Ask Your Questions Here

Here is your opportunity to ask me a question about the Bible. I love theology, Old and New Testament studies, apologetics and worldview questions so ask away! I’m not a counselor so if you ask a counseling question I am likely to give you Bob Newhart’s reply, “Just stop it.” I enjoy answering Bible questions, though I might say, “I don’t know the answer to that,” because I am not omniscient (God knows everything, but no one else can make that claim). I look forward to hearing from you.

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2 thoughts on “Ask Your Questions Here

  1. Jay E Krauss Jr

    Thank you for your careful & thoughtful exposition of Mat 24. Your conclusion that the “Parousia” & “Harpazo” is a single simultaneously event after the Great Tribulation is obviously well thought out.
    You are doubtless aware of the pretribulation “Rapture” theory/doctrine expounded by Darby-Schofield-Chafer. I understand Darby developed this as from his study of Scripture he concluded that God still had some business He planned to finish with the nation Israel, the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, which he judged was the same as Daniel’s last “seven” [week] and which would occur after the Church Age intercalation had come to the close.
    This led to his conclusion that the “Parousia” would consist of two parts; first, the Lord Jesus Christ returning to take His bride up to meet Him in the air and go with Him to the place He had prepared where together they would celebrate the Wedding Feast of the Lamb [following the Jewish wedding tradition of prolonged betrothal, then the actual wedding]; second, He and His bride would then appear at the end of the Almighty’s dealings with Israel, with Him coming all the way to the earth and stand upon the Mount of Olives, after which He would set up His earthly millennial rule.
    Since volumes have been written on this subject (for and against), the above is obviously the “Reader’s Digest Abridged Edition”. I know you are planning to go through Daniel next, but I would be interested in your view regarding YHWH Elohim’s future dealings (if any) with the nation Israel.

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    1. Pastor Larry

      Great question. What is God’s future dealings with Israel? There are three major views concerning this question. 1) Replacement theory: This view believes that all the promises to Israel in the OT refer to the church in the New Covenant, and God does not have a plan for Israel beyond that. This view is typically held by the old school Reformed believers. 2) Dispensational theory: This view embraces a complete separation of the old covenant people of God called Israel, and the new covenant people called the Church. God has two separate peoples and will always have two sets of peoples that He calls His own (contra Eph 2). They suggest that Jesus offered the kingdom to the Jews, and when they rejected it, He offered it the Gentiles. The church was called the parenthesis. Once God is finished with the church, He raptures them and then begins to work with Israel again. This view is typically held by old school dispensationalists. 3) Intermediate theory: This view recognizes that many OT passages that speak of Israel do refer to the Church in the NT (Acts 2:16-21; Heb 8:1-13; 1 Pe 2:9-10; Gal 3:27-29; Php 3:3), but God is not finished with Israel yet (Rom 11; Zech 12:10). I believe the third view is the Biblical view. God still has a plan for Israel, and He did promise the land to them forever. Israel being in the land now is fulfilled prophecy, but they are not saved (they have been cut off Acts 3:22-23). God’s ultimate plan will be to call Israel to Himself in the end of time (Zech 12:10). We are already beginning to see these prophecies take place with Israel back in their homeland since 1948 and the percentage of Jews becoming Christians increasing exponentially.

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