My problem has to do with serving in the military. When I graduate, I plan on joining the marines. The problem lies with my Jehovah’s Witness father. He believes that by me joining the marines, voting, and getting involved in other “worldly” things, I’m serving Satan. He brings out their “reasoning from the scriptures” book to twist God’s word around. He gets angry and yells about how I’m “a servant of the devil”, and threatens to have noting to do with me.
I could live with this, even though we are very close, except for the fact that this would keep me from seeing my younger sister. I know, in the bottom of my heart, that God has a plan for me that involves the military, and I have asked Him multiple times if this is His will, and He has confirmed it every time. What verses in the Bible can I use to try and persuade my dad that the marines are okay, and is there any hope of convincing him that they are not satanic? I want to praise God for giving me a great mother who is a strong christian woman, and who kept me straight as I grew up!!
Through out the Old Testament, there are several personal encounters between Bible characters and Jesus (Angel of the Lord). My heart skips a beat when I read about them, just imagining what it would be like to have a personal encounter with the Lord. This is my question – why did those personal encounters stop? Or haven’t they? Do you have any thoughts on this?
Since the horses were killed in the hail and fire Exodus 9:25, where do you reckon they got the horses for the chariots to pursue the Israelites? I know there is a good explanation, because every word He wrote is true. Also, is there any indication of how long the whole set of plagues took?
Recently my church, as well as several radio Bible study programs that I listen to, have been teaching about how God’s judgment begins in the house of the Lord. They all say that we need to live according to God’s commands or we face being judged. I thought we Christians have had all our sins judged already.
Is there a definite sign post that must come to pass before the rapture of the church? In Bible study our teacher said that there were some debatable sign posts before the rapture, but I cannot find scripture to support that theory.
When we confess our sins to God, are we to be specific? Or maybe say something like “I confess I am a sinner and ask you to forgive my sins and wash me clean with the blood of my Beloved Jesus”? The thing is, I try to confess when I pray, but sometimes I can’t think of everything I need to confess. Please don’t get me wrong. I know I’m a sinner and have probably done many things I just don’t remember. How specific do we need to get?
My question is about forgiveness. What does it really mean to forgive someone? I think there are two parts to it: refusing to seek revenge for the sin committed against you, and restoring the offender to the relationship that he/she previously had with you. It is the second part that I am having a problem with. I have no problem “forgiving”, by walking away and refusing to seek revenge, but do I have to restore people (who through their hurtful actions have proven to be disloyal and untrustworthy) to previous positions of trust?
First and foremost LOVE your site and read it everyday. I don’t know if this has been asked or not so here goes. Can Satan read your thoughts or put thoughts in your mind? Thank you and God Bless You!!!
I have always heard men talk about the teaching of the Immanency of Christ’s return; that he can return at any moment and that there aren’t any “signs” that have to occur first. I really don’t understand this. It seems to me that, there were some signs and are others still, that have to happen before the Lord returns for us at the Rapture.
For example, didn’t Israel have to be reestablished as an independent nation again, first? If so, then throughout prior church history until Israel was a nation again, how could his return have been imminent? One other example is the battle described in Ezek.38-39. This battle can’t happen until, as Ezek.38:14 says, it happens “In that day when my people of Israel dwell safely,”. They are not dwelling safely (or securely) today. They are attacked frequently. I really can’t see how the doctrine (or teaching) of Imminence can stand. Do you have any views on this?