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The End Times Empire. Rome, Or Islam, Or …? Part 1

Published: August 12, 2012 (Originally published: August 11, 2012)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In the updated commentary on Rev. 17-18 I recently posted, I briefly summarized two major opinions concerning the end times world government. The view that it will be a revival of the Biblical Roman Empire has been universally accepted among believers for generations,


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The End Times Empire. Rome, Or Islam, Or …? Part 2

Published: August 19, 2012 (Originally published: August 18, 2012)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Periodically over the past six years, I’ve written about the similarities between Islamic prophecies of an end-times leader they call al Mahdi and Biblical prophecies about the one we call the anti-Christ. In their respective prophecies they’re both said to come on the scene during a time of great turmoil on Earth,


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Is My Faith Sufficient?

Published: April 1, 2016 (Originally published: April 11, 2016)
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Is it possible for a person to believe (as the devils do), but not “sincerely” enough? For him to have so little “real” faith that he will not be saved, despite asking God for salvation? Is it possible that Jesus will say, “Your ‘belief’ was phoney. You never ‘really’ believed; you only thought you did. You never ‘really’ asked for salvation because your faith and belief were not genuine. You are a hypocrite and deceived yourself. I never knew you.”


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Questions About Heaven

Published: April 1, 2016 (Originally published: April 5, 2016)
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In my reading and after talking to several people I know, I’m wondering about Heaven…as everyone does now and then. My question is: Who goes there when they die? or does anyone?

I ask because the bible has a lot of mention of people “sleeping for a time” until the judgement in Revelation.

It seems that maybe we die and sleep until the judgment, then perhaps wind up in our “prepared place” after the 1000 years of Christ’s reign on earth or something to that effect. But to add to my confusion, Christ says on the cross that the criminal next to him will be with Him in paradise that very day. Christ also says a lot about who will enter His kingdom…and it’s a lot more than faith alone, in Jesus’ words. Can you help me figure this out?


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The Number 40

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: April 4, 2016)
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Could you shed any light on the meaning of the number 40 as it is utilized many times in the Bible?

Appreciate your help.


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Joseph’s Pharaoh

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: April 4, 2016)
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Who do you think was the Pharaoh during Joseph’s time? Could it be Ahkenaten? He belived in only one God, a sun god, and then when he died the Egyptians erased all evidence of him. Just curious because the Pharaoh believed what Joseph told him about his dreams, and I assume he knew Joseph was a Hebrew who believed in only one God.


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Psalm 119, The Word

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: April 4, 2016)
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Can you tell me what the Hebrew alphabet has to do at the beginning of every 8th verse of Psalm 119? Surely there is a reason for this and I never noticed it till just the other day. How can we miss so many things in the Word? I am 77 years old and know so little. Thank God for Bible teachers like you. I will look for your answer. Thank you and God richly bless you.


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The Unfinished Role Of Elijah

Published: March 29, 2016 (Originally published: April 5, 2016)
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Thank you for your willingness to teach all of us through your articles and by answering questions that arise as we study the Bible.

My son is a recent convert and has presented me with many questions while studying the Bible. A recent one concerns various passages he has read that can be interpreted to mean that Elijah could come to prepare the way for the second coming of our Lord. He is reading the New Testament as well as Revelations. Is there anyway that you can shed light on his question? He is certain that another will come to ready the world for the rapture.

I am confused as to who Elijah really is. I know Elijah was a prophet in the Old Testament and also that John the Baptist was said to be Elijah. Does the word Elijah have a different meanings throughout the Bible?


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Generational Sin

Published: April 1, 2016 (Originally published: April 6, 2016)
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I cannot begin to tell you how much Grace thru Faith has blessed me and our Prayer Warrior group. To be able to ask questions, not only have them answered, but placed on your list for all to see, so that the question and answer may be a blessing to others.

My question for today is, where in scripture does it speak of generational curses, and how do you pray about something such as this.

Thank you and I pray that God continually blesses you and your ministry.


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A Biblical Perspective On Employee Loyalty

Published: April 1, 2016 (Originally published: April 7, 2016)
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I have enjoyed reading your articles and “Ask a Bible Teacher” section on your web site. I do have a question regarding an issue that I’ve been struggling with regarding loyalty to one’s employer from a Biblical perspective.

I place a high value on quality workmanship and have developed a reputation among our clients for doing good quality work. In our shop however, there is a lot of pressure to get things done very quickly.

Employer/employee relations are not good. The culture within the company breeds apathy. Employee retention has been a chronic problem within the company for years. Recently there has been a rash of resignations.

As a Christian, I am torn between loyalty to my current employer and my desire for a more healthy work environment. I’m too close to the situation to be objective. Any feedback you could provide regarding a Biblical perspective on this matter would be greatly appreciated.