There Really Is A Twilight Zone

The word “Hell” is a very old English word that originally had nothing to do with the spiritual prison known as Hades. Hell originally referred to the dimension of the occult. The word “occult” comes from the latin “accultist” which means: to cover up, to hide or conceal in order to deceive. The word “Hell” meant: a covered or hidden place. So originally, the word “Hell” was used to define the domain of the occult; the realm of demons and demonic activity; a supernatural realm that exists on the earth, but beyond the 1st three visible dimensions. To put it in simpler language, what you and I might call the Twilight Zone.

The science of a covered or hidden place that's right here with us, but beyond our physics to observe, isn't a new concept. It's been around since the beginning of the curse in Genesis 3. The reality of its existence is Biblically endorsed.

One of the Biblically used terms for these hidden and higher dimensions is what Paul called, “high places” in Ephesians 6:12. In that same verse, he pointed out that these high places (higher dimensions) are the domain of “principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness.” There’s absolutely nothing good said about this place anywhere in the Bible. This hidden Twilight Zone called “Hell” in classic English, and called “High Places” by Paul, would be more appropriately identified in theological terms as the 2nd Heaven.

In the first verse of Genesis, we find God creating the heaven and the earth. Modern English translations render it “heavens” (plural) because they assume Genesis 1:1 was referring to the universe. But in the King James Version, the word “heaven” is singular for a very good reason.

The Hebrew word translated “heaven” is “shamayim” and it’s used in Hebrew for the air, the sky, the universe, the spiritual realm, and the House and Throne of God. While it’s common for an English word to have as many different applications, it’s extremely rare for a digital language like Hebrew. There can be only one reason for this Hebrew anomaly and the King James translators were very well aware of it. In the beginning, the physical and spiritual realm were not the seperate things they are today.

When God created the heaven and the earth in Genesis 1:1, the heaven was one. There was no dimensional division between the physical and the spiritual before the curse in Genesis 3:14-19. This is why you can find God walking through the garden in the cool of the day in Genesis 3:8. It’s also why you can find animals and humans talking to each other in Genesis 3:1-5. These are attributes of a pre-cursed creation when the heaven and the earth were united. But after the curse, the heaven was fractured into three separate domains of dimensional reality. From that point forward, the Bible began to use the word “heaven” in three ways. We know this because of Paul’s own words in 2nd Corinthians 12:1-6 where he spoke of being taken into the “3rd Heaven.”

The 1st Heaven is everything on, in and above the earth that is visible: the air, the sky, the clouds, the sun, the moon, the stars, etc... Whether you’re looking through your window, a telescope or a microscope, you’re looking into the 1st Heaven. It’s made up of 3 spatial dimensions: length, width and height. It’s also made up of a limited temporal dimension that we call “time.”

The 2nd Heaven is everything on, in and above the earth that is INVISIBLE. It exists in spatial dimensions of movement that are higher than the first three and somewhat higher than our limited movement in time, but not unlimited. These are the higher dimensions that Paul referred to as “high places” in Ephesians 6:12 where “principalities, powers and rulers of darkness” dwell. The 2nd Heaven fits the original definition of “Hell” perfectly because it’s a covered and hidden place where schemes, plots and deceptive operations of wickedness are launched into our reality.

The 3rd Heaven exists in spatial dimensions of movement that are higher than those of both the 1st and 2nd Heaven combined. It’s where God’s throne is and it’s the domain that Jesus referred to as, “My Father’s House” in John 14:2. It’s often assumed that this is God’s natural habitat or God’s plane of existence. But this assumption forgets that even Heaven was created by God in Genesis 1:1.

Before the curse of Genesis 3, all three heavens were one. The heaven and the earth was a singular reality made up of at least 10 dimensions. But after the curse, God fractured his 10-dimensional creation into three realities. The lowest of these dimensions became our reality, the highest of these became Heaven, and the middle ground between the two became Hell: a covered and hidden place. The REAL Twilight Zone.

This classical definition of Hell is still used in some of our modern cliches and catchphrases. When we talk about “the powers of Hell,” or when we say “all hell broke loose,” or “what in the hell is going on,” we’re not talking about the spiritual prison known as Hades. We’re talking about the invisible parallel universe from which the principalities, the powers, the rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness intrude upon our lives. This is the classic and appropriate use of the word “Hell” but unfortunately, it’s become synonymous with Hades and a few other words that mean something quite different.


Lazarus Crossing Over

How's it going folks? Here's a little status update for ya. The URL's for both and are now secured under https protection. All audio players have been reformatted. All subject tags have been updated. The new microphone has arrived. The back-up of the hard drive has been completed. From now on, future back-ups will be fast and easy. Now working on the next session in our synchronized study of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. Rather than keep you all waiting until it's finished, I thought I'd start dropping highlights here as I get them.

In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells a story about two men: a rich guy who remains nameless and a poor guy named Lazarus. The first and most important thing you need to know about this story is that it is not a parable. It’s often taught as the “parable” of Lazarus and the rich man, but parables don’t have personal names in them. Jesus introduced the first identity as, “a certain rich man” and the second identity as, “a certain beggar named Lazarus” which indicates that these weren’t meant to be taken as symbolic variables. Parables are always rich with symbolism, but there's nothing to glean from this story other than the obvious. These were real people with real lives. This was an actual account of two human beings to which Jesus was referring and he even told us the beggar’s name was “Lazarus.” The reason he chose to withhold the rich man’s name will become evident as the story unfolds.

In Luke 16:22, Jesus says Lazarus was carried by the angels into Abraham's Bosom. That word “carried” in verse 22 comes from the Greek word “apophero” which literally means, “to bear off, to bring, to carry away” and it implies that the angels brought Lazarus to Abraham using a method of transport that Lazarus didn’t have on his own. It also implies that he had no control over the timing or the speed of the journey.

Was he taken through an interdimensional gateway such as the one Jacob saw in Genesis 28:12? Did the angels use a transdimensional vehicle (chariot of fire) like those mentioned in 2nd Kings? Since only the body is hardware (while the soul is software), they could have transported Lazarus the same way we send information wirelessly from one hardware environment to another.

We don’t know how the angels did it. All we do know is that according to the Lord Jesus, as soon as Lazarus died, he was immediately taken by the angels and carried into the presence of Abraham.

Therefore, Lazarus didn’t linger between two states of being, he didn’t haunt the place where he died, he didn’t haunt anyone left behind, and he didn’t find himself in a long hallway walking toward the light. With all due respect to those who have had near-death experiences, it is critically important to understand that a near-death experience, while it is very real and supernatural in nature, it is not the same thing as an actual death experience. People who come close to death, who may have even been declared legally dead for a short period of time, do not have the same experiences as those who actually die. If it weren’t for the testimony of Jesus here in this passage, we wouldn’t know this to be true. But since we do have Jesus’ testimony, we can take great comfort in it. We’ll discuss hauntings and near-death experiences later in this study.


Remembering Chuck Missler

1934  ~  2018

It was a good facebook friend who notified me of Chuck Missler's passing just short of an hour after the news had been officially released. I couldn't describe how I was feeling. A great part of me was so happy for Chuck because I knew where he was. I knew how much he loved the Lord and how much he longed to be reunited with his wife Nancy and two sons, who were all there waiting for him. But I was also very sad. I couldn't imagine Chuck not being here anymore, although it's probably not that long before we'll catch up to him.

I was introduced to Chuck Missler in 1994 through a short series of VHS-recorded lectures that he gave on signs in the heavens and the mysteries of the planet Mars. I wasn't told anything about them except, "You need to watch this." It was definitely a pivotal moment in my spiritual walk. I remember as I watched the amateur video come into focus, I saw what looked like a classroom environment. A man in his 50's, wearing a suit and tie, stood behind a teacher's podium. I remember thinking that he looked to me like a man with an intelligence background. (It turns out that he WAS a man with an intelligence background, but I didn't know that at the time.) He held in his hand the remote-control to the classroom's slide-projector. On the massive screen behind him was a chart of the heavens. He wasted no time getting to the point. For the next three hours, I was "Red-Pilled" about a great many historical and scientific subjects of Biblical relevance; irrefutable and ground-breaking information that I had never heard before from either school or church.

I was not an impressionable person. It's never been in my nature to attach immediate fandom onto a public personality, especially when it came to ministry. I've always been very guarded and heavily critical when listening to anyone in ministry speak. Somehow, Chuck Missler had managed to work around the walls I had built up. He didn't come across as a pastor. He didn't come across as some deep theologian. Rather, he came across as a learned scientist and researcher with an intelligence background and an expertise in the information sciences who couldn't wait to share with the rest of us what he had discovered in his research.

After my exposure to Chuck through this amateur video, I got my hands on a set of audio cassette tapes that were released officially from Chuck's ministry, Koinonia House. They were a set of 24 individual lectures which studied the entire Gospel of John, chapter by chapter and verse by verse. I had never been exposed to anything like this. Each lecture was usually around 90 minutes long. There were no announcements, no pleas for funding, no cheesy worship music, no spiritual cliche's, just a straight-forward 90-minute Bible study. I would learn more Biblical truth in one lecture than I had ever learned in a lifetime of church attendance.

After obtaining this set of tapes from Koinonia House, I started receiving their free monthly news letter in the mail. Each issue was filled with over 40 pages of articles and transcripts of Chuck's various lectures. At the back of the magazine was an order form where I could find a full inventory of every book of the Bible for which Chuck had published lectures, as well as various topical studies like the one I saw on the mysteries of Mars. I saw titles such as, "Genesis & The Big Bang" and "The Flood Of Noah" and "The Creator Beyond Time And Space." I was hooked.

I was still a young man back in those days, inundated with countless conflicting interests, so I didn't race through the materials like I do today. It took me about 2 years to get through all 24 tapes on the book of John. I listened to bits and pieces with my morning coffee. I listened as I traveled around Texas in my 91 Ford Ranger. It's amazing to me now as I reflect back on those days, how clearly I can hear Chuck's voice from memories that are decades old.

One of the tapes in that first set was a primer for those just getting started. It was called, "Why Take The Bible Seriously." In this lecture, Chuck made so many points for which he is now famous. It was in this lecture that I first heard about the hidden message in the genealogy of Genesis 5. It was in this lecture that I first heard about the science of the creation, the science of God, the physics of hyperspace and the scientific / mathematical impossibility that is called evolution. To this day, I can still hear Chuck say with great conviction, "Our school science books are filled with fraud, not mistakes, FRAUD, because there are equations in them that violate every known law of science. When you take their equations and plug into them what we now know about the size and age of the universe and it's mass, it turns out that there hasn't been enough time, there isn't enough space and there isn't enough material." From this tape, I also learned about the law of entropy which states that all things go from order to disorder - the exact opposite of what the theory of evolution presumes. It was also from this tape that I first heard Chuck's famous "Peanut Butter" analogy. (If memory serves, I think Chuck actually wound up using a jar of Gerber Baby Food this time around, but most of the time he used a jar of Peanut Butter.)

This particular tape is a priceless treasure to me today. The lecture on Mars may have been my introduction, but "Why Take The Bible Seriously" was the first tape that I heard that made me go back, listen to it again, take notes, and then listen again and again and again. Sadly, this lecture is no longer available in it's original version. As recording equipment improved, Chuck re-gave many of his older lectures for the newer formats. They're just as good, many of them are superior. But for the sake of nostalgia, I'm so glad I still have my original copy.

In 1996, I bought the lecture set for Revelation. I got through those tapes a little faster than the book of John. By this time, I had already bought a new Bible and started taking notes. I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into this heavy study.

In 1998, I became a subscriber to Chuck's K-Rations package which sent out a weekly tape of whatever the latest Bible study was. The book of Hebrews was the current lecture series Chuck was in the process of doing at the time. With this weekly Bible study came a short and concise news summary of current events of Biblical relevance. Only us Chuck Missler people know what it feels like to come home from work, open your mailbox and see that thick brown envelope with red letters "K-Rations" stamped on it. When that tape arrived, you knew exactly what you were going to do for the next 2 hours. (15 minutes: strip and quick shower, 15 minutes: cook a quick supper, 90 minutes: Bible Study with Chuck Missler.)

In that same year, I splurged an entire bonus check on a massive pile of individual briefing packs. Each package was a 2-tape set, each tape between an hour to 90 minutes long, covering individual topics of special interest. Among the briefings I ordered, one in particular caught my curiosity. The picture on the cover was a picture of Stonehenge with three flying saucers hovering overhead. The title of this briefing was, "Return Of The Nephilim." This was the first time I ever heard that word. Based upon the historical, scientific and Biblical accuracy of everything else Chuck had taught so far, I couldn't wait to find out what this was all about. I remember where I was, the room I was in, even the space of the room that my eyes were fixed upon when the reality of this teaching sank in. Shortly after that, I ordered and read the book, "Alien Encounters" for FULL DISCLOSURE.

By the turn of the 21st century, Chuck Missler began phasing out the audio cassette tapes for MP3 downloads and/or CD-ROMS. During this time period, I worked as a data processor for an insurance company. It was very repetitive work and mind numbing. Fortunately, we were allowed by the task masters to wear earphones. So I brought Chuck Missler to work with me. I listened to around 3 to 4 tapes (or MP3's) per day.

In December of 2005, three friends and I took a road trip to the Dallas area to meet Chuck in person. When we arrived at the church where he was scheduled to speak, we walked into the foyer and noticed a long table where stacks of books, tapes and CD-ROMS were sitting to pick up and purchase. There were two men who were standing in front of the table. Both of them had their backs to us when we walked in. The one on the left was sipping hot coffee from a small styrofoam cup. The one of the right was stooped over the table reading titles and product descriptions. The man on the right said, "You know, the stores won't carry any of this, not even the Christian stores, so it's very refreshing to see all of this here for sale." Then the man on the left, as he lifted his cup of coffee to his lips, said, "Well you know, it wouldn't be a temple court without money changers." As they both laughed, that's when I noticed the fellow with the coffee was Chuck Missler.

I walked up to him and extended my hand to shake his and said, "Dr. Missler?" He grabbed my hand and said, "Yes..." I said, "It's nice to finally meet you in person. I've been listening to your materials for more than 10 years." He smiled and laughed from his belly and said, "...and you came anyway! That's impressive!" I laughed and asked, "I've already bought a copy of your book 'Alien Encounters' but I see here that it's been updated. What's in here that's new?" He took the book out of my hand and said, "Oh! Let me show you! It's the smoking gun!" He turned to the back of the book and showed me new digitally enhanced photographs of Gen. Ramey holding a piece of paper which when enhanced, the phrase "victims of the wreck" and "in the disk they will ship" could be seen.

On a sidenote, so you'll understand the humor in what I'm about to share with you, Chuck always loved to say somewhere in his lectures on the UFO phenomenon that one of the most commonly asked questions he gets during a Q&A session is, "What really happened at Roswell." I heard Chuck say this in the briefing pack, "Return Of The Nephilim" and again during the "Alien Encounters Conference" which was recorded and packaged in a tape set back in 1997. Chuck says, "Whenever I travel and give a lecture or do a Bible study, most of the time there's a Q&A session after. And one of the most common, if not THE most common question I get is, 'What really happened at Roswell?' The truth is, we don't know what happened at Roswell because it's classified information. But we do know what happened exactly 9 months after Roswell... Al Gore was born." As the audience laughs, Chuck usually says, "It turns out he really was. I'm not implying there's actually a connection of any kind, but it's just one of those interesting little facts that I thought you'd find entertaining."

After Chuck and I finished talking about the smoking gun in the back of the book, I decided to go ahead and purchase the book and asked if he would autograph it for me. He said, "Sure! I'd be glad to. My pleasure." He wrote, "In His Name. Chuck Missler."

Then as he handed the book back to me, he had a gleam in his eye and a mischievous smile. I smiled back at him curiously. He leaned over and whispered, "I was wondering if you would do me a favor." I said, "Anything." He said, "After the lecture, during the audience Q & A, I want you to get first in line and ask me, "What really happened at Roswell?" I smiled and asked, "Is that the reason why it's the most common question you're ever asked?" He smiled and said, "That's right." LOL!! That was an unforgettable event.

I was always fond of Chuck's style of humor. One of my favorites is the story he likes to tell about a late night conversation he had with Hal Lindsey. They both knew full well that Jesus emphatically said that no man knows the day or the hour. But Chuck said to Hal, "Hal, I don't know the day, but I think I've determined the hour. It's 2 AM" So Hal, stirring his coffee, thought about what Chuck had said and mulled it over, thought about it, thought some more, and then Hal asked, "Wait a minute, Chuck. WHERE will it be 2 AM?" And Chuck said, "That's the part I haven't figured out yet."

Between 2008 and 2009, I hosted a political talk show at Blog Talk Radio that I called, "JPA Live." As politics became more and more confusing without the infusion of Biblical insights, I started interjecting the Bible into the program. I lost a lot of listeners because of that, but I also gained some listeners. (This is what eventually led to the creation of Founding Word.) In November of 2009, one of my co-hosts surprised me when she told me she had reserved Chuck Missler as a guest on the JPA Live program. Most of the listeners in my audience back then didn't know who he was, but I made sure they found out. Once I had finished my introduction and asked Chuck a question, he took over the show. It was a blast!

By 2010, most of Chuck Missler's lectures came to me through podcasts and YouTube videos. For a short while, I was subscribed to their "Online Berean Fellowship" program.

Starting around 2012 or so, I bravely began to step out into deeper waters and began listening to other good Bible teachers and prophecy watchers. I relied upon the Bible and Spiritual discernment to separate the wheat from the chaff. But as I began to become more acquainted with these newer teachers, I soon learned that the one thing they all had in common was their mutual love and respect for Chuck Missler. He has inspired so many.

In 2014, Chuck started a weekly Q & A webcast with Ron Matsen in New Zealand. These were a huge blessing to me. I never missed an episode. These video sessions with Chuck seemed far more close and intimate than what we were used to seeing. Chuck was getting older and didn't try to hide it. Close associates of the ministry were also dealing with painful issues of the times. Chuck and Ron dared to dive deeply into these issues as all of us within the body of Christ were experiencing more and more of what Paul called, "Perilous times."

In 2015, Chuck's beloved wife Nancy passed away. I could tell this took a major toll on Chuck as he loved her very much. Their relationship is a whole other story I could write about, but I won't do that here. Let's just say, it's a beautiful testimony to what God can do for any marriage when He's put first and foremost at the center of it. On April 30, 2018, Chuck was reunited with his wife.

The body of Christ has lost a great and wonderful teacher, but Jesus taught us that our REAL teacher is the Holy Spirit. The REAL reason we all loved Chuck so much was because of how much God, through Chuck, brought us closer to Himself and His Word. That's a valuable, precious, life-altering gift like nothing no one else can give. Chuck and Nancy fulfilled their mission statement to the letter, which was "To create, develop, and distribute materials to stimulate, encourage, and facilitate serious study of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God." They did just that. With their mission accomplished, God called them home.

The earliest recordings of Chuck's Bible commentaries are available online at no charge. More recent editions of Chuck's Bible commentaries are available for purchase at the Koinonia House Resource Center or available to stream on demand at K-House TV.

One last story about Chuck. He used to tell the joke about the Apostle Paul being from the south, but not from Texas. He said, "You can tell that Paul was a southerner because he always signed his letters, "Grace and peace to you all." But we know he's not from Texas because he said in Philippians 4:11 that whatsoever state he found himself therewith to be content."

During Chuck's visit to Dallas, after the Q & A, he said how much he had enjoyed his stay and looked forward to coming back. So I said, "Then you can't tell any more jokes about Paul not being from Texas." He pointed to me and said, "Oh yes I can."


I'm Back ! ! ! ! ! ! !

My old PC of 13 years which ran perfectly on Windows XP, finally died and I've been without anyway to get online for some time now. But thanks to a big surprise from the Lord through a loving and loyal listener of Founding Word, I was able to get back online. I'm now learning the ropes of an iMac. It's lightning fast and from what I've been told, there are possibilities that I haven't even discovered yet.

To accompany this new iMac, I've ordered a brand new studio quality microphone for the Founding Word podcast. The old microphone was older than the PC. It was 19 years old. Like the PC, it served me well but in time, it became more sensitive to background noise than it was to my voice. It didn't matter where I sat in proportion to the microphone, how loud or soft I spoke, a bird chirping in a tree three houses down the road could be heard with more clarity than my own mouth just inches from the microphone.

Breathing was also becoming difficult in that each breath between words became louder than the words themselves. Have you ever tried to speak and hold your breath at the same time? It's not easy. Settings, gains, treble, base, high ends, low ends, none of the settings mattered. The podcast was beginning to sound like an obscene phone call at 2AM.

The sounds of the letters P, T, F, B and so many other letters couldn't be pronounced either without causing a heavy pop in the audio. Pop guards didn't protect against it either.

In order to get the sound just right, I had to correct it with heavy edits and several different filters through audio manipulation software which was very time consuming and even after that, I was never satisfied with how it sounded.

This new microphone that's on it's way, accompanied with the new iMac, will greatly improve the sound quality of the Founding Word podcast and will enable me to complete each session in a much more timely fasion.

So here's the plan folks. The synchronized study of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John NEEDS to be completed. It will be. I also want to get started on a new VIDEO series covering the Armor of God, examining each and every piece along with battle techniques, defensive postures and strategies against the enemy. Now that I've got a better computer, I'm also brain storming on possibly doing something live, like a call-in show or something. Anyways, that's what's rolling around up in my brain. The last time I rattled it and let you all know what was up in there, my computer crashed and I went AWOL for 3 months. So we'll see what happens.