Matt. 24-25. Rapture Or 2nd Coming?

Q.  I am convinced in my own mind that the rapture will come before the Great Tribulation, and that Matt. 24-25 is about Israel and the 2nd Coming.   I don’t understand why do some people say Matt. 24-25 is about the rapture?

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The Laborers In The Vineyard

Q.  My question this morning has to do with the parable in Matthew 20:1-16, the Laborers in the Vineyard.  Mathew 20:16 says  “So the last shall be first, and the first last.” Is this talking about the Gentiles being accepted first, then the Jews into the Kingdom of God?

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Why The Mystery?

Q.  As important as The Church/Body of Christ is, it seems puzzling to me why Jesus left talking about “this mystery” almost entirely up to Paul, with him having to convince the other apostles of this teaching given him by The Lord Jesus Himself.

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Are There Saints Who Aren’t In The Church?

Q.  I have always thought the anti-Christ’s war against the saints in Daniel’s 70th Week would concern gentiles that come to know Christ after the rapture.   But could that scripture also apply to Jews that come to know Christ after the rapture? Will Jews also be called ‘saints’ if they accept Christ after the rapture or is this a term reserved for Gentile believers? Or reserved for the church only? If it’s reserved for the church only that means a pre-trib rapture is not possible as the A/C will be battling the church ‘saints’.

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Does Israel Model OSAS?

Q.  Would you say that OSAS is modeled in the Old Testament through God’s relationship with the nation of Israel? The covenant that God made with Abraham in Genesis 15:9-21 was a one sided covenant with God as the only participant demonstrating the “union” side and Israel’s on again off again relationship with God over the years representing the “fellowship” portion. What do you think?

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Will The Two Witnesses Be Part Of The Church?

Q.  I was thinking about Moses and how for 40 years he had faithfully led Israel but at the last moment, was refused entry into the promised land because of his error/sin.  My  heart goes out to Moses who wanted so much to enter!  Then I was thinking about the 2 witnesses in Revelation and how they (many think Moses and Elijah) had not died and would come back during the 70th Week of Daniel.  Since the 2 witnesses are martyred during the Tribulation and then are called to “Come up here”, would that now qualify them to be in the dispensation of grace and therefore one of the Bride of Christ?

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Who Is The Bride Of Christ?

Q.  I am confused in regards to the marriage supper of the Lamb in Rev 19:7.  Who is the wife spoken of there for it says the wife has made herself ready…is this reference to the church or Israel? Why would the church have to make herself ready, in what respect?  Is there more than one wedding in scripture?  If Christ to be married to both Israel (Isaiah 54:5) and the church (Ephes 5:25) this would have to be the case. If so, then who is the bride of Christ?

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The Fullness Of The Gentiles

Q.  For a while now I’ve been pondering “the fullness of the Gentiles”.  You have spoken on the differences between believers (the Body of Christ/the Church) as distinct from Jewish people and Gentile people who trust in Christ during the Tribulation.   Since there will still be those two groups of people during this time, why do the Gentiles not figure into “the fullness” right through the Tribulation?  Would not those Gentiles be counted as well in that “fullness”?  And, the Rapture would then have nothing to do with this count?

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