One of my young (18 years old) granddaughters posted an open question about the meaning of Matt. 10:21-23 on her facebook wall. I wanted to try to answer her so I read the entire tenth chapter for a better grasp of the context, but this left me totally without an answer to her question, so I decided to ask you for your thoughts on these verses. Thank you very much for your consideration.
I’m studying the Book of Revelation and came across Rev.10:4. “And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write, and I heard a voice from Heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.” What does this mean and why wasn’t John allowed to reveal what they said? Thanks for your insight.
Since I’ve found your website, not a day goes by that I have failed to read the new questions each day. My question is about Revelation 4 verse 1. What is the “after this” that both John and the voice are referring to? Could it mean the “after this” is the church age is over and He is showing us the rest of the story? I know it could mean after the rapture, but it seems it could be more descriptive.
There are many conversations about our future and eternal role as members of the Church. These conversations are mostly about our role as priests and kings on the Lord’s side. But I haven’t heard any discussion about our future position as the Lord’s Bride. I have been thinking about that for a long time. The Book of Relevation speaks about the “Marriage of the Lamb,” If the Church is Jesus’ Bride now and there will be a future marriage ceremony in Heaven, does that mean that we all will be personally married to Him in Eternity? Is our position as “the Bride” symbolic or could it be taken literally?
Does Satan not know what his end is? It is very clear in the bible, all the end time prophesies, etc. Standing in the temple proclaiming himself God and more. Why would continue along that prophesied path thinking he could possibly fight the Lord, win or even change things to his favor? I just don’t get it.
All of my Christian friends believe in a pre trib rapture. But not a single one of them wants it to happen any time soon. They say they still have things they want to do first, whether it’s becoming more successful, or doing more for the Lord, or making sure all their loved ones are going, too. Every one of them says it will be a great day when it does happen, but they don’t want it to happen right now. All this is very discouraging to me as I look forward to the rapture every day and it can’t come too soon as far as I’m concerned.
In your answer you said, “According to the Bible both these fears are irrational. The only qualification we have to meet for the rapture is to be born again.” What Scripture references are you basing this upon? The only verse I can think of that perhaps clearly alludes to this question is Luke 21:36 “Watch therefore and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass…” – and this seems to be definitely at variance with your view.
Then you said, “After all what rational person, upon being given the chance to go straight to Heaven and be blessed for all eternity would say, “Someday Lord, but not today.” It doesn’t make sense.” I think a self-centered rational person who felt they had nothing further to do here would say yes. But a rational person who cared for the fate of the lost or loved ones during the Tribulation could legitimately wish for more time if they felt their mission wasn’t complete yet.