Q. After reading the Bible and your study guides, I have realized something that troubles me and I ponder at the thought. What happens to people (family and friends) who miss the rapture and then realize that they were left behind due to their unbelief or uncertainty about The Lord and salvation… for example, let’s say after the rapture, and right before, or at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week, these people accept Jesus and then die of natural causes, sickness, or in accidents, will they become saved and go to heaven?
Q. The other day I was talking to someone and he pointed out these verses to me from Romans 11:25-26. “For I don’t desire you to be ignorant, brothers, of this mystery, so that you won’t be wise in your own conceits, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and so all Israel will be saved. Even as it is written, “There will come out of Zion the Deliverer, and he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
In these verses I was interested to see that it appears that we are waiting for that last Gentile to come in to the Kingdom for the rapture to happen. But Paul also stated that all of Israel will be saved. Does that mean all of Israel that is alive at the beginning of the tribulation or the ones who make it through the tribulation or something else? I have Jewish friends who are so anti-Jesus it would give me comfort to know that they will be saved.
Q. What is the biblical interpretation regarding the fate of those who become believers post rapture, and then survive all of the events or horrors of the tribulation leading up to the second coming?
Q. When the Bible speaks of 3 1/2 years how do we know it means 3 1/2 years as the Bible also says a day is as a thousand years. How do we determine time in the Bible?
Q. I’ve recently read where a well-known preacher believes that people who take the Mark of the Beast during the Tribulation can still be saved. I get the impression that this preacher may think that worshiping the Beast, not taking the mark, is what damns people during the Tribulation. Doesn’t Revelation 20:4 contradict this? Aren’t these people eternally damned after they take the mark?
Q. If you were a true, honest, believing Christian but you were in a situation where you were being tortured and through torture you were forced to renounce your faith in Jesus Christ, but in your heart you are still a Christian, feeling ashamed that you were too much of a coward to not resist denying Jesus Christ through torture, are you still saved?
Q. Can you explain why in Revelation the second half of the tribulation is 1260 days and in Daniel the second half is 1290 days? Some where during the last 7 years of Jacobs trouble there must be a leap year (extra 30 days) added because of the 360 day Jewish calendar. Is that what happens?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
I’ve received several emails lately asking for clarification of the term “Outer Darkness.” It’s mentioned a total of 4 times in the New Testament, three by name and one by implication, and always by Jesus. The term is not used any where else, Old Testament or New, by any other writer. Those who ask want to know if it’s another name for the place of eternal punishment, or if it’s some place different. And they want to know who’s going there.
Q. After the rapture and during the Great Tribulation and Millennium, what will be happening here in the U.S? I am assuming the Jews left behind from the rapture will make their way to Israel once they see Israel win the Battle of Ezekiel 38 by God’s hand. With the economy failing , I wonder if some Jews in the U.S will even be able to afford to get over there, and then to flee when the abomination that causes desolation of the temple occurs. I wonder what becomes of nonbelievers (and non-Jews I should say) that live in the U.S. Some of them could possibly still attain salvation, correct? I understand that after the rapture and the church is gone, God is dealing with Israel only. I just don’t know where this leaves the United States of America , gentiles and Jews alike.
A Feature Article by Jack Kelley
Nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea (Luke 21:25).
They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” (Rev. 6:16-17).
I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed (Rev. 15:1).