This website is independent and non-denominational. The views expressed here would be more acceptable to some denominations than to others. However, no single denomination would accept all the conclusions of this site.
I have no formal Bible training and do not hold a formal office in any church. Over my lifetime I was a 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 with no theological training attempt 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 discussions whenever I am able to. I download much material from the internet and try to read and organize the thoughts carefully. One aspect that makes this website somewhat 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.
True education teaches people HOW to think for themselves, but the enemy has been very successful to convert our institutions of higher learning into places of indoctrination, teaching people WHAT to think.
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, the condition of the dead, the Sabbath and myriad others—ARE NOT RANDOMLY DISTRIBUTED across Christianity. Rather, each denomination 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 or university, they continue to be brainwashed into the set of beliefs of that particular community. The facts that I am independent in nature, not associated with any denomination and have no formal Bible training, are therefore perhaps my greatest assets.
I was born in 1952, qualified as an accountant and worked 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; Anja and Mia.
My work method is to select a subject, then to download a selection of good material and mp3s from the internet from all schools of thought. I would listen to a speaker over and over until I feel I know where he or she departs from the truth. But as already mentioned, I also spend much time on the Bible text itself. Since I only have limited time available each day, it takes quite some time to complete an article, but that also gives me the benefit that the sub-conscious mind has time to organize the thoughts. That, 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 they are ready. But I enjoy what I do.
Perhaps the first article you should read is When was Daniel 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.
An issue fundamental to the understanding of the prophecies in Revelation is the identity of Israel. There are many references to Israel in the book of Revelation, 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 Who Israel in Romans 9-11.
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.
More lately I concluded that the real difference between different denominations is not their doctrines, but their character. The resurrection of the beast in Revelation 13 is the resurrection of the character of persecution.
The enemy causes false doctrines, for doctrines have an impact on the character. For example, one that believes that God is angry might want to mimic that towards other people. But the person who believes that God is love would be more inclined to love his neighbor. Satan’s purpose is to distort our view of God.
But the even greater purpose of false doctrines is to cause divisions in the church, so that Christians may accuse attack one another. When the church is divided, weakened by internal struggles, it is less able to “make disciples of all the nations” (Mt. 28:19).
Who is Jesus?
In the past few years, I spend most of my time on Christology; the study of the nature of Christ and I think that would remain my focus in the next years. For that reason, I started a separate website called Who is Jesus.
There is no Copywrite on my articles. To the extent that they are from God, they are God’s property; not mine. Thanks for visiting my site. I sincerely hope it helped. If you want, you may contact me at Andries770@gmail.com. May the Spirit of God lead you into all truth.