Nothing New Under The Sun

Q.  Can you explain what Ecclesiastes 1:9 means when it says “and there is no new thing under the sun”.  Is that implying that everything that we discover or learn about has already happened or has been here in the past?

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Leaving Some Behind To Minister?

Q.  The day’s current world events leave me wondering if God might leave some believers behind during the rapture to evangelize or minister to those who are suffering. Despite my attempt to share the gospel with unbelieving friends and family,  I hate to think of leaving  them behind to suffer during the imminent tribulation. What are your thoughts about this?

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Severity Of Punishment

Q.  I recently read a commentary which said “According to Rev 20:12d the wicked dead will be evaluated by Jesus at the White Throne Judgement for severity of punishment according to their culpability”.  Would you please comment on the “severity of punishment” idea?

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Can Some Believe But Not Understand?

Q. I heard a prominent bible prophecy teacher say that people who believed but did not “understand” the salvation message would miss the rapture and be saved during the Tribulation.  He went on to say that those who did not believe and understand would have a deluding force sent from God so they would not believe.  If I understand the whole concept of being saved, it is the Holy Spirit that draws you to a spiritural understanding when you hear and believe.  Also, do any gentiles get saved  during the Tribulation?

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Jerusalem And Shiloh

Q. When it comes to the future Temple (Ezekiel’s Temple), and the location where it will reside, I agree with all that you have put forth in your material (the coming temple).  However, I was reading Zechariah 14:17, which says, “And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.”   Now, doesn’t the act of worship require the Temple?  Or, can one worship in the Millennium in Jerusalem while the actual sacrifices and Temple activities can be north in Shiloh?

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Won’t All The Christians Be Gone?

Q. I love your site and have learned so much. In one of your answers you stated, “However, the scenario you describe will come to pass after the Church is gone. It will happen during Daniel’s 70th week when millions of Christians will be martyred for their faith, and for their refusal to worship the anti-Christ and take his mark.” My question is, if all the believers in Christ have been raised with him, I didn’t think there were any Christians left.

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Forgiving Sins

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?

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The Babylonian Captivity and Daniel’s 70 weeks

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?

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What Is Tu b’Av?

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.

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