Q. I do have to say that even though I hold to the pre-mil, pre-trib rapture belief, I know there are very godly men and women who hold other beliefs based on careful study of scripture. Isn’t it a matter of preparedness rather than salvation? Should we let this divide the church?
Q. I was discussing the rapture with some other guys. One of them said that (regarding 1 Thes. 4) there’s a shout and a trumpet, so how could the rapture be secret if there’s such a big fanfare right before it happens? Second, they said that John 14:2-3 could just as easily mean that we come back to earth to the New Creation in Rev. 21. It seems to me that there is a bunch of stuff being skipped over for that interpretation to work. Your thoughts?
Q. Hello I love your site and i keep it bookmarked on my ipod to check nearly everyday. Here is what I can’t figure out. I know a lot of people think there may be a gap of time between the rapture and the start of the 70th week. My question is under which dispensation would this period of time be under?
Q. I have a question about the Ezekiel 38-39 war. This is a little confusing. The Lord intervenes on behalf of His land and His people and they realize His intervention has kept them from being destroyed and yet go on to build the temple. It appears that even the nations recognize that the Lord’s intervention has spared Israel, but they still do not recognize Jesus as their Messiah. Is that correct? Will the rapture take place before this war? If it does, we are closer than most think.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV)
“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matt. 24:21 NKJV)
Every now and then I get a question from someone who says even though the pre-trib position seems to make sense scripturally, they can’t accept it because Jesus said we would have tribulation in this world, and that must mean the church will go through at least the first part of the Tribulation. When they say this they’re thinking of the first 3 ½ years.
Q. I love your web site and have learned so much. My question is about the people left here after the Rapture. Who will minister to them if all the pastors, Christian leaders and we who attempted to save souls while here, are gone? Is this where the Elect are used and who is the Elect? What will be happening here in the US during the tribulation and will it be similar to what is occurring in Israel?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man (Matt 24:37). The time leading up to the Great Flood was a lot like our time today in that it was characterized by a deliberate and escalating disregard for the ways of God. Finally “the Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on earth had become and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” (Gen. 6:5).
Q. I’m writing to clear something up, in connection to a question you answered about resurrection: “At the rapture, all believers who have previously died will be resurrected. This will leave the world completely devoid of believers for a time.”
I’m possibly misinterpreting the context, (apologies in advance if I am), but during the tribulation, wouldn’t many become believers (Tribulation saints). There would also be the 144,000 Jewish witnesses that would be spreading the WORD throughout the world; impervious to Anti-Christ’s attempts to get them out of the way. Either way, even as bad as things are bound to get, it sounds like there will be some evangelical influence, even during that horrific period.
Q. Thank you for your site. It brings me great comfort. In these time I find I get the most anger not from the unsaved but more from Christians. They say the Pre-Trib Rapture is everything from an 1800′s fairy tale to the devils work and worse. Of course they are of post or no rapture beliefs themselves. I guess the question is why are they so angry at the pre trib rapture?
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?