Q. I feel that the rapture is coming very soon, and I am excited about that. This world is getting more corrupt daily. At the same time, I feel selfish for wanting to go home now. My longing for Christ feels selfish to all of the poor souls who will be left here. Certainly I am being convicted of my selfishness right? So I have been praying for God to show me where He wants me to be, mentally speaking, during this time.
Q. A friend mentioned that they believe in a rapture, but a rapture that is post trib, pre-wrath (meaning the day of wrath). I have heard of both post-trib, and pre-wrath rapture theories, but not the combination of the two. I completely and firmly believe in a pre-trib rapture, with no other qualifiers, and to me it would be hard to “comfort one another with these words” if you believed in the above scenario. Any input on this theory and how I can help my friend?
Q. There have been many letters to you regarding anxiously awaiting His return vs. living each day to the fullest. I’ve got to admit, I am in a spiritual conundrum. We are either happy to be here or anxiously awaiting Him to rescue us. How can we be both? If you like it on the planet, how can you be happy to leave? If you don’t because last day events are so trying and His own are targets, do you still get a crown because you seek to be rescued?
Q. I too have mixed feelings but for a different reason. I want be taken up in the rapture as soon as possible, but I have a calling to lead more to Christ before it comes. I want as many as possible to be saved and don’t want to leave until He is done using me for that purpose. I trust that His timing will be perfect.
Q. In my heart I know I should be excited about the Lord’s return, longing for Him to return to this place and restore it every moment. Unfortunately, I can’t pray “thy Kingdom come” (swiftly, anyhow), because underneath this prayer is a feeling that I want to do more for His Kingdom to accrue reward on the day of judgement. I feel like “If given just one more year of hard work I can give away X amount of money or try and bring this person or that person to the Lord… etc.” How do I get around this wrong thinking?
Q. When the prodigal returned, his father welcomed him with open arms. But, there is no example of his father giving him another inheritance. Does this mean that when we fall out of fellowship with Christ that we lose any crowns we may have earned and they will not be restored upon repentance but we will have to earn them anew?
Q. In Matthew 27:52-54 we see a resurrection of saints, either OT or those saved during Jesus earthly ministry who passed away. Am I correct in teaching that the first resurrection is a kind of resurrection (resurrection unto, or of life) and not just the number order, although it is that as well, and that there are phases to it?
Q. I read an article on internet yesterday, written by someone who saw a vision of the rapture, and how he went in the rapture, and he explain how a young woman who had expected to go in the rapture because she thought she was ready, did not go, and how she cried in dismay and shock. For the last 7 years I have been very expectant of the rapture happening and believed that I am right with the Lord. But when I read that article, I was uncertain. What are the criteria to go in the rapture?
Q. In your recent article Standing In The Way you said 1 John 3:2 means it’s impossible to know in any detail the kind of life we’ll be living after the rapture. You said all we know for sure is that it’s beyond our imagining, and quoted Paul as saying, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9). If you would continue reading you would see that verse 10 says “God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.” We do know what God has prepared for us, though not fully, to be sure. I agree that it is beyond our imagination. But he has revealed it.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
The Great Tribulation is about to begin on Earth. The Temple will soon be made desolate. When that happens, the Jewish remnant will heed the Lord’s call from Matt. 24:15-16 and flee to a place of supernatural protection as we saw in Rev. 12. When they do, Satan’s target of opportunity will become the so-called Tribulation Saints, those who’ve come to faith in the Lord after the Rapture.