Mercy Before Judgment

Q.  Luke 12:49 has puzzled me for many years.  Jesus said He came to send fire on the earth and how He wished it were already kindled. (NKJV)  I’ve thought of different interpretations – the fire that would come at Pentecost, the fire of God’s wrath against the ungodly (tribulation), and fire in a believer’s heart that is manifested by fervent love of God and service to Him.  Do you believe it is one of these or is there something else?  I would truly appreciate your understanding.

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Levels In Hell?

Q. In your article entitled “Saved From The Worst But Kept From The Best” you said, “I have no problem with there being a certain amount of inequality in the Kingdom.”  I heard one Bible teacher say, “if you believe there are levels in Heaven, you have to consider that there are levels in Hell.”  My question is, do you believe in this rationale?

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Still More On God’s Wrath

Q.  You recently said that “The Book of Revelation clearly states that God’s wrath begins in Rev. 6 with the Seal Judgments.” I assume you are referring to Rev. 6:17. But this verse does not say “Thus says the Lord.” Rather, it says that men make this statement, not God, nor Jesus, nor an angel. How then can this be absolutely stated as the beginning of God’s wrath? Rev. 11 seems to indicate that “your wrath came” when the 7th Angel blew his trumpet. Also Rev. 16 states that the wrath of God are the seven bowl judgments associated with the 7th trumpet. Can you give some clarification on this? Also, you have done an incredible job bringing great Bible teaching to the web. I am very appreciative of your efforts.

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Do Not Judge

Q.  Recently I’ve seen two videos of a gay pride parade.  The first thing out the mouth of gay activists toward the Christians there was, “You must not judge!” Also, this is something I hear all the time from family members,co-workers and friends etc. My question is, what does the Bible verse “do not judge”  truly mean?  Does it mean that we shouldn’t make any attempt to point out to an unbeliever that they’re on the wrong path? What is the meaning of “judge” as it was used in that verse?

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Sheep And Goats, National Or Personal?

Q. I think I understand all the judgments as to when and where they will occur and who will be involved.  However, I am having a problem determining exactly what is the judgment of the nations.  Is it in conjunction with the Sheep and Goat judgment?  Is it called the judgment of the nations because all the people living at the end of the Great Tribulation from their various nations will be called to this judgment?  I know that whole nations, as well as individuals, have been judged by the way they have treated the Jewish people.  Will whole nations be judged or just on an individual basis within these nations?  Thank you for the time you spend answering our questions.  It has certainly been a blessing to me.

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What Does Rev. 20:14 Mean?

Q.  In Rev. 20:14, it states that “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire”.  Am I correct in interpreting this verse as meaning that death and Hades will simply no longer exist?  Wouldn’t that make this verse figurative?  Death is not a “thing”, per se, but rather the cessation of life.  Hades is a spiritual realm, so I’m having trouble seeing it being tossed into the lake of fire which, I assume, is a physical place.

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Judgment Begins At The House Of God

Q.  Can you tell me what 1 Peter 4:17 means? “For the time is come that judgement must begin at the house of God?: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of Christ” This verse has really impacted me.

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Are We Judged Immediately After Death?

Q.  Hebrews 9:27 says that it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgement – does this mean once believers die, they are judged for their works? If so, the judgement occurs at a different time for each believer.  For some reason, I thought it happened at the rapture.  Am I correct?

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The Devasting Consequences Of Ignorance

Q.  Re:  Fulfilling God’s Will?  You said,  “Because of this they were completely ignorant of the signs of the times in which they lived, and rejected the King they had been waiting over 2000 years for.  Sadly, much of the “church” has made the same mistake and for the most part is just as ignorant of the signs of our times.  The results will be just as devastating.”

It’s true and a bit depressing that comparatively few Christians are interested in studying the prophesies of His return, and I understand how devastating that was for Israel to pay no attention to the evidence.   They still suffer the judgmental consequences. Can you please explain your last statement as to how ignorance in the church will be just as devastating?

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