Q. After reading the Bible and your study guides, I have realized something that troubles me and I ponder at the thought. What happens to people (family and friends) who miss the rapture and then realize that they were left behind due to their unbelief or uncertainty about The Lord and salvation… for example, let’s say after the rapture, and right before, or at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week, these people accept Jesus and then die of natural causes, sickness, or in accidents, will they become saved and go to heaven?
Q. Can you tell me where in the Old Testament God tells Israel that He is sending a Deliverer – the one they were waiting for? In Rom. 11:26 it refers to the Deliverer. The Jews must have been told because it is referenced but I can’t find it anywhere except possibly Luke 2:11 where the angel announced to the shepherds the birth of a Savior.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan. The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:1-2)
Q. I have a weird question of sorts. Normally we say that we can’t tell if someone is truly saved. Can we say anything about the O.T personalities? Like could we say that David, Moses or the Prophets were saved for sure or should we even assume? I was just curious about that.
Q. The other day I was talking to someone and he pointed out these verses to me from Romans 11:25-26. “For I don’t desire you to be ignorant, brothers, of this mystery, so that you won’t be wise in your own conceits, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and so all Israel will be saved. Even as it is written, “There will come out of Zion the Deliverer, and he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
In these verses I was interested to see that it appears that we are waiting for that last Gentile to come in to the Kingdom for the rapture to happen. But Paul also stated that all of Israel will be saved. Does that mean all of Israel that is alive at the beginning of the tribulation or the ones who make it through the tribulation or something else? I have Jewish friends who are so anti-Jesus it would give me comfort to know that they will be saved.
Q. A patient and I were discussing the plight of a little girl I’m also treating who recently had major surgery and then 10 days later was rushed back to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. His response was this.
“That poor girl…I’ll never understand what God has in mind with all the pain and suffering the young have to endure. Who could ignore the cries of a child? It seems like we’ve been forgotten and he’s moved on to another project.”
I know he’s not a believer. How can I respond to this in a way that could perhaps change that?
Q. I have been saved since I was 11 years old. I am sure of it, I accepted the Lord, and I meant it. However, I have entered periods of doubt over the last four or five years. I think that they came on as a results of what I heard from an atheist. She said I believe in a fantasy, and that I believe in God and Jesus to make myself feel good about dying. I can’t seem to get these words out of my heart no matter how much I pray about it. What can I do to restore my faith? Am I still saved as I doubt? I feel so guilty and ashamed, and I do not even feel right about going to church while my mind works this way. I am too ashamed of my thoughts to share them with my pastor at this point.
Q. Can a person’s unbelief in the deity of Christ condemn him if He also believes whole heartedly that the sacrifice of Christ is man kinds only hope of heaven? I have a friend who doesn’t think so but I think his conclusions on the subject put him on shaky ground theologically and dangerous ground in terms of salvation. What do you think?
Q. Why do some Christians have trouble believing in a pre-trib rapture (or a rapture at all)? Maybe they don’t understand that Jesus paid our debt in full?
Q. Re: Our Al Knowing God. You stated that “we won’t die until the days ordained for us have all been fulfilled.” Also, “I believe God foreknew which of us would choose to accept the pardon He purchased for us (Romans 8:29-30), and therefore we couldn’t die before making that choice.” The question of babies aborted (whether “naturally” or forced) comes to my mind, and leaves me wondering how all this fits for them.