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Reading Revelation Chronologically

Published: May 22, 2016 (Originally published: May 25, 2016)
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John’s gospel is the least chronological of the four gospels. Events are out of order and a very unequal amount of verses are applied to certain events versus other events in Jesus’ life. So it would seem unlikely then that John’s book of Revelation would be completely in time order. Perhaps some parts of the Revelation are chronological, and others are placed thematically. This is a critical issue, since from reading your material it appears the primary basis of your belief in pre-Trib is because Rev 4 & 5 in chapter order precede the rest of the book. Can you please enlighten me as to how you see it and why?


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About The Crowns

Published: May 22, 2016 (Originally published: May 24, 2016)
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I really can’t get the idea of even rewarding us with Crowns if they change nothing in regards to how we will be treated in the afterlife. Why even give them to us in the first place if we are to turn around and lay them at Christ’s feet? Does He need our crowns when He already wears the finest and most important crown of all? Will we be assigned some sort of rank due to the number of crowns we earn or the number of times we qualify for a certain crown or crowns? What am I missing?


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Should I Ask Him For Confirmation?

Published: May 22, 2016 (Originally published: May 24, 2016)
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I prayed for the salvation of someone who is very dear to me. I couldn’t stop crying, I begged the Lord with all my heart. In my head, like simple thoughts, the following appeared: “He belongs to me, he is mine.” The Holy Spirit spoke to me in a still voice before just like that, but sometimes I’m not sure if it is truly Him or just my own thoughts. How could I know for sure that it was indeed the Holy Spirit assuring me? Should I ask the Lord for further proof?


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When Was Job Written?

Published: February 27, 2017 (Originally published: May 24, 2016)
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Again, thank you for a great web site. You help all of us better understand The Word of God. In my spiritual travels I’ve often read that Job may well be one of the oldest books in the Bible and could have been written before the Great Flood. In reading Job 37 this morning I can plainly see that it could not have been written before the Flood, because Elihu talks about rain. I thought it never rained before the flood. What are your thoughts?


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The Holy Spirit And Pentecost

Published: May 22, 2016 (Originally published: May 23, 2016)
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I am truly grateful for your faithful study of Scripture and your willingness to devote countless hours to share what you learn with us. My Bible is full of penciled in clarifying margin notes with the initials JK by it. We know from Acts 1:3 that Jesus ascended back to his Father 40 days after his resurrection. The disciples were told to go to Jerusalem to wait for the promised Holy Spirit ( Acts 1:4-5) which we know from Acts 2:1 came on Pentecost, 50 days after the resurrection. Since God is so into numbers there must be a reason for the 10 day wait in leaving his disciples without the promised Holy Spirit. Is it connected with Shavuot in some way?


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Why Did God Give The Law?

Published: May 12, 2016 (Originally published: May 20, 2016)
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I would like to know why God gave the Law. Up to the time of Moses, people had a relationship built on faith. Other than the conclusion, “the law is to show up your sinful nature” why do you think God gave the Law?


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Why Do We Need To Ask God To Forgive Us?

Published: May 12, 2016 (Originally published: May 20, 2016)
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I am in a Church that teaches “The Grace ” message. That is that Christ died for the sins of the whole world, once and for all. There is no need to ask for forgiveness of sins, as all sins have been forgiven. All that’s needed is to believe in the Lord Jesus. As Jesus Himself said:” Believe in The One He has sent, and you will be saved.”


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Live By The Sword And Die By The Sword?

Published: May 12, 2016 (Originally published: May 19, 2016)
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When I was younger I served in the Canadian military for a number of years and have always supported Canada’s military missions. It has been about 10 years since I came to Christ and ever since then I have been wondering if His statement on living by the sword is directed towards those who make their living in the armed forces. My pastor and many of my born-again friends espouse the idea of pacifism to such a level that it makes me wonder if I’m missing something. Are they correct in their belief that Jesus was a complete pacifist and that this is the idea He had always tried to teach us?


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Does God Make Us Suffer?

Published: May 12, 2016 (Originally published: May 20, 2016)
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Do you think God sometimes wants His children to suffer? Does Love really want the object of Its love to suffer? A pastor I know believes that Jesus was “made perfect” through suffering, and so how much more do we need to be perfected by the same means. I mentioned to him that Jesus was perfect from his birth, God in the flesh from the get-go, and that suffering didn’t “improve” him, since if He were flawed at all, He wouldn’t have qualified as the savior. I told him that the verse he’s referring to is speaking of how Jesus became the perfect sacrifice for sin after suffering the cross. But he insists that God teaches us lessons by inflicting suffering. I told him that God gave us His Word to perfect us and His Spirit to guide us. Am I correct?

 


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Communion Wine

Published: May 22, 2016 (Originally published: May 22, 2016)
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Since the process of making wine involves the introduction of yeast, should “the fruit of the vine” used for the Lord’s Supper be unfermented seeing yeast represents sin in Scripture? It would seem that this would picture the sinlessness of Jesus even as the unleavened bread does.