I stumbled upon 'The Voice of Elijah' a few months back and recently starting reading one of the booklets they sent me called 'The AntiChrist'; the other two are 'Wanna Hear A Whopper?' and '7 Simple Steps to Salvation'. I started reading 'The AntiChrist' the other day and found it intriguing, but something hit me as a-miss early on: there was a statement made that the AntiChrist would be Jewish; I always thought the AntiChrist would be of Roman descent and perhaps the false prophet would be 'Jewish'....
I haven't read that much of the book but this struck me as odd.
Also, tonight I sat down and read a newsletter-type thing that came with each book and a few red flags went up; the first was that the author, Allen Friess, no longer believes that the Truth of the Last Days can be found in teachings of those who claim to be 'experts' in Bible prophecy; it suddenly 'hit him' that what if he, and the other Bible prophecy teachers/experts were 'wrong' in their perceptions of the Truth and what if Satan was using those 'Christian' bookstores, prophecy teachers, etc., to mislead people so they wouldn't know the 'real' Truth?
I found this intriguing but a bit odd; then he goes on to say how evidence of the End Times can only be found in a comprehensive understanding of the 'mystery' the Prophets concealed in the Old Testament. Then he goes on to state how the OT Prophets and Jesus used parabolic statements and riddles and how you must understand them parabolically in order to get the 'true' meaning. The key to understanding is being able to decipher the parabolic images and Hebrew Idioms that were used.
The gist of it is that just 'reading' the Bible won't allow you to 'unlock the insight' God meant for True Believers to have; you must learn this parabolic imagery and Hebrew idioms first, kind of like knowing a 'slang' term in a certain region of a state, like in the part of RI that I grew up in, a 'bubbler' was a 'water fountain' but an 'outsider' would not understand that b/c he's never heard of a 'bubbler' before............another example is a popular drink called the 'cabinet'; that's what we called milkshakes in our area and if we went into a restaurant and ordered a 'coffee cabinet', the waitstaff knew we meant 'coffee milkshake'............it was a 'Rhode Island thing'.....
..............sorry to ramble folks but what I'm trying to get at is this: it seems like this endeavor, The Voice of Elijah, seems to have some 'secret knowledge' or 'understanding' that's not obvious or available to everyone who studies the Bible. I have been taught to take the Bible for what it says and it will be evident if the writer is using similes, metaphors, idioms, etc.; ie, don't make it out to be something it's not; keep it simple; God said what He said for our understanding, not to trick us into performing linguistic gymnastics to unlock some 'mystery' that only the Prophets were privy to.
I would greatly appreciate it if someone would provide feedback and shed some light on this; I don't want to be seduced by false doctrine, as I'm sure no one here does.
Thanks in advance