Q. My question concerns a theory I just heard – from a Pre-Tribulation preacher – that the rapture does not necessarily kick-off the 7-year Tribulation period, but instead, there could be an indeterminate number of years (10, 50, even 1,000) between the rapture and the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week. Prior to hearing this, I was unfamiliar with the theory. I’d be interested to know if you are familiar with this concept, and if so, what verses do you use to rebut it.
Q. Your short comment on baptism gives me thought on the verse that speaks of “one baptism” and since I’ve had more than one water baptism, it bothered me on how to respond.
I now believe that my one baptism occurred when I first believed, and the Holy Spirit came into my heart, never to leave. Water should follow.
Q. I have read a lot in your page about the provision of God and of the principle of looking for the Kingdom of God first and the rest would be added. My concern is the following: My boyfriend and I have decided to marry next year; however we do not yet have the necessary funds to supply our elementary needs. We received a prophecy that it would be in the time of the Lord and we believed it, but I am disturbed by the idea that by our own strength we could be ahead of the plan of God for our lives if we decide on specific date for marrying without having the economic resources at the present moment. Are we acting well or are we hastened by the fact that we want to form a home centered in Christ? We sincerely want to do the will of God. I am very grateful for your advice.
Q. Thank you for taking your time to answer the questions that come your way. You are a beacon of light in a sea of darkness. I’m wondering about the belief that Jesus descended to hell and took the keys to hell from Satan. I understand the concept of hell being “paradise” and that is where Jesus went after he was crucified. That makes sense of the passage when Jesus was on the cross and he spoke to the thief next to him, telling the thief He’d see him in paradise. I don’t understand from whence came the idea that Satan had the keys to hell. Is it in the Bible somewhere, or is this just someone’s opinion?
Q. I know aborted babies go to heaven and when the Rapture happens those believers who are dead will be called up a second before the believers who are alive and we will all get our new bodies and meet Jesus in the clouds. I am a woman who has had abortions. I have asked the Lord to forgive me for murdering my innocent unborn babies. Will I get to see those babies in heaven? Since I am truly sorry for shedding innocent blood, will Jesus give me the chance to have them back, to hold them and tell them how sorry I am for the horrible thing I did? Thank you for your response and your willingness to answer questions a lot of other people wouldn’t answer. Blessings to you and thank you.
Q. I’ve been doing some thinking about the prophets from the Old Testament scriptures. What kind of men were they? Why did God choose them in particular? What about the nature of prophecy itself? Some people today claim to be prophets and sound very convincing, so what are some guidelines we can use when trying to determine if a person is truly gifted in prophecy, or just seeking attention?
Q. Re: Why Did Paul Go To Jerusalem? This leads me to ask, then, did Paul die an “untimely” death? . . . and do people (particularly believers) sometimes die “untimely” deaths?
Q. Re: ISIS, Islam, And The End Times. How can Islam led by ISIS be the end times dominant religion when the Bible clearly states that there will be an amalgamation of all religions led by the false prophet? ISIS isn’t even representative of most of ISLAM, though it seems to be growing, and I can’t see Israel accepting this Godless religion on any terms.
Q. Is it possible for someone to have faith in Jesus without repenting of their sins? If so, how does one go about repenting of their sins the biblical way?
Q. I’ve been reading more and more about ISIS expansion and recruitment in the world, the latest is in Tunisia and now Cyprus is concerned. Could it be that ISIS is the vehicle used by the Anti-Christ to come to power, meaning that Islam will be the ruling power in the world at the return of Jesus? Also, does the Bible mention beheading as a form of punishment for Christians in the end times, which would also support the belief that Islam will be the ruling power?