Q. Many are using the scripture “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. (Revelation 18:4 NKJV) as a reason to not go to church. What is the actual meaning of this verse, and is this an appropriate use of it?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
In the Christian Bible the concluding chapter in the Book of Malachi contains the final words of the Old Testament. It would be 400 years before God spoke to Israel again and then His purpose would be to announce the birth of the Messiah. But in Malachi 4 He left Israel with the most important choice in their national history.
Q. I’m interested in your perspective on the “emerging church”, and “new Christianity”, etc, that has come out of the ‘seeker friendly’ church movement. I believe that what is ‘new’ is not true and what is true is not new. My question is, do you see this movement tied to the end times? Is it one of the seven churches of Rev. 2-3? Or is it just a distraction that will soon fade away?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
We continue our study of the Book of Malachi with chapter 3. As we’ll see the Lord isn’t finished with His criticism of Israel’s behavior, and as was the case with the previous chapters some of His complaints about them could just as easily be made about us.
Q. I joined a new church with great enthusiasm and joy. Beautiful people and a great pastor. However, I am watching the ministry slide into a Calvinistic & Reformed view, which I can not grasp – I am confused and in constant prayer asking God to to guide me. My question is this – do I stay in this church when I just do not believe their views?
Q. If I recall correctly, the OT Jews who died believing in a Savior to come will be living in Israel during the Millennium along with those who survived the Tribulation. Jesus will rule from Jerusalem. The Church will live in the New Jerusalem. So do God and the angels stay in Heaven or will they be in New Jerusalem? Or is Heaven now the New Jerusalem?
And concerning those who choose to worship Jesus during the Millennium (descendants of those who accept Jesus during the Tribulation) – Because they aren’t Jews, do they go to the New Jerusalem when they die or are their bodies simply transformed and they continue to live on earth?
Q. Given the “peak to peak” view of End Times prophecies, why is it that the Church Age is always omitted from the clear statement of prophecy? Also, given the importance of the Church in God’s scheme, why did He fail to tell mankind about it?
Q. I understand the fact that after the rapture the Holy Spirit will no longer be sealed within those who become believers. It is however too difficult for me to share this with my brothers and sisters in Christ because they continue to look at the New Testament scriptures for the Church and believe God would not give the sealing of the Holy Spirit to one believer and not another, even if it is a Tribulation saint.
Q. I’m having a hard time understanding why so many people think that the multitude in Rev. 7:9 are new Christians killed sometime after the Rapture! I find two problems with this theory: First, it says in Rev. 20:4-5 that the martyred saints are given glorified bodies at that time, not way back in Chapter 7. Also, could there really be that many people coming to Christ ALL AT ONCE during such troublesome times, especially in light of the fact that God “sends a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie”? Until someone can give me good Scriptural backing, I will stay convinced that we Christians are the multitude of Rev. 7:9.
Q. Where do we find in scripture that the celestial New Jerusalem is for the Church? The 12 gates are named for the 12 tribes of Israel and the foundation stones are the same as the stones on the High Priest’s breast plate.