2023 TPPN Annual Meeting Summary

  • Director & Board members – M.Miano, E.Howell, J. Buttry 
  • Review of our ministries:
    – Preterist Power Hour
    – #TeamPRETERIST
    – “Preterist Pastors’
    – Reformation NOW 
  • In review, a year full of interviews, discussions, especially Genesis & creation. Not as much networking as we had planned. 
  • 2023 strategy
    – Book publishing, conference planning, & more continues
          Full Preterism: Proclaiming The Purpose & Presence of God (Miano/ 3/2023)
          Kingdom Kings: A Contextual & Application Study Through The Books of Kings (Miano/10/2023)
     
    Conferences:
         – “Already But Not Yet Conference” – April 2023 – Holston PBU Church (Rogersville, TN)

           – 2023 ‘How Then Shall We Live?’ – April 2023 – Berean Bible Church (Chesapeake, VA) 

          – Fulfilled Media Presents, “Scripture Alone Is The Muscle of Preterism’ – April 2023
    (Virtual, FulfilledMedia.com)

          – 8th Annual BPBC Bible Conference – October 2023 – The Blue Point Bible Church
    (more info soon)

          Creationfest 23’ in June? A Preterist effort…??

    – Regional Representatives (5)
    – Network Churches & Ministries/ Associated Churches & Ministries
    – “Plant Preterist Churches”/ Take note of #Pretergate, It’s a great time to be alive.
  • Moving Ahead: Thoughts & Resources
  • Fulfilled! Magazine is advancing their efforts; Adam Maarschalk joined us to share 
  • More & more scholarly sharing of history, philosophy, & educational resources available on podcast 
  • Holger Neubauer has been teaching on the “Minor Prophets” on Facebook 
  • New Kosmos on YouTube has been a blessing to many 
  • BurrosOfBerea.com has been a blessed resource 
  • We expressed desire to see more focus on social justice, active listening, local representation, patience, more music/songs/worship in the Preterist community, and more organised educational venues/institutes for Preterists. 
  • Coming soon 
  • powerofpreterism.com (website edits) 
  • “Preterist Pastors” Network List 
  • Renewed #TeamPRETERIST List

Getting To Genesis 3

In our “Fall Back To Genesis” we have really established a foundation and made headway into applying the “symbol package” (as said by Tim Martin) or the “covenant template” (as said by Dallas Koblyka). You can review the following links to ‘catch up’ to where we are at: 

https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/10/05/falling-back-to-genesis/

https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/12/06/12-5-pph-fall-back-to-genesis-continued/

https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/12/17/12-16-pph-wandering-the-garden/

Also consider, the following thoughts I found in review for this blog; 

“Like the garden of Eden, the temple is a place where humans are in the presence of God, and its interior is filled with images of sacred trees and cherubim. Not only are the doors and walls of the temple carved with trees and cherubim, but two massive cherubim guard the Ark of the Covenant in the temple’s inner sanctum, corresponding to the cherubim in Eden “who guard the way to the tree of life (Genesis 3:24)”. The Eden symbolism of the temple suggests, as Jon Levenson writes, “That the temple, was in fact, a paradise.”

https://www.academia.edu/6675210/GENESIS_1_1-2_3_AS_A_THEOLOGICAL_BLUEPRINT_FOR_GOD_S_CREATIONAL_ABODE_A_PROPOSAL?fbclid=IwAR39VwMoNJMuBHidxp8wbYgL4fIv9ohZG46pJiQor6O9d-z8mlfHJalRbzw

“We have seen in our discussion of Genesis that Adam’s commission in Genesis 1 was to be carried out by his serving in the Edenic temple, managing it in an orderly manner, and expanding its boundaries. In fact, we have seen that the reapplication of Adam’s commission to Noah, the patriarchs, Israel and end time Israel also was inextricably linked to the beginning of building temples and expanding them. Therefore, it should be no surprise that Christ also initiates the building of a new temple, once again performing the duties that the first Adam and Israel failed in executing. At various points in the Gospels, Christ indicates that the old temple is becoming obsolete and that He is replacing it with a new one.” – (From The Temple & the Church’s Mission by G.K. Beale, p. 176)


We now find ourselves Getting To Genesis 3. 

I have commented on, shared videos, and thoughts about the details found in Genesis chapter 3, which I will share below, however, first let’s mark out the necessary verses and details that are in need of discussion and outworking. Consider below. 

v. 1

  • “serpent” – carnal mind, a foreign idol worshipper, or a corrupt priest?
    A parable about the ‘priesthood’ in the ‘garden’; a story of when a ‘king is not being a king’ (thanks Dallas!)

    “trees” – spiritual significance all throughout Scripture
  • “Did God really say”, “to the woman” “The woman said…”
    (Conversation with a ‘serpent’)

v. 2 – 8 – “The woman said…”; “the serpent said…” (convo’s w/serpent)
Where was Adam? Where was David? (cf. 2 Samuel 11)

v. 5 – “eyes will be opened…”
They were already like God, it’s a lie to say they would have to do, or consume, anything else.

v. 6 – 7 ‘the woman saw, ate, gave to husband; naked, fig leaves
‘Death’ – see, 2 Kings 14:6; 17:6-23

See – https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2022/05/27/a-contextual-study-on-the-hope-of-israel-resurrection-of-the-dead-pt-3/

v. 8 – ‘cool of the day’; ‘Heard voice of God, they hid’

“In the Garden our first parents were able to talk face to face with God. But note an important point. They only had conversations with Him at certain times of the day. They did not see Him on all occasions. It was “in the cool of the day” that they came into “the presence of the Lord” (Genesis 3:8). The expressions “cool of the day” and “the presence of the Lord” were a part of temple language. 7 “The cool of the day” was the period when the Sun got lower in the sky and the cool sea breezes normally swept over the Palestinian region. This was the time of the evening sacrifice (1 Kings 18:36; Daniel 9:21) — about three in the afternoon. This was the time when the animals were being regularly sacrificed (and also in the morning about nine o’clock). At these times the people were then reckoned as being “in the presence of God” (2 Chronicles 20:19).”
See, https://www.askelm.com/temple/t040301.htm &
https://www.wisdomintorah.com/wp-content/uploads/Creation-as-Temple-Building-and-Work-as-Liturgy-in-Genesis-1-31.pdf

“If Adam and Eve had managed to cool the hot temptations they faced, they would have been able to hold on to the garden longer”. – Walter Mischel

v. 9 – “God said ‘Where are you’ – A declaration rather than a true question.

v. 10 – hid, afraid – conviction

v. 11 – 13 – the blame game

v. 14 – 15 cursed serpent & prophecy

v. 16 – cursed woman
cf. Romans 7:1-3

v. 17 – 19 – cursed man
cf. Isa. 35:6-7; 55:10-13; Romans 8:18-23; Hebrews 6:7-8; Ps. 82:6

(Regarding the curses, an article by James Robert Kessler will be ‘re-uploaded’ soon).

v. 20 – “Woman named Eve, mother of all living”
cf. Genesis 2:23; 22:2; Daniel 12:7; Isa. 65:23-25 (notice the reversal)

v. 21 – The Lord made coverings for them, animal skins – atonement

v. 22 – “Since man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil, must not eat of tree of life and life forever”
(Quite a bit of discussion ensued on the recent PPH sessions regarding this verse along with Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:4-6. We highlighted similarities and possible correlation to Deuteronomy chapter 30.) See also, Isa. 59:6.

v. 23 – “drove from Eden to work the ground he was taken from”

v. 24 – cheribium; flaming sword, east of the garden of Eden to guard the tree of life


“Adam and Eve failed because they chose their own way (cf. Genesis 3; 1 John 2:16), Israel failed because they chose their own way (cf. Exodus 32:2-10; Jeremiah 7:27), and to put some things into perspective, if your trying to find and live ‘life to the full’, doing it your own way- YOU will fail. It could be said that doing things your own way is in a sense – building and living in your own kingdom. How obstinately we demand that we make the rules in our world, that we are masters our own destiny -doing what we want, when we want, why we want to, and nobody better say anything about it. All to often we live like this to our own demise. ” – Excerpt from ‘Wicked’, by ME

“The cycle of nature is an amazing thing, and the relationship between life to life sets up a magnificent balance of nature…Carnivorous animals and fish keep the balance of nature”. – Bernard Ramm 

God’s Garden Pt. 3 – https://www.buzzsprout.com/607474/10511137-god-s-garden-3

God’s Garden Pt. 5https://www.buzzsprout.com/1973636/11511760-god-s-garden-5

Outlining the Creation Account (Genesis 1-3)
https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/outlining-the-creation-account-genesis-chapters-1-3/

Thinking Through Scripture (Genesis 1-3) 

https://www.facebook.com/pastor.mike.miano/videos/10155038432066210

3pi videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcY_M6KaLBE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKgm7gk-jow


Other thoughts, links & teachings on the text: 

Jesus came to REVERSE THE CURSE. Amen? 

 So when reading through Genesis chapter 3 in Bible study last night- I realized we need to be able to explain the specifics in a “covenantal” manner about the reverse.

 1.) We know “DEATH” & “SHAME” were immediate results. I would explain that Adam’s relationship with God was “dead” in that moment and this brought forth “shame”/ futility. 

 2.) God cursed the serpent with crawling instead of walking?!?!?

 3.) To the woman, God speaks of childbearing. However if this is physical then why do women today still bear in pain today? 

 4.) Because of Adam the ground was cursed and he would bring forth sustenance by the “sweat of his brow”.

 How do you explain these things? 

Leviticus 19:23 …..”forbidden fruit”. Hmmm, interesting relation to Genesis 3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoOVCDiSH6g&fbclid=IwAR2IPNlwwoQLvG10er87lXEc913kcAUc0VARAq2nI4kbc7lOiDlraeG-JGo

https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2022/05/21/the-contextual-study-of-the-hope-of-israel-resurrection-of-the-dead-pt-2/?fbclid=IwAR2XYDfKODY_Y4bFiCZK7tB1vyVG1i_wvH3RUjzTdMfN0t9zYuYxFqpmTP4

12/ 21 – Preterist Power Hour w/Norman Voss

On Wed., 12/21/22 – we had Norman Voss join us on the Preterist Power Hour. You can review the podcast at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8INmC_t4qo

Norman Voss has a family history in Christianity and Preterism, and he shares a bit of that story in the Forward of the book, Beyond Creation Science (he also shared a bit on the podcast). Also, Norm had spoke at the 2010 Covenant Creation Conference regarding the “6 Days of Creation”. 

Beyond Creation Science (PDF) – https://powerofpreterism.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/rev-beyondcreationscience.pdf

Read Norman’s presentation – http://beyondcreationscience.com/Six_Days_of_Genesis_One.php

Listen to Norman’s presentation – https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1sCB0s5NKKrJZQKn3bMmU51T5yZ8QNgoQ

“… In the beginning God made the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1 Thence down to the time in which we are now living are six ages, this being the sixth, as you have often heard and know.  The first age is reckoned from Adam to Noah;  the second, from Noah to Abraham;  the third, from Abraham to David;  the fourth, from David to the carrying away into Babylon;  the fifth, from the carrying away into Babylon to John the Baptist; the sixth, from John the Baptist to the end of the world.” – Augustine 


Some other resources mentioned by Norm for further study on the podcast were: 

John Walton videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoOVCDiSH6g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnPQgby8oKI&t=4s

U. Cassuto commentary on Genesis – https://www.amazon.com/Commentary-Book-Genesis-Part-Adam/dp/159045796X

Article by Bill Moore on Enoch & the New Testament – see attached below;

The Circumcision & Uncircumcision of Genesis 1 (Interview & Review)

On Sunday, 12/18, we interviewed Elvin Israel and Michael Israel regarding their recently published book, The Circumcision And Uncircumcision of Genesis 1. You can review our interview art the following YouTube link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfvdSTIRZPU

You can purchase your copy of the book at the following link, https://www.amazon.com/Circumcision-Uncircumcision-Genesis-Mysteries-Revealed/dp/B09VWN1FGQ


Right from the start of the book, we are introduced to and challenged with “audience relevance”. Consider the following citations: 

“The ideas of the ancient world differ greatly from those of the modern world”. 

  • Literary devices used
  • Replaced by modern plain readings

“The Scriptures meaning has been on life support in the Western world for over 1,000 years due to the non-usage of their decoders”. (Literary devices found in Law & Prophets) 

“We then came to realize that the majority of the Bible and its prophetic nature is found to echo Genesis chapters 1-3”. 

“When Moses is read in this light rather than the flat reading of Moses, the words are transformed to something that feeds your soul”. 

“The modern interpretation portrayed in Western culture is not what was in the mind of Moses or the teachings and students of his writings”. 

“Without understanding the narrative of Genesis, it is impossible to receive the full teachings found in Paul”.

See, 2 Corinthians 4:4-6 

We surely found agreement in taking note of how important it is to understand Genesis 1. In our discussions on the Preterist Power Hour with other teachers such as Tim Martin and Dallas Kobylka we have noted the “symbol package” and “covenant template” provided for us in Genesis chapter 1. Elvin Israel brought up scholars such as Dr. John Walton and George Lamsa, also mentioning Philo of Alexandria, the Targums, and other extra-Biblical literature as important resources. 

As I mentioned on the podcast, much of what was shared from the ANE perspective was right in line with a recent blog I wrote, Temple Dedication & Temple Decoration. You can read that blog at the following link, https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2022/11/30/temple-dedication-decoration-gen-1-2/


All in all, I appreciated the writing of and my being able to read this book, The Circumcision And Uncircumcision of Genesis 1. It was easy to read, formatted well for future study and the seeking, searching, studying, and proving of things. 

Consider the chapter by chapter citations I made below. Which will accompany the host of other notes I have taken regarding the ‘days of Genesis 1’ on the Preterist Power Hour. 


Chapter 1 – Day 1 

Genesis 1:1-5

cf. Jeremiah 4:22-23; Proverbs 4:18-19; John 1:1-5; 1 John 1:5-7 


Chapter 2 – Day 2 

Genesis 1: 6-8 

Cf. Revelation 22:1; John 3:5; Exodus 14:21-28


Chapter 3 – Day 3 

Genesis 1:9-13 

cf. Joel 1:11-12 

“We can gain understanding of the usage of trees, herbs, and fruit if we search diligently. The theme of vegetation within God’s kingdom is usually in reference to a course of action and Spiritual growth”. 

“Only a ground that brings forth fruit can be considered lively and only the one who keeps and tends it can reap the benefits”. 

“In Jubilees 2:5-7 we see in fact that it was thought in ancient Israel that the Garden of Eden was also created on the 3rd day”. 

“…the Garden of Eden was also the holy of holies”. 


Chapter 4 – Day 4 

Genesis 1:14-10 

cf. Exodus 40:24-25; Leviticus 24:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; Daniel 12:2-3; Revelation 21:23 

“1st Corinthians 15:41 is the 4th day in Genesis 1:14-19 summed up”. 


Chapter 5 – Day 5 

Genesis 1:20-25 

cf. Hosea 2:18 


Chapter 6 – Day 6 

Genesis 1:26 – 27, 31

“…explains that the people created bearing the image of the heavenly would receive dominion”. 

“The 6th day in Genesis is clearly being reflected in Revelation 20”. 

“Day 6 of Genesis doubtlessly set up the Day 7 rest of the Divine. Once mankind receives dominion in Daniel 7:12, 27 when beasts were given the covenant of peace, allowing them to lose their dominion but gained salvation” 


Chapter 7 – Day 7 

Genesis 2:2-3 

cf. Hosea 2:18; Ezekiel 34:22, 25; Isaiah 11:6 

“On the 7th day of Genesis 1, the Lord is at rest and in ANE literature rest could sometimes point to rulership”. 

see. Matthew 11:28; Revelation 20:4 

“Divine rest”, see Dr. John Walton 

Matthew 11:28-29 


Chapter 8 – A Summary of the Prophetic Nature of Genesis 1 

“…the days in Genesis should be interpreted as the basis for prophetic teachings of God’s divine plan for mankind”. 

“If we understand the Genesis narrative found in Genesis chapters 1-3 are in summary the means by which we can decipher the rest of Scripture, the Bubble begins to open up the eyes of the soul like never before”. 


Also, on the podcast we talked a bit through the two Adam’s of Genesis 1. It seemed there were a few views to consider. I also enjoyed thoughts that were shared in the book regarding the flaming sword and Eden (see, Zechariah 2:5; Isaiah 26:1; Revelation 21:22). Lastly, in regards to circumcision and the title of the book, I marked out the ‘rending of hearts’ in Joel as explanative (See, Joel 2:12-14, 18-19). Consider that, “The withered-away man called grass partook in the resurrection of the shamed. Those that repented, and received the circumcision of the heart, were resurrected to eternal life”. The Gospel in Eden! 

PPH – Wandering The Garden 

Today we began to ‘wander into the Garden of Eden’ on the Preterist Power Hour. We had a great group of teachers together and began to talk through Genesis 2 (not exhaustive at all!). You can review the session and sessions to follow below. 

12/16 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKH5xvPGi60&t=4s

1/2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZupaMMqKWY

1/9 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ1Rf4kEYTo&t=32s

1/13 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzPSSkMJEio


Some notes from today & through Genesis 2:8-25: 

“You can never lose sight of Genesis” – Sam Frost 

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. noted in his studies on the Old Testament, “One must consider the Old Testament in relation to all the civilizations of the ancient Near East”. He also further asserted, “It is my opinion that ‘Biblical criticism’ and ‘Biblical archeology’ will serve to justify the position of the Church in modern culture, especially int the face of modern youth who are taught to ‘weigh and consider’”. 

“God’s act of creation consists of the imposition of order upon the mass of undifferentiated chaos”. – Walter Bruggerman 


Presuppositions 

  • A picture – artist had something in mind, however, understands that different minds see different things 

We must understand foundations, let’s say what the picture is not and cannot be, however, also allowing for diverse perspectives, highlights, and ideas. 

  • Defining Genesis “creation” – ANE “temple text”/liturgy; historic/ancestral, apocalyptic, prophetic, covenant, legal, etc. 

(Falll Back To Genesis resources)  

Genesis 1 

  • Temple Text/ Liturgy
  • Covenant/ Suzerain Treaty  
  • Prophetic/Apocalyptic days
  • Covenant Template/ Symbol Package 
  • Law/ Legal 
  • Historical/Ancestral 
  • Image of God/Adam 
  • 7 Day Mantra
  • Reign/Rest/Rule of God – “Good” 
  • ANE context 

Rebekkah Giffone – Yawhe’s Cult Statues

thinkhardthinkwell.wordpress.com 

“What was done to the image was considered to be done to the deity; the destiny of the image was directly related to the destiny of the deity”. 

  • “The story of the Scriptures is to be a ‘keeper of the garden’”.  – Frank Viola 

“Throughout the Bible, from the Garden of Eden to eternity, God’s world is often portrayed through metaphors of a garden, and God’s people are often portrayed as a fertile gan”. – Ray Vanderlaan 

Genesis 13:10; Isa. 58:11; Jer. 31:11-14; 

  • Garden = Kingdom; God’s people 
  • A picture 

“The garden is Adam’s just being born”. – Tim Martin

”A maturity story” 

We should rely upon the theology of Jesus to help us decipher the garden scene” 

“We have seen in our discussion of Genesis that Adam’s commission in Genesis 1 was to be carried out by his serving in the Edenic Temple, managing it in an orderly manner and expanding it’s boundaries. In fact, we have seen that the reapplication of Adam’s commission to Noah, the Patriarchs, Israel, and end-time Israel, was also inexorably linked to the beginning of building temples and expanding them. Therefore, it should be no surprise that Christ also initiates the building of a new temple, once again performing the duties that the first Adam failed in executing. At various points in the Gospels, Christ indicates that the old temple is becoming obsolete and He is replacing it with a new one”. – G.K. Beale, The Temple & The Church’s Mission


Genesis 2: 5 – 25 

v. 5 – no shrubbery, no plants, no rain, no man to cultivate (formless & void) 

v. 6 But a mist rose to water

v. 7 – Lord formed man of dust from ground, breathed, living being 
https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/man-of-dust-genesis-ancient-near-eastern-origins/

v. 8, 15-20 – Adam (cf. Job 31:33; Hosea 6; 1 Cor. 15:22; Rom. 5:12-21) 

“Covenant/kingdom man”; Adam = Israel; Garden of Eden = covenant 

“Adam as the new man”. – Dallas, Better Understanding the Bible 

Adam is NOT the only person in the garden (trees, beasts, etc.) 

Garden & tree language = inner courts of Temple/ covenant 

v. 9 – out of the ground trees 

v. 10 – a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden (Eden & garden distinct); became 4 rivers

v. 15 – Adam as priest/king
‘Dominion mandate’
Num. 3:7-8; 8:25-26; 18:5-6

1 Chron. 23:32; Ezek. 44:14

v. 18 – 25 – A helper? What’s this all about? 
cf. Ecclesiastes 4:12

v. 19- 20 – “Naming”

Adam’s “covenant mission” – Tim Martin

(“Cattle, birds, beasts, etc) 

See, Daniel series (coming soon) 

v. 25 – “Naked and were not ashamed?
Tim Martin – “A maturity story”; “A new born baby”
cf. line days of Genesis 1 up with Genesis 2
Day 7 rest = naked and unashamed; good, no night.

cf. Genesis 39 & the story of Joseph
(temptation, nakedness, clothing, etc; notice the parallels)

“Culture & Covenant” are the 2 pictures scene in Genesis 2-3. – Dallas

Unclothed (cf. Genesis 3:7, 10-11, 21)
Ezekiel 16 -history of Israel; a baby is born
cf. Genesis 2 constrated with 1 Cor. 2-3; Eph. 3:10
Now, in Christ, as the mature Church, we are to be as wise as serpents 


“In order to bear fruit, each gan requires ongoing care – not just from one farmer, but from everyone who farmed ganim on a particular hillside…In order for each family to have a “well watered garden”, cooperation was essential. The ganim were and and are successful only if the community works together. Without cooperation, for example, cascading water during the rainy season could break through the wall of one gan and destroy others below it”. – Ray Vanderlaan

From Beyond Creation Science;

“…the structure of Revelation is designed to reflect the created order of Genesis 2: man first, then woman. This should not surprise us because Jesus presented Himself as the “bridegroom” during his ministry (Matt. 9:15; 25:1-13; John 3:27-30). The imagery of Jesus Christ as the bridegroom and the Church as the bride (Eph. 5:26-27; Rev. 19:7) is a prominent teaching in the New Testament”. 

“Paul sees much more in Genesis than mere history”. 

“The many New Testament references to Jesus Christ, the bridegroom, and to the Church, the bride, are all rooted in the prophetic nature of Genesis 2”. 

Further notes as we study on the Preterist Power Hour, especially with the insights of Dallas Kobylka;

Genesis 2:21-25 – Eve was of the people of Adam

  • Genesis 24:1 – “country and relatives” 
  • Judges 9:1-2 “bone and flesh” 
  • 2 Samuel 19:11-13 – “brothers, bone and flesh” 
  • 2 Samuel 5 – “bone and flesh” 
  • 1 Chronicles 11
  • Numbers 36:7 

Genesis 2:23

  • cf. Genesis 1:26-28 
  • Genesis 5:2 – “man”/ a nation before being named 
  • Jacob became a man/ a nation named Israel  
  • “Woman” means “out off man”/ a helper 
  • Numbers 3:5-7 – Levities, helpers 
  • Numbers 8:17-19 – ‘rank and file’ being established 
  • Proverbs 18:22 – wife, gift, covenant marriage 
  • Numbers 8:21-22 – helper, wife,; preparing for covenant marriage 
  • cf. Revelation 22:14-1; see also, Numbers 18 on the duties of the Levities. 

God placed the stars in the sky. God placed the man in the garden. We see God’s government/kingdom details in the ‘naming’ and dominion mandate. We see the priesthood, helper, details in the garden imagery/ temple imagery, as well as the helper out of the man imagery, especially as applied to Jesus Christ and His Church. See, John 14:16, 26; 20:22; 1 Corinthians 6:17, 19. 

“Everything in the garden is prophetic of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. – Tim Martin

 


Edward Howell – Genesis 1:1-3 – https://thinkingthroughtheologyedhowell.wordpress.com/2022/12/15/the-creation-in-genesis-11-3/


Well-Watered Garden blog/Miano  – https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2022/12/08/isaiah-resurrection-reality-what-now/

God’s Garden – Tim Martin –  https://timmartinteaches.wordpress.com/2022/04/14/1st-sermon-upload/

Better Understanding The Bible YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/@betterunderstandingthebibl830/playlists

Ward Fenley resource – Exploring the Garden Scene 

http://www.newcreationministries.tv/exploring-the-garden-scene.html

PPH Interviews w/ Tim Martin & Michelle Light 

You can review the recent interview, 12/12, with Tim Martin on the Preterist Power Hour at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnUvmk2pzS4

‘Wandering the garden’ has more than 1 meaning, 1 perspective. Also, it’s a community effort.  Tim speaks from experience, his work at CovenantGardens.com

“Preterism was a door to walk through” and it led to thinking through other portions of Scripture with audience relevance. Tim shared quite a bit about the importance of art. In detailing the cover art of Beyond Creation Science, Tim said, “The whole covenant story is oriented towards the Earth”. 

BeyondCreationScience.com 

TimMartinTeaches.wordpress.com 


You can review the interview with Michelle Light at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHylhrYqIzI

ANE & Cosmology Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/2129873120582141

Debunking the Devil Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/4977646465631271

Wicked by Michael Miano – www.wickedthingsexplained.wordpress.com 


12/9 – #FlashbackFriday – Frank Febus, 7 Day Mantra; Fulfillment & More… 

Today, 12/9, we interviewed preacher, teacher, and author Frank Febus on the Preterist Power Hour. Frank told us a bit about his testimony in Christ, as well as his coming to understand fulfilled eschatology (Preterism) and the prophetic nature of Genesis (Covenant Creation). You can review that podcast at the following YouTube link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM-W-LShUok&lc=Ugy78DXInoBQmNsMKNB4AaABAg


At the beginning of the session, Michael Miano shared a bit about the recent social media happenings with Gary DeMar and a blog written by Sam Frost. You can read that blog at the following link,  https://vigil.blog/2022/12/07/musings-for-gary-demar/


Some other resources mentioned at the beginning of the podcast were:

Updated!  – BeyondCreationScience.com

Better Understanding the Bible on YouTube

Tim Martin Sermons – TimMartinTeaches.wordpress.com

Michael Miano’s recent blog on “resurrection” – https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2022/12/08/isaiah-resurrection-reality-what-now/


“Fall Back To Genesis” 

Falling Back To Genesis 

https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/10/05/falling-back-to-genesis/

Falling Back To Genesis (continued) 

https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/12/06/12-5-pph-fall-back-to-genesis-continued/


You can find Frank Febus on Facebook. The following links will provide more resources of his: 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp3GeAQVbuz2s60PjeyhTxmeQBBUL0rIu

https://www.amazon.com/Francis-G-Febus/e/B01MU9I2RB%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share


Frank spoke about the “7 day mantra” we find all throughout the Scriptures. Dallas expounded a bit. For a bit of a #FlashFriday I’d like to share some notes I have from January 2018 regarding “Creation As Temple Building” (notes from an article by Jeff Morrow). 

Genesis 1:1 contains 7 words. 

Genesis 1:2 has 14 words. 

“The number 7 dominates this opening chapter in a strange way”. – Gordon Wenham 

The careful attention to a sevenfold structure indicates that Genesis in its final form is a liturgical text”. – Crispin H.T. Fletcher Louis 

Parallels between 7 days and Moses Tablernacle: 

Genesis 1 cf. Exodus 39-40

Genesis 1:31 cf. Exodus 39:43

Genesis 2:1 cf. Exodus 39:22

Genesis 2:2 cf. Exodus 40:33

Genesis 2:3 cf. Exodus 39:43

Genesis 2:3 cf. Exodus 40:9 

Gudea Cylinders – creation/ temple building similar to Genesis 1. 

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. noted in his studies on the Old Testament, “One must consider the Old Testament in relation to all the civilizations of the ancient Near East”. He also further asserted, “It is my opinion that ‘Biblical criticism’ and ‘Biblical archeology’ will serve to justify the position of the Church in modern culture, especially int the face of modern youth who are taught to ‘weigh and consider’”. 

12/5 – PPH – Fall Back To Genesis (Continued)

This past Monday, 12/5, we journeyed a bit further in our “Fall Back To Genesis” on the Preterist Power Hour. We moved into Genesis chapter 2, specifically talking through verses 4-8. You can review the podcast at the following YouTube link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJzTLXYDyCs

You can also find our more exhaustive resource at the following link, https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/10/05/falling-back-to-genesis/


v. 4 – cf. Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 4 – beginning anew after desolation

(Day 1 recapitulation)

v. 5-6 – cf. Genesis 1:2- 8 – desolate; Canaan prior to Israel being brought there 

(Days 2 recapitulation) 

v.7 – “dust” – land, ground; Israel out of the land ; Creation of the nation

(Day 3 recapitulation-  Genesis 1:9 – 14 

cf. Gen. 3:19

https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/man-of-dust-genesis-ancient-near-eastern-origins/

v. 8–  Eden existed prior to Adam; God planted a garden in Eden;

“Eden is the throne, Nod becomes the seat. (Waters)” – Dallas Koblyka 

Rev. 22 imagery of the water flowing from the Temple 

Cf. Noah discussion (on the podcast) 

Cf. Song of Sol 4-5 (Garden); Isaiah 5 – a vineyard; Ezekiel 31 – garden imagery


Entering into God’s Garden (Tim Martin sermons series)https://timmartinteaches.wordpress.com/2022/04/14/1st-sermon-upload/

Tim has said, “The garden is the Adam’s just being born” (building upon what he had previously noted about the story we are reading being ‘a maturity story’).


Consider the following YouTube series by Dallas Koblyka, as mentioned on PPH, at Better Understanding the Bible on Youtube: 

Kingdom of Eden – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc2Bsrfqpww&list=PL37uEO3Uw9GLIh7eXUTosMZuUi9q3kqcP

The Covenant Template – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nojG3ph2PAw&list=PL37uEO3Uw9GJr09o6Ta13NuZ4nQXMH6pf


Regarding our discussion about ‘Eden’, 

“Like the garden of Eden, the temple is a place where humans are in the presence of God, and its interior is filled with images of sacred trees and cherubim. Not only are the doors and walls of the temple carved with trees and cherubim, but two massive cherubim guard the Ark of the Covenant in the temple’s inner sanctum, corresponding to the cherubim in Eden “who guard the way to the tree of life (Genesis 3:24)”. The Eden symbolism of the temple suggests, as Jon Levenson writes, “That the temple, was in fact, a paradise.”

Dallas also provided the following link to contribute to that, https://www.hebrewversity.com/deeper-hebrew-meaning-garden-eden/

Of course, look for more information about and discussion around the Garden of Eden as we continue our Fall Back to Genesis on the Preterist Power Hour. 


This Friday, at 10:30, our next scheduled session, we will have opportunity to hear from and talk with Bible teacher, author, and preacher Frank Febus on “Covenant Creation” and insights regarding where we are at in our study. Look Frank Febus up on Amazon, as well as YouTube to gain access to some of his resources. 

11/29 – Falling Back To Genesis w/JL Vaughn

On 11/29/22, we had JL Vaughn visit with us on the podcast to join us as we “Fall Back To Genesis”. 

You can review the podcast at the following YouTube link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1f8dvGsD7E


2 resources we had made available to ready others for this interview were

Genesis & Preterism w/JL Vaughn (Feb. 2022) 

https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2022/02/11/preterist-genesis-creation/

JL Vaughn on “Covenant Creation (Aug. 2022 Spirit & Life Lectures) 

https://www.facebook.com/john.watson.967806/videos/593036922489797/


Jeff took us back to his lecture at the 2022 Spirit & Life Lectures. You can download his Powerpoint Presentation below. 


JL Vaughn not only explained that, The only heaven and earth that Moses talked about came from Genesis 1”, he also detailed that “Adam’s sion was the first imputed sin”. Bible texts such as Exodus 18, Isa. 43:27, Hosea 6:7, Romans 5 and Romans 12, as well as 2 Peter 3 were all brought into the discussion. 

The Apostle John – His Exile & Martyrdom 

Notes compiled by Michael Miano


I am very much indebted to Ed Stevens and his book, The Final Decade Before The End. While disagreeing with some of his conclusions, his work of putting together the chronology and history of the New Testament writings and the 1st century, has served as foundational to my continued studies. 

Yesterday, in two separate places, I heard conversations regarding the exile and death of the Apostle John. In The Final Decade Before The End, Stevens offers some important insights to consider in that discussion. 

Apr. 62 – John exiled to Patmos 

“John was probably exiled to Patmos as a result of Ananus II’s arrest of “James and some of his companions” (see, Josephus, Antiquities. 20:200 (20.9.1). The book of Revelation was evidently written sometime very soon after this, after April 62 and before July 64 when some of the signs predicted in Revelation began to occur (e.g., the Neronic persecution)”. 

“It is no great surprise that Ananus II would have sent John into exile rather than have him executed, since John tells us in his gospel that he was personally “known to the High Priest” Ananus b. Seth (John 18:15-16) who was the father of Ananus II that arrested “James and some of his companions”. This relationship between John and the family of Ananus evidently spared John’s life by allowing him to be exiled rather than killed”. 

Fall 64 – John’s martyrdom 

“Apostle John was “killed by the Jews” (most likely in the Neronic persecution ), according to Papias (Papias 5:5; 6:3 in the “Fragments of Papias”). Since the Island of Patmos was a Roman-controlled exile island, it does not seem to be likely that John was killed by Jews there. It is more likely that he would have been released from Patmos and resettled in nearby Ephesus where the Jews would have easily had access to him, and there are traditions which would suggest this”. 

“Whether on Patmos, or in Ephesus, we can be sure that the outbreak of the Neronic persecution in late Summer and early Fall of AD 64 would have proven fatal for the apostles like Peter, Paul, and John. The Jews would have taken full advantage of this Roman persecution to settle old scores against the Christians. Papias said that the Apostle John was “killed by the Jews”, just as Jesus had predicted in Matt. 20:23 and Mark 10:39. That would fit the tradition that he died in Ephesus at the hands of the Jews there, who used the Neronic persecution as their authority to kill John). 


Resources: 

Ed Stevens book review – https://powerofpreterism.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/book-review-final-decade-before-the-end-by-mr-ed-stevens/