The following are questions that you, the reader, have asked from time to time regarding Bible prophecy. We urge you to study for yourself and have the Spirit speak to your own personal hearts.
1. Q: What will happen to the people that have never heard the Word of God ( as in the bush country in Africa) when the rapture comes. Will they be responsible for something they have never learned about?
A: Everyone will have a chance to hear the Gospel, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14 Everyone will be responsible for accepting or rejecting God's only way of salvation. "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." Romans 1:18-20
2. Q: Is scripture written about one particular prophet more times than others? If so, which prophet and why ?
A: If we study the entire Bible, we see that all the writers wrote about one prophet, who was not just a prophet: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the sinless, perfect One. It starts as early as Genesis 1:26, or more clearly Genesis 3:15, "...he (Jesus) will crush your (Satan) head, and you (Satan) will strike his (Jesus) heel.". The Old Testament points to the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ, and the New Testament reveals Him. WHY? Romans 3:23 says 'for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." and Romans 6:23 says "the wages of sin is death." and goes on to say "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Jesus said "I am the way and the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me." John 14:6 God's redemptive plan for mankind, that is the forgiveness of our sins, comes through the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and not by anything you or I can do.
3. Q: Hi, My dad has not accepted Jesus Christ into his life, in fact has rejected it when questioned. If Jesus comes while he is still living, can he still be saved after that?
A: Yes, there is a chance for him to be saved (by accepting Jesus Christ in his heart) after the rapture, although missing the rapture thrusts whoever is left on Earth into the tribulation and the Great Tribulation. Lets read from Revelation 7:13,14 Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes-who are they, and where did they come from?" I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said," These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." If he is to be saved, now would be the best time so as to be raptured and saved from the destruction set for this Earth. We must understand though that in John 6:44 Jesus says "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him..." It is the work of the Spirit to save souls, it is only our job to present the Truth to people. It would be up to the Lord to give him another chance to respond to the Gospel.
4. Q: How will we know that He has come back to take us (Christians)?
A: If you are a Christian living before the rapture, Jesus will be taking you to heaven, "We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him ( those people who have died believing in Jesus as their personal Savior). According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive (believers living just before the rapture), who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." You will know Jesus came for you because you will be in heaven, If you are not, then you did not receive Him as your personal Savior.
5. Q: I have been saved, and believe in God, but I have not studied The Bible. It really frightens me when people talk about hell. My chaplain says I can be 100% sure of my going to Heaven, but I'm not. Is there something in scripture to quiet my fears?
A: Yes, John wrote about it in 1 John 5:13 "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. Also in Romans 10:13 "Everyone who calls on the name on the Lord shall be saved." And again in John 3:16,"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
6. Q: I HAVE ALWAYS HEARD THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE AGAIN. WHO IS THAT, IS IT THE ONES WHO HAVE DIED AND NOW ARE RESTING OR IS IT THE ONES WHO ARE NOT SAVED TO BE JUDGED.
A: "In Christ" means someone who believes in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. The 'dead in Christ' refers to those who have died believing in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. They are 'present with the Lord' (2 Cor 5:6-8) right now, but will be reunited with their bodies at the rapture.
7. Q: In First Thessalonians 4:16, 17 it talks about the Lord coming by himself. In the previous chapter 3:13, it talks about the Lord coming with all his saints. It seems that Paul would be talking abut the rapture & the 2nd coming. In the 1st chapter. V. 9.10 Paul talks about waiting for Jesus delivering us from the wrath to come. Would Paul be referring to the rapture & the second coming?
A: In 1 Thes 4:16,17 Paul is speaking of the rapture of the saints of God. In verse 17 Paul says "caught up" which he uses the Greek word "harpazo' which means 'to seize, to pluck, pull, or take (by force)' which we interpret "rapture". In chapter 3:13, Paul says "... when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones." Paul here is talking to Christians, so more than likely 'when Jesus comes' refers to the rapture. The holy ones could be the souls of the saints who have died in Christ being made holy by the blood of Christ. In chapter 1:9,10, Paul is speaking '...and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead - Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath." This coincides with 5:9 "For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ." In both places, the wrath refers to the tribulation period. We infer that Paul is stating that we will not go through the tribulation period.
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