What Does The Bible Say? The Sabbath Year (Shemitah)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The weekly Sabbath is one of the foundations of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible, often called the five books of Moses). The Israelites were commanded to rest from their labors on the seventh day of the week, because in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the seventh day and made it holy (Exodus 20:11).

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Will Jerusalem Be Destroyed Or Not?

Q.  I have seen several Bible verses and also questions answered here that the Lord will reign from Jerusalem in the millennium or that woman and man will sit in the streets of Jerusalem being old in age. I always believed that an earthquake will destroy the temple and its city.  Which is correct?

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Incorrectly Teaching Revelation?

Q.  After taking Bible study classes and study of Scripture, I have taught Revelation in Sunday school from time to time and have taught that there will be a rapture. I know many Bible authorities teach that the only rapture will occur at the second coming. As I understand it, God says that if we wrongly teach what is in Revelation we will lose our heavenly rewards. What is your opinion?

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The Man From Eternity

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

NOTE: This study, from 2012, is a fitting addendum to our recently completed series on why the Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah.

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times (Micah 5:2).

Everyone who has ever received a Christmas card is familiar with Micah 5:2. But here’s something you might not know about it.

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The Sound Of Trumpets

Q.  My wife has heard 4 trumpet sounds in 4 years, she feels that another 3 and then something momentous will happen.  I have researched on the Net and many people have heard these but not all at the same time. I thought that the trumpet calls would happen in the tribulation.

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Nero As The Anti-Christ

Q. On TV I was watching a show about the book of Revelation.  The show said that some people think that 666 was in reference to King Nero because a combination of Nero’s name and title adds up to 666 in a certain Hebrew alphabet.  And also that during that time that Nero was referred to as “the beast.”  Could you explain why this is incorrect and just coincidence?

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The Kingdom Of God. Follow Up

Q. I was reading your answer to the question about the Kingdom of God saying the kingdom would never be destroyed or given to another etc.  I thought that after one thousand years the earthly kingdom would be delivered up to God by Christ and the earth would be burnt up and everything made new for eternity etc ?

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Preparing Babylon

Q.  Doesn’t Babylon have to be re-established as an economic super power before the rapture can occur?  The way I understand it, the world will mourn the loss of Babylon when it is destroyed which indicates it would be similar in stature to New York or London.  This would indicate the rapture being further out in time versus imminent since building the city into something significant would take many years from this point.  I am eager to know what your thoughts are on this.

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Al Mahdi And The Anti-Christ

Q.  I am convinced that the anti-Christ is coming through the Muslim nation.  I believe that  Europe  will be too weak to produce a man that the world will see as an effective leader who will be able to solve the worlds problems. The Muslim terrorists seem to send one group after another intent on destroying any one or thing in their paths to world domination. The Islam Mahdi will bring justice (their type of justice) to the world according to their religion.  What are the chances that the Mahdi is the anti-Christ?

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Then You Will Know That I Am The Lord

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Some form of the phrase “then you will know that I am the Lord” appears in the Book of Ezekiel 50 times. Prior to the Babylonian captivity (605-535 BC) the Lord used it most often in the context of judgment, whether against Israel’s leaders (Ezekiel 11:10), the nation as a whole (Ezekiel 12:20) or its enemies (Ezek 25-35).

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