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WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK? I have lived a long, active, interest packed life
last eight and a half years of the 19th century and all of the twentieth to
I have lived through the horse and buggy age, the automobile and industrial
age, the air
age, the nuclear age and now into the space age. I have seen America live
agrarian age when farmers walked behind their horse-drawn ploughs singing
into the urban age when Midwest American farmers are groaning and fighting for
government subsidies to prevent the extinction of farm life.
I have seen this twentieth century develop into a state of awesome advancement
achievement industrially and technologically. Paradoxically, I have seen
escalation of appalling evils, crime and violence and the crucible of nuclear
to threaten the very extinction of the human race within the present living
These conditions and facts are indeed mysteries that have remained unsolved
and now need
to be explained.
I have traveled over the four quarters of this globe we call earth. I have
shoulders with the rich and the very poor and those in between. I have visited
captains of industry, emperors, kings, presidents and prime ministers. I have
shoulders with and come to know the totally illiterate and poverty-stricken
poor. I have
seen this world firsthand at close range as have only the very few.
And through this long and pulsating eventful life I have asked myself many
were deep mysteries to me, and remain unanswered and unexplained mysteries to
the world as
When I was five, my father said I was going to be a Philadelphia lawyer when I
because I was always asking so many questions about so many things. I wanted
UNDERSTAND. I craved UNDERSTANDING. King Solomon, the wisest man who ever
wisdom, and God gave him wisdom above all others. After so many years I
realize now that
the same God has given me the UNDERSTANDING of life's deepest mysteries that
enigma in most minds.
How did all this happen? I was reared in a Protestant church until the age of
18, but I
never heard these plaguing questions explained in church. If the Bible reveals
answers, why so many denominations of Christianity and so much disagreement as
to what the
But who can understand the Bible? I certainly never had understood it. And
even if one
does, can one believe the Bible? Does it speak with any authority? That
me and is the mystery to be cleared up in this volume. How I came to
understand began at
age 34, in the year of 1926. But it only began there. The final crystal-clear
impelled me to write this book did not fully reveal itself to my mind until
1984. It was a mind-boggling realization -- a pivotal truth -- that will be
made clear in
The beginning of opening my mind to the truth covered in this book began in
the summer of
I asked myself: "Who am I? WHAT am I? WHY am I?" I tried to reason
answer, but I couldn't. It was a mystery. Then, that very autumn I was
confronted with a
mind-disturbing challenge on a biblical question and the theory of evolution.
resulted in opening my mind to amazing vistas and depths of knowledge and
It all started with the question of the theory of evolution and the religious
I knew that the Bible was the world's number one selling book. Yet to me it
had been an
enigma. I could never understand it.
I said, "The Bible says, 'Thou shalt observe Sunday.'" I was asked
how did I
know? Had I read that in the Bible?
I answered that I knew because all the churches observe Sunday and I supposed
of their teaching was the Bible.
But my marriage was at stake on the question. I was forced into an in-depth
research into the Bible and also into the theory of evolution, which was at
rapidly gaining acceptance in the field of higher education.
My in-depth study into the works of Darwin, Huxley, Haeckel, that led me to
authority of the Bible and even the existence of God.
These intellectual thinkers had become aware of the increasing knowledge about
universe. They could not square this expanding knowledge with the religious
their time. My researches into the thinking of the founders of the
recalled to mind what I then read in the eighth chapter of the Psalms -- how
King David, a
monarch of an ancient nation, looked at the stars in the sky, noted the
expansion of the
vast universe and began to think. He wondered in his mind, what was he? What
was man -- in
the vast expansion of the endless universe? I found that this ancient king had
received the full answer to the questions that plagued his mind. But I was
discover, in my same research, how the final answer was revealed to the
apostle Paul and
explained in the second chapter of the book of Hebrews. I was determined to
proof of the existence of God and of the authority of the Bible, or to reject
people, I realized, accept or reject a belief on careless assumption due to
have heard, been taught, or assumed without proof. I wanted to understand. And
I wanted to
be sure on positive proof, not on careless assumption or wishful thinking.
After many months of virtually night-and-day intensive study, the answers were
me with proof that was positive and absolute.
No longer was the existence of God taken carelessly for granted because I had
it or been taught it. I found absolute and positive proof of the existence of
Creator God and also of the absolute authority of the Holy Bible as the Word
of God -- the
revealed message and knowledge of God for mankind.
I found the Bible to be a coded book, with answers to the paramount mysteries
The revelation of these mysteries was lost, even to the Church of God,
revelation of them has been preserved in the writings of the Bible. Why, then,
world not clearly understood? Because the Bible was a coded book, not intended
understood until our day in this latter half of the twentieth century. I
learned, in this
night-and-day study, why it is the most misunderstood book, even though it is
best-seller. The full explanation or truth of any one subject is seldom made
clear in any one passage. Other portions, factors, or phases of the subject
contained in one or several other passages in other parts of the Bible either
in the Old
or New Testament. A true and full understanding of this subject is profitable
these perhaps several other passages, scattered throughout the Bible, are put
Vistas of knowledge and understanding that have remained the chief mysteries
of life to
most people were opened to my astonished eyes and mind. But it is recorded in
that in these very days in which our generation lives, the great mystery would
And indeed it was to my astonished mind.
I learned that the Bible is like a jigsaw puzzle -- thousands of pieces that
together -- and the pieces will fit together in only one way. Then the picture
crystal clear to the one willing to believe what God our Creator says.
This present book merely puts the many pieces of the great puzzle together so
they can be
As you read and reread this book, compare constantly with your own Bible. See
with your own eyes in your own Bible. And open your mind to God's leading you
TRUTH as you do. It will make a lot of sense as nothing ever did before.
Time may prove this to be the most important book written in almost 1,900
because of literary excellence or flowery language of scholarship that it has
avoided, but because of its plainness of speech in clarifying the most
ever revealed from the supreme source of understanding of that which has
humans since man first appeared on earth.
This world's humanity has been blinded to who, what and why man is -- how man
earth. Man has been mystified by his inability to solve his problems, or find
the perplexing questions of mankind and the world he inhabits.
All these mysteries were long ago revealed by the one supreme authority of all
but in a coded message not allowed to be revealed and decoded until our time.
The Church was infiltrated during the first century with another gospel. Many
teachings and false churches under the name of "traditional
As God reveals in Revelation 12:9, the whole world has been deceived. These
have been kept a mystery. Even sincere and well-meaning men among the clergy
their teaching from other men as handed down traditionally in these churches.
assumed these false teachings to be the true teachings of the Bible. Instead
the various pieces of the jigsaw puzzle properly and sensibly together, it has
practice and custom to read an already-believed false teaching into each
scripture, taken out of its context. In other words to interpret the
scriptures to say
what they have already been taught and come to believe. The Bible needs no
because it interprets itself. This becomes clear when one sees the various
each subject properly put together, as the Bible itself says, "here a
there a little" (Isa. 28:10). Even the world of a professed traditional
has been deceived.
I have often said it is much more difficult to unlearn an erroneous supposed
truth than it
is to learn a new truth. Even in these past 58 years I had not fully and
the significance of the fact revealed in Genesis 3:22-24 -- that, in fact, God
the Holy Spirit and eternal life to mankind in general until the removal of
Satan at the
Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Traditional Christian teaching had always
assumed there is
a contest between God and Satan -- that God has been trying desperately to
world saved," but in this great controversy Satan has been winning. In
God had sent Jesus Christ at his First Coming to try to win this ongoing war
Satan. Traditional Christianity has taught that "whosoever will may
come" and be
"saved" through Jesus.
For some years I had come to partially realize the error of this assumption,
but the full
truth on this point had not come crystal clear to me until very recently. This
indeed mind-boggling. It clears what had been clouded in mystery.
It is hoped that this book, written since God's time for it has come, will
open many eyes
to the truth of these long-hidden mysteries.
And now, in my 93rd year, I have been led to write this book before this
ends, to share with as many as care to know, the answers that the great
supreme mind of
God reveals in his Word -- if one is only willing to understand that Word.
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