Taken And Left In Matt. 24:40-41

Q.  For most of my life I thought that Matt. 24:40-41  described the Rapture:  “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.” In more recent years I realized Matt. 24 and 25 are not about the Church.  So in rereading verse 40 and 41, I realized they are about the sheep and goat judgment.  The goats are the ones taken and thrown into the eternal fire. The sheep are left to enter the millennium with Christ. Because of this, I believe the Church is gone before this judgment occurs.

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The Fig Tree In The Vineyard

Q.  Thank you for this ministry – I have grown in my faith and understanding from reading your articles.  I was reading Luke 13:6-9 and I realized I had never read about (or heard discussed/preached about) the meaning of this parable.  I recognize the man who owned the vineyard was God, and the visiting the tree over three years’ time was Christ’s ministry on Earth, but I wondered who might the vine dresser of the vineyard be?  Also, when the vine dresser asks to be allowed to “dig around it and fertilize it,” what does that infer?  I notice there’s no time period mentioned for waiting to see if this action produces fruit before the decision is made to cut the tree down.  Is that a reference to the Church Age?

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Frustrated With Other Believers

Q.  I am very excited about learning prophecy and pray for the rapture to come now!  I get very excited talking about it and try to get people around me to get excited about it and to pray for the rapture.  It is very frustrating that I seem to be the only one that gets excited about this and I can’t get anyone else to join me.  So, I started thinking maybe it’s just me…do you think it’s possible that I’m on the wrong path?  I know Jesus wants us to love/enjoy this life here on earth, and I do, but I know the next life is going to be so much better than this one, so how could I not pray for that to come?

Also, does the bible warn about speculating when the rapture might happen?  I have to believe that if Jesus didn’t want us to watch/look and speculate, he wouldn’t have told us about the signs to watch for.

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The First Ones Into The Lake Of Fire

Q. I have a question concerning Matt 25:  We know that at the great white throne judgment Hades and death will be cast into the lake of fire.  However, are the “goats” in Matt 25 the 1st inhabitants of the lake of fire after the beast and false prophet? Jesus` description “the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” is NOT a description of Hades, but of the lake of fire, so it seems to me the “goats” go to the lake of fire at this point rather than after the white throne. am I correct?

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Should We Wait? Follow up

Q.  Why is this question avoided by churches and or pastors, other than it’s wrong?  Just read Galatians 5:19-21 and 1 Cor 6:9.  Obviously I could go on and on, but We need to teach people and be bold.  If people understand their righteousness, these questions would not even be brought up by believers. Your spiritual life needs to be larger than your physical life. You feed the spirit by reading your bible. The bible doesn’t mince words yet people keep asking pastors till they get the answer they want.

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Is Matt. 24:30 About The Church?

Q. One question that constantly comes out of the mouth of Post Tribbers is Matt. 24:30 and it’s relation to verse 29 before it, insinuating the rapture is the gathering spoken of and happens after the tribulation. I am sure I have read some reference about this in one of your articles but I am not sure which. My explanation usually deals with the fact that Jesus, here speaking to Jews is also prophesying the fate of the Jews living through the tribulation (context).   However the explanation always seems to come across as my interpretation and I really have no clear scriptures to back it up.  Any thoughts or scriptures I should consider?

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Should We Wait?

Q. My fiance and I have been dating for 14 months and are engaged to be married.  We are both Christians and have been married before.  Both our previous spouses are deceased.   As strong as my walk has been with the Lord, I am not sure about us having sex before we are actually married.  We are obviously not virgins.  I haven’t found anything in the Bible to give us specific direction.  We have not been physically intimate yet and I want to be clear on whether we need to wait for our union to be  blessed.  Could you give us some insight and scripture?

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Second Chance Theology?

Q.  Today my husband and I watched a television broadcast from a well known ministry. He was teaching about different kinds of hell and everyone who has already died, that was NOT saved will have a second chance to be saved at the White Throne Judgment, using Revelation 20 as scripture backing this up. What are your thoughts on this?

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Did God Put Joseph Into Bad Situations?

Q.  I heard from my pastor years ago when he preached on the story of Joseph that God put him in bad (difficult) situations and says God will sometimes put us in bad situations. I have read Q&A on your website and you state that God does not put us in bad situations. In the story of Joseph, I believe he was hurt badly and deeply though God was not the cause of his problems nor did He put him in situations like that. But I believe He allowed him to be sold into slavery and put into prison and God used his bad situations and turned them around for his good (Romans 8:28). Do you think God put Joseph in these situations or allowed these bad things to happen to him?

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Iron Mixed With Clay

Q.  Re: Daniel 2:41. ” And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.”  I once heard a speaker say, “Iron mixed with miry clay; how else would someone in Daniel’s day describe something being built of reinforced concrete? ”

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