THE HOPE OF GLORY – A Preview of Things to Come

The Hope of Glory
A Preview of Things to Come

Warren Henderson, the author of “THE HOPE OF GLORY” was an aerospace engineer who has been serving the Lord in “full time” ministry for many years now. He is an itinerant Bible teacher and has written over 30 books. He is currently writing a “Devotional Study” series on the books of the Old Testament. Study Books on 31 books of the Bible have already been published. Warren’s goal is to complete the series this year.

The description on the back of “THE HOPE OF GLORY” gives a detailed look into the questions that will be answered.

“The whole Bible is an expression of divine truth. Our understanding of that truth is not gained by the private interpretation of any one particular Scripture (2 Peter 1:20), but rather through the guidance of the Holy Spirit in comparing Scripture with Scripture (1 Corinthians 2:13). By reviewing the whole of Scripture, we are able to answer with a high degree of confidence such questions as:

Does God have a future plan to bless the Jewish nation of Israel?

How does His agenda for the Jewish people differ from His future plans for the Church?

Is the Church to be looking for the coming of the Antichrist or Christ Himself?

Has Christ already come for the Church?

Is it true that Christ will not return until the Church prepares His kingdom?

A literal interpretation of Scripture naturally leads to a literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Accordingly, many jet unfulfilled Bible prophecies simply call our attention to a future day in which God will honor His Word.” –Warren Henderson-

THINGS TO COME

I think we can say that we all would like to know what the future or better yet what God has planned for us! Studying the word of God can be a challenge sometimes. It is always a blessing to find study guides written by brothers and/or sisters in Christ who are committed to the Truth!

The writing is not only backed up by Scripture but also refers to and quotes facts and statistics from today – the world we live in!

Reading “THE HOPE OF GLORY” opened up a look inside the so far fulfilled prophecies and the events still to come! Warren does not hesitate to present different views that are out there. Like mentioned before he does, though, back up his views with Scripture itself.

In Ezekiel 17:21 we learn that God “will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land” Warren says that “the Lord has promised to bring the Jews back to their homeland from all nations.”

Here is a copy of a chart showing the reality of migration of Jews back to their homeland. At the same time it brings the RAPTURE into close proximity.

“Percent of Jews Worldwide
Year    /    Back in Israel
1882          0%
1900          1%
1925          1%
1939          3%
1948          6%
1955          13%
1970          20%
1980          25%
1990          30%
2000          37%

2010          42%
  2012          43%”

I highly recommend this book if you are interested in the “Things to Come”, Christ’s Second Advent, the Rapture, understanding of the prophesies of the Old Testament, and want to know what Heaven will be like!

“THE HOPE OF GLORY – A Preview of Things to Come”
by Warren Henderson – Copyright 2014
Perfect Bound ISBN 978-1-939770-24-0
eBook ISBN 978-1-939770-25-7


Available at many online retail stores and at:
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Do you think that we are getting close to the Rapture? Let us know, we are always looking forward to your comments.

LESSON LEARNED FROM SELF-PUBLISHING – USING A SPECIAL LAYOUT IN THE BOOK!

My Opa (Grandpa) always said:  “You learn something new every day!”

He was so right!


Even though we have self-published before we learned something new during our recent self-publishing adventure.  Authors who publish a book with a different or special layout other than a normal book should keep an eye on this!

SPECIAL LAYOUT:

The Study Guide has a special layout as it has two columns of text per page.  When you open the Study Guide you see four columns side by side over two pages.  (Example below)

The way to study is to:

FIRST – read e.g. verse 1 of the true Scripture of Revelation in the very left column.

SECOND – you move over to the next column and read the commentary to verse 1.

Third – another column over you can find the text of the reference verse(s) -spelled out- that you found in the commentary referring to verse 1 (this way you don’t have to search back and forth for them in your Bible).

Fourth – coming to the very right column you find the commentary on the reference verse(s).

We chose this format so that without turning any pages the student can use time more effectively.  This also promotes and enhances ease of understanding.

We emailed the manuscript to the designer who was going to prepare it for printing.  He changed the font and spaced the lines appropriately to make reading more pleasant to the eyes of the reader.  All of this was greatly appreciated.

However, and here is something you might want to keep an eye on if you have a special layout and self-publish.

The “page layout” we chose stayed the same which proved to be a serious mistake!  We had set our pages at minimum margins in order to fit each chapter on one page and to keep everything side by side in context.  (This is where the “NO” experience with special layout comes into play)!  When you are self-publishing you have to educate yourself and be in discussion with the publisher/designer to get recommendations for change if necessary.

All the proofs we received via email looked great on the computer screen.  When we finally received a printed copy we noticed that the inside of the Study Guide looked unprofessional with the text almost touching the binding due to the narrow margins!

So we went back to the drawing board  We made the margins wider, cut the texts in the appropriate places to keep the context, and added a number of pages to the manuscript.

Originally we had 84 pages. Now we have close to 150 pages which is actually a good thing. With 84 pages the book was very thin and almost disappeared out of view on the bookshelf. Now with 150pages it should show up between the other books!

All in all a good and, in the end, valuable experience!

DO YOU HAVE ANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM SELF-PUBLISHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?
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What was Mike’s motivation to put this Study Guide together?

The inspiration for this book came from three important sources.

First, the Book, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, tells us in chapter 1, verse 3: “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

This was and still is the first motivation—for others to be blessed by learning both of God’s truths and of His warnings. His warning, “for the time is near,” is the second impetus.

With the violence and divisions in today’s society this study guide is remarkably relevant. People are asking, “What’s happening?”

The subjects of Global Warming, Climate Change, increased numbers of earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, tsunamis, mass school shootings, are called the birth pains of the great tribulation. The leanings toward “one world government” which will result in people following the antichrist instead of the Lord Jesus Christ are also prophesied. With all the madness going on in this world around us today, the time for Christ’s return is surely imminent.

The third incentive (the one that reminded me, “the best way to get something done is to begin,”) came from our local assembly’s participants in a weekly Bible study who requested a meaningful, thorough, quality study in the Book of Revelation.

Due to the state of affairs surrounding every human being in this otherwise unpredictable world, this explanation of the prophecy in Revelation should arouse much interest. With clarity readers and hearers will see the tremendous eternal value of believing in Jesus Christ truly being their Savior (so that they will not reject Him). This belief is what saves them from being left behind to suffer the great seven-year tribulation and possibly worse…if even imaginable—eternal consciousness in the lake of fire.


Lessons learned during the publishing process! 
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WHAT IS DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST ABOUT?

Considering all the horrible, revolting things we hear in the news of these days, Digging Deep into the Revelation of Jesus Christ is not only fitting, but also incredibly necessary for eternal souls.

The Book of Revelation is difficult to grasp.  Nevertheless, Revelation 1:3 and 22:7 tell us that we will be blessed if we do.  Let’s have another look at the Scriptures:

Revelation 1:3 NKJV
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Revelation 22:7 NKJV
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

This guide, first of all, contains the complete New King James Version Bible Scriptures of The Revelation of Jesus Christ and the reference Scriptures.  Secondly, an enormous benefit of the layout (which we discussed earlier) is that without turning any pages, the reader has four columns side by side to use time more effectively and to enhance ease of understanding.

Studying the Book of Revelation, we learn of both: God’s truths and His warnings – for the time is near-.  With all the madness going on in this world around us today, the time for Christ’s return is surely imminent.

This study guide points out that the Lord Jesus Christ is Almighty Jehovah God and that He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.  
“Of the 404 verses in Revelation, 265 contain verses alluding to 550 Old Testament references”.  The Book of Revelation points out how those who believe in God will literally be taken to heaven, and those who do not believe will undergo the tremendous tribulation events which are described in breathtaking detail. The ones who accept the Lord Jesus as their Savior during the tribulation will probably be killed for doing so, and the ones who continue to reject Him will suffer eternally in the lake of fire.

The overall theme of this study guide is for the readers and hearers to realize the eternal importance of believing the truth and to not reject Jesus Christ who, with His Father and Spirit, is the only God who saves us humans from His wrath.  His anger with us is caused by our offending Him.

All God asks, is that we know Him…that we believe in Him!

May God be honored and glorified!

Feel free to let us know what you think or ask a question! Would love to hear from our readers.


What was Mike’s motivation to put this Study Guide together?
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Getting the Manuscript Publisher Ready!

A contract had been signed with the publisher.  The next step was to prepare the Manuscript according to the publisher’s specifications. It had to be portrait page layout and maximum 2 columns per page.  This made sense as each page of the final book would have 2 columns on opposite pages making 4 columns side by side in plain view!

This didn’t take too much effort because Mike had written it in landscape page layout with 2 columns per page!  We changed it to portrait and made sure that the “page breaks” were in the correct places.

Quotations and Referencing the Sources

The next step took a bit more effort and time!  When Mike first started putting this Study Guide together it was only to be used in our small Bible Study Group which meant that he didn’t keep a record of WHERE he quoted commentaries from.

This brings us to the COPYRIGHT issue which is very important if you want to go public with your writing!

You can probably imagine what our next step was going to be!!!  YES, I combed through the entire commentaries in the manuscript and compared them to the commentary books on hand trying to locate where and what Mike quoted from whom.  It was tedious but lesson learnt for next time!

Finally the quoted material was referenced. Now the question was: “Do we need PERMISSION?”

Copyright guidelines of the individual sources can be found in the front of each book or on the publisher’s/copyright owner’s website.  And there is the so-called GRATIS USE clause!  This means that if the material quoted from a respective source falls under or within those guidelines then you don’t need to apply for PERMISSION.  A GRATIS USE clause can look like this:

“Gratis Use: Text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic, or audio), up to and inclusive of 250 words or less without written permission, providing the text does not account for 25% or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted. This permission is contingent upon an appropriate copyright acknowledgment.” (Thomas Nelson)

We definitely exceeded the Gratis Use clause.  It took a while to gather and complete all the paperwork to get permissions for the different sources we quoted.  But we wanted to do it right, to honor God!


MEMORIES OF OUR FUTURE

To come and say goodbye… was not… what that visit was for
Was to continue the “hellos” again… to the one… I sooo adore
We both knew… the time would pass by… so very quickly… of course
But we can bring back the time… with our memories… such a wonderful source
When the time passes us by… it won’t be gone… nor… will it stay
We can bring it back… like we want… every month… every week… every precious day
Days that seem to be gone… and all the weeks and months… and… what will become years
To recall all these memories… like reflections… coming back from mirrors
All we must do… is recall the times… with each other… dreaming really deep
It will not matter… if we are awake… or… if we are sound asleep
Let’s hold on… to every moment… not one… do we ever want to lose
Let’s bring back… our favorite times… whichever ones… we want to choose.


WHAT IS DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST ABOUT?
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Photocopying? Printing? Binding it into a book? What would it be?

The manuscript was finished, and now what to do with it?

We started calculating different options like:

Printing the Study Guide here at home on our printer, or
Photocopying it at the local paper place, or
Printing it at the nearest printer!

Well, the manuscript had 72 pages and we needed at least 8 copies for our study group, so printing it here at home would have been way to costly. The same applied to photocopying.

With that in mind we arrived at our last option: PRINTING!

We talked to our local printer and it seemed reasonable to go with that option. However, after talking with friends  and some additional research we came across WestBow Press!

WestBow Press is a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan, and they offer supported self-publishing packages and services for Christian authors. We looked at their packages, and talked to them to find out if we would be a good match.

We learned from their website https://www.westbowpress.com/
that other authors had managed to land a book deal with either Thomas Nelson or Zondervan after self-publishing their book with WestBow Press.

Our sincere Thank You’s to the representatives at WestBow Press who have made this adventure a tremendously positive experience. Their attention to detail is extraordinary, they are professional in handling every matter, and are always kind, patient, and friendly. We are very thankful for their expertise in the field of publishing as well as marketing. See, they don’t just walk you through the publishing process but also offer assistance with the marketing of your final product.

Considering all this, we are hoping that, Lord willing, Thomas Nelson or Zondervan would like our finished product and offer to pick it up, too. That would be a dream come true!


The Best Gift of All

We are so blessed to have the best gift of all
We are so blessed to have heard… His gentle call.

What more could I ask for as a gift
After the many years of the way I lived?

Now, with a new heart, I live a new way
My heart will never ever see decay.


Getting the Manuscript Publisher Ready!
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