Q. I would appreciate your perspective on Jesus not knowing the day or hour of His second coming. It is my understanding that when Jesus became a Man he had to separate his divine nature from his human nature. Does this mean that when He was on earth His divine, infinite knowledge was not available to Him?
Q. I thought that maybe the rapture would take place on May 14th, the anniversary of Israel’s birth, but it didn’t. What should I expect now?
Perspective by Jack Kelley
(Note: This narrative is a summary of dozens of end times prophecies from both the Old and New Testaments. Its objective is to present a readable overview of the times ahead from a Biblical perspective. )
Q. Where in The Scriptures does God ever mention “the anti-Christ”? I have found no one who can answer that question. Every reference to anti-Christ or anti-Christs in the books of 1st and 2nd John are to the “spirit of anti-Christ”. Nowhere does God throw “the anti-Christ” into the lake of fire in the end. God destroys the beast, the false prophet and Satan, however nowhere in the Bible does God purge the earth/world of “the anti-Christ”. This has become a popular belief and a false teaching.
Q. From what I understand, the Jewish people were given a pretty specific time/date as to when Jesus would appear the first time. And as the “being caught up” (I really don’t like using the term rapture) draws near or even tomorrow, I was wondering, since God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, wouldn’t it make sense for Him to give us some clearer indications of the actual event? I’m not trying to predict anything with regards to the day, month, year, etc. but more trying to find in Scripture something that coincides with His being the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Q. In a forum I frequent, someone posted the following about the book of Revelation and I don’t know how to counter it.
‘Revelations is metaphor. It’s the Christian Maccabees. John wasn’t writing about the end of the world: he was telling his fellow Christians that no matter their hardships now, they would triumph in the end. The imagery he used throughout the book would have been fairly commonly understood by his contemporaries. All of the mystic mumbo-jumbo and Apocalypse ballyhooing you hear about today relating to Revelations is nothing more than willful ignorance from people who find history and literature inconvenient to their chosen beliefs.’
Q. Re: May 21 rapture and judgment. It boggles my mind how a whole community of Christians who claim they study the Bible earnestly and sincerely can come away with such twisted and distorted views of the end times. I would really like your opinion on how people can be so deceived?
A Bible Study by 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).
Q. Re: Matthew 24:32. I have heard that the fig tree represents Israel and relates to the 1967 six day war where Israel gained much land – thus the “leaves coming out”. But I think it could just simply mean that when you see leaves on the trees you know summer is near. Likewise, when you see all these things happening you know the end is near. Could it be that Jesus was just trying to make that point and not give a parable?
Q. Do you think it is possible we are seeing current fulfillment of the Isaiah 17 war in a different manner than usual; but with the net same prophetic effect; in Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen etc. and that as a consequence we are virtually at the door with God now dealing with Israel for 7 years?