The Gaza War And Prophecy

Q. I’m curious and as always expecting the soon return of the Lord. If the current trouble in Israel and Gaza turns out to be something in any way prophetic, what in your opinion do you think we’d see and what might it be?  It could still be one of the many wars that Jesus said would occur in the last days, right? Yet anything that relates to Israel must have some value in that regard.  Also, it seems I read in the Word that Gaza once belonged to Judah. Is this correct? Continue reading…

More In Store For Moab?

Q. There has been a lot of talk about the Isaiah 17 scenario but I was wondering if the “Burden of Moab” in Isaiah 15:1,2 could not be included in the Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83 war?  I think the Moab area would be included in this conflict as well.  Any comments or thoughts would be deeply appreciated. Continue reading…

The Lesson Of Job

Q. Thanks so much for all of the great articles, they are very much appreciated.  The latest one however had a disturbing misunderstanding of scripture which could lead to undue pain to a new Christian (or an old one for that matter).   There is nothing in the book of Job which states or leads one to believe Job was out of fellowship or being pained due to sin, or that Job had the sin of self-righteousness to deal with at all.   The self-righteousness did not come out until Job was well into the trials, and explaining himself to his “friends”.  God does not hold us accountable to confess sins we have not yet committed and would not commit if we were never given a specific trial in order to bring them out of us. Continue reading…

Why Did God Judge Eve, Follow Up

Q. In your Ask a Bible Teacher section, I came upon this question, Why Did God Judge Eve First?, and have a question of my own.

In Genesis 3:6 – “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”

Does “with her” mean at the time of her conversation with the serpent?   If Adam was with her, had he not already sinned by allowing her to eat of the fruit? Continue reading…

Why Did God Judge Eve First?

Q. Genesis says that God created man and gave him dominion over the earth. Later on in scripture the role and responsibilities of the man and father are further clarified in the lives of others when traditions and roles were defined and then recorded in scripture and advocated as “the law.” My question is this, having been created in God’s image and given dominion and if Adam was the man in charge, why did God approach Eve first in addressing original sin? Continue reading…

Moses And God. Face To Face?

Q. Could you explain to me how the Bible doesn’t contradict itself when certain scripture says that Moses spoke to God face to face and then Jesus says that no man has ever seen God. Thank you. Continue reading…

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…