“I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord GOD. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD” (Ezek. 38:21-23)
One week ago, we held our first-ever DPH Author Hangout, with Dr. Randy White and I hosting an informal but highly informative conversation with Dr. Andy Woods.
Andy is the author of Dispensational Publishing House’s first published volume—The Middle East Meltdown: The Coming Islamic Invasion of Israel.
The book offers a detailed exposition of Ezekiel 38 and 39, which is the primary passage in the Bible on what is commonly referred to as the Battle of Gog and Magog. (We are also currently working on a supplemental teacher’s guide to complement the book.)
Having overcome some technical difficulties on the way to setting up such an event for the first time, all of the participants felt that we accomplished our purpose and the endeavor actually turned out splendidly. A small but faithful group watched the event in real time and provided questions for us, and there have since been many good comments about this Hangout on social media. Of course, the interview is captured for all to watch and benefit from at any time and, in fact, you can do so right here at the bottom of this page.
Let me say right away that talking with Andy is quite an experience. I personally learned a lot from last week’s discussion and came away encouraged and motivated. I am sure that will be our audience’s experience as well.
Of course, we delved into some of the issues in the book and considered the Biblical basis for studying this important subject. But we also tried to go behind the book and think about the broader context of its writing. Ultimately, that involved asking Andy about his own background, interests and areas of expertise. And it was out of that part of the discussion that I found the exchange that was the most intriguing to me personally.
The following quote by Andy is one that stuck with me as being worthy of much further consideration:
We are getting (this material) onto media platforms that young people are into. . . . I said to my wife one time . . . if we’re going to reach this next generation, we’ve got to get on that machine (cell phones and tablets); we’ve got to get our ideas on that machine. What I’ve discovered is that a lot of the youth that would reject formal Christendom, like a church service, will give you a hearing on a different platform. . . . I love the idea that we’re having a conversation. . . . Maybe the youth aren’t into a lecture—fine. We’ll communicate the same content via conversation, which is what we’re doing now. We’ll make it interactive. . . . If they don’t want to read a book, we’ve got ebooks. And so I don’t think the solution is to change the message. I think that would be a mistake. But we’ve got to communicate in a way that they appreciate and understand. And using all of these electronic platforms, to me, is just one way to do it. So I love the fact that we’re doing this interview, because it’s going to touch people that would never darken the door of a church. . . . I think if the Apostle Paul were alive today, in our time period, he would be all over this. . . . We can talk to anybody around the world, and I just love it. I love the time period that God’s put us in. That is where the youth are. Let’s just drive our train right through that opening, and let’s reach these kids!
This comment really struck a chord with me. Perhaps it is because that is exactly what we are attempting to do here at DPH. We are truly in the business of placing old truths in new packages. That is true not only of our Revived Classics Series, but really of all that we do. And we are striving to do it with excellence. Through the work of our graphic artist, Leonardo Costa, we try to present all of our work in eye-catching, appropriate settings that will attract attention and appeal to a wide audience. And we will always attempt to make the greatest use of technology—to spread the Word as far and wide as possible and to reach people through the means that are most readily available to them.
As I alluded to near the end of the broadcast, it is so exciting that DPH is beginning to reach the point where we can build on our efforts—such as by hosting this Hangout to talk about a book that you can now purchase, or by sharing a whole string of posts on the Ark Encounter or Revived Classics or A Dispensational Discourse. As we continue to produce more and more material, this snowball will start to roll downhill, if you will, delivering high-quality Biblical resources to an ever-increasing audience.
Furthermore, through collaboration and cooperation with other like-minded ministries and groups, we will seek to multiply the impact of our efforts. This, in fact, goes to the heart of our core principles as a Christian publisher.
We could not do any of this without you, our audience. We thank you for giving us a hearing and spreading the word to help us draw a following, and we trust that you will continue to find our materials to be engaging and helpful.
We will strive to make these Hangouts a regular feature with our authors each time DPH releases a new book. We hope that you will be watching!
Editor’s Note: View this DPH Author Hangout in its entirety here:
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