Q. I have questions on two verses in the Gospels. In both Matthew 10:34-36 and Luke 12:49-52, Jesus said he did not come to bring peace but division on earth. Using the NIV version, Jesus mentions that he would bring fire on the earth and wishes how it would be kindled (Luke 12: 49). He also says that families would be divided: daughter against mother, son against father, daughter in law against mother in law, etc. Why was Jesus saying that families would be divided? What did He mean when he said he would bring fire on the earth and wished it was already kindled?
Q. I was reading your e-book on Understanding Revelation (very good) but it has raised a couple of questions in chapter 16 and the bowl judgements. In verse 2 it says painful sores came on men who had the mark of the beast on them. Taken literally that means post rapture believers do not suffer these sores. Also in verse 12, the Euphrates river dries up. Again taking things literally that means the plagues of the seas and fresh water have a time limit on them. So does that mean all the plagues there is an interlude between each one, maybe to give these people chance to repent? What is your take on this?
Q. At a recent Bible Study the teacher said that GOD started the flood on the day that Methuselah died . Have you ever heard this? I can not find it in my KJV Bible . Is this a Jewish tradition or math?
Q. I understand that once saved it is eternal. What if the people(s) who are saved and cannot be taken out of the hand of God take the mark? Also, I know that in Revelation Yeshua said that He will keep us from the hour of temptation. Can you explain these things, please?
Q. My sister was listening to a Pastor who said that at one time God was so disgusted with people, He wished He had never made mankind. I remember that but the Pastor went on to say that it was because of the culture and the low intellect of the people. This doesn’t make sense to me. What do you think?
Q. You made a comment on one of the questions about the Parable of the Sower relating to the third kind of seed sown where thorns choked out the seed making it unfruitful. You summed it up by saying we’re saved because of what we believe not because of how we behave. Though I understand in principle, saved by grace not by works, doesn’t what we believe produce how we behave? I have always understood that a true believer will always bear some fruit. Isn’t it possible that the group you referred to as “Most born again Christians in the US today fall into this category”, profess to be Christians but in actuality are not true believers?
Q. I can’t figure out where people get the idea that God could be both the Creator and the destroyer. It seems they are saying He has a split personality, or character. Satan is the destroyer, God is the Creator. Is my understanding correct?
Q. There is no scripture for my comment, but I have been thinking about pre/post trib rapture. I believe in pre trib because we are the Bride of Christ and I cannot believe He would allow His bride to go thru the tribulation. Would you have asked your bride to go thru something so terrible before your marriage?
Q. Somewhere you said you thought that there would be people who will survive the Great Tribulation. Are some of these non-believers?
Q. What happens to the living unsaved after the GWT judgment?