God created man in His spiritual image.
God has had a plan for mankind probably since His first thoughts about creation of the Universe.
God spoke His plan to ancient prophets of Israel, who were privileged to record the plan in Holy Scriptures for future generations.
God raised up men and women who would faithfully preserve Holy Scriptures, even though persecuted or martyred.
God foretold, in the Old Testament, the Messiah (the Christ) who would come to save the souls of mankind.
God revealed, in the New Testament, the Messiah (the Christ) who did come and will return.
God has a people— Israel, Jews— and branches from His people Israel— Christians— who have been entrusted with Holy Scriptures.
For an eternal God, the past is our present and future (eternity past ⇒ eternity present ⇒ eternity future).
We praise God that we may study His Holy Word— His Eternal Word— to better define our relationship with Him.

The Eternal Word Sunday School (Bible Study) Class — RIO Revolution Church — 3419 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, Tennessee



The Eternal Word Class is an adult Bible study class— a Sunday School ministry— of RIO Revolution Church, Maryville, Tennessee.

The teacher is Raymond Finney. Raymond has taught Sunday School classes and other church groups for decades. His primary interests include end-time prophecy, Hebraic customs, and the Judeo-Christian basis for our faith.

This particular class is established on October 9, 2016 in response to congregants' requests for more teaching about end-time prophecy and the relationship we Christians have with our Jewish brothers and sisters. We believe Christianity is a branch of Judaism. We believe the New Covenant is extended from the Old Covenant.

If you are not affiliated with a Bible study class, we welcome you to attend this class. Notes, several pages in length, will be distributed every week. These notes are posted in this Website, if you cannot attend class in person.

We meet every Sunday morning at 10:10 am Eastern time. The church is located at 3419 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, Tennessee, which is south of Blount Memorial Hospital. Sunday worship services begin at 9:00 am and 11:00 am Eastern time.

CLICK ON MAP to locate the church. More information may be obtained from the CHURCH'S WEBSITE.


We will correlate current events with end-time prophecy. Many resources are available for you, including:

Sample of news from around the world:

Sample of news from Israel (English language editions):

News ticker feed of leading stories from The Jerusalem Post — Place cursor over the headline to pause the scroll, and click on the headline to read the article:

News about prophecy:

Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy in Today's News — This prophecy-current news correlation site is written and posted by the class teacher.


Dear reader:

If you would like to share a brief note of encouragement or wisdom for other readers, please send an email note to Unless you specifically state that you want your identity revealed, your email address will not be posted and you should use a first name, nickname, or pseudonym.


From: Peggy, Hobe Sound, Florida, October 27, 2016:
Thank you for these wonderful teaching. The Lord is using the gifts He gave you to help us as we dig into and meditate on God's Word. The Lord is so good to us, "for the Word of the Lord is right and true, He is faithful in all he does." Ps 33:6 May all who read His word and these teaching here on this web site be blessed, encouraged and strengthened.
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From: Maria, Atlanta, Georgia, October 12, 2016:
I thank Hal for his comment about digging for truth as though digging for a precious gemstone. Let me share a quotation from philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer: “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Judaism and Christianity have passed, or are passing, through the first two stages (ridicule and opposition). I pray we will see the final stage (acceptance) in my lifetime!
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From: Hal, Maryville, Tennessee, October 10, 2016:
Thank you. "Truth is like a gemstone found at great depth." That is, much research and planning, much labor digging, much dirt and refuse removal. Result: Gemstone!
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From: Jim, Sevier County, Tennessee, October 10, 2016:
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your writing and teaching. Thanks for the website; it has so much content that I enjoy. God bless you.
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From: Mike, Maryville, Tennessee, October 8, 2016:
Thanks for this site. I am a born-again Christian who loves Israel and who tries to understand prophecy. I look forward to future lessons.


Contact the teacher of this class (author of lessons) about suggestions for improvement or errors found:
• By email:
• By telephone: (865) 984.1424 .


Click on underlined title (link) to read or print the lesson.
  1. The Fall Feasts of Israel — In History and In Prophecy (October 9, 2016)

  2. The Two Branches of God's Olive Tree (Romans 11:11-32)
    Part 1— Making an unproductove tree, productive
    (October 16, 2016)

  3. The Two Branches of God's Olive Tree (Romans 11:11-32)
    Part 2— Replacement theology— when man's anti-Semitic bigotry clashes with the Bible's teachings
    Jews— your blessing or curse?
    Desire of Jesus, the One New Man, to unite Jews and Gentiles
    Jews in Heaven? “Oh, my, there goes the neighborhood.”
    (October 23 2016)

  4. Will November 8, 2016 Bring America a Blessing or a Curse? (October 30, 2016)

  5. Donald Trump Said the 2016 American Presidential Election Was Rigged
    He Was Right... Proof That God Rigged the Election
    (November 13, 2016)

  6. A Christian's Thanksgiving Meal— The Only Suitable Thanksgiving Meal (November 20, 2016)

  7. What Will Happen to You After Death? (November 27, 2016)

  8. Christmas, A Savior is Born — Questions You May Have (Part 1 of 2) (December 11, 2016)

  9. Christmas, A Savior is Born — Questions You May Have (Part 2 of 2) (December 18, 2016)

  10. Eight New Year's Resolution Suggestions Found in the Epistle of James (January 1, 2017)

  11. U.S.A. Versus God
    Could U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 Be the "Last Straw" Leading to God's Judgment of America?
    APPENDIX: United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334
    (January 15, 2017)

    The Isaiah 9:10 Warning-Judgment Prophecy— First Fulfilled in Ancient Israel, Now Being Fulfilled in America?
    The Psalm 83 War
    The Burden Against Damascus (Isaiah Chapter 17)
    (January 22, 2017)

    The Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel, Chapters 38 and 39)
    (February 5, 2017)

    Tribulation Wars
    The Battle of Armageddon — The Second Coming of Jesus the Christ
    Satan Unbound (Gog and Magog Rebellion)
    (February 12, 2017)

  15. Your End-Time War Is Now and Here
    No Need to Wait for Gog-Magog Battle... You, a Christian, Are “Hated by All”
    (February 19, 2017)

  16. You Are Called to Be God's Warrior
    Part 1 — Equipping the Christian Soldier
    "Be All You Can Be"
    (February 26, 2017)

  17. You Are Called to Be God's Warrior
    Part 2 — Roman military tactics for Christian warriors
    Christians defeat themselves in fighting Satan's forces because of lack of training, resolve, and tapping into God's strength
    "We have met the enemy, and he is us!" Pogo Possum,
    Pogo, cartoonist Walt Kelly
    (March 5, 2017)

  18. God May Be Calling You to Be Another Gideon
    God Only Needs a Remnant to Do His Work
    Are You Ready to Answer God's Call to Be in the Heroic Remnant that Serves Him?
    (March 12, 2017)

  19. Christianity Doctrine Lesson No. 1: Forgiveness of Sin (March 19, 2017)

  20. Passover, 2017 (March 26, 2017)

  21. Mysteries and Obscurities Surrounding Jesus' Death and Resurrection
    God's Divine Plan Fulfilled
    Part 1 — Questions and Answers About This Holiest of Seasons for Christians
    (April 2, 2017)

  22. Mysteries and Obscurities Surrounding Jesus' Death and Resurrection
    God's Divine Plan Fulfilled
    Part 2 — Questions and Answers About This Holiest of Seasons for Christians
    (April 9, 2017)

  23. God's Covenants— His Promises... Our Responsibilities (May 7, 2017)

  24. Mothers' Day, 2017 (May 14, 2017)

  25. Are You Preparing for Your Marriage?
    Will You Wed Jesus, Or Be Left at the Altar?
    (May 21, 2017)

  26. America — Land of Freeedom, Based on Christianity
    "One Nation Under God" — "A Republic If You Can Keep It"
    (July 2, 2017)

  27. Your Crowns
    Prepare now for your Bema Judgment
    Store crowns (rewards) now for your eternal life in Heaven!
    (July 31, 2017)