Q. My question is about the passage in Matthew 2:15 that stated that when Joseph took Mary and Jesus out of Egypt after Herod died it was a fulfillment of the prophecy in Hosea 11:1. However, it seems like that is really out of context. Was that recognized prior to the birth of Christ as a Messianic Prophecy? How was that a fulfillment of prophecy?
Q. In the passage of 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 it says ‘according to the Scriptures’. What Scriptures was Paul referring to when he said Christ died and rose again? It had to be from the O.T. he was talking about, right? From Isaiah or Psalms? I’ve never been able to figure out what he meant by writing that. I had always thought it was by direct revelation that Paul knew Christ died and rose from the dead.
Q. In the apostles’ creed it says that Jesus descended into hell in the three days between death on the cross and resurrection. Do you believe 1) that He did descend into hell (since it’s a creed and not scripture, and 2) if He did, what do you believe the purpose of the visit was?
Q. Matt. 27:52-53 says “The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went to into the holy city and appeared to many people.” What do you think happened after the resurrected saints appeared to people in the holy city ? Were they taken later to Heaven?
Q. When we meet the Lord in the air, Satan’s front yard, do you think we will be able to see Satan and his demons ? I’ve imagined them all, powerless to stop Jesus and all of us as we are passing through to heaven. I would think Satan will be enraged.
Q. Re: the question “Why do the dead rise first”? What about bodies that have been cremated and ashes deposited over the oceans or into the air and whatever particles of dust remain were consumed by animals or fish; or those who have been burned in fires and there is no body; or anything else that that would prevent there being a body to bury? I don’t know how to say this because I do not want to be flippant, but it seems there will be some in the Rapture who will not have a body with which to be reunited. Will God call into being a new body with identical traits as the living counterpart had? Thank you for making this more clear.
Q. I’ve always believed that our new heavenly body will be physical and still believe that but there is a verse in I Cor. that needs explaining to me. The verse is I Cor. 15:44 which says: “It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body…. “ This sounds like we will have a spiritual body, not a physical one. Please explain!
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. 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. I have always been interested in Jesus’ answers to Mary and Thomas as to why Mary was not allowed to touch him after He rose from the dead and why Thomas was allowed to touch His hands. Just because Thomas lacked faith does not give him greater privileges than Mary does it?