Q. I’ve been reading your Q&As on what happens to the body and spirit at time of death. Can you also tell me what happens to the soul?
Q. I am the only Born Again Christian in a Catholic family. My husband and family believe in Jesus Christ and believe that He died, rose again, and is resurrected. They don’t believe in being Born Again. My husband says as a Catholic you are born again at baptism when you are a baby. I know that this is definitely not true. My question is – even though they believe in Jesus Christ will they still be taken with me in the Rapture. I’ve tried several times to talk with them about this, but they just don’t get it. Please, can you give me some scriptures and some advice on this matter
Q. Thank you not only for the time you must put into answering all of your readers questions but the time you put into your weekly articles as well. My question is about the Rapture. I have been taught that we are Spirit beings inhabiting physical bodies. When we are raptured will it be our Spirits that go to meet the Lord and if so won’t our earthly bodies remain behind making appear to those still here that there have been massive worldwide deaths?
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
Q. Your thoughts on Rosh Hashanah (No man knows the day or the hour) being the likely day that the Lord will set up His kingdom on earth has me studying the 7 Feasts in detail. I know that you are not setting dates but I have been really trying to understand the prophetic math for the next decade. Psalm 90:10 tells us that a generation is 70 years. 70 weeks were needed to pay for the transgression, and May 14,1948 plus 70 is 2018. Also, 1967, the year Israel captured Jerusalem was a Jubilee year therefore the next one is calculated to be in 2017- 2018, If that is not enough it seems that 2017 is the Hebrew year 5777. The question is are we correct in looking for His coming on Rosh Hashanah in 2017 or 2018? and if it is 2017 then the Rapture and Tribulation should be very close.
Q. Paul said the dead in Christ will rise first then we who remain will be caught up together with them. Do you think the dead in Christ will be permitted to walk among us before we are caught up? When I think about the Crucifixion, Scripture says when Christ died the Veil was split in two and the graves opened. After the Resurrection they walked about Jerusalem and were seen by many. This fascinated me just thinking about how surprised some must have been to see their loved ones again. I wonder if at the Rapture the same thing might happen and we might see those family members who were born again but had died before we go up. What a testimony it might be for those who are “fence straddlers” who believe but are not ready to live completely for Christ.
Q. From all the anti-Christian talk I see on the web, I am starting to believe that the rapture may not be a supernatural removal of Christians from the face of the earth but instead a mass martyrdom of Christian around the world based on the false idea that if the world could just get rid of Christianity then everything would be better. I believe this could happen after the battle of Ezekiel 38 and could see the antichrist rise in an effort to “weed out” believers thru a mark. Many times thru history believers have suffered and died in the name of Christ and their resolve and strength even in the face of death is an inspiration to believers who hear their stories. What does the Bible say in your opinion about people being “magically” removed from the earth in the rapture?
Q. I’m pretty sure there’s a pre-trib Rapture but I get a little shaky when I hear about those being raised up on the last day could you clarify that reference for me? Thanks.
Q. In your answer to the “…Rapture seems unfair,” question, you answered, “In OT, people had regular confirmation of God’s existence in the form of mighty acts of deliverance and judgment. After the rapture, God will again show clear evidence of his existence through mighty acts.” Am I drawing an accurate inference from your response to clearly understand that the battle of Ezekiel 38 & 39 can not possibly happen until after, or simultaneously with, the Rapture of the Church?
Q. Your site has been a great help, and I find your arguments for a pre-trib rapture more convincing than the counter-arguments I’ve come across. However, I have a question about Jesus’ prayer to the Father in John 17, verses 15-20, where he says “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil…neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.” Does this refer to the tribulation events, or merely to the fact that we in the Age of Grace still have to live and struggle in the world after being reborn in the Spirit?