Q. In our Bible Study tonight we were studying about the return of the Lord Jesus. We were asked if we believed His return was eminent and I said Yes. My friend Eric said no. I was sharing with Eric after the study, about how I have come to believe that if we trust Jesus completely that he will provide our every need in the times to come. That led him to say how Jesus says in Matthew 24 that He will hide us in the mountains during the tribulation. I said, Christians will be raptured by then, and that speaks to the Jews in Judea. Then he read to me Matthew 24 and asked me, “how I can believe that those verses are for the Jews when Jesus is speaking to His Disciples using the personal pronoun “You” and that the disciples are the church?’ I did not know how to respond. I know that Jesus is talking about the Jews, but how do I explain this? I told him that there is something about those verses that can be explained and that I would ask Jack Kelley.
Q. Thank you so very much for answering questions so quickly!I love your site and if I miss even one day, I feel disconnected. So I’m always reading your site! I do have one question though: I keep reading that, in the Middle East, Christian numbers are falling. Are we losing or gaining in numbers? They say that if a country use to have 20%, they now have only 2%. Should I be concerned about this? Thank you for your insight on everything, because without you I would be back at square one!!
Q. I have read a few of your responses to the difference between the Magog war and Armageddon, but I ran across a site today that claims to have 50 reasons why they are one in the same. I was wondering if you could comment on this.
Q. Thank you so much for your willingness to answer questions about the Bible. I was wondering about something I have heard about called “The Second Blessing” which I believe refers to a powerful annointing of the Holy Spirit upon a believer after and completely separate from his conversion experience. From what I can gather it is an experience that allows a believer to enter into a whole different level of Christian experience because he/she is willing to give everything, their entire being to Christ. Do you have any information or thoughts on this subject?
Q. I am a bit confused by Rev 14:14-17. Where do I place this chronologically? Here it is talking about two separate Reaping’s (believers and unbelievers). Later in chapters 16 and 19 it talks of the wrath of God via the seven bowls and culminating in the “wine press” of the wrath of God at Armageddon. There will need to be a physical remnant that enters the Kingdom of God. I read somewhere that only believers will enter the millennium. It would seem to me (based on Rev 14) that there will be a physical gathering of believers at the end of the tribulation period. And that these will be a physical remnant of mankind that will enter and populate the Kingdom. My thinking is that any unbelievers not destroyed in the seven bowls of wrath will be gathered in that reaping and thrown into the mix at Armageddon. Is this correct? And given the location of the reaping chapter, could it be safe to assume that believing remnant of mankind will be spared from the bowls of wrath?
Q. Hi and thanks for your great insight. I really enjoy your studies. I have always been puzzled about Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the statue representing the world empires. As great a country as America has been and being the only current world superpower, it’s puzzling why the “American” empire was not included when God revealed the empires that would rule before the return of the Lord. As great and powerful as our nation has been, you would think America would have been mentioned as one of the empires. Perhaps it’s because we won’t last long. Do have any insight on this subject?
Q. Hi! I’m addicted to your website…it’s fantastic! A couple of questions… I was just reading about the origin of Satan and his fall…it says that he will be expelled from Heaven at the end of the Tribulation and bound in the Abyss until the 1000 years is up – does that mean that he is in Heaven (or some part of it) now? I thought he was expelled from the moment he rebelled against God and had to dwell on earth until he gets thrown into the lake of fire at the end. Which brings me to my next question: Didn’t Jesus actually go into Hell when he died at the cross to get back the keys from Satan, leaving him with a fatal blow to the head? In which case, doesn’t that mean Satan would have to be in Hell now?
Q. In a recent answer (Maximum Trial, Maximum Grace) you wrote, “That doesn’t mean that we’ll be relieved of the consequences of our actions, but that God will make something good come out of it.” Does that mean what you said a few times in your teachings, that God turns our lost battles into blessings? Does that mean that no matter how bad and huge my losses are, the Lord in His mercy is willing to make them the “beginning” of something so good what is able to richly negate, compensate them?
Q. You quoted in your recent psalm commentary from a friend: “Maximum trial, maximum grace.” Is this true in the case if the trial or trials is/are caused by our sins? ( If we turn to the Lord for help asking for His forgiveness. If He’s not tired of me always doing something horribly stupid and then asking for His help!)
Q. I have a question. What should I do when my own country is pressuring Israel to give up more of the Holy Land? I am so distressed in these the last days, when my own country America, which I love, seems to be working against the plan of God in the Holy Land.