I Knew You’d Come Back!

Q. I have a question about this verse:  “And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He is revealed, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him in His coming” (1 John 2:28).

So it is possible then that there will be Christian believers who at the rapture when they see Jesus they could be ashamed of something in their life? For instance, what if at the moment someone is raptured they were involved somehow in some sort of sin.  Would we feel shame inside as soon as we see Jesus? Continue reading…

Rapture Safe

Q. We have a family member who was brought to Christ as a child, but when she became an adult, turned away largely because of the legalistic teaching she lived under. Now, as an adult, she tends to embrace new age teachings and says that she no longer believes in the same God we do. In other words, she prefers the god she has adopted for herself.

The Lord assures me that she is His and that her salvation is secure. I take this to mean that she is still a part of His bride and will be raptured along with the rest of the church. If this is so, then it also holds true that someone such as Oprah, who passes on some very abhorrent teachings, is also rapture safe.

What would be your observations on this matter?

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Raptured By Works?

Q. I was recently directed to a web site and I was a little upset after realizing that this website seems to say that salvation is based on faith and grace, but that those that will be raptured is a reward for works. Those not considered worthy Christians would have to endure the tribulation. The site uses the 10 virgins parable to say that the 5 that didn’t make the rapture were not worthy enough. Is this true? I thought that true believers were raptured, and this was based on grace and faith, not works.  If the messages from this web site is true, than this is very disturbing indeed.

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The Nature Of Post-Church Salvation

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Matt 24:12-13)

In the debate over the timing of the Rapture, one point is often overlooked. And that is that the terms and conditions of salvation during the Great Tribulation are vastly different from those during the Church Age, and therefore couldn’t be meant for the same group. In both cases salvation is by faith, but that’s where the similarity ends. This presents another argument for Church Age believers being taken before the Great Tribulation begins.

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Rapture Or 2nd Coming

Q.  I read your latest entry on the subject of the partial rapture, but what is your take on Heb 9:28? Doesn’t that seem to imply the Lord will only appear to those who are looking for him?
“…and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

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Tribulation And Great Tribulation?

Q.  Would you clarify the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation? How I understand it is  that the whole 7 year Tribulation begins when Israel signs a (7 year) peace treaty with the anti-Christ and the Great Trib. starts halfway through (3 1/2 yrs) when the abomination of desolation occurs in the Temple by the anti-christ. You seem to focus only on this period. In your opinion, will we believers be here when the treaty is signed and be here through the first half of the Trib.? I always thought we were out of here for the whole seven years. And what will take place during the first half and what about people who are still here in America and other nations who don’t travel/move to Israel… what will they experience?

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Who Preaches The Gospel In Every Kingdom?

Q.  I have a question about Matthew 24. I know that in verse 14, it says that the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world, and then the end shall come.  I have heard that this chapter was written to Israel, as at that time there was no Church; indeed, the Church was a mystery hidden from the ages. (Rom 16:25, Col 1:26 -27.)

So, even though we want to reach as many as possible for Christ, so they can avoid the tribulation, it appears that the Church does not have to reach all the nations for the rapture to happen, but rather to get a certain number saved (when the full number of Gentiles come in.  Therefore, isn’t the burden upon tribulation saints to start at square one in evangelizing the world, which WILL be completed in 7 years ? Not that the Church should curtail her efforts.

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The Rapture In Matt. 24?

Q.  You have said that Jesus doesn’t mention the Rapture in Matthew 24. But in Matt 24:36 He talks about no one knows the day or hour not even the Son. Then in verse 42 He says to keep watch because you do not know what day your Lord will come. Doesn’t that have to do with the Rapture since the Day of the Lord (the second coming) can be calculated by counting 1260 days from when the Abomination of Desolation takes place in the temple?

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Why Do The Dead Rise First?

Q.  Paul said the dead in Christ will rise first and after that we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thes 4:16-17).  Do you have any thoughts as to why the dead rise first?  It seems to me that God can make both the dead and those alive change into perfect bodies at the same time.

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More On The Partial Rapture

Q.  I have been seeing a lot of Rapture dreams and End Time dreams on Youtube and a vast majority of them keep saying Are you Ready for the Rapture? And one I watched just last night spoke about that just because we are Saved/Born Again does not necessarily guarantee we will be taken in the Rapture that we have to repent daily and live each day as if it is our last, etc. What are your views on this? I have been worrying and stressing a lot about this issue after hearing this. It has me questioning if I will be left behind.

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