Q. Hello, You have a wonderfully informative site. I have a quick question regarding people being left behind after the rapture and the possibility of their salvation. You state, and I agree, that the rapture is a “number” event. Specifically, the number of the gentiles being fulfilled. I personally take this to mean that there is no more. I just don’t see how gentiles can still be saved, after the number of the gentiles is fulfilled. I lean towards the rapture occurring during a time of intense global turmoil, where when the rapture occurs, it will be explained away. This may coincide with the strong delusion that Paul speaks of. Thoughts?
Q. The teaching that the seven churches of Rev. 2-3 chronicle Church history is man made, and is not specifically taught by the word of God. That being the case, why do so many people give Rev 3:10 as factual proof that the church will be taken out before the 70th week of Daniel? Continue reading…
Q. My wife of almost 2 years now has told me that she is ready to go (in the Rapture) at any time just as I am. We agree about most spiritual matters. However, she is constantly planning for the future here, while I am constantly looking up as if the rapture could occur any day now. It’s as if she is oblivious to the events that are taking place around the world.
Because I study end times prophecy a lot, she says that I am obsessed with all of this. She says that if you are ready, then nothing else matters. I feel as if she thinks I am a nut for wishing the Lord would return right now. Do you have any words of encouragement that I could say to her in a loving way or should I just continue to pray for her?
Q. I completely agree with your scriptural view that there will be no true believers left behind when the bride is called home (rapture). However, there is a large elephant in the room many people seem determined to ignore. Will myriads of ‘church members’ not be taken in the rapture because they never Biblically came to Christ? Many pastors in the emergent/seeker friendly movement oppose any literal Bible teaching that might offend their membership. So my question is what happens to all of these people who believe church affiliation equates to New Testament salvation? What are your thoughts?
Q. You have probably answered this but I am wondering if the born again believers who have already died from this century and earlier centuries, get to go straight into the new Jerusalem as the raptured believers do?
Q. I have a grown daughter who accepted Jesus as her savior when she was 8 years old. Since then, she has had doubts regarding her faith and has declared herself an agnostic. If salvation is eternal for those who at one time truly believed, will they be raptured? I have heard theories of a partial rapture and am confused as to which believers are raptured. What do you think?
Q. You probably have already answered this question, but I’ll ask it again. Revelation 1:7, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” In your understanding, is this passage of scripture referring to 1 Thes. 4:13, or 2 Thes. 1:7?
Q. As you hinted at in your Feature Article, “The Great Apostasy” of 10-19-13, apostasy has been with the Church since it came into being at Pentecost almost 2,000 years ago. Because apostasy in the Church has been more the rule than the exception, don’t you think a more reasonable exegesis of 2 Thes. 2:3 would be a confirmation of the pre-trib rapture by using the word “departure” to translate the Greek word “apostasia”?
Q. At what point in the Book of Revelation would you say we are now?