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?
Q. What was the specific reason the Apostle John was sent to the island of Patmos? Was it because he accused the king of adultery? I get confused sometime between the Apostle John and John the Baptist. Thank you in advance for your clarification.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
(At sunset on Sept. 4, 2013 Israel begins year 5774 on the Hebrew Calendar. As I often do with articles that commemorate annual events, I have updated this study on the Fall Feasts adding new information for your review.)
The fall is arguably the most important time of the year in Judaism. Three of Israel’s holiest days are celebrated then, and all in the space of 15 days. They are Yom Teruah, or Feast of Trumpets, followed 10 days later by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and 5 days after that by Sukkot, the week long Feast of Tabernacles. On our calendar they usually occur some time between mid September and early October due to the differences between the Jewish (lunar) calendar and the western (solar) one. Each of these holy days has both historical and prophetic significance, the prophetic fulfillment to occur on the day itself. Therefore Christians study them for glimpses into the future as well as to gain a better understanding of Jewish culture.
Q. Please help me understand the end times as they are being played out today. The most difficult thing to find out is, who is the modern day Israel ? Are we being deceived into error? Who and where are the true Jews that we are to bless and love that are God’s true people. Please try to keep it simple for me, thanks.
Q. In your bible study The Two Witnesses of Revelation you make your case for Moses and Elijah as being those two. In doing so you posit that Hebrews 9:27 is a principle, not a rule. While you explain that several bible characters died more than once, ALL ultimately died except Enoch and Elijah. If Moses and Elijah return as the two witnesses, how do you account for Enoch? The Garden sin brought the penalty of death to all, no exceptions. So, I respectfully posit that, since the two witnesses will (and, must) be killed during the tribulation, they have to be Enoch and Elijah. I look forward to your response.