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Norman E. Jones

Norm Jones spent his first 35 years managing his own life. After two failed marriages, he admitted failure, and turned wholeheartedly to God to change his life. God has answered his prayer and is making him successful by God’s standards. God has given Norm the spiritual gift of “prophecy.” Such gifts are never meant to remain unfruitful, but they take many years to cultivate, mature, and harvest. With Norm, this gift needed to ferment, like fine wine, so he could understand his gifts and be able to complete the message given him by the Holy Spirit over an additional 35 years.

Someone once spoke to Norm of how Moses, the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, spent the first forty years of his life learning he was a “somebody.” He spent the second forty years as a shepherd, on the backside of a desert, learning he was a “nobody,” and the third forty years learning that God could take a “nobody” and make him a “somebody.” Norm can imagine how Moses might have felt towards the end of his life. This job God has set for both men was daunting. But Norm knows that God and he are a majority. God has prepared Norm for this journey his whole life. That is why he can write these books and explain our wonderful God to others.

“Apocalypse Survival Guide” is not the first book written by Norm Jones. He has two other books,
“The United States of America In Biblical Prophecy”, published in 2011, which is about how the USA is mentioned in the Bible. His second book, “Managed Cooperation Theology,” published also in 2011, and focuses on the reality of God’s love for man, and God’s desire for man to love Him.

Personal Testimony

I know God has been preparing me for this work for most of my life. My parents were members of the Church of Christ in Redding, California. I grew up with four-part harmony congregational singing because the church didn’t believe in instrumental music. The worship quality was uplifting and I loved the singing.

My Christian life started with asking Jesus to be my savior, and being baptized when I was twelve years old at a church camp. I was an ordinary kid and didn’t get into much trouble. My first true interest in the Bible came in my third year of high school. Our pastor was selling family style Bibles; the big ones, and I bought one with my own money. I didn’t read it all that much, but I filled out the family information
section. Now that I am seventy years old, I am thankful that I kept that Bible all these years.

I went to church through the time I was in the Army, but stopped going when I got out, and started college. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. It wasn’t until 1975, that God started tugging again at my heart strings. I started missing God. So, one Sunday, I realized I had left God, and I became afraid I would die and go to Hell before I rededicated my life. So I ran to the nearest
Church of Christ and rededicated. But I was still not born-again. I went to church for a while, but my unbelieving wife would not go with me so I went alone.

In September 1976, when my oldest daughter was four years old, and youngest daughter six months, their mother decided she wanted a divorce. I was devastated. I didn’t know what to do. I was going to church, but God was not very real in my life. Some months before, a youth pastor was going around our neighborhood calling on people to talk about God. While he talked to me, I was not buying what he was

After my wife had divorce papers served, I wondered what to do. I thought I would leave her and the kids, and run to Alaska, where my brothers lived, and start a new life. But I knew I really shouldn’t abandon my children, so after two weeks of pondering, I finally decided I needed to stay around and try to make it right with her and the kids.

But when I made that decision to stay, I also was forced to acknowledge that I was a failure. This was my second failed marriage. I felt terrible. It was a Sunday, so I decided to go to the youth pastor’s church near our house. I talked to him and he agreed to come over that evening.

The youth pastor said that before I could make it right with my wife and kids, I needed to make it right with God. I asked, "What has God got to do with any of this?" He said that if I would ask God to forgive my sins, He would forgive me and would manage my life.

God Managing my Life!

The pastor said my responsibility was to do what God said in the Bible, and God would make my life successful by His standards.

That was exactly what I needed; I was a failure, and I needed the God of the universe to manage my life. I asked God to forgive me and to take responsibility for success of my life. That night I was rebaptized, and a tremendous burden was lifted off my back.

I didn’t have to worry about managing my life anymore. I didn’t have to worry about being a success or a failure anymore. I didn’t have to worry about making a living, owning a house, being retired; none of it. It was now God’s job to take care of me. It was my job to be a man of God.

I have sought to be a man of God ever since. I worked at being a man of God by studying. I was living alone after the divorce, and I studied three hours a day, every day for a year. The youth pastor discipled me, one-on-one, for that year.

At 35 years old, I went to the high school Bible study that he taught. I learned right along with the kids. My appetite for the Word of God was voracious. My Bible has been rebound twice (the one my mentor gave me). It’s nearly worn out a third time. I was a failure and I wanted to be different! God had a purpose and a plan for my life all along. I didn’t know it then, but I just trusted God to make my life successful by His standards.

My life has not been easy but God has taken care of me. Both my daughters have grown up with God in their lives, and both married Christian men who now serve Jesus. Both are raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. They, serving God, are my greatest joy in life.

My Gift of Prophecy

I began studying future prophecy because it interested me. My first major discovery crept in through a pastor teaching about the Battle of Jericho one Sunday morning in the mid-eighties. He talked about God instructing Joshua to lead the army around the city once a day for six days and seven times on the seventh day. With this bizarre sequence the walls would fall down and the battle would be won. At the time, I thought to myself, where have I seen that sequence before? I promised myself I would look into that sometime.

I have been looking into that, and other “types,” for more than 35 years now. The Battle of Jericho relates to the Seven Seals of Revelation, Chapter Six, which contains the same bizarre sequence. And, from that bizarre sequence, we can discern the order of the Seals, Trumpets and Bowls.

God has gifted me with much insight into prophecy. My life’s work has been spent developing the observations God has given me about scriptural “types.” The exodus through the Battle of Jericho is one of those “types.” My insights come from knowledge about the “types” in scripture. The “types” reveal bonus information about Jesus and the events surrounding His life. Another example is Isaac, Abraham’s
son is a “type” of Jesus Christ. And, what happened to Isaac also happened to Jesus. Please see my book, Apocalypse Survival Guide: Charting New Bible Prophecy.

My Theology

I have used Dr. Charles C. Ryrie as a theological mentor. My theology started based on his book, “Basic Theology.” His book is a standard work of some importance among lay people who are not professional theologians. What he says is both foundational and written in a non-technical way. I quote from page 10:

“The phrase ‘sound doctrine’ that Paul (the Apostle) uses means healthy doctrine (e.g., 2 Tim. 4:3; Titus 1:9). Healthy doctrine or healthy theology is always expected to result in holy living. When Paul prayed for churches, he prayed for an increase in knowledge, for he realized that this would produce holy living (e.g., Phil. 1:9-11; Col. 1:9-10). Healthy theology is expressed not only in creed but in fruitful living, and holy living must be based on healthy theology.

“How theology affects my life or your life is our own personal and individual responsibility. But to conform our lives to the image of Christ is the ultimate goal in studying theology. Yet in the final analysis no book can do that. Only God and you can.”

A healthy and balanced theology is my own goal as well as Dr. Ryrie’s.

I will do my best, with the Holy Spirit’s lead, to honor God, and uphold His reputation, in this effort to convince Christian people to be different and produce a healthy church which honors God. I believe in “Managed Cooperation Theology.”

Managed Cooperation Theology is quite simple; God manages-man cooperates.

It is God that manages my life, and should manage all Christian’s lives. As I cooperate with Him in living my life; in the same way, all Christians should cooperate with His management of their lives. This idea is expressed by John MacArthur when he talks about making Jesus “Lord” of your life. Most Christians don’t cooperate with God in managing their lives. Most don’t even know God wants to manage their lives. So why would they cooperate in doing so? You can learn more by going to my book, Managed Cooperation Theology on my website.
God has gifted me with much insight into prophecy. My insights come from knowledge about the “types” in Scripture. The “types” reveal bonus information about Jesus and the events surrounding His life. For example, Isaac is a “type” of Jesus Christ. And, what happened to Isaac also happened to Jesus.
Please see my book, Apocalyplse Survival Guide: Charting New Bible Prophecy. It is available on my website.