‘A last minute guide to the Bible'


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‘Introduction’

‘A last minute guide to the Bible’ grew from an experience I had in the autumn of 1974. It was a paranormal experience. It amazed me. It was awe-inspiring.

The experience had three parts. A five-pointed star shone in my forehead. It shone long enough for me to stand up, walk across the room I was in and look out of a window. Some hours later I went to bed and closed my eyes to sleep. With closed eyes I saw a white circle with two white wings in constant flight. It was high above me. I went to sleep watching the flying winged-circle. The next afternoon in a busy market area I looked up and saw black concentric circles between the sun and me. I looked away for a few moments and then looked back. The circles were still there. Sometime later I looked again. The circles were gone.

A long, wide-ranging, read up followed my experience. Material associable with aspects of my experience became apparent from time to time but the only sacred writing to contain information about an experience like mine was Christian. Although this guide was written for people interested in the paranormal foundation of the Christian religion anyone interested in the paranormal should find it useful.

The ‘last minute’ part of the title is derived from the time allotted to the beast. Revelation has it that the reconstituted beast will rule for ‘one hour’. John’s beast reappeared in the late 1940s. It has only a short time -less than one hour- left to rule.

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‘Some groundwork’

The King James Bible will be the only version of the Bible referred to in this guide, which will look at some of the stories, characters and prophecies in the Bible. Three matters drive this guide: prophecies about the Messiah, Paul’s teaching about Jesus and what John says in Revelation. continue...

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‘Prophets and Prophecies’

In Deuteronomy Yahweh tells Moses he will give Israel a prophet like Moses. The King James Bible views this foretelling as a prophecy of the Messiah, but a Messiah from the house of David could not have been foretold before the house of David existed. continue...

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‘Paul'

It is claimed Paul was responsible for turning Christianity into a worldwide religion. No reliable sources for Paul’s life exist outside the so-called New Testament. Paul’s letters are the primary source of information about himself and his teaching. The most important letters are Romans, Corinthians (one and two) and Galatians. continue...

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‘The Gospels'

Mark is the shortest of the four gospels; it is also the earliest. The author of this gospel is unknown but it is attributed to John Mark (Acts 12:12) or Marcus (mentioned in verse twenty-four of Paul’s epistle to Philemon). continue...

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‘John’

Not much is known about John. Zebedee was his father, Salome was his mother and James was his brother. After the death of Stephen the church in Jerusalem was persecuted. To escape persecution members of the new church left Jerusalem and scattered throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria (Paul played a part in the persecution.). continue...

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‘Jesus and the prophets’

The Gospels maintain Jesus was the man prophesied in the Hebrew Bible. Mark says Jesus is the Christ (Mark 14:62). John says Jesus is the Messiah (John 4:26). All four Gospels have Jesus say the scriptures testify of him and that Moses wrote about him. The Gospel writers agree that Jesus believed he was the man in the Hebrew Bible. continue...

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‘The Spirit like a Dove

Jesus saw the Spirit like a dove. John the Baptist did not see the Spirit descend and rest upon Jesus; the nature of the experience makes a sighting by John the Baptist impossible: the Spirit is not seen with the eyes and is not ‘out there’ to be seen. continue...

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‘The Morning Star’

The morning star of Revelation is not the planet Venus. It is not a celestial body; it is an aspect of a paranormal experience. This experience is about the day star arising in one’s heart or about being sat upon by cloven-tongues like as of fire. Matthew seems to contain a distorted report of the star experience and its function. continue...

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‘Ezekiel 1:18’

The religion of Moses has a strong connection to a burning bush and a pillar of cloud (or smoke). A Spirit like a dove and a star experience are important in the religion of Jesus. It would be easier to link the religion of Jesus to the religious traditions of Egypt than it would be to connect it to the religion of Moses, Jacob, Isaac or Abraham. continue...

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‘Three Paranormal Events’

Three paranormal events, an experience involving a star (or tongues of fire), one involving a spirit similar to a dove and another experience involving concentric rings have been identified. continue...

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‘Remember’

The Bible has been fashioned by many contributors. In the 10th century BC Yahwist contributors were tasked with making Jewish people appear to be the oldest people in the world. continue...

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Appendix
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‘The Return’

Although Orthodox Jews prayed for a return to Israel, no significant return took place until after the publication of a pamphlet ‘Auto-Emancipation’ by Judah Leib Pinsker (1821-1891). Judah Leib Pinsker became Leo Pinsker. In his pamphlet, which was published anonymously in 1882, Pinsker argued for a Jewish homeland. continue...

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‘Prophecies about the return’

Israel is the name given to Jacob by a man Jacob wrestled with after Jacob’s family had crossed the Jabok. During the encounter Jacob had his thigh joint damaged. At daybreak Jacob’s adversary wanted to end the struggle but Jacob refused to do so unless his adversary blessed him. continue...

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‘Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation’

There is a link between the prophesy of the return of Israel concealed in Revelation and material in Daniel. Christians could have understood Daniel’s prophecy about Messiah being cut off plus the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple (Daniel 9:25) as being fulfilled in the death of Jesus and the destruction visited on the Temple by the Romans. continue...

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‘The Day of the Lord’

Isaiah says the Lord of hosts will shake the earth terribly (Isaiah 2:19, and 2:21). The day of the Lord will come as destruction. It will be a day of fierce anger in which the stars will not shine, the sun will be dark and the moon will not give its light. continue...

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‘The Devil’

John makes Jesus a witness to the truth (John 18:37) manifested to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:18). John’s devil is a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns (Revelation 12:3); it is that old serpent called the Devil and Satan who has deceived the whole world (Revelation 12:9). It is Israel. continue...

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'Holy War'

Holy war is war waged in support of a religious cause or war initiated by divine command. One account of holy war can be found in the Book of Joshua in the Bible. Various Jewish prophets imagined that the wars of conquest conducted by Assyria, Babylon and Persia were sanctioned by Almighty God. continue...

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'Placing Jesus'

Phenomena fundamental to Christianity are the Spirit like a dove experience and the cloven tongues of fire (day star or morning star) experience. These phenomena are not present in Judaism: no mention is made of them in the religion given to the Jewish people by Moses or the religion developed by David and they play no part in contemporary Judaism. continue...

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'A little speculation'

Genesis contains writing produced in the tenth century BC and fifth century BC. It supposedly tells the story of the first man (made from dust) and woman (made of rib). Although the story is silly it has been accepted as true for several hundred years; millions of people still see it as a true story about the beginning of the human race.continue...

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'Seven seals and fourteen angels'

These seals and angels play a part in 'The Revelation of St. John the Divine', the last book in the Bible and the one that contains the most important Christian prophesy.continue...

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Bibliography: books consulted during the production of this guide: Authorized King James Version of the Bible, ‘Encyclopaedia Britannica’ (1999), ‘The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt’ edited by Ian Shaw (Oxford University Press 2000), ‘The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt’ by Richard H Wilkinson (Thames and Hudson 2003), ‘How to read Egyptian Hieroglyphs’ by Mark Collier and Bill Manley (The British Museum Press 1998).

Author: Patrick Duffy