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A Question About The Sphinx

Published: June 27, 2016 (Originally published: July 3, 2016)
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I just read your article about the Great Pyramid of Giza. I enjoyed it, but was wondering if you’d ever done a study on the Sphinx and if so what you’ve learned about it. It seems that all these monuments (Easter Island Statues, Mayan Pyramids, Stonehenge etc.) are connected somehow. Anyway any thoughts you may have are appreciated.


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A New Heaven And A New Earth?

Published: June 27, 2016 (Originally published: July 3, 2016)
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Hi Jack. Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity to ask Bible-based questions!

I have a question about Earth and its standing after Jesus comes. One television preacher says Earth will never pass away. Yet, I remember a verse that says something like, “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Can you clarify that for me? Thanks!


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Interpreting Matt. 5

Published: June 27, 2016 (Originally published: July 3, 2016)
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What does Matthew 5:21-22 mean about insulting and calling one’s neighbor a fool? Does this relate to judging others? Also, what does Matt. 5:33-37 mean? I’ve interpreted them as meaning that we shouldn’t promise things because we can’t insure that they’ll happen, but I’m not sure – I might be missing something here.


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How Big Was Samson?

Published: June 27, 2016 (Originally published: July 1, 2016)
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I have a question about Samson. I recently heard a Pastor remark that Samson was a relatively small man and his strength was of God. I know the strength came from God and it would make it even more remarkable to those people at that time if he were small, but I don’t know if that is actually stated in the Bible. I believe the pastor was assuming he was of normal size and not muscle bound as most pictures portray him.


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I’ve Had Enough! What Should I Do?

Published: June 27, 2016 (Originally published: July 2, 2016)
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I have been in a long relationship with a woman who has done a lot of things that I don’t like. She has lied to me more than once. I have helped her out with money and emotional attachment. Am I wrong for not forgiving her this time and having nothing more to do with her? She has taken advantage of my good nature because I believe in the Bible about forgiveness. I think she is evil she doesn’t care who she hurts in the process. What should i do?


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How Did Lazarus Come Forth?

Published: June 27, 2016 (Originally published: July 2, 2016)
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In John 11 is the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. It says he came forth bound hand and foot. I heard someone say once that they thought Lazarus was levitating when he came out of the tomb, but just the use of the word “levitating” frankly gives me the creeps. But it does say he was “bound” — any thoughts on how Lazarus “came forth”?


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How Can I Stop Doubting The Pre-Trib Rapture?

Published: June 27, 2016 (Originally published: July 2, 2016)
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My question is this; As followers of Jesus and believers in the pre-trib rapture, how can we protect ourselves from re-occurring doubts about the rapture? I am surrounded by opposition to faith in the rapture and often begin to think that I might be so motivated to believe that I convince myself it is truth, especially when the Bible can be interpreted to say otherwise at times. Do you have any suggestions beyond the basics of nurturing our faith such as time in fellowship with the Lord, time studying His word, fellowship with like-minded believers, etc.?


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Fourfold Restitution?

Published: July 14, 2016 (Originally published: July 1, 2016)
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I noticed something repeated in Scripture. When theft is involved, David mentions a 4 times repayment when being confronted by Nathan, and Zaccheus mentions that same 4 times repayment to bring restitution for the things he has stolen. Paul then says (post-Cross) let the thief stop stealing basically and work with his hands- no mention of singular, let alone quadruple repayment for restitution. So twofold question: what if any is/was the significance of a 4 times repayment (is the number arbitrary?) and is it presently incumbent upon repentant thieves to repay or to just cease and work with their hands?


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Depart From Me

Published: June 27, 2016 (Originally published: June 30, 2016)
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In Matthew 7:20-23 Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

Are the “many” here trying to enter heaven by their works (did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles)?


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Praying For Guidance

Published: June 27, 2016 (Originally published: June 30, 2016)
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First thank you for your website and your wisdom, which is why I write. I have been mulling over some personal issues in my life and I’ve been praying for guidance and wisdom but I don’t seem to find the answers I’m looking for. Is there any advice you can give me as to how I can listen for God’s counsel in these matters? I’m trying to avoid my own meddling and instead allow HIS grace to guide me, but I worry I’m unsuccessful. I appreciate your advice on this matter and look forward to your response.