- Hardcover: 266 pages
- Publisher: Michael Biehler (May 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1987985281
- ISBN-13: 978-1987985283
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
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Five years ago in a casual family conversation, my oldest daughter (38yrs of six children ranging from 38 to 22) expressed surprise that my views on the Creation debate had changed. She was miffed that, 30 years ago, I had trained my kids up in the young earth Creation view and now I was expressing such ideas as the possibility of a local flood, rather than global, and was questioning the young earth creation theory. In other words, I was leaning more and more towards reading the Scriptures from a Covenantal view than as straight history.
Fast Forward to “Bamboozled Believers.” Given how my daughter reacted to my changing Creation views, how do I explain to my children my views on eschatology that have taken me 30-to-40 years to formulate?
BAM! Michael Biehler did it for me in “Bamboozled Believers.”
We all have been there; you start to mention the Preterist view of the “End Times” and before you can get out idea one you are inundated with a million questions/responses: You believe the end of the world already happened? You believe the Resurrection already occurred? Look things are getting worse just like the Bible said they would at the end. Jesus already came back?
On and on, to the point that it is hard to even get a foot hold. Personal story - I was having a conversation years ago with a very intelligent anti-religious individual when I was still Post-Mil in transition to Partial Pret. He started to express his problems with organized religion and specifically brought up what, I’m sure, he thought were ridiculous views of the book of Revelation by Christians regarding Israel and the end times. I stopped him there, and told him that I believed that the events of the Book of Revelation had already occurred and were related to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. That stopped him and he expressed surprise, as well as interest, since he had never heard any such thing in his friendly debates with Christian colleagues. I don’t know where that led him but at least it was a data point that he could investigate later if he has so chosen.
Michael’s book is a God-send because he has done all the heavy lifting for me. Rather than try to answer a barrage of questions and objections that would ultimately sink any attempted dialog about Preterism, I can point to Michael’s, simple to read, explanation.
While my wife of 43 years hears me complain about Christian friends always reverting to “it doesn’t matter because Jesus is coming back soon” as we bankrupt our children, both spiritually and financially, I have never sat her down and related my thirty-year journey, to Preterism, to her.
I have purchased my own Kindle version of “Bamboozled Believers,” that I read and that my wife is now currently reading. Three other Kindle versions have been purchased and gifted to my oldest daughter and two very dear friends. Finally, a paperback version has been purchased and is currently being read by my fifth child, a 25-year-old boy.
It is my opinion that “Bamboozled Believers” is the perfect book to introduce the logicalness and Scripturally verified view of Preterism to non-believers, that they might get a taste of the reasonableness of Christianity, to new believers, and to seasoned believers who, mysteriously, have never even been introduced to such an interpretation of the Scriptures.
Thank you, Michael Biehler…Five Stars…****
He also rightly concludes that it is the spiritual love of God and our neighbor that is the true "law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus." Treating the New Covenant scriptures as a law or rule book is just another form of Pharisee-ism. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
What I would have liked to have seen was a treatment of Acts 1 when Jesus ascended into the clouds, the angels there told the disciples that he would come back the same way as they saw him leave. So the High Priests could certainly see Jesus coming in the clouds literally with power and great glory as Jesus said they would. But Mr. Biehler is open minded and does recognize that often when the scriptures say "clouds" then clouds is what they mean.
Also, I would like Mr. Biehler to reconsider his use of the term "Old Covenant Age", which is not in the Bible. Please consider the meaning and scope of an Age. The second Earth Age started when Noah left the ark after God destroyed the previous Age with a flood. This second age was longer than, but contained the years of the Old Covenant dispensation, which ended in AD70. Jesus says in Mt.24, Mk.13 and Lk21 that it would be AFTER the tribulation of those days of Jerusalem being destroyed and run over by the Gentiles, that the portents of his coming and of the end of the age would begin, and be concluded in his Appearing and the Resurrection. So we would have to conclude that the end of the Age happened AFTER the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, but BEFORE all the disciples had died in the first century. Some might call it a minor point, but it gives us a peek into a much greater overview of the consummation of the Ages. The resurrection wasn't a covenantal promise only to the Jews, as Mr. Preston seems to think (if I read him correctly), but an event that affected the entire world and all of mankind, like the ending of an Earth Age would. We small number of armchair Bible scholars have plenty to learn, and the more we know the more we realize what we don't know.
most of Christianity today is in the dark when it comes to the study of the last days. With
plain language and articulate reasoning the author leads you on a study that will forever
change your understanding of the Second Coming of Christ. He demonstrates how most
of the churches today much rather call those who choose to study and thereby adhere to
the truth -heretics - whereas, it is actually most of Western Churchianity today that is actually
believing heretical things according to Scripture. A must read!
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