Q. I’ve recently read your article printed in ‘Prophecy Update’ regarding Messianic prophecy in the O.T. You mentioned that Matthew’s genealogy traces Joseph’s line, while Luke’s traces that of Mary, mother of Jesus. But I’m struggling to see how Luke shows the line of Mary – albeit v.11 mentions Nathan, David’s brother.
But how does that relate to Mary?
Q. There’s this person I’ve been talking to for over 5 years on a message board we both belong to. Over time I have found out that he was once a pastor who now claims to be an unbeliever (he is very militant in his denial of God). During one of our many discussions about the existence of God he said, “If God exists and still performs miracles as you Christians believe, why doesn’t he ever regrow people’s limbs that they’ve lost? I couldn’t answer the question.
I don’t think he’s really an atheist. I think something bad happened to him and now he’s mad at God and is rebelling against him. I don’t know him personally, but I feel that I should help him and I don’t know how. Could you assist me in this?
Q. I’m curious. Last night as I read thru your article on the Revelation, you talked about the Babylonian system of commerce which looks a lot like our world’s system of capitalism and all its trappings. So what does God’s system of commerce look like?
Q. I have come to really enjoy your website. Your studies a comments have helped me to understand the Bible much better but also developes more questions for me. Does Satan currently have access to Heaven and the Lord? In Job 1:6 it talks of the sons of God presenting themselves before the Lord and Satan coming amoung them. Is this in Heaven? REV 12 would indicate that Satan was or is in Heaven accusing man before the Father continually until the great war in heaven. When within the end time does this battle in heaven occur and he’s cast down to earth? Is this the time he indwells the anti-christ?
Q. Re: Hebrews 10:38-39. “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul”. God warns that those who renounce their confession of the Lord Jesus draw back into perdition. His true believers must stand firm, hold steadfast and believe until the very end.
I read this interpretation of Hebrews 10:38 on another website. Do you agree with it?
Q. We have some relatives who are Christian, however, there is one thing that really puzzles ( and upsets a little) my husband and me about them. When we talk about the Rapture and living in the end times, they certainly don’t seem to believe that Christ’s return is very soon. They even seem to try to take away some of our “Blessed Hope” by stating that the Rapture may not come for another 20,000 years! Why would born again believers appear to not be looking forward to Christ’s return?
Q. I understand that we really don’t have an option on this new tax for abortions, I keep feeling that the only way to get beyond it is to quit our jobs and live in shacks somewhere. I am so worried that this new rule we live under is going to drive families apart because some will pay the tax anyway and some will not at any cost. I wont be one that will be paying it. I have felt a lot of anxiety about events in the USA for a little while now and I also feel that I am not the only one. Am I right in feeling that the church is becoming anxious too and that our time is extremely short now?
Q. I have been a farmer and crop duster all my adult life, and something dawned on me recently that I would like your thoughts on. We have worked hard to overcome heavy debt all these years, and my wife and I are finally debt free and own some land. We have no children, and I would like to somehow leave the benefit of this land toward bringing those left behind to Christ, after the rapture. Also, I would like to see it benefit those who become believers after the rapture, as we all know that these will be terrible times. What dawned on me was “Who would I leave it to?” All the believers will be gone, so who could I trust to administer the proceeds or sale of the land. I wonder how wills will be probated, if a group of people simply disappears.
Q. Yesterday, I was reading chapters 20, 21 and 22 of Revelation. I noticed a note I put on one of the pages, which was a quote where you describe the New Jerusalem (or celestial city) as a “low orbit satellite”. I feel somehow most comfortable with this concept and when I read the quote to my husband, he felt exactly the same. It just seems to make sense. But I have a question about this and I do hope that you will be able to give a suitable (scriptural) answer. We have never heard anything like this from other sound teachers of prophecy/eschatology. Would you say that most of them agree with you on the future location of the Great City? And if they do, why haven’t they mentioned it in their writings/teachings?
Q. In several earlier responses, you’ve said that, in our next life, there will be no remembrances of past things because that would then introduce sin, or memories of it, into our lives and that isn’t in accord with eternal joy. My problem is that another Biblical scholar (unnamed, but solid), said that Jesus’ resurrection body was an example of what ours will be and since his body was able to move through solid objects ours will too, and that since Jesus could travel through time, we can too, and now it comes apart. If we went backward in time, then we would, in fact, be introducing sin or sinful memories into heaven. See my dilemma?
In a similar vein, others have said that, in heaven, we’ll have all of our questions answered. O.K, but how can a person have questions about things that aren’t remembered? I like the idea of time travel it seems proper, helpful that we could see the incidents of Jesus life. Why would the Lord not want us to remember that?