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Dear Pastor Van Impe,
Some friends and I were wondering, does the world get better for a short time before the Rapture, or will it continue to get worse?
C. Marshall

Matthew 24:37 states: But as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Noah’s era was also one of corruption: “Every imagination of the thoughts of [mankind’s] heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). The result: “The earth also was corrupt before God” (Genesis 6:11). It takes no stretch of a person’s imagination to see a world of men filled with vile imaginations.

While we remain on planet earth, you and I must heed the apostle’s words, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). This bombardment of continual wickedness, implanting so much filth and false values in our collective minds, is presently reaping an abundant har¬vest morally, spiritually, and socially. Just as the degenerated values of society in Noah’s day filled the world with violence, so sin, crime, and fear stalk humanity today.

I’m confident this situation will continue to deteriorate because the sign will break forth in all its debauchery during the Tribulation Hour. We are already observing the preview of coming events. Life will not be worth living during the Tribulation, because Satan will be cast out of the heavens and will be enthroned upon the earth. Because he knows that he has only a short time to perform his heinous acts, and because of his impending imprisonment for one thousand years (Revelation 20:3), he will unleash all of his brutality and uncleanness upon earth’s millions. That is why Revelation 12:12 states, “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

Remember that Noah’s day was also one of violence (Genesis 6:11). Any person who watches television news today surely realizes that we are going through a period of unprecedented violence and terrorism throughout the world. But we’ve seen nothing yet. Violence will rear its ugly head in monstrous proportions as terrorists prepare for germ and biological warfare to hold major cities captive. Soon millions will die. When it does occur, could it be the beginning of the Tribulation Hour? But fear not, Jesus said in Luke 21:9, “When ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come” and then adds in verse 31, “When ye do see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom [return to earth] of God is nigh at hand [near].”

I'm ready for the Rapture, but will my innocent, spoiled pets be coming with me? I do not want them left behind to starve to death.

Diane P.

Romans 8:21-23 states: Because the creature, (that’s talking about animals and humans) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation, (animal and human) groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. Not only they, but ourselves also which have the first fruits of the spirit, even we ourselves, groan within ourselves waiting for the adoption to wit the redemption of our bodies.

Currently the whole creation, animals included, groan and travail in pain waiting for the redemption – the salvation of their bodies and that’s when he says in Revelation 4 verse 1, “Come up hither!” Now we believe that’s the Rapture,

Dr. E. D. Buckner who wrote the book The Immortality of Animals in 1903 – He also identified many well-known theologians who believed and recognized the immortality of animals. He taught the following:

St. Paul gives us to understand that this suffering of animals shall not be hopeless, but that they shall be delivered together with man from the bondage of corruption.

Dr. William L. Pettingill said: “Animals generally, are now suffering in the bondage of corruption, but in that day their deliverance will come.”

He’s talking about the coming of the Lord because he uses in context here, I Corinthians 15:51-54, “Behold I show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep [all be dead] but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump. For the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we the living shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal, the living, must put on immortality.

Since these scholars say that these animals are going to be delivered from the bondage of corruption and he says that all that are in corruption are coming forth, that means that they believe that animals are coming out at the rapture, and so they’re using as his proof text, the text I’ve used so often just for the believers – the dead in Christ first and then the living. But these men are taking in the animals as well. This means that you don’t have to worry if the rapture occurs, because your animal’s going up with you.

Hello Dr. Van Impe,
I have watched your program for decades and appreciate the true Pentecostal teaching. While watching one of your programs on the 5 Fundamentals a question came to me that I hope you can help with. While our Lord was in the Virgin Mary before birth, how was their two bloods not mixed? The blood of Jesus is pure, but the blood of Mary would be human. Please help me to understand.
Ted R.

Dr. Gerard M. DiLeo wrote an article entitled “Anatomy of a Fetus: The Placenta” at:

In this article he states:

“The placenta is part of the communication between the fetus and the expectant mother. Most people tend to think of this communication as the route of exchange where the mother’s blood and the fetus’s blood mix and exchange, but this is a myth. The fetal blood and maternal blood do not mix. In fact, if this were to be the case, there would be such immunological protest from the mother that she would soon make enough antibodies to the baby’s blood to destroy the pregnancy. So what exactly is meant by communication between the fetus and mother? And if no blood is exchanged, how do oxygen and nutrition get passed on to the developing baby?”

Later in the article he states:

Another thing that helps is the complete separation of the maternal and fetal circulation. As stated above, there is no direct connection between the fetal bloodstream and the maternal bloodstream. The placenta grows into the maternal uterine lining, but no blood vessels connect up to the mother’s, as was once thought. Instead, the fetal red blood cells end their journey in a U-turn in very vascular capillaries; these capillaries sit in puddles, so to speak, called intervillous spaces. These are puddles of maternal blood that bathe the lining of the placental capillaries. The fetal tissue, thus bathed, takes the developing baby’s needs out of the maternal blood, leaving the rest for the mother.”

As a result, Mary’s human blood did not mix with the pure blood of Jesus.

Hi there my name is David J. I have a question that has been on my mind. I would like to know how can I prepare myself for our lord Jesus Christ return. I do believe in Jesus and the resurrection. I did ask my Jesus to come into my heart and save me, if there are any advise that you can help me to escape this world when he call us home. I sure don’t want to miss it.
David J.

We know that all those who have trusted Christ to forgive them of their sins and give them eternal life are saved. Faith in Jesus Christ is what saves us. Although we may sin, we know that we can still have forgiveness. Christ died that we might know and have assurance of eternal life with Him. Revelation 3:5 is a verse of tremendous joy because we realize that it means we who have trusted Jesus Christ will be confessed before our Father. We will not be blotted out of the book but we will enjoy a precious place in it because we know the Lord. I John 4:15 tells us: “whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” As long as we are in God and He in us, then we are forever and eternally saved. If God has said that He will forgive you, you should not doubt because God does not lie. If He makes a promise to you, you can count on it to be true for He has said He will never fail you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

We also have the precious promise of the Word that “whosoever will may come.” Jesus said in John 6, verse 37: “all that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:44 says that “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” These are all precious promises from God’s Word that we have our eternal Father with us. John 1:12 says that we are now children of God. We know that the Father will often chastise us for our disobedience to Him. This is a testimony that we are His children. Please read Hebrews chapter 12, verses 5-8. These will show you that our chastisement is from our Father who is in Heaven.

I am glad that you have come to the Lord and He has forgiven you of your sins. If you have confessed them and forsaken them, then God has taken them out of your life. He has made you a new creature in Him. You no longer have to be afraid or doubt about your life. You may not know that which is in the future but you know the One who holds the future. I suggest that you study the entire book of I John. I am sure it will be very helpful.

If someone has an abortion but then later feels the wrong of it and repents and asks forgiveness, turning their life and views around, will God forgive them, or is the shedding of innocent blood unforgivable and the person condemned to Hell in the afterlife?

Michelle S.

God is willing to forgive every sin of the truly repentant heart and believer in Christ Jesus.

No matter how bad our sin is, God still forgives.

God loves us so much that He sent His only son to suffer and to die that we might not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

It is important to realize that even after we become new creatures in Christ we still must face up to the consequences and results of our past sins. In doing so we can rejoice that not only are we forgiven and cleansed (I John 1:9) but we also are given the promise of God’s strength and provision as we depend on Him.

All are guilty of sin (Romans 3:23) and deserve eternal damnation (Romans 6:23). Jesus died for the payment of our sins (Romans 5:8).

Anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Savior is forgiven regardless of the sin one has committed (Romans 6:24).

Does it say in the KJV Bible that the sacrifices made on the Day of Atonement will cover the sins of the people of Israel for the year forward or for the year backward? Where does the Bible say that?

Leviticus 16:1-34 gives the law concerning the Day of Atonement. In verses 21 and 22 it states: And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.”

This indicates that the sins that they had committed since the previous Day of Atonement were covered until the next Day of Atonement.

Why did Jesus ride a donkey when He entered into Jerusalem?
Danny A.

Fred H. Wight, in his book Manners and Customs of Bible Lands states: “The horse has usually symbolized times of war, but the donkey, times of peace. In Old Testament times this was especially true from the days of King Solomon.” So if a king rode a horse it symbolized that he was riding to war, but if he rode a donkey it symbolized peace.

Zechariah 9:9 states: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” This was fulfilled when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday – Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28 – 44; and John 12:12-19.

Zechariah 9:10 states: “And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.” This prophecy will be fulfilled at His Second Coming when He sets up His kingdom on earth.

I've been told that Beelzebub, Lucifer, Satan, and the devil are all the same being. But by others I've been told they're individual beings what is your opinion on this matter? Thank you
Karla S.

Satan is known by many names in the Bible. But all of the names refer to the same created being. Here is a partial list of his names.

Abaddon / Apollyon
Revelation 9:11

Revelation 12:10

Adversary / Roaring lion
1 Peter 5:8

Angel of light
2 Corinthians 11:14

Anointed cherub
Ezekiel 28:14

Matthew 12:24

2 Corinthians 6:15

Deceiver / Dragon / Serpent
Revelation 12:9

1 John 3:8

Evil one
John 17:15

Father of lies / Murderer
John 8:44

God of this age
2 Corinthians 4:4

Isaiah 14:12-14

Prince of the power of the air
Ephesians 2:1, 2

Ruler of this world
John 12:31, 32

Mark 1:13

Matthew 4:3

John 10:10

Wicked one
Ephesians 6:16

Dear Dr. Van Impe,

My husband and I brought our sons up believing in the rapture, tribulation, and 1000 year millennial reign.

Recently both of our sons began reading about postmillennialism and they now believe this to be truth. Our sons have far exceeded our knowledge of theology, and I don’t know how to refute this.

Can you help me?


Becky A.

Postmillennialism is the teaching that Christ’s second coming will not happen until after the “millennium,” a golden age or era of Christian prosperity and dominance. They believe that the world will become better and better until perfection is achieved, then Christ will come and take over. In other words, Christians will establish Christ’s kingdom on the earth and not Christ Himself.

The problem is, the world is not getting better and better – a cursory reading of today’s headlines will tell you that. And the Bible says that it will continue to get worse. Paul writes in II Timothy 3:1-7: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” He continues in verse 13: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

We also have the description of the Second Coming of Christ in Revelation 19:11 – 21: “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls 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 horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” That does not sound like Christ will be coming to a peaceful Utopia.

The web site Got Questions states this about postmillennialism:

“Those who hold to postmillennialism use a non-literal method of interpreting unfulfilled prophecy, assigning their own meanings to words. The problem with this is that when someone starts assigning meanings to words other than their normal meaning, a person can decide that a word, phrase, or sentence means anything he wants it to mean. All objectivity concerning the meaning of words is lost. When words lose their meaning, communication ceases. However, this is not how God has intended for language and communication to be. God communicates to us through His written word, with objective meanings to words, so that ideas and thoughts can be communicated.

A normal, literal interpretation of Scripture rejects postmillennialism and holds to a normal interpretation of all Scripture, including unfulfilled prophecy…Postmillennialism fails in that it interprets Bible prophecy subjectively and holds that the millennial kingdom will be established by the church, not by Christ Himself.”

I have been talking with a friend about the 72 virgins that are promised to the Muslim martyrs, but I cannot find it in the Quran. Can you tell me where it is found? P. Hull

The promise of 72 virgins does not come from the Quran, it comes from a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad.

According to the web site

Hadith means “saying.” Hadiths are the second source of the Shari`ah, the first being the Qur’an. The Qur’an is all-binding and unquestionable as a source for Muslims, but hadiths need verification and authentication, hence the need to specify, when one of them is cited, that it is “authentic.” The nine most authentic compilations of hadith in Islam are Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Muwatta’ Malik, Sunan al-Nasa’i, Sunan al-Tirmidhi, Sunan Abi Dawud, Sunan Ibn Majah, Musnad Ahmad, and Sunan al-Darimi.

The hadith in question is found in Sunan al-Tirmidhi and Musnad Ahmad and states:

“Truly the martyr is given by Allah Almighty six things:

1. Forgiveness of sins from the first drop of his blood to be shed;
2. Protection from the torment of the grave;
3. Safety from the Greatest Fear [i.e. the Day of Judgment];
4. Receiving the crown of veneration, a single sapphire of which is worth more than the whole world and its contents;
5. Marriage to seventy-two of the wide-eyed virgins;
6. Intercession on behalf of seventy of his relatives.”

The number “seventy” in Arabic denotes “a great number.” The reason for the wives being 72 is 70+2, seventy (i.e. many) of the Houris of Paradise and two of the women of this world, and Allah knows best.

Dr Van Impe,
I read the response on your site about Is. 11:6. Re: lion and lamb) I am not sure about the changing of that verse. But i AM sure of Matt 7:1. Judge not lest ye be judged. It is nowhere to be found in ANY KJV bible. And the Lord’s Prayer in Matt no longer says 'on earth' but 'in earth' as well as trespass and trespasses are gone. I learned this from my father’s old KJV bible. It's NOT there.
And please look at these as well: KJV
Luke 19:23 (stuff)
Luke 17:34 (two men?)
Luke 19:27 (Slay them)
John 12:24 (corn of wheat) HUH???
There are others.
I'm not saying this is CERN, or the Mandela Effect. I honestly have no idea what's going on. But something is SERIOUSLY wrong here.
You are a man who has memorized much scripture. Surely you can see these changes?
Thank you,

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

Matthew 6:11 “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.

I have a question for you about gay people — I know what the Bible says about it, but how do you treat gay people? I know that it is between God and them, but what do you do when it is a friend of yours or your family? Bonnie

I John 4:7 – 11 states: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”

First of all, we are to continue to love them. We do not condone their lifestyle, but we love them. Remember that all sin is offensive to God, and all sin results in death – Romans 6:23 – but the …gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Homosexuality is just one of the many sins listed in I Corinthians 6:9 – 10: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” Thankfully verse 11 goes on to say: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Jennifer Waddle on her blog: Can a Christian have a gay friend? brings out four things to keep in mind:

    We do not have to participate in gay-related events. Yes, it will be awkward to decline the invitation, but it will be even more awkward to attend and feel like we are compromising our beliefs.

    We can encourage, support and interact with gay friends so long as we remain steadfast in the truth. If we are tempted to be swayed, it would be wise for us to re-evaluate the friendship. We must hold everything to the light of Scripture. The Holy Spirit will guide us.

    It’s ok to disagree. Our friends may try to convince us that their lifestyle is loving and good. We should gently remind them that they were created in the image of God and for the purpose of bringing Him glory. We should seek opportunities to share the Gospel.

    If they walk away from the friendship, we shouldn’t take it too personally. We should continue to pray hard for them. Pray that we have planted a seed and that someone else will water it. Most of all, we should pray that they will come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Bible is the supreme authority on all matters of faith and conduct. Romans 1:24 – 32 states: “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”