Revelation 8-9

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Revelation

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The first cycle of judgments is ending. The 144,000 have been commissioned and a huge group of martyrs has arrived in Heaven. In many places on Earth war rages unchecked, with its attendant famine and pestilence, and yet in other places peace still prevails. Those lucky enough to enjoy it are fooled into thinking that soon the rest of the world will settle down too, and it’ll be business as usual. Since the anti-Christ has not yet been revealed as Satan’s man for Planet Earth, many still see him as a talented world leader doing his best to restore order, and despite the unprecedented death tolls and all the missing people, they still give him high ratings.

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What Can We Do?

Q.  You’ve made it clear you don’t think 2 Chronicles 7:14 was meant for the United States.  Are we just supposed to sit by and watch our country go down the tubes?  Isn’t there anything we can do?

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More On Anointing With Oil

Q.  When you use anointing oil, can you anoint yourself and pray, and still be as effective as if someone else does it for you.  I can understand where the “when two or more agree” might be in this issue; but can anointing be made personal; just between you and God?

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Getting More Help From God

Q.  I’ve often wondered to what degree the Lord will direct our steps. I’ve felt guidance on specific spiritual matters. But on matters of a secular nature, I’ve often felt alone. Is this to be expected? Do you have any thoughts on the matter?

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Should I Ask Him For Confirmation?

Q.  I prayed for the salvation of someone who is very dear to me. I couldn’t stop crying, I begged the Lord with all my heart. In my head, like simple thoughts, the following appeared: “He belongs to me, he is mine.” The Holy Spirit spoke to me in a still voice before just like that, but sometimes I’m not sure if it is truly Him or just my own thoughts.  How could I know for sure that it was indeed the Holy Spirit assuring me? Should I ask the Lord for further proof?

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Where Does The Word Amen Come From?

Q. In case you have time for this trivial question on the origin and use of the word “amen” or similar words. A friend told me that some scholars have concluded that it origin is Egypt from the pharaoh Amen Ra. I’m curious to see if I can find any useful answers to his questions on the word “amen”.

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Believe And Receive

Q.  I’ve been following your teachings for several years and consider it part of my daily bread.  About your reference to the believe and receive crowd, I would be interested in  your thoughts on Mark 11:23.

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Does God Hear A Silent Prayer?

Q.  I heard a preacher on television say that God does not hear a prayer unless it is verbally stated.  He said that God does not hear a silent prayer and also that we should be kneeling when we pray.  Do you agree with that?  I cannot kneel anymore and a lot of time I pray silently and have always thought He heard me and answered.  Also if He does not hear silent prayers, how do the people who cannot talk and use sign language get their prayers through to Him?

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More Mountain Moving Faith

Q.  I have recently been having a heated discussion re Mark 11.23 in regards to what exactly is the mountain that is mentioned in this passage? It is obviously not literal.  Is this passage a teaching on positive confession doctrine or something else?

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Why Was The Lord Frustrated?

Q.  I would like to ask about Matthew 17:17 when Jesus healed the demon possessed boy. Jesus seems very frustrated with His disciples lack of faith, but I’m quite taken aback by what He said. How much longer must I be with you? Why must I put up with you? Doesn’t this seem an odd thing for Jesus to say? He knew how long He would have to be there and why He must put up with them, did He not?

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