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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Forced To Take The Mark?

Q.  You say that according to Rev. 14:9-12 everyone who worships the beast and his image or receives the mark of his name will be lost.  Others have said they can be redeemed. I’m reminded of a book by C. S. Lewis that implies that nonbelievers choose their fate and their hearts are hard and won’t change.  From this I’d think that those who take the mark do so willingly and no one is forced to take the mark. They may be given a choice but no one will take them down and give them the mark. Am I assuming to much?

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Still More On Destroying The Nations

Q.  In Jeremiah 30:11 it says in the end times, God will completely destroy every nation among which His people have been scattered.  We here in South Africa have many Jews, some which are good friends. Why would God completely destroy our nation, where the Jews have found peace and success, and goodwill amongst many of us?  As Christians, we love our Jewish brothers and sisters. Why then, punish so severely – for that matter, any country who became a refuge to the Jews? I know that it probably will be after the rapture, so why worry, but – your opinion please.

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ISIS, Islam, And The End Times Follow Up

Q.  Re: ISIS, Islam, And The End Times.  How can Islam led by ISIS be the end times dominant religion when the Bible clearly states that there will be an amalgamation of all religions led by the false prophet?  ISIS isn’t even representative of most of ISLAM, though it seems to be growing, and I can’t see Israel accepting this Godless religion on any terms.

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ISIS, Islam, And The End Times

Q.  I’ve been reading more and more about ISIS expansion and recruitment in the world, the latest is in Tunisia and now Cyprus is concerned.  Could it be that ISIS is the vehicle used by the Anti-Christ to come to power, meaning that Islam will be the ruling power in the world at the return of Jesus?  Also, does the Bible mention beheading as a form of punishment for Christians in the end times, which would also support the belief that Islam will be the ruling power?

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Does Daniel 12 Tell Us The Day?

Q.  You have said that people on earth during the tribulation will not know exactly when the Second Coming will take place [" ... the Lord clearly said that believers on Earth at the time will not know the day or hour of the 2nd Coming." (Matt. 24:42-44, Matt. 24:50, Matt 25:13)].  But doesn’t Daniel 12:11-12 give us the day for Jesus’ return?

“From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.”

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Birth Pangs Update

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains (Matt. 24:7-8).

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains (Mark 13:8).

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven (Luke 21:10-11).

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