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Erick Bennett had something to say and he has made certain that it was said. His platform no longer needs to be a street corner, as it was generations ago, or a hand-cranked printing press. He has the internet at his disposal. His distribution is no longer the range of his voice across the town square or the network of local sites that will distribute his handbills as a couple centuries or more ago. His range is the world. Erick may now think that he must actively promote his book in order to achieve maximum readership -- that God’s call to him was not only to write these words, but to thrust them into the hearts of the widest possible audience. I would like to suggest that Erick has met the call and that he can relax (not likely that he will) or go to work on the next project to which he is called. I say this, because I too have been strongly urged by the Holy Spirit to write and publish, and I have done so too. I feel blessed that I have also run across the essay by Albert Jay Nock, (available at albertjaynock.wordpress.com), regarding Isaiah’s job.
Nock explains that Isaiah was called by God to prophecy in writing, and so he did. God “commissioned the prophet to go out and warn the people of the wrath to come. ‘Tell them what a worthless lot they are.’ He said, ‘Tell them what is wrong, and why and what is going to happen unless they have a change of heart and straighten up. Don’t mince matters. Make it clear that they are positively down to their last chance. Give it to them good and strong and keep on giving it to them. I suppose perhaps I ought to tell you,’ He added, ‘that it won’t do any good. The official class and their intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you and the masses will not even listen. They will all keep on in their own ways until they carry everything down to destruction, and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life.’”
Nock continues: “Isaiah had been very willing to take on the job – in fact, he had asked for it – but the prospect put a new face on the situation. It raised the obvious question: Why, if all that were so – if the enterprise were to be a failure from the start – was there any sense in starting it? ‘Ah,’ the Lord said, ‘you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society; and meanwhile, your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it.’”
I am a writer and storyteller, not a publisher or salesman, not a public speaker or preacher. If I were to read my works from a street corner it is doubtful I would have listeners. If I were to leave piles of photocopies in bus stations and hospital lobbies I doubt I would gain readers. The free-to-authors publishing sites on the internet are better than those older options. It’s out there. Nock paraphrases God, “Give it to them good and strong and keep on giving it to them.”
Saint Peter, one of the first two apostles called by Jesus, was an inarticulate, bumbling fisherman. It wasn’t his intellectual gift or his magic with words that made him effective. It was his faith and his witness, his humility and his steadfastness, and even his willingness to die for his message, which made him effective. This is not to equate Erick with Saint Peter. It is merely to give reassurance that Erick has done his job and now it is up to us to find it, we who are serious about our relationship with God, who are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, needing to be encouraged to keep hanging on. Does Erick lay it down vehemently? Yes he does. If that upsets you, read Isaiah.
And now, about the content of It Is Written. As a linguist in languages spanning both the Roman and the Cyrillic alphabets, I have also cracked the book, so to speak, on learning Hebrew. Erick has gone much further, and I cede him advanced standing there, although I recognize some of what he has said. In the Hebrew, he has shown some intriguing numerical relationships between words that, he demonstrates, may lead to understanding that almost nobody else discovers. Where he uses the numbers and the Hebrew clues to prove God's existence I can neither bolster or argue, for I have no need of proof, myself.
Alongside history and profound wisdom, God’s word thrusts some mysteries upon us, mysteries which scholars for centuries have tried to unravel. Haven’t they, Erick asks, been about solving these mysteries so as to better uphold the dominance of earthly authorities, though? And therefore, the simplicity of God’s call to each of us has been obscured by the need of some scholars to reveal those mysteries in ways to keep people under human control.
Erick’s effort in the opening chapters, looking into the Hebrew and following the numbers, to change the focus with which we have been looking at the Old Testament, may not reach most readers. In reading it, I alternately followed the path and lost my bearings, then found the path again, a few times over. This part of the book, while intense and headache-inducing, for me is not the crux of It Is Written. Those who doubt what follows those chapters may return to them for scrutiny.
It Is Written that a time is coming, and demonstrably is upon us, when people in love with the world and its allure and who have turned away from God’s expectation of us, will find themselves on the outside crying to get in, and those who have been walking humbly with their God will be enfolded. Our relationship with God matters more than anything else ever has and ever will. That is the message of the middle section of the book.
From the book itself, here are several quotes in that regard:
"It is this course of us decreasing and God increasing in our lives that causes us to die to the things of this world... Studying takes time and when we must want to ask, seek and find that treasure buried in the word and our hearts... Ask yourself, and you don’t have to tell a soul, but after you 'accepted' the Lord did you study as if your eternal life depended on it or did you fall away because you thought you were already saved? ...When you choose to go this route many will hate and detest you but that is the price you will pay and what being faithful entails or else we cannot be his disciple... Changing our minds can be done quickly because it is a decision based on new information but changing our hearts happens slowly over a period of time by applying what we learned to our lives... The word 'surrender' is not found anywhere in the Holy Bible because we are commanded to do the exact opposite, we are not told to surrender but overcome... This is why we must be intrinsically motivated to ask, seek and find with all our heart, soul and mind. When the early church started schools they did so for the sole purpose of teaching how to find the way, the truth and the life that is so easy a child can do it when they are shown correctly... [F]or the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but after their own lusts shall they heap themselves teachers having itching ears and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables (2 Timothy 4: 3-4)... That time has come and many will not be able to handle the whole truth and will go back to listening to the false prophets of America who tell them what they like to hear because it scratches their itch and makes them feel better. They feel relieved after the irritation that has frustrated them has been removed. These people will not listen to me or you and instead turn the Holy Bible into fables. They choose to believe that the heavens and the earth were made in seven days literally and that Lucifer really is a talking snake in a tree with a magic apple or that all they have to do is say the sinners’ prayer and are instantly saved. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ, therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness whose end shall be according to their works (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). All the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works."
The rest of the book is, frankly, a high censure of the United States of America’s descent into decadence. The book becomes very specific, including a detailed warning about July 4, 2017. This final part of the book concentrates on showing that our present time fulfills the apocalyptic scriptures of the Old and New Testaments -- especially found in Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Revelation, but also throughout the Bible. There is emphasis both on identifying false prophets and recognizing the players on the stage of Satan’s final acts of sedition.
I do not present myself as a scholar of the end times. Yes, I have read much, both in the scriptures and out. I am persuaded by some of what I’ve read, merely amused by other non-biblical speculations, and angered by the outright deceit in much of the published junk that purports to represent God. The Bible makes clear what constitutes a right relationship with God. It also assures us that our sins, to use the inadequate but short word, are forgiven if we sincerely repent and act accordingly. Paul of Tarsus tortured and persecuted many people before he was recruited to speak on behalf of God. Not to include his epistles in the Bible because of his earlier deeds would eviscerate the New Testament.
I chose to write this review because, while I cannot confirm much of Erick’s analysis in the beginning or corroborate his predictions toward the end of the this book, and he may get little but scorn for the effort, I see in his work a man who is right with God. He is stymied by the masses who populate the world in self-indulgence and delusion, and frustrated the more by those who have condemned America to become the Great Babylon of Revelation. He is not alone in that conclusion. To Erick, I say, you have done your job. I heed God’s warning and I share your alarm.
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