Biography

You can view the author working at his desk on a photograph (65 k).

Pastor Abraham Leenhouts was born in 1915 in Schoondijke, Netherlands. He studied theology at the Free University of Amsterdam. In 1941 he was appointed by the Dutch Reformed Church to be a pastor in Vlagtwedde, where he was deeply involved in the resistance movement against the German occupation. For his activities in the resistance movement he was officially promoted by the English, French and American governments. Even individuals were helped, an example is the imprisoned persons who were released by an action. Despite serious threats he was also visiting Jews who were collected in "The house for Christian interests" before they were sent to the concentration camps. During those very dramatic moments (described in the book, "The Man with the Pot") he was confronted with the relation between Jews and Christians.

After Vlagtwedde, pastor Leenhouts was serving churches in Heerenveen, Enschede, Soest and Castricum. When he was serving in Heerenveen he was also employed by the state as a clergyman for people imprisoned because of nazi-activities during the war. He has supporting patients at psychiatric clinics and worked later as a teacher in religion.

The most dominant and revolutionary event in his life was a religious experience, a direct message from God in 1948. In that experience, the secret that John in Revelation 10 was not allowed to write, was revealed to Abraham Leenhouts. He was asking himself: "Will there come to bloom on the thorny stem of six thousand years of human history, a Sabbath-flower, will there be established a kingdom of peace within the frame of our time?"

Another central question was if the Jews are able to cancel the exile without confessing Jesus as their savior? In Matth. 23:38-39 it is written: "Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

The third question was: Is Germany, who had strived for an extermination of the Jews, able to achieve a re-unification without having to deal with the crimes during the second world war?

Pastor Leenhouts has openly expressed his view about the above mentioned questions. He has even done that at the Western Wall in Jerusalem (52 k), at Eastern or Pesach 1969 and in the palace of King Hassan II of Morocco (1970 at the celebration of Aid el Kebir, a Muslim festival).

Pastor Leenhouts has later served as a pastor in Zurich and has for several years been giving sermons in Amsterdam. He is now living in the Hague of Netherlands and is concentrating on writing a new series of books named the Sjofar-series.

The first book (1992), "The Man with the Pot" (translated title) is dealing with the process for creating true unity between the Christians. The man who directed the disciples towards the upper room for the last supper is a symbolical model for that process. The book is also dealing with the development in the Middle-East as well as, the situation in former Yugoslavia, the French nuclear testings and other political situations. The book is translated to Swedish and French. His second book in this series (The seven sjofarim in the Apocalypse) is at the moment only available in Dutch.

Previous books available in English are "My vengeance is merciful" (1971) and "Competition of the Altars" (1982). Earlier books are only available in Dutch. The books of pastor Leenhouts are to a major extent dealing with biblical questions that have not changed for more than 2000 years and only to a minor extent on interpretations and observations about the present political events. It is very fair to declare that the books contain a message that becomes more and more "hot" in relation to the development in the Middle-East even if the book "My vengeance is merciful" was first published more than 20 years ago. The above mentioned books are presented in this home-page.