More on Pre-Trib Vs. Pre-Wrath

Q.  I have always been a pre-trib rapture person but could never connect the fact that Jesus promised to keep us from God’s wrath only. Pre-trib would keep us from God’s wrath which is the last half of the tribulation or the great tribulation. But the first half is Satan’s wrath or the wrath of the anti-christ. I see us going through that. We are promised tribulation but not the wrath of God. So I moved the rapture to between now and when the antichrist sits on the throne in the newly built temple. What do you think?

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Why A Donkey?

Q.  What was the significance of Jesus riding a colt of a donkey? Was this a royal mode of transportation? Was it miraculous that he could even ride an unbroken colt? Or is there no more to it than showing Christ’s humility? I know there is a bigger picture and this was the only time Jesus let himself be declared the Messiah-King of the Jews and that the rocks would cry out if the people didn’t.  I just have not heard why he chose a donkey.

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A Forgiveness Question

Q.  I read your articles online constantly.  I’ve seen a number on forgiveness, and thought I had a good grasp of what the Bible teaches about it.  I’m confused with what I’m hearing lately on television.  It’s more than one source saying the same thing: “If you don’t forgive, then God won’t forgive you.”  I ignored it at first, thinking it was a tie-in to a Prosperity Gospel marketing ploy, but now it has me wondering if I’ve missed something in my studies.  Is there any scriptural basis to this statement?  I can’t believe there is as I believe in OSAS, so my sins (including not forgiving someone) are forgiven, as I pray constantly that God would give me the ability to forgive the one who wronged me.  Please let me know if I’ve missed something.

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The Promised Land in The Millennium

Q.  I’m a believer in our covenant keeping God, and take seriously His promises to Abraham and David etc.  I’ve always been of the view that God is yet to fully establish the Messianic Kingdom that He has promised, and eagerly await the return of Messiah, when He will reign as King on the throne of David, here on earth, as per the covenants and the prophecies.  However, Joshua 21:43-45 seems to suggest that the land promises were fulfilled.  I know other places in scripture suggest otherwise, but I would appreciate your thoughts on this passage that others often cite against my views.

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The Financial Burden Is Too Heavy

Q. God bless you with your website and your talent as a teacher. I have learned a great deal. A few years ago, I had a strong desire to own my own restaurant. To make a long story short, it did not do well.  Our debts seem insurmountable, but my wife and I did not want to file bankruptcy, although it was very tempting.  Some days, the burden seems so, so heavy. We do tithe monthly, and would like to do more, but there is nothing left.  I have prayed for God to lighten our load many times. We have absolutely nothing left at the end of the month. What more can we do to find favor with our Lord, Jesus Christ?

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The Rainbow And The White Horse

Q.  I was listening to your commentary on Rev6 the other day and it was very cool (as usual). One thing maybe you could help me with. You mentioned that the “bow” of the white rider didnt have arrows. I find out in the Greek that this bow is actually translated/literated as “shooter” and is the only occurence of this word in the NT.  It has been suggested that this bow is the “covenent confirmed with the many”. I can understand this to be so.

In Genesis, God’s rainbow is a covenant with the earth and man. A “bow of/with the rain” as it were  Question: is there any grammatical corroboration in either Greek or Hebrew that can definitively connect the idea of “bow” with a “covenant” and not just a weapon?

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Is The Believer Obligated?

Q.  Re: 1 Cor. 7:15.  Does this verse mean that a believer is freed from the marriage bond if the unbelieving spouse leaves?  I know there is much debate on this verse and the Greek word for under bondage.

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Using Cannabis For Medical Purposes

Q.  I believe that cannabis can be used for medical purposes. My cousin says that this herb came from the devil. I don’t believe Satan can create anything. I think this drug came from God. Medical people are finding ways to use it to help man kind. What is your uptake on this?

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