By Warwick Potts, edited by Norman Edwards
Port Austin Bible Center’s facilities are located in one of the country’s most idyllic settings, just 1½ miles from the shores of beautiful Lake Huron. Port Austin Bible Center is the perfect place to come to study the Word of God.
With instruction and subject content coming together in an environment that encourages the student to have a mature and well-balanced comprehension of natural and spiritual matters. The Center is focused on helping to equip those who are wanting to allow the Holy Spirit to “…lead them into all Truth” and to then in turn share with and teach others.
This is an opportunity for anyone who would like to participate. Courses have been structured in such a manner as to allow for people, (individuals, families, or groups) to attend any and/or all of the thirty hour, modular courses being made available this year. Each course runs one week, each will be repeated three times. The courses offered this year are described below:
Stephen Jones (30 hours)
April 9–13, June 4–8, Aug. 6–10
Stephen Jones will be teaching for the first time, from his latest book of the same name. A detailed and in-depth study of the Feast Days, established by God, along with all of their requirements and expectations, introduce the student to one of the most important ‘templates’ of timing to be found in the Scriptures.
For millennia men have been looking for an identifiable advent of intervention from the heavenlies with many and varied interpretations and understandings of prophetic Scripture being published and promoted. This study may show that in fact the keys to understanding this much sought event has been spoken of and it’s plan laid out for generations within the timing of festival days given by God to Moses.
Israel’s Prophetic Spring Feasts
Jesus Crucified at Passover; the eclipses of that day
The Wave-Sheaf Offering; how did Jesus fulfill the Wave-Sheaf Offering?
The Feast of Pentecost (“Weeks”)
The importance of Timing and Historic fulfillment
The Feast of Trumpets
The Two Resurrections
Not all Christians are raised at the First Resurrection
Christians will be held accountable; God’s Servants Scourged; The Parable of the Talents
The Resurrection of the Righteous; The Purpose of Bodily Resurrection
The Earths Baptism of Fire
The Day of Atonement and Jubilee
The Fiftieth Jubilee from Adam
Israel’s inheritance in Canaan; The Ten Spies’ Evil Report
The Power of Forgiveness
Jacob’s Feast Day Pattern
Jacob at Bethel; Why was Jacob financially ‘broke’?
Jacob in Haran; Jacob at Mahanaim
Jacob at Peniel; Jacob at Succoth (Booths)
The Feast Days in the Book of Joel
Blowing the Trumpet; The Call to Repentance
The Former and the Latter Rains
Pouring out His Spirit
The Feast Days in Elijah’s Story
The Famine in the Land
Elijah’s Passover and Pentecost Patterns
Elijah’s Feast of Trumpets Pattern; Elijah’s Day of Atonement Pattern
Elijah’s Feast of Tabernacles Pattern
The Feast of Tabernacles
The Purpose of the Feast of Tabernacles
Solomon Celebrates the Feast of Tabernacles
A Short Chronological History under Ezra
Ezra Celebrates the Feast of Tabernacles
The 490-Year Link with the Apostle Paul
Waving the Palm Branches at Tabernacles
Jesus observes Tabernacles; In the Midst of the Feast
The Eighth Day of Tabernacles
Prophetic Temple Ceremonies at Tabernacles
The Eight Signs in the Gospel of John
Stephen Jones (30 hours)
May 7–11, July 9–13 Sept. 3-7
Presenting the Firstborn
The Law of the Eighth Day Circumcision
The Firstborn of Unclean Animals
Ishmael the Wild Donkey
The Glory Manifests on the Eighth Day
Offering Strange Fire
God’s Face is God’s Presence
The Face of Moses
The Angel of His Presence
Paul’s Commentary on God’s Face
The Three Veils in the Temple
Faith and Positive Thinking
Paul’s Commentary on Gideon’s Army
Paul’s commentary on the Two Tents
The Ministry of Reconciliation
The Earth Full of His Glory
The Two Works of Christ
The Cleansing of Lepers (Leviticus 14)
Ceremonial Washings were Baptisms
Three Baptisms and Three Feast Days
Jesus’ Baptism and Wilderness Testing
The Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16)
Two Doves and Two Goats Compared
Jesus’ Baptism on the Day of Atonement
Christ Comes of Judah and Joseph
Samson’s Riddle: The Dead Lion Brings Honey
Joseph: The Sonship Message
Judah, Joseph, and Benjamin
The House of Joseph in Prophecy
How Israel Became Lost
Benoni-Benjamin and Bethlehem-Ephratah
Caleb and Joshua
The Sign of Jonah
Jonah’s First Call to Preach
Jonah’s Second Call to Preach
Reconciling All Nations
Deliver Us From Evil
Putting Christ’s Second Coming into Perspective
The Real Rapture
The First Law of Christ’s Coming
Patterns in Exodus 19 of Christ’s Coming
Patterns in Exodus 24 of Christ’s Coming
How Do We Meet the Lord?
The Catching Away (Harpazo)
The Meaning of Peter’s Harpazo
The Meaning of Phillip’s Harpazo
The Meaning of the Manchild’s Harpazo
Meeting the Lord in the Air and in the Clouds
Where Will We Ever Be With the Lord?
Who Will Be Taken, and Who Will Be Left?
When Will Every Eye See Him?
The Unveiling and the New Covenant
The Law of the Manchild
The Image of God
Begotten From Above
The Feast Days Manifest the Pregnancy
The Marriage of our Soul to God
The Law of Deuteronomy 25:5-10
The Story of Ruth
Raising up Seed in Christ’s Image
Warwick Potts (30 hours)
April 16-20, June 11-15, Aug. 13-17
The overall purpose of this course is to deliver to the student the recognition and the understanding of the Sovereignty of God. Through careful study of God’s Law the student will begin to see the ‘Plan’ of God as it has unfolded throughout history from a Biblical perspective, and with an investigation of the impact of Biblical Laws in the affairs of men, we can begin to comprehend the will and plan of God for mankind today.
The student will be introduced to a study that clearly shows that everything is orderly; nothing happens by accident; men do not determine history; God does.
Nations rise and fall according to His decrees, no monarch or other ruler of people stands above the Law of God, nor can they withstand the irreversible judgment of God when the day of his visitation has arrived.
The Law of Jubilee (Restoration)
Has any part of the Law been “put away”?
Paul, and being “under the Law”
The Law of Redemption
The Law of Jubilee; Understanding forgiveness
Lawful time periods
God’s Lawful obligation to and requirement to forgive
Forgiveness in history
The Overcomer, forgiveness and keeping the Jubilee
Basic Bible chronology
120 Jubilees and the Holy Spirit
The two floods; Solomon’s Temple
The Day of Pentecost—Acts chapter 2
Moses’ prophetic life
The Law’s requirement regarding Noah’s flood
The Cleansing Laws of childbirth
For the Earth and Canaan
For Egypt; For Amalek and Saul
For Israel; Looking for the Jubilee
The cleansing of Jerusalem
The Law of Cleansing
The Enemies of the Sanctuary
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit
The cleansing of the Priesthood
Warwick Potts (30 hours)
May 14-18, July 16-20, Sept. 10-14
This course continues with the study of history and the effect of God’s lawful timing where the affairs of men are concerned. Detailing the ancient historic events that occurred by Divine intention and direction, this study shows how these events give clues to the understanding of God’s dealings with mankind in the context of contemporary history.
By studying the Biblical Laws and their impact in history the student will learn to see the events of modern history and those of the present day, no longer in the light of happenstance, probability or chance but rather as the outworking of the Divine Plan effected by the very laws established by the Creator from the beginning.
The Birth of Jesus
When was Jesus born?
Roman History: The context of Jesus’ Birth
Jesus and Moses: A Prophetic Parallel
John’s Ministry Begins
When Did Jesus begin His Ministry?
Daniel’s 70 weeks ended in 33AD
Cursed Time for Babylon and Mystery Babylon
Israel “Sold” to Babylon for eight years
God’s Requirements: The Fruits of the Kingdom
Babylon’s Liability in Long-term prophecy
The Feet of Iron and Clay
Prophecies fulfilled by the Israeli State
Jacob and Esau
The Cursed Fig Tree
The Law of Fruit-bearing Trees
Three 40-year Trial Periods
Judah and Jerusalem
The Trial of the Church
The Trial of the Overcomers
Tribulation and the Time of Jacob’s Trouble
Jacob’s first and second time of trouble
Israel’s first and second time of trouble
Separation from Judah
The 14th Jubilee
The Remnant Shall Return
Jacob’s Trouble Fulfilled in the Modern Nations
Britain and America
The Songs of Degrees
Jubilee Savings time
Why Britain and America
The ‘Lost Sheep’ found
Judaism or Christianity
True Jews and True Israelites
Other World events in Bible Prophecy
World War II
The Ten Years after the Jubilees
The Great Babylonian Captivity in the 20th Century
The 2,520-year Cycle
The 76-year Cycle
Esau receives dominion
The rebuilding of Herod’s Temple
The Debt-Note Given to the Overcomers
What is an Overcomer?
Rudy Jones (30 hours)
April 23-27, June 18-22, Aug. 20-24
A course designed to introduce the student to the ageless secrets of the Tabernacle of God and to help them to discover the personal identity that they have with the “dwelling place of God”.
The purpose of this course is not to look at the Tabernacle in particular, or the Bible in general for a lesson in history; our purpose is to find in the Scriptures the application for today and every day, and for every event and circumstance in life.
This is a study of the Tabernacle and all of the accompanying Lawful elements that God gave mankind with it.
It is, the most amazing drama ever presented, the most elaborate stage setting ever built, the most complex parable ever recorded in the Bible, the most important physical structure ever built on the earth. It is a structure in heaven seen by Moses (Heb 8:5) and by John (Rev 15:5)—a portrait of the Messiah Jesus –a revelation of the spiritual you.
A journey to our Father’s House
The Tabernacle – Credits
Different names for the Tabernacle
The fourteen categories of offerings
God’s Covenant presence throughout history
The Encampment of the tribes
The Gate of the Court
The Court and Posts, Sockets, Hooks, etc.
The three levels of salvation
Introduction—the Ephod and Breastplate
The Brass Altar
The Priest, the Altar and the stars
Summary and practical applications
The mystery of “dying to live”
Rudy Jones (30 hours)
April 23-27, June 18-22, Aug. 20-24
This course of study will commence from where the previous course concluded. With the same objectives as The Law of the Spirit of Life 101, this course will continue with the theme of, “The Tabernacle, the dwelling place of God”.
The lecturer is not attempting to present an exclusively historical study of the Tabernacle and it’s operation within the Old Testament record and context, but identifies the Laws of the Tabernacle and the Priesthood in a manner that is personal to the student and applicable to the world in the twenty-first century.
The Age of Aquarius
The Anointing (Christ)
The three levels of spiritual maturity
The Table of Shewbread
The secret language of the Bible
The Hebrew alphabet & numeric system
Thoughts and intents of the heart
The Golden Altar
The Veil was rent
Key Perspectives and Viewpoints
The Secret of the Tabernacle
Norman Edwards (30 hours)
Apr 30-May 4, June 25-29, Aug 27-31
Why Study Biblical law when we have Jesus?
a) The Laws in Our Hearts. Most Christians believe they are under the “new covenant” in which God promises to “put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts” (Jer 31:33; Rom 2:15; Heb 8:10; 10:16). We are to keep “the spirit” and not “the letter” of the law (Rom 2:29; 7:6; 2Cor 3:6). But it is the same laws that were once written on stone that are to be written on our hearts. They can be written through life-lessons guided by the Holy Spirit or they can be written through study of God’s word, guided by the holy spirit.
b) Physical governance still needed. The purpose of the Church was to teach spiritual truth, not to establish a physical kingdom. Yet there is still a need for physical governance in families and states. In the U.S.A. and some other nations, the people are ultimately responsible for government and would benefit greatly by using Biblical principles for civil government—whether they are Christian or not.
Laws for Crime Prevention. The U.S.A. spends far more money for prisons, police, courts and lawyers than any other nation in history, yet still has a huge prison population and a lot of crime. There are reasons for it and ways to prevent it.
Laws for a Robust Economy. Governments continually debate the virtues of capitalism vs. socialism, the best method for taxation, methods for determining liability, etc. If those responsible for governing knew what God said about these matters, billions of people would be much better off.
Laws for Stable Marriages. More information about sex and marriage is available to the average person than in any previous generation, yet divorces and failed marriages still outnumber successful ones. God, who made marriage, tells us how to avoid those problems.
Laws for Caring Congregations. Today, Christianity is divided into hundreds of denominations, which do not get along with each other and frequently do not recognize each other as believers. Jesus and the Apostles gave clear laws to believers that would prevent these problems. Some of the Bible verses are frequently mistranslated, adding to the difficulty, but most of the laws have been clear in the Bible—just not sufficiently studied and applied.
Summary. This is a practical, non-prophetic class to help young and old to study, learn and apply the valuable Laws for Living that our Heavenly Father has given us.
As this is our first year of operation, we only have a limited number of vacancies; we will be making more opportunities available throughout the year. As an introduction, these courses are being offered at very attractive rates and you are invited to reserve your booking immediately as placement opportunities are limited.
Course module fees for one week include:
One 30-hour course
See the course descriptions, above, for the dates that each course is offered. In general, courses are offered Monday through Friday, but you may make arrangements to leave a day earlier or stay a day later if necessary. Obviously, the 101 courses should be taken before the 201 (second half) courses. See the fee schedule on page 17 for costs. A discount is given for staying for 2 or more consecutive weeks.
Non-class attending children, teens and adults will have use of the recreational facilities. Please contact Port Austin Bible Center to discuss opportunities for care programs for your non-class attending family members.
Comfortable dormitory accommodation is provided, along with access to the campus’ recreational facilities, which include: Gymnasium (with basketball court, racquetball court, weights & exercise room, game room) Volleyball (in gym & outdoors), Outdoor heated swimming pool, Children’s playground, Bowling alley, Tennis courts, Baseball field.
Lake Huron, boating, canoeing, horse-riding, roller skating and other attractions are only 1-8 miles away.
This is a wonderful opportunity for your entire family to come aside from the circumstances of everyday life and experience re-creation, restoration and renewal in body, soul and spirit. We invite you to contact us and make your reservation today. Registration forms and further information about Port Austin Bible Center courses and facilities are available from:
Business hours 517-738-5000
After hours 517-738-5152
Fax (24 hours) 517-738-5004
Mail: Port Austin Bible Center, P.O. Box 444. Port Austin, MI 48467-0444
Port Austin Bible Center Fee Schedule
2 consecutive weeks
3 consecutive weeks
4 consecutive weeks
|Non-class teens & adults||
|1-3 children (6-12 yrs.||
Children 5 years and under are free. Fourth child and more of the same immediate family are free.
Do I believe all this stuff is true?
by Norman Edwards
No. I disagree with a few of the things in these course outlines—but that is the nature of non-denominational study. There is no requirement to agree with everything being taught in order to attend or teach. (“Required belief” is something one expects from denominations and cults.) Teachers will accept well-supported disagreement in class discussions.
To me, the issue is this: Is the spiritual value of the courses worth the cost in time and money to take them? I am convinced my course will be. I cannot speak as confidently for the other courses because I have not taken them yet, but I think they will be worth the effort as well. Even if I should end up disagreeing with much of the teaching, I believe the time spent pouring over the scriptures with others will be well spent. The effort of any study should not be to “find a teacher to follow”, but to learn from God and His Word.
The other teachers use many parts of the Old Testament that the Church of God groups spent little time with. They teach both literal and symbolic use of many laws. Christ continually spoke in symbolic language, confusing his disciples. We should not be surprised that other parts of the scripture also have symbolic meanings.
I appreciate the opportunity to teach the very practical lessons from the laws of God that individuals can use in their lives, families and governments.