Dear friends, as many of you will already know, for many years now, I have encouraged my Facebook friends to share my work. I have likewise made the rules for sharing my work very clear for many years now as well.
But for those of you who may not be aware of my particular sharing rules, because you are a new friend, or perhaps because you have simply forgotten them, allow me to share the following with you for your clarification:
1. If you wish to share my images, KJV Bible Verse Lists, poetry or BBB article announcements, then you must do it the HONEST and PROPER way by using the “Share” link or button ONLY. On Facebook, for example, you will find it located next to or underneath each image or text message that I post. I think it depends on what kind of computer or mobile device you are using.
2. Please do NOT download my images from my Facebook timeline, or from any of my albums, or from any other social networks or online sources, and then re-upload them to your own timeline or Facebook page or albums.
There are some very specific reasons regarding why I request that my work ONLY be shared the PROPER way. That is, via the “Share” link or button.
a. –> It ensures that there is a link back to my Facebook timeline, or else back to an actual page on the Bill’s Bible Basics website or blog. In my view, when people break that link back to the place of origin, it is not fair — and it is dishonest — considering how many thousands of hours I have invested in creating my currently 5,000+ graphics over the years. Please understand that this is NOT just about giving credit to whom credit is due — as some people seem to think — as I more fully explain in the following points below.
b. –> It ensures that all of my BBB article links and KJV Bible Verse Lists links are properly transferred to your Facebook timeline or page, if there are any listed with my post. As I have mentioned many times before, please understand that my graphics are just the icing on the cake, to lead my friends and followers to a deeper study of God’s Word, by following the links that I provide with each image. In short, if you download my graphics, and then re-upload my images to your own Facebook timeline, page or album, or to some other social network in which you personally participate, then any links I provide with my posts will be lost, and your friends will lose the advantage of the deeper Word studies which I provide with each of my images.
c. –> I sometimes update my graphics and make better, improved versions of them. If you download and then re-upload my images to your own Facebook timeline, page or album, or to some other social network, you will keep older versions of my graphics in circulation, which I obviously do not want to happen. Also, as I just said, by doing that, you also break any associated links I may have included with the graphic.
Some people seem to think that uploading my images to their own albums is okay, because all of my images contain my website URL. However, the truth is that we have all grown lazy, and most folks will not take the time to manually type out a URL they see in an image. They prefer easily-accessible, clickable links. Not only that, but unless the graphic is an ad for one of my articles or series, the URL that is on the graphic will only take them to the main page of my website. It will not take them to the actual graphic where they will find article and KJV Bible Verse List links which are directly related to the graphic in question.
But there is more. Many of my older graphics display my OLD website domain name. That is, endtimeprophecy.net. For those of you who may not know, I owned that domain name — as well as endtimeprophecy.org — for sixteen years. However, for reasons which I explain in articles such as “Tradition or Truth? Old Wine or New Wine?”, I relinquished ownership of those two domain names a number of years ago, and have since been using <a title=”Bill’s Bible Basics website” href=”https://www.billkochman.com” target=”_blank”>billkochman.com</a> as my only website URL, and Bill’s Bible Basics as my only website name.
However, the problem is that after I gave up ownership of endtimeprophecy.net, some unscrupulous individual — or possibly a group of individuals — bought up the EPN domain name, and for years now has been using the name Endtime Prophecy Net, and the URL endtimeprophecy.net, to sneakily lure people to a website which advertises a hotel chain. On the top of the page, it looks like a very old version of my Endtime Prophecy Net website, but none of the links work. But on the bottom of the page, they have listed a pile of links for their hotel chain. As I mention in the aforementioned article, my efforts to get them to stop such dishonest behavior failed.
So, the point is this: If you have any of my older graphics in your online albums, and if those older graphics still happen to have “endtimeprophecy.net” on them instead of “billkochman.com”, whether you realize it or not, you are directing your online friends to a bogus website which has absolutely nothing to do with our Christian faith.
Sadly, I know for a fact that this is still happening, because even as recently as last week, I have seen some of my older images floating around on Facebook with my old domain name on them. So that is another good reason why you should only be using the “Share” link or button to share my graphics. That way, you can be sure that you are sharing the latest versions of said images. That is, if you are getting them from my BBB website, from my BBB Blog, or from one of the eight social networks in which I currently participate.
To reiterate, if you come across any of my graphics online which still have “endtimeprophecy.net” on them, please do not share them. Thank you!
Be Honest! Please Don’t Cheat, Alter or Steal!
Sadly, as some of you will know, for years now, some people — other Christians, no less — have used my images in ways in which I do not approve. I freely offer my graphics to all of my online friends. All I ask in return is that you have the decency to NOT alter them in any way — particularly by not removing my name and website URL from them, or by chopping them up and using parts of them — and that you share them the PROPER way, by using the “Share” link or button. Please don’t rob others of the blessing of this vast treasure of God’s Word, by stealing and altering my graphics, so that people cannot find my timeline, or the Bill’s Bible Basics website, or the Bill’s Bible Basics Blog. If you are going to share them, share the originals exactly as I create them, and use the “Share” link or button.
Now, if you are not willing to follow the previous simple rules — which should be easy to do for any honest Christian — then please do NOT share my graphics at all. I am very serious about this. Some of you have no idea how long and hard I have worked at this ministry for so many years. I am not a spring chicken anymore. Despite the fact that I am growing old, I still work long hours here, and this ministry has taken a serious toll on my health, particularly on my eyes, back, lungs, head and stomach. In recent years I have gotten DVT — Deep Vein Thrombosis/blood clots — twice because of it, as well as Acute Bilateral Pulmonary Emboli — blood clots in all four nodes of my lungs — and have been hospitalized for sixteen days total, due to the long hours I sit here working on this ministry. So please, show some respect by following the rules.
Thank you in advance for your honesty! GBY for respecting my wishes. And thank you for sharing my work. I really appreciate it. There is only so much that I can do to get it out to as many people as possible. So your assistance by honestly sharing my work is a real blessing to me, as well as to others.