What Is Revival?

Q. How do you define a true revival?  I believe the instructions Jesus gave us in Matthew 28: 18-20 is the foundation for a revival.  A pastor had a three day crusade last weekend and over 11,000 people made commitments to the Lord.  His message was the good news of what Jesus did for us on the cross, turning our lives over to Jesus and belief in Jesus, repentance, and  salvation.  He spread the good news as Jesus instructed in Matthew 28 and then, the gift of the Holy Spirit took over and began to  change lives. Continue reading…

Interpreting Two Verses Of Prophecy

Q. I am having trouble reconciling two verses and wonder if you could help.
One is Matt 24:10-14, when Jesus predicts the great ‘falling away’ and the other is Acts 2:17 : In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Continue reading…

Olivet Discourse Parables, Follow Up

Q. Regarding the Understanding the Olivet Parables Part 2 I have a question: Under the 10 virgins – you used a phrase “let their faith lapse” Did you mean they had once had faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior? And, I guess I was wrong in thinking the after the Rapture the Holy Spirit would be withdrawn? If time permits would appreciate your clarification. Continue reading…

One Messiah Or Two?

Q. I wanted to get into the Jewish eschatological mind a bit and bought one of their books, entitled : ” Redemption unfolding: The Last Exile of Israel, Chevlei Maschiac, the War of Gog and Magog and the Final Redemption ” by Alexander Aryeh Mendelbaum, 2005. I found it on Amazon by typing in ” gog and magog war”

In the section about Gog and Magog, around pages 102 – 104, it mentions TWO Messiahs, Maschiach Ben Yosef (Joseph) and Maschiach Ben Dovid ( David ). It also mentions that evil will cancel out evil in the war of Gog and Magog, and a period of peace is expected after. If this is their expectation, could this be the mechanism by which Israel is deceived by the False Prophet, Antichrist’s lieutenant?

A. The two Messiah idea apparently was popularized by the Essenes, a sect that lived in Qumron near the Dead Sea, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Since they didn’t understand the notion of two messianic missions, one to conquer sin and the other to restore Israel, they thought that the scriptures spoke of two messiahs.

They saw Messiah ben Joseph as being mirrored in the life of Jacob’s son Joseph. There are numerous events in the life of Joseph that are clear models of what we now know was the first coming. Messiah ben David on the other hand has King David as a model of 2nd Coming prophecies. So Messiah ben Joseph would be the suffering servant, and Messiah ben David the conquering King.

When John the Baptist, who had spent time with the Essenes, lay in prison awaiting his execution he sent some of his disciples to inquire of Jesus, “are you the one who is to come or should we expect another?” (Matt. 11:3)

The intent of the question is hidden in English, but in the Greek it becomes clear. There are two Greek words that can be translated “another.” One means another of the same kind, and one means another of a different kind. It’s this second word that John used. We was asking Jesus to solve the mystery of the two messiahs. His real question was, “Are you the only one who is to come or should we also expect another one, different from you?”

Jesus responded in verses 4-6 with miracles He had performed. Some of these miracles linked Him to prophecies of the first messiah, and others to the second one. He was telling them he was the only one.

Don’t misunderstand me. John knew Jesus was the only One. He asked Jesus to clarify this for the benefit of the Essenes.

As to the End Times deception, I believe it’s more likely that the Jews will see the anti-Christ as Messiah ben David, the one who conquers their enemies and brings them peace.

Three Days And Three Nights Or 72 Hours?

Q. As you are aware the Hebrew culture’s sense of timing was and as far as I know still different from ours.  This is certain during the time of the disciples who would have kept to Hebrew timing.

At the time of the crucifixion Jewish law had an important legal stipulation.  This stated that a person was not legally dead until a full three 24-hour day’s had passed i.e. 72 hours.  Continue reading…

Will We Remember Our Past Failures?

Q. I have been wondering about the examples that the LORD is showing the world right now about debt and how even now our unborn children and grandchildren are already guilty for and will be held accountable for the debt of governments because of taxes. I know that with our salvation the LORD GOD no longer remembers our sins, but we do remember the guilt in association with the debt we owe the LORD for the price HE payed. I feel certain that when we are finally with the LORD in heaven we will no longer feel that guilt but I cant find that in the Bible. Please refer me to the verses that says we will not feel guilt any more.  Thanks.

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Another Dispensation, Follow Up

Q. I surely do appreciate your site and you are on my list of people to meet once we get to Heaven.  I was catching up on the questions this evening and read the one about “Another Dispensation?”.  I was wondering, in light of Rev. 14:12, if God will literally “speak” to Tribulation believers.  During the Dispensation of the Law God often spoke to people about their obedience to Him.  During the Dispensation of Grace, the Holy Spirit speaks to us.  Once we are raptured, and the Holy Spirit is taken “away” do you think God will again speak literally to those who become believers.  I’m only asking because I’m curious, I am a believer and I won’t be here. Continue reading…

Apparitions Of Mary

Q. I am a former Catholic, I was saved 7 years ago during my own search for the Truth praise the Lord! A few of my family members have gone to Medjugorje and believe that Mary is appearing and has over so many years.

My question is how do you explain Mary speaking to those children who first saw her in Medjugorje? Continue reading…

Are Time And Eternity Different?

Q. I read in one of the questions that you answered that there will be no time in eternity. I always believed that, too, but have read in a few Bible versions and books that Rev. 10:6 means “no more delay” rather than “time no more”. Are there any other verses that no time in eternity is mentioned? What do you think about the interpretation of it as “no more delay”? Continue reading…

An Unforgivable Sin?

Q. I’m scared I’ve committed the unforgivable sin. About a month ago I stopped listening to myself because I was wrong about the guy I was dating. I thought the spirit was telling me to marry him, but it turned out that wasn’t the case. So did I turn my back on the spirit? I still love God with all my heart and want him to lead my life. I’m worrying myself to death. I’m so scared God has left me. I never wanted that to happen. I just wanted to make sure I was doing Gods will.

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