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ASSOCIATES for

SCRIPTURAL KNOWLEDGE (ASK)

Founded in 1976 by Dr. Ernest L. Martin, ASK (the ASSOCIATES for SCRIPTURAL KNOWLEDGE) provides unbiased, nonsectarian, biblically based information to the public. Since Dr. Martin's death in 2002, the goal of ASK has been to make all of Dr. Martin's works available to the public through the ASK website. Because of the vast amounts of research that Dr. Martin produced throughout his life, presenting this information to the public in a manner that is truly beneficial and instructive remains a challenge. With that goal in mind, we recommend new visitors visit the links listed below first for a preliminary understanding of the most important research by Dr. Martin. ASK books listed on this site can be easily accessed here.

 

The Location and Future

Discovery of King David's Tomb

Probably the most exciting, new research produced by ASK since Dr. Martin's Temple Mount book, this knowledge could result in significant worldwide ramifications. Click here to read the whole article.  

By David Sielaff, 

October 2006

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Your Final Destination - What is life all about - according to the Bible?

Secrets of Understanding - Why you need to understand the Bible - and how to do it.

What is Christianity? - Is it a religion of "churches" - or a philosophy of life? Click here to watch a video presentation.

Latest End-Time Timetable - We're not setting dates - but biblical chronology and repetition cycles are quite prevalent in the Bible. Click Here for an update.

Prophetic Indicators - Specific events also play into the end-time scenario. Also, here.

False Prophets - How to determine who is a prophet of God.

ASK Home Page - The main home page with drop-down menus. Graphical links to various featured articles for the month and the latest Commentary date are conveniently displayed.

ASK Commentary - Written by ASK Director David Sielaff, these less formal but very informative articles are posted several times per month.

ASK Books - These books were the backbone of Dr. Martin's research for many years.

ASK Index - The major index for ASK, broken down by category.

ASK Audios - Dr. Martin made a tremendous number of audio cassette tapes in his lifetime. Many of these valuable talks can now be heard online. Also, on our site.

ASK Videos - While only a few videos were ever made by Dr. Martin, they will give you a good idea of who Dr. Martin was and the manner of his teachings. Other related video presentations are also presented and are very informative. Also, on our site.

OZ Internet Radio Interview Transcript, Part 1 - David Sielaff.

OZ Internet Radio Interview Transcript, Part 2 - David Sielaff.

ASK Online Broadcasts - Listen to David Sielaff's interviews on The Byte Show.

ASK Biographies - Biographies and pictures of Dr. Ernest L. Martin and David Sielaff.

ASK Speaking Engagements - Check on present and previous speaking engagements by David Sielaff.

ASK Google Search - Preferred by many due to the "context listing" Google provides on it's returns. The official ASK Search Engine will sometimes give a more complete listing of returns, but requires clicking on each returned page link to view the context in which your word or phrase is found.

Byte Show Archives of David Sielaff  - Includes corresponding ASK article links along with free audio downloads of the program.

Christian Fellowship - What it really means.

End-Time Prophecy Update - The latest assessment from ASK. Also here.

Dr. Martin's Experiences in the WCG

Dr. Ernest L. Martin - Wikipedia.

Dr. Martin's Lectures

Dr. Martin's Resignation Letter.

Dr. Martin Tribute - By James D. Tabor.

Temple Mount Video - Watch online.

Temple Mount Updates - Incredible Temple Mount information.

Topical Index - Covers all subjects on the ASK site.

Who Is ELM?

Is The End Near?

The Bible In Its Original Order - Chart.

ELM Lecture Notes

ELM Home Study Course Introduction

Based largely on Dr. Martin's research of Jesus' birth date (and even the time of birth). This entertaining animation graphically explains the positioning of the stars at the time of Christ's birth and the time period involved. Click here to watch.

 

Search The ASK Site

  • This Google search engine will display the context in which your search exists, plus it will display any pertinent graphic found in the article.

  • For exact phrase returns, like "End Time Prophecies", put quotation marks "around the phrase".

  • After you have clicked on your selected web page, hold down "Control", then press "F" on your keyboard. A table will appear where you can insert the word or phrase you are looking for to quickly find where on the page it is located.  

ASK BOOKS

bookscropped.jpg (10926 bytes)These books were the backbone of Dr. Martin's research for many years. His book on the birth date of Jesus achieved instant international recognition. His book on the correct location of the Temple Mount will no doubt receive similar recognition sometime in the future. Most of these books can now be read online for free, as well as ordered in the traditional bound format. Just click on the book covers.

Possibly the most controversial book Dr. Martin ever wrote, this book has serious political and religious ramifications. Read by academic scholars around the world, this research has quietly been accepted by many who have studied it. It's only a matter of time before the Temple Mount's true location becomes an issue in Middle East peace negotiations - and the public will be made aware of it's importance. Watch the video here. Read reviews here. Click here for The Temple Time Bomb.

Amazing biblical and non-biblical documentation of the exact place of Christ's crucifixion, exactly what He was crucified on and the historical, theological and prophetic implications of this event. Key scriptures that have been overlooked for years are revealed.

Benjamin Hartman writes in his review:

"The true place of Golgotha is very critical, because it proves that Jesus Christ was indeed sacrificed, as the ultimate Sin Sacrifice for the world, at precisely the same place which was designated by Biblical Law, by tradition and by the ritual custom of the Temple for the major sin sacrifices to be killed," said Martin, adding, "It happened on the Mount of Olives in the Holy City of Jerusalem. "This evidence was proof positive for all His disciples to see... that His prophesy came true - He was indeed the Lamb of God!"

Read reviews of this book here.

The books listed below can be read online for Free.

Click on the covers.

Perhaps the most important and comprehensive book Dr. Martin ever wrote on Christian theology, conduct and the early Christian church.

Little known truths straight out of the Bible. Most are blatantly ignored by the Christian community. Excellent for both group and individual Bible studies.

The first book ever published by Dr. Martin on Christian theology. Short, to the point and easy to read.

This book has been read by hundreds of thousands of people in many different denominations. Several churches have changed their tithing policies because of this book.

Documentation on the correct order of the books of the Bible (not presently used in most versions), along with it's history, proves that the Bible is indeed divinely inspired. Read reviews here

The Bible In Its Original Order - Chart.

Dr. Martin's first book of international acclaim. Adopted by planetariums worldwide, but strangely ignored by the world's "Christian" churches. Read reviews here.


Documents the origins of today's religions by these mysterious people, rarely mentioned in today's "schools of higher education".


Ernest L. Martin Audio & Video Lectures

Dr. Martin's audio and video tapes are being converted to digital format for your education and enjoyment. The tape conversion process will be an ongoing project, as there are well over 100 tapes to convert. We thank our friend in Australia who has graciously contributed to this very time consuming labor of love.

Click on the selected title to begin listening. Allow a minute or two for it to download.

Or, save these tapes to your computer by right clicking and select "Save target as...".

The video lectures will require RealPlayer, available here for free.

All titles are listed alphabetically (excluding "The"). Several tapes have "Read" after them, linking the edited transcription.

ELM Audio Lectures on MP3

Click Here for ELM Audio Lectures on the ASK Website.

Please email us if there are any errors with these links.

Click Here to read a review of each specific tape, by Brian H. Butler.

Amos - End Time Prophecy - Israel Idolatry - 1996 - A

Amos - End Time Prophecy - Israel Returns - 1996 - B

Anatomy of the Cults

The Anti-Christ - Country of Origin - 1991 - A

The Anti-Christ - Country of Origin - 1991 - B

Are the Jews In Israel Today True Israelites - 1983

Astral Prophetic Patterns - A

Astral Prophetic Patterns - B

Astronomical Principles in the Bible - 1987 - A

Astronomical Principles in the Bible - 1987 - B

Astronomy - The Temple and Prophecy - A

Astronomy - The Temple and Prophecy - B

Atonement of Christ - Its Extent - 1987 -  A

Atonement of Christ - Its Extent - 1987 -  B

Babylon in Prophecy

The Bible, the Earth and the Universe

Biblical Astrology

The Biblical Meteorology

The Biblical Teaching of Hell - Radio - 1988

The Bodily Composition of God - 1996 - A

The Bodily Composition of God - 1996 - B

The Book of Ecclesiastes

The Book of Zechariah

The British Israel Theory Under the Microscope - A

The British Israel Theory Under the Microscope - B

Christianity - What Really Is The Gospel - 1990 - A

Christianity - What Really Is The Gospel - 1990 - B

Christ - Did He Die In His Sins? - 1993 - A

Christ - Did He Die In His Sins? - 1993 - B

Chronology 1st Adam - 2nd Adam & Beyond - 1988 - A

Chronology 1st Adam - 2nd Adam & Beyond - 1988 - B

The Chronology of Our Exaltation - 1990 - A

The Chronology of Our Exaltation - 1990 - B

Church Buildings - Are They Holy Ground - 1993 - A

Church Buildings - Are They Holy Ground - 1993 - B

Churchianity vs True Christianity - 1983

Colossians 2: The Most Difficult Chapter

The Coming Invasion of Libya by Egypt

The Coming Revolution in Knowledge - 1990 - A

The Coming Revolution in Knowledge - 1990 - B

Countdown to Christ's Coming

The Cure for Church Authority - 1995 - A

The Cure for Church Authority - 1995 - B

The Decline and fall of Pagan Christianity - 1991 - A

The Decline and fall of Pagan Christianity - 1991 - B

Day of Trumpets

The Degradation of Christ

The Development of Proper Spirituality

Disease Epidemics & Biblical Prophecy - 1994 - A

Disease Epidemics & Biblical Prophecy - 1994 - B

Disobedience to God's Laws Can Bring Obedience to God

Does God Have Feelings? - 1995 - A

Does God Have Feelings? - 1995 - B

Economics and Prophecy - Guidelines to Prosperity - 1988 - A

Economics and Prophecy - Guidelines to Prosperity - 1988 - B

Economics and Prophecy - Coming Times of Refreshing - 1992 - A

Economics and Prophecy - Coming Times of Refreshing - 1992 - B

End-Time Prophecies and Geography - 1992 -  A 

End-Time Prophecies and Geography - 1992 - B

The Essentials of Prayer - A (Read)

The Essentials of Prayer - B

Europe & Prophecy - 1995 - A

Europe & Prophecy - 1995 - B

Ezekiel and Prophecy - Part 1 - 1999 - A

Ezekiel and Prophecy - Part 1 - 1999 - B

Ezekiel and Prophecy - Part 2 - 1999 - A

Ezekiel and Prophecy - Part 2 - 1999 - B

Ezekiel and Prophecy - Part 3 - 1999 - A

Ezekiel and Prophecy - Part 3 - 1999 - B

Ezekiel and Prophecy - Part 4 - 1999 - A

Ezekiel and Prophecy - Part 4 - 1999 - B

The Falklands Island War

Family - Who's Who in the New Testament - 1997 - A

Family - Who's Who in the New Testament - 1997 - B

Figures of Speech in the Holy Scriptures - 1977

Finance - Surviving the World Economy - 1982

The Fingerprints of God

Freedom and Responsibilities

Free Will and Predestination - 1995 - A (Read)

Free Will and Predestination - 1995 - B

Galatians and the Old Covenant

The Gentile Nations and Israel - A

The Gentile Nations and Israel - B

Geography Around Jerusalem in Bus - 1988 - A

Geography Around Jerusalem in Bus - 1988 - B

The Geography of the Holy Land

Glorious Perfection of Mss in Original Order - A

Glorious Perfection of Mss in Original Order - B

God Can and Does Bless Now

God's Inspiration Made Clear & Inspired Errors - A

God's Inspiration Made Clear & Inspired Errors - B

God - The Creator of Evil - A

God - The Creator of Evil - B

The Graduation to Second Corinthians

Habakkuk - End Time Prophecy - Babylon - Iraq 1997 -  A

Habakkuk - End Time Prophecy - Babylon - Iraq 1997 - B

Haggai - End Time Prophecy - Judah - Temple - 1997 - A

Haggai - End Time Prophecy - Judah - Temple - 1997 - B

Hell Fire - Is It Biblical? - 1991

Hell Fire - Jesus Parable of Lazarus and The Rich Man

Hosea - End Time Prophecy Israel Scattered - 1997 - A

Hosea - End Time Prophecy Israel Returns - 1997 - B

Idolatry - The Curse of Religion - 1993 - A

Idolatry - The Curse of Religion - 1993 - B

Immortality I & II The Most Destructive Teaching - 1988 - A

Immortality I & II The Most Destructive Teaching - 1988 - B

The Importance of the Biblical Calendar - 1996 - A

The Importance of the Biblical Calendar - 1996 - B

Iraq - The Prophetic Future of Babylon - 1993 - A

Iraq - The Prophetic Future of Babylon - 1993 - B

Iran in Prophecy

Iran in Prophecy (1995) - A

Iran in Prophecy (1995) - B

Iran - Its Future Role In Biblical Prophecy - 1979

Is Jesus God?

Isaiah in Modern Times - Introduction - 1998

Isaiah in Modern Times - 1998 - A

Isaiah in Modern Times - 1998 - B

Israel and Bosnia in Prophecy - 1994 - A

Israel and Bosnia in Prophecy - 1994 - B

Japeth In Prophecy - 1992 - A

Japeth In Prophecy - 1992 - B

Jeff Rense Temple Mount Interview - 1

Jeff Rense Temple Mount Interview - 2

Jeff Rense Temple Mount Interview - 3

Jeff Rense Temple Mount Interview - 4

Jeff Rense Temple Mount Interview - 5

Jeff Rense Temple Mount Interview - 6

Jeff Rense Temple Mount Interview - 7

Jeff Rense Temple Mount Interview - 8

Jeff Rense Star of Bethlehem Interview

Jeremiah - Did He Go to Ireland?

Jeremiah - The Gentile Nations and Israel - 1994 - A

Jeremiah - The Gentile Nations and Israel - 1994 - B

Joel - End Time Prophecy - Israel Scattered - 1996 - A

Joel - End Time Prophecy - Israel Israel Accepts Christ - 1996 - B

Jonah and New Testament Themes - A

Jonah and New Testament Themes - B

Jonah in Theology and History - A

Jonah in Theology and History - B

Isaiah and Modern Times - 1998 - A

Isaiah and Modern Times - 1998 - B

Jeremiah Prophet of Modern Times - Part 1 - 1999 - A

Jeremiah Prophet of Modern Times - Part 1 - 1999 - B

Jeremiah Prophet of Modern Times - Part 2 - 1999 - A

Jeremiah Prophet of Modern Times - Part 2 - 1999 - B

Jeremiah Prophet of Modern Times - Part 3 - 1999 - A

Jeremiah Prophet of Modern Times - Part 3 - 1999 - B

Jeremiah Prophet of Modern Times - Part 4 - 1999 - A

Jeremiah Prophet of Modern Times - Part 4 - 1999 - B

Judgment of Man and God - 1991 - A

Judgment of Man and God - 1991 - B

Judgment Seat of God and Christ - Reconciliation - 1988

The Key to Biblical Understanding - 1995 - A

The Key to Biblical Understanding - 1995 - B

The Key to Gospel Understanding - 1977 - A

The Key to Gospel Understanding - 1977 - B

Kingdom of God

Kingdom of God - Here Now or Yet to Come - 1988

The Lake of Fire - 1987 - A

The Lake of Fire - 1987 - B

Law - All Things Are Lawful Unto Me - 1982

Life As A Post Resurrection Being - A

Life As A Post Resurrection Being - B

Life Beyond the Resurrection - A

Life Beyond the Resurrection - B

Life - Resurrection to Spirit - 1 Cor 15 - A

Life - Resurrection to Spirit - 1 Cor 15 - B

Malachi and Modern Times - 1997 - A

Malachi and Modern Times - 1997 - B

The Meaning of the Book of Ecclesiastes

The Man of Sin

The Megilloth in Prophecy

Messiahs - Type Prophesied In the Old Testament - 1993 - A

Messiahs - Type Prophesied In the Old Testament - 1993 - B

Messianic Expectations In the First Century

Micah and Modern Times - 1997 - A

Micah and Modern Times - 1997 - B

Millennium - New Understanding - 1979 - A

Millennium - New Understanding - 1979 - B

The Minor Prophets for Today - A

The Minor Prophets for Today - B

More Questions Concerning the Resurrection

Mosaic Prophecies for the End Time - 1996 - A

Mosaic Prophecies for the End Time - 1996 - B

The Most Difficult Chapter in the Bible

My Lord Delays His Coming - 1988 - A

My Lord Delays His Coming - 1988 - B

Nahum and Modern Times - 1997 - A

Nahum and Modern Times - 1997 - B

The New Geography of Palestine

Obadiah - End Time Prophecy - Edom - 1997 - A

Obadiah - End Time Prophecy - Edom - 1997 - B

Olivet Prophecy - Matt. 24 Study Points - 1987 - A

Olivet Prophecy - Matt. 24 Study Points - 1987 - B

The Origin of Satan - 1977

Palestine Geography At Time of Christ In 30 AD - 1989

Passover and the Lord's Supper

The Passover Contradiction in the Gospel of John

The Pedigree of Jesus Christ - A

The Pedigree of Jesus Christ - B

PGH

Places of Safety for Christians - 1992 - A

Places of Safety for Christians - 1992 - B

Population of Israel At Time Of Exodus - 1988

Prayer  - Its Limits and Its Power

The Prime Misuse of Scripture Teaching - 1980

Principles for Gospel Teaching - 1990 - A

Principles for Gospel Teaching - 1990 - B

Prophecy of Habakkuk

Prophetic Cycles In History - 1984 - A

Prophetic Cycles In History and Biblical Infallibility - 1984 - B (poor quality, but bearable)

Prophetic Events for the Next 10-25 Years - 1992 - A

Prophetic Events for the Next 10-25 Years - 1992 - B

Prophetic Events from 1996 and Beyond - 1996 - A

Prophetic Events from 1996 and Beyond - 1996 - B

The Problems of the Rapture Theory

Progressive Teaching of the Bible

Prophecy Fulfilled - Rebuilding of Babylon - 1987 - A

Prophecy Fulfilled - Rebuilding of Babylon - 1987 - B

The Prophetic Countdown to Christ's Second Coming

The Prophetic Role of U.S. -  Evolution-Creation - A

The Prophetic Role of U.S. -  Evolution-Creation - B

Protection During the 3 1/2 Year Reign of the Beast - 1980 - A

Protection During the 3 1/2 Year Reign of the Beast - 1980 - B

Psalms and Prophecy 1 - 1997 - A

Psalms and Prophecy 1 - 1997 - B

Psalms and Prophecy 2 - 1997 - A

Psalms and Prophecy 2 - 1997 - B

The Real Jesus Christ - Radio - 1988

The Real Meaning of the Biblical Words - A

The Real Meaning of the Biblical Words - B

The Rediscovery of the Bible

Religion is Slavery - Christianity is Freedom

Revelation of God - Step by Step

Righteous - Who Does God Consider Righteous? - 1993 - A

Righteous - Who Does God Consider Righteous? - 1993 - B

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

The Role of a Christian Today - A

The Role of a Christian Today - B

The Role of Women in Christianity - A

The Role of Women in Christianity - B

The Royal Family of God - 1990 - A

The Royal Family of God - 1990 - B

Russia - Break Up of the Soviet Union - 1982 & 1991 - A

Russia - Break Up of the Soviet Union - 1982 & 1991 - B

The Sacrificial System of Israel - A (Read)

The Sacrificial System of Israel - B

Salvation Is for All - Kingdom Is A Reward - 1990 - A

Salvation Is for All - Kingdom Is A Reward - 1990 - B

Satan - Deceptive Spirits and Their Activities - HS17 - 1987 - A

Satan - Deceptive Spirits and Their Activities - HS17 - 1987 - B

Scientific Mysteries and the Bible - A

Scientific Mysteries and the Bible - B

Second Advent

The Seven Churches of Revelation - 1994 - A

The Seven Churches of Revelation - 1994 - B

The Seven Miracles in John - A (Read)

The Seven Miracles in John - B

The Seven Points of Salvation - 1989 - A

The Seven Points of Salvation - 1989 - B

The Seven Stages in the Gospel - 1993 - A

The Seven Stages in the Gospel - 1993 - B

The Seventh Stage to Salvation - 1996 - A

The Seventh Stage to Salvation - 1996 - B

Should Christians Participate in Politics?

Sickness and Disease - Sin & Atonement - 1992 - A

Sickness and Disease - Sin & Atonement - 1992 - B

The Significance of the Day of Trumpets

The Significance of the Song of Solomon

Signs in the Heavens - A

Signs in the Heavens - B

Simplicity of Christian Teaching - 1987 - A

Simplicity of Christian Teaching - 1987 - B

Social Changes in the Bible

Social Custom Versus Biblical Law - A

Social Custom Versus Biblical Law - B

Song of Solomon

The Sons of God - Who Are They? - 1993 - A

The Sons of God - Who Are They? - 1993 - B

The Soviet Union in Prophecy

The Standard Example of Christianity - A

CHRIST - he Standard Example of Christianity - B

Surprising Prophetic teachings - 1991 - A

Surprising Prophetic teachings - 1991 - B

The Symbolic Meaning of the Day of Trumpets

The Tithing Fallacy

Tongues - And the Christian Community - 1994 - A

Tongues - And the Christian Community - 1994 - B

The Trinity - Antichristian Doctrine - 1993 - A

The Trinity - Antichristian Doctrine - 1993 - B

The Trinity in Perspective - 1994 - A

The Trinity in Perspective - 1994 - B

Understanding the Family of God - 1995 - A

Understanding the Family of God - 1995 - B

The Unknown Parts of the Bible

The U.S. and Britain in Prophecy

This Generation Shall Not Pass

To Preach Your Own Funeral (Read)

True Spirituality

The Wages of Sin Is Death - 1995 - A

The Wages of Sin Is Death - 1995 - B

War Against Idolatry

War - Does God Approve of War? - 1991 - A

War - Does God Approve of War? - 1991 - B

War - Why Does God Allow War? - 1994 - A

War - Why Does God Allow War? - 1994 - B

What Can We Do? - A

What Can We Do? - B

What Is Ahead for the Economy? - 1982

What Is Marriage? - 1982

What Is the Kingdom of God

What Is Man of Sin? (The Antichrist)

Who Was Judas Iscariot?

The World's Oldest Profession

Why Churches Fall Apart - 1993 - A

Why Churches Fall Apart - 1993 - B

Zechariah and Modern Times - 1997 - A

Zechariah and Modern Times - 1997 - B

Zechariah

Zephaniah - End Time Prophecy - Jerusalem - Temple - 1997 - A

Zephaniah - End Time Prophecy - Jerusalem - Temple - 1997 - B

This is probably the last video Dr. Martin was ever featured in. Starts at 15:16.

ELM Video Lectures on RealPlayer

Click Here for More ELM Video Lectures on the ASK Website

The Simplicity of Christian Teaching - 1

The Simplicity of Christian Teaching - 2

The Simplicity of Christian Teaching - 3

The Temples That Jerusalem Forgot

What Will You Be Like in the Resurrection - 1

What Will You Be Like in the Resurrection - 2

What Will You Be Like in the Resurrection - 3

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No file may be republished without the permission of the owner.

Notes on Dr. Martin's Lectures

Compiled by Brian H. Butler, B.A,. D.O., F.A.S.K.

ELM NOTES ON ELM TAPES - PAGE LIST

THE MINOR PROPHETS FOR TODAY INTR0 13

1 HOSEA AND MODERN TIMES – 7

2 JOEL AND MODERN TIMES – 4

3. AMOS & MODERN TIMES – 5

4. OBADIAH & MODERN TIMES – 4

5 JONAH – O.T. & N.T. THEOLOGY & HISTORY – 8

5 JONAH – N.T. THEMES - 5

6 MICAH & Modern Times – 5

7 NAHUM & Modern Times – 7

8 HABAKKUK IN MODERN TIMES - 7

9 – ZEPHANIAH AND MODERN TIMES - 9

10 HAGGAI IN MODERN TIMES - 5

11 – ZECHARIAH AND MODERN TIMES - 14

MALACHI AND MODERN TIMES - 16

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Minor Prophets – Page total – 109

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ASTRONOMY–GODS TRUTH – ASTROLOGY–SATANS LIES 13

BIBLICAL CALENDAR - ITS VITAL IMPORTANCE 12

BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING–STRUCTURE IS A VITAL KEY 10

CHRIST - THE STANDARD EXAMPLE OF CHRISTIANITY 17

CHURCHIANITY vs TRUE CHRISTIANITY 25

ECONOMICS IN PROPHECY-COMING TIME OF REFRESHING 8

ELOHIM – THE REAL MEANING OF THE WORD 14

GOD’S INSPIRATION MADE CLEAR- & INSPIRED ‘ERRORS’ 18

GOSPEL - THE 7 STAGES OF THE GOSPEL FEB 1993 14

HELL - DOES THE BIBLE SAY YOU go there when you die? 11

HELL FIRE-JESUS’ PARABLE OF LAZARUS & RICH MAN 12

IDOLATRY – CURSE OF RELIGION 19

"Idolatry – the Curse of Religion" – Addendum 3

IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL 6

IRAQ – PROPHETIC FUTURE – NEW BABYLON 21

ISAIAH PROPHECIES FOR MODERN TIMES  PART  I – ELM MAR 1998

ISRAEL & BOSNIA (YUGOSLAVIA) IN PROPHECY 5

JUDGMENT ON MAN & GOD 7

LIFE AS A POST RESURRECTED BEING 16

LIFE BEYOND THE RESURRECTION 19

MOSAIC PROPHECIES FOR THE END TIME 5

PROGRESSIVE REVELATION 5

PROPHECIES & EVENTS OF THE NEXT 10-25 YEARS 18

PROPHETIC EVENTS FROM 1996 ONWARDS 6

PROTECTION DURING 3½ YR REIGN OF BEAST 14

PSALMS IN PROPHECY I – INTRODUCTION 9

PSALMS IN PROPHECY II 3

PSALMS IN PROPHECY III – AGRICULTURAL CALENDAR 3

PSALMS IV – IMPORTANT FOR DOCTRINE AND PROPHECY 3

SATAN - DECEPTIVE SPIRITS & THEIR ACTIVITIES 18

SICKNESS & DISEASE – SIN, HEALING & ATONEMENT 24

SOCIAL CUSTOMS vs BIBLICAL LAW 7

THE 7 STAGES OF THE GOSPEL 16

THE 7TH STAGE OF SALVATION 8

THE CHRONOLOGY OF OUR EXALTATION 13

THE CURE FOR CHURCH AUTHORITY 17

THE DECLINE & FALL OF PAGAN CHRISTIANITY 8

THE ESSENTIALS OF PRAYER 8

THE FAMILY - WHO’S WHO IN THE N.T. 11 THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BIBLICAL CALENDAR 12

THE KEY TO GOSPEL UNDERSTANDING IN CHRIST 9

THE KEY TO BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING 7

THE ORIGIN OF SATAN 8

THE PEDIGREE OF JESUS CHRIST 10

THE PRIME MISUSE OF SCRIPTURE TEACHING 41

THE ROYAL FAMILY OF GOD 15

THE 7 ANGELS/CHURCHES OF REVELATION FOR TODAY 7

CHRIST - HE STANDARD EXAMPLE OF CHRISTIANITY 17

UNDERSTANDING THE FAMILY OF GOD 15

WHY CHURCHES FALL APART 6

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ELM TAPE NOTES TOTAL - 604

MINOR PROPHETS - 109

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ELM TAPE NOTES GRAND TOTAL TO 27 FEB 14 - 713

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Dr. Ernest L. Martin’s Home Study Course

by Brian H. Butler B.A., D.O., F.A.S.K.

Class of ’64 Graduate and former Faculty Member of Ambassador College, England.

These notes, composed from 2013 on, are based on the taped Home Study Course made between 1977-98 by Dr. Ernest L. Martin, Ph.D. Former Head of Theology for the Worldwide Church of God; he resigned in January 1974 because of his unresolved doctrinal issues with the administration. Sadly Dr. Martin died in January 2002, a great loss to the world and to those who seek Biblical truth. Brian H. Butler B.A., D.O., F.A.S.K.

Preface Introduction Autobiography
Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3

Ernest L. Martin and the ASK Community

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled" Matt. 5:6

By Ken Nagele

July 4, 2012

January 16, 2012 marks the tenth year anniversary of Dr. Martin’s passing. Mr. David Sielaff, mentions the anniversary in his January, 2012, Commentary.

Some of you, like myself, had the privilege to meet, converse, correspond, attend pot-luck socials, listen to lectures and talked by phone with Dr. Martin over the years. We, along with his most lovely and supporting wife, Ramona, were all deeply saddened by his passing.

I will never forget the first time I met “Doc”, as we used to call him. I had been in the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) for almost ten years, the latter half somewhat disillusioned. And, during that disillusioned half, I was actively reading Ernest’s Foundation for Biblical Research (FBR) material. I was totally impressed with his writings, as they were straightforward, honest and most importantly, 100% biblically based. I had heard of Doc while in the WCG, but had never actually seen or met him in all of my years in the Pasadena headquarter area churches. Ernest had left the WCG years earlier than I. Intellectually, I knew from his writings that he was right ― and that I needed to part ways with the WCG. But like so many others, I still had an emotional attachment to the WCG. I was still very much involved in WCG headquarters activities and had friends and family in the WCG. I had ironically become good friends with Local Elder Joseph Tkach, who would later go on to become head of the church on Herbert W. Armstrong's passing (and long after my departure from the WCG.)

Finally, the day of reckoning arrived. I had had enough of the WCG. I wrote Joe Tkach my letter of resignation. And then, I went to see Ernest. At the time, he was conducting a Saturday morning FBR (Foundation for Biblical Knowledge) lecture series at the Pasadena Hilton. While there were only a dozen or so in attendance, I knew after listening to him that I had arrived. This is where I belonged. Ernest came up to me after the lecture and introduced himself. Our friendship would blossom over the years and endure until his death.

Attending every function he ever held in the Pasadena area, I soon began to sense that not everyone in the FBR community was as enthralled with Doc as I was. And, I wasn’t seeing any fruits of the spirit, or any kind of “growing in grace and knowledge” from the FBR supporters. In fact, I was seeing just the opposite, including disparaging remarks about Ernest. I finally mentioned this to him. I’ll never forget his reply, “Ken, people will be people.” Much to my disappointment, history has proven him right. And with the subsequent formation of Associates for Scriptural Knowledge (ASK), not much has changed.

As Mr. Sielaff pointed out in an ASK publication published shortly after Doc’s passing, what Dr. Martin gave to us (and to the world) was a foundation of biblical knowledge on which to build. Had Dr. Martin continued on through the present time, I feel certain (knowing his mindset and more importantly, his attitude) that he would have progressed into many new areas of truth. He would have continued in his “growing in grace and knowledge”, so clearly encouraged in the Bible and which so clearly defined his life’s work.

Apparently, God saw fit to allow his passing at a relatively early age (there is a lesson for us all to learn there, but that is a subject for another time). And, with his passing began the daunting task of editing and maintaining his lifetime of works to share with the world. While ASK has done a splendid job in that regard, it is has become apparent to me that “growing in grace and knowledge” has, as before in the FBR, taken a back seat. The amount of “new” or “expanded” knowledge that has come forth over the last ten years from the ASK community is exceedingly small. Disappointingly, the amount of personal growth is even harder to document or witness.

Credit should be given to David Sielaff, who has done an excellent job in taking over for Dr. Martin. His most significant work is the David’s Tomb Project, which he and a few others initiated, but which apparently he alone, through ASK, continues to promote. This information, of course, goes hand in hand with Dr. Martin’s greatest discovery of the correct location of the Temple Mount. Mr. Sielaff continues, in ways that he is not always at liberty to discuss, to promote these discoveries to the world. Whether God will allow any verification and excavation of the site to occur in our lifetime is anyone’s guess. Both of these discoveries dovetail into end-time prophecy ― and we clearly are not in the end-times yet.

Aside from Mr. Sielaff's above mentioned activities and many other fine articles on various subjects that he has produced over the years, there has been a very noticeable lack of “growing in grace and knowledge” observed online within the ASK community as a whole. Living in the “Information Age” that we do and utilizing our instant communications at little or no cost, it is indeed amazing that we as a community (or ekklesia) have progressed so little. Taking on a “Laodicean” attitude, it would appear that many still have not even mastered Dr. Martin’s many fine research papers. Few have produced anything themselves that is truly new or edifying, though a few have been promoted on the ASSOCIATES ONLINE website

Worse, there is no evidence of people actually making significant changes in their lives. Where are the fruits of the spirit? 

How can I be bold enough to make such a judgment call on our community? How do I know the mindset of the ASK community?

First, I occasionally drop in on Dan Julien’s Forum to see what is going on there. Though I haven’t made any posts on that forum in the last ten years, I was quite active on it at its inception, as were many other people. It has been very interesting to observe how many dozens of (alleged) ASK supporters there were initially, only to see that number diminish into a small handful of people today who seem hard pressed to come up with anything meaningful or relevant to discuss. Most topics discussed range from today’s weather to pseudo intellectual discussions on obscure verses and concepts in the Bible (and, never acknowledging the Biblical Research page provided for their edification). Rarely is there any discussion of the latest ASK articles. Only once was there ever a discussion on Matthew 25 (that I initiated, on what we as Christians should be doing to help others). That discussion turned out to be a total embarrassment, as it became painfully obvious that no one in the ekklesia was or is doing anything (in complete defiance of Jesus' instruction).

For non-biblical discussions, most participants still seem sold on the fantasy versions of history and world events provided by our controlled news sources and educational institutions. Hundreds of educational websites of enlightenment are available on the Internet, and many are listed on the ASSOCIATES ONLINE (actually, over 17,000). Obviously, judging by the comments made on the forum, few have ever visited them.

Worse, many posts on the forum indicate that many are suffering from serious health issues. Some have even died as a consequence. Few, if any, are drug free and in good health. The concept of you are what you eat seems to have gone right over the top of everyone's paradigm. Any suggestions of good health are met with complete skepticism (even by the de facto leaders of the group).

The irony is that the ASSOCIATES ONLINE website, complimented by Dr. Martin (and originally designed solely for ASK supporters), provides all of the biblically based information one needs to live a healthy and productive life. Strangely, forum participants seem to avoid this site like the plague. Several people have mentioned the ASSOCIATES ONLINE site on the forum over the years ― and their posts have been met with abject silence by the forum’s participants. It is apparent that “growing in grace and knowledge”, even if it means needlessly suffering from easily preventable and curable health problems, is still taking a back seat.

The second way to gauge the mindset of the community is from the correspondence I receive (or, more accurately, the correspondence I don't receive.) Over the last ten years, I could count on one hand the number of people who have written to me, expressing their gratitude for my website. While the site continues to attract several people every hour (with many returning for a second or more time), 24 hours a day,  few have said that they are spending any regular amount of time on the site. Maybe they are too busy studying the ASK material on the ASK site? Or maybe they are just studying the Bible? Somehow, I just don’t think so. 

Consequently, with the attitude that I have seen displayed by the online ASK community, I have to say that I feel totally embarrassed to be associated with most ASK people and to have shared the same heritage of Dr. Martin's teachings with them. I've seen more Christianity displayed by those who have none of the knowledge that we have. As the wise saying goes, "Actions speak louder than words."

Why is it, then, that so few have an interest in “growing in grace and knowledge”? The answer is quite simple. It is an “attitude problem”. An attitude towards God. And an attitude towards God’s Word, as revealed in the Bible. It is not unique to our ASK community. It is not even unique to Christians in general. In fact, all of mankind has an “attitude problem”. Hence the state of world affairs today ― and why God allows evil (Satan and his minions) to rule over us.

Why would we, who have been graced with some precious biblical understandings on which to build, have such an attitude problem?  Are we still burned out from our previous Worldwide Church of God experience? Is our, “No man is going to tell me what to believe”, self-righteous attitude, a result of our feelings towards the late Herbert W. Armstrong and his erroneous teachings? Therefore, we immediately reject all new information ever presented to us (no matter who it is from) ― without testing it to see if it is true. Or, are we just too complacent? Or, too lazy? Is our collective attitude the real reason why we fail to attract any significant following of new people ― or of a younger generation to continue this work long after we are gone? Where are our goals and long term planning clearly defined online? We seem to be a rudderless ship adrift in a sea of confusion.

God has chosen to ultimately deal with mankind’s “attitude problem” by providing two resurrection periods:

  1. One for those with a good attitude (the first resurrection and the Kingdom of God).

  2. One for those who still need an attitude adjustment (the second resurrection).

Ironically, it appears that most in the ASK community think they will be in the first resurrection, sitting right next to King David and the twelve Apostles in the Kingdom of God. They feel that whether by lottery or by the fact that they have not committed any of the grievous sins listed in the Bible (and also listed in Dr. Martin’s two fine articles that I quote in my Kingdom of God article), they are automatically assured acceptance into the KOG. 

In my understanding of the Bible, nothing could be further from the truth. Acceptance into the Kingdom of God is actually a “reward”. A reward for having the right attitude ― and becoming teachable in this lifetime. While my above mentioned article is certainly not the final word on the subject of the Kingdom of God (much more research certainly needs to be done), a study of the scriptures reveals what type of individual will be accepted into the Kingdom of God. Based on who the Bible says will be accepted into the Kingdom of God (like King David and the twelve Apostles) ― and on what the mission of the Kingdom of God will be (to teach and to rule) ― it is apparent that they are all leaders (in their own way)…with a good (teachable) attitude

Now, in this lifetime, is when we have the opportunity to qualify for the Kingdom of God. Not after the resurrection. 

Will you be accepted? Is your present attitude one of “growing in grace and knowledge”? Are you a leader? Are you teachable? If not, there is still time for you to change. The choice is yours. It is not predestined. It is not a lottery. It is a choice.

Of course, your salvation is assured either way. 

Let us honor, obey and glorify God by putting into practice what He has given us through the Bible and the wonderful teachings delivered by Dr. Martin…and make that attitude adjustment today!

Ken Nagele
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2012 Election Results and Life Until the Second Coming

The results of the U.S. 2012 election have left most conservative Christians reeling in despair. It has become painfully obvious what direction the country will be going in for at least the next four years, if not much, much longer. 

Not that life would be any different had the the other guy won. You see, both guys work for the same boss, the government-behind-the-government, AKA the Illuminati (AKA the New World Order or NWO). This is why the other guy so graciously and expeditiously conceded the election. His (planned) defeat (just like in the previous election), ignored the fact that this election (like most other elections) was totally fraudulent and worthy of a major investigation. Both Congress and the Electoral College both rubber stamped the results.

For those who have read my book, I HAVE GOOD NEWS...AND I HAVE BETTER NEWS, this event comes as no surprise. There really is only one major difference between life today in late 2012 ... and life under previous administrations in former years. That difference is that our rulers have become progressively more open, blatant and aggressive than in the past. They no longer have a fear of "exposure" for who they really are and what they really represent. 

How can this conspiracy continue, generation after generation in a supposedly free and open society? Wouldn't media and Internet exposure destroy it? One would think so. But there is another component to this equation.

You see, it is God who has selected and permitted the Illuminati (and all previous variations thereof) to rule mankind since almost the beginning of time. Their centuries long goals and tactics still remain the same; slavery and major world population reduction. And most importantly, the installation of a biblically prophesied One World Government. The Illuminati knows that most people will never figure this out until it is too late.

It could be reasonably argued that they have already achieved their One World Government right now, as they control all nations of the earth surreptitiously. The only difference is that its present operation is dependent upon secrecy and subterfuge. What the Illuminati really wants is a more efficient and open dictatorship, as revealed in Revelation, via the satanically inspired Antichrist.

Why has God allowed this evil state of affairs to exist down through the ages? The answer is not simple; God's mind is not our mind. He has His reasons that we don't always comprehend. But if I had to take a guess, I would say God is trying to get our attention. He is trying to get us to see who we really are and what our future destiny really is. He is trying to get us to see that He is the creator of all things; He is the sustainer of all life. And, He is the one we need to be looking to for our daily safety and protection; not this or that political party or ideology.

Perhaps now we can acknowledge our personal and collective deficiencies, and start living a righteous life with Jesus living through us; a life reliant on Him for our daily bread and the very air we breath. Then perhaps the need for this type of satanically inspired evil government could be lifted from our lives. The Bible does say that God's will can be changed. It in fact has been changed several times in history. But unless that happens, the prophecies of Revelation are destined to be played out. We can expect a continuation of despondent, tyrannical rule, except for a brief period before the second coming, as I describe in my book.

What are you doing to make a difference in this lifetime? Are you studying the scriptures daily? Are you educating yourself on this website and others? Are you making real changes to your life ... and influencing the lives of others? 

Or, will you continue to live the self-indulgent, illusionary "American Dream", hoping that everyone will "wake up" in time for the next election? The choice is yours.

Ken Nagele

11/10/2012

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Daniel's 10 Kingdoms Found?

Prophecy seems to be of big interest these days as the world situation changes almost daily. Prophecy is also big business, with some "Christian" writers earning millions on their "insight" into prophecy (even if they are later proven wrong). Many feel that we are in the end-times right now.

Of all the prophecies, the prophecy in Daniel is perhaps the most intriguing. Many have written about it — and none have mastered it. An update on Dr. Ernest L. Martin's original article was recently posted on the ASK website, which is highly recommended to read.

What seems to be missing is an identification of the various countries that comprise the ten kingdoms. No one seems to know for sure who they might be. I can't say for sure, either. But, if we look at the history of the hidden world governments that have existed down through time — and then look at today's hidden government (that most likely will be the one to usher in the Antichrist), we might just have a clue. Those who have mastered this subject realize I am talking about the modern day (and generically referred to as the) Illuminati.

It has long been the stated goal of the Illuminati to form a one world government (or, new world order). They have conveniently drawn up the world into ten sections — or "kingdoms"; and have been kind enough to draw up a map to show us. Could this also be the map of Daniel's prophetic ten kingdoms?

You be the judge. An article by David Bay expounds on this premise.

Now, before one becomes too excited about this prospect, there are some points that should be considered. 

First, there are specific events that must transpire before the end-times even begins. None of those events appear to be on the horizon (see below).

Second, while scripture says to be watchful of world events, it does not say to be obsessed with them. None of these events listed below are likely to happen in our lifetime or our children's lifetime. Even the acceptance of the true location of the Temple Mount (Dr. Martin's last major discovery) is not likely to be accepted in our lifetime.

Therefore, we need to put our priorities in order and concentrate on what really matters — acceptance into the Kingdom of God.

Ken N.

04/13/2013

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  List of End-Time Events Yet to Occur

  • Christ's Return

  • The rise and fall of physical Babylon

  • The rise and fall of Mystery Babylon

  • The rise of the Beast, the Antichrist

  • The work of the Two Witnesses

  • The building and destruction of the next Temple in Jerusalem

  • The rise of Damascus to God’s favor

  • The rise to power of the 10 kings

  • The restoration of Egypt to power and wealth

  • The conflicts between the kings of the south and the kings of the north

  • The creation of a Palestinian state along the coast of present-day Israel

  • The peace and prosperity between Israel and her neighbors

  • The decline of the churches

  • Acceptance of Christ in Jerusalem

  • A new Diaspora of the Jews/Israelites

  • The restoration of the Jews/Israelites back to the land by Iran

 

End-Time Events List

The following list was composed by Henry D. and is based on the works of Ernest L. Martin and David Sielaff. This list is not in any sequential or prophetic order. Use the search engine above for further studies from the ASK site.

1. Antichrist/Beast:
a. The 8th King of Daniel and Revelation is the Antichrist.
b. Antichrist (8th King) becomes king of the region north of Jerusalem (Tyre).
c. Satan setups his angelic headquarters in Pergamus (Temporarily).
d. Antichrist conquers Egypt, Libya, Ethiopia and areas north and east of Jerusalem.
e. Antichrist will conquer North and East of his HQ.
f. Antichrist moves to Jerusalem and proclaims himself “God”.
g. Antichrist sets himself up in Jerusalem at the Temple.
h. Satan exalts the Antichrist to supreme power over the Earth.
i. The Antichrist will also help construct (or to refurbish) the end-time Temple just before the Second Advent.
j. The Antichrist and the False Prophet will perform Miracles, signs, and wonders to fool the people.
k. False Prophet does great miracles.
l. The Antichrist and False Prophet with bring in Peace and Safety.
m. The Antichrist deifies himself with a new name (the god of the fortress of the sea).
n. Antichrist sets up his image in the temple (Abomination of Desolation).
o. The Antichrist (Beast power) will put into force Sabbath observance, along with the biblical holy days, and he will make his final capital at Jerusalem.
p. The Antichrist will allow all people to legally enter the “Third” Temple.
q. Antichrist builds his palace in Jerusalem.
r. A vast horde is marshaled east of the Euphrates and gathers at the Plains of Jezreel.
s. Angelic powers called the Antichrist and the False Prophet are placed in the lake of fire. Satan is placed in the abyss for now.

2. Babylon:
a. A King of Babylon comes to power.
b. Babylon rebuild as great city of the world.
c. False Prophet (King of Babylon) joins forces with the Antichrist and then Satan unites with the "Beast". Antichrist becomes "Christ" and False Prophet becomes "Elijah".
d. Great drought affects the waters around Babylon.
e. Babylon destroyed by Iran and the ten kings.

3. Christ-After Return:
a. 1st Resurrection Happens and Christ is seen returning.
b. Christ judges Edom and the nations of the world at the battle south of Jerusalem in the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
c. Battle of the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
d. Resurrected Saints meet Christ over Mount Nebo.
e. Mount of Olives Split into two parts.
f. Christ defeats the Antichrist, etc.
g. Christ has final conflict with the northern army of the Assyrian.
h. First 70 years of the Millennium will have the earth in a very devastated state.

4. Disturbances in the Earth and Heavens:
a. Tsunami destroys the Levant.
b. Dead Sea starts to show fire and smoke.
c. Astronomers see Millstone Asteroid coming toward the Earth.
d. Millstone Asteroid hits the Earth in the sea.
e. Heavens depart as a scroll.
f. Great Earthquake.
g. Sun turned dark; moon as blood.
h. Other Disturbances in the Earth and Heavens.
i. God will give signs in the heavens and on the Earth at the End Time. But the vast majority of the people will misinterpret the signs.

5. Israel:
a. The Nations will come against Jerusalem before the restitution of all things. i.e., they will put pressure on Israel to force them to do what the world wants. God will step in and rescue Jerusalem.
b. Economic problems; US pulls aid.
c. God will bring forth out of the north in a miraculous way a swarm of locusts, caterpillars, cankerworms and the palmerworms that will devastate the land of Israel.
d. The very next year after the locusts swarm devastates Israel God will bestow blessings on Israel because they will repent and turn to Christ.
e. God pours out grace and supplications on the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
f. Israel will remember the Law of Moses and Elijah (a type of) will be sent.
g. The true Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world starting with the people in Israel.
h. Jews and inhabitants of Jerusalem recognize Jesus as the messiah.
i. New water spring in Jerusalem.
j. Idols removed from the land and evil spirits removed from the land by God.
k. False prophets/false teachers will be removed from authority.
l. Israel will become powerful in the world/middle east.
m. Israel will annex and occupy the area east of the Jordan River known anciently as Gilead and the West Bank.
n. Jews take and settle Lebanon and Gilead (Jordan).
o. Ephraim (Ten Tribes of Israel) return to the Holy Land.
p. Civil War in Israel.
q. Leader of Iran comes to the rescue of Israel and helps build the “third” temple.
r. Improvement in the climate of Israel--more rain fall. Land to be more like Eden.
s. The people of Jerusalem will call Christ "blessed" because he came in the name of God.
t. When the people of Jerusalem accept Christ as the Messiah there will also be great opposition from some.
u. Israel (Jews) will be scattered again

6. Kings of the End Time:
a. King of the North Attacks Egypt.
b. Major power develops in southern Europe and confronts Turkey, Iraq, and Iran.
c. King of the South (angelic power) becomes angry with the Antichrist and attacks but he fails
d. Egypt Rises to Power.
e. Confederation of Nations in North Africa Arise (King of the South) lead by Egypt.
f. First Persian End time King appears (1st King).
g. Second Persian End time King appears (2nd King).
h. Third Persian End time King appears (3rd King).
i. Fourth Persian End time King appears (4th King).
j. Greek (Javan-the Mediterranean area) End time King (5th King).
k. First King of the North (6th King).
l. Second King of the North (7th King-short life).
m. Antichrist type of King appears (8th King-maybe resurrected 7th King).
n. Some of these Kings may be only in heaven.
o. Ten Kings of small nations around Israel come on the scene.
p. Ten Kings Destroy Jerusalem.
q. The Ten Kings who aided Babylon will revolt against Babylon when they see the Millstone Asteroid coming.

7. Nations:
a. A renewal of monarchies will occur.
b. Creation of many new nations in the world.
c. Ten Kings rebel against the Antichrist.
d. People of all religious persuasions and ethnic identities will find that they can cooperate better with others in the world when these various peoples are separate from one another in a geographic sense.
e. Confederacy of Ten small nations develops around Israel.
f. Palestinian (Philistines) becomes an independent state.
g. Failed states in the Middle East; new nations appear.

8. Religion:
a. One false teaching will be that Jesus was an angel come to earth and did not really come in the flesh.
b. After the Millstone hits the Earth the remaining people will rise up in anger against Christ when he returns.
c. God takes up domicile in Damascus.
d. A Revival and a new interest in the basic teachings of Christianity will occur.
e. Traditional Religious Foundations will undergo a radical change as the truth of the scriptures will become more known; people of the world will look to the Jews for true religion.
f. Suffering Servant Prophecy of Isaiah 52-53 will be understood.
g. Bible published in proper order with proper translation of the texts.
h. World will understand that Jesus does not have long hair.
i. World will understand the falsehood of Roman crosses and many other falsehoods of the Christian denominations.
j. The world will begin to witness a revolutionary change in the beliefs and attitudes of people over the earth. A return to early New Testament Christianity will occur. The Christianity that will prevail will be Christianity with Mosaic rituals and customs dominating. Many people throughout the Christian world will then begin to keep the Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset and the Holy Days of Moses along with the Jewish Christians. They will take up the food laws of Moses and accept many of the customs and teachings that God first gave to the Israelites at Mount Sinai. Sunday, Easter, Christmas, etc. will begin to go by the wayside.
k. The Christian community at the time of the end will have the various attributes of the Seven Churches of Revelations.

9. Satan:
a. War in Heaven.
b. Great Exodus of Spiritual Powers from Heaven.
c. Satan placed in prison.

10. Third Temple:
a. Covenant made between a “King of the North” (6th King) and the people of Jerusalem of seven years in length and it allows the establishment of a Temple with its ritualistic system at Jerusalem.
b. Laying the foundation stone of the Third Temple (The 24th day of the Ninth Month-Kislev 24).

c. All the Jewish fasts will be canceled and turned into feasts.
d. God removes evil out of Israel and moves it to Babylon; God sends a spirit of grace and supplication on all those in Jerusalem; Great prosperity will come to Israel.
e. Cyrus (Iran) will help the Jews build the Temple and return them from being scattered.
f. Abomination of desolation setup and daily sacrifices at the Temple taken away.

11. Two Witnesses:
a. The Two Witnesses appear.
b. The Two Witnesses are killed.
c. The Antichrist will say the Two Witnesses are the Beast and False Prophet. The actual Beast will claim to be the returned Christ while his False Prophet will claim to be the prophesied “Elijah to come”.
d. Elijah type of the Two Witnesses will come out of nowhere as the original Elijah did and how John the Baptist came out of the wilderness.

Dr. Ernest Martin's Resignation Letter to Herbert W. Armstrong

(January 27, 1974)

Ambassador College, Pasadena, California

Department of Theology

Ernest L. Martin, Ph.D.

27 January, 1974

Dear Mr. Armstrong,

My family and I want to thank you and Mr. Ted Armstrong for the spiritual and material benefits which you have bestowed on us over the years. Indeed, I think my association with Ambassador College has been of extreme value to me in so many ways. I have also appreciated the comments you have made that I have been a profitable servant to you, the college and the church with major contributions both in educational matters and international projects. The confidence you have expressed in me has been very satisfying to me personally.

But, Mr. Armstrong, of late many serious doctrinal and administrative problems have emerged within the church and college. The problems have become frequent and widespread. Ted and other evangelists, In a meeting which Ted asked me to attend, told me that they would take it upon them- selves to inform you of the crises areas now facing the work. Believe me, doubts are rife! Credibility is at an all time low! People all over the United States are questioning whether the church really wants to grow in grace and knowledge. And among the important questions which continually comes to the fore is that of Pentecost.

There are many ministers and laymen which have deep misgivings about the validity of a Monday Pentecost. Because of this, Ted told the minister in the recent conference that the subject would be thoroughly discussed and analyzed. I was pleased that he honoured his word. Over the past two weeks, four meetings were convened to consider the question. Ted asked me to attend them and to comment. This invitation I had to decline (though I desperately wanted to be there). But I could not p--o! You will recall telling me in 1970 that I should never attend any doctrinal discussions among the top ministers unless you called them yourself. The orders you gave me have been faithfully obeyed. This is the reason I could not (and did not) attend.

However my Pentecost paper that was written to you back in 1961 was reproduced at Ted's request and circulated to all those who participated in the meetings. After having read the paper, many now acknowledge that the real evidence shows that Sunday is truly the biblical Pentecost. I understand that nothing was presented by anyone that seriously challenged the conclusions of my 1961 paper. The central facts for a Sunday Pentecost remain crystal clear and this has to be admitted by all.

There now seems to be two schools of thought on the matter of Pentecost among the top authorities. One school would accept what the Holy Scriptures say and admit that Pentecost should be on a Sunday. The other would probably accent the authority of the church and continue with a Monday. One Vice President was reported to have said, "If the church said that Pentecost should be on a Thursday, that's good enough for me.', .Mr. Armstrong, I am certain you would repudiate such an extreme position as untenable. However, the moderato of the conference at the conclusion of the four meetings, finally decided that nothing could be done about the

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question of Pentecost and that there was no need to have a full and open forum with you concerning it.

Whatever happens in this matter, I want to concur with the teachings of headquarters. I have always been an individual who has never wanted to deviate from the teachings of headquarters. And I do t propose to go astray from those principles now. But, sir, herein lies a problem! Real headquarters -- the headquarters we must all obey .. happens to be in heaven! And that headquarters has given to me, and to everyone, a divine constitution to which our lives must conform. That constitution is the Holy Scriptures. And they have made it plain; Pentecost is on a Sunday'. Yet, the Worldwide Church of God has Pentecost on a Monday.

Changes are necessary! But even the changing of one wrong doctrine is far short of the mark in reaching the fulness of the teachings of Christ. As you are aware, the church has taught that it "hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name." This belief has given many people the conviction that the church hardly needs any changing at all in most doctrines. However, there are numerous teachings that desperately need alteration to bring them into conformity with the true doctrines of Christ.

The position of the church forces my wife and me to follow your example of more than forty years ago when you found it impossible to work within the framework of the Church of God (Seventh Day). Really, it is not fair to you for us to remain in the Worldwide Church of God when we feel responsible to teach the doctrines of the Bible which are not accepted by you or the church. This is a very regretful decision to make but our conscience allows us no alternative.

Let me say, however, that we hold not the slightest bitterness towards you or anyone at the college or in the church. Indeed, I personally love you as a man and admire you for the works which have been accomplished. I do not intend to denigrate you, Garner Ted, the college or the church. There is no need to do that whatever. I sincerely hope that you will give my wife and me the same grace that we intend to give to you.

In Christ's Service,

The Martins

cc: close friends.

First Page of Dr. Martin's KJV Bible

A Tribute to the Late Dr. Ernest L. Martin

April 20, 1932 - January 16, 2002

Dr. Ernest L. Martin, Biblical scholar and personal friend, died this morning at his home in Portland, OR. I just got off the telephone with his wife Ramona.  He had suffered a heart attack on January 4th, came home thereafter, and seemed to be doing well.  We all had hopes for his recovery, but this morning he suffered a second massive seizure. He was working at his computer when he died.  His death is a great loss. His bio would fill many pages, but Ernest would not want anyone to praise him for his accomplishments, in life or in death.  He always felt that his research, and anything he could contribute, was all through the gifts and inspiration of God. I don't know of any human being I have ever met who believed more firmly in the absolute Grace and Providence of God.

Ernest was a pioneering researcher in the area of Biblical studies, and often his discoveries and conclusions were starkly different from the mainstream. The three that touched most in my own field of New Testament and Christian Origins were his work on the Star of Bethlehem (now accepted by most planetariums in the world, and also featured as the best solution to the "Christmas story" in Jack Finegan's definitive Handbook of Biblical Chronology), his research on the site of Golgotha being the Mt. of Olives, and his most startling conclusion--that BOTH of the Jewish Temples were located south of the so-called Temple Mount and Western Wall, in the city of David over the Gihon Springs. I suppose if Ernest turns out to be right on that one it will be the most startling revision in the history of biblical archaeology (not to mention the political repercussions).

Ernest and I disagreed on many theological topics. In fact, he often joked with me that he was "Paul" and I was "James," in the current spectrum of things, but that there was room for both of us in the quest for the historical Jesus and the significance of his teachings through the ages.  Ernest was THE fundamental inspiration for the greatest project I have ever undertaken, the Original Bible Project, over which I have labored now for nearly a decade. 

I will sadly and sincerely miss Ernest L. Martin.  I saw him in Denver, CO, in November and we had a long and very warm conversation together at the annual James Tabor meeting of the AAR/SBL. He was in fine form, quintessential Ernest L. Martin, as I will always remember him.

His website, www.askelm.com, is active and contains information on most of his research, and will soon post updates about his death and events to follow.

My heart and prayers are with his family, especially his dear son Samuel, one of my best friends, who was recently married, and now lives in Jerusalem.

Sadly,

James D. Tabor

03/09/2013

The Seven Levels of Personal Growth

by Ken Nagele

Recently I came across an article by Steven Yates entitled Piercing the Veils. His article was in reference to a much older article by Don Harkins entitled Slavery and the Eight Veils. Both articles were unique in their attempt to explain people's apparent inability to grasp the reality that is staring them in the face in regard to what is generically known today as "the conspiracy." The two articles categorized people's beliefs into eight veils to be pierced. The concept was that most people simply cannot see past a certain level of veil put in front of them (and not that they don't want to see.) This "veil" concept is actually discussed in the Bible, as God Himself says that He is responsible for "blinding their eyes."

After digesting their information and concept, I decided that the same format could also be applied to the subject of personal growth. I have already refined their articles on the subject of the world, health and spirituality elsewhere on this website. Here, I am taking their concept and refining it, utilizing the concepts of established biblical numerology. While their articles claimed eight veils (or levels of understanding), I am going to suggest that there are in fact only seven levels of understanding. Since the number seven is the number of perfection or completion, all lower levels of understanding should emanate from that.

Rather than use Mr. Harkins' terminology of "veils," I prefer to use the term "levels of understanding."  Here is how I see The Seven Levels of Health Understanding (again, borrowing some of Mr. Harkins' edited text):

First Level people learn that one must do some basic things in life to be accepted by society. They learn that breaking the law and treating others with disrespect can produce harsh consequences. Sometimes they have to learn these principles the hard way.

Second Level people are taught about personal growth by their schools, churches and parents. They have a basic understanding of what it takes to get ahead in life. They may or may not adhere to this information seriously or consistently.

Third Level people consider themselves much more "enlightened". They take their personal growth very seriously and obediently take the advice promoted by their parents and counselors.

Forth Level people have discovered that ones personal growth can be greatly improved by becoming better than average in speaking ability and general leadership qualities. These people often become the leaders in their field.

Fifth Level people have discovered that becoming leaders in their field alone is not totally life fulfilling. They must also become leaders in their family and in their religious and charitable beliefs in order to find true happiness and fulfillment in life.

Sixth Level people are able to discern what is truly important in life and rely on God for their daily guidance to do His will. Most are passionate about the charities that they unselfishly devote their time to. They live in harmony with the world around them and have achieved a level of financial success that enables them to devote a significant amount of time to helping others. They practice good health principles and are well grounded in their understanding of true history, the Bible and their final destiny. They lead by example and are looked up to by others. They are the true leaders of today, usually keeping a relatively low profile.

Seventh Level people do not exist yet, because none of us have yet attained perfection or completion. We will all, eventually, attain this level of understanding...some sooner and some later. Those with the right attitude of learning and doing God's will are more likely to be called first. But all of us will eventually achieve this level of understanding, perfection and completion at some point after the second coming of Christ.

In the end, the subjects of the world, health, personal growth and spirituality all come together at the Seventh Level. Will you be on the Seventh Level to understand them -- and to meet God?

Ken Nagele

12/05/2012

Biblical references to the "blinding of the eyes".

 

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