This website is independent and non-denominational. The views expressed here would be more acceptable to some denominations than to others, but no single denomination would accept all conclusions of this website.
I have no formal Bible training and do not hold a formal office in any church. Over my lifetime I was member of two denominations, but since 2011 I have not attended church. I see this website as my contribution and prefer to spend any available time on in depth studies of selected topics.
But should a person that has no theological training try to teach others about the Bible? Although I have no formal Bible training, I have been studying the Bible for many decades and still continue every day. I listen to mp3s sermons and talks whenever I am able to. I download much material from internet and try to read and organize the thoughts carefully. But one aspect that makes this website different is that I spend more time studying the Bible itself than studying the views of other people.
Perhaps the fact that I have no formal theological training is my greatest asset. After many years of listening to many views I came to the conclusion that nobody really studies the Bible without preconceptions. Extremely few people study their Bibles to form their own opinions. In fact, in my view the vast majority of Christians are indoctrinated (brainwashed) into a particular view of the Bible from childhood. The existence of the Schools of Thought is proof of this. The views with respect to disputed issues—for instance the divinity of Christ, Israel’s end time role, Daniel 9’s last week, the identity of the antichrist in Daniel, Predestination and a myriad others—are not randomly distributed across Christianity. Rather, one sector of the church holds to one set of beliefs, with relatively little variation. Another sector of the church holds to a different set of beliefs. This confirms that people are indoctrinated from childhood, and when they attend a church college of university, they continue to be brainwashed into the set of beliefs of that particular community. The fact that I am a sort of independent person, not linked to any denomination and have no formal Bible training, are therefore perhaps my greatest assets.
I am 63 years of age and work as a financial manager in government in Cape Town, South Africa. I have a severely autistic daughter, but also a very gifted daughter that produced two delightful granddaughters.
My work method is to select a subject, then to download a good selection of material and mp3s from the internet from all schools of thought. But as already indicated, I spend more time on the Bible text itself than on the views of other people. Since I only have a limited time available each day, it takes quite some time to complete an article, but then have the benefit that the sub-conscious mind has time to organize the concepts, which I believe is critical for a holistic understanding. I also spend much time trying to present the conclusions as easy to understand as possible, in my limited English vocabulary. It feels as if I sometimes rewrite articles 50 times before it is ready to be published. But I enjoy what I do.
Perhaps the first article you should read is when Daniel was written. In academic circles Daniel is seen as written after the events prophesied in that book, and therefore does not contain prophecies. This would make the book of Daniel a fraud, and since Revelation is built on Daniel, Revelation would also collapse. This topic is therefore critical before one actually starts to study the books of Daniel or Revelation.
Next I would propose that you read the other articles on Daniel. One article deals with Daniel 9, and another with the dispensational interpretation of Daniel 9.
An issue fundamental to the understanding of the prophecies in Revelation is the identity of Israel. Revelation is filled with the references to Israel, and one needs to understand what role Israel and the church will play in the end time. For this purpose articles are available on this website on the meaning of Israel in Romans 9 – 11.
Two articles that are nearly completed include Revelation 17 and Revelation 12. The final article for this website should be about the mark of the beast, but since that is the pinnacle of the book of Revelation, the foundation must be laid first.
An issue that is critical for an understanding of the mark of the beast is the Law because the mark of the beast seems to relate to the “commandments of God” (Rev. 11:19; 12:17; 14:12). For that purpose I developed articles on the books of Romans, Galatians and Colossians. The purpose is to understand what Paul said about the Law of Moses.
Thanks for visiting my website. I sincerely hope it helped.