Q. Jesus was the first of many brethren, and the brethren are we who will be raptured, from what I understand. We are/will be members of the royal family and will be kings and priests. But what about those who believe after we are raptured? If I understand it correctly, they will not be kings (although they might be like governors) and they will serve in God’s temple. Are they also the brothers and sisters of King Jesus, even though they are not royalty?
Q. I have recently discovered your web site and thank you for it. Your answers to readers questions are most helpful. Is there somewhere where we can see a list in chronological order for things to come according to God’s plan?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21.)
Q. I have a question about sources of prophecy other than the bible. Do you really believe nothing but the Bible is able to prophesy future events? I have some personal experiences that beg to differ and many other people have been introduced to prophecy from sources other than the bible. Something out there is dropping hints about various things and occurrences to many people. I wonder what exactly it is?
Q. I wonder if the current military operation in Gaza by the Israeli defense forces is in any way related to the prayers of Asaph in Psalm 83? I wonder if this is a prophetic prayer, hundreds of years ago for God to intervene in this conflict? Could it be that Asaph foresaw this conflict and this is his prayer for God to assist Israel to successfully defeat those enemies which surround Israel? This Psalm seems to describe many of those people groups, all Muslims, who have conspired together to destroy Israel and “cut them off from being a nation”.
Q. I recently read, “Israel did not repent of its sin at the end of the 70 years of Babylonian captivity. Some of Jews did return to the Promised Land, but the majority simply settled in the Persian Empire (Iran-Iraq). So how long until God would regather the Jews and restore them back as the Nation of Israel? The solution to the mystery is found in Leviticus 26:18. “‘If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over.”
If Israel did not repent, the punishment promised would be multiplied by seven times. That means 70 years would become 490 years. This is the length of Daniel’s 70 weeks. Are the Babylonian captivity and Daniel’s 70 weeks related because Israel failed to repent?
Q. I have a friend who is very liberal and we are always talking about coal. He of course is against it and I am for it. His latest question to me is this “ what do you think God thinks when he looks down and sees us destroying his creation?” So what could I tell him?
Q. Satan tried to prevent Jesus from coming to the earth by contaminating the human genome. One of the reasons for the Flood was to wipe out the hybrid-humans produced by the fallen angels mating with human woman. Noah and his family were the only genetically uncontaminated humans. Through Herod’s decree to kill all male boys 2 and younger, Satan tried to destroy Jesus again but failed. Now that Jesus has won for mankind the chance for eternal life and Satan has been defeated, why is Satan still trying destroy the Jews via the Holocaust and now through another oncoming mideast war? It can’t just be a supernatural hissy fit. Satan must see a way to avoid his ultimate destruction if he can kill the Jews.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 3:2-6)
I went to bed last night thinking and praying about the term, “freedom of religion.” I believe God blessed this nation for many years because it was predominately made up of Christians, but this “freedom of religion” has come to mean any religion and their false gods were welcome here. Shouldn’t it have been “freedom from false religions”? It seems to me that our founders would have known this would happen and that multiculturalism and false gods would take over our nation. What are your thoughts on this “freedom of religion”? Will this nation be destroyed because of its moral decay and false gods and that is the reason the United States of America is not mentioned in end times prophecy?