Q. I just read ‘Revelation 2 And 3 … Seven Letters To Seven Churches, Part 1, and have a question about the ‘It’s the second death that you have to watch out for. It’s the permanent one.’ statement. Regarding the second death, what exactly happens to an unsaved soul? I’ve heard three views; the soul is banished to Hell to suffer eternal punishment by torment; the soul is totally destroyed and no longer exists (meaning there is no Hell); and the soul is totally separated from God in some inaccessible place, though not Hell, rather a dark place to spend eternity. What’s your view?
Q. I was wondering about Col 3:23-25. It says that whatever we do should be done unto the Lord to receive a reward, but whoever does wrong will receive for the wrong he has done because there is no respect of persons. If whoever means whoever, then does that mean believers will receive for the wrongs they have done?
Q. I recently encountered an interpretation of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that was neither the “falling away / apostasy” nor the “departure / rapture” possibilities you have discussed in past posts on GraceThruFaith. The interpretation given was Paul warning believers of a great “rebellion / revolt”. Apparently, the word used in this verse can be rendered this way, and is implied in some translations? The thrust of the passage then suggests a worldwide, satanically-inspired, revolution among people of the world, that would lead to mayhem, and the conditions needed for, everyone to accept a worldwide leader to return order to the world. Is this a valid interpretation?
Q. In Genesis 9, Noah gets out of the boat, plants a vineyard, makes wine, gets drunk and seemingly shames himself. Not judging – I’ve been there before. His youngest son seems to have compassion on this situation and covers the man with his brothers assistance. I’m thinking that deserves a ‘thanks for taking care of me son’ type of response but it ends poorly with a serious curse over his family to be perpetual slaves. Can this be explained without awkward contrivances and rationalizations or is this just one of those things we have to accept and go along with?
Q. Like you, I believe that not everyone has the same Spiritual Gifts, and that God gives them according to His perfect will for the common good. I also believe that our gifts don’t change, but that God sometimes gives us a gift we don’t have to fulfill a specific purpose. But I was reading I Corinthians 12 and found something that confused me. Verse 31 says,” But earnestly desire the greater gifts.” Also, I Cor. 14:1 says, “Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” When he said “desire the greater gifts” and “especially that you may prophesy” was he speaking to those who didn’t know what their gifts are? Or am I missing something? Thanks in advance for your help!
Q. I’m trying to prepare a children’s sermon. How do we explain to children that death is a time of rejoicing, as well as a time of grieving. When relaying the stories of Jesus raising Lazarus and others from the dead- it is hard to convey that all is fair and right to be content to wait til we see our loved ones in heaven. Why is it that He physically raised Lazarus whom He loved, but will not bring back our loved ones and we must wait (and be content to do so) to be reunited with them?
Q. I just read a commentary on the three types of people who represent the seed of Abraham. The author likened them to the Jews, the Arabs, and the Church. I’ve only recognized these Scriptures to be speaking to two groups; the “earthly promises” to Israel and the “heavenly/spiritual promises” to the Church. Would you please clarify.
Q. I have been struggling with prayer for some time. I pray quite often but feel like I haven’t got my “message across”. I feel like I have to keep praying and praying saying the same things to make sure he hears me. I feel like if I don’t pray the same thing everyday sometimes 5 or 6 times a day then my prayer will not get answered. Also, I know we aren’t supposed to pray for selfish things, so is praying for God to help sell our house or find a house close to our family where we want to be wrong? Please help.
Q. Over the years, I’ve heard folks like Hal Lindsey, Grant Jeffery, and you suggest that scripture contains a large percentage of prophecy. I am unable to find this percentage figure anywhere and thought you could help me with this for a presentation I’m making.