Q. I have questions on two verses in the Gospels. In both Matthew 10:34-36 and Luke 12:49-52, Jesus said he did not come to bring peace but division on earth. Using the NIV version, Jesus mentions that he would bring fire on the earth and wishes how it would be kindled (Luke 12: 49). He also says that families would be divided: daughter against mother, son against father, daughter in law against mother in law, etc. Why was Jesus saying that families would be divided? What did He mean when he said he would bring fire on the earth and wished it was already kindled?
Q. I am so disappointed in my son and the decisions he has made in his life. He has served time in prison, he has been on drugs, he has lied to me, stolen money from me, doesn’t want to work, and is now married with a 2yr old daughter. He stays in trouble with the law, is constantly in and out of court, and owes numerous fines. I have prayed, talked to him, tried to set up opportunities for him, turned him over to God, but it never changes. I don’t know if it is possible for me to give up on my son but I am so tired. Please give me some advice.
Q. God created heaven and earth and everything in them in 6 days. He could have done it in 6 minutes or 6 seconds. Why do you think it is taking Jesus so long to prepare our Heavenly home, the New Jerusalem?
Q. In the many Messianic prophecies in the OT, is it ever stated, definitively, that Messiah is a Divine Person; the Son; God Himself; or anything of that nature?
OT prophecy describes Messiah’s Kingdom as eternal, but is Messiah Himself ever described as immortal, eternal, etc.?
Q I have a good prayer life, but I’m wondering if any one else might have the same problem I have. It seems a lot of my prayers are repeats: children saved, family saved, President saved, the Gospel preached, health of loved ones, etc., and other prayers I have. Do I really need to say these every night and every morning? Does God get tired of hearing the same requests over and over?
Q. Re: Ephesians 5:25-27. May I ask you if the raptured Church (the bride) will have to meet the standards as stated by Paul in this passage? Because on the other hand we have the great multitude in Revelation 7 . Did they miss the rapture on account of poor qualifications, or is there another explanation?
Q. Our Pastor spoke of literal meaning and not literal meaning of some of the Bible’s messages. He said a parable is a story to teach us something and not to be taken literally. (Example:The Prodigal Son) On the other hand, he spoke of Jesus walking on the water. He said if Jesus was like us, he couldn’t have actually walked on the water because we can’t. What are your thoughts about this?
Q. Re: Overcomers And the Rapture. A brother supported his “overcomer” belief with Phil.3:10-11; that the resurrection Paul spoke of here would be that of “elite” Christians. Reason being, the apostle used a specific word there (exanastasis). After reading on this for a little while, I personally believe Paul was referring to the Rapture – that he wanted to experience being taken up with the Church.
Q. You have said that Matthew 24 is a Tribulation chapter, I agree that some of it will take place during that period. As a Pre Tribulation believer, how can we not see it as a two fold chapter of Rapture and Tribulation? The birth pangs then are only for the Tribulation period … signs of His Second Coming. Where do these birth pangs then fit in a Pre Tribulation Rapture? Many people are taking the “signs” (birth pangs) now as a preview of the Rapture of the Church. How can this be if they are signs of just His Second Coming?
Q. Is the group of saints mentioned in Revelation 20:4 the same group from Revelation 7:13-17? They sound the same but the wording seems to indicate they have different destinies. Can you please clarify?