Q. Is it possible that when the rapture occurs only our spirit is taken up leaving our bodies behind temporarily? And we are reunited with them at a later time? And, our earthly lives continue in our natural state controlled by our soul until said reunion? If that were possible it would seem to the unsaved world as if the rapture never happened and contribute to the “strong delusion that they should believe a lie”?
Q. In Matthew 12: 30-32 Jesus is talking to the Jews, explaining a sin that cannot be forgiven. I understand all sins were forgiven at the cross, but in verse 32b he mentions “the age to come”. I assume that age to be the Kingdom Age as being the next age to come for the Jews. Am I correct in this thinking? And if so what does this mean for the Jews?
Q. Why is it that those who oppose the rapture are so vitriolic in their opposition, sometimes to the point of saying that those who believe that the Bible clearly teaches this are believing a lie and are deceived?
Q. After a lot of searching, we found a small country church that we thought would accept us. I was even voted in as a deacon after we’d been there for several years. But gradually, I started to suspect I was being shut out from the workings of church business, and I began wondering why I was ever asked to be a deacon in the first place. Since we live outside the community, I’m puzzled why we still bother to attend, but I was told if we leave we would be forsaking the assembly, using Hebrews 10:25 as the authority. I’m at a loss. Would we be guilty of violating Hebrews 10:25 by leaving?
Q. I have learned so very much through your daily column. It is the first thing I go to every day. Can you direct me to a verse, or verses, in the bible that deal with capital punishment? Does God give us direction on when, or how, man is to deal with murderers, etc.?
Q. Rev. 15 mentions a temple in heaven, and I am not clear on this. It is my understanding that it is there that God resides on his throne. Is there an actual temple or is heaven a template of a temple? Also, I understand that the temple contains an Ark of the Covenant. I look forward to your comments on this chapter.
Q. “The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)
Is this the new Jerusalem? When we are completely free from sin, and put on Christ completely and be like Him as He is, will we have power and closeness to the creation where we hear mountains/hills sing and trees clap their hands? To think all material things that bring joy but not everlasting is to be replaced with creation makes my heart leap. Surely to hear a mountain speak must be simple divine.
Q. Re: Matt. 27:52-53. I have been puzzling about these verses for a while now. From the context, it seems that many saints arose from the dead at the time of Jesus’ death on the cross, although it says in verse 53 that they only came out of the tombs after His resurrection. Did they in fact arise from the dead at the time of Jesus’ death? What happened to these resurrected saints afterwards? Did they die again? Can you help me understand this?
Q. I have listened to all your messages and read your articles on the rapture. The Holy Spirit has led you to do a great job of studying the scriptures and coming up with your reasoning on the rapture coming at pre tribulation. You left no doubt in my mind as to agreeing with you fully, until I was listening to a pastor who was being interviewed about the rapture. His point of view was that he didn’t believe in any rapture of the church, and that even the scriptures don’t come right out and mention the word rapture in them. I even looked up rapture in the bible dictionaries, and the word rapture is not listed. The pastor being interviewed did not convince me to change my mind, but I was just wondering why God left such a grey area when writing about his church being raptured resulting in different interpretations?
Q. I’ve noticed that you believe the people of the world will be in a brief period of peace and safety when suddenly destruction will befall them. I was wondering if the people might actually be crying “peace and safety” because they want peace and safety? It seems to me that the world is willing to sacrifice it’s freedoms for a little peace and safety right now. Could this be a viable way to interpret that verse?