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Edom First, Then Jerusalem

Published: January 21, 2007 (Originally published: January 21, 2007)
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Isaiah 63 tells us about Jesus destroying Edom, when you compare this with Revelation 19:11-16 it almost sounds like Jesus does this before he brings the armies out of heaven. Am I just reading this wrong?


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Who Lives In New Jerusalem?

Published: January 21, 2007 (Originally published: January 21, 2007)
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You’ve probably addressed this before, but I can’t find a reference:

During the millennium, where will the Old-testament saints dwell? They were promised Israel as their inheritance, with David as their reigning king, but they also believed in a redeemer (which is why they are “saints”), which might qualify them for the “New Jerusalem” as born-again believers.


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Sins Of The Father

Published: January 21, 2007 (Originally published: January 21, 2007)
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Is the sin nature passed by the man? I recently heard a sermon about the deity of Jesus and the virgin birth. The preacher said that in order for the sin nature to not reside in Jesus, he had to be born of a virgin. I think he was emphasizing that God was the Father and thus divine. But this question came to mind. Mary had a sin nature, so how is it that it wasn’t passed on to her child?


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Another Rapture Question

Published: January 21, 2007 (Originally published: January 21, 2007)
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I understand where you get your logic from in defending the pre-trib rapture, but I have to ask how you can ignore, or explain, the multitude of Scriptures that speak otherwise? (Here the questioner lists a number of Old and New Testament passages.)


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Still More On tithing

Published: January 18, 2007 (Originally published: January 18, 2007)
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I have one last question about tithing. Do you feel it is right to write off one’s tithes or offerings on one’s taxes? I never had before because I felt like that was in some way a violation of letting the left hand know what the right was doing or receiving some kind of earthly reward or acknowledgment. I seem to be the only person that feels that way. What is your take on the matter?


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Clarity On Tithing

Published: January 16, 2007 (Originally published: January 16, 2007)
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Hey I love your site, keep up the awesome, inspired work.

How do you decide where to send your tithe? I have heard that the first 10% should go to your local church and then anything extra to “special” ministries or one-time events. In principle I agree, but the church I attend now is clearly not hurting for money, and I always get greater satisfaction out of supporting these special ministries or just providing gifts to members of the church in need. However, I have to admit that this is largely just based on my emotions, and when it comes to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I have never felt strongly led either way, only that I should be giving. Thanks!


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Who Will Go In The Rapture?

Published: January 16, 2007 (Originally published: January 16, 2007)
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I have been following your articles with great interest through prophecy update for quite a while now, for the past two years at least, since I too love Jesus Christ and anxiously await his glorious return. The only difference is our denomination whilst you are Evangelical I am Catholic and therefore you will immediately realize how uneasy I feel when reference is made to the Rapture which St.Paul mentions which however is preceded by the raising of those who died in Christ. Could you be so kind as to indicate to me who will participate in the Rapture and upon what you base this conclusion. Please help me become richer in my faith by finding the time to give me a clear simple answer.


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Praying To Deceased Loved Ones

Published: January 15, 2007 (Originally published: January 15, 2007)
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My family has experienced several deaths over the last few years and remaining family members have dealt with the grief in a variety of ways. Often, I am told that they will also pray to the deceased during prayers with God. Additionally, several family members believe they have seen the ghost of recently departed love ones. My questions are related to the above scenarios. Can we and should we address our deceased love ones during prayer? Do you believe that deceased love ones are sometimes allowed to appear to surviving family members or is this something else such as psychological effects of grief or even something more sinister?


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Babylon Rebuilt

Published: January 15, 2007 (Originally published: January 15, 2007)
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Could you explain or elaborate on the following quote found in your year end review. “One of the shocks of the gulf war I was the discovery of Babylon standing there on the banks of the Euphrates again.” What does this mean?


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The Bema Judgment

Published: January 12, 2007 (Originally published: January 12, 2007)
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Thank you for your many articles! I have a misgiving that you may be able to give me some insight about: If our “good deeds” vis-a-vis the Bema judgment depend on our motives being pure, then I cannot imagine that anything good I’ve ever done during my walk with Jesus will be rewarded. I don’t think I’ve ever had motives that were 100% pure.

I am impelled to do good; I want to good; I strive to do good. Why? At least part of the reason is that *that* is (now) my purpose for being. When I do good I am more closely bearing my Lord’s image; it is the only way I have of tangibly show God that I love Him.

Yet at the same times, competing thoughts pollute my efforts: “you’re really doing this just to store-up treasures in Heaven!” and “Oh! someone’s seen your deed; surely you’re doing this just so they’ll notice!” and other awful things like that. I often try to do these things in secret (and at times am discovered, my heart sinks). When I can’t be secret, I simply write-off the effort and try to forget that I even did it.

At times, When I’m fully exasperated with my mixed “motives,” I steel myself inside and say to myself: “THIS is the RIGHT thing to do. Whether I am disqualified or not in God’s eyes, I will do this deed because it is right and I am His! Even if my only reward is that I know this has benefited someone (and God rejects my deed), nevertheless I will do it because it is my purpose to do good.” Then I do the good deed, and assume that it will be considered “wood,” “hay,” or “stubble.”

I have been gifted in many ways, but I have the horrible sense that at the Bema I will find that I’ve been a horrible waste to God, and that I will have badly failed in fulfilling my purpose and be held in shame because I, who had so much turned, it into so little for God.

Often when I’ve done good for others, I tell myself: “This is good??? Oh, this single act is, but you should be doing this ALL the time. Instead of feeling “good” or “satisfied” that I have done a good deed, I feel pain and condemnation that I’m not ALWAYS this “good.” Still, I do good; that is my purpose.

I have an idea of what 100% pure must be like, and no matter how “pure” I am, my purity won’t be 100% until I am finally with Him. (And I long for a pure heart.)

At this point in my note, I’m not sure what I’m asking. I guess it would be nice if I could continue to fulfill my purpose without being conscious of it, not feeling “good,” but at least not feeling “filthy” either.

Have you seen this struggle before, and do you know what it means, and how to resolve it?