Describing The 2nd Coming

Q. Could you please explain Matt. 24:28?  I was once taught that the carcasses were the spiritually dead (non-born again believers) that the vultures come after. However, knowing now that Mt. 24 has nothing to do with the Church and everything to do with the Jews, I was wondering if perhaps it is referring to Jehovah coming to the aid of Israel during the tribulation.

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Who Was Revelation Meant For?

Q. I was just reading your article on “No one knows the Day or the Hour”. It is very good. After many years of things that were viewed in the traditional sense that didn’t make sense, I finally realized that the Book of Matt. was all Jewish. Why would Jesus talk about things that were going to be revealed by Paul, anyway? The Church is no where in view in the Gospels.

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Old Earth Young Civilization

Q. I was channel-surfing last night, and began to watch ( a well known christian TV personality). All these years, he’s said that the earth is young, and that the evolutionists had it all wrong. Now, he says that earth is thirteen billion years old, and that there was another creation, of man. It is my belief that (he) has gone around the bend. What are your thoughts?

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Has The 2nd Coming Already Happened?

Q. Thank you for answering the many questions that you receive.  Your insight and knowledge helps many in their understanding of the Bible and living the Christian life with a world view.  One of the scripture texts which the Preterists use in arguing for the second coming in some form having taken place before the destruction of the Jerusalem in 70 AD is found in Matthew 16:28, Mark 9:1 and Luke 9:27.
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More 2012 Follow Up

Q. You have become one of my favorite people to read.  Your article on 8/29-2012…The End Of The World was both exciting and scary. I thought you tempered it well, as you always do, so I am not going to sit on the roof in 2012, but I had a thought this morning that raised a question.
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What Was Peter Talking About?

Q. When Acts 2:20 states, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord,” do you think that means before the last 1/2 of the trib, or sometime just before or at Christ’s physical return to the Mount of Olives?

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666 Talents of Gold

Q. I  ran across 1 Kings 10:14 and was curious about 666 talents of gold. This seems ominous. Could you please elaborate???

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Were Joseph And Mary Married?

Q. I home school and each year our home school co-op puts on a Christmas play. The play this year has a theme about the real meaning of Christmas. It’s done in a modern stance with the children playing reporters and such. It has a part about Jesus’ birth.  The play director lists that Joseph and Mary were engaged when they went to the Inn.  I have always thought that Mary and Joseph were married when Jesus was born as Joseph calls Mary his wife in Matthew 1:24.  But one of the mothers insists that they were still engaged because under the Jewish traditions a couple was not considered married until after the union was consummated.  Which is right?

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2012. More Follow Up

Q. At the end of last week’s feature article “2012 … The End of the World?” you quoted Amos 5:18-20. Considering 2 Timothy 4:8, how are the two verses reconciled?

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Baptism For The Dead. Follow Up

Q. I enjoy reading the questions and answers in the newsletter you kindly provide.  I find them extremely interesting and thought provoking.

One of my current avenues of study is the exploration of the rite of baptism on behalf of those that have passed on without knowing Jesus.   To this end I am using the Bible and the Patrologies (writings of early Church leaders).  Reading the text (of 1 Cor. 15:29) it appears that (Paul) considers the practitioners of proxy baptism actually do believe in the resurrection from the dead and that is the reason they make attempts to save non-Christians that have died, as many have lived and died without even the name of Jesus falling upon their ears.  Have you considered the beliefs and practices of Early Christians regarding their belief in this rite, and, if so, do their beliefs and teachings make any kind of sense to you?

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