Alpha to Omega

Journey to the End of Time

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
318 Pages
Reviewed on 07/09/2012
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Author Biography

Born in 1955, Matthew's path in life was redirected by an extraordinary epiphany, which had him gasping for air during an unexplainable surge of Spiritual awareness in 1977. His perspectives and priorities were swiftly rearranged by a sense of urgency, insight and a deep yearning to make sense of the overwhelming experience, which he could not fully understand.

Within two months, he had become certain that our world was on the brink of a major upheaval--igniting his obsession with the book of Revelation. The burning desire to make sense of his unforgettable vision helped him to realize the importance of making sense of a world confused by the obvious flaws in many religious and scientific claims.

Armed with his college education, indelible experience and insatiable curiosity, Petti developed an unusual theory, which had emerged as a controversial topic in social and family gatherings and became the center of his internal focus in the early 90's.

Impressed by the infamous words of W. Clement Stone,

    Book Review

Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite

Have you ever wondered what it is all about? Why are we here? Where did we come from? Where are we heading? Given the chaos, crime, pollution, and society’s troubles, are the old biblical prophecies correct and does the hellfire and damnation scenario await us when the end of the world comes? Author Matthew Petti formulates a fascinating theory that only by knowing where we came from do we have an idea of where we are heading. In this book he sets out to prove that our flaws as humans, and our failure to change, arise from our historical thinking. Yes, we are simply repeating what we have learned. Today’s chaotic world mirrors the cumulative effects of the unchanging flaws in our most basic assumptions. Beliefs about God, our origins, human history, and the hereafter are deeply embedded in the collective mind through the inheritance of age-old teachings and behaviors. The author investigates the metaphysics of faith, and why old beliefs have failed humankind in a modern world. This includes an analysis of the "Book of Revelation" as an indication of what may (or may not) transpire if the world continues on its headlong course of destruction.

This is a controversial book. The author delves into ancient history (including prehistory and biblical history), archaeology, geography, myths, and legends to create a collective mind-set or ethos for human society from those small beginnings many thousands of years ago. We may or may not believe in the supremacy of angels and the workings of heaven in human affairs, but Matthew Petti puts forward an intelligent and logical argument to substantiate his theories. He discusses his ideas of the ‘God’ spirit within humans, a controversial topic on its own, including free will and God’s will, and the concept of obedience to a higher power. To fully appreciate the author’s thinking, it is better to either have belief in some higher power and acceptance of Biblical references and characters, or else (if one is an atheist/agnostic) to suspend disbelief and simply read this book as a fascinating investigation of man’s possible superhuman and human origins. The author believes in the existence of a higher civilization with superior technology and intellectual prowess, such as Atlantis, that predates the Great Flood. He cites extraordinary and irrefutable examples of ancient engineering feats as evidence. While I am not entirely convinced and found some of the connections and associations between ancient people and biblical characters contrived (such as Noah’s Ark and Egypt’s Great Pyramid), I admit that the author has a passionate conviction that does make the reader think again and perhaps allow for possibilities. Well-researched and well-argued, the book is a journey in itself for anyone interested in our physical origins and spiritual development. I enjoyed this book because I find ancient history and man’s origins fascinating.

Anne B.

"Alpha to Omega: Journey to the End of Time" by Matthew A Petti is an out of the box look at the beginning and end of our journey. In his book Petti discusses a variety of topics that have long plagued mankind. Petti begins his book by asking the readers to imagine that they have awakened with amnesia. Suddenly we know nothing instead of having preconceived beliefs. Much of what we believe today comes from our obtaining the information from sources rather than discovering it on our own. Petti has an insatiable curiosity and seems to take nothing at face value. He leaves readers with many things to ponder: Is there proof in Genesis that a prior high society was annihilated? Did the Atlanteans lose sight of their Divinity? Who really built the great pyramids and how? He continues by discussing Noah’s Ark, the Tower of Babel and many other things.

Before I continue this review I need to state that I do not necessarily agree with the entire premise in this book. However, it has encouraged me to think out of the box and that is much more important than being in total agreement. I somehow think the author will like that I do not totally agree with him, for I am my own individual. "Alpha to Omega" is an interesting read but not necessarily an easy one. Matthew Petti has poured much of himself into this book. His personality shines from the text. I would recommend this book for sociology and anthropology classes. Petti’s book is well-organized and encourages readers to think about what they believe, why they believe it and how they came to their belief.

Lee Ashford

“Alpha to Omega” by Matthew A. Petti is a comprehensive discourse about life, eternal and temporal. Mr. Petti presents a mind-boggling series of arguments expounding his well-documented beliefs regarding God, gods, demi-gods, angels, aliens, supreme beings, Atlantis, All Truth, and man’s present condition. His many points are not commonly-held beliefs, but he documents everything he professes with a fascinating array of historic and pre-historic archaeological discoveries, various universal – or nearly universal – traditions and myths, and a plethora of astounding facts, particularly with regard to the Great Pyramid (aka Cheops) on the Giza Plateau in Egypt, as well as numerous similar constructs around the globe. His primary premise, if I understand it correctly, is that mankind was once Supreme, but fell from that lofty position, and must regain Supreme status before once again achieving Paradise.

This treatise is extremely interesting, more so in some parts than others. In particular, I was in awe at the many amazing facts he revealed about the Great Pyramid. I personally do not accept or believe all his statements, but this review is not meant to be a discussion of different beliefs. The book is exceptionally well-written (he is one of a very small minority of people who use the word “myriad” correctly), and his many statements are backed up by numerous source citations, in case anyone wishes to dig further into any specific area of discourse. My only concern is that the entire book is written well above the average adult reading level, and as such will scare off many potential readers. That notwithstanding, I recommend this book for anyone interested in reading a very interesting, if uncommon, point of view. Although difficult to follow at times, it is nevertheless a very intriguing, intelligent presentation.