In your article about Daniel’s 70 weeks, you explain that it’s broken up into 3 sections: 7+62+1, but you don’t separate them. You only explain them in 2 separate sections. Why do you combine the 7 with the 62 OR how is the first 7 separate from the 62? There must be some significance to the difference or it would’ve just been 69.
A truly great site, you’re doing an excellent job in helping explain Christianity.
I was wondering what your views on how imminent the rapture is? Whilst we don’t know the hour we do have the various signs the bible talks about.
However I have read over the past 25 years many commentaries, along with appropriate bible versus that state ‘the hour is very near’.
Eg. WW3 would start between USSR and USA, until the USSR dissolved, the emerging EU was seen as a ‘marker’, until the number of EU countries went past 7, then 12, now the plan to create a EU ‘high level group’ may be the next ‘marker’, the rise of terrorism is seen as another sign, etc, etc.
Whilst I believe there will eventually be an ‘end’, what are your thoughts on the various time lines that have been discussed over the past 20 or so years, that whilst being biblically based and sounding reasonable, have all come to nought?
As a new reader to your site, you may have already answered this question and I just have not discovered it. If not, could you please explain your understanding on this.
I have had serious questions about reincarnation ( God allowing man’s spirit to return to a different physical body) – none of the animal theories. Elijah’s spirit seems to have returned as John the Baptist. I understand that in scripture it speaks of ‘it’s appointed once for man to die and then the judgment’ but when taken in the context of the verses where this was written – wasn’t this speaking in terms that man could understand yet referring to the one and only sacrifice of Jesus Christ – there is no other sacrifice for our sins other than that of Jesus. It was a one time thing – as we know.
The ultimate judgment of mankind, if I understand it correctly, won’t be until the Bema seat of Christ for believers and at the Great White Throne for non-believers. Does this negate the possibility of God allowing spirits to reincarnate on earth to continue learning the lessons they may have failed to learn and for His glory the way Elijah’s spirit did?
I don’t believe that reincarnation is a second chance opportunity to accept Jesus – if it is, then fine but I’m not waiting for that. I accepted Jesus as a ten year old and am still seeking to live my life for Him and to learn what God would have me do each day. I also would not advise anyone to wait – no matter what proof of reincarnation there was.
It seems there is a lot of indication when people, even children, have knowledge of another life with no possibility of learning that by the normal senses, that reincarnation could be possible. I also discount anyone who claims to be someone in recent recognition or some historical figure.
I do believe that God can do anything and that our understanding of time and His plans are rarely clear and if it serves His purpose, then reincarnation is definitely possible.
I have also been led to believe that in the past there have been efforts to take any hint of reincarnation from the scriptures.
I am not attempting to make a case for or against reincarnation. I would just appreciate any clarification that you might share with me.
I have a 9 year old nephew that was told the other day by a classmate that Halloween is Satan’s holiday. With this “holiday” coming up I would appreciate any information concerning how to respond to questions such as these. I would also like to thank you guys for your website. It is truly incredible.
If two Christians are friends and commit adultery with each other and then repent of their sin of adultery can they still remain friends? Can they be restored to a chaste, pure relationship with each other as brother and sister in Christ?
Ive been studying your entire site on everything you’ve written concerning Ezek 38 and 39, also Isaiah 17.
The last article concerning the Ezek 38 invasion you said a few things had to be in place before it could come about, like the Northern African nations and Turkey’s stand, also that Israel had to be dwelling safely (or carelessly, depending on the translation).
My question is, with regards to the current happenings with Israel, Syria, Lebanon, what would you say were the chances that we might see Isaiah 17 fulfilled first and very soon.. which in turn might put the last conditions in place to kick off Ezek 38?
After a possible nuclear situation between Israel and Damascus, might the UN and/or EU step in to make a peace-like situation? Not to mention if Israel takes Damascus out, those other Moslem nations Ezek named as well as Turkey would be more favorable to lining up against Israel? And if we the Church were Raptured around the time of this Isaiah 17 deal, that would effectively neutralize he US and pave the road for Russia and Iran to ‘think the evil thought’ as God said. Your thoughts?
Thank you for your article, “The Nature of Post-Church Salvation”. Over the last several years I have also become convinced that the parable of the ten virgins (indeed all the parables in that section of scripture) pertain to the tribulation period, not the church age. The emphasis on works in the parables doesn’t fit well with the church; and I’ve always been offended at the intimation that Christ would do anything that would even suggest approval of polygamy.
Christ, of course is returning with one Bride, the Church, to a wedding party at which the “friends of the bridegroom” and the “virgins,” (akin to bridesmaids and friends of the bride) are invited guests. But this brings up a question I’ve been struggling with. Perhaps you have insight on it. If the guests are invited to the “wedding” then does this mean the wedding feast takes place on earth after Christ’s return with His bride or does Rev 19:9 indicate that it is to take place in Heaven?
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the emergent kingdom will be that the Antichrist will arise out of. In Rev 17 we see the woman sitting on the “beast” with 7 heads and 10 horns. And the angel tells John that “the seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, one is, and the other is not yet come”. And in Rev 13 we see the same beast coming out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns. And one of the heads was wounded as to death. But it is healed and that healing causes the whole world to wonder after the beast.
The thing is, so many people think that this means the AC will be assassinated or wounded in some way physically. But, if the seven heads are kings/and or kingdoms, and one of those kingdoms is wounded, couldn’t this be referring to the Islamic power that will be 5/6 annihilated after Ezekiel’s battle? And this man of sin arises from that devastation to bring about peace? Being Islamic, he could claim to be of the seven and wounded, but something could distinguish him from Islam enough that the Jews will accept him and he will be the “eighth” king. We know ,according to Isa 10 that the AC will be Assyrian…this would fit in that scenario.