Q. In What Really Happened At Christmas you say “Antiochus captured the Temple, sacrificed a pig on the altar, and erected a statue of the Greek god Zeus in the Holy Place requiring everyone to worship it on pain of death. This outrageous act rendered the Temple unclean and became known as the Abomination of Desolation.” In Daniel 11:31 he speaks of the abomination that causes desolation. I was under the impression that this refers to the time when the anti-Christ stands in the Holy temple and demands to be worshiped. So now we have two abominations of desolation?
Q. I have a question about a church I am attending. It is a wonderful, Bible-based church, and after quite a search, I have settled down into it. What is holding me back from membership is that I noticed the Pastor never mentions the Rapture or end-time prophecy. He does say general statements such as “When the Lord returns,” but that is about it. I have searched high and low for a good, Bible-based church with loving people and I believe I have found it. I also would like to hear teaching on end times prophecy. What should I do?
Q. In Acts 2:17-21 Peter is quoting the prophet Joel about the last days. So, did the last days start during Peters time? Or was it later? How can we know we are not simply excited about big changes in society and calling it the end times? There were big changes going on during Peters time as well and yet he died without seeing the return of Christ. Might we simply be doing the same thing and are also destined to die without seeing Christs return?
Q. I always heard that Isaiah 7:14 refers to the prophecy fulfilled by Jesus Christ himself, since He is Immanuel – God with us. But then, the context of the chapter and paragraph gives specific description of something that couldn’t refer to Jesus. The very next verse said: … when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose right… and so on. And then, Isaiah mentions Assyria. How can you explain that? Does he talk about separate events?
Q. You’re always very honest in answering everyone’s questions, so I need yet another honest answer from you. My wife and I have two girls (ages 8 and 6), and we made the mistake of allowing Santa Claus to be “real” to them. Now that the oldest is starting to figure out truth from fiction, it won’t be long before the truth about Santa comes up. When it does, how do we explain that Santa’s not real….but Jesus is? We are a family of believers, so the girls have been taught about Jesus throughout their short lives. Unfortunately, they’ve believed in Santa this whole time, too. So how do we tell them the truth without jeopardizing the reality of Jesus?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
The Day Of The Lord
“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the LORD Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things,” says the LORD Almighty.
“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.
“See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:1-6)
Q. I read your recent article (Idealists, Preterists, and Futurists) and have a question. I understand what you are saying, but all of these views cannot be right. The church I have attended for 30 years has gone to Covenant Theology and a form of Preterism. I do not agree with this doctrine and am having a hard time sitting through this teaching. I have believed that Eschatology is not a reason to leave but I might be changing my mind. I find that what you believe about the end times greatly affects your total interpretation of scripture and the plan of God. How far should we go to live at peace with one another? Is it time to take a stand and move on?
Q. Have you found anywhere in scripture that the False Prophet has to be a man or could it be that the person could be perhaps the fake Mary that has been appearing to people over the years. It seems to me that she would fit the profile of someone who could bring all the other religions of the world together after the Rapture takes place. Hope you can help me with this, it’s been on my mind for a while.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times (Micah 5:2).
Everyone who has ever received a Christmas card is familiar with Micah 5:2. But here’s something you might not know about it.
Q. I enjoy your site and read it almost daily. I’m blessed to say the least. The question I have concerns Ezekiel 29:8-13. I searched your site and there was nothing there. I have never read anything saying this 40 year desolation has already happened. If not, when do you think this will be happening?