Q. I recently came across a site proving the beast comes from the east, namely Assyria. I thought you might be interested and perhaps able to confirm or disprove any of it. The author’s theory is based on several items. Here are a few: 1. Jesus said the antichrist would be of the people who destroy the temple. The destruction was done by the Roman empire; however, the battalion that performed the destruction was mainly comprised of Assyrians. 2. The Biblical references to the antichrist as “the Assyrian” 3. The author emphasizes the importance of the middle east as being the beast’s location. In Daniel’s dream of four beasts, he could describe the first three (lion-Babylon, bear-MedoPersia, leopard-Greece), but not the fourth. However, John could describe this beast in Revelation as having body parts of lion, bear and leopard. This indicates it is comprised of the areas of Babylon, MedoPersia, and Greece. The author points out that the metallic statue of Daniel 2 is destroyed all at once at Christ’s 2nd coming (Dan 2:35). When we look at the modern countries making up this region, we find 10, all Islamic. 4. The author follows the actions of the antichrist described in Daniel 11 to show how he could obtain his titles: King of Babylon, Pharaoh King of Egypt, etc.
Q. Please help me on the issue of speaking in New Tongues. Mark 16: 17-18 says, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” In our churches we see people going out of their way speaking in tongues because they are told that they are spiritually immature if they do not speak in tongues and they have been using the above verse and Acts 2 as something that obligates them to speaking in tongues. I actually don’t speak in tongues and I cannot fake them if there is nothing that allows me to do that. I’m a principled believer that doesn’t do what I’m not sure of. I saw several people people speaking this language that they cannot even know nor can they be known by any interpreter or outsider, claiming that God hears it. In some churches they even teach members how to speak in these funny tongues. Please explain this issue of tongues before I get more confused or prejudiced or feel less of a believer because I don’t speak in tongues.
Q. I seem to remember the Bible speaking of the Jews having had two “Temples.” Was one David’s tabernacle like the one in the Wilderness, and the other Solomon’s Temple. Is it possible, in the great scheme of things, that the first to be raised will be a portable tabernacle, and that it is there that the AC will declare himself to be God? That would considerably advance the nearness of End Times since there would be no need to wait to resolve the political aspects of actually building a Temple of stone? Are we sure that it is the formal stone Temple that is referred to in prophecy of the End Times?
Q. I don’t know where to begin. I came across your web site and thought to give it a try. I, believe it or not, am ashamed and a minister as well. I have committed adultery and have repented of it. I have also been counseled by my previous pastor and prayed with him as well (confess your faults one to another). The day I called him I had a breakdown and he said the Lord put in his spirit the previous night to call me so the Lord opened the door for us. My question is since I repented (1 John 1:9) and counseled with my pastor should I move on or tell my wife? I don’t feel led to tell her. I understand the nature of the sin I committed against a Holy God. I was not caught and I confessed as humbly as I know how to. I am curious on your thought.
Q. You should be ashamed sending out a message about the future President of the United States and questioning whether he is the anti-Christ or not. You should be ashamed. It is just as likely or even perhaps more likely that Sarah Palin is the Anti-Christ. Sending out a message like this does nothing but increase the fear of those who are gullible to such beliefs and undermines and slanders the name of a very good man. Shame on you for casting your bias and fears onto our President and causing even more discord in this world than already exists. I am a born again Christian. I cannot say enough how much I feel you should be ashamed of propagating this vile point of view.
Q. As you know I am so desperate to be healed that I have been considering attending Bible College next year in the hope that it will discipline me to exercise my spiritual muscles more to believe for my healing. I am very confused and have been praying about this matter but I cannot seem to get an answer. I know that something needs to change in my life as I simply cannot continue to live like this from a mental, emotional and spiritual point of view. I am thirsty and hungry for the things of God and yet cannot seem to get into the Word and pray much. I know that I don’t have to go to Bible College to be healed but what do I do?
Q. I’m sure you’ve been asked this question before and I hope this doesn’t sound stupid, but I’m wondering what do you think happens with unborn babies at the time of the rapture if their mother is not a believer? Obviously if the pregnant mother is a believer she will be taken in the rapture anyway. My understanding is that all children under the age of accountability will be taken in the rapture regardless of their parent’s beliefs…is that correct?
Q. You are one of the Bible teachers that I respect a lot, and I believe God truly anoints you since He has blessed me in so many ways thru your wonderful teaching. I have a question regarding salvation for people who are retarded or in a state of mental illness which makes them incapable of understanding the Gospel. How can we reach these people so they can be saved? Will they still be saved if they never accept Christ as their Lord and Savior?
Q. I really enjoy the articles and information on this site. I thank God for your wisdom. This site is truly a blessing. My sister is a believer but is also gay. She has stated to me many times in the past that she has conviction daily. This was in the past. Now a few years later she doesn’t show any remorse or conviction at all. I have 2 young children who love their aunt dearly. Before she (my sister) would never do anything that was in anyway offensive to me or to the girls. Lately, especially after the election, she has been more boisterous about her lifestyle and more distasteful in her language. She knows my feelings on this but has no regard for anyone. I have disassociated myself from her because I don’t know what to do. I believe we are in the end times and there is such an urgency for all people to get right with God. I love her and will continue to pray for her but am I to not be around her? Will she be raptured even though not right with God? What, if anything, can I do? I have prayed endlessly about this and know what Jesus would do (love them anyway and forgive them) but every time I start to call or send an email it just doesn’t seem to be right. So I tell myself that God is working on her, on me and all will be well. Thank you for your response in advance.
Q. I’ve carried a strong interest in Bible Prophecy for a number of years now. I’ve noticed of late some slight diversion as to the identity of the fourth beast of Dan 7. The traditional view has been that it is the Roman Empire and that we will soon see an end time revival of that empire. Another more recent view has been that the fourth beast is the Islamic Empire that began with the Ottoman Empire and has continued to this day. I believe that those holding this view reconcile the Roman Empire as an extension of the Grecian empire (through the 4 divisions that came out of this empire). I believe that those holding this view also acknowledge the Roman Empire as being one of the 7 heads of the beast identified in Rev 13. This more recent view has also led several to strongly suggest that both the beast and Antichrist must come from the East and that the Antichrist will be an Assyrian. Unfortunately, my understanding of world history is not very strong. Was wondering if you could offer any thoughts on this.