Receive The Mark And Still Be Saved? Follow Up

Q.  In your reply to the above question, you quoted Rev. 14: 9-11…”If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath…. and said, “There are three acts mentioned here and any one of them will result in eternal damnation. Whether they 1)worship the beast (anti-Christ) or 2) worship his image, or 3) receive the mark of his name it’s all the same.”

I disagree with your conclusion.  The Bible uses the word “and”, which is inclusive, meaning if you did ALL of the three things you would lose your eternal life.  If you would only have had to do one of those three things then the Bible would have used the word “or”.

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Eternal Security And Eternal Life

Q.  I hope you can help me settle something once and for all. I firmly believe in eternal security, but someone I know insists we can lose our salvation. She says the Bible does not say eternal “security” but says eternal “life”. I have given her plenty of evidence from God’s word and still she falls back on this. Eternal life and eternal security are the same to me. She’s looking for the specific word, “security”. How can I answer this particular point ?

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Was It Paul Or Stephen?

Q.  I was reading 2 Cor. 12: 2-5 again where Paul speaks about a man that was caught up into the third heaven.  I have always believed that Paul is speaking about himself although I had questions why he would speak as if he is referring to the second person. My understand was recently challenged by an opinion of a friend who says Paul was perhaps more speaking about Stephen in Acts 7: 54-58 who when he was stoned saw heaven opening, Glory of God and Lord Jesus standing at the right hand of God. I have to be honest with you that this new view kept me thinking hence I ask for your view. Is Paul speaking about himself here or about Stephen perhaps? If he is speaking about himself then why he refers to himself as a second person?

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The Wrath Of God. Follow Up

Q. Re: The Wrath Of God.  I’ve just read the subject article  and I have a question” At the end, under “What about us,” 1 Thess. 1:10 is cited, followed by this parentheses:  (The Greek word translated “from” in this verse refers to both the time and place of the coming wrath, so we won’t be present when it happens and we won’t be present where it happens.)  I assume Jack was referring to the word “from,” which Paul used three times in the verse.   How did you determine that the preposition “from” refers to both the time and place of the coming wrath?

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Following Jesus

Q.  I am very thankful to God for the wisdom He had given to you. In this regard, I would like to hear from you a clearer explaination regarding Mat 8:20 which says: Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  I guess, this is figurative speech, however in verse 19 The teacher of the law was seemingly willing to follow Jesus wherever He went.”  What was really the reason behind why Jesus answered that way?

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Question On Genesis 3:22

Q.  I would like to hear your thoughts on Genesis 3:22.  What does God mean in this verse? How did we become like “Them”, and what does it mean to know good and evil?  Also, please explain the concept of man eating from the Garden’s Tree of Life and living forever after sinning? Did this mean that Adam would have circumvented the Redemptive Plan?

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Was Paul Pre-Trib?

Q.  I believed the pre-trib position for years but I changed my view when I preached through 1 Thessalonians.  There is nothing in 1 Thess. 4:13-18 about a pretribulation rapture. When Paul said, “we who are alive and remain until the coming (parousia) of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep,” he uses the word parousia meaning “coming,” “arrival,” or “presence.” There is no reason why they would not be thinking that this is the second coming in glory after the tribulation.

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Lamb Of God, Lion Of Judah

Q.  Why is Jesus called the Lamb of God?
John 1:29 “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”
Rev 5:6 ” Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne.”

And why is He called the Lion of Judah?
Revelation 5: 5  Then one of the elders said to me “Do not weep! See, the LION of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals”.
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The Dead In Christ Will Rise First

Q.  I can’t seem to find an answer to this question. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and 1 Corinthians 15:52, the verses reference the dead rising first during the rapture. I don’t believe in soul-sleep, so I am confused by the word “dead.” I try to make sense of it by thinking those verses refer to the dead, but saved in Christ, rising first and the church being caught up second.  But I’m confused as to why God would want to raise up dead bodies. Do you know what I mean?   Most of those bodies  have long ago rotted away and turned to dust, so what is going to be raised up if their spirits are already in Heaven? Thanks so much for your help! Continue reading…