Did God Really Say?

Opinion by Jack Kelley

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate. (1 Cor. 1:19)

Some feel that the Bible is an anti-intellectual document and if that’s true it’s only fair, since so many intellectuals seem to be anti-Bible. Here’s a case in point.

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Falling Away Or Rapture?

My question is about 2 Thess. 2:3. I talked with a Bible-teacher who expected a great revival of faith in our time throughout the world. I quoted this verse and in our language (Dutch) and in English there it is translated as a “falling away”. He said that the word translated wrongly there is ‘harpazo’ (it’s all greek to me), which means and often is translated as ‘the rapture’.

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Thy Kingdom Come, Follow-Up

I have followed your series with interest and feel till now you have been pro Israel, but on the article of the 1000 year millennium it appears you are saying that it is the church and not Israel in God’s program. If I have read this correctly what do you feel that God’s program is for Israel in the future?

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More Anti Pre-Trib Teaching

Q. I’ve listened to a tape by a man (didn’t catch a name) who states mainly that because of John 6:39-44 that there will not be a pre-trib Rapture. Because Jesus said in those verses repeatedly that the dead in Christ would be raised on the last day. He also used the story of Lazarus where Martha said in John 11:24 she knew the resurrection of the dead would be on the last day. He also used in I Corinthians 15:50-52 the words “at the last trump” stating that this means after the tribulation.  What most concerns me is his point about Jesus stating the dead would be raised on the last day. Have you  any idea of what I’m talking about?

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Caught Thinking A Foul Thought

My question is when the Rapture occurs so fast and there is a foul thought in my mind how do I get forgiveness before being in the presence of our Lord? I wrestle with this of thing sort constantly. I hope you can help.

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Believe Or Deceived?

Q.  In your commentary about the Ten Bridesmaids (well done, by the way), you explained that this represented the Tribulation saints, and not the Church. If so, what about those in the Last Days, who will not endure sound doctrine? Are they deceived to believe in a false salvation, or will they still be “caught up” with surprised looks on their faces?

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Simultaneous Or Sequential?

Q. Would you please clarify a part of the following two verses from 1 Thessalonians KJV?

4:16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 4:17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Does the shout of the Lord himself, the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God occur simultaneously, or are they sequential in nature, thereby initiating the Rapture of the Church?

I realize that these things happen in a split second, so perhaps my question is moot.

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The Timing Of Parables In Matt. 25

Please explain to me how you come to the conclusion that the “parable of the talents” and the parable of the “sheep and goats” have to do with people only in the Tribulation. I’ve read these parables many times before and I have never gotten that message.

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A Full Generation, Or Less?

In “Why is God waiting so long”, as well as a few other places, you state that Daniel’s 70th week could begin as early as 2011, which would finish everything off in 2018. Is there any evidence in the bible to suggest that God would make the tribulation exactly one generation from the start the end times, as opposed to less than one?

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