Q. The number 7 is mentioned throughout the Bible. Recently I read an article dealing with the 7 raptures ( 5 have already come to pass and 2 more are waiting to happen). The first 5 involved: Enoch, Elijah, Moses, Christ, and the old testament saints. The future raptures involve the Church and the two witnesses mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Jesus Christ is right in the middle of all the 7 raptures as represented in the Menorah. Is this a true Biblical teaching?
Q. In your article titled Rapture References, you have a sub-title, “Where Was Daniel?” It appears that Daniel was mysteriously missing from Chapter 3. Chapter 2 states that Daniel was set up as ruler over Babylon. Chapter 3, the famous fiery furnace chapter, states the statue to be worshiped was set up in Dura. Could it be that Daniel was just not “there” at that time? That the king went on a trip to Dura and Daniel stayed in Babylon. I would love for this to be a model of the rapture of the church, but I just don’t see it. Thank you for any clarification you can give.
Q. I Write to comment on your book (Seven Things You have to know…) concerning the Sequence of Major Events of the Last Days.
You mentioned that the Rapture is the First event, then the Battle of Gog and then the 70th Week of Daniel, but why should not the 70th Week begin before the Battle of Gog and not after it?
Q. One question that constantly comes out of the mouth of Post Tribbers is Matt. 24:30 and it’s relation to verse 29 before it, insinuating the rapture is the gathering spoken of and happens after the tribulation. I am sure I have read some reference about this in one of your articles but I am not sure which. My explanation usually deals with the fact that Jesus, here speaking to Jews is also prophesying the fate of the Jews living through the tribulation (context). However the explanation always seems to come across as my interpretation and I really have no clear scriptures to back it up. Any thoughts or scriptures I should consider?
Q. Since I teach an adult Sunday School class, I am very diligent about accuracy. Here’s my question. In 2nd Thessalonians 2:3, Paul answers a very deep concern of the believers there. When he states that the Day of the Lord will not come “unless the apostasy comes first and the man of sin is revealed” is Paul implying that they would see the man of sin or will they (we) be taken in the Rapture beforehand? My observations are that apostasy is now rampant and easily observed. Why is it not reasonable that will we also see the anti-Christ identified before the Rapture?
Q. I’ve studied many positions concerning the rapture and would like you to answer why so many people feel that a rapture of the church must happen before the tribulation and Christ’s Return.
There are two parables where Jesus taught about the wheat and tares and the ten virgins carrying their lamps. The first parable suggests that the tares are gathered and burned before the wheat is stored, suggesting the good will reside with the evil until the harvest and judgment. The second parable suggests that 5 faithful virgins wait for the groom while the other 5, while apparently followers at first…give up and miss the Lords return.
There are many Christians who are expecting a rapture because religious leaders are preaching it as fact. What will happen if they aren’t raptured and all hell is poured out on earth?
Q. Does Isaiah 26:19 also support the resurrection of the Old Testament saints at Christ’s second coming or is this passage speaking about the nation of Israel’s restoration/salvation?
Q. I plan on leaving with the other Raptured Saints, but what about those ‘left behind?’ What if the World Health Organization or some other official group forces them to be branded or inoculated with the mark of the beast against their will? What if they are fighting against the mark, being held down, etc. Will God hold this against them?
Q. Do you think that 1 Thes. 3:13 is a passage talking about what John describes in Rev. 19 as the second coming with the saints, or do you think this is a rapture passage talking about Jesus coming to bring the souls of the brethren back with him?
Q. In His Olivet Discourse, Jesus mentioned the need to watch for His 2nd coming (Matthew 24:42). I understand that we must keep watch for the Rapture since it will take place in “a twinkling of the eye” on an unknown date and time. However, the Second coming of Jesus is certain to happen after the 7-year Tribulation which will be known to the entire world including believers who survive the Tribulation (because everyone can see Him coming in the clouds!). So why watch for the Second Coming? What will be the consequences if one fails to watch for Jesus’ second coming?