Let me begin by saying that I am not a Bible scholar, but a student of the Word. Upon occasion I have been asked how I have come to have the grasp of the Bible that I have been blessed to possess.
Back in the mid-1980’s I became more committed to Bible study. I started by getting up earlier, and this was tough on the cold, winter mornings. I found that if I didn’t study the first thing in the day, it would be delayed and then totally missed.
When I made the commitment to study then the Lord made it easier. Before, I needed to study, but then I wanted to study. I would pick a specific book of the Bible, read at least a chapter a day and would focus on a specific subject, such as prophecy. I was amazed how many passages had prophetic meaning. Later, I might focus on a different subject, such as history or chronology. And I (gasp!) made notes in my Bible.
Then, in the early 1990s I was blessed by Brother J. R. Church and his program “Prophecy in the News.” It was from Brother Church that I learned that the Bible has layers. For most of my life I had been reading only the surface text. But I learned that there are deeper layers. Here is the way Brother Church presented it:
But, you get the picture of different levels.
Also, I began to read the works of conservative Bible scholars like Brother J. R. Church, or Brother E. W. Bullinger. Brother Chuck Missler has wonderful verse by verse studies of most of the books of the Bible, and he offers a unique perspective of history and connection with other Scriptures. I did not gain anything from Field & Stream or Sports Illustrated.
Finally, the various pieces of the puzzle of the Word began to fit together and I began to understand the Bible better. And then I discovered the many patterns and foreshadows in the Bible, which makes the study of it even more exciting. It is like a puzzle. And solving parts of it brings blessing, and great satisfaction.
This is how I started learning about the Bible. If you have any questions, I am happy to try to answer.