I appreciate your site so much. I have a friend who keeps telling me Christians are going to go through The Great Tribulation, because it is the “cleansing fire” we must go through to “purify” for our redemption when Christ comes back. I have been a Pre-Trib Rapture believer since my conversion many years ago. Can you help me here? Thank you so very much.
Although I notice how often numbers are used in the bible, I can’t say I really understand the significance of them – so have some more work to do to grasp their meaning and what they are communicating.
In a reading of Mark 6:30-44, 8:1-21, it looks like Christ is using the number 12 to designate Israel in the feeding of the 5000 and the number 7 to designate Gentiles in the feeding of the 4000. Can you elaborate a bit on why there are 12 baskets left over for the Jews and why there are 7 baskets left over for the Gentiles? Do the numbers 5000 and 4000 have any significance in understanding this scripture? Do they 5 loaves and 2 fishes versus 7 loaves have significance as well?
Re. 2 Corinthians 12:9: I have a question about this verse, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Then Paul says “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” What does “weakness” mean in these verses? I know that Paul wrote them in the context of his persecution and hardships, but what does that mean in a Christian’s everyday life who -thanks to God- doesn’t have to endure persecution? What are our weaknesses in our everyday “ordinary” Christian life? What count as weakness? Could they be our limited abilities which can be mental, emotional and physical? Plus our struggle with our sinful nature and our sins?
Thanks for your faithfulness in answering so many questions so carefully. At this week of Rosh Hashanah, my question is about the relationship of this first Fall feast to the trumpet call of God at the Rapture. There seems to be agreement that the four Jewish festivals in the Spring time have all been purposefully authorized and honored by God. So that thought is that God’s choice of calling His bride, the Church would likely fall on Rosh Hashanah. This seems to me to take away from the immanency concept which says it could be any day of any year. Your thoughts, please.
Jesus and the prophets gave us clues as to Jesus Second Coming, not the day and the hour, but the year and the month. You discovered the year, 2018, and I know someone found the month, based on the feasts of Israel and cycles of the moon or something like that. The month cannot be discovered until it is almost here because of something to do with not knowing the cycle of the moon until just before it happens, can you give me the name of the feast and the reason we can’t know the cycle of the moon until the rabbis figure it out?
Regarding the “24 elders” (Rev. 4:4, 11:16, etc.). We understand that these 24 elders are “us” (the Church-age believers). Do you believe that all believers are somehow “collectively embodied” within the 24 elders or are the 24 elders symbolic? Or is it possible that we will all individually get a chance (when our “rotation” is called) to sit on one of the “24 thrones” much like the duties were rotated after the lots were cast for certain activities in the House of the LORD as described in 1 Chronicles chapters 24 & 25?
You have said on your web site that Revelation 5 has the church in heaven. I have read it and I can’t find any mention of the church there. Can you explain? ( It says…”I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands”….I see angels, elders, and living creatures, but no saints or church.)