QUESTIONS and ANSWERS
As time permits, we will answer questions presented to us.
QUESTION: Is the Covid vaccine the Mark of the Beast?
The following comment and question came from a visitor in a Middle Eastern country. Some people are afraid to get the Covid vaccine because fearful it is the Mark of the Beast. Is it the Mark of the Beast?
The short answer is No it is NOT the Mark of the Beast.
What is known as the Mark of the Beast is spoken of in the thirteen chapter of the Book of Revelations. When it comes no one can buy or sell without having the Mark of the Beast in their hand or on their forehead attesting to their commitment to worship the Beast. Therefore, the Mark of the Beast is a religious issue enforced by governing powers and the Covid vaccine is simple a none religious issue. However, it may well be a conditioning factor to prepare the masses to submit to draconian conditions.
This will occur during what many bible scholars will be a seven year period of time when Satan will have complete control of the earth. Some people believe that Christians will be here and have to deal with this time and other do not believe that but believe the church shall have been raptured out in advance, which what I believe; however, saints are mentioned being here and waring with the beast which may be the 144,000 mentioned in the fourteenth chapter of Revelation.
Several scriptures are relevant to understand the schools of thought regarding this subject. First, Christ said, "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matt. 24:37
"And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them, and behold I will destroy them with the earth." Gen. 6:13
Christ also said, "And knew not until the flood came and took them all away, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matt. 24:39
Christ having mentioned twice that this coming would be liken to the days of Noah and the flood and the saving of Noah and his family from the destruction of the flood is very strong evidence that the Christians will be spared the tribulation period detailed beginning with the fourth chapter of Revelation. Several events shall occur before the rising of the beasts resulting in billions of deaths and will climax when Christ shall slay the wicked when he comes as "KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." Rev. 19L16
"And I saw an angle standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fouls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, . . . and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great." Rev. 19:17-18
These events appear to end the existence of man on the earth just as the flood ended man on the earth, except Noah and his family in the Ark and the saved shall be safe in heaven when these awful events occur.
Footnote: Russian President Putin reportedly remarked that war between the U.S. and China would end the human race. Christ addressed this issue: "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." Matt. 24-22
QUESTION: Is President Biden Mentally competent?
Many are asking this question. While I am not a doctor but have much experience being involved with elderly people, I see many signs that Biden has serious health issues. President Biden also has serious spiritual issues which are far more important. He made a remark some days ago about his appreciation of the Pope being an understanding or forgiving man. Apparently President Biden believes that he can do anything and the Pope will forgive him. This has been a false doctrine that has been promoted for hundreds of years and has without a doubt cause many millions of people to end up in hell.
Christ gave His disciples great powers, heal the sick, cast out demons, preach the gospel, etc., but one power that He had that He did not give to His disciples was the power to forgive sins--with the exception of forgiving those that sinned against them which we must do, Matt. 6:15.
America's problems are far more serious than just an incompetent President. He is being protected by people drunk on power that will do ANYTHING to protect and promote their agenda of being for almost everything that God condemns. And the people that tries to get the truth out are demonized beyond measure. This is not new. It has happened before. When Jeremiah preached to the Israelites, lying was a way of life, Jer. 5:1 A farmer has posted a sign on I-94 in Wisconsin saying: "Lying is Destroying America."
The writings of Jeremiah could be written in any newspaper as today's news in America. He wrote that "My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken the fountain of water, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water." Jer. 2:13. This what is happening in America today. The politicians and false teachers promote the theory that they can do or say anything with God's blessings. Yes, God is a forgiving God, but forgiveness is predicated upon repentance and repentance is to stop the wrong doings. When Christ forgave the woman taken in adultery, He told her to go and "sin no more," John 8:11--He did NOT tell her to go her way and continue her sinful life style. When the unjust steward was about to outed, he sought to correct his wrongs, Luke 16:1-7, When David set the stage to get a man killed so he could get his wife the wrong had slipped over David head until his servants enlightened him of his evil deed and then David went out and REPENTED of his sin. 11 Sam. 11; 12:1-7 The Romans asked Paul, if they should sin because they were under grace and not under the law. No, Paul said, "God forbid." Rom. 6:15
"The wages of sin is death," Rom. 6:23
If the lying politicians believe they are going to escape the judgment of God by forgiveness at the words spoken by any religious leader, they are sadly mistaken, and Satan is waiting for them at the gates of hell.
QUESTION: WHY DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE RAPTURE?
The rapture is a doctrine that Christ will come and get His church before the great tribulation commences. Some Christians believe in the rapture, and some do not.
The great tribulation is a period of time--many bible scholars believe lasts for seven years--described in the Book of Revelations from Chapter 4 forward, Ez. chapters 37 and 38, and other scriptures.
The following are the reasons I believe in the rapture of Christ's church:
1. The tribulation period is a period of time when Satan will have control of the world with evil on every side. It is also a period of time when God will pour out his wrath upon the world as punishment for the sins of the people rejecting Him.
2. There are only two instances recorded in the Bible when God has released His wrath upon the people; a) when the flood destroyed the world, b) when fire and brimstone rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah. And in both instances, God protected His people from the suffering the wicked suffered. The world is lurching toward destruction.
The Bible says in the days of Noah, "The earth also was corrupt before God; and the earth was filled with violence." Gen. 6:11 "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man." Matt. 24:37. However, these passages have two-fold meanings: 1) As in the days of Noah, evil will be the rule of the day, as we are seeing as never before in America and in the world, and 2) just as the righteous were saved from the destruction of the flood so shall they be spared from the great tribulation.
The same thing occurred when the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire and brimstone in the days of Lot. Lot and his daughters were spared, but his wife wasn't because of disobedience. Ref. Gen. 19:24--30. Therefore, there is no history in the Bible to support that God's righteous people have suffered the wrath of God upon the world or on a specific people. However, two conclusions can be drawn from history: A) Evil by enough people for too long will bring the wrath of God on them, and B) what will happen in the future can be accurately predicted by what God has done in the past. Therefore, the righteous can, I believe, expect to be raptured out of the world prior to the beginning of the great tribulation.
3. When the disciples asked Christ about the signs of His coming in Matt. 24, they asked a threefold question: a) "Tell us, when shall these things be? [b?] and what shall be the sign of thy coming [c?] and the end of the world?" Matt. 24:3 Therefore, it appears that His disciples knew that His coming and the end of the world was not a single, but separate events. This is clearly consistent with other passages in the Bible. For example, Christ said: "And they shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." John 5:29 The Book of Revelation clearly teaches two separate resurrections: "But the rest of the dead lived not again for a thousand years." Rev. 20:5
4. Christ said He was coming again to receive the righteous unto Himself. Ref. John 14: 3 Paul said the Lord "shall descend from heaven. . . ." 1 Thes. 4:16, and "we shall meet the Lord in the air." v. 17. Therefore, it is clear that when Christ comes to rapture His church, He is only coming in the air and taking the saved to heaven with him.
5. When Christ comes the next time crowned as "King Of Kings and Lord Of Lords" Rev. 19:16, and "for he is LORD of LORDS, and KING of KINGS, and they that are with him are called chosen, and faithful." Rev. 17:4. Then we shall serve with Him under His Kingship as "priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." Rev. 20:6. It is made even more clear that we have a future on the earth after the rapture. "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and shall reign on the earth." Rev. 5:10
Conclusion: The Bible has many more scriptures teaching that the righteous will not suffer with the wicked in God's judgment. Christ made this very clear in Matthew 24, For example, "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man." Matt. 24:37. "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot." Matt. 24:28 "But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Matt. 24: 29.
I mentioned that the great tribulation is addressed in the fourth chapter of Revelation forward. John was to be shown what was to occur "hereafter." Rev. 4:1 Since the first three chapters of Revelation were devoted to the churches, "hereafter" surely refers to events after the church age ends. Advanced study would entail considering the covenants and dispensations of time; however, the church is the last covenant also referred as the "new covenant." Heb. 8:13 of which Christ is the mediator.
For a certainly, Jesus is coming back for his church and that meeting will be in the air and it is a certainly that Christ is coming back with his saints to rule the world for a thousand years and his saints will reign with him as kings and priests and Satan will be defeated.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL?
This question came from a reader in the Middle East. There is as much difference between Heaven and hell as high noon on a clear day and the darkest night at midnight. Heaven is a city of unspeakable beauty with many mansions, the river of life and streets of pure gold and gates of pearl. Ref. Rev. 21:15--18, Rev. 22:1-2.It is the place that Christ said he was going to prepare a place for those that love him. "In my Father's house are many mansions." John 14:2 "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, the things that God hath prepared for them that love him." 1 Cor. 2:9
Hell is a place of "everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels." Matt. 25:41 It will be a place of "outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matt. 8:12.
In heaven there shall be no night (no darkness); in hell there shall be no light. Hell was not created for man but those that reject the salvation that Christ paid for on the cross shall be cast there on the great judgment day.