Pastor Dean Odle’s teaching is in black, my comments are in red.
This brings us to a very important point about end-time Bible prophecy and particularly the book of Revelation. Most people have believed the lies of Satan and deceived preachers that the book of Revelation is just too hard to understand and we will never be able to be sure about this mysterious book of end-time Bible prophecy.
Revelation is fairly logical and straight-forward. It’s the false teachings of people like Pastor Dean Odle that make it difficult to understand.
But, as we will see, God wants us to understand the book of Revelation. It was not meant to be an unknowable mystery forever for those who continued to read and study it over and over. He even promises a blessing for those who read and study until they understand it:
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that READETH, and they that HEAR the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand” (Revelation 1:1-3).
The definition of the word HEAR in this passage from the Greek Dictionary is UNDERSTAND. Also, the Greek verb tense of the words “readeth,” hear, and keep are all the same. They are Present Tense Greek verbs and that is defined as an “ongoing, continuous action that is taking place in the present.”
So, what the Lord is saying in Revelation 1:3 is that there is a blessing for those who read and keep reading the prophecy of Revelation until they understand it. And I can testify that God has honored that in my own life as I have continued to read and study the book of Revelation since the 1980s.
He skipped right over these parts of the verse, “which must shortly come to pass;” and “for the time is at hand.” It’s saying that the prophecies would begin to be fulfilled shortly after Revelation was written in 95 A.D., not thousands of years later!
I also want to add that I have gleaned a lot of truth about Bible prophecy from other ministers over the years. I mention this because we do have to be open to receive from others who have studied the Bible. It is a manifestation of pride to believe that we don’t need other members of the body of Christ.
The flip-side of that coin is that I have had to throw out some popular end-time theories once it became clear that the Bible did not teach those doctrines. The process is about being teachable and asking the Holy Spirit to confirm things to you. Don’t cling to ideas and teachings if they are built upon assumptions or traditions. If the Bible doesn’t say it clearly, then we cannot assert it as a dogmatic truth.
We’ll see how open and teachable Pastor Dean Odle is, if he sees my rebuttals to his teachings. 🙂
Because of these assumptions and traditions there are many different interpretations of the Four Horsemen that Jesus revealed to John in Revelation Six. And over the last 30 years, I have read about and/or studied most of them. However, when I was a young man, I believe that God began to give me some understanding about these four horses and their riders.
Since then, I have learned more about history, Bible prophecy, and the current forces, institutions, and ideologies that are influencing our world. I have also had the Holy Spirit bring more revelation and confirmation in the last few years. Thus, I am confident that we can know EXACTLY what these Four Horsemen represent in our world today. All we have to do is let the Bible interpret the Bible and compare that to what has been happening in our world for the last 2000 years (and especially since the beginning of the 20th Century).
The four horsemen rode a long time ago, as they were about the fate of the pagan Roman Empire, and they led to it’s decline; as part of Messiah judgment against it. Read Revelation 6 – 7 Seals Overview
The great theologians of the 16th-20th centuries, who wrote whole Bible commentaries, have proclaimed that the seal judgments were against the pagan Roman Empire; yet Pastor Dean Odle has ignored their witness.
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. And I heard, but I understood not….then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand” (Daniel 12:4, Daniel 12:8-10).
Daniel 12 is not about the end times. Daniel had been shown that the temple and city of Jerusalem would be desolated, and he inquired to know more about that event. The information was shut up from the Jews, so that they could not heed the warnings; as it was about the ‘end’ of the Jewish nation (not the end times).
The 1,290 and 1,335 days were fulfilled from 66-70 A.D., when the Roman army surrounded Jerusalem, which led to 1/1 million Jews dying from famine, pestilence, infighting, suicide, crucifixion and by the Roman sword. Read Daniel 12 Desolation Fulfillment
Pastor Dean Odle is also very confused about what Scripture proclaims about the shape of the earth, as he takes Bible verses out of context, to make them seem like they’re pointing to a flat earth.
Nathan Roberts of FlatEarthDoctrine promotes the teachings of Pastor Dean Odle, and he cites 240 Bible verses out of context to make them seem like they’re pointing to a flat earth.