Revelation 11:15-12:17

This entry is part 11 of 16 in the series Revelation

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

At the end of our last installment in the Book of Revelation, I promised to tell you where in Israel the next Temple will be located. So let’s get started with a little review.

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Revelation 10-11:14

This entry is part 10 of 16 in the series Revelation

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

We take a break from the Trumpet Judgments now to give the world its final warnings before the Great Tribulation begins. These are the Seven Thunders and the Two Witnesses that God will send to Israel to warn His people to “get right” with Him while there’s still time.  Remember, after the end of the Battle of Ezekiel 38-39, God will have brought every living Jew to Israel, leaving none behind (Ezek. 39:28).

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Is The Great Revival Biblical?

Q. My question is: Revival or not? In every Christian group I go to everybody is waiting for a big revival.  Where I live  almost every preacher says that it will begin with us and spread over the whole country.   If I watch Christian Television it’s the same story!  I am waiting for the Rapture with all my heart.   I love Jesus very much and I would like to believe in a genuine revival under the Holy Spirit.  Is this “revival’ Biblical?

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God’s Calling Or Religious Works?

Q.  I believe that I am forgiven of my sins by the blood of Jesus and that this was a gift of grace from God because I don’t deserve it. I also am acutely aware that we are not saved by works nor can we maintain salvation through works because Jesus paid the price once and for all, completely.  That said, I have a compulsion to tell other people when I can about salvation through Jesus and the fulfillment of prophecy concerning Him and the end times.  How do I discern whether what I feel compelled to is of the Lord Jesus or just human works?  Should I stop what I am doing?  The idea of being left behind after the rapture has led me to tears.

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Revelation 8-9

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Revelation

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The first cycle of judgments is ending. The 144,000 have been commissioned and a huge group of martyrs has arrived in Heaven. In many places on Earth war rages unchecked, with its attendant famine and pestilence, and yet in other places peace still prevails. Those lucky enough to enjoy it are fooled into thinking that soon the rest of the world will settle down too, and it’ll be business as usual. Since the anti-Christ has not yet been revealed as Satan’s man for Planet Earth, many still see him as a talented world leader doing his best to restore order, and despite the unprecedented death tolls and all the missing people, they still give him high ratings.

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Born Again But Left Behind?

Q.  You have said, “I believe it (the rapture) is set to happen when a specific number of born again believers is reached, and I base that conclusion on my understanding of Romans 11:25.”  When I read that my heart  suddenly sank.  So if  I have just now given my life to Jesus, will I still get left behind?

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Rapture After The 2nd Coming?

Q.  Re: 2 Thessalonians 1:6, 7.  “Since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.”

As I read verse 7 it looks like God will only grant relief for the Thessalonians at the second coming of Christ.   Does that not mean that they will not be raptured until the second coming? If they are raptured before that, why does Paul say that God will only grant relief from affliction for them at the second coming?   Also in 2 Thes. 2:1, the second coming and the gathering of the saints are two separate events but the second coming is mentioned first.  Doesn’t it sound like 2 Thes. 1:7 where relief is given to the saints when they are gathered after the second coming of Christ?

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Pre-Trib Rapture. Follow Up

Q.  In your response to a question claiming that in some places the Bible seems to indicate the Church’s presence for at least part of the tribulation, you said, “If you do a word study on 1 Thes. 1:10, you’ll see it promises that Jesus will rescue the Church from both the time and the place of God’s wrath in a manner that requires our prior departure.”

I can understand why some would think that this gets us out of the tribulation,  but in John 17:15 Christ prayed that: ” My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”  If so, could  1 Thes. 1:10 actually mean that we will be rescued from the wrath of eternal death?

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Revelation 7

This entry is part 8 of 16 in the series Revelation

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Between the 6th and 7th seals there’s a pause where two important events take place, one on Earth and the other in Heaven. Both involve the disposition of a group of God’s people, but neither one is the Church. It won’t be mentioned again until the end of chapter 17.

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Protecting Us Or Accommodating Them?

Q.  First of all, I want to commend you for the great web-site. It really helps me put things into perspective. My question has to do with the reason for the rapture. Is the rapture of the church for  protecting the church believers or is it God’s willingness to take His children out of this world to appease the unbeliever’s desire to rid the world of any godly influence?

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