Q. Re: Losing fellowship with the Lord when we sin and the need to confess. I know that confession of sins is a standard take on the Bible that is taught even in my church, but recently the Lord has given me a powerful revelation on his incredible GRACE. I now believe that Chapter 1 of 1 John was written to both believers and non believers. Or, it was written to believers who felt that once saved they no longer sinned (Gnostics). I have read both of these interpretations and they make sense. I don’t believe he was telling believers to confess to restore fellowship. First of all, God promises to never leave or forsake us. Second, we actually sin much much more than we realize. I think if we break our fellowship with him every time we sin then we will not have hardly any fellowship with him until we die.
Q. Are you serious about this word “gentiles”? Please look it up in the dictionary. It is a horrible word. I must tell you that this word does not appear in the Torah. It is a creation of a bad translation and it must be corrected. Remember GOD said “not a single word is to be changed”.
Q. In a recent post, you stated “there’s no biblical support for the belief that departed loved ones can observe us from Heaven”. But I’m sure I’m not the only one who read this and had Hebrews 12:1 come to mind. I do know that the word “witnesses” indicates the lives of the champions of faith in chapter 11. But what throws me is the description of them being a “great cloud”, painting an image that these patriarchs might actually be hovering above us, watching. I’d be interested to know your thoughts on this passage.
Q. I’ve always been taught that the judgments (of Revelation) happen one by one, after the rapture. But a few of the Bible Prophecy sites I read have given links to other theories that they don’t happen in any sort of order, and that they could happen 2 or 3 at a time kind of. I was wondering how do we know which this is? Also, there seems to be a very big debate on whether the Iran/Russia attack on Israel will happen before or after the Rapture. Anyway to know for sure which will happen first?
Q. According to 1st Corinthians 13:9, Paul speaks of “prophesying in part” and many people today point to that as justification for the many “prophecies” today being way off or completely wrong. Personally I don’t see that as being correct, and Deuteronomy speaks specifically of prophets having to be 100% correct or face dire consequences. Do you see justification for the many “prophets” today being wrong? Can we trust those people to be speaking for God?
Q. I love your site and I have always had an interest in the Book of Revelation. While reading it one day I came to the realization when the Lord is talking to the churches, it ACTUALLY says the angels of the churches. So my question is, it makes a difference if he’s talking to the angels of the church or the church directly themselves meaning believers. So what significance is it then and why is he speaking to the angels of the churches?
Q. Quoting you: “The writer of Hebrews confirmed this in chapter 1, agreeing that when God wants to be visible, He appears as Jesus.”
Here you’ve reminded me of a recent thought I had and would like to hear your opinion. In the old testament, prophets had visions of God sitting on His throne (e.g. Isaiah). Would this have actually been Jesus sitting on the throne in a recognizable bodily form; as we’re taught by Jesus that ‘God is a spirit’ and I presume that He hasn’t got ‘human form’?
Q. We are going to be teaching Vacation Bible classes on Joseph’s “coat of many colors”. What were the colors and what does the color purple mean?
Q. Concerning Jewish traditions, how do we use them in interpreting scripture? How does one study and use these traditions and reach proper conclusions instead of bad ones?
Q. I am a true believer just trying to become stronger in my faith in God. I was wondering if it is wrong to wear the cross as a necklace. As I read the Bible today I came across Matthew 10:38 and that is where my question arose. If that is not what he meant, what does that verse mean?