This little book was actually a nice read. I honestly was not sure what to expect, knowing nothing of the background or theological stance of the auth...moreThis little book was actually a nice read. I honestly was not sure what to expect, knowing nothing of the background or theological stance of the author. Even their web site had little theological affiliations listed to reveal their position. But I read on anyway, awaiting an answer.
This booklet deal with the idea of the Greek term kosmos, as used throughout the NT, is not actually referring to the world as a whole, but to a dispensation - a time - an era containing a specific people, and their dealing with God within it. I am not alien to this concept, and so it was not at all startling. I guess I just never looked at applying the use of kosmos to such a thought. I knew of the overarching "this age" and the "age to come" separation of the Hebrew understanding, and this kosmos understanding kind of aligns right along side of that.
Bascially, the first kosmos of God started in the beginning, and ended at the destruction of the flood. Following that, a new kosmos was initiated and relates to the history and dealings with the covenant people of God. This kosmos ended when the covenant people ended in AD 70. This was literally the end of their world (kosmos), and all of the "last days" references deal with this impending end (of their time). The last days of the old covenant ended when the old system and it's temple were destroyed (AD 70) - this was the passing of the old heavens and earth - and the establishment of the new heavens and earth where Jew and Gentile have been merged into one single equal people (the "mystery") - a new man - new creation - with a new temple (Ephesians 2)
This book is fairly short and concise, and makes the case fairly convincingly, as is worth the read if you are not yet aware of this understanding of the "times" that the NT writers were speaking in and of, and their soon coming (to them) end.(less)
A quick an easy read, but filled with information I only partially knew before. Lots of great uses for coconut oil that I have never considered. Of co...moreA quick an easy read, but filled with information I only partially knew before. Lots of great uses for coconut oil that I have never considered. Of course since this ebook was free, I loved it even more. I have used coconut oil in my diet on and off for a couple years, but now I have renewed interest in using it for more things and more often for sure.(less)
I enjoyed this book, having never taken such a deep look into the history of "Lucifer" as far as where the term and back story came from. I knew bits...moreI enjoyed this book, having never taken such a deep look into the history of "Lucifer" as far as where the term and back story came from. I knew bits and pieces of some of the translational issues, but not as much about it as presented here. The author makes a compelling case to show that not only is Lucifer not a valid English name, but it comes from an original word that is not even speaking of a proper noun to begin with.
Once we understand the history of the name, we can see how easy it is to throw off the traditional understanding of the origin of the name, and from there, begin to peel away the misapplication of verses that many use in an attempt to make up the story of his fall and history.
With all of that fantasy myth removed, we are left with only direct verses speaking of the devil and the satan, and from there we can compile a better understanding of the entity and work of this being, without all of the baggage of the misapplied material. (less)