Q. I married a man in our church a year ago. We have been in so much strife here lately that I have been considering leaving him. I just don’t want to be in strife and miss the Rapture. If I were in strife with my spouse could this cause me to miss the Rapture?
Q. Thank you for such a great site! Since Isaac Newton has predicted the world’s end in 2060, do you think it may be possible that the Rapture may not come till around that time? I say this because of two things. One, Brother Newton was a genius and instead of a generation being 40 to 70 years, it may actually be 120 years. Moses had three 40 year periods… Egypt, Midian period and wandering in the desert. It took Noah 120 years to build the ark and then God closed the door. The Rapture of the saints is a type of door closing also, which is based on that very last person being saved and only God knows the number. However, we don’t know the time or date for the Rapture, so can it be that a generation is a 120 years. From 1948, 120 years, minus 7 will be very close to 2060. This is only a thought and I hope I am wrong. We should always be a watchman on the wall.
Q. I just read your comments on II Thes. 2. You made mention of the “restrainer” being the church, and the Rapture would be what would remove the restrainer. I have a note in the margin of my KJV bible that some scholars believe the restrainer is the Holy Spirit, but most believe it is the Roman Empire. If we consider that the USA grew out of the Roman Empire( Brittain) and in many ways has been a restraining force in the world as a superpower ( God blessing our Christian nation) couldn’t America be the restrainer due to our large (true) Christian population ?
Q. Scriptures are clear that those dead in Christ will rise first, then those then alive will follow to meet the Lord in the heavens. 1 Thess. 4:16-18. However, the issue of children under the ‘age of accountability’ seems vague at best. It is my witness that the Lord takes these babes with him as well because His love extends to the heavens and his truth to the clouds. Ps 57:10, 108:4. While He is surely just, His judgment is covered by His mercy, thus the ‘Mercy Seat’ rather than the ‘Justice Seat’.
Q. I just cannot bring myself to believe that the Church Age will be some random number of years, days, and hours that will run until some arbitrary number is reached. You have said that the Rapture will occur when the full number of Gentiles have been brought in, and you have backed that assumption with some convincing scriptural references. I am sure that you are correct, but only because God knows the future and knows what the exact count will be on the date He has chosen for the Rapture to occur. There is so much in the Bible that is date specific that I cannot help but think the Rapture will be also.
Q. I was listening to a well-known Bible teacher, who was saying that 2 Thes. 2:3 does not refer to a great departing from the faith (apostasia), but the Rapture. I may be missing something here, but my Strong’s concordance lists “falling away” as apostasia. Your thoughts on this please?
Q. As my “gut feeling” tells me the tribulation is quickly approaching, I find myself praying to be left here after the rapture. For two millennium believers have sought to bring people to Christ. What more perfect time will there be. I do not wish to die a martyr, but would accept that if it was God’s plan. I find myself praying for strength and wisdom to do this. Is this wrong?
Q. I get so excited when I receive my Grace thru faith e-mails. We were discussing Psalm 8 in our SS class and were divided on verse 4 concerning the son of man. Some thought it referred to man (because of son not being capitalized) and others to Christ when he will reign. What is your opinion? Maybe both?
Q. Is there a definite sign post that must come to pass before the rapture of the church? In Bible study our teacher said that there were some debatable sign posts before the rapture, but I cannot find scripture to support that theory.
Q. The Bible states that on Judgment Day, everyone (those who’ve accepted Jesus as well as those who haven’t) will give an account for every thought, word, and deed either good, bad or indifferent. My question is: WHY? When I go before God to give my account, to what end does it serve? Even if He gives me total recall of everything, I know none of my answers are good enough to satisfy Him, and I know what a wretched mess I am. What’s the point?