A Warning From Revelation

Q. In the Bible it says, “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:19 My question is, what exactly constitutes adding to the Bible? Is it permissible for me to mark important passages or write my own notes beside a verse or story I find particularly confusing?

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Did Jesus Know Or Didn’t He?

Q. I am puzzled by a difference in the wording of Matthew 24:36.  My NIV says “nor the son…” but my KJV says “But of the day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (no mention of the son) What is the correct interpretation – does the son know or not?  Jesus is the Godhead and if the Father knows, wouldn’t Jesus also know?  Sorry if this is sounds confusing, but I am learning to check different versions.

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Desire The Greater Gifts

Q.  Like you, I  believe that not everyone has the same Spiritual Gifts, and that God gives them according to His perfect will for the common good.   I also believe that our gifts don’t change, but that God sometimes gives us a gift we don’t have to fulfill a specific purpose. But I was reading I Corinthians 12 and found something that confused me. Verse 31 says,” But earnestly desire the greater gifts.” Also, I Cor. 14:1 says, “Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”

When he said “desire the greater gifts” and “especially that you may prophesy” was he speaking to those who didn’t know what their gifts are? Or am I missing something? Thanks in advance for your help!

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When Did Jesus Become God’s Son?

Q.  Was Jesus the son of God from the beginning ? I mean did he give up his place in heaven as the son of God to be born on earth through Mary as a man?  Also what happens after the one thousand year rule on earth by Christ is over does Jesus offer up the kingdom to God so heaven and earth become one like in the Lord’s prayer?

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Our Mansion In The Sky

Q. I just read an article by a pastor who is explaining the scripture where Jesus says “In my Father’s house there are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you…” This pastor explains that “mansion” actually means “residence” or “resident”.  A resident (as in a new doctor being a “resident” in a hospital) is actually a place of authority. So his understanding of this verse is that God has prepared a “place of authority” in his government for each of us and not a “large house” as most of us believe.  I find this disappointing. What are your thoughts on this?

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The Temple Or The Body Of Believers?

Q. I have read the following on a web site and am wondering if the translations are correct.  “There are two different Greek words that are translated as “temple” in English. One word “hieron” is used by Paul when referring to an actual building made with wood and stones. The other word “naos” is used when referring to the spiritual temple of God which refers to His people. The word “naos” is the one used in this 2 Thessalonians 2:4 verse, and therefore is NOT talking about a physical temple.”

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What Was Paul Saying?

Q.  I would like to ask you something concerning the Holy Ones who are mentioned in 1st Thessalonians 3:13. Many support the idea that they are those who have been raptured who now are coming with Jesus at His second coming at the end of the tribulation.  If this is right that would mean that the words of the first part of the verse can apply only to those who will believe during the tribulation.  Is this right?

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Another Interpretation Of Revelation?

Q.  Thank you for all you do with this site, it has helped immensely in my growth.  I have read and heard two arguments on how Revelation should be understood – one is chronologically and the other is thematically.  The second seems to boil down to the trumps and bowls happening really close together and the Day of Lord wrapping up in a day (or close too).  After that New Jerusalem comes down to earth and we’re all good for a thousand years, then rebellion, then eternity.   I am curious about your thoughts on this thematic business.

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The Son Of Man

Q.   The Son of God became the Son of Man. I know Jesus became a man. But why was He called the Son of Man? Please help me understand the meaning of this term.

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Levels Of Interpretation

Q.  A quick question: in at least two of your studies you have used the expression “Let’s get mystical”.   And in the study about the first miracle of Jesus you go as far as saying that John (the apostle) was a mystic.   Can you clarify this for me?  I’ve always been under the impression that I should consider mysticism something wrong in the eyes of God, although I must admit I do not know a great deal about it.

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