Q. I firmly believe in the pre-trib rapture and have studied much of your teaching on the subject. I have one area that I am still uncertain about. It is about the resurrection of tribulation saints. In your article “Defending the Pre-Trib Rapture (Again)” you explain that Rev. 20:4-9 shows that tribulation saints are resurrected at the same time as Old-Testament saints, at the end of the tribulation and before the millennium. I can see you are correct from that passage, but what proof do we have that these saints are not simply the church age saints who died in the tribulation?
Q. I would appreciate your view concerning the time-frame of the word ‘Wrath’ in I Thess.1:10 where ‘Jesus delivers us from the wrath to come’ and I Thess. 5:9 where ‘God has not appointed us to wrath’. Are these verses speaking of the Great Tribulation (3 1/2 years) or do they refer to the entire 7 years of the 70th Week of Daniel? If this wrath includes the entire 7 years where is it explained in Scripture? I personally support the Pre-Trib. view and believe the entire 7 years will be about God’s judgment, but I would like to give a more complete explanation to friends of mine who believe in the Pre-Wrath view.
Q. I must be missing something, I just don’t get it. You say in your answer to when will animal sacrifices stop that when the Lord returns sacrifices will begin again and will continue throughout the Millennium. Why? How does the slaughter of innocent animals for 1000 years glorify the Lord? And why would a loving God want that?
Q. Re. How Did It Happen? In your answer, you say that the Holy Spirit comes after believing. I’ve believed for a long time that it is the Holy Spirit who draws us and that He woos us to Christ. Now after reading this answer I’m wondering if I’ve got this wrong. Would you please clarify?
Q. In 1 Corinthians 7:17-23, Paul talked about believers remaining in situations that they once were. He states that God wants the believer (new or existing) to remain in the situation as he/she once was. For instance, Paul said that if a believer was called while a slave, he told them not to be concerned about it. The same goes for circumcision. In responses to situations, do you believe God puts believers in conflicting or bad situations as He did with Paul? For example, does God want us to be in prison for a crime we did not commit? If we were in slavery, does God want us to remain slaves? This is something to think about when meditating on this verse. How do you look at this verse?
Q. Are we all born righteous and only become sinner when we choose to sin? In one statement (Romans 5:19) it seems clear that Adam’s sin has infected us, but other scripture tell us we do not bear the punishment of our fathers (Ezekiel 18:19-20). Then you have those who are adamant in stating we are all born pure and that sin is a choice. Because of Adam the flesh dies but the spirit only dies if one chooses to sin. As one person put it so directly: “Original sin is a doctrine of demons, we became a sinner by choice, not because of Adam.” Please help explain this subject?
Q. I recently read an article, which was called “Is God for us or for Himself?” The author concluded that God mainly and ultimately is for Himself. He holds His own glory in the highest regard and evangelical Christians deceive themselves with the notion that they are the apple of His eye so to speak. Everything that God did and all that Jesus went through was solely for His own glory that is the dearest to Him. We delude ourselves to think otherwise.
Q. The subject of OSAS came up in an internet group I belong to. The group leaders say they believe in OSAS and I definitely agree with that. But they say if a born again believer thinks a Christian could walk away from God, then they don’t believe the whole truth of the Bible, are making God out to be a liar and therefore, they are lost. I personally don’t believe a person is lost just because they don’t subscribe to OSAS just as I don’t believe a person is lost if they believe in a mid-trib rapture. What do you think?
Q. I have been watching a beautiful study on the typology of Joseph, specifically how his brothers killed the goat to put blood on Joseph’s tunic and even though they meant it for evil God only saw the blood and counted it as a sacrifice for what they had done. Fast forward to the Pharisees yelling “let His blood be on our hands and our children” likewise they meant it for evil but The Sacrifice was applied to them. This is very interesting to me because I see God had to choose a people to carry out His will and blinded them to do so. It seems that in the fulfilling of God’s will He made sure the Jewish people were counted among the saved. I don’t know if this is the case but I hope it is.
Q. Who is the Church? What church or group of people will be raptured? Some churches claim that they are the true church and that they are the one’s who are going to be raptured, and they use the reference in Revelation 3:10. Why is it so important to join a church? Most of them are not righteous. I don’t think God’s church is in one or two locations. I think the church is scattered all over the world consisting of righteous people who believe in Jesus Christ and know that he will come soon. What does the Bible say about my opinion of these issues?