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After the Rapture,some are saying the Holy Spirit will depart from the earth…If that is so how can anyone be saved during the Tribulation?

Therese Mcnerney
Oak Lawn, IL

The falling away, or apostasy, is an aggressive and climatic revolt against God which will prepare the way for the appearance of the man of sin (see I Timothy 4:1-5; II Timothy 3:1-5). The man of sin is literally the man of lawlessness. While it is true that the forces of lawlessness were at work in Paul’s time and are at work today, the man of lawlessness is an individual of the future who will come to power during the Tribulation days.

The antichrist is currently being held back by a restrainer. Some understand this to be God indwelling His Church by the Holy Spirit, while others see human government as the restraint. According to the former view, the removal will be at the rapture of the church, according to the latter, it will happen at the overthrow of human government at the hands of the antichrist.

Paul’s argument in II Thessalonians can be summed up as follows. [1] The day of the Lord will not begin until the antichrist is revealed. [2] The antichrist cannot begin to act until the restrainer, the Church or believers, are removed. [3] Since the restrainer has not been removed, the Day of the Lord cannot have begun.

It is evident from John 16:7,8 that the work of the Spirit in the world is that of conviction and restraint concerning sin. He accomplishes this work through the bodies of those He indwells (I Corinthians 6:19). Spirit-indwelled believers have a purifying effect on the world. The Antichrist cannot be revealed until the Bride of Christ (the Church – all believers dead and living) are removed (II Thessalonians 2:3,7,8).

This does not mean that the Holy Spirit must be removed from the earth. This is not possible since He, as God, is omnipresent (present everywhere at all times) Psalms 139:7-11 and always will be.


Every believer will be evacuated at the rapture, but then the greatest revival in history occurs on earth as the 144,000 Jews begin to proclaim the message that the kingdom of Christ is at hand. (Revelation 7: 4-8) Those who were converted during the tribulation hour are “These which have come out of the great tribulation and have washed their robes white in the blood of the lamb.” (Verse 14).

Is Hell a permanent place…and how does man get into God's grace to avoid it?

P.B
Syracuse, CO

Immediately upon death, every human being consciously arrives in either a literal Heaven or Hell. Hebrews 9:27 tells us that “it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment”. Where one spends eternity depends upon his decision to either accept or reject God’s free gift of salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ. II Corinthians 5:6 explains that the soul of the born-again Christian is ushered into the presence of the Lord at death while Luke 16:23 tells us that others arrive “…in Hell…being in torment”. A multitude of verses in the Scriptures confirm these facts.

Will all who accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior be judged in the Last Resurrection?

Chris Martin
Murfreesboro, TN

There are three separate times that people will be raised from the dead.

The first time is at the Rapture. This is found in I Thessalonians 4:13-18. This will include all of those that have died during the Church age that believed on Christ and accepted Him as their Savior. This happens just before the Tribulation.

The next event is called the First Resurrection in Revelation 20:4-6. This includes the Old Testament saints as well as those who accepted Christ during the Tribulation and were killed by the antichrist for their faith.

The Second Resurrection is spoken of in Revelation 20:11-15. This will encompass all of the people who rejected Christ throughout all the ages. They will be resurrected to face the judgement for their sins.

Who are the people at the first and second resurrection?

Simon Zolana
Braham House, London

There are three separate times that people will be raised from the dead.

The first time is at the Rapture. This is found in I Thessalonians 4:13-18. This will include all of those that have died during the Church age that believed on Christ and accepted Him as their Savior. This happens just before the Tribulation.

The next event is called the First Resurrection in Revelation 20:4-6. This includes the Old Testament saints as well as those who accepted Christ during the Tribulation and were killed by the antichrist for their faith.

The Second Resurrection is spoken of in Revelation 20:11-15. This will encompass all of the people who rejected Christ throughout all the ages. They will be resurrected to face the judgement for their sins.

Can gentiles be saved after the rapture of the Church?

Laurie Bailey
Clover, SC

I believe that those who have heard the Gospel message and rejected it will NOT be automatically condemned after the Rapture. Joel 2:28-32 contains prophecies concerning the Tribulation Hour. It says “And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered”. Peter refers to Joel 2 in his sermon at Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. We also see in Romans 10:13 that God says: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. We see through these texts a clear indication that in all ages God has allowed any one to be saved who would put their faith in Jesus, the Messiah.

Every believer will be evacuated at the rapture, but then the greatest revival in history occurs on earth as the 144,000 Jews begin to proclaim the message that the kingdom of Christ is at hand. (Revelation 7: 4-8) Those who were converted during the tribulation hour are “These which have come out of the great tribulation and have washed their robes white in the blood of the lamb.” (Verse 14).

Many Christians have been taught that the Holy Spirit leaves the earth with the rapture. That’s impossible. The Holy Spirit is the 3rd member of the Trinity of God. God is omnipresent – He’s everywhere at all times. (Psalm 139:7) The confusion comes from a misinterpretation of II Thessalonians 2:7. “…He who now hinders will hinder until he be taken out of the way and then shall that wicked one, the antichrist be revealed”. The Holy Spirit is not the hinderer, Christians are. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. So when we’re the ones who will be taken out of the way. Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17 clearly state, “I will pour out my Spirit upon ALL flesh.” The book of Revelation is written chronologically. In chapters 2 & 3 we have the history of the seven churches. After chapter 4:1, (“Come up hither”), the term church is never used again. In verses 10 and 11, the elders are laying their crowns at Jesus’ feet. You can’t get your crowns before the resurrection of the dead – the rapture. In chapter 5, verse 9, they are singing about their return to the earth to rule and reign with Christ. You can’t come down if you’ve never gone up.

Who are the two witnesses of Revelation 11, and why do you think so?

Randall Spainhour
King, NC

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).




God's word tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. How do we do this knowing that we won't have true peace until Jesus comes back?

Edie Anesi
Kirksvile, MO

It is God's will for all Christians to love and pray for the Jewish people. It is true that no Jew can be saved apart from faith in Jesus Christ (John 14:6). This is true for both Jews and Gentiles. Romans 11:26 has to do with the conversion of Israel in the future when they turn to Jesus Christ. It does not guarantee salvation of all the Jews who have ever lived since salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ.

During the Tribulation there will be thousands of Jews converted. Revelation 7 speaks of 144,000 being saved and becoming the servants of God. That will be a great and wonderful day.

How soon will the Jewish nation start building the Temple of the Lord?

Mary Chatreau
Lewiston, MI

It is indeed possible that we will see the beginning of the glorious building of the Temple. When the Antichrist comes to power he confirms a seven year peace contract with the nations (Daniel 9:27).

Please explain how these things fit in with bible prophecy:

Rising gas prices, rising unemployment, rising foreclosures on homes, wide spread catastrophical natural disasters, war, and terrorism.

Larry Elifritz
Des Moines, IA

In Matthew 24:3, Christ’s disciples asked, What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (literally the end of the age) The world never ends (Isaiah 45-17; Ephesians 3:21). The Saviour then proceeded to describe those world events which would both indicate His return and culminate in the Day of the Lord. He added in Luke 21:28, And when these things begin to come to pass (or begin to occur simultaneously), then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. These signs of Christ’s Second Coming are in evidence worldwide, and increasing both in frequency and intensity.

The actual Second Coming of Christ to the earth is the second phase, the Revelation, or the revealing of Christ. Since He came to earth at His First Advent, He must come to earth at His Second Advent. The Rapture is not Christ’s appearance upon earth, but a meeting in the heavenlies (1 Thessalonians 4:17), and intermediary evacuation of believers from earth before the storm (Tribulation). Seven years later, Christ does come to earth, touching down on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4). The prophetical signs point to Christ’s return to earth with His saints at the close of the Tribulation Hour-not to the Rapture. Even if there were not a sign yet in existence, believers could be called home imminently because each of the signs could occur during the seven-year period following the believers’ departure.


God has two elect groups upon earth – Israel (Romans 11:28) and the Church (I Peter 1:2). The signs of Matthew 24 are presented to elect Israel. We know this to be true because of the regard for the Sabbath Day (vs. 20), synagogues (Luke 21:12), and because the setting is Jerusalem (vs. 20). These signs are for Israel who is looking for the return of her King in Revelation 19. They are not signposts for the Rapture. The gospel mentioned in Matthew 24:24 is the gospel of the kingdom that the King is about to return (Revelation 19:16).

Although the signs are completely fulfilled after the Christians are gone, we already see the beginnings of every one of these prophecies (Luke 21:28).

Matthew 24 is spoken to Israel rather than the Church. The signs are not pre-Rapture signals but post-Rapture signposts for Israel. They point to the coming of Christ to this earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:11-16).

Old Testament Signs of the endtimes:

• Horseless carriages or automobiles (Nahum 2:3,4)

• Airplanes (Isaiah 31:5)

• Desert blossoming as a rose (Isaiah 35:1)

• Alignment of a ten nation western confederacy (Daniel 2,7)

• Knowledge explosion (Daniel 12:4)

• Great increases in travel (Daniel 12:4)

New Testament Signs of the Endtimes:

• False Christs and False Prophets (Matthew 24:5,24;II Peter 2:1)

• Wars and rumors of wars (Mark 13:7; Matthew 24:6)

• Famines, earthquakes in divers places, pestilences (Luke 21:11)

• Iniquity abounding (Matthew 24:12)

• Gospel of the kingdom preached to all the world (Matthew 24:14)

• Signs in the sun, moon, and stars, sea and waves roaring (Luke 17:26-30; 21:25-27).

• Introduction of evil spirits which control cults and false religions (I Timothy 4:1,2)


The 19 signs of II Timothy 3:1-5, signs within man:

• Lovers of themselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (drunkenness, gluttony, deviate sex, drugs), fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.

• Hoarding of gold and silver, and its final demise (James 5:1-3)

• Scoffers mocking the Second Coming of Christ (II Peter 3:3,4)

• Lethargy and indifference among God’s people (Revelation 3:14-16)

• Invention of the atom bomb (II Peter 3:10)

• Jerusalem under Jewish control (Luke 21:24)

Judgment signs:

• As it was in the days of Lot (Luke 17:28,30; Ezekiel 20:47; Zephaniah 1:18; Malachi 4:1; Revelation 8:7, 9:18)

• As it was in the days of Noah (Gluttony, drunkeness, illicit sex, corruption, violence) Matthew 24:37; Genesis 6:11)

• Distress of nations (Luke 21:25)

• Hearts failing for fear (Luke 21:26)

Note: Most judgments described in the Book of Revelation, chapters 6-18 are identical to the signs found in Matthew 24 and Luke chapters 17 and 21.

Will the earth be totally destroyed by fire and melt away completely?

Robert Tucker
Azusa, CA

For many years I believed that the earth would be destroyed at the end of the Millennium. But through further study of the Word, God has brought to light some verses that state that the earth will abide forever. One of these is Ecclesiastes 1:4 which states that the earth will abide forever. Also in Psalms 104:5: “who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever”.

So, after the one thousand years of the Millennium, there will be a renovation, a purging through fire. II Peter 3:10 says “The Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up”. This means literally that the earth shall be purged with fire. This happens because when Satan is released from the pit, he will gather a multitude of people who will turn against Christ. Punishment will come and the earth is purged with fire, including heavens one and two, and that is why Revelation 21:1 says “I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away”. This is the purging through fire, but the globe still stays here because it is going to go on for ever.

Does scripture teach that there will be two seperate events (rapture/second coming)?

Bryan Guess
Lincolnton, NC

It is easy to understand what is meant by the belief that Christ is coming back twice when explained as follows. The first time will be the Rapture, when Christ will meet his saints in the air and take them to Heaven with Him. He will not come to the earth at that time. This event will mark the beginning of a 7-year Tribulation time for those who have rejected Christ as their personal Saviour. At the end of the Tribulation Period, Jesus Christ will return to the earth, bringing His saints with Him. This will be the defeat of the Antichrist at the culmination of the battle of Armageddon. The 1,000-year Millennial reign of Christ will begin after this.

There is much discussion in my bible group as to when the 3rd Temple will be rebuilt. When will the 3rd Temple be built?

Ron Guerriere
Hackettstown, NJ

We believes that before the rapture of the Church, it is possible that we will see the beginning of the glorious building of the Temple. During the Tribulation period the Antichrist comes to power and confirms a seven year peace contract with the nations (Daniel 9:27).

It is midway through the Tribulation period that this monstrosity desecrates the Temple (II Thessalonians 2:3-4). This evil act is called the “Abomination of Desolation” (Daniel 12:11).