Q. You have stated, “No one believes the rapture is after the second coming of Christ.” I have noticed before on different topics that you sometimes put everyone into the same box. Many post tribbers believe the rapture is after the second coming at the resurrection.
Q. For most of my life I thought that Matt. 24:40-41 described the Rapture: “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.” In more recent years I realized Matt. 24 and 25 are not about the Church. So in rereading verse 40 and 41, I realized they are about the sheep and goat judgment. The goats are the ones taken and thrown into the eternal fire. The sheep are left to enter the millennium with Christ. Because of this, I believe the Church is gone before this judgment occurs.
Q. I have a question concerning Matt 25: We know that at the great white throne judgment Hades and death will be cast into the lake of fire. However, are the “goats” in Matt 25 the 1st inhabitants of the lake of fire after the beast and false prophet? Jesus` description “the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” is NOT a description of Hades, but of the lake of fire, so it seems to me the “goats” go to the lake of fire at this point rather than after the white throne. am I correct?
Q. One question that constantly comes out of the mouth of Post Tribbers is Matt. 24:30 and it’s relation to verse 29 before it, insinuating the rapture is the gathering spoken of and happens after the tribulation. I am sure I have read some reference about this in one of your articles but I am not sure which. My explanation usually deals with the fact that Jesus, here speaking to Jews is also prophesying the fate of the Jews living through the tribulation (context). However the explanation always seems to come across as my interpretation and I really have no clear scriptures to back it up. Any thoughts or scriptures I should consider?
Q. There are two places mentioned Christ’s return and I’m not sure how these occur in terms of timing or sequence: 1) Zech 14:4 at mount of Olives 2) Rev 19:13 at Bozrah (also cited at Is. 63:1-4). I might think that God will have the battle at Bozrah (Jordan) first, then land His feet on the mount of Olives since Zechariah mentioned about God battling with the people at 14:3.
Q. Do you think God is allowing abortions to happen to speed up the number of souls allowed in heaven before His return?
Q. I saw your post on the 4 scriptures concerning the “thief in the night” and how that phrase doesn’t refer to the rapture but the 2nd Coming. I was wondering how that works out for Rev. 3:3. If this reference is written for the church and the church doesn’t experience the 2nd coming, why here is the Lord threatening some of the church with having to go through the tribulation, according to your post?
Commentary by Jack Kelley
With the current interest in China and the Far East, let’s review what the Bible says about that part of the world in the last days and see if we can tell what it all means.
Q. You probably have already answered this question, but I’ll ask it again. Revelation 1:7, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” In your understanding, is this passage of scripture referring to 1 Thes. 4:13, or 2 Thes. 1:7?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
A day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided among you. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle.