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Back To Where We Came From—Our Foretold Journey


Book Review by Donna Ford

“…the book of Revelation was intended to prove that the Gospel is a single message.”

As a skillful researcher, Lising digs out facts from the NIV Bible that point to a connection between the New Jerusalem (promised in the future) and what Christians currently call the gospel. Beginning in Genesis and culminating in the book of Revelation, the author proves that this connection indicates the gospel is a single message. Quoting from the Old and New Testaments, Lising backs up theory with competent explanations of difficult portions in Revelation. The author insists that the last book of the Bible connects all the dots.

Seven chapters in this book help the reader to consider significant concepts. These include the Spirit of Prophecy (which testifies of Jesus), the waters of deep darkness that resulted in mankind’s separation from God in time past, death and resurrection of the Messiah pictured in baptism, the deception that caused humanity to leave the light of Eden for darkness, the old and new covenants that are now mixed together, admonitions for God’s people to come out of Canaan, Egypt, and Babylon, and the truth about humanity’s foretold journey from now back to where it originated.

The author, a mechanical engineer, believes in the perfect consistency of the scripture. He discloses biblical facts, which his scientific mind organizes into easy to remember combinations of numbers and bullet points. Readers with a basic knowledge of Christianity should be able to follow the logic the author uses to trace these three realms through time: Eternity Past (before Genesis), Inside Time (our current time), and Eternity Future (new heaven, New Jerusalem, new earth). Within these realms, Lising skillfully links together passages in Revelation, such as the prophetic seven churches, seals, trumpets, and bowls. In this short book, he has provided readers a veritable crash course from creation to the end times.


Book Review by CC Thomas

Back to Where We Came From: Our Foretold Journey by B. Lising will certainly be unlike any religious book you’ve read before. While most Christian works are centered around tips and advice for how to live life or how to read the Scriptures, Lising instead focuses on more spiritual and esoteric matters. Lising explains that he has a belief in “the perfect consistency of Scripture” and that all books of the Bible really only hold one message, the same message. That message is found in the last book of the Bible, Revelation. While many are confused by or dismiss this book as rambling dreams or apocalyptic warnings, Lising advises the reader to take the book more serious. The word revelation literally means a fact that is revealed or made known or the communication of a divine truth. This, Lising insists, is exactly how readers and the faithful should view the book.

Lising doesn’t tiptoe into his perspectives, but instead dives headfirst into the murky waters of Biblical understanding by stating important questions, such as the origin of life, can be answered solely by Scriptural analysis. Furthermore, he advises that secular thought, and unseen forces of our modern world, enslaves us while a Christian perspective of our worldly predicament gives us freedom. In order to understand this, Lising insists it’s important to know the end game of New Jerusalem. He spends the rest of the book exactly laying out how this is so, with plenty of Biblical and Scriptural evidence to back up his claims.

So, how can a lay reader gain from understanding the author’s claims? Lising insists that the goal is love and friendship, in love. Having friends is the highest purpose in our lives, and, to prove this, Lising begins explaining three major prophetic discussions in the Gospel. The importance of understanding this is critical because the ultimate key is preparing for the second coming, what Lising refers to as New Jerusalem, the last stage in the faithful’s journey.

Lising also answers other questions that many have wondered about, but few have probably verbalized aloud. For example, why do we worship? For many, it’s simply an ingrained habit or a tradition. However, Lising reminds the reader that worship is an example of God being in control and our acknowledgement of that. Indeed, according to Lising’s understanding, worship is human’s evidence that Scriptures supports the premise that every moment of our lives are preordained. Lising also discusses many symbolic prophecies in the book and explains them in a clear and direct way. Baptism is one example. Lising explains that baptism is actually a prophecy, the message that symbolizes that God’s promise is fulfilled.

In Back to where We Came From, Lising states he wrote the book as a prayer and hoped that its message might find a home. This isn’t a practical guide or one that Christians should use for life advice or solace in troubling times. Rather, it is for those who yearn to better understand the murky Scriptures and apply its hidden messages directly to their lives. For, according to Lising, truly understanding is the only way to achieve God’s direct purpose for us all.


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