Q. To my highly valued workman of God’s Word, do you have any insight on a point of curiosity on the rapture? Paul makes it perfectly clear that the rapture will happen in the twinkling of an eye. Yet, he also clearly indicates that the dead in Christ will rise first, followed by those still alive. Since no human could distinguish “first” then “second” if it all happens in a “twinkling,” is there another layer of understanding to being told that the dead shall go before the living?
Q. A lot of “rapture” websites and a number of seemingly knowledgeable people are predicting we will have a very rough time of it before the rapture takes place. Famines, severe money and banking problems, stuff like that. They are warning that we had better prepare and get ready because it’s about to fall on us.
My question is what will our state of affairs be like during this time? In my opinion the Bible indicates that stuff will be or at least perceived to be quite “normal” then we will be raptured. Others are saying to head for the hills and find a cave. What do you think?
Q. I have a question about having a Jewish spouse. What happens after the rapture to a gentile/Jewish couple? I know they are no longer married but do they ever get to see each other again do you think? What about children that are half gentile half Jewish. Is where they go depend on their beliefs and age at that time? What do you think about the Jewish parent seeing their children if in fact they are in the New Jerusalem? Do all Jewish people have to reside separately on earth at that time?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, O God.’” (Psalm 40:6-8, from the Septuagint translation. Attributed to Jesus in Hebrews 10:5-7).
Q. I am very grateful for the articles and answers to questions on the website, which I find both encouraging and inspiring. I have a question regarding those who accept Jesus after the rapture, in the the context of pre-trib teaching. Will they miss out on the marriage supper of the Lamb? If so what does that mean for them?
Q. I realize we are not to set dates; however wouldn’t it be exciting if the rapture were to take place on Shavuot? The way I understand things is that the Law (Ten Commandments) was given on this Feast Day as was the giving of the Holy Spirit – essentially the birthing of the church age. If God is going to return his attention back to Israel, perhaps it would occur as the church is being taken out. What are your thoughts?
Q. I have been doing a study in the Gospel of John and when I came across John 11:21-26 my curiosity was piqued. Are Jesus’ words to Martha in verses 25-26 hinting at the Rapture?
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, O descendants of Abraham his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.
Q. I`ve learned more from your website about the endtimes than all my 60 years of SS combined. I`ve learned about our residence (new Jerusalem) after the rapture. But not much is said about where we immediately go when we die and are we just invisible spirits w/o bodies. I think you have said Jesus is the only one in heaven with a glorified body so far. Does John 14 and Rev. 21 describe heaven before the rapture as well as after?