Gathering The Elect

Q.What exactly is going on with the gathering of the elect in Matthew 24:31 and Mark 13:27, since the Church has already been raptured by that point? Also, does “the elect” strictly refer to the believing remnant of Israel? Even so, what is the point of this gathering, which seems to imply only believers so as to exclude this from being part of the “sheep and goats” gathering/judgment?

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Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide?

Q.   In the past you have said: “Feelings are almost never a good indicator for behavior.” Would you say that the guide of the Holy Spirit comes through feelings as well as other ways? What’s your take on this?

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Bad Behavior

Q. 2nd Timothy 3 talks about peoples behavior in the last days When addressing these behaviors and the “last days” in particular do you believe the time frame is the present time we are living in, or during the 7 year tribulation period?

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Sacrificial Love

Q.  My question is in regards to Christian living and marriage. Since my wife had 2 children via cesarean, she has been left with some very loose skin and it has caused her to feel very insecure and apparently prevents her from certain exercises. She understands that I love her and am still attracted to her but she really wants to get a procedure done to remove the flap of skin that is causing her grief. I believe her motives are pure and we have prayed about it. My concern is that it costs a lot of money and I want to be a good steward of what God has given our family, is this a lack of compassion for my wife’s desires on my part? We can pay for the procedure with out using credit.  What are your thoughts on this matter?

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More On Islam And The End Times

Q.  I’ve become convinced that the antichrist will hail from Islam. As we look at the world today and over the past thirty years or so, the big question that comes to my mind is “How did we not see this all along?” How did so many hang on so long to the classical notion of the “revived Roman empire?” If we truly believe we’re in the end times–and I do–how have we not been able to see  that the epic struggle playing out is Islam vs. God? Nothing about the classical notion remotely fits with the geopolitical reality around us, while everything about a massive Islamic rise fits the geopolitical reality like a glove.

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Social Avoidance Disorder?

Q. I believe I have a serious case of social avoidance disorder (self diagnosed) and this has caused me to quit attending Church, work only from home, and have barely any contact other than e-mail with acquaintance-level friends. I don’t even like to be ‘bothered’ by family members. And it has only gotten worse over the last few years. I used to be very active in Church, was raised in a Christian home and was saved when young.

I wonder if this could be demonic oppression or not? I know for a fact I can’t be possessed, as a believer, but have you heard of demonic attacks in this form to keep someone from accomplishing God’s will?

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Unwalled Villages?

Q. I’ve been reading someone’s articles on another website. He’s a great writer and I’ve learned a lot from him, so I wrote recently to ask his opinion regarding the issue of “un-walled villages”, Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39. He believes that because of the construction that has gone on outside the Old City that the “un-walled villages” requirement has already been met, making the attacks of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 imminent. (Personally I think it’ll be Psalm 83–the Rapture–Ezekiel 38, but I’m only a layman–laywoman?) Do you have an opinion or clarification regarding this particular issue? Thank you so much for your continued faithfulness and guidance. Continue reading…

OSAS And Ezekiel 18

Q. My question is, how do you interpret Ezekiel 18:24 in the light of OSAS? I believe fully that the saved person can’t be lost, but wondered about this text. I have been greatly helped by your website, thank you very much.

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Are We Literally And Individually His Bride?

Q.  As members of the Church, are we going to marry the Lord in the literal sense? The Bible mentions a marriage supper and the Church is currently the Bride of Christ and we are brides individually not just parts of the Bride, at least that’s what I believe.   Does that mean that in Eternity Jesus will be our Husband on an individual level too?

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