The Three Questions Of Matt. 24

A Feature Article by Jack Kelley

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matt. 24:3)

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Will Gentiles Be Servants To The Jews?

Q. I’d like your opinion on OT passages that state Gentiles will be the Jews’ servants during the Millennial Kingdom. For example: Isaiah 14:1-2, 49:22-23 and 61: 6-7. I must admit, the thought of formerly anti-Semitic unbelievers, who convert to Christianity during the Great Tribulation and wind up serving the Jewish people, seems fair. But these passages imply that all Gentiles surviving the Tribulation will be in service to Israel.  I am having a difficult time matching this with God’s promise that we are all his sons and daughters; that he is not a respecter of persons; and Gentiles are co-heirs of the promises made to Abraham.

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The Importance Of Knowing Prophecy

Q.  While the prophets were 100% accurate when predicting the Messiah’s first advent and the situations surrounding it, the people of the day were more than likely thinking that the event and the Man and the circumstances were not much like they were described to be by the saints of old. By the same token, why are we to believe that the circumstances surrounding the second advent are going to be anything different?

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A Prophecy About Elam

A Feature Article by Jack Kelley

This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah: (Zedekiah ruled the Southern Kingdom from 597 to 586 BC).

This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“See, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might. I will bring against Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven; I will scatter them to the four winds, and there will not be a nation where Elam’s exiles do not go.  I will shatter Elam before their foes, before those who want to kill them; I will bring disaster on them,  even my fierce anger,” declares the Lord.  “I will pursue them with the sword until I have made an end of them. I will set my throne in Elam and destroy her king and officials,” declares the Lord. Yet I will restore the fortunes of Elam in days to come,”declares the Lord (Jeremiah 49:34-39).

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How Are We To Believe? Follow Up

Q.  Re: How Are We To Believe?  Is not the Love we receive from Jesus the assurance we have in Him, the fact that He knows us, and loves us, and has a relationship with us?   Is it not through this love He expresses to us that we are shown all things of His Kingdom?  Scholarly approach to the Bible is great for argument, especially with the unbeliever, or the person who hasn’t learned to trust faith, but isn’t the revelation of the Truth, given by the Holy Spirit, the aim of scripture?   There is nothing easy about believing, and I have found that the greatest stumbling block is me, my thinking, my need to think that I can understand.

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How Are We To Believe?

Q.  I remember a missionary from another religion saying that 10 million people can’t be wrong in their belief in (his religion), to which I responded, “Well going with that logic, I could say 1 billion people cant be wrong about Islam.”  In the case of his religion he said the members “feel” their religion is correct. But don’t most people who follow other religions feel that they are correct? They might even get dreams and visions telling them their religion is right.

The only conclusion one can draw from this is that you cannot base your belief on feelings. So how are we to believe then. Logic? Knowledge? Just because? With something as important as our salvation, are we supposed to believe not using our feelings? I hope you are able to provide some insight on this.

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Three Days Of Darkness Coming?

Q.  I have heard in recent times about a coming 3 days of darkness wherein the redeemer will activate believers further with the spirit. (I think this occurred in Egypt prior to the Exodus, at least the darkness part) Have you also heard of such a thing and do you think it’s scriptural or what are your thoughts on this?

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Receive The Mark And Still Be Saved?

Q.  I’ve recently read where a well-known preacher believes that people who take the Mark of the Beast during the Tribulation can still be saved. I get the impression that this preacher may think that worshiping the Beast, not taking the mark, is what damns people during the Tribulation. Doesn’t Revelation 20:4 contradict this? Aren’t these people eternally damned after they take the mark?

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The 144,000 Of Rev. 14

Q.  Re: the 144,000 of Rev. 7 and 14. Your writing on this subject has caused me to dig deeper – with much interest.  [I greatly appreciate your work.]

Question:  In Rev 14:4 it reads “…were not defiled by women – for they were virgins …”   You state that “this 144K is a sampling of the redeemed, brought to heaven in the rapture”.  Are you suggesting that there will be a few groups around the throne?  [Some defiled by women ...?  Some pretty ordinary sinners redeemed by the Precious Blood? And some elders?]

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Confirming The Sequence Of End Times Events

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” (Matt. 16:2-3)

So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. (Matt. 24:15-16)

For then there will be great distress (Great Tribulation), unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. (Matt. 24:21)

When it comes to developing any kind of time line concerning the End Times, the watershed event has to be the Abomination that Causes Desolation. Why? Because from that time forward, the Bible gives a very clear sequence of events. Continue reading…