Q. Have you ever thought that Arabs coming to the LORD after Ez 38-39 is fulfilled will be numbered among Gentiles coming into Kingdom when they realize Allah the moon god is not the powerful god they thought he was? Continue reading…
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Coming as I do from a management background, I think of the following four passages as the Mission of the Messiah, the job He came to accomplish. Theologians call them the Servant Songs of the Messiah, and they’re all from Isaiah, making them a terrific Old Testament witness to prophecy fulfilled in the Life of Jesus.
Q. How do I show somebody with a limited knowledge of the Bible that the prophecies it contains are real and are an important part of scripture (I understand it to comprise between 28-30% of scripture depending on who you ask), and that the whole point of God speaking through His prophets was to give us insight into events to come and not just confuse us?
Q. I used to believe that the Rapture would need to happen before either Psalm 83 or Ezekiel 38 could occur. My reasoning was that as long as America was both a super-power and Israel’s ally, no one would dare attack Israel (although it never stopped the Arabs in the past, I was thinking more along the lines of Russia and Iran). With our economy on precipice and the world no longer fearing us (watch the news), I’ve begun to think that the Rapture would not be necessary to weaken America sufficiently to encourage Israel’s enemies to attack. And having just read your article about the Restrainer, the sad thought that the Rapture might not occur until after the battles of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 entered my mind.
Since Paul stated that the Restrainer (Holy Spirit) will be removed at the “proper time” to reveal the anti-Christ, wouldn’t that suggest that the Restrainer would be removed just before the opening of the first seal rather than at an earlier point in time (e.g. before either Psalm 83 or Ezekiel 38)?
Q. Over the last few months I have been shocked at some of the teachings from the Pope. Specifically, his statements negating the Bible’s clear teaching that Jesus is the only way to the Father. First the Pope told atheists that they would be saved if they were “good people”, and more recently, that if one merely follows their conscience they too would be saved. It seems like He has reduced Jesus from the Savior of mankind to a mere option among many. In light of his recent “teachings”, it seems to me that the Pope could be the emerging False Prophet of Revelation. Is it too early in the End Times to identify the False Prophet?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed (2 Thes 2:5-8).
Q. There’s only one thing that bothers me about my church and that is they do not teach anything about end-times prophecy. In 7 years I have never heard 1 sermon in regards to the book of Revelation or any other end times events as spoken of in the Bible. I have heard that since we will not be here for the tribulation so why teach about it if we are not going to be here? That does not make sense to me. Am I way off here? If the bible is approximately 33% prophecy, filled and unfilled, shouldn’t at least some of the sermons be about prophecy, filled and unfilled?
Q. I have learned from reading Gracethrufaith that Matt. 24 is about the surviving Jews at the end of the tribulation. However I am wondering about your opinion concerning Matt. 24:49. These people were judged by what they had done. My wife and I are invited to an Octoberfest party and it does give me pause to know we will be eating and drinking with drunkards. I feel if we don’t go it will send a message that we are to good to spend time with old friends. I know this has nothing to do with my salvation however I want to do what is pleasing to the Lord. Any thoughts how God views these things is greatly appreciated.
Q. From other sources, I have read that Israel’s first captivity and return was when they were all released from Egypt after 430 years. This was their first re-gathering. When the Israelites were released from the Babylonian captivity after 70 years, it was their second re-gathering and the third re-gathering was the rebirth of Israel as a nation on May 14, 1948. However, quoting from one of your answers, “The re-gathering that officially began in 1948 and continues is the 2nd one. It will be completed after the Battle of Ezekiel 38. The first was after the Babylonian captivity.” Please share with me a clear explanation of your opinion on this matter.
Q. Does the “signing” of the covenant kick start the 70th week of Daniel or is it the day it goes into effect? Lets say, the Anti-Christ signs the treaty on 10-31-13, but it doesn’t go into effect until 12-31-13 which day actually starts the 70th week? Is it the day it is signed or the day it goes into effect?