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Is My Faith Sufficient?Published: April 1, 2016 (Originally published: April 11, 2016)
Is it possible for a person to believe (as the devils do), but not “sincerely” enough? For him to have so little “real” faith that he will not be saved, despite asking God for salvation? Is it possible that Jesus will say, “Your ‘belief’ was phoney. You never ‘really’ believed; you only thought you did. You never ‘really’ asked for salvation because your faith and belief were not genuine. You are a hypocrite and deceived yourself. I never knew you.”
Questions About HeavenPublished: April 1, 2016 (Originally published: April 5, 2016)
In my reading and after talking to several people I know, I’m wondering about Heaven…as everyone does now and then. My question is: Who goes there when they die? or does anyone?
I ask because the bible has a lot of mention of people “sleeping for a time” until the judgement in Revelation.
It seems that maybe we die and sleep until the judgment, then perhaps wind up in our “prepared place” after the 1000 years of Christ’s reign on earth or something to that effect. But to add to my confusion, Christ says on the cross that the criminal next to him will be with Him in paradise that very day. Christ also says a lot about who will enter His kingdom…and it’s a lot more than faith alone, in Jesus’ words. Can you help me figure this out?
The Number 40Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: April 4, 2016)
Could you shed any light on the meaning of the number 40 as it is utilized many times in the Bible?
Appreciate your help.
Joseph’s PharaohPublished: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: April 4, 2016)
Who do you think was the Pharaoh during Joseph’s time? Could it be Ahkenaten? He belived in only one God, a sun god, and then when he died the Egyptians erased all evidence of him. Just curious because the Pharaoh believed what Joseph told him about his dreams, and I assume he knew Joseph was a Hebrew who believed in only one God.
Psalm 119, The WordPublished: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: April 4, 2016)
Can you tell me what the Hebrew alphabet has to do at the beginning of every 8th verse of Psalm 119? Surely there is a reason for this and I never noticed it till just the other day. How can we miss so many things in the Word? I am 77 years old and know so little. Thank God for Bible teachers like you. I will look for your answer. Thank you and God richly bless you.
The Unfinished Role Of ElijahPublished: March 29, 2016 (Originally published: April 5, 2016)
Thank you for your willingness to teach all of us through your articles and by answering questions that arise as we study the Bible.
My son is a recent convert and has presented me with many questions while studying the Bible. A recent one concerns various passages he has read that can be interpreted to mean that Elijah could come to prepare the way for the second coming of our Lord. He is reading the New Testament as well as Revelations. Is there anyway that you can shed light on his question? He is certain that another will come to ready the world for the rapture.
I am confused as to who Elijah really is. I know Elijah was a prophet in the Old Testament and also that John the Baptist was said to be Elijah. Does the word Elijah have a different meanings throughout the Bible?
A Biblical Perspective On Employee LoyaltyPublished: April 1, 2016 (Originally published: April 7, 2016)
I have enjoyed reading your articles and “Ask a Bible Teacher” section on your web site. I do have a question regarding an issue that I’ve been struggling with regarding loyalty to one’s employer from a Biblical perspective.
I place a high value on quality workmanship and have developed a reputation among our clients for doing good quality work. In our shop however, there is a lot of pressure to get things done very quickly.
Employer/employee relations are not good. The culture within the company breeds apathy. Employee retention has been a chronic problem within the company for years. Recently there has been a rash of resignations.
As a Christian, I am torn between loyalty to my current employer and my desire for a more healthy work environment. I’m too close to the situation to be objective. Any feedback you could provide regarding a Biblical perspective on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Passover And CommunionPublished: April 1, 2016 (Originally published: April 7, 2016)
First I would like to tell you what a tremendous influence the site has in my life, and how much I enjoy it. Your website is like a fountain of truth that I eagerly frequently visit when I am in thirst for truth and righteousness.
I recently read your article on “The Passover: History and Prophecy” This article like many others, I opened to read in enjoyment of another dose of truth that all of your articles seem to offer. I stumbled upon the part where you wrote about Jesus having the last Supper, or Passover meal, and where you claim to say he stopped at the third cup, the cup of redemption. I examined all the gospels and I cannot find a trace where it mentions what cup Jesus is on when he offers his blood as a covenant symbolized by the wine. It actually seems to imply that he in fact never drinks the wine at all, for I cannot find a passage in any of the gospels saying that he drank wine. Can you help me understand this?
Reconciling Mark 14:25 With John 19:28-30Published: April 1, 2016 (Originally published: April 7, 2016)
In reading your recent article on Passover something really rocked and shattered me, and I am in need of an explanation. In my quest for truth I am at peace when I come to an understanding, and things make sense. However when I find contradiction, it utterly upsets me. I am not one to try to discredit the word of God, in fact I try to find every possible scenario that could work. I want it to make sense and I try to make it so. But here I need a little help.
In Mark 14:25 it reads:
“Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
OK, I also know when Jesus says, “Truly”, he means it. Then in John 19:28-30 it reads:
“After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said, “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
It is plain to see that Jesus did indeed drink the fruit of the vine and not in the new kingdom of God, but on the cross. How can this be? Please explain to me how this can be so.
The Spirit, The Water, And The BloodPublished: April 1, 2016 (Originally published: April 6, 2016)
RE: 1 John 5:7-8. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. What do the three (spirit, water, and blood) represent?