Q. Do you believe that when we celebrate Christmas we’re celebrating a pagan holiday? I believe it’s the celebration of our Savior’s birth. Am I committing a sin by doing so? Also, can you please tell me whether having a Christmas tree is committing a pagan ritual? Further, is wearing a cross or having one in your home also a sin … some say that it is worshiping an idol. I don’t understand this, as in my heart it is reminding me of what Christ has done for us. Please help.
A Thanksgiving Message by Jack Kelley
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100)
Q. Thanks for your faithfulness in answering so many questions so carefully. At this week of Rosh Hashanah, my question is about the relationship of this first Fall feast to the trumpet call of God at the Rapture. There seems to be agreement that the four Jewish festivals in the Spring time have all been purposefully authorized and honored by God. So that thought is that God’s choice of calling His bride, the Church would likely fall on Rosh Hashanah. This seems to me to take away from the immanency concept which says it could be any day of any year. Your thoughts, please.
Q. Acts 1:3 clearly says Jesus appeared for 40 days after the resurrection. Recently we heard a teacher say it means Pentecost is the only unfulfilled feast & God somehow “owes” us 10 days ( as Pentecost means 50). Then he said that Jesus will appear for 10 days prior to the rapture to fulfill this feast. This we do not agree with, but where does the 50 in Pentecost come from if Jesus only appeared for 40 days?
Q. You’ve stated that Daniel 9:24-27 tells when to expect Christ to come but it is His coming as King that it talks about. How did the Magi, taught by Daniel’s book know when he was to be born? and where is the “star” prophecy? Did the Mazzaroth display it as Psalm 19 might indicate or was it really Balaam’s prophecy in Numbers 24:17? Also did Herod die in 4 BC or is there enough doubt that recent claims of 1BC could be true?
Q. I am looking for answers to a question posed to me on the origins of Easter – does it originate in Babylon and is known as Ishtar and also the yule log used in yuletide festivities that originates from Semiramis in the plains of Shinar (Babylon)?
Q. I wanted to know if you have been receiving questions that a possible major “event” would take place between September 16-18 2012, Rosh Hashanah. I’ve seen many articles and blogs where people identifying themselves as “watchers” believe these dates will be very significant. I’ve read everything from the Rapture,to the invasion of Syria and even an extraterrestrial event speculated for this time. Any thoughts or feelings about these new dates?
Q. Re: The Last Eight Days, Part 3: In the paragraph regarding Sunday, 17 Nisan. The Resurrection, The Feast of First Fruits – I was wondering why there is a celebration of First Fruits of a harvest when it is spring and we normally think of a harvest happening in the fall. What is the sample of the harvest that the priest is bringing to the Temple to be dedicated?
Q. I know we’ve chatted before about the Rapture occurring on Pentecost, and I’ve read the great article you wrote on the subject. But I still think the Lord showed me the Rapture will happen on Pentecost. I continue to agree with you that the Rapture may be a number-specific event not tied to a Feast, but it seems to me that there’s some unfinished business with Pentecost.