The Tribulation’s Purpose Vs. The Church’s Nature

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Therefore keep watch because you do not know the day or the hour. (Matt. 25:13)

Those who shy away from the study of prophecy are fond of quoting the above verse as their justification.  But earlier in the same passage, the Lord had admonished all who read His words of prophecy to understand them (Matt 24:15).  In addition the Apostle Paul wrote that the events leading up to the end of the age should not take believers by surprise (1 Thes. 5:4) implying that we should be familiar with them.

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Changing Set Times And Laws

Q.  I have a question regarding Daniel 7:25, where it speaks of the Antichrist seeking to ‘change times and laws’.  I can understand the meaning of ‘changing the laws’, but what does the ‘changing of times’ mean?  Could this be a reference to a Muslim Antichrist, since their religion imposes Islamic laws onto others?

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Who Are The Cowards Of Rev. 21:8

Q.  Who are the cowards of Revelation 21:8?  One person wrote they are those that do not witness for Christ as a born again believer.  I am rather timid and although I try to witness, if only to give out Bible tracts, this troubles me.

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Where Did John Write The Revelation?

Q.  I have a question that I am struggling to get answered.  John wrote down what he saw in Jesus’ Revelation whilst he was on Patmos. However, in Ch 1 v 9 he uses the past tense “I was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus” (NIV). This implies in his introduction that he is no longer on the island! If, as most commentaries who even try and address this issue think, he somehow had the letter smuggled off the island surely he would have said “I am on this island (present tense; or even present continuous tense).  I know it’s a small point; but it’s bugging me!

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Anti-Christ From Kurdistan?

Q.  I was doing some research into Mystery Babylon and came across three videos which make me wonder if it is possible (or probable) that the anti-Christ could come from Kurdistan?  Have you ever done any research into this possibility?  It could explain how the Muslims could accept the anti-Christ as the Mahdi.

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What’s The Next Prophetic Event?

Q.  I still hear people saying that the next fulfillment of prophecy will be the battle of Ezekiel 38.  I have heard a lot of talk lately about how the current situation in Iran could mean the battle could start today, but from what I understand of the scriptures and your articles there are still several things that have yet to happen. I am wondering what your current thinking is on the next prophetic event?

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Jesus And Lucifer

Q. One thing we had wondered was, since the OT is so full of struggling twins and brothers: Cain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, etc., do you think that Lucifer and Yeshua were closer brothers in Heaven? Well, of course, as sons of Yahweh, they were brothers, but it seems there is more to this than meets the eye.

Also, I have trouble believing that we’re all going to be “raptured” and whisked off to heaven. Since there is no mention of the word “rapture” at all, some have interpreted this concept of meeting Him in the air as only for the chosen 144,000 (martyrs slain for Him) who will reign with Him (or serve as judges for mankind). When Yeshua said that the meek will inherit the earth, we take it to mean that His kingdom will be established on earth when it is restored to its former paradise under Yahweh’s Law.

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