bible prophecy and the Genesis creation
account, both at the same time. I urge everyone who has benefitted from my website in the past to read this book for himself or herself,
then - when finished - read it again! Pray
over this book sincerely and then ask God, “Does this in-depth
covenantal understanding of the Bible ring true? And what should I do
I also discovered that I needed to remove some articles
from my website since they no longer reflect my current views. In
the case of certain articles that remain, the reader will notice some
sentences that still reflect my former views, yet in spite of that, was
considered to be valuable enough to remain on the website. I ask my
readers to grant me a measure of grace since it would be rather
impractical at this time to make the needed adjustments. Thank you
so very much!..."
"Why In-Depth Bible Study is Vitally Important"