Questions and Answers
It is interesting the comments and questions that come up as the
content on this website is discussed. Below are some of them that I have received and my associated responses with
what I understand so far:
Question: Any outside opinions on The Star of Bethlehem and Herod's date of
Answer: Here's an article by Indiana University: Star of Bethlehem.
Question: Doesn't the Bible say that "no one knows the day or the hour" of Jesus second
Answer: See my
link: No One Knows
Question: So what do you
think is going to happen?
Answer: I don't have this all
figured out, however, my current view and understanding
At some point, the lawless one will cause the abomination of
desolation to occur which will reveal
who he really is. The Great
begin, Christians will be persecuted and have to make
a choice whether they deny Christ so they can buy and sell or to remain faithful and trust in their Messiah. The sun is darkened the moon turns blood
red. 12,000 from each tribe
of Israel will be
sealed , and the rapture of true
believers will occur on
a Feast of
Trumpets. Over the next 10 days
of Awe, Israel will recognize and repent their previous unbelief in the Messiah so that on
the Day of
Jesus sets foot on
the Mount of Olives, the Jews will be gathered to their Messiah where we find them
protected with Christ in Rev. 14. They will enter the millennium with all the unbelievers who survived the wrath of God in
the Trumpet and Bowl judgments.
For more detail see my current view.
Question: Hasn't Matthew 24 either already occured or only relates to the
Jews in the
Answer: Matthew 24:21-22 says " For
then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now--and never to be equaled
again. 22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days
will be shortened."
I don't believe history records such great distress so it
sounds like this is still future to me.
Matt. 24:29-31 "Immediately after the distress of those days "
'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly
bodies will be shaken.' 30 "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of
the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31
And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one
end of the heavens to the other."
This sounds very much like Rev. 6 and 7 to me.
Question: Doesn't the Bible say that Christians will not
experience God's wrath so they will not have to go through the tribulation?
Answer: First I think it depends on what you call the tribulation and when
you believe God's wrath starts. I believe that the 7 year period of time mentioned in Daniel 9:24-27 should
be called Daniel's 70th week and
not the tribulation. As I read the Bible, it sounds like the time of great distress "unequaled from the beginning of the world until now and never to be equaled
again" and the time of Great Tribulation are
the same, and this time starts relatively shortly before the rapture. God's wrath is announced at the 6th
seal in Revelation and begins with the 7th seal and 1st trumpet judgment at the end of the great tribulation. God's people, the saints, are still present during the great
tribulation, but escape through rapture before His wrath
Question: Aren't people saved during the
Answer: If you mean the great
tribulation as previously defined, I would say yes. However, once the trumpet judgments start, I believe the answer
is no. Matt. 24 says "as it was in the days of Noah". Once the ark was shut and rain began, no one was saved. Luke 17 says "it was the same in the days of Lot".
Once the judgment started, no one was saved.
Question: Are people saved during the trumpet
7:9-16 tells about a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language who have come out of
the Great Tribulation. I believe these are raptured believers from the time of great distress that was talked
about in Matthew 24.
The 7th seal is the very next chapter in Rev. 8 where the final seal is opened which begins the 7 trumpet judgments. I
believe these begin the Day of the LORD and God's wrath which was recognized in Rev. 6. From here on you never
read about people coming to believe in Jesus. In fact, 2 Thes. 2:9-12 says that God sends a powerful delusion so that all will believe the lie. Then
in Rev. 9, verse 4 says "only those people who did not have the seal fo God on their foreheads" were to
be tortured. This references back to
Rev. 7:4 where the 144,000
Jews were sealed - which means anyone else besides these Jews were to be tortured. Would God be calling new
believers only to have them be tortured at this time with His trumpet judgments? Also, in Rev. 9, after 5
trumpet judgments of bad stuff it says "the rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not
repent". It doesn't sound like there are any new believers present here.
Question: But what about the 2 evangelizing witnesses
in Revelation 11?
2 witnesses sound very much like Moses and Elijah. They have the power to execute what is happening
during the trumpet judgments. In the fact, Rev. 11:10 says the people killed them because
"these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth". It doesn't sound like they are out
"bringing people into the fold".
Question: Since Israel was disobedient,
hasn't the Church replaced Israel in God's eyes?
Answer: People forget that the we Gentiles are grafted into Israel through the "remnant chosen by
grace", and not the other way around. God still has a plan for
the nation of Israel and those that He seals in Rev. 7 and Rev. 14
Question: Shouldn't Revelation be read symbolically rather that
Answer: Admittedly, there is much
symbolism in Revelation that I do not understand. That being said though, when I
read Mathew 24 and Revelation at the same
time, I find them to be relatively chronologically very similar up to the trumpet judgments. If we read
Revelation as all symbolic and swirling then I believe you have to read Matthew 24 somewhat the same way
as it talks about the same things happening. I find that when I fill in the gaps with 1 and 2
Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Peter, the other gospels, the old testament prophets like: Daniel, Ezekial, Isaiah, Joel,
and stories from Genesis and Exodus that greater clarity comes into focus.
Question: What if
you are wrong in what you believe?
all have beliefs and we are all mistaken in our beliefs to some degree, because we see through a glass
darkly. We simply are not God. However, we form our beliefs through our years of maturing and if we are
humble, we change them as we have better knowledge and understanding. I don't know that what I currently
believe may happen will happen, but I am watching and willing to change my beliefs as I see something that makes
more sense than what I currently believe.
I feel that God would want me to share what I currently believe if it helps
someone else to grow in their faith - even if it grows as they see and discern the error in my belief. I know
that is in part how I have grown - discerning the error in others and searching out answers for