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The Fall Feasts Of Israel

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The fall is arguably the most important time of the year in Judaism. Three of Israel’s holiest days are celebrated then, and all in the space of 3 weeks. They are  Yom Teruah, also called the Feast of Trumpets, followed 10 days later by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and 5 days after that by Sukkot, the week long Feast of Tabernacles.  They all have both historical and prophetic fulfillment and, following the pattern of the spring feasts, the prophetic fulfillment will occur during the time of each feast. Therefore, Christians study them for glimpses into the future as well as to gain a better understanding of Jewish history and culture. This year they occur on Sept. 24-26 (Feast of Trumpets), October 3-4 (Yom Kippur) and October 8-15 (Feast of Tabernacles).

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Why Do Jews Reject Jesus Part 2

Why Do Jews Reject Jesus As The Messiah? Part 2

Commentary by Jack Kelley

I was recently asked to respond to seven reasons why Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah. These seven reasons have been featured on a Jewish “anti-missionary” website as part of their effort to discourage Jewish conversions to Christianity. In part one I responded to the first four of these reasons, so we’ll now conclude with my response to the remaining three.

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The Man From Eternity

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

NOTE: This study, from 2012, is a fitting addendum to our recently completed series on why the Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah.

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times (Micah 5:2).

Everyone who has ever received a Christmas card is familiar with Micah 5:2. But here’s something you might not know about it.

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Why Do Jews Reject Jesus As The Messiah? Part 1

Commentary by Jack Kelley

In the last decade or so, a number of Jewish “anti-missionary” ministries have cropped up to combat the increasing conversion of Jewish people to belief in Jesus as the Messiah of Israel. They have come on the scene because in the words of one of these ministries, “More Jews have converted to Christianity in the last 19 years than in the previous 1900.” Recently someone wrote asking me to respond to the following seven reasons that one of these ministries has published in support of their claim that Jesus cannot be the Jewish Messiah.

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Rapture? Which Rapture?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Among Christians who believe there will be a rapture of the Church, the great majority of us are convinced it will precede the end times judgments. This position is commonly called the pre-tribulation rapture.

Those who reject the pre-trib view are either mid-tribulation, post tribulation or pre-wrath rapture advocates. In this study we’ll review these rapture positions.

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The Islamic State, A Sample Of Things To Come?

Commentary by Jack Kelley

Like most students of prophecy I’ve been watching events in Iraq for the last several weeks and wondering what they mean. And like most writers on the subject, I’ve been silent because I haven’t been sure that what’s going on is Biblically relevant. After all, not all current events are foretold in prophecy. Nor do they all fit on a timeline to the 2nd Coming. But after a fair amount of seeking the Lord on this, I think I finally have a glimpse of something worth writing about.

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OSAS And The Church In Sardis (Rev. 3:1-6)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I keep getting questions from people who wonder if Rev. 3:5 denies OSAS. Usually these questions come from folks who believe in OSAS but have had Rev. 3:5 used against them by those who don’t. They write in hoping I’ll have an answer that will confirm their belief and that they can also use to defend it the next time they are confronted with this verse.

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What Does The Bible Say? Is Jesus God In Human Form?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Groups who call themselves Christian but don’t believe Jesus is God in human form often come up with questions that are designed to cause Christians who do believe in His deity to doubt themselves.  In this study we’ll answer some of these questions to better prepare ourselves for encounters of this kind.

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The Unbelievably Amazing Destiny Of The Church

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,  in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6-7).

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Blessed Are those Who Have Not Seen And Yet Have Believed.

Q.   I firmly hold and believe that pre-trib is both correct and the only accurate biblical position for the rapture.  However, I have a hard time coming to terms with believers after the rapture experiencing God’s wrath along with the world.  I know they are tribulation saints but am I missing something?

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Is There Anyone In Heaven Or Hell?

Q.  My friend has a new pastor who commented that currently there is no one (believer/unbeliever) in Heaven or Hell. He also believes that there are 3 raptures.  I know what I believe, but how would you respond?

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Submitting To Government Authorities

Q.  When referring to Romans 13, which talks about submitting to governing authorities, does that mean the government has the right to control people’s lives?  I know there are countries like China and North Korea that often seem to do that. This has happened throughout the Roman Empire in medieval times. When properly understood how authority works, how do we apply it to Biblical scripture?

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Did God Treat the Nephilim Justly?

Q.  Genesis 6:4 speaks of children who were born of an unholy union between fallen angels and human women. On the whole Genesis 6 implies these children were evil and perpetuated evil and the whole world became corrupt to the point of God having to start humankind all over again with clean DNA. This leads to several assumptions: These children did not have an eye toward God; the purpose of their breeding was that they would spread evil and havoc upon the earth; that they were of a corrupt DNA, and since that corrupt DNA came from fallen angels, they did not have a spirit that would strive for God. Therefore, they did not get saved, and they are spending eternity in hell. And herein are the problems and my questions.

How is their spending eternity in hell “fair?” If I was one of these children burning in hell, I would plead “Not fair; what choice did I have!?” With a demonic nature, we infer they had no chance of desiring God and being saved. Does the demonic portion of their seed nullify them from being human?

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Blessed Are The Believers

Q.  Re: The Lord’s comments to Thomas in the Upper Room.  Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me you have believed.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  You have said that Jesus was talking about the Church.  Does this mean that Thomas (and any others) who actually saw him physically after his resurrection, before believing in his resurrection, are grouped with Old Testament believers and are not considered a part of the church?

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Gentile Tribulation Believers

Q. I have a question concerning Jeremiah 30:11 and Tribulation Believers.  If God completely destroys the nations to which Israel was scattered, and those being the gentiles, where do the gentile tribulation believers come from, since the nations come to give their gifts to God during the millennium?

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Destroying The Pre-Trib Position?

Q. I did a search for pre trib rapture  and came across a site claiming to destroy the pre-trib position with just one verse.  What would be your response to him? I would like to know in case someone ever challenges me with this question.

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Absent From The Body, Present With The Lord

Q. Re: 2 Cor. 5:8. I have always believed that what Paul was saying in this verse is that when we pass from this life in an instant we will be present with God in heaven.

This came up in our men’s Bible study of Psalm 91 and God’s perfect protection afforded to all who dwell in the shelter of the Most High.  When Paul spoke these words, and I believe he spoke of this in another letter as well, he made the comment that he had a choice to stay in this body and serve the Lord or to be present with Christ (Die).  He said he was torn between the two.  So my comment to the other men there was do you think Paul knew the promise of God (Psalm 91) so up close and personal that he realized he had a choice of Life or Death? And of course if he did do we?

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Who Is In Charge Here?

Q.  Please help me to understand the following.  When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, they legally gave the earth over to Satan, right?  So, all throughout the years until the Lord gave Himself on the cross and rose from the dead, was Satan the real owner of planet earth, instead of God?  How could God not own the earth? It seems incredible.  It seems King Jesus bought the earth back somehow, with His blood, but Satan is still ruling it or something.  Is there any more about this you think I should know?

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