Warning: The series on this blog can be considered my private studies and are still in progress.
New Heaven and New Earth
The concept of Heaven and Earth is interpreted by some as meaning the Jewish system of worship. This appears to be corroborated by Jesus’ reference saying not one word of the law passes away except Heaven and Earth pass away. This statement would mean that it was necessary for the Temple and state of Israel to pass for the New Covenant to be in force. This apparently “preterist” view of the meaning of Heaven and Earth (passing away) is necessary for the book of Revelation to be interpreted as it is by Preterists. It also appears to align with Daniel’s prophecy concerning Jesus’ Kingdom as one that has no end and came to destroy Rome. (assuming we leave out the concept of a gap of unknown length some people call the “Times of the Gentiles”.
Another fact that must be true in other for this view to align is that the book of Revelation must have been written before 70 A.D. Another interesting factor seeming to agree with this is the presence of the Kings of the earth and the “glory of the gentiles”. This would mean the New Jerusalem coming out of Heaven from God was actually the present day Church. In addition, Rev. 21:16 states the city was twelve thousand furlongs (2414.0208km) in length, breadth and height. It is the height that is scary.
There is a strong emphasis on the fact that the Bible was written to Jews for the most part and most of the terminology is based on Jewish culture. Regarding Heaven, Earth and Sea, authorities in the Preterist circles point to Josephus (Josephus, Wars of the Jews, 5.215-37, Josephus, Antiquities, Book 3, Chapter 6, Paragraph 4, Section 123, Josephus, Antiquities, Book 3, Chapter 7, Paragraph 7, Section 181). If this is true then it explains what Jesus said in the following:
Matthew 24:35 “Heavenandearth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 5:18 “For assuredly, I say to you, till heavenandearth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”
Revelation 21:1 “[ All Things Made New ] Now I saw a new heavenand a new earth, for the first heavenand the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.”
A lot of other scriptures refer to the expression “heaven and earth” and this direct interpretation may seem tricky for someone them though.
The first time I met Kenny, was at an interview about four years ago. A few of the things that carried across to me as the interview progressed, were his sincerity, intelligence and then this feeling of someone with a mission on his heart.
I saw the graphics of the book cover “ENTANGLED ” before reading the book. I was captivated by the attractive, well designed cover. My initial thoughts after admiring the cover design was, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I decided to start reading a little of the book during my 30 minutes lunch break with the intention of continuing with the reading in the evening.
… Big “mistake”…
My curiosity got the better of me as I couldn’t put the copy down and kept flipping page after page till I had found out the outcome of the choices made by our protagonist. I finished reading the book by that evening.
Entangled is a real page turner and will get the reader hooked right from the very first page through till it ends. Kenny manages to portray some of the very real challenges of present day life in ENTANGLED.
The reality of these challenges is the heart of the whole story. The desperation of our protagonist, Phillip to live an exemplary life. The frustration of re-occurring failure to the challenges he faces. His awareness and acceptance of standards of morality that are acceptable to the Creator. Presumptions of people that lead to feelings of having been “Led on”.
Peeling off the first layer of the entertaining pastime “Entangled” offers, the reader will identify the many faucets of life’s personalities represented here in the names of Helen, Zainab, Phillip, Abena, Hassan and even Victoria.
Highlighting the weakness in human strength, the dangers of allowing sin to snowball and grow bigger; Entangled has some really good life lessons for the young adults and above.
Within a short time from the outset of Entangled, Kenny makes it look effortless as he skillfully takes the reader into the heart of the challenge making the reader empathize with the protagonist, admiring him for setting his own boundary lines, and silently screaming at him for decisions he considers taking that could lead him to cross same.
The writer manages to ease the tense, fast paced narrative by slipping in some side splitters. The way the story ends is another skillful mark of a great story teller. Entangled is a great piece of work and there is no doubt that this writer is getting better with each book he writes.
In closing, I can confidently say that the well written contents of the book “Entangled” and the meaningful cover design of the book, deserve each other. This is one case where it would be fair to judge a book by its cover.
For a 6-hour flight, a trip on a bus or train, a case study that groups of young adults and above could read and discuss its life lessons or just a relaxing weekend read, the perfect book and companion would be…
Mr. Daniel Ayittey is the CEO and Principal Architect at Diseño Cisne which he runs with his brilliant wife, Xola.
When I first started attending church in Ghana back in 2012, I used to buy the CD for every message preached on Sundays. Before then I already had a large collection of CDs which I carried from Lagos. I remember William Ilenikhena asked me once back at Covenant Christian Centre why I bought the message every Sunday. You know those why questions we often fail to ask ourselves, don’t you? While I did not give a ready answer to that question then, I had imagined that it was necessary to have a record of every message preached in Church even though I got the point of his question: It was more important to have the message inside one, the parts relevant to one.
Recently I began to question the usefulness of every message I have ever heard from the likes of Dr. Mensah Otabil and Pastor Poju Oyemade who have been my Main Senior Pastors For the past ten years or so. I am not questioning their usefulness because the messages themselves are querstionable. They certainly are all extremely powerful contributions of these great minds/spirits. But I am asking myself what I have actually done with those useful messages. I asked myself the same question about every professor in whose class I sat back in school, about the over a hundred and fifty books in my current library and many others in my past read and unread.
Every now and then in the office or other fora we find grown men arguing about what is accurate knowledge in certain fields and what is not. At the end of the day one person or the other concludes that they are right. But then what does it mean to be right? What is the value of being right? What is the value of knowledge? Is the physical, emotional and mental exertion we exercise in these discussions meaningful? Taking it a little wider, does the number of professors in a nation has translate to development? Who is responsible for the major breakthroughs of the world? Those who could talk well about what they knew?
The direction of this piece is we need to ask ourselves what the value of knowledge is. How does my education translate to a better life for me and my family? For my nation? Is any additional schooling necessary? What knowledge do I really need for self-actualization in life. These questions become more relevant as we live in a society which is obsessed with paper qualifications and academic achievements. I dare say in our individual lives we need to ask again what we are doing with all this knowledge and all this schooling. Keeping them in our shelves, in our debate platforms or even in our heads just does not seem to be good enough. Whether spiritually or socially, what we know has to have a way of measurably adding to the quality of our lives and those of others around us.