I have a significant problem concerning forgiveness. I forgave my brother for believing a lie that was told by my stepfather, who since passed away. Although this happened several years ago, my brother does not want any contact with me because he thinks I’m the one who lied. I have tried to reconcile on several occasions and he has refused all my attempts. I have had Christ in my heart for 30 plus years. I look forward to his coming soon. What happens if we can’t reconcile the situation? I want to be able to come home with the Lord. If I have been faithful and true will that still happen?
I am disturbed by your articles regarding habitual sinners in heaven. My first thought was, “Then what is the point of Jesus sacrifice if we can’t be overcomers?” I personally through the power of the Holy Spirit’s work in me (not my own power) have overcome alcoholism, fornication, and smoking. These took many years of struggle but the work of God in my life did it. So my thought is that if Jesus can do this for me, he will do it for anyone as they persevere.
I have a question regarding the church’s role in end times and millennium. In Hebrew the word church means ekklesia or ‘the called out assembly” and the Lord refers to the assembly/congregation many times in the OT ie Gen 48:4, Ex 16:3, I Sam 17:47 and many more. So doesn’t that mean there has always been a ‘church’ under the Hebrew title of assembly so it’s not exclusively us believers now?
In your answer to the question on the possibility of an Islamic anti-Christ, you said, “Also, in Ezekiel 44:7-8 we see that one of the first things God will do upon returning to the Temple after the 2nd Coming will be to accuse the Jews of bringing uncircumcised foreigners into His sanctuary and putting them in charge. This can only be a reference to the anti-Christ and the false prophet and confirms they won’t be Jewish.” Won’t that also confirm they won’t be Muslims, as Muslims are also circumcised?
A friend and I were speaking today following church and he began asking me questions about what the Bible says concerning the Jewish people and their judgment. First, the Bible says that all of Israel will be saved right? Does that include non-believing Jews that died during the Church Age? Or is this scripture referring to the time of the tribulation at the end of the age?
At our Minister’s Bible Study class a few weeks ago, we were studying the book of Matthew and he casually mentioned that Matthew didn’t write the book of Matthew. After I questioned him on why he felt that way, he indicated there was strong evidence that someone named “Q” wrote several of the gospels. I had never heard about this before nor had any other students in this Bible Study class. Can you tell me more about this “Q” Gospel and what are your thoughts on it?
I asked someone why they believe we must still keep the Sabbath and all of the Festivals of the Old Testament. My understanding of Scripture is that when Jesus came, He was the fulfillment of all of this and we no longer have to practice them. Below is the response I received. I would really like your input.
“Referring to keeping the Sabbath and the Holy Days. Most fail to understand that both the Sabbath and Holy Days actually point toward Jesus Christ not away from Him. A proper understanding of the Holy Days reminds us that He is returning again soon.”
I was listening to a radio show about the Church of Laodicea, the commentator was saying that the definition of Laodicea is rule of the people and I wondered if this could actually mean social justice since this is what a lot of modern churches are striving for instead of the Gospel. Maybe another indicator that we are in the end days. Just wanted to see what you thought of that.
If as Dan. 9:25 reveals that it would be 69 Weeks or 483 years until the Messiah would arrive, and as many suggest it was Palm Sunday (the Triumphal Entry), and if therefore the Messiah was then Crucified on Thursday or Friday, you decide, then how do you account for the miscellaneous additional 4-5 days beyond Palm Sunday? Are you suggesting that God ‘approximated’ the prophetic Crucifixion of His Only Begotten Son, Yeshua Jesus? And did the Temple system and the Mosaic Law come to an ‘official’ end at that point, even though the Temple stood thirty some odd years afterwards?
I love God’s word and have several versions I read. (KJV, NASB & NIV). My son was recently saved and I gave him an NIV version. I grew up on the KJV & have memorized many passages from it. It is beautiful but sometimes a little difficult.
My pastor only condones KJV in our little church and states that he feels that the encroachment of the newer versions is just Satan’s way of causing more division among God’s people. And that the newer versions were taken from more recently discovered and less reliable Greek translations.
I respect his view but watch carefully for any gross distortions and so far feel comfortable enough with all the versions. Please help clarify this more for me … especially the Greek translations he has spoken about. Thank you so much for your ministry.