Q. I have a question on the purifying of the land described in Ezekiel 39. It says that the whole nation engages in disposing of the bodies of the invaders for seven months. After seven months, squads of people are specially employed to dispose of any remains that are found. When a bone is found, a marker is placed by it and the burying is done by specialists. One explanation I’ve heard is that the common man avoids touching the bone so he can remain ritually pure. My question is: Does this level of ritual purity exist in Israel today?
Q. When we are raptured, do you believe our present bodies remain behind here on earth? I’ve wondered if there will be dead bodies everywhere with those left alive here on earth to try and determine the cause of their death. Thanks for your answer.
Q. I’ve noticed that some Bible teachers say negative things about the original apostles. They say Peter had foot-in-mouth disease, or that he was a coward. Some teachers even claim if they were in the garden of Gethsemane they wouldn’t have abandoned Jesus! They also criticize Thomas for doubting when he saw Jesus come back in the flesh. They say the apostles were lazy and selfish because they fell asleep when Jesus was praying just before His crucifixion. Yet these same teachers have nothing bad to say about Paul. They act like he was perfect. My question is, was he the best apostle of them all?
Q. I was surfing the net, when I came upon a site where someone wrote with concerns about our sins not really being forgiven. The respondent quoted II Cor. 5:10, saying we’ll have to give an accounting of what we’ve done on earth, whether good or bad. I thought God has forgiven all our sins. What gives?
Q. If Christ has forgiven our sins for eternity (Heb 10:14), and we now repent (change/renew our minds) and no longer ask forgiveness of sins, why does Christ teach us to ask “forgive our debts (sins) as we forgive our debtors”?
Q. I’m currently reading the Psalms. In Psalm 36:1, David says “An oracle is within my heart…” would the oracle be the Holy Spirit?
Q. Re: Eyewitnesses To The 2nd Coming. I was taught that all of the Disciples had died, except John who lived to be in his 90’s. On the Isle of Patmos he was given by Jesus Himself, the full Revelation of His Kingdom ! “some of you will not taste death until ….” The disciples didn’t understand what He was saying but He knew that He would appear personally to John and give in detail, that which would occur in the end times.
Q. Re: Who is the Assyrian? When you mentioned the angel of the Lord sweeping through and killing all of those soldiers, a question came to mind. Whenever angels carry out killing commands, do they physically harm the person (i.e. stab, slit throat, etc.) or they just fly over them and kill them by touching them, looking at them, etc.?
Q. I have a friend who is a devout Christian, but worries that her husband may not be saved because he believes that there are other ways to salvation besides Jesus, like being a good person, etc. Is there any place in scripture that because a married couple are “one” the one saved automatically brings salvation to the other?
Q. In my small group’s Bible study of Acts chapter 9, the question was raised as to whether Saul had a choice in becoming an apostle. I pointed to verse 6 in my NKJ Bible which records Saul’s response to Jesus. “So, he trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” To my amazement, none of the Bible translations my class members were using included Saul’s question. Do you know why?