Q. Concerning your answer to the issue of Israel and the New Covenant. Biblically speaking the New Covenant was made with the House of Israel and Judah, collectively ISRAEL. Nowhere in the scriptures is it stated that the New Covenant was made with the Church (and I realize you never stated that it was). Israel as a whole did not reject Jesus, it was just their leadership. Multitudes of Jews, including priests at the time of Jesus believed in Him (Acts 6:7). Since those early days a remnant of Jewish people have existed that honor and acknowledge Jesus as their Messiah and live under the grace of the New Covenant. The New Covenant is with Israel but extends to all who wish to partake.
Q. I am ever so thankful for your site – read it every day. I have a question regarding the new covenant – in Jeremiah 31:31-34 – we see the Lord saying that He will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and Judah – it is my understanding that we are talking here prophetically of the covenant with the Church – if so – how do we understand that to be the church from that portion of scripture when it specifically says the house of Israel and Judah?
Q. In Revelation 14:1, it appears Jesus is on Mt. Zion with the 144,000. Wouldn’t this place this event at the Second Coming? If not, then exactly what appearing is this?
Q. Do we hear the angels sing? The reason I ask is that for sometime now I have heard singing, (very soft) in my house. My TV is off and my music is off. When I have heard this, I have looked to see if I had left the radio on and have checked my cell phone too! I never thought anything of it until my friend of many years asked me if I hear “singing” in my house. He told me he has heard this quiet & soft singing in his house. I would appreciate your thoughts on this.
Q. I have a question pertaining to the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 7:4. I read some thoughts from a well-known Pastor who says that the 144,000 are Israelites of pure racial strain and will be the ones that go into the world to convert a “Great Multitude” of believers. Then he goes on to say that the church is not the Bride of Christ. The 144,000 are the only ones to be the Bride. The born again believers (us) are the “Great Multitude” and therefore the wedding guests. I am trying to figure out the scriptures to check for myself. I am fine with being a wedding guest if that’s the case, but is this true?
Q. When I was 4 years old, my mom had a miscarriage and my baby brother died. I know he is in heaven with Jesus, but are he and my mentally disabled sister (who belongs to Jesus too, I know) the members of the church? Or are they a different category as old testament and tribulation saint are different? My hope is that I can live with my siblings in the New Jerusalem. I want to “get back” my ‘lost” brother, as I know the New Jerusalem is “church members only” (please correct me if it isn’t), that’s why it’s important to me.
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth. He will drink from a brook beside the way; therefore he will lift up his head.
Q. My wife and I had been attending a country church for several years. At some point, the pastor started removing long-time members from the board that didn’t agree with his idea of a “seeker-friendly” contemporary church. Then he appointed board members who were new-comers, did away with traditional services, and caused many senior members to leave the church, including us.
Since then, we have been trying to find an evangelical church that isn’t either seeker-friendly or one of the very legalistic churches that remind me of the Judaizers that plagued the early church. I don’t want to behave like those mentioned in Hebrews 10:25, but in our area, I see apostasy in every church I’ve contacted. What to do?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men” (Isaiah 29:13).
Q. The word Gentile can refer to any non-Jew, pagan, heathen, infidel, as well as Christian, so I’m wondering if perhaps the phrase “full number of the Gentiles” from Romans 11:25 refers to the time when that one final person denies Christ and fulfills the cup of iniquity rather than being the last Gentile to accept Him What is your opinion of this?