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Date: Sat, 23 Aug 1997 09:37:36 -0700
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: "Most High"

The Most High (not "most high") is God, the Father
of His only Son, Jesus Christ, who is the King 
of Kings.  I prefer "Most High" because so many people
profane the term "God" by joining it with "damn"
and other insults.  Jesus spoke often of his Father,
who is, in essence, The Great Spirit, infinite,
eternal, and omniscient.  I choose not to debate
faith, or belief, but I do encourage others to
profess their own faith, and their own beliefs.

It is in professing our faith, our hopes, and our
love, that they materialize, and become real.

I believe we are invited to live an eternal life,
and Jesus told us He would return.  I must take
Him at his Word, because He never lied, and never will.
I believe this truth is as profound as it is simple.
As Mary Magdalene discovered, in one quantum leap,
He had conquered death, for all time:

"Where have you taken his body?" she cried in despair.
"Mary!" Jesus answered, disguised as the gardener.

He has taught me, on a very personal level, just how
very powerful the truth is, in everyday life.  And so,
I strive to practice truth, more and more each day.
That is my real "practice," if you will.

Sometimes, that truth is inspired by the heart, so 
I pour forth my heart;  at other times, that truth
is inspired by the intellect, so I try to pour forth
from that source as well.  All of it -- this truth,
as I see it -- comes from one great Source -- 
the Most High.  To tell you the truth, it is the
most exhilarating experience anyone could ever
imagine, in their wildest dreams.  Like Aquinas,
who kept climbing and climbing, the Mountain seems
to have no peak, as it soars into infinity.  This
is the Most High -- a Personal Being who exhibits infinite
dimensionality, and infinite Love as well.  I honestly
have a hard time choosing between the two, so I don't
even try.  The greatest minds throughout history have
written mountains of words to describe this Being,
and they but scratch the surface, of the surface.

/s/ Paul Mitchell

At 12:15 PM 8/23/97 -0400, you wrote:
>/s/ Paul Mitchell
>** Paul, I respect you and your work and I have a pile of bills here
>prepared, one bill being a $45 to you upcoming for membership.  So with that
>respect stated, I am uncomfortable with the term "most high".  I don't know
>what that is?  If you mean God, why not use the word God.  But since until
>Christ man was cut off from God and since the only way we have appeal to God
>is through Jesus Christ, since he is now our high priest of the order of
>Melchizadek, it is really Jesus Christ to whom we appeal to God.  We no
>longer have a temple in Jerusalem and "priests" who go into the holy of
>holies to the presence of God at the veil.  That has been taken away in
>Christ; Christ reins at the right hand of the father and we are in the
>presence of God now through our high priest Jesus Christ.  Biblically, I feel
>you would be on better grounds by use the name Jesus Christ, instead of most
>high.  I know you allude to a return of Christ in your writings, but there no
>scripture that states  Christ is returning future to our time.  His return,
>judgement, general resurrection are all past tense.  To believe otherwise is
>to be swept up in futurism, which is nothing more than veiled phariseeism.
> Just as you have studied our political situation for years and one cannot
>hope to understand it by reading a bumper sticker; the same applies to
>appreciate the time frames of scripture and Jesus Statements that he would
>return in the lifetime of the apostles and setup the never ending kingdom.  I
>invite you to begin a study:
>If you were on AOL, these underlined names would be lclickalbe to the web
>sites listed under them, but I don't that goes through to internet addresses:
>Please start with these Websites(just click):  <A
>.org/index.htm">Eschatology Topics......
>and this site(just click): <A
> Prophecy Palace Homepage
>and this site(just click): <A
>he Preterist Archive of Realized Eschatology
>(http://www.gcentral.com/users/doctrine/)........ this website offers $10,000
>to anyone who can put the rapture in the future rather than in the past
>and this site(just click):<A HREF="http://www.ulink.net/~kingdom/">Kingdom of
>Sovereign Grace
>------------------------  FINAL Comments:
>Do you realize Jesus said when all prophecy would be fulfilled? Read 
>Luke 21:22. 
>Here is the context. Jesus was predicting the fall of Jerusalem, see 
>verses 5-7. In describing that event he said "all things that are 
>written must be fulfilled." Here are some interesting facts. 
>The premillennialist says the only part of the Olivet Discourse, [that 
>is Matthew 24 and the parallels, Mark 13, Luke 21], that applies to the 
>destruction of Jerusalem is Luke 21:20-24. They insist the rest speaks 
>of our time, the Great Tribulation, Israel's restoration, etc. There is 
>a problem here! 
>When it is admitted that Luke 21:22 speaks of the destruction of 
>Jerusalem and that generation, Luke 21:32, you are thereby admitting 
>there are no further prophecies to be fulfilled! Jesus said in those 
>Reader, how many prophecies are left out of that "all?" Did Jesus say 
>all prophecies "except" a few would be fulfilled at that time? Jesus' 
>words here should make us rethink our concepts of prophecy and the "last 
>The trouble is we are so used to thinking in literalistic ways when we 
>read about the "end times," "end of the age," etc. we fail to discover 
>the true Biblical meaning of these ideas. The "time of the end" for 
>instance is not "the end of time." [Actually, that term is not in any 
>proper translation of the Bible.] Biblically, "the time of the end" when 
>all prophecy would be fulfilled, was the end of Israel's Old Age and the 
>full establishment of the New World of Messiah's Age. This is what 
>Daniel's 70 weeks is all about for instance and corresponds perfectly 
>with what Jesus said about when all prophecy would be fulfilled. That is 
>the "end of the age" the disciples asked about in Matthew 24:3. 
>When we mistakenly believe the Bible is concerned about the "end of 
>time" instead of the "time of the end" we cannot allow Jesus' words in 
>Luke 21:22 to speak for themselves. When we put aside our preconceived 
>ideas, and allow the Bible to tell us WHEN things were to occur we come 
>closer to Truth. 
>Luke 21:22 is not the only verse that tells us when all prophecy was to 
>be fulfilled--and they all agree with Jesus in Luke 21:22. 
>Is the End of the World near? Are we living in the Last Days? Is 
>Christ's return at hand? For 150 years here in America we have 
>constantly been told we were living on the threshold of the end of the 
>world and Christ's return. Prediction after prediction has failed to 
>materialize, and false hope after false hope has been foisted upon the 
>Christian community. Many Christians have been disillusioned, and are 
>already looking for more reasonable explanations. Some have been so 
>disillusioned they left the faith altogether. And the secular media (who 
>are always looking for an excuse) are further discrediting Christianity 
>because of it. Something is terribly wrong with traditional views of 
>Bible Prophecy. There is a serious need to re-examine the whole issue of 
>Last Things. 
>Bible prophecy can be understood, but Futurist views have fallen far 
>short for many reasons: their extreme physical/literalizing approach, 
>their seeming inability to distinguish between figurative and literal 
>language, and their failure to properly take into account the 
>historical-grammatical-cultural context of the prophecies (specifically 
>what they meant to their original audience). Even the most difficult 
>prophetic passage comes alive when approached properly. It is time to 
>look at some alternatives, and the Preterist view is a great place to 
>What is the Preterist view, you say? "Preterist" means past in 
>fulfillment, and "Futurist" means future in fulfillment. Preterist 
>basically means the opposite of Futurist. Futurists believe most 
>end-time prophecies (especially the major ones) are yet to be fulfilled. 
>Preterists believe that most or all of Bible Prophecy has already been 
>fulfilled in Christ and the on-going expansion of His Kingdom. Most 
>Futurists do not really believe Christ has been successful yet in fully 
>establishing His kingdom. 
>The "Preterist" interpretation of Bible prophecy has been mentioned 
>several times in publications such as Christianity Today, Christian 
>News, Great Christian Books catalog, World Magazine, and several others. 
>There are already two daily radio programs around the country teaching 
>from the preterist perspective and several monthly and quarterly 
>publications. Scores of preterist books, tracts, video and audio tapes 
>have been produced and many more are on the way. It is beginning to 
>capture significant public attention, and is "spreading like wildfire" 
>at the grass roots level. It is compatible with the essential beliefs of 
>all Christians, and is already represented in nearly all denominations. 
>When will Christ return? This question is relevant, and can be answered 
>by scripture. Jesus seems to have answered it very clearly in these 
>passages (Matt. 10:23; Matt. 16:27,28; Matt. 24:34). Ever wonder why the 
>First Century Christians expected Jesus to come in their lifetime, and 
>where they got this expectation from? Take a look at the extreme sense 
>of imminency in these passages: James 5:8,9; 1 Pet. 4:7; Matt. 10:23; 
>Matt. 16:27,28; Matt. 24:34. These verses have always troubled Bible 
>students, and have been used by liberal theologians to attack the 
>inspiration of Scripture. They reason that these passages were not 
>fulfilled when they were supposed to be (the first century generation), 
>so Jesus and the NT writers failed in their predictions and were therefo
>re not inspired. But these verses point to Christ's coming in some sense 
>in connection with the Fall of Jerusalem at 70 AD. So, Jesus' 
>predictions were fulfilled. He did not fail, nor do we need to engage in 
>theological gymnastics to try to explain-away the seeming delay or 
>postponement of His return. It happened right on schedule. Many knew the 
>destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD was important in God's plan of 
>redemption, but never understood its full significance. The final events 
>of the redemptive drama came to pass in the first century within the 
>apostles' generation (before A.D. 70). Christ's kingdom is here now. 
>Paradise has been restored in Christ (spiritually-speaking). We live in 
>the Garden of Eden now (if we are in Christ), just as sure as we can 
>know we have "eternal life." These are present and abiding benefits, not 
>pie-in-the-sky bye-and-bye. Christ has conquered all His enemies and has 
>given us the Kingdom. 
>This view offers a much more positive and realistic worldview. It is 
>conservative, consistent, optimistic, responsible and accountable. And 
>it robs us of no motivation for either living the Christian life, or 
>evangelizing the world. In fact, it's the only view which gives us a 
>consistent reason for being constructively involved in making the world 
>a better place for the long-term. 
>Bible prophecy absolutely makes sense when approached from this 
>past-fulfillment (preterist) perspective! It puts emphasis on the 
>spiritual nature of God's Kingdom, not on the physical, materialistic, 
>sensual, and sensational. It teaches a realized spiritual salvation in 
>Christ and the Church now, instead of a frustrated hope for a postponed 
>sensually-gratifying paradise way off in the future. It has an 
>optimistic worldview that gets involved, makes a positive difference, 
>and lights a candle, rather than cursing the darkness, longing for a 
>rapture-escape, or retreating from society. It doesn't engage in 
>wild-eyed speculation like futurist views. It's just simple, 
>straight-forward Bible interpretation. 
>Some of the great theologians and scholars of the last 300 years have 
>suggested the preterist view for consideration, but traditional 
>Christianity was too caught up with the idea that the Pope was the 
>Antichrist or some other such Futurist notion. But that has changed. We 
>are not as gullible now as they were when William Miller, Darby, 
>Russell, Rutherford, Scofield, Walvoord, and Hal Lindsey came along. A 
>constant barrage of false predictions has made us more wary. 
>Over a hundred years ago, Dr. James Stuart Russell (1816-1895), pastor 
>of a Congregational Church in Bayswater, England (no relation to Chas. 
>T. Russell of Jehovah's Witness infamy), wrote a book entitled, THE 
>PAROUSIA - A Critical Inquiry Into The New Testament Doctrine Of Our 
>Lord's Second Coming. It is now back in print and selling well in 
>Christian bookstores in America and elsewhere. This is the most popular 
>introduction to and defense of the preterist view of Bible Prophecy in 
>print today. Most theologians in Europe a century ago took a preterist 
>approach, so it is not surprising to hear some of Russell's well-known 
>contemporaries say nice things about his book: F. W. Farrar said the 
>book was "full of suggestiveness." Milton Terry, who wrote Biblical Herm
>eneutics, quoted extensively from Russell's book and fully endorsed 
>Russell's preterist approach. Charles H. Spurgeon, who did not hold the 
>preterist view, nevertheless stated that the book "throws so much new 
>light upon obscure portions of the Scriptures, and is accompanied with 
>so much critical research and close reasoning, that it can be injurious 
>to none and may be profitable to all." Well-known conservative writers 
>and theologians in our day are saying similar things about Russell and 
>the preterist view. Listen to these statements by Gary DeMar, Dr. R. C. 
>Sproul, Dr. Kenneth Gentry and Walt Hibbard. 
>"How many times have you struggled with the interpretation of certain 
>Biblical texts related to the time of Jesus' return because they did not 
>fit with a preconceived system of eschatology? Russell's Parousia takes 
>the Bible seriously when it tells us of the nearness of Christ's return. 
>Those who claim to interpret the Bible literally, trip over the obvious 
>meaning of these time texts by making Scripture mean the opposite of 
>what it unequivocally declares. Reading Russell is a breath of fresh air 
>in a room filled with smoke and mirror hermeneutics." - (Gary DeMar - 
>Author of Last Days Madness) 
>"I believe that Russell's work is one of the most important treatments 
>on Biblical eschatology that is available to the church today. The 
>issues raised in this volume with respect to the time-frame references 
>of the New Testament to the Parousia are vitally important not only for 
>eschatology but for the future debate over the credibility of Sacred 
>Scripture." - (Dr. R. C. Sproul - Chairman, Ligonier Ministries) 
>"Although I do not agree with all the conclusions of J. Stuart Russell's 
>The Parousia, I highly recommend this well-organized, carefully argued, 
>and compellingly written defense of preterism to serious and mature 
>students of the Bible. It is one of the most persuasive and challenging 
>books I have read on the subject of eschatology and has had a great 
>impact on my own thinking. Russell's biblico-theological study of New 
>Testament eschatology sets a standard of excellence." - (Dr. Kenneth L. 
>Gentry, Jr. - Author of Before Jerusalem Fell) 
>"In view of Dr. Russell's marvelous and insightful observations, no 
>serious student of Biblical eschatology should attempt to construct a 
>systematic scheme of apocalyptic events without first consulting this 
>19th century work, The Parousia." - (Walt Hibbard - Chairman, Great 
>Christian Books) 
>Russell's book is certainly very helpful in understanding Bible 
>prophecy, but many have discovered the preterist view through their own 
>independent study of scripture. Biblical prophecy is bursting with 
>meaning for them now. If you haven't taken a look at the 
>past-fulfillment approach to Biblical prophecy, it is time you did. 
>Email, snail-mail or call us here at Kingdom Counsel to learn more, so 
>you can finally make sense out of Bible Prophecy without being taken for 
>a ride by the date-setters. 
>I trust in the name of the Lord that you will make an effort to diligently
>study what I've provided here.
>Michael Smith

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