ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Richard Barker

 

I am a recently retired London bus driver, previously a civil servant with a mere undergraduate diploma (HE) in theology (Wales Evangelical School of Theology, 1999); not humanly speaking fitted to approach such an undertaking as this which involves challenging the greatest academics and theologians past and present to provide a resolution of Scripture. Initiating this work must invariably be a technical matter: it will certainly not provide easy reading, especially for those of my former ilk  – Reformed/Calvinist Evangelicals whose presentation of the “Good News” is far removed from this synopsis.

The work arose from a spiritual experience that some would refer to as a “prophetic insight”, i.e. something that may have been initiated by the Holy Spirit to (in this case) a layman in order to bring to the attention of the whole Church. It implicates the whole of Christendom in a substantial error concerning one vital matter – DIVINE PROVIDENCE. By that term I  refer to the nature of God’s purposes towards His whole earthly creation, and the role that Jews and Christians in particular play within such a Plan.

I believe such a venture was foretold in Scripture (Rev10). Still more explicitly so in the book that many of the earliest Fathers (including initially Augustine) believed to be a genuine work of the patriarch, yet was rightly excluded from the biblical Canon in view of excessively contrasting manuscripts. That is the Book of Enoch, its opening verse being:

“The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and the righteous who will be living in the day of tribulation when all the wicked and godless are to be removed” (Enoch1 ch1 v1)

And then later:

I (Enoch) know ANOTHER mystery, that books will be given to the righteous and the wise to become a cause of joy and uprightness and much wisdom. And to them shall the books be given, and they shall believe in them and rejoice over them, and then shall all the righteous who have learnt therefrom all the paths of uprightness be recompensed (Enoch104:11-13)

Enoch is not here referring exclusively to his own writing, certainly not to the distribution of the Protestant Bible (in view of the opening verse) but rather to literature pertaining to the final mystery of God, being, I believe, the munificent scope of His benign providence and the role of His chosen people within it.

 

 

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