Q. I was having a conversation recently with a believer who is struggling with his faith. He claims that every time God punished the enemies of the Jews, thousands of innocent people died, even women and children. As examples, he named the people who died in the flood, all the first born in Egypt, David’s baby (from Bathsheba) and the innocents in Caanan who died when God instructed the Israelites to conquer the land. He concluded that God was never ‘good’, just ‘one sided’ towards the Jews. He said those people who died were still created by Him, so why did he watch them be slaughtered?
Commentary by Jack Kelley
See, I will stir up against them the Medes, who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold. Their bows will strike down the young men; they will have no mercy on infants nor will they look with compassion on children. Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory of the Babylonians’ pride, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah. She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations; no Arab will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there. (Isaiah 13:17-20)
Q. I’ve been doing some thinking about the prophets from the Old Testament scriptures. What kind of men were they? Why did God choose them in particular? What about the nature of prophecy itself? Some people today claim to be prophets and sound very convincing, so what are some guidelines we can use when trying to determine if a person is truly gifted in prophecy, or just seeking attention?
Q. I’ve come across a verse I hadn’t either considered before, or just hadn’t thought about. “Behold, you are wiser than Daniel! There is no secret that can be hidden from you! (Ez. 28:3).
I know the Lord was sending a message to the ruler of Tyre through Ezekiel, but my question is, how did Ezekiel know about Daniel, and how did the ruler of Tyre seemingly have all this knowledge?
Q. I was wondering what your source is when you say according to “Jewish history” or “Jewish tradition.” I listen to your mp3 studies all the time. In fact I burn them to a disc and listen to them during my morning drive to work. I have searched the Internet over and cannot find a Jewish tradition or Jewish history site. I really enjoy all the historical background that you add to your studies. If I could only find a church that teaches like you do, I would show up every Sunday.
Q. From looking at men’s ages and the time of the flood, assuming I did my math right, it shows that the oldest man, Methuselah died the year of the flood. Was he also one of the sinners on earth that was killed by the flood or did he die before hand, or can one know…and I know it probably doesn’t even matter.
Q. I have read your study regarding the coming Temple being built north of Jerusalem. In it you mention the current Temple Mount being destroyed in conjunction with the Lord’s return. My question is: What do you envision happening that would convince the Jewish people of today to build their new Temple any place other than the current Temple Mount? I am not doubting you that it will be built north of the city, but can’t imagine how they will come to this decision.
Q. In Ezekiel 37:16-28 God has the prophet take two sticks and join them together into one. What it the passage really about?
Q. Thank you for your God inspired website. I read it every day and it has helped so much in my understanding and interest. In the past I’ve considered the Old Testament as just a history story of the way God was, but I now realize it has everything to do with the here and now. My question is about the 1000 year reign. Its kind of childish I suppose, but do you think we will be with our same families? If we are to live and marry and reproduce as originally planned, do you think it will be with our current spouses if they too are raptured?