My question concerns the anti-Christ. I heard one preacher saying he has to be Jewish or the Jewish people would never follow him as their Messiah at the end times. I heard of another preacher saying he will come from Europe with a mention of “the city of the seven hills,” possibly Rome, or at least the reference being to the emerging European Union. What are your thoughts?
In placing the glorious appearing between 2018 and 2037, that being our possible window, I’m deducing that time frame exists because you feel that Isaiah 11:11-12 was fulfilled in 1948 at the re-birth of Israel. Upon reading that passage it seems that this will be fulfilled during the millennium.
Why do most prophecy scholars put the Gog revolution before the tribulation? To me it seems to fit better at the close of the millennium where Israel certainly is living in peace and safety, but Satan is loosed for a short time to again stir up the nations.
In the Millennium, I now understand that All Israel will live in the land of the Covenant; and the New Testament saints will live . . . is it in Heaven or in the New Jerusalem? Who will live on the rest of the earth during the Millennium; that is, outside the Covenant Lands?
Q. I have a question about the following verses:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.These have come so that your faith; of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire, may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”(1Peter 1:6,7)
These two verses always used to backing why God allows suffering in a believer’s life.When you wrote about Job,you said God doesn’t cause us to suffer arbitrarily,but when we have unconfessed sins in our life, and are out of fellowship, He being perfectly just has to allow Satan to torment us.So I don’t understand the true meaning of the verses and they distress me. What is the right perspective?
A. Many people use these verses in a general way to explain all the illness and suffering we experience. But think about it. Why would James tell us in chapter 1 to consider it pure joy when we get sick or injured and then tell us in chapter 5 that God will heal us if we ask Him? Are we supposed to believe that God gave us the illness to build our perseverance, but that He’ll deliver us from it if we ask Him to? That doesn’t make sense.
In a general sense, there are two factors in the world that cause illness and suffering. One is that the world is in a fallen state and evil abounds here.
The other is that man is a sinful being and is therefore open to affliction by the enemy when he doesn’t confess. God is not the cause of either of these conditions. But He will heal us when we ask in faith and He will forgive us and turn our torment into a blessing when we confess our sins.
It’s true that persecution for righteousness sake brings blessing. (Matt. 5:10) This is the only type of trial that builds our faith, and this is what James and Peter were talking about, not general suffering. But even the faith building kind is not brought upon us by God, but by Satan, and wouldn’t be allowed if we were not sinful beings living in a sinful world. That’s something that living in the Millennium will teach us.
I am struggling with the 4 beasts in chapter 7 of Daniel. I cannot find any discussion on verse 12 which follows the 4th beast being destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. “As concerning the rest of the beast, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.” Daniel 7:12 KJV.
I am very interested in the theory that Anti-Christ may be Muslim. But then Jesus also said to the Jewish people, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” John 5:43 (KJV) Obviously the Jews would not accept a Muslim Messiah. Any thoughts?
During the Millennial Kingdom; will there be marriage? Will there be death? I read somewhere “Some could/would die at the old age of 100 years.” Would the offspring of the initial Kingdom inhabitants marry with the other inhabitants’ offspring?
I know that while you do not believe Israel is the fig tree in mentioned (in Matt. 24), you do believe that the generation that sees the “nationhood” of Israel will be likely to witness the 2nd coming, but where is the scriptural proof that Israel becoming a nation was the starting point of “the signs” based on Matthew 24?
When a man and woman marry they become one until death do them part. Right? So when the Rapture occurs and a married couple is taken to meet Christ in the air and doesn’t experience death, will they still be married?