Q. I’ve had several post trib believers tell me the rapture will take place in Matt. 24:31. They say the trumpet mentioned in that verse is the same as the “last trump” Paul mentioned in 1 Cor. 15:52 because it’s the last trumpet before the 2nd coming. How would you respond to that?
Q. Could the sign of the Son of Man appearing in the sky(Matthew 24:30) be the first appearance of New Jerusalem coming into view from Earth?
Q. I was recently directed to a web site and I was a little upset after realizing that this website seems to say that salvation is based on faith and grace, but that those that will be raptured is a reward for works. Those not considered worthy Christians would have to endure the tribulation. The site uses the 10 virgins parable to say that the 5 that didn’t make the rapture were not worthy enough. Is this true? I thought that true believers were raptured, and this was based on grace and faith, not works. If the messages from this web site is true, than this is very disturbing indeed.
Q. I read your latest entry on the subject of the partial rapture, but what is your take on Heb 9:28? Doesn’t that seem to imply the Lord will only appear to those who are looking for him?
“…and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
Q. You have said that Jesus doesn’t mention the Rapture in Matthew 24. But in Matt 24:36 He talks about no one knows the day or hour not even the Son. Then in verse 42 He says to keep watch because you do not know what day your Lord will come. Doesn’t that have to do with the Rapture since the Day of the Lord (the second coming) can be calculated by counting 1260 days from when the Abomination of Desolation takes place in the temple?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Lately I’ve been receiving questions again about various rapture positions. Several of these questions have to do with the claim that in the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25) Jesus in effect said the Church will have to endure all of the seven years of Daniel’s 70th Week including the Great Tribulation. In this study I will attempt to show why He could not have done so.
Q. Psalm 89:11 says both the Heavens and the Earth belong to God. Psalm 115:16 says, The heavens are the Lord ‘s, but the earth he has given to the children of man. One verse says both belong to God but the other says earth is man’s. I don’t believe there are contradictions in God’s Word, so I’m wondering how these two verses can be correct at the same time.
Q. I believe that Jesus can come back in the rapture any moment but I also believe that the feast of trumpets has something to do with the rapture because of the first 4 feasts that Jesus fulfilled. Wouldn’t He fulfill the next 3 in the exact order and the exact day? We already know from scripture He will fulfill the feast of tabernacles during the millennium. I understand that’s somewhat contradictory, but can the rapture be imminent and happen on the feast of trumpets?
Q. Regarding Israel and the Jews: The whole purpose of Christ’s Return is to redeem Israel and the Jews right?? Isnt that the sole purpose? Yes, the gentiles also reap the benefits, but that is the ultimate purpose right?
2nd question: During the time of the great Tribulation, are the Jews exempt from making the decision to take the mark of the beast or not? Im confused because it says ” let those flee to the mountains”.. that makes it sound like they wont have to make that decision. What about Jews here in the US or anywhere else who don’t make it to Israel to ” flee to the mountains”?
Q. I have been pondering about what is written in 1 Thessalonians 4: 16, “…And the dead in Christ will rise first”. In your interpretation, does “in Christ” refer to:
A. Those who accepted Him as Savior after He was crucified, or
B. does “in Christ” include those before the cross (like Daniel, as an example)?
Also, in Revelation 6:9, it is written, “…I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and …”. In your opinion who are these?