by Robert Thompson.*
To understand Ray Aguilera, two key words must be defined.
First, the definition of Dedicate: According to the American Heritage Dictionary,
1. To set apart for a special purpose.
2. To commit (oneself) fully; devote.
3. To inscribe (e.g. a book) to someone.
Secondly, the definition of Phenomenon: Again, according to the American Heritage Dictionary,
1. An occurrence or fact that can be perceived by the senses.
2. a. An unusual fact or occurrence.
b. A person outstanding for an extreme quality or achievement.
During the first three years of Ray's "Journey" he encountered a multitude of obstacles, all of which he challenged and conquered, as his Christian walk strengthened with the knowledge that he was chosen for a very special purpose.
Without formal bible training or any past theological interests, other than a desire to be a good Christian, Ray has accepted the greatest responsibility of his life. Criticism from leaders within the church, disbelief from friends and acquaintances, and his own insecurities as a human being have not deterred Ray from completing his task. As if these reasons were not enough, to deter Ray from his work, there were also constant battles and tests visited upon him from the Spiritual world. For Ray's battles, on behalf of God, were with the devil, who never sleeps. (Eph. 6:12) Therefore Ray's vigilance over these matters required weekly, daily, and hourly attention.
Ray professes not to be a prophet, yet he receives prophecies. He understands not symbolism, yet he receives visions and symbols. He lacks biblical expertise, yet he is told to use the bible. He aspires not lofty rank within the church, yet he challenges those of authority and questionable repute. He detests radicalism and revolution, yet his work is radical and revolutionary in thought and design.
Ray's life appears complicated, troubled, and disturbed at times. Nevertheless, Ray has kept to his task and pursued goals given him by God: Write everything down; put it into a book form; and spread the word worldwide. Ray was told to do this and have unconditional faith in God's ability to open doors and provide contacts to insure the successful completion of this powerful project.
Ray is a dedicated man. He is set apart from others, by God, for a special purpose. He is devoted and fully committed to his task. And, he has sacrificed all to write a book, not about God, but from God.
This book is not about Ray's life, his beliefs, or even his experiences. This book is about change; this book is about perceptions; this book is about getting back to God. Ray feels there is a disturbance in the church. He hopes this book will bring about change that will be positive for all Christians and non-Christians alike. More importantly, Ray wants to see change in the church.
Ray faces an uphill battle. He feels threatened and intimidated by leaders in the church because of what has been written. But it is precisely what has been written, and disseminated, that will bring the needed change. Force, violence, and radical actions will not be the catalyst for change. The written word, just the word of God, will be enough to bring universal change in the body.
The greatest change in the church occurred in the 1500's by a theologian named Martin Luther. He challenged the dogmatic practices of the Catholic Church. He was a prolific writer and charismatic speaker. The German people of the 1520's would have violently revolted or turned to radical activities had Martin Luther suggested that course of action. However, Martin Luther wrote and published God's word. The word of God was spread by individuals that networked and challenged the authority of the existing church. Martin Luther knew also that Satan could attack individuals, but when the work of God is being done, by spreading words, it is very distressing to the devil.
Ray Aguilera is not a theologian. Nevertheless, he is spreading the word of God just as he has been instructed. He is experiencing divine intervention through visions and occurrences. He records and documents every event in his own words and style. Ray is not a writer so he puts everything down as if he were conversing with a friend. Ray's work is personal, not for commercial gain, and written for everyone, Christian and non-Christian alike.
Ray's mission in life is simple: Get the word of God to everyone. Through his dedication he is accomplishing this very goal. It is phenomenal that Ray's writings, although incomplete, are being read and distributed throughout the United States and abroad. Bits and pieces are scattered throughout the world. When this work is finished it will be available to everyone because it is the will of God that the word of God be read by all.
* Robert Thompson is a Teacher/Historian who stated that the Lord gave him several dreams and restless nights and placed a burden to write this preface and to use scripture.
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