Bridal Qualifications

Q.  Re: Ephesians 5:25-27.  May I ask you if the raptured Church (the bride) will have to meet the standards as stated by Paul  in this passage? Because on the other hand we have the great multitude in  Revelation 7 .   Did they miss the rapture on account of poor qualifications, or is there another explanation?

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Israel And The Church. Follow Up

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series What Does The Bible say?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

My study on Israel and the Church provoked several comments that require a lengthy response. It made more sense to post them as a separate document than to append them to the bottom of the original study. Here they are.

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Who Is Israel?

Q.  Since at the start, there were “hebrews” and the jewish realm did not start until the tribe of judah existed.  So the issue of who is Israel, and the claim that you can’t use the “jewish” description to speak of Israel, then who is Israel?  How does one know?  And if one is jewish and accepts Jesus, do they become part of the church, or are they part of Israel no matter what?

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Taking The Mark For Eternal Life?

Q.  In Genesis the devil tells Eve the lie that she will not die.  In Revelation during the tribulation men will desire death but will not be able to die.  I read somewhere that this might have something to do with taking the mark of the beast, a temporary inability to die.  Something the devil might offer to get people to take the mark, everlasting life, just to discover the horror of another of his lies.  I know it is speculation but the thought came up as well as the idea to ask your opinion.  What do you think?

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Which Last Day?

Q.  In John 11:24 Martha referred to the resurrection at the last day. What last day does this refer to?  Is this the last day before the new heaven and earth, the last day before the millennium starts, a period of time, or some other last day?

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What If They Had Accepted Him?

Q.  I have often wondered what would have happened if the Jews  had truly and officially accepted Jesus as Messiah; if the Lord’s reception on Palm Sunday had permeated the entire nation of Israel. Based on your broad knowledge and understanding of what Scripture reveals, can you speculate what would have been the course of history in the past 2,000 years?

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Israel’s New Wealth

Q.  It is interesting that in the last few years, Israel discovered the gas supply of their coast and the Shekel has appreciated by 15% over the last year and a half.  So it seems that while the rest of the world is becoming worse off, Israel is becoming better off.  Does this tie in with end time prophecies?

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