A Question On Joel 2

Q.  My question has to do with the book of Joel and chapter two in particular.  The more that I study the bible the more I see a vast distinction between Israel and the Church.  Chapter two of Joel clearly is about Israel and it appears to me that it is about Israel after the rapture.  I have for my entire life been taught and believed that Joel 2:28 is primarily about the church with the Holy Spirit being poured out “on all people.”  But verse 28 begins with “and afterward” with the context about the “Day of the Lord.”  Verse 29 says “I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”  To me these scriptures talks about God pouring out His Spirit on all people during the tribulation days.

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Old Testament Promises

Q.  I cringe when I hear Christians claiming Old Testament promises like Jeremiah 29:11 and 2 Chron. 7:14 because it seems they were specifically for Israel  often at a specific point in time. People want to claim Israel’s benefits, but not their judgments!  Is it wrong to claim promises such as those listed above? How can we discern what was for Israel alone vs. what can apply to us today? Is it based on personal vs national promises? I’m confused.

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Looking For Jesus

Q. My question is in regard to Matthew 24:28:  “For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles [vultures] will be gathered together.”  Is the carcass Jerusalem during the Great Tribulation and the vultures all the nations that come against her?

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Did He Remember The Dream Or Not?

Q. In the King James Version of Daniel 2:1-11, it says that Nebuchadnezzar had forgotten the dream that so troubled him. However, in the New International Version, it suggests that he did not forget the dream but instead did not trust his wise men to render an accurate interpretation. Therefore, in order to be sure they got it right, he required that they tell him the dream and the interpretation. This raises a red flag of discrepancy between the two versions. Can you help clarify the difference?

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A Murderer From The Beginning?

Q. Can you please clarify two passages in the Bible ?  One is in John 8:44 which stated “He was a  murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth because there is no truth in him”.  The other verse is in Ezekiel 28:15 which states “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee”.  These scriptures are both describing Lucifer are they not?  If he was a murderer from the beginning, then how could he have been perfect in all his ways?  How can they both be correct?

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The Times Of The Gentiles

Q. Why do you and many others refer to the beginning of the Times of the Gentiles as starting with Nebuchadnezzar instead of earlier when the Assyrians conquered northern Israel?  Why isn’t that part of the reigning and trampling of Gentiles?

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Joshua Or Jesus?

Q.  I am doing your audio study on Hebrews and I have a question, I have a NIV that I have studied for many years,  I also have a KJV that I have been studying, and tonight during the audio study I noticed that in Hebrews chapter 4 verse 8. in the KJV it has Jesus, and in the NIV it has Joshua. can you tell me why they are different?

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Original Sin Or Sin Nature?

Q.  I must ask you about Original sin and our “sin Nature”. Are these the same thing? I personally do not believe anyone is born with a sin nature but that we are born innocent. I believe in an age of accountability which seems to be a truth hidden well in the scriptures, if not well hidden, very little is spoken of it.  The “Sin Nature” is something I just do not understand. Are we born sinful? Do we bring sin into the world or are we born into a sinful world?

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How Could He Do That?

Q. It seems that my wife can not believe that a loving God who gave his only Son, to pay for the sins of man,could condone the act described in Rev.21:8-9. She rejects “fire and brimstone” threats and wonders whether there is a deeper meaning to all this. Continue reading…

More On Free Will And Salvation

Q.  How can we act on the free will God gave us to be born again if someone uses their free will to murder us? What is to say that the person that was murdered after the accountability age would or would not of chosen a life with Christ had they not been murdered or that a person for some reason would reject Christ later on in life? God’s will is we all come to the saving grace of His Son Jesus but He knew before He made us what our choice would be. Was our destiny set before we were born or will people who met an untimely death have an argument at the judgement or why even have a judgement if our life was predestined? What about the fact that God calls us to salvation, not that we were first to choose?

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