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Posted December 31, 2007
If you are trying to understand man and his relationship to God, there are few authors who I would more highly recommend than John Van Auken. This particular book was written before 2000 in order to address prophecies by Edgar Cayce, Mary, and Nostradamus prior to the millennium. With respect to these prophesies, John Van Auken¿s personal philosophy is in tune with Edgar Cayce¿s readings that a new, more spiritual age is imminent. In his other books he advocates the practice of meditation to enable the seeker to commune with God within his own temple (the body.) In all of his books he explains where these directions are found within the Bible. John Van Auken is not a ¿fundamentalist¿ in the current sense, nor is he preaching that Jesus is an avenging God. However, we must remember what it says in the Bible: ¿Do not be deceived, God is not mocked for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap¿ (Gal 6:7-10). Those people to whom Jesus¿ mother Mary appeared, said that she urged the people of the world to pray and to stop their wickedness lest there be serious ¿chastisements.¿ Mary tended to appear in places such as Medjugorje where people were massacring each other. John Van Auken describes these incidents, and how so often the response was abuse of those who had seen the apparitions. Much of the book concerns Edgar Cayce, the ¿sleeping prophet,¿ a man whose life and work never ceases to enlighten and amaze me. Cayce predicted major earth changes that would begin in 1958. These earth changes include climate change, polar shifts, and major earthquakes. Some interpret his readings to say that these things would have happened by now, whereas others think the changes would only begin within this time frame. He did say that one sign that these earth changes were coming would be earthquakes in the same part of the world as the Bande Ache earthquake that struck on Dec. 26, 2004, killing a quarter of a million people. The important thing to remember for the seeker is that these events are the birth pangs of a new age that will bring a closer walk with God. If that is what you seek, please read John Van Auken¿s other books as well. My personal favorites are his book about Jesus and his mystery teachings, as well as his book about the Revelation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2002
The author may be well-intended, but like all books that claim there will be ¿an end of the world¿ and a ¿second coming of Christ,¿ this is based on misinterpretation and misunderstanding of Scriptures. Jesus is NOT a murderous warlord who would destroy the world and send everyone to burn in hell who did not ¿accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior.¿ The seeker of truth should avoid this book and look to other works that are realistic and knowledgeable of God. For example, Real Prophecy Unveiled, by Joseph J. Adamson, provides a very realistic and credible view of prophecy that we can celebrate. It explains how and why the myths of a 'second coming' and an 'end of the world' were created and perpetuated. This book is about the fulfillment of prophecy and has a message that empowers the people. It can liberate us, and enable the humble, meek, and truly faithful to inherit the earth. Another good book is The Isaiah Effect, by Gregg Braden. It demonstrates how prophecies of global catastrophe and suffering are either symbolic or may only represent future possibilities, rather than forecast impending doom. Moreover, it establishes that we have the power to determine our future, and avoid catastrophe, which is what Adamson also emphasizes. Another good book is A Pilgrim's Path : Freemasonry and the Religious Right, by John J. Robinson. It describes the honorable history and principles of masonic orders, and then exposes the falsehoods spread by the leaders of the ¿Christian¿ Right who have condemned it. This book is of great interest for those who are alarmed by the rise of the Fundamentalist Religious Right and want to learn what Freemasonry is all about. We really need to understand that this is a time of crucial contest between the dark forces of falsehood and the light forces of truth, and the dark forces disguise themselves. As the apostle Paul wrote, they are 'deceitful workers, transforming themselves into false apostles of Christ.' As Jesus said, they 'pray for the ears of men, follow the doctrines of men, and claim to do many wonderful works, but they are hypocrites.' Unfortunately, as Jesus predicted, ¿they shall deceive many people.¿ So you should avoid their works, and exercise great discernment in deciding who to believe. The sooner we choose correctly, the sooner God's New Kingdom will be established on the earth, which shall last forever, never to be destroyed. That's what real prophecy foretells.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2001