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Hello Dr. Van Impe, I’m considering cremation when my time comes. Does the bible mention anything about cremation being bad or not recommended? Thanks, Ted

The Bible does not directly justify nor condemn cremation.  It is obvious from the many illustrations in Scripture that the body of the deceased was treated with a great deal of respect.The method of burial should take into consideration the feelings and grief of loved ones left behind who may not see the body if it is to be cremated without a memorial service where it may be viewed, or if there is to be no graveside service.Regardless of the method of burial, the Lord will miraculously pull together all the molecules which composed the body in the Resurrection – whether it be to eternal life or to eternal damnation (I Corinthians 15:51-55, Revelation 20:12-15).

Funny but I’ve never thought of this all these years… but was Christ formed with the “egg” of Mary or was Jesus fully formed by the Holy Spirit in her womb?

Amazing Medical Proof for the Purity of Jesus’ Blood 

In order for a fountain to cleanse, the contents of the fountain must be absolutely clean and pure.

But how could that be possible since Jesus was born of a human mother?

Here is the fascinating truth of how God provided for Jesus’ blood to be pure.

We know and understand that in the human reproduction process, the egg of a woman is fertilized by the sperm of a man.  The blood and its reproduction capability originates from the man.  At conception, chemicals are produced in the uterus of the woman and a pouch-like organ is formed called the placenta.  The fetus is connected to the placenta through the umbilical cord, which has tubes in it for incoming and outgoing blood.  The fetus is separated from the mother’s blood by the epithelial layers of the chorionic villae.

The circulation of the blood begins in the fertilized egg, which is called the embryo.  The blood of the fetus (baby) remains separate from the mother.  The food and waste material that are interchanged between the baby and the mother pass through the blood vessel walls from one circulation system to the other.  The unborn baby does not receive its nourishment and oxygen from the mother’s blood directly, but rather through the placenta.

The unborn baby’s fetal heart pumps blood through the arteries of the umbilical cord into the placental vessels, which are imbedded in the uterine tissue.  This procedure permits a diffusion of waste products through the placental walls from the child to the mother.  It also permits nourishment and oxygen to flow through these walls from the mother to the child.  This process is called osmosis.  There is no mingling of the two blood streams.  In other words, none of the mother’s blood flows to the baby, and there is no fetal blood flow to the mother.

Therefore, it is a medically supported fact that although the baby Jesus gestated in the womb of Mary, none of her blood mixed with His.  Since Jesus had no human biological father (He was conceived by the Holy Spirit), His blood was absolutely and altogether pure!

Message Body:
Sir
Greetings.I have watched you several times on TBN and lately on youtube.

I gave my life to God for quite sometime now but the absence of holy ghost baptism with the evidence of speaking in tongue is worrisome.I have prayed and don’t know what else to do.What else do i need to do?I am getting discouraged.
Kindly respond. Michael P.

The Bible teaches that we receive the Holy Spirit at the time of salvation.  John 14:16-31 declares that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to teach us of Christ.  Many groups glorify the Spirit instead of the Son.  The Holy Spirit dwells within each believer.   As you study God’s Word, you will find that receiving Jesus Christ by faith is the critical requirement for going to Heaven.  Those who would add speaking in tongues or other works of the Spirit to simple faith for salvation are adding to what the Scripture says in John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 (just two of many passages).

Spirit baptism or “the baptism of the Holy Spirit” is the act of God the Holy Spirit placing the believer into Christ and into His body, the Church, at the moment he trusts Christ as Saviour and Lord.  I Corinthians 12:3 states: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body”.  Romans 8:9 states:  “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His”.  Spirit filling or being “filled with the Holy Spirit” is simply the act of the Holy Spirit of God controlling the believer’s behavior and empowering the believer for service.  It is accomplished in the believer when he is fully yielded to the indwelling Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-21, I Thessalonians 5:19, Ephesians 4:30, Galatians 5:16, and Romans 8:1-4).

 

Here are some contrasts between the baptism of the Spirit and the filling of the Spirit:

  • The baptism of the Spirit never happened before the day of Pentecost. The filling of the Spirit does occur in the Old Testament.
  • Every believer is baptized with the Spirit, but a believer may or may not be filled with the Spirit. There is no exhortation for a believer to be baptized with the Spirit, but all believers are exhorted to be filled with the Spirit.
  • The baptism of the Spirit occurs only once in the life of a believer, but the believer may be filled with the Spirit many times.
  • The baptism of the Spirit occurs the moment we become a born-again believer by true repentance and acceptance of Christ as Saviour and Lord. The filling of the Spirit can occur anytime throughout the Christian life.
  • The baptism of the Spirit cannot be taken away. Once we are saved we are eternally saved.  Many Christians are miserable, powerless, and unfruitful because they have lost the filling of the Spirit.
  • The only prerequisite for the baptism of the Holy Spirit is faith in Christ. The filling of the Spirit depends upon our yieldedness.

 

 

 

Hello Dr. Van Impe,
Are you familiar with the controversy of Isaiah 11:6 and as to whether it says Lion and the Lamb and not Wolf and the Lamb. What did you remember this scripture saying from memorization? Many people say it use to be lion. There are quite a few videos on Youtube about this as being what it called the Mandela Effect. You may be familiar with this. I would love to hear you thoughts. God bless you. Robert M.

We have been made aware of these videos, and to be honest, I have not been able to make myself watch any of them all the way through.  They are basically saying that CERN has created a Mandela Effect worldwide.  The Mandela Effect is called that because a blogger and “paranormal consultant” was at a convention in 2010 and discovered that many other people there shared the same “memory” that Nelson Mandela had died while he was in prison in the 80’s.  They vividly recalled the funeral, riots in the streets, and his wife speaking at his funeral.  This effect theorizes that there are multiple parallel universes, and in one of those universes Mandela did die in the 80’s, and those memories “bleed over” into our universe.  They claim now that the Large Hadron Collider is breaking these barriers on a massive scale and is changing things constantly.

 

The problem is, our collective memory is not always accurate.  There are multiple examples in pop culture where we remember things wrong.  One video in particular mentioned the line “Luke, I am your father” from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.  That was never the line, it was “No, I am your father.”  Another example is from the movie “Casablanca”, when you think of that movie, you think “Play it again Sam” – again, the problem is, Humphrey Bogart’s character never said that line.  Another example is from Star Trek the original series.  One phrase that is tied to that is “Beam me up Scotty”, again the problem is, that phrase was never uttered by Captain Kirk on the show.

 

When it comes to the Bible, they claim that Isaiah 11:6 the word has been changed from “lion” to “wolf.”  It has not changed.  Isaiah 11:6 has always read: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”  There are numerous phrases that people positively know that are in the Bible, yet they are not.  For example, the Bible never says “God helps those who help themselves” or “Cleanliness is next to godliness” or “Hate the sin, love the sinner” or “Money is the root of all evil” or “This too shall pass” and of course “The lion shall lay down with the lamb.”

 

However, we continue to receive numerous emails  and letters concerning CERN and the Mandela Effect changing words in the King James Bible.  I will attempt to cover some of the verses that continue to pop up.

 

Matthew 6:10 “in earth” vs “on earth”

The Latin Vulgate reads: “in caelo et in terra”

The 1389 Wycliffe translation: “be thi wille don as in heuen and in earthe”

The 1526 Tyndale translation: “thy wyll be fulfilled as well in erth as hit ys in heven”

The 1611 King James Version: Thy will be done, in earth, as it is in heauen”

In the 1549, 1662, and 1772 versions of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer all state “in” earth.

 

The words “debts” and “debtors” in Matthew 6:12 in the original Greek are “opheilEmata” (owes) and “opheiletais” (owers) which is different from “trespasses” in verses 14 and 15 which is “paraptOmata” (offenses).

 

Matthew 7:1 – the only version that I have found that reads “lest” is the Orthodox Jewish Bible, all the other translations say “that”.

 

Matthew 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37, 38 – bottles – the 1389 Wycliffe translation, the 1582 Douay-Rheims translation both use “bottles”; the 1526 Tyndale translation uses “vessels”; and of course the 1611 King James Version uses “bottles.”  The 1828 Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language defines bottles as: A hollow vessel of glass, wood, leather or other material, with a narrow mouth, for holding and carrying liquors. The oriental nations use skins or leather for the conveyance of liquors; and of this kind are the bottles mentioned in scripture. “Put new wine into bottles.”

 

In Luke 17:34 & 35 the words “men” and “women” are not in the original Greek, it just says “duo” or two.  However the Greek words have a specific gender, the one in verse 34 is an “Adjective, pronominal cardinal nominative masculine plural” – in verse 35 it is “feminine plural” – in essence two men and two women.

 

In Luke 19:23 – 27 it is not Jesus commanding His disciples to bring His enemies before Him so He can slay them.  This is ending of the parable that Christ was giving to His disciples.  Jesus never gave a directive to His disciples in a parable, they were used for teachings.

 

Luke 20:24 – again, the older translations use the word “penny”.

 

John 12:24 – the Wycliffe, Tyndale, and KJV Bibles use “corn of wheat”  Webster’s Dictionary tells us that the word “corn” comes from the Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German & Old Norse korn grain, Latin granum. And it means: a: the seeds of a cereal grass and especially of the important cereal crop of a particular region (as wheat in Britain, oats in Scotland and Ireland, and Indian corn in the New World and Australia) b: the kernels of sweet corn served as a vegetable while still soft and milky.  So the word “corn” can mean “seed” and not just the modern concept of kernels of corn.

Dear Mr. Van Impe,
I am seeking God’s word for wisdom and understanding and I was raised to believe in the rapture of the church before the Tribulation. I am truly seeking the truth and would appreciate it if you spoke on this subject. Wanda C.

RAPTURE

There are two stages or phases within the process of the Second Coming — the Rapture and the Revelation – and these are separated by a seven-year period of time.

The Rapture is the next occurrence on God’s calendar and is the literal, visible, and bodily return of Christ in the heavenlies. He shall return as He left (Acts 1:9-11). One can easily know how He departed by studying Luke 24:39. He had a new resurrected body of flesh and bones — a body that could be seen, touched, and fed (vss. 41-43). When He returns in the heavenlies, all believers, dead and living, will also be taken bodily to meet Him in the clouds. We shall be changed as this mortal body puts on immortality and is transformed to be like Jesus’ body (1 Corinthians 15:51-54; Psalm 17:15; 1 John 3:2). This happens in a moment, in “the twinkling of an eye.”

This event ends the Church Age and ushers in the Tribulation period. The Rapture of the Church involves the resurrection of the Christian dead as well as the exit from earth of all believers living at that time (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Regarding the Christian dead, the Bible teaches that the body is asleep in one place (the grave) whereas the soul is alive in another place (heaven). To be “absent from the body” is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). When Christ returns at the Rapture, He brings those that sleep (are dead) with Him (1 Thessalonians 4:14). How can He bring the dead with Him and still come for the dead (1 Thessalonians 4:16)? The dead are in two places! The souls and spirits are with the Lord, but their bodies are in the grave. Hence Christ brings the dead (souls and spirits) with Him so they may be reunited with their bodies. That is why the dead in Christ rise first.

The return of Christ for His Church is a signless and always imminent event. Even the New Testament writers expected the Lord’s return at any moment (Philippians 3:20). All signs of the Lord’s return have to do with the coming of Christ to set up His kingdom. They are only indicators of the approaching Rapture because that event precedes the establishment of the kingdom by seven years … in fact; we must be raptured so as to return with Him. The moment the Antichrist signs the seven-year peace pact the Tribulation period will begin and a timetable will be evident. Date-setting will now be conclusive and Christ’s return will no longer be imminent. It will be exactly 84 months or 2,520 days until Christ returns to establish His kingdom. The Rapture must precede the Tribulation Hour.

The Church is not to be the recipient of wrath. When one considers God’s purpose for the Tribulation, it is difficult to place the Bride of Christ into such a horrendous scene. Why should Christ’s Bride suffer the judgments of the seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven vials found in Revelation 6,8,9,11,15,16, when the Church cannot be found beyond the third chapter of the Book of Revelation? No, the Tribulation Hour is primarily a time of judgment upon a Christ-rejecting, God-rejecting world — both Jew and Gentile (Ezekiel 20:37, 38; Micah 5:15). Paul assured the Thessalonian Christians that they would not go through the Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 5:9). Although the Church is not all it should be, the world is better because the Church is present. The Holy Spirit, working through Christians, holds back the tide of evil sweeping the world. When His influence in this manner is removed at the Rapture, think of the wickedness that shall follow!

During the Tribulation period on earth, the raptured Christians have an appointment with Christ at the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 14:10, 12).

The word “rapture” does not appear in the Bible. It was coined from the Latin rapiemur to portray the experience of being “snatched away.” This is what is going to happen one day soon as the people of God disappear from the earth and immediately meet Christ to stand before the Judgment Seat.

JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST

The day is coming when every blood-bought believer must stand before a Holy God for a scrutinizing investigation (Romans 14:10, 11). The English term “judgment seat” has a Greek origin, bema seat. The runners’ track in Athens, Greece, contained thousands of seats. However, there was one seat differing from the rest in that it was elevated. The judge of the contest, who sat there, had no obstructions to mar his view. He could see every movement clearly. This pictures the God of holiness elevated upon His throne watching the Christian’s race of life (1 Corinthians 9:24;Jeremiah 16:7; Hebrews 4:13). God is keeping records for the day when we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done (2 Corinthians 5:10). We cannot live for the flesh and self and hear Christ say in that day, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant?’ There must be a battle fought and won. Rewards must be earned and scars must be traded for crowns. Paul, who bore in his body the marks [scars] of the Lord Jesus (Galatians 6:17) was pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). Salvation was already his as a gift, but only works of self-denial, hardship, suffering, and perhaps death could bring him the prize or crown to lay at Jesus’ feet (Revelation 4:10,11).

God will also investigate the motives behind one’s works. If there is an iota of self-glorification behind any act of service, the rewards will be sparse . . . if any (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-19; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5).

Scriptural facts concerning the Bema Seat:

  1. This judgment is only for the people of God . . . those who have erected service or works upon the foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. All of God’s people present some form of “works” to Christ at the Bema Seat.
  3. Though all worked to some degree, a difference in quantity and quality is observed … gold, silver, and precious stones versus wood, hay, and stubble.
  4. The difference is tested by purging fires.
  5. The disintegrated ashes of wood, hay, and stubble bring sorrow and loss (1 Corinthians 3:15). While eternal life is freely bestowed upon all who believe as a gift apart from works (Romans 6:23) and cannot be forfeited, rewards and crowns can be earned and lost, accumulated and liquidated. A day of addition and subtraction is coming at the Rapture.
  6. Quality works, performed for the glory of God to win the souls of men — gold, silver, precious stones —will earn crowns for all eternity. These crowns will then be placed at the feet of Christ as an eternal memorial of one’s lifetime of service (Revelation 4:10, 11).

Some will be ashamed before Him at His coming (1 John 2:28; 2 Peter 1:11). They will have nothing but ashes to lay at Christ’s feet. Thank God one can confess failure, rededicate his life, and make a new start immediately. Then such will hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

TRIBULATION

The Tribulation lasts seven years and is undoubtedly the worst bombardment of tragedy the earth will ever experience. God has a three-fold purpose for this period:To save and allow many Jews who will enter the Millennium to experience the fulfillment of the kingdom promises to Israel made by God in the covenants

To save a multitude of Gentiles who will then populate the millennial kingdom

  1. To pour out judgment on unbelieving mankind and nations. The final 42 months or three-and-one-half year period is so terrifying that it is called the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7:14).

There is a reason the first half is more peaceful. Because Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, is soon to return, Satan, the great counterfeiter and super deceiver called Antichrist will present himself as the Messiah and be accepted! Satan will enter the body of a man and proclaim himself as God (2 Thessalonians 2:4). This Antichrist will come into prominence and power by presenting a “peace program” to the nations. The contracts are signed and confirmed (Daniel 9:27). However, in the middle of the seven-year period, the Antichrist dishonors his treaties and makes the last 42 months the bloodiest in world history. The Great Tribulation is a time of incomparable judgment from God (Daniel 12:1; Joel 2:2; Matthew 24:21). A total of 21 judgments fall upon the earth. They constitute three series of seven each and are described as the seal, trumpet, and vial (or bowl) judgments. This is the Time of Jacob’s Trouble (Revelation 6, 8, 9, 15, 16) (see Judgments).

Revelation 8:7 and 9:18 clearly reveal a judgment of fire during the Tribulation. This coincides with Psalm 97:3; Isaiah 66:15; Ezekiel 20:47; Zephaniah 1:18; Malachi 4:1 and numerous other passages of Scripture. Both Old and New Testaments are in agreement concerning what seems to be a fiery, nuclear holocaust (Zechariah 14:12; Revelation 8:7; 9:18) (see Day of the Lord; Daniel’s Seventieth Week).

I remain firmly convinced that the Church will be evacuated before the Tribulation judgment begins

TRIBULATION … ORDER OF POLITICAL EVENTS

  1. Rise of Antichrist as leader of a confederacy of ten Western nations (Revelation 13:1)
  2. Antichrist signs a seven-year peace contract with Israel (Daniel 9:27)
  3. After 42 months, Antichrist breaks the contract (Daniel 9:27)
  4. Russia invades Israel from the North (Ezekiel 38:15, 16) at a time when Israel is at rest or peace (Ezekiel 38:11). (So this will not happen before the peace contract is in effect.)
  5. Antichrist attempts to destroy God’s people, the Jews (Revelation 12)
  6. He destroys the world church that helped bring him to power (Revelation 17:16,17)
  7. He proclaims himself as God (2 Thessalonians 2:411)
  8. He himself is defeated at Armageddon (Revelation 19) and cast into the Lake of Fire (vg. 20)

The Tribulation period will end with the Battle of Armageddon and the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth (Revelation 19:11-16).

All the information above comes from Dr Van Impes book called Your Future An A-Z Index To Prophecy.  This book also covers Judgments, Day of the Lord, and Daniels Seventieth Week and much much more. And is available for a designated donation.

 

What is the unpardonable sin? Ron. A

I am going to share a portion from Dr. John R. Rice’s book entitled The King of the Jews, which is a commentary on Matthew.  His study of the unpardonable sin reaches the following conclusions:

“The following facts are evidently true about the unpardonable sin:  (1) There is only one unpardonable sin (Matthew 12:31); it is not murder nor adultery nor cursing, and not simply the rejection of Christ;  (2) Saved people cannot commit the unpardonable sin since all their sins are already pardoned and they cannot come into condemnation (John 5:24, Colossians 2:13).  To the saved person salvation is a finished, present possession.  They are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (John 10:28,29, I Peter 1:5).  This sin is committed only by lost people;  (3) The unpardonable sin is committed only by sinners of great enlightenment such as these Pharisees here who the prophecies and saw marvelous evidence of the power of Christ.  (See the enlightenment pictured in Hebrews 6:4,5).  In the Bible, Pharaoh, at the time of Moses, and Judas Iscariot seemed to have committed the unpardonable sin, as the Antichrist will evidently do;  (4) The unpardonable sin is connected always with the rejection of Christ by a sinner; not all who reject Christ as Saviour commit the unpardonable sin but each one may do so;  (5) The unpardonable sin is a complete and final rejection of Christ so definite and blasphemous that it insults and drives away the Holy Spirit forever.  Then He no longer moves the heart, brings conviction or arouses the desire for salvation.  Usually those who feel they have committed the unpardonable sin have not.  One who has is unconcerned, since the Holy Spirit has withdrawn from him;  (6) The desire to be saved proves that one has not committed the unpardonable sin (Revelation 21:6 and 22:17).”

I have a question for Jack. I wanted to ask him if he feels based on scripture that we will see the antichrist come on the world scene before the rapture? I also wondered if the Church is gone in the rapture who will preach to the unsaved? Would that be the 144,000 witnesses? Rosemarie S.

RAPTURE

There are two stages or phases within the process of the Second Coming — the Rapture and the Revelation – and these are separated by a seven-year period of time.The Rapture is the next occurrence on God’s calendar and is the literal, visible, and bodily return of Christ in the heavenlies. He shall return as He left (Acts 1:9-11). One can easily know how He departed by studying Luke 24:39. He had a new resurrected body of flesh and bones — a body that could be seen, touched, and fed (vss. 41-43). When He returns in the heavenlies, all believers, dead and living, will also be taken bodily to meet Him in the clouds. We shall be changed as this mortal body puts on immortality and is transformed to be like Jesus’ body (1 Corinthians 15:51-54; Psalm 17:15; 1 John 3:2). This happens in a moment, in “the twinkling of an eye.”

This event ends the Church Age and ushers in the Tribulation period. The Rapture of the Church involves the resurrection of the Christian dead as well as the exit from earth of all believers living at that time (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Regarding the Christian dead, the Bible teaches that the body is asleep in one place (the grave) whereas the soul is alive in another place (heaven). To be “absent from the body” is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). When Christ returns at the Rapture, He brings those that sleep (are dead) with Him (1 Thessalonians 4:14). How can He bring the dead with Him and still come for the dead (1 Thessalonians 4:16)? The dead are in two places! The souls and spirits are with the Lord, but their bodies are in the grave. Hence Christ brings the dead (souls and spirits) with Him so they may be reunited with their bodies. That is why the dead in Christ rise first.

The return of Christ for His Church is a signless and always imminent event. Even the New Testament writers expected the Lord’s return at any moment (Philippians 3:20). All signs of the Lord’s return have to do with the coming of Christ to set up His kingdom. They are only indicators of the approaching Rapture because that event precedes the establishment of the kingdom by seven years … in fact; we must be raptured so as to return with Him. The moment the Antichrist signs the seven-year peace pact the Tribulation period will begin and a timetable will be evident. Date-setting will now be conclusive and Christ’s return will no longer be imminent. It will be exactly 84 months or 2,520 days until Christ returns to establish His kingdom. The Rapture must precede the Tribulation Hour.

The Church is not to be the recipient of wrath. When one considers God’s purpose for the Tribulation, it is difficult to place the Bride of Christ into such a horrendous scene. Why should Christ’s Bride suffer the judgments of the seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven vials found in Revelation 6,8,9,11,15,16, when the Church cannot be found beyond the third chapter of the Book of Revelation? No, the Tribulation Hour is primarily a time of judgment upon a Christ-rejecting, God-rejecting world — both Jew and Gentile (Ezekiel 20:37, 38; Micah 5:15). Paul assured the Thessalonian Christians that they would not go through the Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 5:9). Although the Church is not all it should be, the world is better because the Church is present. The Holy Spirit, working through Christians, holds back the tide of evil sweeping the world. When His influence in this manner is removed at the Rapture, think of the wickedness that shall follow!

During the Tribulation period on earth, the raptured Christians have an appointment with Christ at the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 14:10, 12).

The word “rapture” does not appear in the Bible. It was coined from the Latin rapiemur to portray the experience of being “snatched away.” This is what is going to happen one day soon as the people of God disappear from the earth and immediately meet Christ to stand before the Judgment Seat.

JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST

The day is coming when every blood-bought believer must stand before a Holy God for a scrutinizing investigation (Romans 14:10, 11). The English term “judgment seat” has a Greek origin, bema seat. The runners’ track in Athens, Greece, contained thousands of seats. However, there was one seat differing from the rest in that it was elevated. The judge of the contest, who sat there, had no obstructions to mar his view. He could see every movement clearly.

This pictures the God of holiness elevated upon His throne watching the Christian’s race of life (2 Corinthians 16:9; Jeremiah 16:7; Hebrews 4:13). God is keeping records for the day when we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done (2 Corinthians 5:10). We cannot live for the flesh and self and hear Christ say in that day, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant?’

There must be a battle fought and won. Rewards must be earned and scars must be traded for crowns. Paul, who bore in his body the marks [scars] of the Lord Jesus (Galatians 6:17) was pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). Salvation was already his as a gift, but only works of self-denial, hardship, suffering, and perhaps death could bring him the prize or crown to lay at Jesus’ feet (Revelation 4:10,11).

God will also investigate the motives behind one’s works. If there is an iota of self-glorification behind any act of service, the rewards will be sparse . . . if any (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-19; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5).

Scriptural facts concerning the Bema Seat:

  1. This judgment is only for the people of God . . . those who have erected service or works upon the foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. All of God’s people present some form of “works” to Christ at the Bema Seat.
  3. Though all worked to some degree, a difference in quantity and quality is observed … gold, silver, and precious stones versus wood, hay, and stubble.
  4. The difference is tested by purging fires.
  5. The disintegrated ashes of wood, hay, and stubble bring sorrow and loss (1 Corinthians 3:15). While eternal life is freely bestowed upon all who believe as a gift apart from works (Romans 6:23) and cannot be forfeited, rewards and crowns can be earned and lost, accumulated and liquidated. A day of addition and subtraction is coming at the Rapture.
  6. Quality works, performed for the glory of God to win the souls of men — gold, silver, precious stones —will earn crowns for all eternity. These crowns will then be placed at the feet of Christ as an eternal memorial of one’s lifetime of service (Revelation 4:10, 11).

 

Some will be ashamed before Him at His coming (1 John 2:28; 2 Peter 1:11). They will have nothing but ashes to lay at Christ’s feet. Thank God one can confess failure, rededicate his life, and make a new start immediately. Then such will hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

 

TRIBULATION

The Tribulation lasts seven years and is undoubtedly the worst bombardment of tragedy the earth will ever experience. God has a three-fold purpose for this period:

  1. To save and allow many Jews who will enter the Millennium to experience the fulfillment of the kingdom promises to Israel made by God in the covenants
  2. To save a multitude of Gentiles who will then populate the millennial kingdom
  3. To pour out judgment on unbelieving mankind and nations. The final 42 months or three-and-one-half year period is so terrifying that it is called the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7:14).

There is a reason the first half is more peaceful. Because Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, is soon to return, Satan, the great counterfeiter and super deceiver called Antichrist will present himself as the Messiah and be accepted! Satan will enter the body of a man and proclaim himself as God (2 Thessalonians 2:4). This Antichrist will come into prominence and power by presenting a “peace program” to the nations. The contracts are signed and confirmed (Daniel 9:27). However, in the middle of the seven-year period, the Antichrist dishonors his treaties and makes the last 42 months the bloodiest in world history. The Great Tribulation is a time of incomparable judgment from God (Daniel 12:1; Joel 2:2; Matthew 24:21). A total of 21 judgments fall upon the earth. They constitute three series of seven each and are described as the seal, trumpet, and vial (or bowl) judgments. This is the Time of Jacob’s Trouble (Revelation 6, 8, 9, 15, 16) (see Judgments).Revelation 8:7 and 9:18 clearly reveal a judgment of fire during the Tribulation. This coincides with Psalm 97:3; Isaiah 66:15; Ezekiel 20:47; Zephaniah 1:18; Malachi 4:1 and numerous other passages of Scripture. Both Old and New Testaments are in agreement concerning what seems to be a fiery, nuclear holocaust (Zechariah 14:12; Revelation 8:7; 9:18) (see Day of the Lord; Daniel’s Seventieth Week).

I remain firmly convinced that the Church will be evacuated before the Tribulation judgment begins (see Rapture, Views of).

TRIBULATION … ORDER OF POLITICAL EVENTS

  1. Rise of Antichrist as leader of a confederacy of ten Western nations (Revelation 13:1)
  2. Antichrist signs a seven-year peace contract with Israel (Daniel 9:27)
  3. After 42 months, Antichrist breaks the contract (Daniel 9:27)
  4. Russia invades Israel from the North (Ezekiel 38:15, 16) at a time when Israel is at rest or peace (Ezekiel 38:11). (So this will not happen before the peace contract is in effect.)
  5. Antichrist attempts to destroy God’s people, the Jews (Revelation 12)
  6. He destroys the world church that helped bring him to power (Revelation 17:16,17)
  7. He proclaims himself as God (2 Thessalonians 2:411)
  8. He himself is defeated at Armageddon (Revelation 19) and cast into the Lake of Fire (vg. 20)

The Tribulation period will end with the Battle of Armageddon and the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth (Revelation 19:11-16).

REMNANT (JEWISH), 144,000

The existence of a remnant of Jews is tied to the covenants God made with the nation Israel. The unconditional covenants must have a people to carry out their fulfillment. Even though Israel has often strayed far from the Lord, He has always had a believing remnant. In New Testament times there were always a believing, expectant nucleus to whom the promises were reaffirmed. Presently a remnant of Israel are turning to Messiah, Jesus and receiving His salvation.

Shortly after the Rapture, there will be another remnant of Jews who turn to Christ. These converted Jews are called “servants of God” and they are extremely successful in ministering to others. Not long after this elect group is announced by John, he describes a great multitude from all nations who have been converted to Christ as a result of their labor and who are willing to prove their faith through martyrdom.

WITNESSES, TWO

Two powerful prophets will appear in Jerusalem during the Tribulation period, guaranteeing the truth of the kingdom message of the 144,000 servants of God, adding to the irritation of the Antichrist. The message of Christ’s return will be preached throughout the world. All will be made aware of the timetable of the end, the eventual fall of Antichrist, and the coming kingdom of Christ.

These two witnesses will be miraculously protected for three and one-half years. Their power to bring plagues will draw the attention of the world (Revelation 11:6). They will likely repeat Old Testament prophecies concerning the kingdom of Christ (Daniel 2:44, 45).

When they have concluded their work, they will be slain and television will beam the sight of their dead bodies lying in the streets of Jerusalem to the world. After three and one-half days of the earth’s rejoicing (Revelation 11:10), they will be resurrected and ascend to heaven in a cloud while their enemies watch, paralyzed with fear.

In determining who the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11:3 are, most biblical scholars have narrowed the choice down to either Elijah, Moses, or Enoch.

Malachi 3:2, 3 and 4:5, 6 predict that Elijah will come as one of those witnesses. It is corroborated by the fact that Elijah did not die a physical death but was taken up into heaven by a whirlwind and chariot of fire (2 Kings 2:9-11).

Moses appeared with Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:3) which was a picture of future events. Many of the plagues of the Time of Jacob’s Trouble are similar to those brought by Moses in the deliverance of Israel from Egypt. The Bible also tells us that Moses’ body was preserved by God (Deuteronomy 34:5, 6; Jude 9).

Like Elijah, Enoch did not die (Hebrews 11:5), and some think that his exemption from death was in view of his coming martyrdom during the Great Tribulation. His message must also be considered. Evidently this prophet had been given a revelation of the Second Coming of Christ and had announced it to his generation (Jude 14, 15).

MARTYRS, TRIBULATION

During the Tribulation, a mighty revival will result when 144,000 Jewish evangelists cover the earth with their testimony of faith in Christ. Multitudes will be saved from all nations. The reaction of the world dictator, Antichrist, to those who publicly proclaim the end of his reign and announce the coming kingdom of Christ will be an angry explosion of persecution. Millions will be martyred, sealing their testimonies with blood.

 

These persecuted saints are not part of the Church, the body of Christ, the Bride of the Saviour already in glory (Revelation 4:1). Revelation 6:9 finds their souls under the altar. In the Old Testament, the altar always referred to the place where blood had been sacrificed. Souls will be saved during the Tribulation Hour the same way souls are saved today…. through the precious shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because the believers of the Tribulation Hour proclaim Christ crucified, they lose their lives for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

 

The spirits of the martyred Tribulation saints cry. They also wear white robes. Spirits cannot cry or wear white robes, so apparently the spirit has a temporary covering (2 Corinthians 5:1). We may not understand everything about the spirit world, but one thing is certain, being in spirit form does not mean unconsciousness. Spirits move, talk, cry, and even wear white robes!

Their cry is one of vengeance for blood. They are not under grace as martyred Stephen was (Acts 7:60). This is a different dispensation, the fulfillment of the hour that David spoke of (Psalm 9:12).

There will be a 75-day interval between Christ’s return and the Millennium (Daniel 12:11, 12). One of the events that takes place during this time is the resurrection of the Old Testament saints and the Tribulation saints (Job 19:25,26; Isaiah 25:8 26:29; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 11:16-18; 20:4,5) so they might be rewarded, as well as be participants in the Millennium on earth (Daniel 12:2). They are also guests at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. During the Millennium, the Tribulation martyrs will reign with Christ and the Bride (the Church) (Revelation 20:6).

I have a question about King David and his role in the Millennium. What are Dr Van Impes thoughts on this question? Cindy M.

The government will be a theocracy, with Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, ruling as King (Daniel 7:13, 14; Isaiah 49; Luke 1:32; 22:29) as a son of David (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:27). Humanly speaking, our Lord’s position as son of David was established through Joseph, who adopted him (Luke 3:23; Acts 2:30; 13:22, 23, 33; Hebrews 7:14; Romans 1:3; Revelation 5:5; 22:16). However, Mary was also of David’s descent. Succession in the kingly line was not altogether by birth, but by appointment.

There is a question as to whether the Lord Jesus Christ will exercise the government over Palestine directly or indirectly through a regent, even David himself (Isaiah 55:3,4; Jeremiah 30:9; 33:15,17,20,21; Ezekiel 34:23,24; 37:24,25; Hosea 3:5; Amos 9:11).Nobles and governors will reign under David (Jeremiah 30:21; Isaiah 32:1; Ezekiel 45:8, 9). Matthew 19:28 states that 12 disciples will rule over the 12 tribes of Israel, indicating there will be other subordinate rulers administering the government.

There will be even smaller subdivisions of authority (Luke 19:12-28) awarded for faithfulness (Isaiah 40:10; Zechariah 3:7). Judges will be raised up (Zechariah 3:7; Isaiah 1:26). Their authority will demonstrate the theocratic power of Christ to rule with inflexible righteousness and justice (Isaiah 11:3-5), to rule in the fullness of the Spirit (Isaiah 11:2, 3), and to rule universally (Daniel 7:14, 27). Any outbreak of sin will be dealt with summarily (Isaiah 11:4).

If you don’t get drunk, is it a sin to drink alcohol? They drank wine in the Bible. Jesus even turned water into wine. Allen S.

Wine and intoxicating drink is clearly forbidden and considered unclean in Leviticus 10:8-11: “And the Lord spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons, with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die:  it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:  and that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses”.

Clearly drinking is on the negative and sinful side of God’s Law, and we must not allow the opinions of men to cause us to reject the truth of God’s word.  When the Lord gives us a commandment it is important that we obey.

The Apostle Paul tells us that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Tim. 3:16).

The Apostle Peter also mentions the scriptures as being inspired by God.  “for prophecy came not in old time by the will of men:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20-21).

Now, since we have determined that all scripture both Old and New Testament are God inspired lets look at several more verses:

  • Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging:  and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
  • Proverbs 23:20 “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh.”
  • Proverbs 23:31 “Look not upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.

 

Jesus boldly stated in John 10:11, that He was the “Good Shepherd”?  Why then would Jesus being “Good” make something bad such as spoiled, fermented, intoxicating wine.  The answer is plain and simple.  He wouldn’t.  Again, yes, Jesus turned the water into wine, but it was not the wine His scriptures so adamantly denounced.

Think about this.  Why would any believer in Christ Jesus want to cause another to stumble by endorsing drinking?

Please carefully read I Cor. 6:10; 6:19; Galatians 5:19-21, and Habakkuk 2:15.

Medicinal use is the only exception (I Timothy 5:23).  Three studies confirm our conclusions, all found in Dr. Van Impe’s book Alcohol: the Beloved Enemy: a study of wine in the Old Testament, a study of Jesus and wine, and a study of wine in the church.  Three sacred sources speak for total abstinence from intoxicants.  And as Solomon wrote, “A threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12).  The book can be obtained from our ministry for a donation of $19.95.

The person who abstains from alcoholic beverages is on solid biblical ground.  This position is not popular.  Nevertheless, we are convinced it is the scriptural one.

In Dr. Van Impe’s 190 page volume on the subject, he deals with the following:

  • The long night
  • The love affair
  • The destroyer
  • Booze and your body
  • Public enemy number one
  • The real cost of alcohol
  • Great booze fighters of the past
  • Prohibition: what really happened?
  • Wine in the Old Testament
  • Jesus and wine
  • Wine in the Church
  • Better than wine
  • Ending alcohol’s long night
  • Confronting the enemy

 

Can you explain Jesus coming back on the white horse with us on white horses. Is Jesus coming back on a white horse literally, my pastor said no so this has raised my eyebrows. Please expedite. I believe he will be on a real horse and us to. My pastor is an excellent bible teacher. Thank you for your ministry and your teaching on the trinity. Tami R.

The four horsemen of Revelation 6 are: 

1.    The white horse whose rider is Antichrist (vs.2), counterfeits the return of Christ and produces a fraudulent peace pact (Revelation 19:11). 

2.     The red horse (vs. 4) produces wars and rumors of wars.  Perhaps Russia (red) might have a part here. 

3.     The black horse (vs. 5) produces famine and inflation as the 666 program becomes activated. 

4.     The pale horse (vs. 8), the deadliest, produces death and disease with hell following him. 

Countless horses will be utilized by the armies of Armageddon as the blood rises to their bridles (Revelation 14:20), and Christ himself will return, mounted on a white horse, followed by His armies also riding white horses (Revelation 19:11-14).

During the 1000 year rule of Christ on earth will people have jobs? Will there be planes flying, trains running people working at jobs? From David R.

MILLENNIUM
Millennium means 1,000 years and refers to the kingdom of Christ on earth. This era, foretold by all the prophets, will be a time of peace among people and nations. War will be but a relic of the past. Jerusalem, known for war, bloodshed, and international tensions, will at last become the city of peace and the capitol of the world. The Prince of Peace will rule from David’s throne and the promises given to Mary concerning Jesus will be fulfilled (Luke 1:32, 33; Isaiah 9:6,7).
Peace will come to Israel and to the world. But it will not come through military might or treaties. Christ will come bringing peace. When the governments of earth have finally fallen, the Messiah of Israel, the Saviour of men, will set up His kingdom (Daniel 2:44). Satan will be bound for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3). There will be persons with mortal bodies and persons with glorified bodies on earth during this time. Those who survived the Tribulation Hour and who have not been condemned in the judgment of the nations (Matthew 25:31-46) are allowed to enter the Millennium in their mortal bodies and will have prolonged lives. They, along with the millions of babies born during this time, will live for the entire 1,000 years of Christ’s reign. If, at the end of this time, they did not rebel with Satan and had accepted Jesus as their Saviour, they will live on eternally.
Their immortal lives will not be spent in glorified bodies but in human bodies eternally preserved through partaking of the tree of life. They will retain perfect health and not experience aging because of the leaves of the trees that grow for the healing of the nations (Revelation 22:2).
The Millennium will bring peace in the world of nature. All of God’s creation suffers as a result of the fall of man and will be restored at this time (Romans 8:20-23). Nature will cooperate with man again (Genesis 3:17, 18) productivity will return, (Zechariah 8:12), earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, etc., will be absent. Even the animal world will be at peace with man and each other (Isaiah 11:6-8). All economic conflict will be swept away. Oppression and strikes will be unknown with food and housing for all (Isaiah 65:21-23). There will be religious peace with Jews and Gentiles worshipping the Lord together (Isaiah 11:9, 10) and the Jews will be at peace in their own land (Ezekiel 36:24-27). All this will happen because the Kingdom Age (Millennium) will be characterized by the fullness of the Spirit (Joel 2:28, 29) more than in any previous dispensation. It is evident that all believers will be indwelt by the Holy Spirit in the Millennium even as they are in the present age (Ezekiel 36:27; 37:14; Isaiah 11:2, 3; Jeremiah 31:33). No unsaved person will enter the Millennium (the Jews as a nation will have recognized and accepted Christ as Messiah during the Tribulation period and the Gentiles will have experienced conversion prior to admission also (Isaiah 16:5; 18:7; 19:19-21,25; 23:18; 55:5,6; 56:6-8; 60:3-5; 61:8,9; Jeremiah 3:17; 16:19-21; Amos 9:11; Obadiah 17-2 1).
Earth’s motto will be holiness unto the Lord (Zechariah 14:20, 21). Those reigning with Christ during this time are the returning saints (the Church, the Bride of Christ, Jude 14; Revelation 19:14), the resurrected Old Testament saints (Daniel 12:2), and the raised Tribulation saints (Revelation 20:4). Each group, saved during different dispensations of time, has different duties to perform. The Church is the Bride of Christ and enjoys the 1,000-year honeymoon upon earth reigning with Him (Revelation 20:4; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6). The 144,000 serve as accompanying bodyguards for the Lamb and His Bride (Revelation 14:4). The Gentiles saved during the Tribulation will be serving in the glorious temple described in Ezekiel 40-48 and waiting on Christ and His Bride (Revelation 7:15) (see Millennium, Government of).
Terms synonymous with Millennium:
1. Kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10)
2. The regeneration (Matthew 19:28)
3. The last day (John 6:40)
4. The times of refreshing (Acts 3:21)
5. The restitution of all things (Acts 3:21)
6. The day of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:8; 2 Corinthians 1:14; Philippians 2:16)
7. The world to come (Hebrews 2:5)

Can you explain the book of Enoch please thank you. George

There have always been those who claim to have found “lost” books of the Bible or new information concerning Jesus Christ.  These books are in no way inspired and have no place in Holy Scripture.  Christians should not be confused by them because they are, for the most part, deliberate hoaxes.  There will always be those who wish to use religion for profit (Titus 1:11).The Christian can trust in the historical authenticity and inspiration of the Bible.  It’s integrity as the Word of God is above question.  Those who wish to add or take away from the revealed Word of God should be rejected.There are many excellent books that deal with the scripture and how we got the Bible in its present form.  They can be obtained through your local Christian bookstore.Answer:

The Book of Enoch is any of several pseudepigraphal (falsely attributed works, texts whose claimed authorship is unfounded) works that attribute themselves to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah; that is, Enoch son of Jared (Genesis 5:18). Enoch is also one of the two people in the Bible taken up to heaven without dying (the other being Elijah), as the Bible says “And Enoch walked with God, and he was not; for God took him.” (Genesis 5:24; see also Hebrews 11:5). Most commonly, the phrase “Book of Enoch” refers to 1 Enoch, which is wholly extant only in the Ethiopic language.

Also here is a link for more information on this question https://www.gotquestions.org/Enoch-in-the-Bible.htm

God Bless you George in Jesus name through the Holy Spirit.