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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Ezekiel 38 And The 6 Day War

Q. Why, in your opinion, did the 6 day war and the 1973 conflict not meet the substance of the Ezk 38-39 war? Obviously I expect that Turkey who did not participate is part of the answer, but Russia was very involved in both. Because as I sit, those two wars were pretty dead on. Where am I wrong?

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Tribulation In 2015?

Q.  An online news service recently wrote an article entitled “Will Tribulation Begin a Year From Now?”  In the article, the author uses some kind of calculations to determine that Fall 2015 could possibly be the beginning of the Tribulation.  Do you think this is likely?  Is it possible to predict the beginning of the Tribulation period?

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