Bill Etem. Ex-Math teacher, ex-office worker, ex-lot of stuff. Ex-Football Coach at Notre Dame - at the High School of that name in Los Angeles, not the University in South Bend, IN. B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. I'm living in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. Before Minneapolis I was in Mexico for 20 months. Before that I was in L.A. for three years. I've traveled all round France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland... Canada...most of the 50 states in of the USA. As for living for 20 months in Mexico, it was mostly in Oaxaca. So far my writing has only earned me a stack of rejection letters. Therefore I spend a lot of time trying to improve my books - trying to make everything very professional - so we'll see what results from all the hard work.
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It's a chore to edit `Constitutional History of the Western World'. There is a minor problem in that Smashwords doesn't like italized titles, and it's a hassle to put quotation marks aroud the title of every book I quote. I've been converting scripture references from Roman numerals to Arabic. I used Roman numerals in the beginning because tons of classic books use Roman numerals, and youngsters need to know how to read classics...Yes,Isaiah Lix. 20-21 just doesn't work as well as Isaiah 59. 20-21. And, I know, Ezekiel 36. 24-28 is easier on the eyes than Ezekiel xxxvi. 24-28.
If you want something more concise than the 400,000+ word `Constitutional History of the Western World' then have a look at my two attempts to paraphrase it - `The Archangel Michael vs. the Antichrist' and `The ABCs of Christianity'. Christians are supposed to be ready with an answer to give to people who want to see evidence in favor of Christianity. St. Paul prophesied in Acts 20. 29-31 that fierce wolves would enter the flock of Christians. That prophecy was soon fulfilled. Christ said, when He had relatively few followers, that the gospel would be preached to the entire world. That prophesy has been fulfilled. Ezekiel 36. 24-28 - which says that God will gather the Jews in the Holy Land and will put His Spirit into them - is very interesting. Christians can't see how it was fulfilled after the return from the Babylonian Captivity. The teachings of Jesus certainly don't say that the Spirit of God was put into the Jews at that time. It has been 65 years since the State of Israel was founded - and the Jews haven't been converted to Christianity yet, so, what are we to conclude? 65 years is a long time, the conversion of the Jews seems quite tardy! Still, Ezekiel 36. 24-28 doesn't give an exact timetable, it doesn't say the conversion of the Jews must transpire at the exact same time as the founding of the State of Israel. No doubt all this talk about the conversion of the Jews will anger Jews, but we must have some patience while we run through the possibilities. If Psalm 2 is true, then the Son will rule the world with a rod of iron. This Son is either Jesus or he is not Jesus. If Jesus is not the True Messiah, then those who refuse to renounce Jesus will be crushed when the true Messiah arrives. The Jews might have some pity on us poor Christians who refuse to renounce Jesus! All of Christianity is invalidated if Jesus is a false Messiah. Matthew 24. 27 tells us the Second Coming of Christ will happen in unmistakeable fashion: it will be like the lightning which flashes from east to west. So, Christians insist, if a person arrives on earth in a way which does not resemble a lightning flash, then he can not be the Messiah. 2 Thess 2 deals with the man of sin - the Antichrist. And Daniel 12. 1 deals with the archangel Michael. Don't you think the Great Tribulation involves confusion over who is Michael and who is the Antichrist? I mean, Christ's Second Coming happens in a way which is very unambiguous. But there is ambiguity surrounding Michael and the Antichrist. Daniel 12.1 tells us there will be a time of trouble such as never was when Michael shows up to deliver the Jews. Presumably Michael will deliver the Jews by converting the Jews to the True Faith. And, presumably, the Antichrist will lead people to perdition by leading them away from the True Faith. Perhaps the Antichrist will convert the Jews to a false version of Christianity, and years or decades elapse before Michael shows up to convert the Jews to the True Faith. Or perhaps not. The key point is that you have to know what the True Faith is in order to know if you are being led to the True Faith, or being led away from the True Faith. You can't know who Michael is, and you can't know who the Antichrist is, if you don't know what the True Faith is. There are many different versions of Christianity to choose from! There's the Roman Catholic version of Christianity, the Eastern Orthodox version, the Anglican version, the Mormon version, the Baptist version etc., etc. The Roman Catholics insist Michael is a Roman Catholic, and therefore the Roman Catholics insist Michael will preach Roman Catholicism: the Pope is the true leader on earth of God's True Church, always obey the Pope, the Inquisition is the `Holy Office' - so don't say the Inquisition was unholy! This doctrine sounds all wrong to people who say the Inquisition was unholy, not holy. But if the archangel Michael is a Roman Catholic, then you can't expect Michael to say things that are anti-Catholic, and it is anti-Catholic to say that `The Holy Office' was unholy. Now if Roman Catholicism is a false faith, then, obviously, the archangel Michael won't lead souls to Rome. So, you can see why there would be a time of trouble such as never was when Michael shows up: he is bound to insult and offend many people. If the archangel Michael is Roman Catholic, then Michael will offend everyone who is not Catholic. Of course if Michael is not Catholic, then this changes things. According to Roman Catholicism, it is all very simple: if a person is anti-Catholic then he can not possibly be the archangel Michael, but he might be the Antichrist.
In any event, the only way you could know if you were being led to the True Faith, or if you were being being led away from the True Faith, is if you actually knew what the True Faith is. We know Christianity is divided into many different sects and creeds. If Mormonism is a false version of Christianity, then a Mormon will think Michael is a liar when Michael tells the Mormon that he is lost in a false creed. Michael is telling the truth, the Mormon is indeed lost in a false creed! - but the lost soul, the Mormon, will insist that he holds to the True Faith, and therefore the lost soul might tend to think that the archangel Michael is the Antichrist. So, if lost souls cling to their false creeds, if they resist being led to the True Faith when Michael tries to lead them to the True Faith, then you can see how big problems would arise, how problems resembling a Great Tribulation would arise. During the Apocalypse we have a titanic conflict: we have the children of light vs. the children of darkness. During the Apocalype, the children of light will recognize reality, they will not be deluded, they will know who Michael is and they will know who the Antichrist is - and they will know what the True Faith is - these are some of the key attributes of the children of light - but as for the children of darkness, they will be lost and deluded, they will think the True Faith is an evil faith - that's just the way the children of darkness think! - and therefore the children of darkness might think Michael is the Antichrist, and they might think the Antichrist is Michael.
I know people tend to think the Great Tribulation is all about confusion over who is Christ and who is Antichrist, but again, if you can trust Matthew 24. 27, then you will know when Christ arrives on earth: you will know when the Second Coming happens, and you will know who Christ is when He arrives, and therefore there won't be any confusion about this. As I accept Matthew 24. 27 as trustworthy, I think it is far more likely that the Great Tribulation deals with confusion over who is Michael and who is the Antichrist? rather than the question: who is Christ?
`Amanda's War' is not a preachy novel in any way, though there's a connection between it and my non-fiction via I Samuel 15. 23 `rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft' because `Amanda's War' deals with the theme of witchcraft, and `Constitutional History of the Western World' deals with religion and rebellion. There are other connections between my fiction and my non-fiction. It would be best to let the reader discover these for himself rather than for me to conduct a university extension course on these subjects in my bio section. But I should say a few things: in `Amanda's War' we are introduced to a character named Haakon Sovant. That's a nom de guerre: he's pretending to be someone that he's not for purposes useful in espionage and in his work as a body guard. Body guards are needed to protect a rich guy from some gangsters. The rich guy is receiving their extortion letters. Extortion letters are somewhat like religious books. The Koran has Allah threatening non-Muslims and insincere Muslims with hellfire if they don't convert and become good sincere Muslims. The New Testament is a document which is filled with terrifying threats. We're made an offer we can't refuse! Note for example all the threats being made in Matthew 5. 22, Matthew 7. 13-14, Matthew 25. 31-46, Luke 16. 19-31, Galatians 1. 8, II Thess 1. 7-9 etc. I'm a Christian and I'm not complaining about the threats. I'm just saying they are threats and people should be aware that they exist and they are threatening. Of course this is Old News to most people.
In the microcosm, in `Amanda's War', Haakon Sovant, the ex- spy and current body guard - and of course there's a natural connection between body guards and guardian angels - in any event, Haakon Sovant, the man with the nom de guerre, suffers a traumatic experience. And then he changes because of this traumatic experience. The novel leaves the reader asking: does Haakon Sovant change because of benevolent forces or because of malevolent forces?
In the macrocosm, where not merely one fictional character changes - but where lots of real people change - where billions of people change during the traumatic experience known as The Great Tribulation - see Daniel 12. 1 and the Book of Revelation for more info on this - one is led to ask: are these billions of people changing because of malevolent forces or because of benevolent forces?
The ABCs of Christianity
by Bill Etem
Approx. 20,220 words.
Published on December 5, 2013.
`The ABCs of Christianity' deals with the sign of the cross and with 2 Thess 2 - this scripture deals with the Antichrist and the falling away from the True Faith. `The ABCs of Christianity' encapsulates in 20,000 words the most controversial part of `Constitutional History of the Western World'.
The Archangel Michael vs. The Antichrist
by Bill Etem
Approx. 10,170 words.
Published on October 11, 2013.
This is an introduction to my 400,000+ word `Constitutional History of the Western World'. And `Constitutional History of the Western World' is a paraphrase of Judaism, Islam, Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Church of England, Mormonism etc., etc.
by Bill Etem
Approx. 45,320 words.
Published on July 31, 2012.
`Amanda's War' gives readers mystery, romance, intrigue and adventure: a 12-year-old girl makes some mistakes and is then forced to run from the police.
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