Q. I have a question about Rev. 3:10: “I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world.” Is this a literal “hour”? How does this compare to the other uses of the word hour in Revelation, especially the destruction of Babylon in “a single hour”, Rev. 18:10, “the hour of his (God’s) judgment”, Rev. 14:7, and the 1/2 hour of silence in Rev. 8. The implication that you use from Rev. 3:10 is that hour refers to the 7 years of tribulation. How do we know what actual period of time “hour” refers to?
Q. Today I see that the U.S. and Europe are entering into a nuclear arms agreement with Iran. It looks to me as though the U.S. is becoming a great deal less sovereign and influential not to mention moving away from it’s alliance to Israel. I find this shocking although I know I should not be surprised. With Israel becoming more isolated with the exception of it’s unusual new alliance with Saudi Arabia, do you think that God is allowing this to happen because He is now going to begin to deal with Israel in the very near future? If so, how do we as believers pray for Israel? Also, how do we pray for our own government leaders in a situation like this?
Q. A patient and I were discussing the plight of a little girl I’m also treating who recently had major surgery and then 10 days later was rushed back to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. His response was this.
“That poor girl…I’ll never understand what God has in mind with all the pain and suffering the young have to endure. Who could ignore the cries of a child? It seems like we’ve been forgotten and he’s moved on to another project.”
I know he’s not a believer. How can I respond to this in a way that could perhaps change that?
Q. My wife has leukemia and they recently stopped all treatment since it was not working anymore. I think in one of your studies you said that when we get to heaven we will not be bound by time, but will be similar to what God experiences now. If that is true, when my wife gets to heaven will she experience time without her family or will that time not be noticed? You know what I mean? If she is not bound by time she will see the rest of her saved loved ones as soon as she gets there even though in this life we are not dead or will she have to wait until we die?
Q. What do you think will be the strong delusion that God sends to the world as written in 2 Thessalonians 2:11? “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” That question has been on my mind lately.
Q. For months now I’ve been in a dry place and I just don’t know how to get out of it. I’ve struggled with the lack of desire I have for our Lord and his word. The shame and guilt is there when I wake up and it tucks me in at night. I’ve even stopped going to church every Sunday and communication (prayer) with the Lord isn’t any better. I want to be on fire again and I want to love the Lord’s church and I want to be restored to fellowship with Jesus Christ…I just don’t know how.
Q. I have been reading about the millennium. I am a little confused on what your stance is on sin during the millennium after reading some of your posts. If Satan is bound for the thousand years and isn’t able to deceive the nations, how can there be any rebellion during this time? With Christ ruling with a rod of iron it doesn’t leave any room for choice until after the 1000 years is completed. It seems to me that at the end, when Satan is released, people can again make their choice on who they want to serve. But after serving Christ Jesus for 1000 years, it simply baffles me why they would choose the enemy. Whats your take?
Q. What is the biblical interpretation regarding the fate of those who become believers post rapture, and then survive all of the events or horrors of the tribulation leading up to the second coming?
Q. Can you tell me of the early years of Christ like from the age of thirteen until he started to preach? Does it tell us in the Bible what he did or where he went ?