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Mathematics and the sciences came easily to me in college, and I graduated at the top of my class in mechanical engineering. Writing, on the other hand, was difficult. I received a 'D' in English composition during my undergraduate years, so it is of no surprise that I avoided writing whenever possible. I provide this information as necessary background for understanding the challenge that followed. In the years 2005-2010, I was fulfilling my lifelong dream of being an artist and owning a gallery. The venture was financially successful, and I was thoroughly enjoying my passion for the arts, but that was about to change.
One day while working in my studio, I heard a distinct voice say, "The prophecy and fulfillment of man." I was surprised to say the least. I picked up a pen and wrote it down. Then I asked, "What is that?" The voice answered, "It's a book. You need to read it . . . and it hasn't been written." Intuitively, I knew what that meant: I needed to write a book with this title so that I could read it. As I began to think about the enormity of the subject and was in fear of my own inadequacy to meet the demand, I became defiant. How was I supposed to write on a subject about which I felt almost totally ignorant and with little skill in composition? I imagined what it must have felt like for Moses who was "slow of speech" and doubtful of being up to the challenge of the Lord's assignment for him (Ex. 4:10).
I did nothing for an entire year to advance the project, preferring to continue running my art gallery, but in every waking hour, I silently felt the yearning call, "Come out and be separate. Come out. Come out." Eventually the persistence of the messenger broke my will, and I knew I must begin; I had finally accepted the assignment. Later that very day, as I was sitting in my gallery staring blankly at a work in progress, there was a great stir in my consciousness. It felt as if I was being submerged in a spiritual bath of pure light - an all-loving energy. I was being cleansed and empowered: baptized and redirected. When I was lifted back up and the light faded from view, I looked back at the painting in progress and could do nothing with it. In a moment of time, my art career was suspended. All ideas and taste for it just vanished like a dream. I was entering a new phase of discovery.
As I pondered the momentous
topic before me, I reasoned that if there was such a message
as the prophecy and fulfillment of man, it would have to be found
in the book of Revelation, and that book was almost a total mystery
to me. I knew I must approach it with new eyes and a stalwart
determination to find the key to unlock it, so I made a promise
to myself that I would read the book twice a day: when I woke
up in the morning and before I went to bed at night. I proceeded
to do this faithfully, and its complex imagery filled every waking
hour, but after two months I felt that I had learned nothing.
Then in a moment of reflection,
After a few more months of studying
Revelation continuously, I began to notice repeating patterns.
An outline began to emerge of how the book was organized, and
I laid it out on the floor of my studio, spanning about 30 feet
long and 4 feet wide. I still did not have an understanding of
the text or its spiritual significance but could see how the
book was logically framed and ordered.
I attended to my gallery, selling
existing works of art for an entire year without any desire to
create something new.
After about two and a half years,
the first edition of this book was published, which I titled
Revelation: The Prophecy and Fulfillment of Man. Although it
may sound odd to most people, after the book was printed, I carried
it around with me, pondering it for an additional year. Just
because I had written it did not mean I had gleaned its full