Q. The rebirth of Israel in 1948 was a significant prophetic event. According to scripture the generation that witnesses this event will see the end times. The question becomes what is a generation? According to a few pastors I have spoken with when the Bible refers to a generation it usually is a period of 70 years. Whether or not a generation is literally 70 years, or it is a longer period, how much longer could it be?
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.
Q. 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’. In a way it makes sense: “Let no one deceive you in any way, for that day will not come except the rapture (falling away)(harpazo?) comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed” (Amplified Bible). I don’t have a Bible in greek (yet), else I would have looked it up myself. Your comment, please.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
I was reading your article on a pre-trib rapture. You mention that the “last trumpet” in 1 Cor. 15:52 was simply one of many references to “last trumpets” in the Bible. I would very much like to know the other references that you are referring to when you made this statement.