Q. I read your response to “More on Tribulation Martyrs” and I think your statement “notice that while they will reign with Christ they are not called kings” is a stretch. Rev 5:10 says (speaking of the church) “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Is the word “reign” used in Rev 20:4 and Rev 5:10 the same in Greek? If so, to say they are not kings because of omission is a weak argument.
Q. Is it possible for the seals to be broken and the judgments in Revelations 6 begin before the start of the 70th week? Many things going on now appear to be from the early stages of the seal judgments. What do you think?
Q. Is it likely that we will see a peace agreement before the looming attack by the neighboring Arab countries, much like the previous land for peace agreements? Or is it just as likely that the covenant will come after the attack?
Commentary by Jack Kelley
Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilence in various places and fearful events and great signs from Heaven. (Luke 21:10-11)
Q. I’ve read where some other prophecy teachers say the world is now at the point where Ezekiel 38-39 wars and/or Psalm 83 wars could happen, everything in perfect alignment, but before the next steps, the Rapture. In a nutshell, do you believe the world stage is now set for these wars, or do you believe there are still other conditions that need to be met?
Q. I have noticed over the years when I spread the Good News of Jesus, using Bible Prophecy, that non-Christians are many times more ready to accept what I say about the End Times, the Rapture and the Second Coming of Jesus than true believers are. Many believers just pooh-pooh anything to do with Bible Prophecy and say, “It’s not for us to know.” or “No one knows the day or hour.” It is so frustrating to talk to them that I almost get gleeful knowing that there is a better reward in Heaven, for those of us who await the Lord’s return with great hope, than for them. Am I wrong to feel that way?
Q. Do you think the locusts of rev 9:3 are real locusts as we know them or a new breed of insects? Verse 4 also says they are not to harm those who have the seal of God on their foreheads. If these are the 144k Jews, will the other believers in the world at that time be tortured by them?
Q. I was studying the judgments of the end times for the purpose of warning some friends I care about what awaits them if they continue to put off salvation. I’d like your opinion on something. While the fact is no one knows for sure it seems to me that the 7 thunders are an unrevealed series of judgments, probably worse than the trumpet judgments, but not as severe as the bowl judgments. I say this because of the number of thunders and the location of the thunders in the book. What’s your opinion?
Q. Revelation 3:10 reads: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world”. In this context hour is understood as the whole time frame of God’s wrath. Is it possible that in Matthew 24:36, the hour spoken of can mean the whole time period of an entire year?
Q. In Rev. 8:13, an eagle announces coming woe to the earth. I know the word can also be translated as angel, but Ray Stedman says that eagle is the preferred translation in that particular context. Why an eagle? If Stedman is corrrect, what is the significance of that particular beast to make that announcement? It seems “out of place” somehow.