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The Persecution Of Christians

Published: April 20, 2011
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Have you heard of people using some letter supposedly written by Corrie Ten Boom to try and prove that the church will go through the tribulation? Why would people use Corrie Ten Boom as evidence that the church is supposed to go through the trib? Why wouldn’t they use just scripture? The letter claims that Christians in China were told they’d be raptured but were then persecuted by Mao; therefore the American church needs to be ready for persecution in the tribulation.


Amos 3:7 And The Rapture

Published: April 20, 2011
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In a recent answer you quoted Amos 3:7, “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” The question that came to mind is- does the principle in Amos 3:7 apply to warnings from the Lord, by means of his servants, that the rapture is very near or am I taking this verse out of context? Thank you for taking so much time to answer our questions.


Does Jesus Feel Our Pain?

Published: April 19, 2011
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I was wondering if you believe that God enters into our suffering as well as having already suffered for our sins? If so, do you know how He does this? Does He feel our current pain and/or anguish right along with us, or is it a type of suffering that I might have with a friend, more like compassion?


More On Isaiah 17 And Damascus

Published: April 19, 2011
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Are born again Christians going to be here to witness the destruction of Damascus foretold in Isaiah 17 or will the rapture take place first?


Demonstrating Mercy

Published: April 19, 2011
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In Matthew 25, Jesus tells his followers that if they do not show mercy to one another, God will not show mercy to them. He mentions that the sheep (mercy givers)will be separated from the goats, and that the sheep will go to heaven, and the goats to hell. Can you help me understand how this isn’t saying that our salvation is works related? If this parable is speaking of faith that leads to right actions, then my question would be, can a person truly be saved but not exhibit much mercy or right actions? How many merciful actions are enough to demonstrate true faith? Or does only God know this? I’m a little worried that I’m not demonstrating enough mercy and kindness to others.


Israel And The Church

Published: April 18, 2011
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I have a co worker who is a Christian but we differ on our position on the church. I believe the church has a distinct role and purpose that is different from Israel. She believes we are grafted into being a part of Israel. She believes grace has always abounded and does not believe we are in the age of grace as the church. She also doesn’t believe in any difference in the church vs Israel since we are all one under God. She also observes all the Jewish holidays and believes they point to Christ as Messiah and these are the only holidays we are to keep. Is this the correct way?


Peter, Do You Love Me?

Published: April 18, 2011
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I have a question about John 21:15-17. Jesus asks Peter two times, do you love (agapeo) Me? And Peter responds, Yes Lord, I love (phileo) You. The third time Jesus asks Peter do you love (phileo) Me, Peter responds, yes Lord, You know all things; You know that I love (phileo) You. So my question is why did Peter respond that he loved the Lord with phileo love? And why the third time Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him with phileo love not agapeo love?


Is The Royal Wedding A Sign Of The End?

Published: April 16, 2011
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I was traveling recently and in the airport, I noticed a headline on the upcoming Royal Wedding. It has stuck in my brain because of Matthew 24:36 and following. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on this. If we are supposed to be actively looking for the signs of the end, and His return which are very near, wouldn’t this GRAND wedding be something that would fit the context of that verse?


There Was Evening And There Was Morning

Published: April 16, 2011
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I am struggling to understand how the days are counted. God created light out of the darkness, that would be day. Then He said there was evening and morning one day. Just an evening and a morning is not a day, it is half a day. I can not understand how this was figured out. Your help would be most appreciated.


Salvation for Children and Mentally Handicapped Adults

Published: April 15, 2011
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Through some of your recent writings, I have come to more thoroughly and TRULY understand the difference between the value of faith in Jesus and works done in His name. What does the Bible have to say about those living children or disabled adults who either because of their immaturity or disability, can not comprehend the acceptance of Jesus Christ as their Savior?