Q. Thank you for your insight! Your website has been a blessing to me for a long time. There’s something I do not understand. In my heart, I believe heaven and earth are eternal. Am I wrong? What did Jesus mean in Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, and Luke 21:33 when He said, ”Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” It is also mentioned in 2 Peter 3:10.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebr. 4:12-13)
Q. Does 1 Corinthians 15:24 imply that nations and kings will be abolished including the rule of the saints after the millennium? I know that the millennium and eternity are so intertwined together. I would not say there is no mention of life in eternity but rather that Revelation 21 is both the millennium and eternity together because New Jerusalem is eternal. Will our talents and the arts exist in the millennium and eternity? Will I be able to use the things I love in the millennium and eternity?
Q. I’m enjoying reading your site, especially your comments on what I consider tough passages. My question is about “the day of the Lord/day of God” mentioned in 2 Peter 3:10&12. I always associated the destruction by fire of the heavens and earth in these verses with the new heaven and earth in Revelation 21:1. But the reference to these events coming as a thief in the night would seem to be about the Second Coming. I know that there will be major geographical renovations when He comes, but if that is the time-frame for the fervent heat Peter mentions, that would mean that the heavens and earth will be recreated twice, both before and after the millennium. What are your thoughts on this?
Q. You have said that eternity is not just a whole bunch of time but the absence of time. Do you think that creation and mankind were initially created without time and that the introduction of time was a part of the curse? Because with the passage of time comes decay. During the recount of creation in Genesis, it speaks about morning and evening; day and night and we associate this with a passing of time, but is that necessarily so? Couldn’t there be days and nights within eternity? If so, do you think that God, who created and controls time, slowed down Abraham and Sarah’s biological clocks so that their bodies remained young enough to have Isaac in their old age?
Q. Many of the instructors at the Bible College I attend agree with the opinion that eternity is a study in opposites for the believer and unbeliever. That being said they also believe that the place in hell for the unbeliever is as positional as the place in heaven is for the believer. What I mean is this. Just as we will be rewarded for the things we do in Christ so also will unbelievers be punished according to how closely they followed the will of Satan in their lives. If believers receive rewards after the rapture we will know why. Therefore won’t those going to hell also know why they’ll receive punishment?
Q. I know from your studies that God has 3 different “groups” of people on the earth, Jews, Gentiles, and the Church. Was the idea of the church in God’s mind all along, or did it come about because of the Jews being disobedient? Also is there a purpose for the church in eternity?
He has set his foundation on the holy mountain; the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God: “I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me—Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’ “
Indeed, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her.” The LORD will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.” As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.” Continue reading…
Q. I have a friend who continually says she can’t wait to get to heaven to see her deceased husband. Her daughter tells her she knows of no scripture to confirm this possibility. Can you please give a reply to settle this confusing matter for them?
Q. I’m bothered by an article I read on the Internet about being “saved.” The writer quotes multiple scriptures, and states quite dogmatically that “one must believe in the resurrection…confess the resurrection…to be saved. He lists a series of common steps seekers are guided to take by various churches and evangelists such as, “Invite Jesus into your heart….” or “Accept Jesus as your personal savior …” or “Say the sinner’s prayer” as being inadequate. Do you agree?