Revelation As Fantasy?

Q. I just found your website.  No offense intended, but your doctrine sounds straight out of the “Left Behind” series.   Isn’t Revelation better interpreted when seen through the eyes of its earliest audience to which it was written, i.e. the seven churches of Asia Minor? There’s no end to the wacky stuff that can be attributed to Revelation when taken out of its context.  It’s apocalyptic material written to give comfort to the Christians who were being persecuted by the Roman Empire, but your end times view confused a friend of mine abut that.

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The Great Apostasy

A Feature Article By Jack Kelley

Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction (2 Thes 2:3).

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End Times Prophecy In James?

Q. Could James 5:1-6 be considered an end times prophecy?  And if so, would they have anything to do with the current global financial crisis, sort of as a prelude of things to come?

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No One Knows The Day Or The Hour

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

There are two popular phrases people use in connection with the End Times to discourage speculation about just when the Rapture might take place. One is “like a thief in the night”, and the other is “no one knows the day or the hour”. But is that what these phrases really mean?

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More On Peace And Safety

Q.  I’ve noticed that you believe the people of the world will be in a brief period of peace and safety when suddenly destruction will befall them. I was wondering if the people might actually be crying “peace and safety” because they want peace and safety? It seems to me that the world is willing to sacrifice it’s freedoms for a little peace and safety right now. Could this be a viable way to interpret that verse?

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A Spirit Of Fear

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love (1 John 4:18).

There’s lots of fear mongering going on today. The word “monger” originally referred to a trader of commodities, but today it’s more often used to describe a person involved in something petty or contemptible.

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Eagerness And Urgency

Q. I read world news morning and evening on Christian and conservative sites. The news is so dreadful I have a picture of me staring out the window of a runaway train. The feeling I’m left with is sadness and excitement.  Here’s the problem, there are birth pangs going on all around me and I’m wondering if I have an unhealthy frame of mind as I look at my self and think … “you’re pessimistic and maybe even a bit morbid in you’re anxious awaiting for another one.”  Do you get a sense that others are like me? Do you ever have this same uncomfortable feeling?

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Rome And Babylon

Q.  My question centers on Revelation 17:18 where one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls tells John the identity of the harlot who sits on the beast.  He tells John that “The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.”  At the time of John’s revelation, it is my understanding that the ancient city of Babylon was in ruins or certainly insignificant.  The angel is speaking to John in present tense as best as I can determine and the only city that ruled in John’s day was Rome.  Add to this the evidence given to John in the earlier portion of chapter 17 indicating that the harlot is sitting on seven heads that are seven mountains.  Rome is the city on seven hills (mountains).  What is the relationship between Rome and ancient Babylon or am I way off the bench mark?

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