Q. I’ve been intrigued by the recent posts regarding the “Times of the Gentiles” and whether or not that time continues through Daniel’s 70th week. I am confused regarding the terminology of the Church Age and the Times of the Gentiles. It seems like you are saying that they are different, overlapping time periods – the Church Age started with Jesus’ resurrection and ends with the rapture, but the Times of the Gentiles started with the destruction of the temple and continues through the 70th week, right? I guess I’m confused because I thought the 70th week was when God completed his plan for the Jewish people, not the Gentiles?
Q. I have a question re the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. I had a short discussion with someone about it. Could you please let me know if crucifixion was against Jewish law. I know that the Pharisees wanted Jesus gone, but I have believed not through crucifixion. Would you please clarify this for me?
Commentary by Jack Kelley
Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction (2 Thes. 2:3).
Q. I’m having trouble with the souls under the altar in Rev 6:9-11. This sounds so much like true believers waiting many years for the Lord to avenge our blood. If these souls were killed during the Tribulation wouldn’t they know that they wouldn’t have to wait much longer without asking ? Also why do you think John didn’t see or mention a multitude of people before the tribulation starts? I know many believe the 24 elders with crowns perhaps represent the raptured saints but why wouldn’t John make it more clear what was to happen to true believers before the tribulation ?
Commentary by Jack Kelley
For being only four chapters long, the Book of Jonah packs quite a punch. Jonah was called by God to take a message to Nineveh (modern Mosul in Iraq) but ran away instead. He thought he could escape on a boat bound for Tarshish, which was about a thousand miles in the wrong direction. Of course the Lord watched him do this and created a great storm in the Mediterranean Sea as Jonah was trying to cross.
Q. Re: No One Knows The Day Or The Hour I have a couple of questions. I always thought that the tribulation starts with the signing of the peace treaty the anti-christ makes with Israel. Am I wrong? Second, are you saying the Church will be here for the first 3 1/2 years but be gone the last 3 1/2 years? I always thought we would be out of here for the entire 7 years.
Q. What is your take on ISIS and the speed in which it is gaining control of Iraq? As always, your comments and wisdom are truly appreciated.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Those who ignore the study of end times prophecy are fond of quoting this famous line which appears in various forms in Matt. 24:36, Matt. 24:42,44, Matt. 24:50 and Matt 25:13 as their justification. But earlier in the same passage, the Lord had admonished all who would read His words of prophecy to understand them (Matt 24:15) and elsewhere 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 have done enough homework to see them coming.
Q. Revelation 22 gives a description of our heavenly home, it’s awesome! Verse two states that “the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding it’s fruit every month.” What is your understanding on the monthly time cycles mentioned here, when we’ll then be in eternity. Won’t time cycles, as we have now, be no more?