Q. I love your site and have referred many friends to you. My question is this: What was the point of Jesus going to Hades for those three days to preach to the unsaved dead? It’s not like they were going anywhere or getting a get-out-of-Hades pass or anything. So why even bother? Is it because they did not have the choice of a Savior before He died? And He was then giving them One? I don’t get the point of Him going there at all.
Q. I have read that there are no tears in Heaven and therefore those that have died in Christ and are now in Heaven don’t remember those who remain here on earth. It breaks my heart to think that my mom doesn’t have any recollection of any of her children. Is this true? Also, I lost a baby some years ago while in my 4th month. Will I know him when I get to heaven, and will he know I was his mother?
Q. I have a question about the word “paradise.” I have read that it really means something different from “heaven.” Most people use the words interchangeably, so I’m wondering about the correct meaning. Also, is heaven then in three spheres? I have also read that but need some help comprehending it.
Q. Since God is outside of time, could He hear a prayer in the present and apply it to the past? My mom died before I was born again. I’d like to believe she accepted the Lord before she died but I don’t know for sure. If I pray for her salvation could God look back to the time when she was still alive and honor my prayer?
Q. Re: the third heaven of 2 Cor. 12:2. Are there Biblical references to the first and second heaven? What are your thoughts on the heavens?
Q. I read Rev 7 after reading Saints Alive! It speaks of a great innumerable multitude that serves in the temple. This couldn’t be an earthly temple could it? No earthly temple could accommodate an innumerable multitude. Is this the New Jerusalem? I think I recall it being something like 1400 miles wide,deep and high. Is this correct?
Q. In a recent article you wrote, “Of course the real issue is whether the Bible is the inspired word of God or not. If it is, then Jesus, the thief, and Lazarus all went to Paradise when thy died, just like the Bible says, until Jesus went to Heaven to sprinkle His blood on the altar there and opened its gates to the spirits of all dead believers who would follow.” Since the blood of Jesus has been completely spilled out from his body according to John 19:34, how did he do the sprinkling?
Q. If I list all the faithful patriarchs from Adam through Abraham (found in Genesis 5:3-32 and Genesis 11:10-22) and add Isaac and Jacob, the total comes to 24. Since we are never told how long the 24 Elders have been in Heaven or when they got there, wouldn’t their number more likely be composed of these patriarchs rather than being representative of the Church?
Q. In Acts 13:2, the Holy Spirit is described as a specific person. When Christians are glorified at the Rapture, the promise of 1 John 3:2 is that we will see Him (Jesus) as He is. Will the personage of the Holy Spirit also be seen?
Q. My best friend ever (my dad) has been gone 3 years now. Recently I made a decision to be re-baptized and was telling my friend that I wished I had made this decision 3 years ago when dad could see this. She told me he could see this since all departed believers can “look down” and see what’s happening on Earth. She used the story of the rich man and Lazarus to support this. I’ve always believed when you go to Heaven you put the past behind, including relationships, and I can find no scripture to prove otherwise. Am I wrong?