Q. I’m going through your Revelation study and noticed this. In explaining Rev. 7:14 you say that “the great tribulation has not begun yet” but the Biblical text claims that that IS where the martyrs arriving in Heaven are from. Can you elaborate on your thoughts here?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies. (Psalm 110:1-2)
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4)
Q. In response to my question about Daniel 2 a pastor told me that Daniel 2:44 was fulfilled when the Church was born on Pentecost and set in motion the defeat of the Roman Empire. Is this correct?
Q. We have been thinking a lot about Damascus being destroyed by a nuclear bomb. One problem is that the prevailing winds are from west to east, and it appears that the winds could carry the nuclear contamination quite a distance. This could kill a lot of other people outside Damascus and even beyond Syria’s borders. Do you have any thoughts on this?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Judging from some of the questions I’ve received lately, people are really getting impatient for the end times to begin in earnest. For years fringe groups have been claiming that the seal judgments have already begun, but it looks to me like this opinion is suddenly becoming more popular.
Q. As we strive to be prepared for Christ’s return I often read Revelation. I have a desire to understand prophecy since it was given to us by God. My question concerns the Wrath of the Lamb that is introduced after the opening of the sixth seal. It appears to me that the trumpet judgements occur prior to Satan setting himself up in the temple. Is the Wrath of the Lamb and the Wrath of God the same timing?
Q. As always thanks for your teaching and insight. My question is, ‘considering the present state of world affairs, are we experiencing birth pains or is that terminology reserved for the tribulation period?’
Q. Do you receive many questions or comments of people (1) dreaming of the rapture and what it will be like; (2) longing for the rapture; (3) sensing the rapture is coming soon. If yes, do you think this is a new ‘phenomenon’ i.e. the Lord preparing His church for departure; or ‘par for the course’ of people who study end times prophecy?
Commentary by Jack Kelley
I first wrote about the so-called blood moons five years ago. (For reasons I’ll explain below, total lunar eclipses are called blood moons.) At the time a video series on the subject was being heavily marketed as revealing the date of the second coming. By now most people no longer believe that, but the series is still popular and since we’re getting closer to the time of their arrival I’ve been getting questions about the blood moons again. So here’s an update.
Q. I recently was listening to a very popular Christian radio call-in show and I heard them say Psalms 83 was not really a prophecy of a coming event, but rather a ” Lamentation”. I have been following your commentary on this subject, and I believe it is a soon to be fulfilled prophecy. One of the reasons they gave for their position was that Psalms 83 was written 300 years before any of the prophets, can you give your opinion on why they said that, and why they are wrong?