Dear Mr. Froese,

I used to subscribe to dispensational views on eschatological timing. I was raised with it but now after 40 years in the Scriptures, I must say I had to “put that on the shelf.” I feel it is more faithful to Scripture and God’s historic dealings with Israel, the Church and mankind in general, to patiently hope and pray for Jesus to return as stated in Revelation 22:20…quickly, soon, without delay, but beyond that, I don’t know. I find nothing in Scripture to support credibly teaching unclear things we can’t know and can only presume. If I were sure in my heart that God had revealed this to me it might be different, but I have to leave it on the shelf…wait and find out.

I appreciate your views on Israel, so greatly needed to be taught to the Church today. I believe it will be increasingly crucial as we approach the end of the age, whenever that is, and however it comes. I won’t be surprised if it becomes the greatest issue facing the Church. It won’t be baptism, spiritual gifts, forms of governance, or any of the historic things the Church has divided up over. I believe it will be Israel. But all of the details are secure in God’s hands as to what will happen, how and when. But, His love and faithfulness to Israel is certain right to the end of history. It is one of the most certain subjects throughout both testaments, and is one thing I feel confident that I see and understand (at least to some degree). It’s the most plainly and often stated prophecy in Scripture. One doesn’t need to wrestle with allegory and great mystery on that, so I wonder why so much of the Church buys into replacement theology. Merely strange? Or powerful satanic deception! I suspect the latter.

-G. Brown, GA
Dear Mr. Froese,

Thank you for the prophecy book you sent; it has gone on hopefully to produce fruit after changing hands. It opened a window of understanding on the nature of the trinity of God, being three unique beings, yet one in love, purpose and plan. So many fail to know and appreciate this mystery of God the Creator, the Sustainer and the Savior.

The only time I read about the Creator in His three unique persons was in Henry Morris’ The Bible and Modern Science. He had a chapter that mentioned this very thing. “In the likeness of God He created” was the topic, describing a God of wondrous unity, oneness, and power, fantastically glorious.

To the young Jewish men thinking we worship three strange gods, they need to know that the Lord their God is One. But, oh, what that means from the fruit of the Old Testament! He has been the same God even to us. Your description of the European Common Market union of nations rang a bell to me; it sounds like the oneness God has. Unique, yet diverse as He is one in the nature of action in His agenda, government and plans. I can’t express it well, but maybe you see it too. Anyway, I hope people will learn what it means to be one in Christ, for Him to be one with the Father, and all of this due to His nature, power, and plan. “Hear O Israel: the Lord your God is One,” which says more than meets the eye. It’s like Him: powerfully glorious and mind-boggling.

-B. Willig, IN
Dear Mr. Froese,

I enjoyed the article, “Why Are Christians So Often Divided?” From my own humble viewpoint, I have often sensed the spirit of “contention” when Christians get together from different churches and try to expound on who is more right. Since the spirit of contention is of the devil, he must delight in these contentions.

The article mentions one who “the highest heavens” could not contain (1 Kings 8:27). I have always been curious as to what the apostle Paul was talking about when he discussed the three heavens (2 Corinthians 12:2-4).

On a more tragic and very unfortunate note, I volunteer my services at a local funeral home. In the last six years I have seen a growing number of suicides, and many were young Christians, some as young as twelve. We are a very declining society.

-W. Bennett, WA
Dear Mr. Froese,

Love your magazine and books! I am in a small Bible study group and we have been doing The Sure Foundation of the Church. We’ve had some great discussions over the questions; put to us in the book! We are now on chapter 21 and the fourfold law of the Gentiles. One of the laws listed is “…and from fornication (Acts 21:25).” Could this be twofold in meaning? Could this not only have a sexual implication but also mean “the forsaking of God for idols”? Revelation 14:8, “…because she (Babylon) made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Was this word “fornication” the actual word used in the original text? We are such a materialistic world that I was thinking this may be applied this way too.

-J. Hylton, OR
Dear Mr. Froese,

I know from a previous letter from you that part of your response to this letter will be 1 Corinthians 15:50, “…flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God…” But since only flesh and blood “people who, after the great and terrible tribulation of the end times, prove themselves to be believers and children of God” will be physically able to have natural flesh and blood children, then it seems ok not to tear Matthew 25:34 from my KJV Bible. Therefore, 1 Corinthians 15:50 must mean that flesh and blood can and must inherit the earthly part. By the way, Matthew 25:46 says that the believers entering the earthly part of the kingdom of God in their flesh and blood bodies already have “life eternal.” Revelation 20:5 could read, “…this [concludes] the first resurrection.” The second is only for unbelievers (Great White Throne). No other resurrection is needed. Roman 5:12 indicates that sin and death are interlocked and inseparable; therefore, if “death and hell [will be] cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14), then sin must be destroyed as well. The living flesh and blood Gentiles will then join the living flesh and blood Jews in natural, flesh and blood, sinless, eternal bodies on the earthly part of the kingdom of God (Jeremiah 31:31-40).

Perhaps eternal, flesh and blood natural but sinless people will have sinless, natural, flesh and blood babies who will grow to be like Jesus in age (1 John 3:2). They too will have sinless, eternal, natural, flesh and blood babies, etc., and, “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…” (Isaiah 9:7). Perhaps natural, sinless, flesh and blood people eternally living in the earthly part of the kingdom of God is the reason for the water and fruit, and the healing leaves of Revelation 22:1-2.

-D. Nienaber, MN
Dear Arno,

I appreciate your emphasis of God’s ongoing faithfulness to His ancient covenant people, Israel as a separate entity from the Church. It is one of the most frequent subjects of Scripture, which also promises blessing or cursing for nations and individuals based on their treatment of Israel. It’s not only clear in Scripture, but also from history as well. I also appreciate when your writers aren’t overly dogmatic concerning the far less certain subject of the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. I hope for it, but can’t support it with Scripture. But, if God allows us to all go through the world’s tribulation, I expect it will help to mature and perfect the saints and make their “light” shine all the brighter. Whatever happens, as J. S. Bach entitled a composition, “What God Has Done Is Rightly Done.” Thanks for your ministry to Israel and the Body of Christ, as our respective destinies approach convergence in the Messiah.

-G. Brown, GA
Dear Arno Froese,

I have just recently read your book The Great Mystery of the Rapture (#1038), and I have for years accepted the rapture theory as you present it. I just finished watching a video by David C. Pack which puts forth a completely different story. He says that there is no secret rapture and that all Christians must return to Israel in order to be saved supernaturally by God. If you go to worldtocome.org and view the video “Is a Secret Rapture Biblical?” you will get the full impact of what he says. Also, please view the video “The Great Tribulation—And God’s Promised Protection.” I am really confused and worried now because I don’t want to lose my salvation. I don’t know who to believe concerning this. I am sure other people are concerned about this also. Please view the videos and give me your opinion. This view was backed up by the Bible. But, I have never heard it put this way before.

-E. Hamilton, CA
Dear Mr. Froese,

My friend suggested reading a book called Babylon Code by Paul McGuire and Troy Anderson. I just don’t have a good feeling about this from reading the review. I don’t think God has written “codes” in the Bible, and I think Revelation is very clear on what will happen. Am I off-base on this? I would love your opinion.

-D. Littlefield, MD
Dear Mr. Froese,

I have received your magazine for many years, but I’m totally in agreement with the letter writer in the May 2016 issue concerning “Rightly Dividing.” I feel strongly that your answer needs another response.

There are clearly different dispensations in the Bible, when God dispensed different information for different people groups. The two main dispensations are Prophecy for Israel and Mystery for the Body of Christ.

The revelation of the mystery was given to Paul alone for the Body of Christ in this dispensation. (KJV Romans 16:25, “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.”) There are eleven other references to “the mystery” in Paul’s writings.

John the Baptist, Jesus and the twelve preached the gospel of the kingdom to none but Jew only (repent and be baptized; the kingdom of heaven is at hand). Matthew quotes the “Gospel of the Kingdom” three times, and Mark twice.

Paul was saved by grace alone and was given a new dispensation and a new gospel (the gospel of the grace of God) for both Jew and Gentile alike.

Peter, John and James wrote to the little flock of Jewish believers, who were saved under the kingdom program/gospel and who were waiting for the seven year time of Jacob’s trouble, followed by the return of Christ and the kingdom. They wrote to “ye men of Israel,” “the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad,” and “to the strangers scattered...” Their epistles are instructions that the remnant will need during the tribulation.

The gospel of the kingdom required the Jews to repent and be baptized (a ritual cleansing to prepare them for priesthood in the millennium kingdom).

The gospel of the grace of God is salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ’s finished work on the cross. No works of any kind are required, including water baptism.

Those are clearly two different gospels, which must be “Rightly Divided.”

-M. Vickerman, FL
Dear Mr. Froese,

I love your magazine. Thank you for recently starting my gift subscription to my brother in prison. So far he enjoys it too.

Since you’re still getting letters about the Sabbath, I thought I would chime in too. You are right to quote Colossians 2:16. I believe also Hebrews 4 has a lot to say about the “7th day” rest; for us (the Church), it is much more than just a day of the week. We must enter into that rest and cease from our own works.

I remember asking my pastor once about all the different translations of the Bible in English. He said non-believers aren’t staying away because they can’t decide what translation is best, or what food is ok to eat, or what day to rest—but if Satan can get us to argue among ourselves about such things, that may keep them away.

We need to remember that the non-believing world is watching us, and we should be focusing on living in the Spirit to produce fruit. “Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest…”

-K. Tebo, NY
Dear Mr. Froese,

Quite recently, I was stunned at the implications of Ezekiel 29:11… Even having read the Bible through several times verse by verse, the real significance of a 40 year utter devastation of Egypt, along with the destruction of the Tower of Syene, had never registered with me.

I was taken aback on hearing that Israeli scientists/engineers have already spoken, publicly, that: should they ever need to go to war with Egypt, the way to defeat them catastrophically would be to demolish the Aswan Dam, thereby flooding the inhabited Nile Valley (all the way to the Mediterranean delta) with trillions and trillions of debris-laden, radioactive water… radioactive, because Israeli scientists believe that they would have to employ several small nuclear explosives, since ordinary ordnance could not “take down” the 2000+ft-thick concrete dam walls.

Talking with several of my Christian friends, I heard many disclaimers: that the prophecy had been fulfilled in Ezekiel’s time; the “40 yrs.” is not to be taken literally: it merely indicates a long time; the reference to the Tower of Syene probably refers to some structure in the Jewish settlement that was there… and so on. All of which do not at all seem to hold water upon further thought. I’m so surprised, by the way, how many believers feel perfectly free to take literally dates/periods in one section of Scripture (viz., the 40 years of the Israelites’ desert wanderings) and discard literalness for other texts!

My take, by the way, among other points is: the Tower of Syene did not exist at the time of Ezekiel’s prophecy…

A group of us would be most grateful to “hear” your take on this astounding verse.

-P. Hanson, CA
Dear Editor,

As I read your publication through, I was grieved by the wording used and not used in the article, “Refugees at Our Door.” First, man can hear the good news, but he cannot open his own heart. Second, the simple truth is one who desires to experience God’s salvation can do so by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what disturbs in this article. By no means am I criticizing anyone for seeing the need of others and sharing the gospel with them. What disturbs me is, “open their hearts”; man cannot open his heart.

“To experience salvation personally, stand up.”
“Give his life to this King.”
“I will pray with him.”
“Each one prayed in his heart.”

People across the globe have been given the impression, false, that if they stand, come forward, raise a hand, pray a prayer, they are saved and the Holy Spirit comes into their life.

From Genesis, God has required of His creation only one thing; that is, to believe Him. Adam didn’t. Abraham did, and the fact that he believed God was counted to him for righteousness. It’s extremely important to know that God called and chose Abraham; Abraham only responded to God.

The world is confused because the churches are confused. Church is about church; what it believes, its programs, its activities, and not Jesus Christ, even though He is mentioned.

-L. Gillingham, WY
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