Q. Thank you for this great ministry. It has been a huge help to me and many others to whom I print and pass along your writings. I was wondering if you had heard the news that a temple was being built in Mitzpeh Yericho. It is being billed as a exact replica of the ancient temple and will be used for training those who will serve in the new temple. To me a exact replica is the temple. It will be around ten miles east of Jerusalem but I think it’s along the route of the great valley that will be created when Jesus’ feet touch down. Could this be the temple of the tribulation? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Q. When I read about the pain and suffering endured by past and present martyrs for the faith, I wonder how they bear it. While praying I never have to suffer to that degree, I do wonder if the Lord in His great mercy grants some supernatural means to help them to rise above the physical pain. Or is their faith much stronger than that of most of us? Your thoughts, please.
Q. John 6:44 says, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” Are there people who are eternally lost because the Father has not drawn them to himself?
Q. I have been wondering for some time now if the peace treaty that is being negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians now, could possibly be the treaty called for in Daniel 9:27. Is there a chance that this peace treaty and the one in Daniel 9:27 are one in the same?
Q. Just reading about Mary and Joseph who both have genealogies that take them back through the Kingly line to David. However, Luke describes Elizabeth as cousin to Mary and her descent was from the daughters of Aaron. Zachariah was a descendant of Abijah the priest. Were Mary and Elizabeth cousins as we would understand cousins (i.e. their parents were siblings)?
Q. My husband and I have been legally married for 2 1/2 years, however our marriage has not been consummated yet due to the fact that he is in prison. We are both baptized, believing Christians and were at the time of our marriage. We were married in the prison by an ordained minister and took Christian vows before God. I’ve had it in my mind for a long time that we are not truly Biblically married until we “come together as one flesh” and that we are only legally married as far as our State is concerned. I fear that God doesn’t recognize our relationship as a true marriage yet. We both took a vow before God to commit ourselves to one another forever, but does that overrule the “joining together?” Can you have one without the other? Your thoughts on this are appreciated.
Q. In 1 Thes.5, the Bible states that they will say peace and safety but then sudden destruction. Is that focusing on the time before the rapture or before the second coming? If before the rapture, then will the state of the world be one where there is a general feeling that there is peace or at least relative stability but only to have the rapture take place in that state of complacency? What are your thoughts on that?
Q. In surfing through Christian web sites, I frequently find references to a huge number of persons being saved daily, especially in the Middle East, Far East, and Africa. They speak of people converted by visions, dreams, healings, and resurrections. How much of that is true and how much is wishful thinking; people quoting each other in a circular fashion, supporting and reinforcing each the others’ beliefs? Is there truly (praise God) such a huge number of conversions numbering, some say, in excess of 100,000 per day? Isn’t such a statement contrary to what Scripture says will happen in the Last Days?
Q. I have been trying to understand Daniel 12:2 about the resurrection of Old Testament saints so as not to have any conflict with Revelation 20, and I do not have the answer. Daniel 12:2 says, ” And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt”. The verse says “And many of those who sleep”, so not ‘all who those who sleep’, compare for example to Isaiah 54:13, “All your children shall be taught by the Lord…”. And too the verse in Daniel 12:2 says ‘some to everlasting life’ and ‘some to shame and everlasting contempt’ and from reading this verse it sounds like these two groups of people are resurrected at the same time. Could you spare time explaining Daniel 12: 2 to me?
Q. In regards to 1 Thessalonians 4:16 –17, after the Lord descends with a shout, do you think the following scenario is possible? First, the dead in Christ will be resurrected and will enter into the cities and be seen by many. They may begin witnessing to family and friends. Just like Jesus, Jonah and perhaps even the saints of Matthew 27: 52-53, they may lead many to salvation. They may remain on earth for minutes, or hours or even days. Then, all those in Christ Jesus (i.e., the resurrected elect and the living elect) will be taken up into the sky to be with the Lord. Could this happen?