Q. I was saved when I was 13 and baptized six months later. I attended church faithfully with my family for a few years after. When I was 16 my parents became disenchanted with the church and stopped attending, and since I didn’t have a car or any other way to get there, I had to stop going, too. I started going again when I was 19, then stopped again because my husband was not a church going man. I became enchanted with Wicca and even Satanism for a while, but I feel the Holy Spirit tugging at my heart, and I would love to start going back to church again.
My question for you is this: after studying Wicca and Satanism, does God still love me and am I still saved? I never denounced God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit when I was studying the preceding, but I’m still unsure as to whether or not I am still saved. I have asked for forgiveness, stated all of my sins, and gotten rid of everything having to do with Wicca and Satanism, but I still feel unclean. Does God still love me and am I still His child?
Q. What are the old and new covenants? Like Our Lord Jesus said the law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets were in effect up to the time of John the Baptist, after which the good news is being preached. Does this mean that all the people after John the Baptist, won’t be judged by Moses’ Law but would instead be saved by Our Lord’s grace thru our faith in him and that all the people before John the Baptist would only be saved by Moses’ law and not their faith in the coming Messiah?
Q. I have been studying up on the fig tree parable. in Luke 21 and Matthew 24. Both passages mention the fig tree. Does the fig tree represent Israel or not? I’ve heard both ways and it sure makes more sense for the fig tree to represent Israel. Remember when Jesus put a curse on the fig tree that bore no fruit and the scripture that is mentioned in Jeremiah 24 about Israel as a fig tree? I’m so confused because isn’t Israel the tell-tale sign that we are the last generation? The generation that witnesses the budding of the fig tree will witness everything last thing? Can you explain this? Thank you!
Q. I heard of a Vietnamese man who has been forced to recant his new found faith in Christ; he has signed a document saying he recants, but will also be required to sacrifice to his ancestors in order to publicly prove he has recanted. Matthew 10: 33 says that if we deny Christ before men he will deny us before the father. Would you please comment on this terrible situation, and also what relationship Matt 10:33 has to OSAS, in your opinion.
Q. Thank you for your ministry. I was wanting to know if the number of the gentiles have to be a number only God knows then how do you explain saying the rapture will be in 2011? I am referring this to the 483 years from the time Suleiman ordered Jerusalem’s walls rebuilt and the second coming. In seeing God’s plan so precise to numbers, if we have free will how does he get the number of the Gentiles being saved in this time frame of 483 years?
Q. I think it is fair to say that all of us have buried memories and thoughts we would like to keep buried. Now, what if you’ve already taken them and given it to God? If those memories suddenly flood back because of an argument or event, is that God “doing something” with those memories for say, discipline to bring us closer to Him? I read in your post “The Lord’s Discipline” that discipline does not increase our fear but increases our love. But does the process include making us angry and hurtful?
Q. I would like some clarification on Isaiah chapter 65, verse 20. “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.” I know this is referring to the time of the Millennium when Jesus reigns. Does this mean that someone that does not accept Jesus as their personal savior will die prior to or at one hundred?
Q. I really enjoy your site and the daily Q&A’s that I receive. Thank you for doing this. In one of your recent answers to a question about the Ark of the Covenant, you mentioned the Temple Institute and how they were preparing priests to be ready to serve in the Temple when it is finally rebuilt. Please tell me how the Temple Institute determines, after two thousand years, who is from the tribe of Levi? And more importantly, who is from the line of Aaron?
Do they use DNA testing for this or do they rely solely on family records? I know when Herod’s temple was destroyed in 70 AD all the genealogy records that were kept there were destroyed with it.