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Is The Tribulation A Sabbatical Cycle?

Published: June 29, 2006

Is it true that the Tribulation is referred to as a Shevua (One Week) in Hebrew meaning Sabattical Cycle? If so,how can we tell where a Sabattical Cycle Begins and Ends?

The Destiny Of The Unsaved

Published: June 29, 2006

Concerning an earlier question of the fate of an unsaved soul. Jesus seems to answer this question with the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man at death was sent to suffer the flames, while Lazarus went to heaven and was comforted. The rich man calls out to God to allow Lazarus to dip his finger in the water and place it on his (the rich man’s) tongue as he his burning alive and can’t stand it.

Is the place the rich man is sent Hell and if so, is there any reference to the place of judgment before the rich man is sent to the flames? Thank you for this website.

Kenites And The Serpent’s Seed

Published: June 28, 2006

First, I want to tell you how much I appreciate your dedication to “in-depth” teaching. Thank you so much for GraceThruFaith. It is my favorite bible teaching sight and I spend time there daily. I pray for God’s continued blessings upon you and your work.

I recently read someone’s comment on a blog who believes a “bible teaching” that the Kenites were the descendants of Cain, and that Cain was the offspring of Satan and Eve. I researched and found that this is called the “serpent seed” doctrine. Some also believe that Kenites were responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion and that modern-day Kenites are involved in carrying out Satan’s work. I am questioning this teaching (especially about Cain being the physical offspring of Satan and Eve). Isn’t it inconsistent with the scriptures?

Retaliation In Gaza

Published: June 28, 2006

What’s your take on the current retaliation of Israel in Gaza?

Ezekiel 38 Question

Published: June 27, 2006

I recently read your series of articles on “7 Things you must know to understand Bible Prophecy”–a very excellent portion. Thank you so much! I do have a question however, concerning Ezek. 38.

Everyone seems to think this could be fulfilled any day now, given the current situation in Iran, and their connections with Russia. If that were true, then of course the Rapture could be at anytime also.

However, in reading that portion of Ezekiel, it seems to me there are some very important criteria that have not been met, and that don’t seem likely to happen anytime soon. It seems very clear that when this portion of prophecy will be fulfilled Israel will be at peace and dwelling securely in the land. That is certainly not the case at this time–far from it!

It also mentions the attack is on horseback, and with quite primitive weapons. Is it possible that this portion is really an expansion of Rev 20, at the very end of the Millennium when the final rebellion takes place? It just does not seem to me to fit our current situation by any stretch of the imagination.

If not, then would it not be more likely that after some global crisis ( like Iran nuking us and Israel and everybody retaliating) that Antichrist appears on the scene to bring his “utopian” false peace out of the chaos? It is possible the church could still be here at that point, but then when the world is finally saying at last,”peace and safety”, God brings sudden destruction on them with the beginning of the seal judgments and the Rapture of the church. It could be at that time that Israel is dwelling “securely” in the land with no more walled villages, and builds their temple, due to their relationship to Antichrist.

Anyway,to me, it just does not seem likely to have Ez38/39 happening any time now… just wanted your thoughts.

Are All Jews Saved?

Published: June 23, 2006

I have read the responses to the question “Are all Jews Saved?” and am confused. First, the Jews of the Old Testament who trusted in God are saved under the Old Testament right? Secondly, the Bible tells us that God blinded the Jewish people to Jesus in order to fulfill the “time of the Gentiles.”

To say that God would blind a nation of people to Jesus and salvation AND not maintain the Old Covenant with them seems unimaginable for a loving, forgiving God.

What you’re saying is that ALL Jews from Jesus to Revelation, except for the few Messianic Jews, are going to hell because God blinded them to the truth of Jesus and the cross. You’re saying that all of the terrible things done to the Jews, many in the name of Christianity, are simply their sentence for being Jewish.

In effect you’re saying that God condemned them to eternity in hell because some tribe and nation had to be an example and a people for all of the world to hate in order to fulfill God’s plan.

I believe that the Old Covenant must be in effect throughout the “time of the Gentiles” for those Jews who keep it. Doesn’t this make more sense, doesn’t this describe our Creator better?

Taking The Mark Of The Beast

Published: June 20, 2006

I have been wondering for a long time if we will be raptured before the mark of the beast will be mandated to purchase food or whatever. I believe in the pre-trib rapture but still question whether we will be here for the temptation of having to take the tatoo or whatever (mark of the beast) because the Bible says once you have taken the mark you cannot be saved. I know for a fact that I am saved and I truly love the Lord with all my heart but I am also afraid I may be fooled or not be strong enough to refuse it.

Please help me with these questions as I have had them for many years.

Angels Or Demons?

Published: June 20, 2006

I have an aunt who is and has always been very religious. She lives alone way out in the woods and sometimes I think she hallucinates. She claims to have seen angels in her house and also ghosts. I don’t know how she distinguishes between the two. Do you think these are really angels or something the devil is doing to try and scare her?

Her children claim to also have seen ghosts in the same house when they were young and one even claims the devil was at the foot of his bed one night. I have never believed in ghosts or anything like that and was just wondering your thoughts on this.

The Bible Code

Published: June 20, 2006

What is your opinion on the Bible Code book written by Michael Drosnin? I tend to believe it.

Will We See Our Unborn Babies In Heaven?

Published: June 19, 2006

My wife and I were talking about the differences in her family between her three siblings and herself. I recalled that my mother lost at least three babies in miscarriages before I was born, and one following my birth. My wife and I also had a miscarried baby lost early in our marriage. We have always believed that we would see our unborn baby once we get to heaven.

Is there reason to believe this is true? If so, will I be reunited with my siblings once in heaven? What will they be like? I am a middle aged man now. Will they be adults or babies? Or will we all be ageless?

Also, a good friend of mine lost his 5 year old in a terrible accident. However, he and his family are Mormons. His child was taught in the Mormon tradition until his death at 5 years old. Will that child be in heaven? Same goes for many, many little children who die before the so called age of accountability.

I appreciate you taking the time to answer this question.