Revelation Update! I’m taking some time this summer to completely update my commentary on the Book of Revelation, originally posted in 2006. Accordingly, I’ve removed the old version from the site and will be posting the updated version chapter by chapter as I complete them. Each time I post a chapter I’ll announce it here, so be sure to watch for it. You can view chapters 1-3 now by clicking here.
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Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
Q. My question is about Christians who still smoke cigarettes, cigars, etc. In 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 it says, ” Know ye not that ye are the temple of God,and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy, for the temple of God is Holy, which temple ye are.” I am curious to know if I and my other Christian brothers and sisters are still smoking when the Rapture happens, will God destroy us, or leave us behind? What is your take on this scripture?
Q. The saints “under the altar” in Rev 6 are clearly identified as those who had been slain for the Word of God and the testimony they maintained, and yet they do not have their resurrection bodies. It sounds like Christians will be martyred during the seal judgments. Doesn’t that indicate the rapture hasn’t happened yet?
Q. I really can’t get the idea of even rewarding us with these Crowns if they change nothing in regards to how we will be treated in the afterlife. Why even give them to us in the first place if we are to turn around and lay them at Christ’s feet? Does He need our crowns when He already wears the finest and most important crown of all? Will we be assigned some sort of rank due to the number of crowns we earn or the number of times we qualify for a certain crown or crowns? Am I missing something profound in regards to the Bema Seat?
Q. I have been reading numerous articles lately concerning the coming “Affordable Care Act.” Written within this law will be the requirment of an RFID. I have also read about our Soldiers being required to receive a microchip, presumably for medical information. The Affordable Care Act will become law on Mar. 23, 2013. Could this be considered the Mark of the Beast , or a precursor to it? I understood that the Mark would not be required until Antichrist is revealed and we believers would already be Ratured. I see the end times signs all around, and am becoming fearful for what lies ahead. I know I belong to the Lord, so why is this fear starting to come down on me, like a heavy weight ?
Q. John’s gospel is the least chronological of the four gospels. Events are out of order and a very unequal amount of verses are applied to certain events versus other events in Jesus’ life. So it would seem unlikely then that John’s book of Revelation would be completely in time order. Perhaps some parts of the Revelation are chronological, and others are placed thematically. This is a critical issue, since from reading your material it appears the primary basis of your belief in pre-Trib is because Rev 4 & 5 in chapter order precede the rest of the book. Can you please enlighten me as to how you see it and why?