—Theological Commentary — Homer Kizer

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (Rom 1:12)

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After decades of living in the geographical and theological margins—as if on a crenellated edge—of what wilderness remains within the American experience, I left the Aleutians and rural Alaska, ventured first to Idaho and then to southern Illinois. Glancing behind me, I see that the Discovery Channel has a documentary-style reality television series called Deadliest Catch about commercial fishing out of Dutch Harbor. And the History Channel has an original series titled Ax Men about logging on the Oregon Coast. … I left behind logging as well as gunmaking on the Oregon Coast and commercial fishing out of Dutch when, in 1988, I entered the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Master of Fine Arts degree program in Creative Writing. I had neither an undergraduate degree nor upper division course work in English. In fact, English was my poorest subject in school. I was a political conservative and a theological legalist and in graduate seminar discussions about theoretical Marxism and Feminism, I felt like I was in “enemy” territory. I have an idea how the two spies sent by Joshua must have felt in Jericho. But under the roof of Charles Peirce’s thirdness I found the argumentative structure needed to bridge all bipolar philosophies as if they are gullied roadways leading nowhere so that in January 2002, when I was called to reread biblical prophecy, a claim I make without apologies, I was not surprised to find that despite nearly two millennia of explication, less was publicly known about the Bible than was previously known about commercial fishing in the Bering Sea or high-lead logging on the Oregon Coast.

When the prophet Amos was told never to again prophesy at Bethel for it was the king of Israel’s sanctuary and a temple of that kingdom, Amos answered, “‘I was no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore trees. But the Lord [YHWH] took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel”’” (7:14-15). Like Amos, I can also say that I was neither pastor nor theologian, but a logger and a fisherman, a hunter and a fiction writer when I was called, in a manner a little less spectacular than how Paul was called, to reread prophecy; for a sealed and secret prophecy that remains forever sealed might as well not have been uttered.

A sealed prophecy can only be unsealed through the production of another text, but there is no need for, nor authority given to scripturally receive another written testament of Christ or another prophecy that would of necessity differ with already delivered but sealed prophecies. Rather, to unseal the sealed visions of Daniel at the time of the end, these visions need only to be reread, with the production of another text occurring fully within the minds of those to whom understanding is given in the form of the testimony of Christ—

The testimony of Jesus (Rev 12:17) is the spirit of prophecy (Rev 19:10). And whether a person will accept it or not, I was called to reread sealed prophecies and produce the text in Believers’ minds that unseals all of Scripture. So a person needs to be less concerned about my credentials for writing what I do, and more concerned about what I write.

Many links will be to files on my ministry site:  http://homerkizer.org

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