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Luke 24:39; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 8:7, 11:3, 5-6, 11-12; Matthew 17:3-4; Ezekiel 38:8-9; Mark 13:4, 14-20; Genesis 1:1-2, 31, 4:16; Romans 8:19-22

05-20-2020

 

 

Note

I got to as many of the questions as I could. They were all good and I will try to hit the others next time. 

 

  1. When Jesus says in Luke 24:39, “Look at my hands, look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost. Because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” There are people in my family that say they have ghost living within their homes, explain to me what a ghost is?

 

Bible Verse

Luke 24:39 (NIV)

39Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

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Answer

The term “ghost” is translated from the Greek word “pneuma” which means spirit or breath. So yes, there are spirit beings—angels and demons. If by ghost you mean “spirits of people who have died,” the answer is no. The Bible negates the idea that the spirits of deceased human beings can remain on earth and “haunt” the living

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 9:27 (NIV)

27Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

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That is what happens to a person’s soul/spirit after death—either heaven if a Christian, or the judgment. There is no in-between. There is no possibility of remaining on earth in spirit form as a “ghost.”

 

  1. Who are the two witnesses in Revelation 11:3-12? They were dead for 3 days and the people where glad. And did the rapture of the church already happen (at this point)?

 

Bible Verse

Revelation 11:3-12 (ASV)

3And I will give unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

4These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks, standing before the Lord of the earth.

5And if any man desireth to hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth and devoureth their enemies; and if any man shall desire to hurt them, in this manner must he be killed.

6These have the power to shut the heaven, that it rain not during the days of their prophecy: and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they shall desire.

7And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that cometh up out of the abyss shall make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them.

8And their dead bodies lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.

9And from among the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations do men look upon their dead bodies three days and a half, and suffer not their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.

10And they that dwell on the earth rejoice over them, and make merry; and they shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwell on the earth.

11And after the three days and a half the breath of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them that beheld them.

12And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they went up into heaven in the cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

 

Answer

Okay, let’s read about the two witnesses: “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will be clothed in burlap and will prophesy during those 1,260 days…

 

Bible Verse

Revelation 11:3,5-6 (NIV)

3And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”

5If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.

6They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.

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Bible says that after 3.5 years of ministry, the two witnesses will be killed by the antichrist (the beast). Then,

 

Bible Verse

Revelation 11:11-12 (NIV)

11But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.

12Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.

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Most believe that Moses and Elijah are the strongest possibilities for the two witnesses due to 1.) the witnesses’ power to turn water into blood (Revelation 11:6), which Moses is known for, and 2.) their power to destroy people with fire (Revelation 11:5), which Elijah is known for.

 

Bible Verse

Revelation 11:5-6 (NIV)

5If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.

6They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.

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Also giving strength to this view is the fact that Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration

 

Bible Verse

Matthew 17:3-4 (NIV)

3Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

4Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

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And yes, I believe the rapture of the church has happened prior to this event, since the 2 witnesses minister during the Great Tribulation. 

 

  1. I believe that Israel is a sort of countdown clock we can biblically look at in reference to end times events. With everything happening between Israel, Russia, Syria, Iran etc., it certainly looks as though the stage is being definitively set for Ezekiel 38 to take place SOON! My question is, does this battle take place during the tribulation period?

 

Answer

Ezekiel 38 is the prediction of an end time coalition of 6 nations that will unite to attack Israel in the last days. They are named as:  Magog—Modern day Russia,  Persia—Modern day Iran,  Cush—Modern day Ethiopia,  Put—Modern day Libya,  Gomer—Modern day Eastern Europe, and  Beth Togarmah—Modern day Turkey.  Ezekiel prophesies that these nations will come down.

 

Bible Verse

Ezekiel 38:9 (NIV)

9You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.

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And he is clear that it will take place “In the latter years..

 

Bible Verse

Ezekiel 38:8 (NIV)

8After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.

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So it will be in the last days and Israel will have experienced a return of the Jewish people to their homeland. This has already happened! It seems that this war (the Ezekiel war) could serve as the fuse to Armageddon. It is distinctly NOT Armageddon itself as the players are different, the location of battle is different, and the outcome is different.  

But it could very well be that Ezekiel’s war is the opening event of the Great Tribulation. When Russia attacks with this coalition of enemy nations, it could signify that the “first angel” who blows the first Trumpet of the tribulation period has sounded.  

 

Bible Verse

Revelation 8:7 (NIV)

7The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

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The hail and fire mingled with blood, and the ecological destruction of a third of the planet is identical to what Ezekiel describes in 38-39. It’s interesting to note that each of the 6 nations that Ezekiel mentioned 600 years before the birth of Christ, and 2,700 years ago from our vantage point, are alive and well today. And ALL of them except Russia are virulently anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, pro Islamic, and long for the destruction of Israel!

 

  1. I’ve heard many ideas on the following passage (quoting Jesus):“But when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. The one who is on the housetop must not go down, or go in to get anything out of his house; and the one who is in the field must not turn back to get his coat. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! But pray that it may not happen in the winter. For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will. Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.” (Mark 13:14-20 NASB) Some say parts of Jesus’s prediction refer to the destruction of the first temple and the Masada slaughter, while some speak to the time of Antichrist. What do you say?

 

Answer

These are the words of Jesus in answer to the disciple’s question regarding the destruction of the Temple He had just predicted. They asked,

 

Bible Verse

Mark 13:4 (NIV)

4“Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”

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Now, the “abomination of desolation” is mentioned 3 times by Daniel in chapters 9-11. The word “abomination” refers to a great sin, commonly worthy of death, where God’s covenants are trampled on. The “abomination of desolation” refers directly to Daniel’s prophecies that someone would defile the holy place in the temple. Such an act would trigger God’s judgment bringing desolation. We know that a man named Antiochus Epiphanes was the first to fulfill Daniel’s prediction. Antiochus was a king in Palestine in the years 175-64 B.C. He hated the Jewish people and showed it by invading the Temple, sacrificing a pig on the altar, and erecting a statue of Zeus in the holy place.  But this happened BEFORE Jesus’ prediction of another Abomination of Desolation yet to come. 

The immediate fulfillment of His prediction took place in 70 AD when the Romans surrounded Jerusalem, and finally invaded it, killing over 1 million Jews and taking 95,000 prisoners. When they had destroyed the city, the commander entered the Temple. Now, the Romans always carried with them idolatrous images of the Emperor and of Zeus. Jesus had specified, when you see the Abomination that makes desolate “standing in the holy place.” So it would seem that when the commander stood there with idolatrous artifacts on his person, this was a partial fulfillment of Jesus’ prediction. 

But there will be one more abomination of desolation in the days of the antichrist. For Daniel predicted that another person who would commit the abomination of desolation will have made a 7 year peace treaty with Israel, which the Romans of Jesus’ day never did. This will be the antichrist. Halfway through the Great Tribulation period, he will enter a rebuilt Temple and declare himself to be God. This will be the final fulfillment of Jesus’ prediction regarding the Abomination of Desolation.

 

  1. What is the gap theory?

 

Answer

The gap theory is the view that God created a fully functional earth with all animals, including the dinosaurs and other creatures we know only from the fossil record. Then, the theory goes, something happened to destroy the earth completely between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2, hence “the gap.”

 

Bible Verse

Genesis 1:1-2 (NIV)

1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

2Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

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The event that the proponents of the Gap Theory claim happened between the two verses is most likely the fall of Satan to earth, so that the planet came under God’s judgment and everything on it was destroyed, leaving it “without form and void.” At this point, God started all over again, recreating the earth in its paradise form as further described in Genesis. But the time that passed between verses one and two was a “gap” of millions of years. This is how Gap theorists account for the earth being, as evolutionists claim, hundreds of millions of years old. It is also their way of explaining the sudden disappearance of the dinosaurs, and so forth. The problem with the gap theory is first, it requires that creation suffer death and destruction before Adam’s fall, when Satan was judged. But the Bible says that it was after Adam’s fall that the creation suffered. After discussing all the negative effects sin brought on our world, Paul goes on to say: 

 

Bible Verse

Romans 8:19-22 (NIV)

19For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope

21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

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A second problem with the gap theory is the idea that, if something important had occurred between Genesis 1:1 and 2, God would have told us so, rather than leave us to speculate in ignorance. Also, Genesis 1:31 says God declared His creation to be “very good”—a statement difficult to square with the theory that evil already existed because of Satan’s fall in the “gap.”

 

Bible Verse

Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

31God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

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  1. What is the land of “Nod?”

 

Answer

Dead churches on Sunday morning! No, the land of Nod is the land of Nod is a place mentioned in the Book of Genesis, located “on the east of Eden.” It is the place where Cain was exiled by God after murdering his brother Abel. 

Genesis 4:16: “And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.” “Nod” is the Hebrew root of the verb “to wander.” So to dwell in the land of Nod is usually taken to mean that one takes up a wandering life.  I think it can also represent the life of sin, separated from God, where one wanders in spiritual lostness until turning to Christ.

I think it can also represent the life of sin, separated from God, where one wanders in spiritual lostness until turning to Christ. 

 Bible Verse

Genesis 4:16 (NIV)

16So Cain went out from the Lord ’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

New International Version (NIV)

 

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