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.
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?
Q. I was listening to your teachings on the Millennium and you mentioned the judgment of the Sheep and Goats. Right after that you said that ONLY Christians will be entering the Millennium. What about the individuals who did not receive the mark, were able to survive the Tribulation, and somehow never became believers?
Q. I have believed in a Rapture for many years now but have this nagging question: If the Rapture includes the dead in Christ as well as those still remaining alive why do we teach about the Resurrection? Since we will be in Heaven with the Lord and there is no longer death does the Rapture not cancel out the Resurrection? After all only the wicked shall remain to be judged but there are two resurrections: that of the righteous and then the unjust. It is appointed unto man once to die and then the Judgment.
Q. I just heard today on a bible prophecy show I was watching that there would be a second rapture of lukewarm Christians that didn’t make it in the pre trib rapture, that would take place 3 1/2 years into the tribulation. Can this be ?
Q. I’m having a difficult time separating God’s chosen people from God’s elect. I’ve always thought that Israel is God’s “chosen” people, but when we get into verse like cutting short for the Elects sake in Matt. 24 I get a little confused. Is Israel both the “Chosen” and the “Elect” and if so what is a Christian to identify with? I ask this because I find it nearly impossible to convince post-trib believers that the verses in Matt. 24 are only about Israel and the 2nd coming, not the rapture of the church. Is there a way to convince them with scripture that show clearly that Jesus is speaking of Israel and not the church?
Q. Does the Holy Spirit leave the Earth when the rapture happens?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
This is an update of an article originally published in March 2004. While it’s based on the Bible, it also includes Jewish wedding traditions from Biblical times. Some of these traditions go all the way back to Abraham’s time and are described in Genesis 24. Others come from various books and commentaries I’ve read.
Q. Re: Reaching The Full Number. I would appreciate your comments on this paradox. I believe, as you do, that there is a specific number of Gentiles that need to be saved before the Rapture can occur. I also believe, as you probably also believe, that God knew, before He even created anything, the exact date (day, time, etc.) of the Rapture. Given this truth, how can God be waiting for a certain number of Gentiles to be saved to “trigger” the Rapture, as you say. He predetermined both the number and the time of the Rapture. And He is in complete control. The full number of Gentiles will be reached at the precise predetermined time of the Rapture, as planned. To say that the timing of the Rapture is dependent upon our evangelical efforts, as if we have any control whatsoever over it, is contradictory to God’s omniscience and omnipotence. Is this not true?
Q. Re: “Is the Rapture Overdue?” I also agree that the rapture is overdue and hasn’t happened because the “Fullness of the Gentiles” has not been reached. I see many believers on internet forums telling others to “Hurry up and get saved, so the rapture can happen.” But we also need to be about the Lord’s business of evangelizing to family, friends, and to all the nations just as Jesus said with the Great Commission. The more we evangelize, the more saved. The more saved, the closer we are in reaching the full number of the Church. With all that said, in what ways can we help in evangelizing others? I’m not financially able to travel, but I really want to proclaim the word of God to others more than ever before , especially those in countries who have never heard God’s word.