Q. I thank you for your dedication to the Lord and His word. I hope you don’t mind but I use some of your Q & A’s that address basic issues in my jail ministry. They are very helpful. My question is regarding the idea we will be watching the great tribulation from heaven like we had some grandstand seat to a sporting event. I spent nearly two years in combat and 22 years as a street cop. I’ve seen mans inhumanity toward man. I’ve seen mans horror until I cried out to the Lord to ” please let someone kill me tonight, I don’t want to see any more”. This I did many times. Thankfully the Lord didn’t answer that prayer. He did however answer my prayer to return to me some of my innocence. I am sickened by the thought of a heavenly view of the great tribulation. I find it hard to believe God’s will is for us to watch such a thing. I have clung to Isaiah 26:20-21 believing in my heart God didn’t want us to see. Tell me sir, have I clung to this in vain.
Q. I get very confused regarding the millennium, heaven, who goes where and what happens after the 1000 years. Let’s just take me for example: As a true believer, I will be raptured shortly. I will go from my kitchen to heaven. Will I stay in heaven for 1000 years? Will I be able to communicate with people living here on this earth during that time? (my family members may get left behind, yet make it through the tribulation as believers and be on earth, while I am in heaven) Will Jesus be walking among both the people on earth and in heaven? And after the 1000 years, will we then all be together? What happens to the souls of the people who live through the trib, and then die during the 1000 years on earth? Why is this so confusing? Is there a reason that the bible is such a riddle and the answers so obscure?
Q. My son is 19 years old with many ideas, hopes and dreams for his future. I remember how I felt at his age. He wants to experience life as he knows it and serve the Lord here. I told him that the Lord has wonderful work for us to do when we are raptured. What do you think we will be doing after the rapture? What does the Bible say about this? Obviously things on earth will be heating up. Will we be dispatched to serve Him in any way?
Q. Since all Raptured Christians shall appear before the Bema Judgment Seat of Christ to give an account of things done during their lifetimes here, good or bad, I was wondering if you would expound more fully on a Scriptural passage found in 1st Corinthians, Chapter 3, Verse 15 (KJV).
Q. Thank you for writing such excellent articles! They’re very informative and I always enjoy them. Your last article was of special interest to me because I have often wondered where evil came from? God surely wouldn’t create such a thing? does this mean that if Satan chose to do wrong that evil was created by God? and if the angels are given a choice then why are they not included in salvation?
Q. In your article on life in the millennium you listed the seven dispensations and went from law to grace to kingdom, but grace ends at the Rapture, and the millennium doesn’t start for at least another seven years later. Seems to me there’s a missing dispensation. Law A, grace, law B, kingdom?
Q. I have been thinking about your response regarding the Holy Spirit during the Tribulation and have this question. How will those who are left know, or how will they learn that their salvation will depend on their faithfulness to God during this time.? It seems to me that those poor souls who are left will be set up for failure as 1. they are mostly ignorant of things spiritual and 2. won’t have the comfort of knowing they are ‘sealed’ by the Holy Spirit when they do believe.
Q. I was raised in the church and taught a “Dispensational and pre-tribulational” view. I still believe it to the depths of my soul and believe Scripture teaches it. However, when I see things written today about what will take place, such as the Rapture, etc, it comes across “cultic.” Suddenly it sounds ridiculous like we’re some sort of “Heavens Gate” cultist’s waiting for the ultimate alien to rescue us. When I was growing up it didn’t come across that way, why now? I don’t like that and I ask the Lord to help me see it the way he does.
Q. I haven’t written with a question in a long time…but I’m still praising God everyday when I read your articles and timely responses to readers questions. You can’t imagine the number of times I have silently “high fived” you with a “good answer, Jack”. You continue to bless me with your anointed insight to explaining scripture in the most elemental ways. I recently lost my wonderful husband of 38 years. We made promises to meet again just “inside the eastern gate.” My thoughts frequently go to the fact that he (soul and spirit) is already with our Saviour, even though his earthly body is still here on earth. (Absent from the body / present with the Lord.) My wonderings are along this line…is he already in his mansion (room) ? What is he doing while he waits for the rapture (or death) to bring me up ? Are there any clues in scripture as to what everone already there is doing while they wait ?
Q. Thank you for your faithfulness in teaching the Word. Question: Could “genea” of Matt. 24:34 mean “race, or stock of people”instead of “people alive at a certain time period”? I’d certainly rather it mean the latter, as our time would surely be short before we meet Him in the air! However, I’m aware that others, C. I. Scofield included, interpreted “genea” to mean the former.