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Rapture? Which Rapture

Rapture? Which Rapture?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Among Christians who believe there will be a rapture of the Church, the great majority of us are convinced it will precede the end times judgments. This position is commonly called the pre-tribulation rapture.

Those who reject the pre-trib view are either mid-tribulation, post tribulation or pre-wrath rapture advocates. In this study we’ll review these rapture positions.

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The Islamic State, A Sample Of Things To Come?

Commentary by Jack Kelley

Like most students of prophecy I’ve been watching events in Iraq for the last several weeks and wondering what they mean. And like most writers on the subject, I’ve been silent because I haven’t been sure that what’s going on is Biblically relevant. After all, not all current events are foretold in prophecy. Nor do they all fit on a timeline to the 2nd Coming. But after a fair amount of seeking the Lord on this, I think I finally have a glimpse of something worth writing about.

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The Wrath Of God

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

NOTE: This Popular Post From The Past is a response to numerous questions I’ve received lately from people who have become confused about the timing and duration of God’s Wrath.

They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” (Rev. 6:16-17).

I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed (Rev. 15:1).

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OSAS And The Church In Sardis (Rev. 3:1-6)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I keep getting questions from people who wonder if Rev. 3:5 denies OSAS. Usually these questions come from folks who believe in OSAS but have had Rev. 3:5 used against them by those who don’t. They write in hoping I’ll have an answer that will confirm their belief and that they can also use to defend it the next time they are confronted with this verse.

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What Does The Bible Say? Is Jesus God In Human Form?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Groups who call themselves Christian but don’t believe Jesus is God in human form often come up with questions that are designed to cause Christians who do believe in His deity to doubt themselves.  In this study we’ll answer some of these questions to better prepare ourselves for encounters of this kind.

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The Unbelievably Amazing Destiny Of The Church

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,  in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6-7).

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More On The Millennium

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The recent re-posting of my article on Restoring Planet Earth has sparked some new interest in the Millennium. Many people find it hard to understand how such a seemingly perfect beginning could deteriorate into a massive rebellion at the end. The simple answer is “natural man” but let’s take a more comprehensive look.

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The Ashes Of A Red Heifer

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: “This is a requirement of the law that the Lord has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish and that has never been under a yoke. Give it to Eleazar the priest; it is to be taken outside the camp and slaughtered in his presence. Then Eleazar the priest is to take some of its blood on his finger and sprinkle it seven times toward the front of the tent of meeting. While he watches, the heifer is to be burned—its hide, flesh, blood and intestines. The priest is to take some cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet wool and throw them onto the burning heifer” (Numbers 19:1-6).

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Counseling A Friend

Q. I have a Jewish friend, very intelligent, also quite moral — I have been praying for her and believe the Lord is working in her life, to bring her to a place where she will look to Him for answers.  When I suggest that God loves her and is trying to get her attention by the situations in her life, she points to how moral she is and just doesn’t “get” it.  She keeps asking “why,why,why?”  I do not want to offend her with the responses you could give to a gentile, but might not be understood or appreciated by a Jewish person.  Any suggestions?

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The Israel Of God

Q. I was wondering if you could clarify for me what Paul was referring to in Galatians 6:16 when he said, “And as many as walk according to this rule [neither circumcision nor uncircumcision availing to anything], peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.  I don’t know how many times I’ve read passed this and probably always switched it in my mind to be the “God of Israel.” But does this verse imply then that the church is in itself accounted as Israel in God’s eyes or is there something else to it? I’m aware that we as believers are grafted in as wild olive branches, but is that the same thing? Thanks so much for your help.

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Separated Forever?

Q. I want to thank you for clearing up a lot of questions for me.  Here’s another one. I read your series called  The End Times According to Ezekiel Part 7 and there’s something  I don’t quite understand.

You  are comparing the descriptions of the New Jerusalem with Jehovah Shammah. In the last two paragraphs  you  state that Heaven is the New Jerusalem where we will dwell with the Lord forever, while the Holy City on Earth is Jehovah Shammah where God will dwell in the midst of His people Israel forever.  This sounds like we will be separated from the Jewish people forever in eternity . Can you clear this up for me?

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Chariots And Horsemen?

Q.  In a question about ISIS (the Islamic State) you referenced Daniel 11:40 which says in part, “The King of the North will storm against him with chariots, horseman, and many ships”.  Will ‘chariots’ and ‘horseman’ be used in today’s technology world, so to speak, if this is speaking of the times we are in now?

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Will God Still Forgive Me?

Q.  I’ve committed some really bad sins after salvation, will God still forgive me? Please help me, I’ve asked for forgiveness. I’ve lost my joy. I need your help, please.

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More On The Day And Hour

Q.  Matt 24:36 begins with “No one knows about that day or hour …” and, if I’m not wrong, this passage refers to Jesus Christ’s second coming, but this second coming happens exactly 1260 after the abomination of desolation and so it looks like it is precisely predictable.  If that is true, could that sentence in any way be referable to the rapture, event of which we cannot know the day nor the hour?”

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The 7 Years Of Daniel And The 42 Months Of Revelation

Q. The Lord’s richest blessing on you for your teaching and guidance given to many believers. In Daniel the prophet speaks of the anti-Christ making a covenant for one week—7 years, but in Revelation John speaks of power was given to the anti-Christ for 42 months. What happened re the other 42 months to make seven years?

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Ezekiel’s Battle And The Red Horse Of Rev. 6

Q.  I recently heard a Bible teacher I respect say that Ezekiel’s battle is the same as the second seal judgment (the red horse).  I know you’ve said that you think the Ezekiel battle will come before the tribulation because the Jewish people need a cause to return to old covenant worship.  Other than that, is there a specific reason the second seal judgment and the battle in Ezekiel couldn’t be the same thing? 

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Questions About The Millennium

Q.  Through my studies, I understand almost everything about end times until the second coming and then I get really Lost!  Could you please walk me through the sequence of events that I will go thru, starting with the rapture? (I am, of course, born again.)  Also, I read about people living during the millennium and having children.  Who are these people that have children?  Are these children born saved and remain saved for all eternity?  And where does the millennium take place?

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Reading The Apocryphal Books

Q. I am interested in reading the books of the apocrypha. Am I correct in the basic understanding that they are NOT divinely inspired, but interesting historical records? I’m confused about what (if any of them) are a good read. For instance, I’ve heard that the Gospel of Judas (while not typically associated with the other apocrypha books) is sacreligious. Are all of them? What about ones quoted in the Scriptures (the Book of Enoch)? What would you recommend?

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