What Do Mark And Beast Mean?

Q. Would you be kind enough to re-visit the word “MARK” as translated from the Greek with your usual excellent commentary/sources?  Also, what about the word “BEAST??” Is a similar Greek word used in other sections of the New  Testament?

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Rapture Or 2nd Coming?

Q. I have read where you have said on multiple occasions that Mark 13:32 “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father”  is not talking about the rapture but about the 2nd coming.  I have really come to respect and enjoy your teachings over the last few months, and while I do not doubt what you are saying is true, I also do not see why that verse has to be talking about the 2nd coming and not rapture. Can you set me straight on this?

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Is It Selfish To Desire The Rapture?

Q. One thing that bothers me about myself is I feel as though my desire for the Rapture is selfish and not just the wish to be with our Lord for all eternity.  I keep thinking about how wonderfully peaceful Heaven’s going to be, and knowing all my loved ones will be safe and  out of harm’s way, the reunion with a brother who was killed when he was just a little boy…I keep asking God to forgive that selfishness, and yet I can’t help but wonder if He’s a bit disappointed in me.  Shouldn’t my primary focus for wanting the Rapture be the desire to spend eternity with Him?

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The Restoration Of All Things

Q. The Bible says God is going to restore the earth to its original, fresh-out-of-the-box state.  That’s a major overhaul.   I know He can and He will.  But, while He’s lowering mountains and raising valleys, what’s going to happen to all the people?  Does scripture suggest any kind of a “work around” plan?

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More On The Coming Temple

Q. How long do you think it will take to construct the temple once Israel decides they need one?  I know there is some preparation underway even now, but won’t it take at least a year or two or three to construct such a grand structure?   If they don’t begin construction until the beginning of the 70th week, it could be close to the middle of that week before it is completed.  Will the Jews be able to use the temple before the Anti-Christ defiles it?

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Will The Sun Go Out?

Q. You replied to a reader’s question about Tribulation events concerning the sun, and said that the sun would go super nova which is what will scorch those on the earth during that time. When I read Psalm 72, part of which reads” He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations”, this seems to contradict your sun dying scenario. If at some point all things will be burnt up on earth which I do believe, the timing of the sun scorching during the Tribulation seems out of sync. I definitely believe the New Jerusalem will light the earth, but can you explain why you think the sun will be  totally destroyed?

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Shortening the Days

Q. When looking through Revelation, there’s a partial explanation to Matthew 24:22 (shortened the days). In Revelation 8:12 the fourth angel sounded his trumpet and a third part of the sun, moon, and stars were darkened so that their light did not shine for a third part of it. Now, in Revelation 16:8 the angel poured his vial (bowl) upon the sun allowing it to scorch men with great heat. Could this be what Jesus was referring to when he talked of the shortening of the days (not the period of time for the tribulation)?

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No Peace After The Rapture?

Q. Re: Seven Things Part 1.  With all due respect, your order of end times event just can’t be correct.  I don’t see how the Rapture can occur prior to the Battle of Ezekiel because scripture clearly states that Israel will be living in peace and security and without walls!  The Rapture will foster anything BUT peace and security for anyone in the whole world so how then will Israel find itself peaceful for this battle to subsequently occur?  It seems to me that Psalm 83 may just provide the cloak of protection Israel needs to be able to let down it’s guard, followed at some point by the Battle of Ezekiel when Israel is living peacefully.  The Rapture may happen on the heels of this battle but I don’t see how the Rapture can occur first. There will be no peace after the Rapture.

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Is 666 Really An Arabic Phrase?

Q. Is it possible that when John wrote Revelation the 666 that he saw was the phrase “in the name of Allah” in Arabic?  With the crossed swords when turned sideways it looks like 666 in Greek?

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Post Church Salvation, One More Time

Q. Christians are saved by accepting Christ.   After the rapture are the Jews saved by sacrificing in the rebuilt Temple ??  Wouldn’t that conflict with what Jesus said about being the only way?

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