Who Was Jesus Talking About ?

Q.  My question has to deal with the “elect” in the Olivet Discourse. Jesus was indeed talking to a Jewish crowd (his disciples). However, they were also His followers.  I’ve taken Matthew 24 to mean that He’s referring mostly to persecution of the Jews in His teaching. However, Luke 21:12, Jesus says, “…You will be brought before kings and ruler’s for my name’s sake.” Jews obviously don’t recognize “His name” as a deity, so clearly Jesus is referring to Christ followers at this point. Historically, both Jews and Christians have been brought before kings and rulers, and been persecuted.  So, I guess my question is, “Is Jesus talking to Jews, Christians, or both?” Also, do you believe the elect gathered from the 4 winds are Jews, or all of the Christians?

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Abraham’s City

Q.   I have a question about Abraham in Hebrews 11:10: “For he (Abraham) looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”.  Every time I read something you’ve written about The New Jerusalem being the permanent home of the Church and only the Church, that verse always comes up in my mind.  How do I rectify Abraham looking for a city whose maker and builder is God?  Is this city that he is looking for the same city we, the church, will occupy?  If so, is Abraham part of the church too?

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Is God Being Fair?

Q.  Every now and then, we hear news about a Muslim or other faith person, who did not believe that Jesus is the Son of God, but then, they had a dream or vision where Jesus appeared to them, and there after they believed in Him. I know that Father God is sovereign and can do as He pleases. But, I also know, that He is Just. Therefore could it be expected, that one person is obliged to live by faith alone and not by what he sees, but another person gets supernatural “help” to believe, through an appearance, or a dream?  Would that be fair to us other mere mortals, who must rely on faith alone, because we have not super naturally seen?

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Is It OK To Feel Good For Giving?

Q. Since God is more interested in motives than our works, how do we know our motives are correct? I have a little “something” I do & try to make sure the recipient doesn’t know who I am. I include a verse so God receives the glory, and hesitate sharing so I don’t appear to “blow my own horn”.  However I actually REALLY enjoy doing this. I find it very fulfilling. How do I know when/if I’ve stepped over the line & am just doing it for my own satisfaction?

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End Times Prophecy In James?

Q. Could James 5:1-6 be considered an end times prophecy?  And if so, would they have anything to do with the current global financial crisis, sort of as a prelude of things to come?

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Cause For Anger

Q. I am curious about differences between the KJV and the NIV bibles when Jesus talks about murder and being angry at your brother. In Matthew 5:21-22 Jesus tells the people,

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.”

I understand that Jesus is trying to convey that being angry is just as wrong and just as much a sin as if you actually killed the person. But in the KJV verse 22 says “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause …”

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More On Jewish Law And Abortion

Q.  Re: Jewish Law And Abortion.  So there is nothing in the Torah that states abortion is permitted for the health of the mother and that the child could be considered “partial life” until the child is birthed out of the mother?  There are several Jewish Rabbi sites that state Jewish law permits abortion…. So this is all man made and not from the Torah?  How are they passing this info as legit?  And what about Exodus 21:22-23?  To me, this reads that if a man causes a woman to suffer a miscarriage, the penalty of the law is a “fine.” But, if the woman also dies, then he shall give “life for a life.”

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My Friend Doesn’t Believe In The Rapture

Q. I have read with interest and did my own research on your article about the Rapture and I have been convinced that there will be a pre-trib rapture.  However, How do I answer someone who says that “the apostles in Jesus’ time were persecuted and went thru horrible times, so what makes us think that we will escape the Tribulation and not go thru the Tribulation?”

I tell them that the proof is in the Bible and have pointed out the scriptures that you have given, but this person still believes because the Apostles went thru bad times and were killed in Jesus’ name that we will be also.   Also, this person listens to a “prophet”  who does not believe in the Rapture.   Any help on answering this other than what I have already pointed out in the bible would be helpful.

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