Q. I have been reading your posts about the new Jerusalem and the light that it will afford to the earth. This morning I was in Isiah 60. Do verses 19 onwards foretell this event, the new Jerusalem affording light to the earth? The last verse 22b is awesome, “I am the LORD; in its time I will hasten it” Amen, come Lord Jesus!
Q. Do you think the tinder box in the Middle East might burn out of control again soon? With possibly another ground excursion on the horizon against Hamas and now with Hezbollah possibly getting involved in the north, could we see Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 come to pass quite soon? Will Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 come before or after the Rapture? Or can it go either way? On the one hand if Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 did come to pass before the Rapture, does that mean we are on the fast-track to the Rapture and the Tribulation?
Q. Re: Offering ourselves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). If we have no free will or individual desire (see Psalm 20:4 & 37:4) then aren’t we limiting Gods gift of imagination and intellect? Are you saying there is no room for individual aspirations? In an intimate relationship with God isn’t it the spirit that actually places desires and aspirations within our hearts and minds and then gives us the ability to attain those goals? Do you believe God does not want us to have personal desires? Do you believe our desires are in conflict with the the efforts of the indwelling spirit of God?
Q. When you’re facing a horrible, trying event in your life, how do you know if it’s a trial or testing from the Lord or not? I know that He allows us to go through things for various reasons, for example, to draw us closer to Himself, to grow as children of God, etc. But how do we know when it’s not from Him? When that instinct is telling us, no this is not right, how do we know if that instinct is correct and from the Lord or if it’s just selfish human nature trying to steer us away from what the Lord wants for us?
Q. If Jesus covers all those who accepted Him in faith in the O.T. and for all time, why do the Jews have to go back to keeping the law during the Tribulation and Millennium? And, do the Gentiles need to do this, too?
Q. Given the increase in violence around the world toward Christians and especially with this week’s incident in Charleston, would God consider a congregation’s decision to post armed members at church entrances a lack of faith? I am asking this question acknowledging that state laws regarding firearms in public places and carry permits would have to be obeyed.
Q. I have a question about the New Jerusalem and the New Earth. Does the light from New Jerusalem light the New Earth during the Millennium or after. If during, what happens to the New Earth after the millennium, and if after, what is left on the New Earth to light. Since the gates will always be opened, does that mean the saved will be able to travel back and forth between the New Jerusalem and the New Earth?
Q. A question came up in Sunday School this week about the Ancient of Days: Is He Jesus or God the Father, or sometimes either depending on the context?
Q. I have Parkinson’s disease in an advanced stage.Some of the symptoms are fear and anxiety attacks as well as severe pain. Although I pray regularly to the Lord for relief and many friends do too I still do not have the peace in my heart that I so long for. Also, I have the nagging feeling that I will be left behind at the Rapture even if I have asked the Lord to be my Savior because the Bible defines” pharmacy” as evil, according to the original Greek, I believe. Some of the medication I take for relief can also be classified as drugs. During the times of severe depression I feel the Lord will not want someone like me in His presence.
Q. I know that through the death of our Lord we are made acceptable to God, but how were people in the Old Testament acceptable? There are many great figures in the Bible who made some dreadful mistakes – Jacob, Samson, David, etc. It has always been encouraging to me that God looked with favor upon these people who got things so terribly wrong; however I find it difficult to reconcile the idea that as a righteous God, they should not have been acceptable in His eyes.
I know it can’t be connected with them obeying the ‘law’ because, like the rest of us, they would never have been able to achieve it. David for instance, repented and was forgiven – how was this possible? Was it their faith that made them righteous? Was it possible for them to remain in sin and still be acceptable to God through faith?