Q. Thank you again for your teaching! Could you explain John 20:23? So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Also, I know that Jesus asked the Father to forgive the people who were crucifying Him. Can we ask God to forgive the sins of others?
Q. I recently read, “Israel did not repent of its sin at the end of the 70 years of Babylonian captivity. Some of Jews did return to the Promised Land, but the majority simply settled in the Persian Empire (Iran-Iraq). So how long until God would regather the Jews and restore them back as the Nation of Israel? The solution to the mystery is found in Leviticus 26:18. “‘If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over.”
If Israel did not repent, the punishment promised would be multiplied by seven times. That means 70 years would become 490 years. This is the length of Daniel’s 70 weeks. Are the Babylonian captivity and Daniel’s 70 weeks related because Israel failed to repent?
Q. I have a question concerning the Jewish Feast Tu B’ Av. What do you know about this feast day? Do you know the date? With what we are seeing what is going on in Israel and the world I believe we are pretty close to going home. I am an full agreement with you on Rom11:25 and the fulfillment of the Gentiles. I am pondering a feast day as event driven just because we know our Heavenly Father works in a direct order. I would love your thoughts on this especially with shortness of time we are in.
Q. I have a friend who is very liberal and we are always talking about coal. He of course is against it and I am for it. His latest question to me is this “ what do you think God thinks when he looks down and sees us destroying his creation?” So what could I tell him?
Q. Am I correct in saying that three of the four Major Prophets (except Isaiah) came during the time of the Babylonian Captivity? Also, I cannot find any scriptures relating to how any of the four Major Prophets died. Can you help?
Q. Satan tried to prevent Jesus from coming to the earth by contaminating the human genome. One of the reasons for the Flood was to wipe out the hybrid-humans produced by the fallen angels mating with human woman. Noah and his family were the only genetically uncontaminated humans. Through Herod’s decree to kill all male boys 2 and younger, Satan tried to destroy Jesus again but failed. Now that Jesus has won for mankind the chance for eternal life and Satan has been defeated, why is Satan still trying destroy the Jews via the Holocaust and now through another oncoming mideast war? It can’t just be a supernatural hissy fit. Satan must see a way to avoid his ultimate destruction if he can kill the Jews.
I went to bed last night thinking and praying about the term, “freedom of religion.” I believe God blessed this nation for many years because it was predominately made up of Christians, but this “freedom of religion” has come to mean any religion and their false gods were welcome here. Shouldn’t it have been “freedom from false religions”? It seems to me that our founders would have known this would happen and that multiculturalism and false gods would take over our nation. What are your thoughts on this “freedom of religion”? Will this nation be destroyed because of its moral decay and false gods and that is the reason the United States of America is not mentioned in end times prophecy?
Q. Recently, there has been some speculation that there is a “water ring” around the Earth’s inner core. And although I did not see the movie “Noah”, the commercials showed water geysers shooting up around the Ark. Do you believe that part of the water canopy that used to surround the Earth prior to the Flood could be held there for perhaps future use by the Lord?
Q. Does the Old Testament teach that Jesus is God? Thanks for any clarification that you can give.
Q. My question is this: In 2 Kings 5:1 it says Naaman was a leper but a mighty man of valor. I thought lepers were supposed to be separated from society. How is it that Naaman led a mighty army and had the victory given to him by God. Also there is another teaching that Naaman is the one who shot the arrow that killed Ahad which has nothing to do with my question. Naaman was also married with a mistress. Why wasn’t Naaman separated from people?