Adam, Eve, And Abraham

Q. I am an adult Sunday school teacher with about 40 in the class. We’ve been studying books of the Bible. For 2009, we plan to discuss stories in the Bible, with meaning relative to the time they were written and today. Of course we are using your book and website for reference material.I have 2 questions relating to time lines.

1. What would be the dates for the Garden of Eden?
2. When did Abraham live (2000 BC?) Continue reading…

Times And Seasons

Q. I have two questions. My first question; in the book of Genesis God says that He would no longer contend with the spirit of man forever and He says that man’s life would be 12o years. Clearly after He said that man lived past that number, so what did He mean?

My second question; in Acts 1:7 Jesus says, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” I know that Jesus also admonishes us to be able to discern the seasons and even rebukes the pharisees for being able to discern the weather but not the season of His then coming and His return in these last days. Can you help me understand and could you put this in context for me? Continue reading…

Understanding Amos 8-9

Q. For some reason, Amos 8 keeps presenting itself to me. When I read it, I’m not sure if this is history or future. Some of it sounds like history. And yet in a few places it uses the term “in that day”. I know that quite often this term is used to reference the period of the great tribulation. Is that the case here? Verse 9 speaks about the sun going down at noon and the earth being dark. Was this the crucifixion event or is it speaking of a time yet future? And the “time of mourning for an only son”. Is that future? The famine of the hearing of the words of the Lord – is that future or past?

In the latter part of Amos 9, it speaks of “raising up the fallen booth of David”. I see some partial fulfillment of Verses 11 – 15 today, but there are some things in these verses that seem to point to
conditions present in the millennium period. Your thoughts if you have some time would be greatly appreciated. Continue reading…

More On The Temple

Q. I seem to remember the Bible speaking of the Jews having had two “Temples.”  Was one David’s tabernacle like the one in the Wilderness, and the other  Solomon’s Temple.

Is it possible, in the great scheme of things, that the first to be raised will be a portable tabernacle, and that it is there that the AC will declare himself to be God?  That would considerably advance the nearness of End Times since there would be no need to wait to resolve the political aspects of actually building a Temple of stone? Are we sure that it is the formal stone Temple that is referred to in prophecy of the End Times? Continue reading…

A New Slant On Daniel 7

Q. Our family continues to enjoy the resources you provide on your website. Your Mark MP3’s have become one of the mainstays for our family Bible studies. I do have one question regarding prophecy that you may be able to answer (provided you have some free time).

I’ve carried a strong interest in Bible Prophecy for a number of years now. I’ve noticed of late some slight diversion as to the identity of the fourth beast of Dan 7. The traditional view has been that it is the Roman Empire and that we will soon see an end time revival of that empire. Another more recent view has been that the fourth beast is the Islamic Empire that began with the Ottoman Empire and has continued to this day. I believe that those holding this view reconcile the Roman Empire as an extension of the Grecian empire (through the 4 divisions that came out of this empire). I believe that those holding this view also acknowledge the Roman Empire as being one of the 7 heads of the beast identified in Rev 13. This more recent view has also led several to strongly suggest that both the beast and Antichrist must come from the East and that the Antichrist will be an Assyrian. Continue reading…

Who Was Abijah’s Mother?

Q. Recently, I read something I can’t seem to figure out. In 2Ch 11:20 it says, “And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.” Also in 2Ch 13:2 it says,He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.” What I don’t understand is who is the mother of Abijah, Michaiah the daughter of Uriel or Maachah the daughter of Absalom? Continue reading…

The Ark And The 2nd Temple

Q. Thank you for this site.  What happened to Aaron’s rod and the manna in the ark of the covenant (1 Kings 8:9)?

Also, I read somewhere that the Roman general Titus entered the Holy of Holies before the second temple was destroyed and was surprised because all he found was an empty room.  The account I read by Josephus, however, simply states that a Roman soldier threw a torch at the temple, and it went up in flames.  I figure that Titus wouldn’t have been struck dead because God’s glory had already departed.  What are your thoughts on these? Continue reading…

Another Sabbath Year?

Q. Thank you for letting your light shine. I believe your ministry is a beacon of light for believers to see so they can stay the course!

As we can all see, the course is coming to a very sudden end. My question is about sabbatical cycles. I recently heard that Daniels 70th week has to start at the beginning of a sabbatical week. This year was the beginning of a sabbatical cycle so if it didn’t start this year, the soonest it could start would be in another 7 years. At the rate that prophecy is being fulfilled on a daily basis, I can’t see this dragging out another 7 years? Any opinion? Continue reading…