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Review of Time Travelers of the Bible by Gary Stearman

I just finished this massive 500+ page book by Gary Stearman and received so much encouragement, I wanted to share it. Don’t be intimidated by the page length, for the print type is large enough that the pages went by quickly for me. I kept telling myself as I read it, “I want to read this again.”

The main emphasis that I received from this book was how God exists outside the boundaries of time. He is not limited to past, present and future as we are, but to Him, He is already existing in eternity. As believers in Christ, though we have to live our lives in the time dimension, it is possible to have our lives strengthened by the knowledge that God sees us already there with Him in eternity, that there is a purpose for our pain, and that our losses will be compensated one Day.

I learned so many new things reading this book, for example, that there is a symmetry to time, and how the time that was lost in Joshua’s long day in Joshua 10: 11-14 probably corrected later in the time of Hezekiah when the clock was turned back in II Kings 20: 9-11.

Another thing I learned was that the book of Isaiah makes an outline of each book of the Bible. There are 66 books in the Bible, and 66 chapters in Isaiah.Each chapter corresponds with the number of the book that it goes along with. Chapters 1-39 have been noted to be quite different from the remaining chapters 40-66 in the book of Isaiah. (Isaiah 40 begins with “Comfort ye my people.”) Chapter 40 corresponds with the beginning of the New Testament, the book of Matthew, the very first gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Comfort did not come until Messiah arrived!

Stearman also shared that when Christ appeared in post-resurrection form, He existed in more dimensions than the four the rest of us exist in, and that explains how He could walk through walls, and appear and disappear at will. He also explains about the size of the New Jerusalem, how massive it will be, and how our chief end now is to prepare for that next life.

To those who have suffered from losses in life, I believe this book will give geat encouragement to look forward in eager expectation to our life in the eternal state. For our lives here are passing by like a shadow, but then the shadows will flee away.

There is much more, but I have given you a few examples to whet your appetite! Read the book and be encouraged.

Gary Stearman is on the program “Prophecy in the News,” founded with the late J.R. Church. He also is pastor of Grace Fellowship Bible Church in Oklahoma City.

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A Review of Nelson’s Cross Reference Dictionary to the Bible edited by Jerome Smith

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This book is a great addition to my Bible study tools. It takes every verse of the Bible, and gives cross-references for some of the words and/or phrases. If you believe that Scripture is the best commentary on Scripture, you cannot go wrong with this resource.
To illustrate, in the photo I took above of a page from Matthew includes Matthew 21:43 which reads in the KJV: “Therefore I say unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”

In the cross reference guide, the words referenced from this verse are: “The kingdom of God,” “shall be taken,” “from you,” “and given,” “a nation,” and lastly, “bringing forth.”
For the reference “The kingdom of God,” 5 other references are listed, but three of these have a + sign in front of them. In the front of the book, the explanation for this symbol means that when you go to that reference you will find more verses on the same theme. (Scripture is the best commentary on Scripture!) So you will find more on “The kingdom of God” when you look up those references, which will lead you to more references. In other words, you can get happily lost in the Word of God.

The next group of words “shall be taken” has nine references listed and two of these also have the + sign, meaning there are more references on the same theme when you go to the verse listed. On and on these references go with more + signs frequently intermingled among them.

I do not like to just take someone’s word that a particular teaching is correct, but am persuaded I need to come to my own conclusions through the Word of God. This resource helps me to do just that. Another thing I like is that the paper quality is fine, it doesn’t feel like cheap newsprint. The book is nicely bound in sturdy hardback edition. I got mine off Amazon after reading good reviews there, and have not been disappointed. The book is based on the KJV of the Bible.

Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible is published by Thomas Nelson, copyright 2007.

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