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The Journey with Paul Rakowicz-02.28.2011

by Michael J Loomis on March 1, 2011

Today interviewed someone new on the preterist scene. His name is Paul Rakowicz. Founder of Church of Christ’s Glory in Highland Michigan. Paul has spent more than 25 years developing a view he calls, “Early Church Preterism.” Paul graduated from the University of Michigan, “With Distinction,” and an Information Systems degree. He went on to work in executive management for most of the past 25 years.

While not related to his current efforts to break into the ministry, build a Church and an active website, his status as a patented inventor does provide evidence of his skills and abilities related to creativity and taking disparate information and molding it into understandable systems. He also successfully sold this system into some of the largest corporations in America, including Wells Fargo and Fidelity National Financial—Chicago Title.

He and I have spent quite a few hours on the phone over the last month getting to know one another. His 25 years of study that has led him to this understanding that he calls, “Early Church Preterism,” will be a story you might find yourself familiar with. However…His approach is much different than any other you have heard yet.

Paul has also recently published a book called, “The Pearl: The Captivating Story of the Wondrous Love of God.”

Find out what the modern Church won’t tell you about Jesus at Paul’s website: CJRPress

February 28, 2011

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futuredoughnut March 2, 2011 at 12:54 am

I like a lot of what Paul Rakowicz is saying, I just have a hard time about Jesus went to the tomb he was still alive in hell preaching to ppl. there and setting them free.
If Jesus didn’t really die and stayed dead for 3 days then our faith is in vain. The only way we are saved is because Jesus actually died.
The actual death of christ is what bound satan not him having a wrestling match with him in hell.
I have heard this theory before that Jesus actually bond satan in hell because he was still alive after he died on the cross and met satan where he lives, i just dont find anything scriptural to back it up.I heard what Paul read from “‘golden-mouthed” , i just think it was metaphorical, not literal.John Chrysostom is known in Christianity chiefly as a preacher, theologian and liturgist. I don’t want to offend anyone ,as brothers and sisters in Christ, iron sharpens iron that is how we can debate scripture and come to an understanding of what the verses are actually saying
GB Manny 🙂

Paul Rakowicz March 5, 2011 at 6:40 am

GB Manny,

Thanks for listening to the interview and for your comments.

Indeed, your comments strike at the heart of a key message we share at the Church of Christ’s Glory: the notion that folks of our “modern” age would do well to come to grips with the historic balance between the spiritual and physical realms. 2 Kings 6:15-17 is a common reference we use when we address this point, as is (among many others) the Transfiguration; Psalm 16:10, and 1 Peter 3:17-19 “If it is the will of God that you should suffer it is really better to suffer unjustly than because you have deserved it. Remember that Christ the just suffered for us the unjust, that He might bring you to God. That meant the death of His body, but the producing and quickening of living spirits in the Spirit. And it was in the Spirit that He transferred over and preached to the spirits in prison.”, etc.

The bottom line: in today’s world one of the challenges human kind faces is understanding the balance between the heavenly world spoken of so clearly in Scripture and the physical world played out here before our five senses on planet earth. The early church did not have this problem as they had a clear sense of the beautiful blend of spiritual and physical things. Thus the early church had no problem preaching and teaching the very real events that happened in the spiritual realm between the events in the physical realm of Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection. The artwork “The Harrowing of Hell” (you can see this artwork on my website) is a fine example of this powerful teaching.

This teaching also conforms to the notion found in Christianity that the end of life in this physical world is not the end of consciousness. Soul sleep is not a valid Christian teaching. Therefore the teaching of the early church regarding the very real work of Christ in the spiritual realm between the death and resurrection of the physical body in no way limits the reality of the death of Christ on the cross or His resurrection three days later on Resurrection Sunday. In fact, we believe it proves the death and resurrection in the physical realm was perfectly real.

Another thought to consider: the actual death of Christ on the cross was the end goal of Satan—it was this very real death that Satan believed would bring the spirit of Christ under his reign of darkness in Hell as it had so done to every other man before him since the first recorded death of Abel (remember that Satan had been unable to bring this Jesus under his reign of terror while Christ was alive as demonstrated so plainly and most specifically at the temptation of Christ during/after the 40 days in the wilderness). So the death of Christ was the “victory” Satan sought; only to find out immediately thereafter that this “victory” was in fact the impetus for his defeat as this indestructible life of Jesus the Christ was as powerful in the afterlife as it was in His physical life.

The truth, as I see it, is this: the powerful nature of this teaching of the early church, its connection back to the Garden of Eden, and its end result that clearly demonstrates the end of Satan’s reign and the initiation of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth there on that glorious Good Friday so many years ago, is one of the foundational truths that led to the empowering of human kind that resulted in the wonder of the Christian Empire of that Byzantine era.

I believe we would do well to understand more deeply the implications of this teaching of Christ, the Apostles, and the early church, as I believe it can free us as well in this “modern” age to implement Christendom with the same immediacy of purpose as it did our forefathers of the early church.

Thanks again for listening and for your feedback.

Paul

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