The author Andrew A. Cullen has been writing under the pen name of P. R. Otokletos since 2004 when he began writing/blogging Messianic Jewish/Hebraic Roots commentaries across a broad range of topics.
Responsive to G_D's amazing gift of redemption ... the author is now part of an emerging movement of believing Jews as well as former Christians recapturing the Hebraic roots of the Messianic faith. A movement that openly receives not just the redemptive grace of the Gospel but also the transformational lifestyle that comes with joyful pursuit of G_D's Sacred Torah … just as it was in the first century Ce for the original followers of Messiah.
Despite a successful career in politics and business, the author is now driven first and foremost by a desire to understand as best as possible the great G_D of Israel ... his Messiah Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew/Aramaic) and the plan for the restoration of creation. To this end the author has been led over the years to study the Hebrew and Greek Holy Scriptures, in a Hebraic context in order to get past the delusions of "this temporal world" and the mainline religions … to get at the truth!
The author is convinced that nearly two thousand years of wayward understanding of the Biblical texts and man-made doctrine has significantly shrouded humanity's view of G_D … his Messiah … and even the very Gospel message itself. Consequently the author has been led to dedicate his time and efforts to offer humanity a different perspective of the G_D of Israel … a different perspective of Messiah Yeshua … a different perspective of the Gospel message in the hopes that some might be awakened to pursue a covenantal relationship with G_D as defined within Holy Scriptures.
There is indeed a veil of ignorance that thickens all around us and is keeping us from our destiny … from our restoration. Like others who can see past this shroud, the author labors for no other reason than to give G_D the glory he is due! Ultimately it is all about G_D and Messiah Yeshua in whom all authority has been vested!
The author hosts a web-site " http://pr.otokletos.org/ where numerous Messianic Hebraic materials are provided free of charge.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in a blue collar section of Philadelphia ... being the third of six children. Despite our modest life style, the experience brings back fond memories. Back then the school/church community was important and served as a central focus in our lives.
Although I drifted away from my religious practices after graduating from college, I never really lost the knowledge of G_D. To this day I remain grateful to my parents for instilling within me the seeds of faith … even though my understanding of G_D today is far different than what my parents would have viewed as appropriate and or orthodox.
Regarding any influence on my approach to writing; it would have to be admitted that the straight forward candor which Philadelphians are known for probably surfaces within my writing style. This candor when combined with a "historical studies background" often times results in a style that may appear aggressive to some readers … but in all reality the approach is designed to simply get to truth and do so through the presentation of supportable materials.
Given the religious nature of the writings I have been led to produce ... it would seem that the style is appropriate for the non-fiction works that have been published over the last decade.
When did you first start writing?
Actually my writing and professional careers have always intersected. From a business perspective my jobs over the years have often times entailed generation of various sorts of collateral … business plans, technical documents, policies & procedures, patent filings, training manuals, etc. As such writing has always been integral to what I do on a regular basis.
As it pertains to my books and religious commentaries however … this began back in 2004 after I was scooped back up off the floor by G_D and given redemption. Praise Messiah!
Responsive to the gifts received and the truths revealed … well there is not much to say other than G_D began doing his thing and quite frankly I've only attempted to stay out of the way and let him work.
Coming to an understanding through introspection and an eye opening awakening that the roots of faith in Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamashiach in Hebrew) are in fact integrally Hebraic in nature … I've personally been on a journey where the Biblical texts have come to life in a manner that is often times hard to describe. Consequently this Hebraic perspective has yielded an understanding of G_D and the Gospel of Messiah that would have been quite foreign to me years ago. This same understanding has dramatically changed my life and in many respects my writings are a reflection of this awakening.
It would certainly appear that G_D has prodded and enabled me to put this new understanding into written works so that others may also receive what has been given freely.
It should be noted as well that for this reason these non-fiction commentaries/writings are offered free of charge to anyone led to receive them.
This commentary, the fourth full length book from the author, provides a broad sweeping overview of Hebraic Prayer in a traditional mainstream Jewish as well as a Messianic Judaism or Hebrew Roots perspective. Within this work, Hebraic prayer is viewed within a Tanakh and B'rit Chadasha perspective culminating with the revelation that Yeshua (Jesus) is in fact the object and objective of prayer.
This work is a Hebrew Roots - Messianic Judaism perspective into the prophecy of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) … regarding the church messages found in The Revelation. Exposed is the path of the church as seen through history over the last 2000 years even to these end times. This work explores how Christianity has failed to heed the prophetic warnings so mercifully provided within G_D's Torah.
This work leverages a Hebrew Roots-Messianic Judaism framework to explore how satan works against humanity in these end times through confusion to keep people from the true Gospel and relationship offered by G_D. Exposed in prophecy is the false wisdom of this so called enlightened world as well as the solution for humanity - which is Grace and Torah provided by G_D through Yeshua HaMashiach.
This work details G_D's great plan for restoration as revealed through the eternal Holy Days and prophecy contained with G_D's Torah and does so from a Messianic Judaism or Hebrew Roots perspective. As we approach the end times both Jewish believers and adherents of Christianity should grasp the awesome fulfillment of the Feasts by, in and through Israel's Mashiach Yeshua (Jesus Christ).