Changed Quickly, Depart Slowly?

Q.  1 Corinthians 15:52 states we will be changed in the twinkling of an eye.  Growing up, the preachers I listened to all taught we would disappear this quickly.  In studying this verse closely, it seems our bodies will transformed in an instant and we will put on immortality in the twinkling of an eye, but the verse doesn’t state we will be removed this fast.  My question is this;  Will our disappearance be as quick, or will those left behind visibly watch us depart?

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Judgment Before Rapture?

Q.  Do you think America will be judged before the Rapture? America has changed drastically the last 6-10 years and I do not recognize her any more. Is it wrong to ask God to spare America and the Christians who live there?  I long to see King Jesus and my family.  I have many there including my first born and only son.  I am so ready, especially since my children are covered and my granchildren are under the age of accountability.

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More On Post Church Salvation

Q.  I was wondering if you could provide some clarity for me regarding the possibility of a period of time existing between the rapture and the start of Daniel’s 70th week.

I had never considered this before but have recently read this on some websites by prominent end times teachers. My understanding (please correct me if I’m wrong) is that the rapture will occur when the ‘full number of the gentiles has come in’. This, I would assume, would mark the end of the age of grace. Daniel’s 70th week would then begin when the treaty is confirmed by the anti-christ, which would in turn mark the re-commencement of the age of law.

If there is a gap of time between the rapture (end of age of grace) and the start of Daniel’s 70th week (recommencement of age of law), into which age do those who are saved during this gap period fall and how does that affect their salvation (ie do they rely on God’s grace, are they required to maintain their salvation or is it something else)?

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Explaining Our Disappearance

Q. When the Rapture happens and people are left behind, how is the disappearance of so many explained? Won’t people realize that the prophecy of end times has begun, and won’t it create a breakdown on the economy?

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Gathering The Elect

Q.What exactly is going on with the gathering of the elect in Matthew 24:31 and Mark 13:27, since the Church has already been raptured by that point? Also, does “the elect” strictly refer to the believing remnant of Israel? Even so, what is the point of this gathering, which seems to imply only believers so as to exclude this from being part of the “sheep and goats” gathering/judgment?

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Don’t Believers Have a New Heart now?

Q.  After reading your response to the question “Do We Have Our New Heart Yet?”, you stated that we will not get a new heart until after the rapture when we are changed. What about 2 Corinthians 5:17? It states that we are made new creatures the moment we believe and are saved. Doesn’t that include a new heart?

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The Rapture And The Scroll Of Remembrance

Q. What is your view in regards to the book of remembrance and the rapture of the church in respect to one’s salvation?  It would seem to me that one could be saved and still not go in the rapture due to their inclusion/exclusion in the book of the remembrance spoke about in the book of Malachi ch 3. Continue reading…

Not Until 2050?

Q.  I have a question about something you wrote in Sunday’s Q&A (re Christians leaving the Church). At the end of the response, you included this sentence:  “Finally, I believe as you do that the year 2050 will probably find us somewhere in the early stages of the Millennium.”

Please – Can you expound on this? It caught my eye and interest. I am hoping we’ll be taken well before 2050!

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How Long Can This Go On?

Q. A quick look at current events makes it obvious that the World is being turned up side down.  With every day that passes, it seems like something new happens to make me wonder how much longer we can go on? Are the Birth Pangs getting stronger and stronger? Surely we must be the last generation?

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Still Undecided About The Rapture

Q.  One day I believe the pretrib rapture argument is sound, the next day I don’t. So, let’s get down to the basics. What difference does it make what I believe about the timing of the rapture? I know it’s going to happen but scripture, as I read it, does not define for certain its timing. If I don’t believe in the pretrib rapture and it happens that way, does that disqualify me from being raptured with those who believe it? Does my doubt about the timing make me unworthy to escape that what is coming upon the whole world?

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