Confused About The New Jerusalem

Q.   I`m still confused about the New Jerusalem (John 14 and Rev 21). In one of your answers you indicated at the rapture we would go directly to the New Jerusalem. In another answer you indicated the New Jerusalem would come into play after the 2nd coming. Personally, my belief is John saw the New Jerusalem coming down after the 2nd coming and we would at that time occupy it. What say you?

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Hades And Hell

Q. I really enjoy your website and thank you for your teachings.  I was listening to a well known prophecy teacher on television. He said that there is no one in hell right now, that those who have gone on are instead in Hades until after the tribulation period then those people will be sent to hell at that time.  Could this be correct?  God bless you richly in all things.

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Are Matt. 24:29 And Rev. 6:12 the Same?

Q. Re: Birth Pangs Update.  I’m not sure whether Jack Kelley is still around, but I have a question about the way he presents a view that Rev. 6:12, with the moon turning red and the sun going black, represents the beginning of Daniel’s 70th Week, while the stars falling from heaven per Mt. 24:29 marks its end.  What about the stars falling from heaven in Rev. 6:13?  How can these events be viewed as separated in time when they are mentioned in consecutive verses as a direct consequence of the opening of the Sixth Seal, and why was the subsequent verse 13 not mentioned in Kelley’s commentary?

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Children Of The Rapture

Q.  You have said that all children who die below the age of accountability go to heaven. Will all the children below the age of accountability who are present on earth at the time of Rapture be leaving along with adult believers irrespective of their parents belief or religion? If it is so, then won’t there be any children left on this earth for the Tribulation? And how shall God take them without the consent of their parents, since they may be of different religions other than Christian?

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Does God Destroy The Innocent?

Q. I was having a conversation recently with a believer who is struggling with his faith. He claims that every time God punished the enemies of the Jews, thousands of innocent people died, even women and children.  As examples, he named the people who died in the flood, all the first born in Egypt, David’s baby (from Bathsheba) and the innocents in Caanan who died when God instructed the Israelites to conquer the land.  He concluded that God was never ‘good’, just ‘one sided’ towards the Jews. He said those people who died were still created by Him, so why did he watch them be slaughtered?

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Our Measure Of Faith

Q. In Romans 12:3, it speaks of “the measure of Faith” God has given us.  My question is: do we all get the same “measure” of Faith, or are some of us given a bigger or smaller measure? Some of us are called to serve in areas where I would think they would need a very large measure of Faith.

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Was Abraham Justified By Faith Or Works?

Q. I am studying James in a small group study.  I understand and believe that we are saved by faith alone by the grace of God.  I also understand that James is telling us that true belief and faith in Jesus’ finished work on the cross will produce good works. I agree. This is my question:  James 2:21 says, “was not… Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?

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A Pause Between The Rapture And Daniel’s 70th Week?

Q.  My question concerns a theory I just heard – from a Pre-Tribulation preacher – that the rapture does not necessarily kick-off the 7-year Tribulation period, but instead, there could be an indeterminate number of years (10, 50, even 1,000) between the rapture and the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week. Prior to hearing this, I was unfamiliar with the theory.  I’d be interested to know if you are familiar with this concept, and if so, what verses do you use to rebut it.

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One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

Q.  Your  short comment on baptism gives me thought on the verse that speaks of “one baptism” and since I’ve had more than one water baptism, it bothered me on how to respond.
I now believe that my one baptism occurred when I first believed, and the Holy Spirit came into my heart, never to leave.  Water should follow.

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