Book Project Announcement
A small number of friends and family have been aware of the books I’ve been working on since October 2017. Today I felt in my heart to share of this endeavour with a wider audience. Currently, there are three books on the go, with my current total word count approaching 200,000. My goal is to have book one launched toward the end of this year.
So why this project? To be honest, it wasn’t something that I had anticipated I would even do. In October 2017, God led me into a season of major transition; work, personal growth, and focused time with Him. The season lasted five months. During that time, I felt an overwhelming call to begin to write. Early church history and the Book of Revelation have been areas of personal interest for me for well over a decade. But I never even considered writing on the subject.
Yet with the combination of what I felt to be God’s invitation and my own excitement I began to explore the prophesies of Jesus and the prophetic visions of John. First, my sessions would last two or three hours a day. But soon I found myself dedicating 10 to 12 hours at a time, sometimes more. And the crazy thing is, I loved it! It actually energized me. It was only when my eyes burned that I would call it a night. It was also a very spiritual time for me. I would often pray and worship before writing, and sometimes had a strong sense of God’s presence. Fast forward ten months, and what I thought would be a small booklet has become a three-volume work.
Perhaps the most surprising discovery for me in exploring the Book of Revelation is as follows: In addition to his prophecy being a message of hope to the first century church, there was also a message of closure and context to the Jewish communities of Judea and of the diaspora. Jesus went into great detail throughout revelation to communicate to the people who associated themselves Abraham and with the Law of Moses. In fact, John’s revelation is primarily Jewish-centric and Jewish-focused, re-affirming the Jewish narrative in God’s grand design to redeem and restore (in fact, upgrade) all creation.
The Jews emphatically matter to Yahweh God and Yeshua Ha-Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah). But just as the Lord spoke through Isaiah, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?” (Is 43:19), so through John, Jesus was revisiting the themes of the new things He had spoken when He walked the earth. These words in Isaiah 43 came after the fall of Israel to Babylon. Isaiah provided Israel with context for the calamity, but more importantly He provided an invitation into the next chapter of His great work of restoration. John’s revelation was like the prophecies of Isaiah and Ezekiel to Israel and Judah.
In the midst of tribulation amongst the saints and ecclesiastical communities throughout Judea and the Empire, and the tribulation amidst a falling Rome, John was commissioned to prophesy. During the last years leading up to the fall of Jerusalem, the Temple, and those who chose to defend it, John was given a message of hope and salvation: Hope for the saints who had seen their great leaders martyred, and who themselves were under pressure from all sides. And salvation for the beloved Jewish communities of Yahweh throughout Judea. In short, but most importantly, Revelation was a letter to the Jews. But not just for that day, but for this day as well. My heart swells with emotion as I consider how powerful it would be for the Jewish people today to lay hold of this letter and be able to understand how it relates to them. I’m excited to release these books not just into the church communities, but hopefully, into the Jewish communities as well.
Thank you for taking the time to read this! I’ll be sharing regular blog posts here on Facebook and snippets from the book. If you have any thoughts, comments, or would like to help with this project in some way, please let me know!
Grace and peace,
Leo De Siqueira
 Isaiah 39, See also 2 Kings 24-25.