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October 3, 2011

Author: End-times mysteries revealed

MIDDLEBURG — A Middleburg business owner, church deacon and Bible teacher, says his study of biblical prophecy has revealed the end is drawing near, and his book, which will hit shelves the end of this month, will be “America’s Last Warning.”

Though he knows his work may draw animosity, Eric E. Stahl, president of National Limestone Quarry, said it will prepare the church and be a light of truth for those who do not yet know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

“This book,” he said, “is not written for non-believers. It’s written to the church.”

Prophetic puzzles

People have talked about Bible prophecy and the end times for years.

He believes the special knowledge and understanding he now has is only now being revealed, the fulfillment of a promise he says is given in Daniel 12:10: “...those who are wise will understand.”

“That seems to imply there is still something sealed in Bible prophecy that won’t be revealed until the end,” Stahl said.

Though the prophet Daniel wanted to know at that time what his apocalyptic dreams meant, God did not give him understanding. The “seal” was not yet broken.

Interested in Bible prophecy since he was 13 years old, Stahl said he later spent three to five hours a day studying it.

“I began to understand things in general that the rest of the church does not understand,” Stahl said.

“I think God prepared me for this day.”

He also believes God prepared his brain to understand. A former champion chess player, Stahl said end-time prophecy “is like a giant puzzle, and you have to read it, remember it, so you can tie all the pieces of the puzzle together so you can see the whole picture.”

The increasing number of earthquakes and pestilences, he said, is a sign, warned about in the Bible, of the nearness of the end.

The Bible describes, also, a great falling away of people from godly things, which is also being seen, he said.

“I’m trying to explain the urgency and nearness of the end,” Stahl said of the details in his book.

“The fact that the seal is being broken — to me, it’s the last fulfillment of prophecy before the end,” he said.

But don’t be fooled by recent news of specific predictions of when the end will come, he warns — as does Scripture.

The Mayan calendar, which predicts the end of civilization on the winter solstice of 2012, as some have interpreted, is incorrect, Stahl assures.

“You can be sure of this one thing,” he said. “Dec. 21, 2012 is not the end. The Bible says no man knows the day or the hour.”

As for Harold Camping, president of Family Radio who earlier predicted the end to be in May, “That was sad,” he said simply.

Reading portents

In his book, Stahl points to four scriptures that he believes show the antichrist will rise to power first in America.

Nuclear war will also come to the earth, he said, and a solar eclipse will occur directly over Israel.

Stahl does not say any of this without knowing it will draw consequences.

“I’m going to make a lot of waves with this book,” he said.

Stahl, a Gideon with The Gideons International, has also recorded CDs with his teaching, and audios of a Sunday school class he teaches at his church, Bible Baptist in Kreamer, which can be heard at nationallimestonequarry.com.

“Some people will love me, some will hate me,” Stahl said.

But he knows this is what he was supposed to do.

A Bible teacher for the last 26 years, the 62-year-old had tried twice before to write a book on what he had learned. But he would get only five to six pages finished before he gave up.

“It didn’t click,” he said.

About two and a half years ago, a missionary and Bible college president from Jamaica asked him for written material on his end times teaching.

“I thought about it for two days,” Stahl said, wondering if God was sending him a message through this missionary to write again.

“If You’re in this thing,” Stahl had prayed, “if You want this, the book will work, and I’ll be able to write it.”

In humble tears, Stahl said, “I tried it again, and it just flowed.”

“If this is God’s breaking of the seal,” he said, “a lot of people will be interested in it. And there will be a lot of people who will hate me.”

One chapter is written to Muslims, he said, explaining scriptures that are written specifically to warn them.

The first chapter of the book, “The First Alien Abduction,” is so named, he said, because the antichrist will spread lies as to why so many people disappear in the Rapture.

His book also explains scriptures that describe the end as being near when Israel becomes an independent state (which happened in 1948), and a passage in Revelation that prophesies a final treaty in Israel that will give Jews control of Jerusalem and half the temple mount. He also said prophecy says Israel will begin sacrifices again, as they did in the Old Testament.

“It’s full of interpretation,” Stahl said of his book. “I am not a prophet, I am a prophecy teacher. There is no new revelation.

God gave me understanding of the prophecy.”

He doesn’t know if there are others out there who have searched and been given special understanding of the scriptural prophecies as well, but “I will find out soon,” he said. “It would be hard to think that I’m the only one.”

“America’s Last Warning, The Wise Shall Understand” published by Wine- Press Publishing, is expected to be in print and available for purchase at the end of this month. It may be pre-ordered by calling (877) 421-7323. After publication, copies of the book may be ordered directly from Stahl by calling 837-1635.

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