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The Case For Eternal Punishment

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

“And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.” (Isaiah 66:24)

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The Feast Of Pentecost

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Pentecost comes in the early summer (mid May-mid June).   It’s the only Levitical Feast Day between the 3 spring feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits) and the 3 in the fall (Rosh Hashanna, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles). The Hebrew name for this Day is Shavuot, which means weeks, so in Israel it’s often called the Feast of Weeks.

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The Ultimate Rags To Riches Story

A Feature Article by Jack Kelley

We all love this kind of story. And as much as we’re encouraged by the experience of an ordinary person who due to personal drive and perseverance rises from humble beginnings to become a leader of business or industry, we’re especially fond of stories where an absolute nobody is plucked from the faceless crowd and instantly propelled to the pinnacle of success. Great Hollywood stories have been built upon this premise, and they’ve never failed to delight us. But by far the absolute best example of this comes from the Bible and is about you.  Our story begins in the Old Testament Book of 1st Samuel with David and Jonathan.

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Why The Gaps In Prophecy?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Scattered throughout the Scriptures are prophecies that contain references to both the first and second coming of the Lord in what appears to be a single thought. These dual reference prophecies could only be identified as such after the first coming had already taken place. That’s because they were written in such a way that it was impossible to tell beforehand that the Lord’s first coming would only partially fulfill them. Often the writers switch from the first coming to the second coming in the middle of a sentence without so much as a punctuation mark to alert the reader.

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The Ascendancy Of Evil

Commentary by Jack Kelley

For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way (2 Thes 2:7).

The number of emails I receive from people who are discouraged, frustrated, even despondent, is steadily increasing. They point to current conditions in the world and wonder how much worse things can get.

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The Outer Darkness

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I’ve received several questions lately asking for clarification of the term “Outer Darkness”  so here’s an updated and expanded version of a study I did on the subject several years ago.  The outer darkness is mentioned a total of 4 times in the New Testament, three by name and one by implication, and always by Jesus. The term is not used any where else, Old Testament or New, by anyone else.  Those who ask about the outer darkness want to know if it’s another name for the place of eternal punishment, or if it’s some place different. And they want to know who’s going there.

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Kings Of The North And South Update

Commentary by Jack Kelley

Over the past five years or so I have written several times about the middle eastern kings of Daniel 11 known as the kings of the north and the south. In these studies I’ve shown how these two kings will become prominent again in the end times as the Shiites (king of the north) and the Sunnis (king of the south) vie for supremacy in the Islamic movement. Before getting a look at what’s currently happening in this coming clash, let’s have a quick review of their origins.

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The Bond Servant

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Paul, a bond servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, and set apart to the gospel of God (Romans 1:1).

Most translations of Romans 1:1 use either slave or servant in defining Paul’s relationship with the Lord, but the phrase “bond servant” is actually the most accurate. In effect, a bond servant enters into the relationship voluntarily with the understanding that it’s a lifetime commitment, with no provision for release.

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You Must Be Born Again

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3)

This started out as my response to someone asking me to defend my view that children who die before reaching the age of accountability go to heaven. As you’ll see, it became much more.

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Passover and Palm Sunday

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:29,34).

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Blessed But Not Married

Q.  Why does it seem as though God is blessing many Christian relationships who are having premarital sex? I know there are plenty of failed and broken families that occur.
But there are others where professing Christians (who claim Jesus as their Savior and that He is the only way) are so happy and joyful about a pregnancy in their committed, yet unmarried relationships.  I know God doesn’t “discipline” the unsaved, but where is the discipline for those who are His children? What about the principles of sowing and reaping?

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Is Being An Introvert A Sin?

Q.  I read an article today about people who are introverts.  The description of this seems to fit my personality very much.  I stumbled onto your site a few years back and when I read the articles, I feel I want to find a Bible believing church but I have much trouble interacting with people.  I never seem to be able to contribute to chit chat conversations, unless the subject is something I am interested in.  It’s very awkward for me.  In fact, the only time I feel lonely is when I am around people.  Now I think this is more sin in my life.  Do you have any thoughts on this?

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Observing History

Q.  Recently, you made comments to the effect that departed saints are or will be able to travel back and forth in time observing history. My problem is the lack of scripture support. I’ve thought about this a lot in the past and always come back to the same question. How will God remove our tears if we can see all the people that made the wrong choices in history and are condemned to hell, including the cruelty. I know there seems to be an agreement that we’ll be able to see or understand how God’s plan came together, although I don’t see scripture for that either, but more feasible than observing details that are clearly sad. This sense of sadness really bothers me, how do you explain observing history without extreme sadness?

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Live Into The Fire?

Q.  You said at the Second Coming of Jesus, He will gather all the people together and send the believers to repopulate the earth in the Millennium and the unbelievers to eternal judgement. But, they aren’t dead yet.  Do you mean they continue to live out their lives knowing that is their destiny or are they killed by the brightness of His coming?  What am I missing?  And what happens at the end of the Millennium, does Jesus go through the same process all over again?

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Confirming God’s Answers

Q. I have yet another question. And to keep it short and simple, who is right when two (or more) Christians disagree about something and everybody is using and/or saying “I’ve prayed about it, God confirmed it, etc.”. Or better yet, what did the disciples/apostles do when they disagreed. And the ironic thing is, is in my case it’s typically church leadership disagreeing with a “mere” laymen church goer.

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OSAS And 2 Tim. 2:11-13

Q.  Re: 2 Tim. 2:11-13.  I believe in eternal security.  Even when we stumble and fall, God will be faithful to his word. But I know many commentaries try to make it sound like if a Christian denies Christ, Christ will turn his back on that Christian. Even in Matthew, Jesus says is someone denies Christ, Christ will deny him before the father. So what is this “denial” referring to since we are eternally secure in Christ?

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Signs Of The Times

Q.  Re:  Luke 21:25.  What is meant by Perplexity at the waves and sea roaring? Is there some unusual event being foretold here like Tsunamis or is this something else? If so has anything like ever happened ? A storm at sea can be frightful but is a natural phenomena. Does this mean something we have never before seen?

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Who Are The Sleepers?

Q.  In 1 Thess 5:4-11 It talks about being awake and alert, and not being like others who are asleep, because we are of the day, and those who sleep are of the night.   But later in the passage it says that Jesus died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with Him, therefore we are to encourage one another and build each other up.  In this latter passage who are the sleepers?  Would it be those in the immediate context, which would seem to suggest that some believers could be caught “sleeping” when He comes?  Or could it be referring to those who died in Christ, which would be according to the general context of Thessalonians?

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Understanding Amos 8-9

Q. For some reason, Amos 8-9 keeps presenting itself to me. When I read these chapters, I’m not sure if they are history or prophecy.  Some of it sounds like history. And yet in a few places Amos uses the term “in that day”, a reference to the end times.  Is that the case here? Amos 8:9 speaks about the sun going down at noon and the earth being dark. Was this the crucifixion event or is it speaking of a time yet future? And the “time of mourning for an only son”. Is that future? The famine of the hearing of the words of the Lord – is that future or past?  Then in the latter part of Amos 9, it speaks of “raising up the fallen booth of David”. I see some partial fulfillment of Verses 11 – 15 today, but there are some things in these verses that seem to point to conditions present in the millennial period. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Continue reading…

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