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More Prophetic Evidence Revealed

ETM Press Release – ETM Publishing of Oklahoma, U.S.A. has just republished the second volume of its series of books called REVEALED. It has been thirty years since Robert O. Robbins’ book called What the Righteous Desire to See was first published in 1988. At that time it received mixed reviews with people showing less interest in its historical proof of prophecy than the more popular pretribulation theory being widely taught at that time. Since that first publication date, much has happened concerning world events. The Iron Curtain was torn down shortly after this book was first published with Russia becoming more westernized shortly thereafter, causing the world politics to seemingly get closer as Robbins implied would happen in his book.

The radical Islamic believers have raised their heads once again in the world’s history and have declared jihad against the U.S. and all other of the world’s unbelievers in the Islamic faith, proving them to continue to be the “scourge of the Earth” even as Robbins implied they would be in his book. And the super-rich of the world, the multi-billionaires who control most of the true wealth and productivity of the planet, have begun to show their true intent with the “forgiveness” of the bankers for the economic crash in the U.S. in 2009 at the end of George W. Bush’s second term of Presidential office. And now the election of a presumed billionaire to the presidency who has had no previous political experience could fall in line with prophecy according to Robbins. While not in detail, all these events can be found lightly indicative of things which the Apostle John saw in his vision and wrote about in The Book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ nearly 2000 years ago.

It is because history seems to be marching on at a much faster pace than previously toward the fulfillment of prophecy that E.T.M. Publishing has decided to republish this book series. The main body of the series is the same as it was in its original edition, but the original book has been broken into four books which appear now in two volumes under the name of REVEALED.

“This was done to make the work less ‘intimidating,’” said Mr. Robbins. “I don’t claim to be a great writer. The way I have chosen to understand and explain prophecy is one which was taught by Hebraic schools during “Old Testament” times, and it was the way Jesus taught his disciples to understand prophecies and parables. I explain this system in Volume One of REVEALED. In Volume Two, I have carefully correlated the events prophesied by John in The Revelation with history. While I go beyond what can be proven by history and current events to be accurate prophecy, and while I make some predictions which may surprise people about what I believe will occur in the near future, I am the first to recognize that the proof of prophecy can only be absolute with the passage of time. What I predict, like perhaps the way the ‘mark of the beast’ shall be given, may not occur the exact way I have stated in the book but since the mark represents an economic system for materialistic control then the purpose is more important than the method.”

Since the original words of the book have been kept as first published for the reader to see that there have been no significant changes in what Robbins said thirty years ago, updating has been done in the form of footnotes. Volume One contains two separate books, The Prophet’s Language and The Prophet’s Dictionary are both presented to teach the reader the system of understanding the prophetic words and where they can be found in the Christian Holy Bible. Volume Two gives the “interpretation” of the figurative language found in The Book of The Revelation into literal language and the correlation of the prophecy with history, called What the Righteous Desire to See.

Both volumes are now available for anyone to obtain at Amazon.com. It can either be read “free” through the Prime membership library or purchased through the Kindle bookstore. Printed copies are not yet available. Profits from the sale of this work will be used toward the expenses of publicizing and distributing this message of hope and toward the ministry of helping those in need as required. To discuss this topic or more information concerning this “middle path” ministry please visit the Espirational Faith blog at espirational.org.


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REVEALED – The Prophetic Language and The Prophets’ Dictionary

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Have you ever been reading the Christian/Hebraic scriptures and have a bewilderment set in concerning what was really being said? Have you asked the questions many others have asked of why there is so many parables which seem to be simply stories which, while they give excellent moralistic guidance, seem to tell little about how to bring the Kingdom of God to Earth or even what that kingdom is. Much of the scriptures, as they are presented in today’s accepted holy writ, seem to be nothing more than poetic script, figurative language and all. So how do we really expect to understand it, hasn’t that allegorical language been lost or hidden centuries ago?

Well, yes it was. While not specifically intentionally, the poetic language of parables used by the prophets to proclaim their dreams and visions, was something which was not known by everyone, even in the “Old Testament times.” But when Jesus explained to his disciples why he taught his followers using parables he said, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.” (MAT 13:11-NIV) Obviously, there was a reason Jesus was giving the disciples more information than he was the rest of the crowd following him.

>>>    When Nicodemus asked Jesus about the parables he was using to teach  the people, Jesus explained  with some astonishment, “You are Israel’s teacher and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?” (John 3:10-12-NIV)

Ah, but there’s the miracle of the allegorical language we find in the Holy Bible. While the stories in the parables and prophecies seem to tell one earthly view of life which we are all somewhat familiar with here on the Earthly, physical plain while there is a more obscure and seemingly hidden story or meaning behind the words which explain things more spiritual and “heavenly” if you will.

Jesus explained these things to the disciples in some detail and told them that “There is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, neither hid that shall not be made known.” (Luke 12:2-KJV). And since Jesus did much of his private, “advanced” teaching to the disciples after the crowds had either gone home or settled down in their beds at night, Jesus told his faithful friends that, “What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.” (MAT 10:27)

Why would Jesus have told his disciples to do such a thing? If such a coded language had acted to protect the Jews through the past while the Hebrews had suffered through the struggles they had as slaves, warriors and wanderers, why would Jesus have told his disciples to suddenly make this picturesque language known by all? Could it be that it had become something which only corrupted religious leaders then knew which gave them too much power over the people who sincerely were trying to follow the one true god?

Is it any different today? While most of the allegorical definitions are clearly recorded in the canonized Bible, as has been proclaimed by several denominational leaders, few have ever truly recognized the importance of this knowledge, and none have built a word for word listing of the allegorical word definitions as they can be found in the biblical scriptures. None until now.

A little over twenty-five years ago a book was published by an unknown student of truth who had spent the twenty-five years before that using most of his spare time, and the time of a few volunteers, searching the Holy Bible for the meanings of the prophetic words. He used the same technique of finding and understanding the figurative language as Jesus explained to his disciples when he explained the Parable of the Sower. A simple, but oft overlooked concept which reveals the truth of who God is and what spirituality is really all about. Nothing mysterious or really hidden here, one just has to understand that the words are defined by the  scribes and prophets within the pages of the Bible itself and take the time to find them.

Don’t have the time to do that yourself? Then you can get an online copy of Robert O. Robbins’ book through the Amazon.com Kindle bookstore which gives a more complete explanation of how the spiritual language of the scriptures interprets itself and gives a dictionary of over 200 terms. This is enough to interpret the whole book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ to St. John the Devine, plus some parables.

If you have ever wanted to understand the scriptures of the Christian/Hebraic faiths better, or are simply interested in how the phenomena of prophecy seems to have some real accuracy, please take this opportunity to read get your own copy of this book:

The Prophetic Language REVEALED

and The Prophets’ Dictionary.


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What Is a Parable?

Last month I got slightly sidetracked from my normal questions about faith where I ask you, my readers, to consider what you believe and why and I told a story about Rogene and my cat. Now this may have certainly seemed like a strange thing to do on a blog centered on God, his son, his worshipers and the universe which he created. Or is it? I called this story a parable, separating it from just any other story a person might tell someone else as a joke or just something interesting they’ve experienced or heard about. So what then is a parable?

According to the Webster’s Online Dictionary (1), a parable is: “a short story that teaches a moral or spiritual lesson; especially: one of the stories told by Jesus Christ and recorded in the Bible.” While similar to the telling of a child’s bedtime story in hopes that the moral will, perhaps through osmosis, soak into the child’s mind and be part of who they become, parables are much more than that. After Jesus told the Parable of the Sower, his disciples came privately to him and asked him what the parable meant. While a sincere question from a student to a respected teacher, Jesus was somewhat surprised and dismayed by the question being asked.

The Holy Bible (King James Version – KJV) then records Jesus asking, “Know ye not this parable? and how then will you know all parables?” In other words, Jesus was disappointed that his disciples had not been taught what he considered even the very basics of spiritual communication and knowledge. He then goes on to lay the foundation of understanding his, and scriptural, teachings.

To do this he goes through the parable he had just told his audience line by line, word by word, showing how each word which had obvious meaning to everyone in the physical world had an equally, yet perhaps more important parallel meaning in the spiritual sense. Let’s look at how he did that as recorded in the King James Version of the Holy Bible in the books of Matthew and Mark:

 

First in the book of Mark, Chapter 4, he told the parable to a larger audience on a ship, and it was recorded by Mark (KJV) as follows:

 

  1. Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
  2. And it came to pass as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
  3. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
  4. But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away,
  5. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
  6. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some and hundred.
  7. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (2)

 

Now notice that he did not give any explanation as to why he told this story to the gathering of people who were simply following him due to his reputation or stories about him. But when his disciples came privately to him they asked him why he taught them in parables to which he stated that it was given to them (his disciples) to know the “mysteries” of the kingdom but to others they would not be known. He then was asked to explain the sower parable to which he gave the following foundational teaching of how to understand the spiritual, allegorical language of parables and prophecy.

 

11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

14 The sower soweth the word.

15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. (2)

 

Now please notice what Jesus is doing here; he’s essentially giving a vocabulary lesson as if he were teaching the disciples a new language. He tells them that the “sower sows the word.” Now this makes the sower a believer or preacher, does it not; and the seed the sower scatters is the word of God. He then goes on to explain the concepts of the “wayside,” “stony ground” and “thorns.” The clearest definition is most obvious for the word, “thorns,” where Jesus states clearly that those who are actually thorny bushes are those who “hear the word (of God), and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” It may be helpful to compare Mark’s record of this teaching with that found in Matthew’s telling of the event in Matthew 13:3-9. Now the words of the parable can take on a new meaning seldom taught even in the churches. The “interpreted” version, from Matthew’s record of the parable, would read as follows:

“Behold a Son of Man (Jesus) went forth to speak; and when he spoke some words fell by the ones without understanding, and the wicked ones came and (caught them away) catching them up: some fell upon tribulation where they had not much foundation: and forthwith they, with joy, received it, because they had no (maturity) root in self of foundation: And when the persecution, because of the Word, was up, they were (offended) and because they had no (maturity) in self they (were) offended. And some fell among the cares of the world and deceitfulness of riches: and the cares of the world and deceitfulness of riches with joy received it, and chocked them. But others fell into understanding, and brought forth righteousness, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who have ears to hear, let them hear.” (3)

 

What an amazing concept this was for Jesus to teach. That built within the parable was the spiritual meanings of the teachings which the Master Teacher was trying to convey. And as a person looks upon the scriptures in the Hebraic cultural origins it becomes obvious that all of their Scriptures were recorded in this way. While stories are used in all religious backgrounds to make spiritual points more clear, it has been the fact that the Hebrews recorded these things in writing, and have rigorously protected their historical accuracy, which makes it possible to, even today, be able to delve into the “mysteries” of the Word and learn what it truly means.

And the parables are just the beginning. This spiritual language can awaken one to an otherwise hidden universe only dreamed of by those less aware. The gift of prophecy becomes clear. The view of the mundane no longer is possible to be seen any longer as boring. A tree is no longer just a tree to be ground into paper, but represents things beyond nonspiritual man’s comprehension.

 

Have you had an experience with parables which has changed your life once you understood their “hidden” meanings? Has a story you’ve heard your parents, a preacher, or even some other spiritual leader such as the Buddha or the Christ, himself, has told helped change your life? Please take a few minutes to respond to this post and tell us about it here. Telling your story about hearing stories being told and how they affect you is much like the little child who experiences going to the Grand Canyon Park one summer, but never tells her friends or teachers nor anyone else what she saw. By the time she was a young woman, nearing thirty, she doubted that she had that experience at all, and even doubted that the Grand Canyon even existed even though her younger sister had told everyone she knew of her experience and had just got a job there as a park ranger.                 

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  1. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parable
  2. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+4&version=KJV
  3. Robbins, R.O., What the Righteous Desire to See, E.T.M. Publishing, 1990, pg. 50-51 (Out of Print).