I’ve seen some dark places in the course of my life, the kinds of challenges that leave little doubt about the existence of an evil adversary.
Thankfully, those experiences have not characterized my life.
In fact, I have never seen anything quite like the last two years – since I began writing my newest book, “The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament,” which officially begins shipping today from the WND Superstore and soon Amazon and bookstores throughout America.
There were days when I doubted it would ever happen.
There were days when I cried like a baby because nothing that was supposed to happen did.
I can’t even blame Google and Facebook for this. I can only blame the Dark Angel.
The good news is it’s finished.
The most important, substantive and meaningful project I have ever been involved in over my lifetime is completed – except for the promotional work.
I can’t wait for those of you interested in it to see it.
We all know Jesus is found all over the Old Testament. There are books about it, songs about it and lots of great stories. But the Gospel? That’s something else. How many believers know that the Gospel of grace, mercy, redemption and restoration are not only found in abundance in the original Hebrew Scriptures, but indeed in every book?
For those who believe in replacement theology, this should come as a shock. There’s one Gospel for all, and it’s been the same since Creation.
This is faith-affirming stuff. It illustrates, underscores and accentuates the miraculous nature of the entire Bible, its cohesion, its totally integrated and singular message from Genesis through Malachi and Matthew through Revelation.
I have to tell you that working on this book over the last three years has been the most enriching and refreshing spiritual experience I’ve had in my life, and I believe it can be for anyone who uses it as a study guide, as a way of seeing amazing new relevance and detail in the Old Testament that may have previously eluded them.
I hope others see what I see. Because we live in strange times when even some Christian leaders are urging their flocks to disengage from the Hebrew Scriptures, confusing what we call the Old Testament with what it says in Hebrews 8:13 about the Old Covenant “waxing old” and being ready to “vanish away.” That, of course, only happens when the New Covenant is fully realized in Jesus’ Kingdom when, we’re told in both Jeremiah 31:31 and Hebrews 8:13, we will all know the law for it will be in our hearts.
We need to remember that these were the Scriptures Jesus and the Apostles preached from – from the Emmaus Road to Patmos. I love the New Testament through and through, but it represents less than a third of the Scriptures, and there is so much richness and detail and context found in the Hebrew Scriptures.
I like to think of this book as an antidote to inevitable attacks on God’s Word.
There are always attacks on the Scriptures. Of course, that’s just what we would expect if we realize that Satan is real. The only hope he has is to take as many people as he can along with him in judgment by deceiving them, keeping them in the dark.
Today, we have people in the church proclaiming how we don’t need the Old Testament any more. We don’t need to know it. It’s no longer relevant. Some say we should focus only on the Resurrection because people won’t accept the whole Bible because of science and so-called “scholarship.” Yet, Jesus Himself told us in Luke 16 of a parable of a certain rich man who found himself in torment in death and asked Abraham if he could send someone back to preach to his brothers, who were unsaved, so they could avoid a similar judgment.
Here’s what Jesus Himself said about that – speaking for Abraham: “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.” In other words, they have the Scriptures. He continued: “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”
Jesus rose from the dead. Many saw Him afterward and heard of it. And most still have not been persuaded. That strongly suggests Moses and the prophets are still very relevant and needed for us today.
I’ve also heard highly acclaimed pastors tell us that there isn’t much grace to be found in the Hebrew Scriptures. Yet, what I found in my study is that it is everywhere. There are so many second, third, fourth and fifth chances for repentance and grace illustrated and offered by God that I don’t know how people can miss it unless they’re just not looking for it. This book makes it easy for you to find them. You can’t miss them. It’s the book’s one and only focus – to assure you that there is One True God, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. And I get out of the way as much as possible and let the Scriptures do the talking and the convicting. Because it is through the Word and the Holy Spirit that we are led to the Cross and salvation.
I’ll tell you the secret that allowed me to find the Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament. It’s in understanding the Gospel’s complexity. There are at least two important facets of the Good News. Jesus said repeatedly that He came to preach “the Gospel of the Kingdom.” When we think of the Gospel today we tend to think of the Gospel of personal salvation.
But we can see both the Gospel of personal salvation and the Gospel of the Kingdom in John 3:16-17: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
We all memorize John 3:16, but fewer recite John 3:17.
I hope you will give me a chance to take you on a Bible study like you have never taken before – a walk through “The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament.”
“The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament,” which shows God’s mercy, grace and redemption throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, is available now in e-book and hardcover in the WND Superstore and soon everywhere.
Support for the printing, dissemination and distribution of this book is still welcome in getting the hardcover everywhere. The book is an important part of WND’s recovery, rebirth and revitalization plan for later this year. For donations of $100 or more, you will receive a special signed advance reader copy of the book. Your support with book-printing and marketing expenses will help WND immensely in weathering the current financial storm.
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