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Will We Remember Our Past Failures?

Published: August 9, 2016 (Originally published: August 29, 2008)
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I know that with our salvation the Lord God no longer remembers our sins, but we do remember the guilt associated with them. I feel certain that when we are finally with the Lord in heaven we will no longer feel that guilt but I can’t find that in the Bible. Please refer me to the verses that says we will not feel guilt any more. Thanks.


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10 Virgins Follow Up

Published: August 5, 2016 (Originally published: August 13, 2006)
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I understand your view (on the Parable of the 10 Virgins) and appreciate your reply. I believe in eternal security, but I will have to pray about and research the eternal security of believers in the tribulation more in depth. Thank you.


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Pray Without Ceasing

Published: August 3, 2016 (Originally published: August 13, 2006)
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Thank you so much for this website. I really appreciate the opportunity to ask Bible-based questions!

My question is about the manner I assume for prayer. Sometimes I have a quiet time put aside for prayer. Other times, I pray while I am doing other “light” things, such as showering or housework. Occasionally I wonder if this is being disrespectful to God or I am just being old-fashioned? Do you have any thoughts or opinions on this?


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Can I Give My Salvation Back?

Published: August 3, 2016 (Originally published: August 14, 2006)
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First I want to thank you for the excellent job that you do. You are truly blessed.

My question is this. The Pastor at my Church is excellent and seems to be right on with most of your views. However there are a couple of things that I thought I had finally become convinced of through your website and studying that I am now confused about again after a couple of comments that were made in Sunday school yesterday.

First is the OSAS issue. It was explained that you can lose your salvation if you just give up on your faith or turning your back on God.

The other comment that was made was “just like we don’t believe in predestination …” Do you believe that we are chosen? I understand that God foreknew and “they” agree but argue that that doesn’t mean the same as being predestined. I have read all the passages I can find about this subject and it seems pretty simply stated to me that because He foreknew that makes us predestined.

What am I missing? Am I questioning too much about subjects that really aren’t that important?


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Sent Or Left?

Published: July 31, 2016 (Originally published: August 23, 2006)
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In regards to the Greek in Matthew 24:41, where the word “aphiemi” is translated into “Left” ( Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.), can you elaborate on the verb-tense of the word? Transliterated, it shows the word as aphietai. The ending etai means that the verb is a present-passive-indicative in the 3rd-person singular. It’s also the same tense as the preceding verb, “taken”.

Of course, I know nothing of what that means, but I feel it’s important. Can you elaborate on the meaning of the PPI 3rd tense of the verb aphemi?

Because, according to Strong’s, the word can mean sent or it also can mean left. And I think that the tense would give us a clue as to which it means.


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Doesn’t Satan Know?

Published: July 31, 2016 (Originally published: August 24, 2006)
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I have recently found your website and would like to thank you for your incredible insight into the book of Revelation via the Revelation Times articles you have written. They have certainly answered many questions I had and are BIG faith increasers!

My question is in regards to Satan’s knowledge of the end times. Am I correct in assuming that Satan knows of coming events such as the rapture (even though he doesn’t know the exact timing), the Gog/Magog war, the rise in power of the anti-Christ, Armageddon and the 2nd coming of Christ, and the fact that he will be bound for 1000 years and then loosed for a “little while” until he is thrown into the lake of fire?

Does he know this, and more importantly, is he ignorant enough to believe he can change the course of these events to his favor? Or does he know he’s doomed for eternal punishment no matter what he does? Hate must be his motivator?


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Tithing

Published: July 31, 2016 (Originally published: August 24, 2006)
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This is a question about tithing. I have heard that if we don’t tithe a tenth of what we earn to God first then God will curse all of our money. Is this scriptural?


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Why Was Enoch’s Book Excluded

Published: July 31, 2016 (Originally published: August 25, 2006)
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I was reading your answer to the question: How Can Angels And Humans Have Children? I looked up the Book of Enoch. Very Interesting. Can you tell why it wasn’t included in the Bible?

Also, I was discussing this with my husband, and he said Enoch came from Cain, so I thought maybe that is why it wasn’t included, but then I was looking in Genesis, and it seems as though there are two men named Enoch in the Bible, one indeed from Cain, but the other from Jared (Seth’s side). Genesis 4 and 5 can cause some confusion if a person isn’t really paying attention. So many parallels in names: Methusael (from Mehujael)-Methuselah (from Enoch) ; Lamech (from Methusael) -Lamech (from Methuselah) ; Enoch(from Cain)-Enoch(from Jared).

I guess I am asking about this point to make sure I understand correctly, these are six different people? Do you know which Enoch the Book of Enoch came from? Thank you.


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Tithing Follow Up

Published: July 31, 2016 (Originally published: August 26, 2006)
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Just in regards to the recent question on tithing…what happens if we don’t go to church? Usually the money would be given during the church service – but for Christians such as myself who don’t actually attend a church regularly, where should we send our money?

I’ve been thinking of maybe keeping the money aside for people in need (such as Christian charities/organizations, sponsoring children in poverty etc), but is this the way God’s portion should be spent? Or should I somehow keep it aside to offer to the Lord personally? I hope this makes sense!!


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The 10 Virgins Revisited

Published: July 31, 2016 (Originally published: August 28, 2006)
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If you believe that the parable of the 10 virgins speaks about a time on Earth just after the 2nd Coming, then why in, verse 13 did Jesus say, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son Of Man Cometh.” It sounds to me like a warning about the 2nd coming.

Also If the oil here were a symbol of the spirit of God how or why would they think another Christian could give them part of their spirit? And what would make the wise think the foolish could go and buy their salvation (spirit of God) from those who sell it? But here they went to those who sell to buy oil and did buy it and came back to be with the Bridegroom (Jesus). Do you know where you can go and buy the spirit of God for your salvation? If so why did Jesus die?

Oil is a source of both food and fuel. If the oil here is symbolic for food and fuel then the story works. If you notice, the foolish did go and buy oil. But Jesus said he didn’t know them. So if the oil were the spirit of God, Jesus would have to know them.