Q. Through my studies, I understand almost everything about end times until the second coming and then I get really Lost! Could you please walk me through the sequence of events that I will go thru, starting with the rapture? (I am, of course, born again.) Also, I read about people living during the millennium and having children. Who are these people that have children? Are these children born saved and remain saved for all eternity? And where does the millennium take place?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Among Christians who believe there will be a rapture of the Church, the great majority of us are convinced it will precede the end times judgments. This position is commonly called the pre-tribulation rapture.
Those who reject the pre-trib view are either mid-tribulation, post tribulation or pre-wrath rapture advocates. In this study we’ll review these rapture positions.
Q. I have been studying the Book of Revelation lately and I believe it says somewhere in there I can’t find now about the full number coming in. It says when the full number of Gentiles are killed in Gods name is when the end will begin. Is this true? Are we waiting on a full number of people to die in Gods name for the rapture to happen?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
NOTE: This Popular Post From The Past is a response to numerous questions I’ve received lately from people who have become confused about the timing and duration of God’s Wrath.
They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” (Rev. 6:16-17).
I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed (Rev. 15:1).
Q. You once said that if God intends to make the rapture coincide with a Jewish feast day then the most likely by far would be Pentecost(Shavuot).”
I realize we are only speculating here, but I believe that the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) could also be a likely candidate. It is probably the most holy feast of the seven feasts. God told the Jews to spend evening to evening afflicting their souls (fasting, praying, confessing, sacrificing, etc.; Lev. 23:32).
Q. I am currently reading through Isaiah. One chapter/verse has stuck with me, and I need some insight. Do you think that Isa 26:20-21 is speaking prophetically about the Church, or is he speaking to the remnant of Israel that will be supernaturally protected in Petra during the Great Trib? I read the NIV, and it uses the word “rooms”. Upon reading Isaiah’s statement, I immediately thought of John 14:2, where the NIV also uses the word “rooms”, and I understand its a more literal translation of Jesus’ statement, as opposed to Mansions in the KJV. Could it simply be a coincidence, and Isaiah is really just speaking to Israel?
Q. I am a born again, Bible believing Christian and I also believe in a pre-trib rapture. But I must admit that lately I have been feeling so guilty asking for my family and I to be found worthy to be taken in the rapture considering the ongoing slaughter of my Christian brothers and sisters in the middle east. I feel so helpless about not giving them anything other than prayer (which is the most important thing I could do). I live in the US and I feel that all of us here in America take for granted the freedom, safety and blessings that the Lord has given us. I am having a hard time wrapping my brain around the thought that Christians in America can live a blessed life without any fear of losing our lives for our faith, not having to endure the hardship that our brothers and sisters in Christ are going thru in the middle East and then be taken in the rapture. Why should we expect to not go thru what they are going thru – isn’t that having our cake and eating it too?
Q. I firmly believe in the pre-trib rapture and have studied much of your teaching on the subject. I have one area that I am still uncertain about. It is about the resurrection of tribulation saints. In your article “Defending the Pre-Trib Rapture (Again)“ you explain that Rev. 20:4-9 shows that tribulation saints are resurrected at the same time as Old-Testament saints, at the end of the tribulation and before the millennium. I can see you are correct from that passage, but what proof do we have that these saints are not simply the church age saints who died in the tribulation?
Q. I would appreciate your view concerning the time-frame of the word ‘Wrath’ in I Thess.1:10 where ‘Jesus delivers us from the wrath to come’ and I Thess. 5:9 where ‘God has not appointed us to wrath’. Are these verses speaking of the Great Tribulation (3 1/2 years) or do they refer to the entire 7 years of the 70th Week of Daniel? If this wrath includes the entire 7 years where is it explained in Scripture? I personally support the Pre-Trib. view and believe the entire 7 years will be about God’s judgment, but I would like to give a more complete explanation to friends of mine who believe in the Pre-Wrath view.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. (Rev. 10:9-10)