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…

Understanding Isaiah

Q. I have heard it said that Isaiah has 66 books and that they are each a summary of the same numbered book in the bible. For instance the first book of Isaiah summarizes the book of Genesis. What are you thoughts on this subject. I have read Isaiah and have found that it does indeed mention Sodom and Gomorrah. But it does not seem to summarize it? Continue reading…

The Jordan Of Death

Q. I heard a pastor I respect very much say that Jordan means death & judgement.  I have not been able to verify this and looking it up in Strong’s numbers it means “descender”.  Can you help? Continue reading…