Q. As you hinted at in your Feature Article, “The Great Apostasy” of 10-19-13, apostasy has been with the Church since it came into being at Pentecost almost 2,000 years ago. Because apostasy in the Church has been more the rule than the exception, don’t you think a more reasonable exegesis of 2 Thes. 2:3 would be a confirmation of the pre-trib rapture by using the word “departure” to translate the Greek word “apostasia”?
Q. We hear of movements of the Spirit in Middle Eastern and Asian countries (albeit often underground) but we don’t seem to hear of these things in Europe.
Since it seems as if we are following Europe’s lead, and will likely arrive at the same destination, do you foresee a somewhat underground movement (perhaps driven by apathy instead of persecution) of the Holy Spirit in America before the rapture and is there one in Europe now that is not being talked about much?
Q. I am a stay at home mom and my husband is a teacher. We were blessed with his job 4 years ago when we decided to move. I know it was God’s perfect timing and this job has provided for our family very well. My husband likes his job but doesn’t love his job. He’s recently been debating on whether he wants to stay in that profession or not. He has many other jobs he could do to support us.
Our question is, should we be thankful for the job that God blessed us with and that my husband is capable of doing for the long term? Or should he try to find a job in life that he loves? What would Jesus tell him he should do? We want to be thankful for the blessings in our lives but aren’t sure when to step outside of the path we are on.
Q. I know that we are to take care of the earth and animals and not abuse them, but is there anything written specifically that says that? Also, does taking care of the earth and animals override all that man tries to do as far as living here is concerned?
Q. I’ve been wondering about the love of Jesus. Why does His love seem absent from so many who call themselves believers? Is the answer found in Matthew 24, specifically verse 12, or was Jesus speaking only about Daniel’s 70th week? Or is it more answered by 1 John 4:8? In such a religious nation and with so little love visible, how do we find the true brethren who love Jesus?
Q. Here I am still studying Ezekiel and he mentions the curious combination of Noah, Daniel, and Job. What is the purpose of this combination? Thanks again for your continued help in my studies.
Q. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 says we should live quiet lives and mind our own affairs and work with our hands. It seems like in other places, God is telling us to live quiet lives. What does it mean to live a quiet life as a believer?
Q. Re: Matthew 11:11-15. What is your interpretation of this passage? I am stymied and your opinion would be a grace!
Q. In Matt 24:34 Jesus said the generation that sees the signs He was describing would not pass away until they have all been fulfilled. The average life span is 70-80, but a man could also by great luck live to be 100. You don’t think Jesus meant that even if there was one 100 year old man left at His second coming that would count, do you?