I understand that we should interpret scripture literally whenever the context allows us to do so, but what about being able to understand whether something that was prophesied has already occurred? For example, I understand that books such as Revelation are still future because of the awesome events described in them, but how do we know for sure that the events in Revelation will span 7 years and not longer? Is it because of the parallel in Daniel’s 70th week? If that is so then how do we know the events BEFORE the abomination of desolation take place over a period of 3 1/2 years?
I absolutely know that much of the time I’m not walking in the Spirit because of all the things I either do or say or the way I act. This is not how I want it to be but it seems I do all these things whether I want it this way or not. Does God the Father not see me as righteous when I’m not walking according to the Spirit? I know He must be displeased and this kills me inside that He is feeling this way about me. I want so much to be like Jesus and then I’m not again and I get so discouraged. What am I to do?
One of my children is disabled. He is deaf, slightly vision impaired, and slightly learning disabled. My son is 12 years old and he has accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He did so at the age of 10 years old. He has asked me since getting saved if his spirit will be disabled too. He wants to know if when his disabled body dies and his spirit leaves his body to go home to Jesus will it be “whole”? Basically, he knows his body doesn’t work because it is broken in certain places. He wants to believe that when his spirit leaves his body that his spirit will see, hear, understand, etc…normally. He does not want his spirit to be disabled like his body.
I want to tell him this is true, but I am not sure. I don’t want to say something to him that is not true. Your time on this question is so appreciated, not only to me, but to a 12 year old boy who’s life up until now has not been easy nor will his future be.
According to Rev. 8:1-6 opening the seventh seal releases the seven trumpet judgments and according to Rev. 11:15 sounding the seventh trumpet leads to the seven bowls. In other words, they’re all tied together. Can’t we therefore assume that this whole period is the Wrath of God ?
I read your response to “More on Tribulation Martyrs” and I think your statement “notice that while they will reign with Christ they are not called kings” is a stretch. Rev 5:10 says (speaking of the church) “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Is the word “reign” used in Rev 20:4 and Rev 5:10 the same in Greek? If so, to say they are not kings because of omission is a weak argument.
I am currently in a long distance relationship with a girl. The Bible says a woman and a man who are married become one in God’s eyes. If the Rapture happens before I marry this girl, how will we be before the Lord? I wish I could marry this girl right now and I can only hope and pray the lord will allow that to happen before the Rapture which I believe like you is coming very soon. Will we be joined in the Lord’s eyes if not married when the rapture comes?
I know you said the great multitude in heaven in Rev 7 are the martyrs taken out of the Great Tribulation (so they do not go through it). I can agree with that, but then what happens to the martyrs after that? Many will still die in the Great Tribulation. I know the Sheep and the Goats Judgment is for the survivors of the entire 70th week, so what happens to those who die in the Lord during the last half, the Great Tribulation?
My boyfriend and I are committed to remaining celibate until we are married. In the year we have been together, we have not had intercourse. We have, however, engaged in mutual masturbation. Are we guilty of fornication? Many thanks for addressing such an embarrassing situation.
When Jesus left the tomb, His grave clothes were neatly folded on the slab (He obviously didn’t need the earthly garments any more.) I’m wondering if you think it’s possible that OUR clothes will also be left behind, folded neatly where we were as we ascended? If this were the case, it would be an even greater problem for the unbelievers left behind to explain to the world; but it would also be a greater pointer for those on the edge of belief to question what on earth had just happened.