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How can anyone claim that a believer can lose his salvation?

Renee Snider

RVI: All right Renee, let's take a look at some of the things happening here. First of all from an article in World Magazine: “I see in the United States all the huge facilities, parking lots, materials and resources you have, and I don't see a revival in the church.” This comes from Billy Kim who has a 15,000 member Baptist Church in Korea. And “The B'Jazz Vespers salutes Benny Goodman.” This was in one of the Baptist Churches here in the United States. They had a very short sermon, but they had good entertainment.

JVI: That's what's wrong with our churches.

RVI: Yes, and here is a quote from John MacArthur in The Baptist Press: The Gospel message must include truth about sin and not seeker-sensitive strategies” He goes on to say that we need to be speaking out in our churches. And this quote by Ken Woodward of Newsweek: Mega-churches party-like atmosphere takes the holiness and spirituality out of Sunday services, it tends to be a guilt-free, sin-free environment.” And here is a quote from Dr. Charles Swindol: “Our churches are filled with people who could win Bible contests, unfortunately, too few of them understand the difference between knowing about God and knowing God.” I want to confess something friends, I was a church member before I knew God. That can happen Jack, in the church.

JVI: Definitely, Rexella. “They profess that they know God but in works they deny HimTitus 1:16. But Rexella, I am tired of these churches and ministers who are spineless. They don’t have enough backbone to take a chiropractic adjustment. They won’t preach out on sin. They give them all of the fun they want, jazz concerts and all of the rest. Listen to me. God says you cannot live a life of sin and meet him on the other side just because you know the language. “This people honor me with their lips but their heart is far from me”, Mark 7:6 God wants a holy people. I Peter 1:16, “Be you holy, for I am holy.I Thessalonians 4:7, “God hath not called us unto uncleanness but unto holiness.” Hebrews 12:14, “Without holiness, no man [no man] shall see the Lord.” Now, you can know all the language, but if you’re life is not changed, you don’t have it. You may have walked an aisle and had a religious exercise rather than an experience. Some of you are unconverted converts. What happens when you really know the lord? You are raised to newness of life, Romans 6:4. II Corinthians 5:17, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passed away. Behold, all things are become new.” I John 5:4, “Whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world”. And what is the world – “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”, I John 2:15-17. Oh, I could go on and on. You are no longer are what you were when you got saved. “For you were sometimes the children of darkness, now you are a light unto the Lord”, Ephesians 5:8. Paul says, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who hath enabled me for they counted me faithful who was before a blasphemer, persecutor, and injurious, but I have obtained mercy”. Hey if you still are what you were, you isn't. That’s bad grammar, but its good theology. You need an old dose of repentance, Acts 2:38 and turning to the Lord Jesus Christ and getting the sin out of your life which He will forgive and forget if you come to Him.

What are your thoughts on the movie called The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson?

Grant Osborn, – Findlay, OH

William Bond – Jefferson City, MO

RVI: We have received many questions about this movie, so we just chose these two names arbitrarily.

Lets look at a couple of headline here. First of all, from Newsweek: “A Firestorm over the Passion.” We know that many people have been talking about it. And take a look at this headline from The Dallas Morning News: and this is something: “Some believers challenge doctrines of Atonement.” Well, you know, I don't know how they call themselves believers if they don't believe in Calvary.

JVI: I'm going to be dealing with Mel Gibson's movie thoroughly on Easter Sunday. About three months ago, Rexella and I were invited as media specialists to look at the movie and then send out thoughts to Mel Gibson as to any changes that should be made. I'll tell you all about it Easter Sunday, but this upsets me.

Believers don't believe in the Atonement that He died for our sins? I'll tell you what they are, Philippians 3:18 – they are enemies of the Cross of Christ and they are children of the devil. I don't care what else they believe. That’s John 3:10.

Why? What is the Gospel? I Corinthians 15:1-4 – the Gospel is the good news and it is the death, burial, and resurrection. But the Atonement, that is Revelation 1:5 – “Under Christ who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.” If you do not believe it, you are lost forever.

With the news of the E. U. Voting to let more countries in the E. U., how many countries are left to fulfill the entire prophecy? What do you believe will be the next step? It also seems that the Middle East peace process is playing a role here as well. What do you think?

Mr. Walter

RVI: Thank you, Mr. Walter. Let's see what's happening in the E. U. “For the first time in history, Europe will become one” [International Herald Tribune, by Thomas Fuller]. And “A house divided, E. U. Struggles to lay new foundation” [by Peter Ford]. It’s including God in the new constitution. Jack, what do you think?

JVI: The Bible teaches in Revelation 17, verse 10, that there will only be seven world empires in history. Rome was number 6. Revived Rome or the European Union is number 7. It was to begin with ten and that's Daniel 7, verse 7, grow to 13, Daniel 7, verses 8 and 24, and then it would become global, 28 nations soon to be part of the E. U and then all the world will be controlled by them and that's Daniel 7:23 and Revelation 13:7. They're going to have a great part in the peace program, Daniel 9:26 and 27. And finally, they eliminate the God that's always been in their Constitution. And that, of course is Revelation 13, verse 5 and 6 because this world dictator says, I will take the place of God, Daniel 11:36 and 2 Thessalonians 2:4.

We're right on schedule. It's coming.

“Why is sexual violence so out of control?”

Stephanie Nolan

RVI: Let's look at what the churches are doing about it – In Our Churches – Worship Or Entertainment? Again, “Mega-churches making people feel good: churches are pleasing man, not God” – [Fox News – 2/3/04]. And “Unbelieving ‘Born-agains’” How can you be an unbelieving born-againers? I'm sorry – here we go. I just want to read this too.

JVI: Unbelieving born-againers. Baloney!

RVI: Jack, I'm going to have to go very, very quickly on this – this is research by George Barna and he says 26% of born again people or say they are born again who believe that a life of good works will enable them to get into heaven – true?

JVI: Wrong. Even the Vatican in 1998 signed an agreement with the Lutheran world federation that we are not saved by works and conceded Martin Luther was right. Titus 3:5 says: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing and regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. To him that works not but believes on Christ who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

RVI: He also says 35 percent of the born again Christians do not believe that Jesus rose from the grave physically.

JVI: They are what I Thessalonians 4:13 describes as ignorant brethren, if I can call them brothers or sisters. You can't get to Heaven without the Resurrection. I don't care what you believe. This is what you must believe. And the Bible says in Romans 10:9 that “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in thy heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” If you don’t believe it, you are not born again. I Corinthians 15:1 says, I declare unto the gospel, the good news – what is it. The good news how that Christ died and was buried and hallelujah, he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. Get in the book.

RVI: Jack, this is a big shocker. Over 52% of the ones who say they are born again do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a living entity and say He is not a person.

JVI: That's why they are not born again. Why? It is the Holy Spirit that produces the new birth. Jesus said in John 3:5, “Except a man be born of water and the Holy Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is of the flesh is flesh, and that of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that you must be born again. It's through the Holy Spirit – and it is the Holy Spirit that wrote this book, II Peter 1:21. And Jesus said in John 14:28: “When the Holy Spirit comes, He will teach you all things.” No wonder you don't know anything and call yourself born again. But you are not, and you will be surprised on Judgment Day.

RVI: It just dawned on me, probably the reason that some of these people are saying these things, they are not taught really what the Bible teaches. If you don't want to believe these things, they you don't have to call yourself a Christian, you don't have to call yourself born again.

JVI: And they are going to churched that have nothing but plays and nonsense instead of the Word of God to teach them what is right and wrong.

RVI: And Jack, this next one is no surprise, 39% of them believe that it is acceptable for couples to live together before being married. How about the Bible? What does it have to say?

JVI: They call themselves born again. They are no more born again than a flea on a dog's back. I will tell you why. The Bible says marriage is honorable and the bed undefiled in marriage. Outside of marriage, adulterers, God will judge, Hebrews 13:4. They have misinterpreted Daniel 2:49. It speaks about the three Hebrew children who lived for god. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. They think that said, my shack, your shack or a bungalow, or my shack, your shack, and to bed we go. You cannot meet god that way. God let 23,000 fornicators die in one day in I Corinthians 10:8 because they thought they could have one night stands and live together without a marriage license. They thought God didn't care, but He does. I Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5 verses 3-8 and I've said it over and over. I’m repeating these verses. They say you cannot live that way and meet God. So get a real born again experience through the Holy Spirit and walk in the Spirit that you don't believe is a person, and you will not fulfill the lusts of your flesh, Galatians 5:16. “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation” – he does an about face. Get the real thing.

How do we stop the spread of zoonotic diseases – transmitted from animals and insects to people?”

3,600 Michigan veterinarians

RVI: Here is the article from The Associated Press from which we got the question: “Veterinarians join against bio-terrorism”. Lets look at some other headlines as well. First of all, from Time “The Revenge Of the Birds”, and there we are talking about, of course, the Bird flu. Then from The New York Times “As avian flu spreads, deaths of migratory birds worry health officials”, they are by the hundreds of thousands. Take a look at what happened in China as reported by The Mail & Guardian Online “Mystery as 10,000+ dead birds rain down in Eastern China”. And from USA Today “Thai boy's bird flu death leaves somber questions”. And then from The International Herald Tribune “As flu races through Asian birds, experts say threat to humans is rising”. Then from Reuters “South Korea confirms new outbreak of Bird Flu”. And then from The Associated Press “Bird Flu fears spiral in Vietnam”. Do you notice that it is everywhere? And take a look at our neighbor to the north, from Canada.com “Canada on alert for deadly (Avian) Bird Flu”. And finally from Medical News Today “The Bird Flu, (Avian virus) may have 75% mortality rate. Of those who get it, 75% will probably die. Jack, tie this into prophecy.

JVI: Rexella, Jesus said that just before I return, there shall be pestilences, plural, in Matthew 24:7 and Luke 21:11. Then there are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the fourth one sees millions dying through the beasts of the earth. And here are the veterinarians of Michigan, over 3,000 of them, wanting to get together because of bio-terrorism.

They believe that some terrorists are behind even the creating of these diseases in the animals, and right now, Avian flu is so serious, that those who get it, 75% of them will die. Now, in Revelation 6, that fourth horseman, in verses 7 & 8 says that one fourth of the people on earth die because of the beasts of the earth, exactly what the veterinarians are worried about.

Oh, Jesus is coming!

Where does the Bible say that it is a sin to smoke Pot? I recently gave it up

Mr. “S”

RVI: Take a look at what is happening around the world with drugs. First of all, from The New York Times “Oslo, the Capital of Health and Prosperity – and Drug Deaths”. And also in Holland, from The Kansas City Star “The Law Allows Dutch Pharmacies to Sell Marijuana.” Then from USA Today, “The Opium Poppy is Firmly Rooted in Afghan Soil.” Notice, this is worldwide friends. Then these two headlines from The Christian Science Monitor “Burmese Drugs Fuel Regional Strife” and “A Drug Craze Sweeps Thailand.” Then from The Globe and Mail “Crystal Meth is Sweeping British Columbia – Toxic Drug Causes Lasting Damage to the Brain”. What is wrong with drugs? – I think we've covered it.

JVI: Rexella, this is why we know Jesus is about to return because just before He does, Revelation 18:23 says that the whole world will be crazed and steeped on drugs. In Revelation 9:21, they would not repent of their pharamakia – Greek for sorcery. It should state, they would not repent of the drug abuse. In Revelation 21:8 and Revelation 22-15, those who missed the holy city and who are excluded from the thousand year reign of Christ are those who are using drugs. Not as a medication, but just for a high, for sexual purposes and everything imaginable and also in Galatians 5:19-21. Point number 6 is witchcraft. This is again Greek Pharmakia – drug abuse. I tell you now again, they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Jack, I believe in a Pre-trib Rapture, but how will the tribulation saints who die get to heaven? Will there be a Rapture for them, or do they just go there in death?
Glenn Harris
Warren, Ohio

He talks about a Pre-tribulation Rapture and the Tribulation is that seven-year period of judgment on earth – Revelation chapters 6 to 18 – because we go up in chapter 4 and it only begins in chapter 6. We call it a pre-tribulation Rapture and the Rapture is I Thessalonians 4 verses 16 to 18, when the dead in Christ rise and the living go up with them to meet the Lord in the air and all in the twinkling of an eye, I Corinthians 15:52.

However, during the seven-year period of Tribulation, the greatest revival in history occurs as 144,000 evangelists swarm the world in Revelation 7 verses 4 to 8, and they are preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom – Matthew 24:14. The King is coming and a multitude like the sands of the sea, Revelation 7:9, is converted and verse 14 says, “They came out of the Great Tribulation and washed their robes, made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Because of it, death comes to those new converts during that seven-year period in Revelation 6:9, 13:50 and Revelation 20 verse 4. Now Christ comes back with His saints, Jude 14, and Daniel 12:2 – the Old Testament Jews are raised and at that point, all those who died during the Tribulation are also raised. I hope that answers your question.

If a day equals 1000 years and 1000 years equals a day, then since Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, does this have significance for His Second Coming?

Arthur Via

Port Charlotte, FL

RVI: Let's see some things that really do seem to have significance, first of all from Ha'aretz “Small Quake Hits Dead Sea; Experts: Big One On The Way.” And from Templemount.org “Israeli President asks Vatican to Reveal List of Temple Treasures, Vessels and Judacia they Hold.”

I guess they had some things right there in the Vatican that they would like to know about and they would like to have. First of all, Jack, answer Arthur's question and tie this together for us.

JVI: As I said last week, the Rabbis said that there would only be seven days in world history because a day was like 1,000 years, Psalm 90:4, and it was patterned after creation. He created the world in six days, Genesis 1:31 and rested on the 7th day, Genesis 2:2. And since each day represents 1,000 years, and we Christians also set that according to II Peter 3:8, we then have four days of Old Testament time and three days of New Testament time for the total of 7000 years, So let's just deal with the three days of New Testament time.

Here is proof that this is correct, Hosea 6, verse 2. The Jews didn't have their own land for a couple thousand years and they say after two days, 2,000 years, He'll revive us – that happened in 1948, almost after 2,000 years, then on the third day which just started in the last number of months, He will raise us up that we may live in his sight, the Jews are raised in Daniel 12, when the Messiah comes and sets his foot upon the earth. Now here are two exciting signs that Rexella gave. They're expecting the greatest earthquake ever and it's right there at the Dead Sea fault and when Jesus Christ returns His Feet hit the Mount of Olives and it splits down the center and they say, we are waiting for that big one and that could be the return of Christ. But the most exciting thing, beyond that, is that the Jews are asking for all of the things the Vatican has from the old temples. Why? Because they have built the replica of the exact temple 269,000 square feet by the dead sea! And they are putting everything in it and getting all the Cohen's. For they are the Levites, they're prepared to do sacrifice so that when the real one is built, the one in which antichrist sits, 2 Thessalonians 2:4 and says he's god, Daniel 11:36, it will be ready. It's that close. Then Christ comes and sits in it permanently. Ezekiel 40 to 44.

I know you are zeroing in on the year 2018 by averaging the length of a generation from Bible information, but have you considered that people are living longer today because of modern medicine? When it says that this generation shall not pass, they could be living for 100 years or longer.

Joe

Well he's referring to what I've said in the past, that in Mark 1:17, there were 42 generations, and that is from Abraham to Christ, a total of 2160 years. So when one divides 42 into 2160, it comes out to basically 51.5 years. So a generation is not 40 years as we so often said, or others have said, but 51.4.

Then when we get to Luke chapter 3, verses 23 to 38, there is 77 generations from Adam to Christ and that's 4,000 years. When one divides 77 into 4,000, he also comes out to 51.9 years. So a generation is 51 years. We begin counting this countdown to the return of Christ from the time that Jerusalem is captured by the Jews, Luke 21:24, because the 70 weeks are determined upon thy people, the Jews, Daniel 9:24. So when one adds 51.5 to 1967, when the Jews captured Jerusalem, it comes out to 2018.

Now, I cannot accept what our dear brother has just said, for this reason. Adam lived to be 930 years, Genesis 5:5, and Methuselah 969 years. So you can't say a generation is 900 or 1,000 years. God puts them all together from Adam right up until His Son in Luke 3:23 to 38 and it comes out to 51.9 and that's 2018. We don't set a date now. But Jesus said, I command you to know when it's near, even at the door, Matthew 24:33 and 36.

The world is asking about five major plagues.

RVI: Well, you know because of so many letters coming in about plagues around the world, this is topic for Question of the Week.

Take a look – from The Detroit Free Press of course, Mad Cow disease coming from the cows. But Food's Larger Menace – Food-Borne Diseases – Amid mad cow fears, other illnesses rampant

Then from The International Herald Tribune Across Africa, AIDS Ravages Youngest Survivors. And of course, that comes from the green monkey.

Then from Time Magazine China's Secret Plague again it is AIDS in China. You haven't heard very much about that there, but it is there.

Then from The Detroit Free Press SARS-fearing China to slaughter animals. Because of the fears they are slaughtering one of the cats there and it looks like a raccoon. They used to eat it, but they’re not going to anymore. Civet cats –

And again, from ABC News Highly Contagious Bird Flu, Strain Deadly to Humans hits South Korea Hard. It is around the world, friends, in five major plagues.

And from The Associated Press Malaria, a Forgotten Epidemic, Gains

Strength Killing Millions. This can be connected now with the west Nile virus fever. Are all of these plagues in the Bible, Jack?

JVI: Yes, there are Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in Revelation 6:7-8 it says a fourth part of mankind is killed through sword, hunger and death and the beasts of the field. Five diseases now using west Nile fever instead of malaria are all new. And they will kill millions. Hundreds will die just through AIDS and SARS and all of the rest through the beasts of the earth. The prophecy is here. Christ is coming soon.

Have you heard of Israel making parts of the temple so that it can be assembled and rebuilt the same way as it was the first time, as mentioned in I Kings 6:7? Is this is true, the temple could be assembled in a short amount of time, right?

Tom & Helen Sinclair

East Sparta, OH

RVI: Lets take a look at what is happening in Israel right now. We found this reported in Israel Today “Priests are to train on temple model between Jerusalem and Jericho, and this is home to a model that has been built. It covers about 269,000 square feet and it will function as a training site to prepare priests for services in the 3rd temple to be built in Jerusalem”. Whoa, Jack. This is pretty exciting.

JVI: I am so excited to share this information! It is built! It is the replica of what is coming soon. And they've built it so they can prepare and practice all of their sacrifices. They are pulling in all they are the Levites. You cannot be a priest lest your name is Cohen or something similar to it because they were of the tribe of Levi that did the temple services. They're doing the temple services.

They're bringing in the instruments. They're talking about preparing the red heifer. They've got everything they need. All they have to do is build the same temple on the Dome of the Rock area and begin their worship and that happens, of course, when the European union gives them that permission in Daniel 9:27, to build a temple and have their own sacrifices and oblations and after 42 months, he stops it. The temple is desecrated and then our Lord Jesus comes back and He sits in the temple for the next 1,000 years in Ezekiel chapter 40 to 48. But think of it. The replica of the genuine temple is already made, 269,000 square feet. And they're preparing every service for the big thing that will come soon in Jerusalem. Jesus is coming and soon.

How does the Bible prophecy of Christ’s return, fit in with the Jewish belief?

Karin Rowlands

RVI: Before Jack answers this question, Karin, I want to show you something that happened on Christmas day 1914, when all the armies of the world laid down their weapons and it was a time of peace. Actually, here’s a picture of the British and German soldiers who were fraternizing at that time and actually saying “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.” One day of peace in 1914. Jack, that’s what’s going to happen when the Lord comes back, we’ll have peace.

JVI: It’s going to last more than a day. The Bible teaches, and she asked about the Jewish belief that Messiah would come. Messiah is our Christ, Psalm 2 verse 6, Yahweh God says, “I will set my King upon the Holy Hill of Jerusalem, and Zechariah 14:4 pictures it when His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives just in front of Jerusalem. And then, of course, in Zechariah 14:16, they come up to Jerusalem year by year to worship the King – the Lord of Hosts and that’s our Lord Jesus Christ. You can also find this in Malachi chapter 4 verses 1-5 in Psalms chapter 2:45,47, and 72, and unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. The Child born is Christmas time, the Son given is when He returns and the governments on his shoulder and of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end. And when this Prince of Peace comes, Isaiah 9:6, they beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks and learn war no more. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.