Dear Mr. Conway, Last night, (June 6) I listened to your interview on Coast To Coast with George Noory. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to hear you express so clearly the “truths” I’ve also come to know through my many years of searching. I couldn’t help but express my gratitude to God for allowing me to tune in when I did just in time to hear another person bear witness to my own thoughts. It was uplifting to say the least.I am a 72 year old mother and grandmother. I am not a scholar, nor have I had the privilege of an extended education. What I do have is a love for the truth and a belief in our Creator, who I believe to be the God of Israel, though I am not Jewish. I believe the historical teachings in the Hebrew record, the Old Testament. I’ve spent many years in the Protestant Church and almost 20 years as a Jehovah’s Witness. I left that organization in 1978 because it no longer made sense to me. All my life, I’ve searched for an understanding, never quite being satisfied, so I began a study on my own, without listening to anyone else’s interpretation. As I studied the Old Testament with the New, many questions arose which the tenets of Christianity, nor it’s scholars, satisfied. As I read more closely the words of Jesus in the Gospels, I found, as you did, that Jesus spoke to his followers in the present tense. On considering these things, I realized the warnings Jesus gave were to those present with Him, not to generations far off. The warnings would only make sense to those who were there with him, listening to his words. Naturally, with this realization, a whirlwind of questions began to form in my head. Could it be that the whole premise on which Christianity is built is wrong? Have we been deceiving ourselves? Had the Second Coming already taken place? That’s a frightening question to answer with an unreserved and definite “yes” and an extremely lonely one. Still, I’ve come to believe the answer truly is that Jesus has already come back the second time and he’s already taken with him those followers from earth who waited for him to return. I also believe this happened in the year 70 A.D. It’s a subject difficult to introduce to a circle of believers. I knew I was learning something totally unheard of by many and would be unacceptable to most. Nevertheless, I couldn’t deny what I learned. As I continued to read from the histories of Josephus and Tacitus, I found more convincing evidence, and the words of Jesus became more clear.I want to thank you for writing The Awful Truth. I’ve not yet read it, but I look forward to it, knowing that what I’ve already heard from you bears witness with my spirit that it is truth. That is not to say I will agree with every point, however, it is a gift to me to hear someone describe so eloquently what I’ve come to understand through my own private study. Many words of Jesus are mysterious. Perhaps I will never understand their meaning completely. One of Jesus warnings that has concerned me is found in Matthew 7: 13, 14. Jesus said (paraphrasing) “few” would find the “narrow road” to life. In view of the thousands of congregations in Christendom and the various denominations through-out the world, it is a frightening thought that many of us may never find that “narrow road.” My own research has led me to believe the Apostle Paul may have much to do with that fearful possibility. At this point, I’m still searching.Again, thank you so very much for sharing what you’ve learned. It has been a blessing to my life; one I didn’;t expect, but welcome with gratitude.
Author’s answer to Patricia’s concerns:
The verses you mentioned in Matthew apply exclusively to ancient Israel, and present no danger to modern mankind.
Jesus was choosing a “kingdom / government” from the ancient Israelites, to rule with him in eternity. It was a very select few; therefore, he said narrow is the way, and few there are that go in thereby. The selection of that government ended in AD70.
As to the rest of humanity, we will all go into life after death here on earth, and come under the government / kingdom chosen by the Messiah from the twelve tribes of ancient Israel. ( see 1 Cor. 15:22 & Rom. 5:18) In that existence we will be judged by the leaders of that government for a period of one thousand years. Those who pass that test will receive eternal life, those who fail will receive the second death.
I will explain this in detail in my forthcoming books.