Psalm 106:7 reads: "Our ancestors, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wonderful words; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled against the Most High at the Red Sea." (emphasis supplied throughout)
We learn several facts from this quotation.
The psalmist had the Exodus in mind when he penned these words. ". . .our ancestors, when they were in Egypt . . . "
He further tells when this event took place. It occurred "at the Red Sea." Do you see the connection? Egypt, Red Sea, Exodus . . .?
The Israelites "rebelled" at the Red Sea. Do you remember Scripture mentioning any rebellion at any time or place around the Red Sea? About what were they rebelling?
According to Strong's Concordance, the Hebrew word morah is translated "rebelled" in this passage in most modern translations. It is also translated as disobedient, disobey, or provoke, the last of which is found in the King James Version. There is no question that something happened around the Red Sea that triggered God's anger (as we now know it).
Did this rebellion occur when Israel arrived at the Red Sea? when they walked through the Red Sea? When they arrived on the far shore of the Red Sea? We have a hint of the answer in Hebrews 11:29. "By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land." They had faith when they walked through the Sea. Rebellion was not on their minds at that time.
When we connect these dots with information in Light On the Dark Side of God, there is a high degree of probability that the reason for the rebellion was when they saw the Egyptians' weapons lying on the ground and picked them up with the intent of protecting themselves with them. Remember, in Egypt the Lord was their only defense; they did not have to fight their way out of Egypt. From that moment God's ability to protect them in His own way was sharply curtailed. The free-will decision of the people themselves greatly handicapped God. From then on they would depend upon themselves for security and protection. This event greatly skewed humankind's impression of God, as He attempted caring for them while they were intent on caring for themselves.
Psalm 106:7 is the only verse I have found in the sacred text that openly suggests a rebellion at the Red Sea. Absent this verse the evidence is mostly circumstantial. In my opinion, this text nails it down.
Greetings, Brothers & Sisters,
This email comes to announce the retooling of Light On the Dark Side of God. Yes, we have changed the name and size back to the original by popular demand. After much thought and discussion, the issue of the name has finally been settled (I hope).
My gratitude goes out to Floyd Phillips, the editor and supervisor of the present project, for his invaluable contribution. I couldn't have done it without him. We have cut out large sections of the book, replaced it with better thoughts and words, made it flow better and generally improved its overall presentation. Floyd was "handicapped" to a degree because he wanted the book to reflect my vision, since I was the original author, so he walked a thin line between what perhaps he would prefer to express and my ideas and concepts. But please know, in spite of Floyd's generous contribution to improving the quality of the book, if you see things in it that still "make your eyes roll," I take full responsibility for it. Floyd is not to blame.
I also want to thank Christopher Leach for the animation he has drawn for the project. I didn't want just anyone to do this drawing; I wanted someone who was knowledgeable and sensitive to what we were trying to accomplish, and Christopher is that someone. This is not to marginalize the efforts of the many brothers and sisters who are making a herculean effort to get this wonderful message out to the world. We are all needed. But the project I know best is this one; therefore, I put my whole energies into it. I hope you will want to get involved either with my efforts or the efforts of others who are teaching this truth.
Let me describe the new book to you. It has about 200 pages. We have also prepared a main condensed version that has 115 pages. We uploaded the condensed book to my two websites where interested visitors can read it freely. Then, if they like it and wish to share it, they have two options: 1) They can invite friends and family to the website to also read it free, or 2) they can purchase either the full book (200 pages @ $18.50) or the condensed book (115 pages @ $10.50) and distribute it to others. As you can see, the object is to get full saturation in order that our good and merciful heavenly Father can no longer be slandered by well-meaning churches or by anyone.
Funds will come into the project more as an "afterthought" than as a principle object, but I anticipate that a certain amount of funds will come in from product sales and contributions. Because so many have helped with this book and contributed to it, I cannot in good conscience claim any of the proceeds that come in. Therefore, I am contributing all income from both of my sites to a ministry that also teaches the wonderful truth about our Father's character and is faithful to Adventist teachings in other areas. More information is available on my websites about this ministry.
The next obvious step is perhaps the most important--advertising and promotions. All the efforts of Floyd, Christopher, me, and a host of interested friends will be in vain unless the people are informed about it. Therefore, we now need champions who can take this book and its contents out to the world. Nothing we have done is of any value without that.
My role will now change in the project. Rather than thinking of me as the author, please think of me as the Administrator of this plan and my two websites. With the money not coming to me, the baton is now passed to you. You are now in control. You are now in charge. I am now working for you. Remember, we can do more faster by all of us promoting than by only one (me) promoting.
"Adopt a Platform"
How can you help? I would like for you to "Adopt" one of the websites below on which to promote the book and/or Christopher's animation. You will find a copy of the animation on the bottom of this email. Here is a list of websites which I believe may be open to such advertising/promotion. Please email me with your choice. If possible, include a second and third choice. If you know of a site not included here but on which you can place the animation and/or otherwise promote the book(s), please select it and let me know. Someone else may want to work with you. The site will be your responsibility, including both promotions and financing same. All this will be kept track of from our Administrative office. [When emailing us, please put "PLATFORM" in CAPS in the subject line. This may be followed by a subject of your choice. If you wish to send a general email to this address, please put "GENERAL" in CAPS followed by a subject of your choice.]
NOTICE: I am allowing two weeks until April 2nd to get your "ducks in a row." Talk it over. Make your decisions. We will plan to go public on April 2nd.
I will try to get email addresses from visitors to my websites, as well as their location. (Some of you have already visited and left your email addresses. Thank you for doing that.)
I can't stress enough the need for us to pray continually and especially during the next two weeks, for God to bless this project. Someone once said, I would not give a straw for all that the most talented person can do without the blessing of God. We want to invite our ever-courteous God to be center stage of everything we do.
Sharing On Personal Websites
If anyone wants to share the condensed book on your own website, here are the rules:
a. You may show the condensed book free of charge.
b. You may set this up in either of these two ways:
1) You may either set this up on your website exactly as I have set it up on mine, where visitors can read the condensed book free of charge and, if they like, download it onto their own computer hard drive. Then make provision so that visitors have access to purchase either the condensed book or the full book. If your website wants to do this, please let me know. I am keeping track of these locations in order to a) communicate relevant information, as needed, and b) assure that somehow their visitors who read the condensed book free leave their email address and their location.
2) Or you may link to my site where your visitors may read the condensed book, download it, and/or purchase either the condensed book or the full book (or both).
But the thing I would emphasize to you is to let me know. Send me a quick email. I want this information in case of future needs I wish to convey to you and to keep track of which websites are showing the book. I will exchange links with you. [Please put "SHARING" in CAPS in the subject line. This may be followed by a subject of your choice.]
And I hope everyone who reads Light On the Dark Side of God will leave a comment or review on Amazon. Remember, the comments often determine other's desire to read the book.
The ministry which is to receive proceeds from our efforts is Truth In Jesus, which has branches in Washington State/Northern Idaho, Florida, Barbados and various other locations around the world. Most of these individuals have been schooled in Adventism, love the Lord, and are busily working to facilitate His return. I believe they will make good use of all the help we can give them. Please notice especially, donations to this ministry are fully tax deductible.
I hope every Adventist will go to my Adventist site (www.4Adventists.com) and take in the prophecy videos there. Those who have done this already have been amazed. And I'm amazed. I took SOP quotations, strung them together and am stunned at what I found. You will surely tell me if I am off base with my prophetic analysis, won't you? Good! I felt sure you would!
If you wish to translate either the condensed or full book, please contact me. I will need your contact information plus the language you wish to translate into. Notice that I have reserved all rights, meaning especially for translators, I do not want the meaning of the words changed. I will not be unreasonable about this, just would like to have your translation read to make sure that the meaning is kept as close as possible to what I intended. And once done I would like a copy for my website. [Please put "TRANSLATIONS" in CAPS in the subject line. This may be followed by a subject of your choice.]
If you have already translated and have a completed version or if you wish to translate or have any interest in translating, send me an email. I will keep a file on who is translating into what language. Then as new individuals express an interest in this aspect of the work I will know who is already translating into the language of interest and can put them in touch with that person. There are many reasons to keep me informed of your interest in this area.
There will be storefronts and individuals who will want to purchase in bulk. Therefore, I regret to say that I have contacted the publisher to see what arrangements could be worked out for these individuals to have a discount. They informed me that they have no mechanism set up to give discounts. If/when that changes, I will inform you immediately.
I will try to keep in touch through my blog, which is on both websites: www.4Adventists.com and www.The-Character-Of-God.com. This email will be permanently affixed in the beginning of the blog site.
I'm not sure whether you can find the menu on one or the other (or both) of my websites. Therefore, I will just say that the menu is in the upper left and is composed of three small horizontal bars. Let me know if you still can't find it.
If you have any ideas or suggestions that we could implement that would increase our reach, please send them to me. And if you would like to offer your help to make the websites more attractive and appealing, do not hesitate to offer. We will consider every comment or suggestion. We are all in this together!
Blessings . . .