Before The Rapture Or The 2nd Coming?

Q.  My question is about the things the Bible says must happen before the coming of the Lord. Do these things refer to the Rapture or the Second Coming?  For instance Christ talks about the gospel of the kingdom being preached to all tribes and then the end. Is this a pre- rapture prophecy or a pre-second Coming prophecy.  Also Paul says Christ is coming for a church without spot or wrinkle. Is this talking about a church that has worked out its salvation? What does this mean? And this seems like a pre-rapture condition, too.

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Falling Away Or Revival?

Q.  If we are in the end times 2 Thes. 2 speaks to a falling away. But Acts 2 seems to speak to an end times revival. Can you reconcile these two apparently contradictory verses?

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Will the Last Seven Years Begin In March 2014?

Q.  There are some who look at Revelation 12 and match the sign that John saw in the heavens to a computer program called Starry Night that accurately tracks past and future movements of stars, planets, sun, moon, etc. and the description matches very well in Sept of 2017.  If Revelation 12 is considered “mid trib” then could it mean that the beginning of the seven years would be March of 2014?

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Did James Predict Economic Collapse?

Q. I wondered if you could shed some light on James 5:1-3. I have heard a preacher recently refer to this as a one time, end time event. They are using it to “prove” there will be a total money crash – total collapse of all the world’s economy, in which all money will have no value, and gold will have literally rotted away,  prior to the rapture. How do you see this scripture?

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The Carcass And The Vultures Of Matt. 24:28

Q.  In Matt. 24 Jesus is talking about the taking up of the Church. I have no problem with any of it, but this one verse, 28, has me scratching my proverbial head. Why does He say, “For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together” (KJV). Is that a mention of the Judgement gathering, or is He simply referring to the dead rising first and the angels going to and fro bringing us out? I thought, too, he might simply be parablizing verse 27. What is your take on this?

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The Lamb As It Had Been Slain

Q.   In Revelation 5, John weeps bitterly (or convulsively) for no one is found worthy to open the scroll. The passages are clear that nobody in Heaven, on Earth, nor under the Earth was (or is) worthy. Where then was Jesus before He appeared and took the scroll? John seems to indicate that the Lamb appeared freshly slain. So was John taken back to crucifixion? It seems while Jesus was on the cross bearing sin, He wouldn’t be technically worthy. Or was John in the future, and at the time John was weeping Jesus was in transit to the Father and was not found at that particular moment.

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Explaining Zechariah 12:10

Q.  Why The Shift Of Pronouns In Zechariah 12:10? I recently been more aware of  this type of change in scripture. I believe there are so many hints that go unnoticed in the Bible that make me so thankful to some scholars who research such things

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Who Are The Scoffers?

Q. A question on 2 Peter 3:3-4; who are the scoffers?  Are they in the body of Christ?  Do they not believe that Christ is coming back, or that he isn’t coming back soon or, that it cannot be known?  The pastor at my church believes the Bible says we cannot know when the end is near, and so does not address the subject.  Is he a scoffer?  He does expositional teaching from the Bible every week and does believe in the rapture, he just does not believe that current events can indicate where we are as regards to prophecy.  I appreciate his avid defense of the gospel and his desire to spread the good news, but I have been discouraged by his unwillingness to address what seems obvious to me, that we are quickly approaching the return of our Lord.

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Must The Church Preach The Gospel In All Nations?

Q. I am curious about Matthew 24 vs 14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” I was taught all my life that Jesus wouldn’t come back till every nation had heard the gospel.  After following your website now for sometime, I believe that Jesus was talking to the nation of Israel in this chapter.

Since I now believe that the rapture will happen when the fullness of the gentiles has come in, this verse 14 must be talking about the period of the tribulation and not of the church reaching the whole world with the gospel.  So reaching the whole earth with the gospel is not a prerequisite of the rapture, but of the second coming.  Am I correct?

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When Will Israel Recognize Him? Follow Up

Q.  Re:   Your comment from your answer on when Israel will recognize their Messiah.  “Putting this verse (Zech. 12:10) into the chronology of the end times according to Zechariah, I think Israel will nationally acknowledge Jesus as their Messiah shortly before the end of the Great Tribulation.”  I thought the Battle of Ezekiel 38 opened Israel’s eyes to Jesus. Doesn’t the Lord reveal Himself to them as He supernaturally intervenes? I am a bit confused here.

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