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Dear Arno Froese,

I’m not quite sure why these questions came to mind, but am now curious/confused. In Genesis after creation in chapter 3:1-5, I assumed that Satan was always in heaven before God’s throne to worship Him, yet the serpent within the garden was subtle, and said unto the woman in the garden, “Yes, has God said you shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Which it seems by many that Satan spoke through the serpent using the serpent’s voice and questioned the Word of God. Satan’s use of Eve was a means to get Adam to complete the fall, because of Satan being in the garden. Was this before he and his angels were kicked out of heaven, or did this garden situation happen after Satan was kicked out of heaven and was around while all was being created?

Also, another question: Mary was born in sin of a man and a woman, as we all are, but she was favored by God and was made pregnant by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. Was Jesus tainted by her sin nature? Or did the Holy Spirit remove Mary’s sin nature and make her sinless and pure as Jesus was to be—and did she stay that way?

-C. Bennett, CA
Dear Mr. Froese,

I have been reading the Midnight Call magazine for many years, and the “Letters to the Editor” section is the first area that I turn to. In the May 2014 issue, in the answer to the question “Flesh and Blood,” you made a comment that, “Therefore, the people entering the millennium are not believers necessarily.” I have been taught by certain pastors and commentators that only the righteous will enter the millennium, and that there is Scripture to support this view. They say that the earth will be repopulated, and there will be unbelievers that are born during the millennium. When Scripture refers to the nations being ruled by a rod of iron, does this refer to actual countries or groups of people?

I would appreciate further explanation of this event.

-C. Sellers, IN
Dear Mr. Froese,

My current understanding of the gathering together of the elect and first resurrection is that this occurs at the second coming of Christ our Lord. The Apostle Paul describes this in his letter to the Thessalonians. That said, I don’t believe the Church is appointed unto wrath. In other words, the wheat will remain separate from the chaff until the Lord’s return.

Also, I do not think the nations of the world will be in complete unity under the Antichrist. It is rather a picture of iron and clay not cleaving together. Iron represents the Roman Empire, clay the masses of humanity. The forces of the Roman Antichrist are armies, not civilians. Also, Revelation relates to Daniel, where we get prior prophetic insight.

In other words, I do not believe that true Christians will have or take the mark of the beast. And, somehow, there will be pagan Gentiles who avoid the mark and go into the millennium. The Antichrist system of the beast will scatter the power of the holy people. In fact, it has done so for 2,000 years. And the books of Daniel and Revelation continue to be fulfilled. Yet, we know, the gospel will be preached to the very end.

My intention is not to get involved in a Socratic dialogue, or to be involved in sophistry. Still, there are important questions to be asked, even of ourselves. For example, was it right or wrong from a Scriptural perspective for the founders of our nation to carry out the American Revolution? Is there ever a right time to bear the sword? If so, when? And how can this be done without it being in conflict with the Sermon on the Mount?

The devil is at war with mankind. He hates Adam’s seed. He knows his time is short. Therefore, he goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He is also at war with the earth, for it is God’s creation. He is anti-man, anti-nature, and anti-Christ. Yet, what sayeth the Scripture? “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Isn’t that great! And isn’t that to be our attitude at all times?

Furthermore, to answer my own question, governments established by God are to bear the sword justly. I am certain America’s founders saw themselves in this light.

-S. Anawalt, WA
Dear Sir,

For a number of years now, I have enjoyed reading many of the articles in the Midnight Call, overlooking your belief in eternal security. But it disturbs me greatly when false statements are made about what I believe. The seven statements made by Rene Malgo in his article, “How Sure Is Salvation?” are all false.

Never is God’s power underestimated. We believe we are transformed (saved) by grace through faith, both being the gift of God.

Jesus took all of our sins upon Himself, but our past sins only are forgiven when we are saved (Romans 3:25). Future sins are covered only when repented of, not automatically without repentance.

When we are saved, the Lord doesn’t take away our free moral agency and make robots of us. Nor does He keep us faithful, but the Holy Spirit does enable us to be faithful and obedient.

If it is not possible for a saved person to fall away, why all the admonitions and warnings in the Bible? And why are we exhorted in Jude 21 to keep ourselves in the love of God?

It seems that those who embrace the doctrine of eternal security gloss over some of the “ifs” found in God’s Word, such as Romans 11:22; Hebrews 3:14, 6:4-6; 10:26-31; and 2 Peter 1:10; 2:20.

We are taught to “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: looking diligently lest any man fail of (fall back from) the grace of God” (Hebrews 12:14-15).

Many who sin when they want, believing their sins are automatically covered by believing in eternal security, certainly are not on the narrow road that leads to life. We would rather be safe than sorry.

-R. Diffenderfer, FL
Dear Arno Froese:

I have been an avid reader and subscriber of Midnight Call for at least ten years.

I am very moved, touched, and inspired by the content of your magazine. I am particularly and personally impressed by the editorial section prepared by you, specifically in your response to the various letters.

I write this letter seeking your response to a very controversial issue that is frequently discussed in the African American Church; if there is such a church.
It is regarding the very controversial question: “Can you (one) be gay and godly?”

I need your response to this question in depth supported by biblical evidence with Scriptural documentation.

-T. McClellan, MI
Dear Arno Froese,

The true fate of the wicked: Contrary to the popular teachings, this fire that God sends down upon the lost at the end of time will completely devour all the wicked (Revelation 20:9). It will cleanse the earth of every taint of sin and even burn up the very elements of the earth (2 Peter 3:10-12). It will make the way open for God to create a new heaven and a new earth (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1).

It is the conclusion of this author that hell, as popularly believed and taught, is the doctrine of the devil and not of God. It is contrary to what the Bible teaches about God. It is inconsistent with every reason that can be mustered in favor of it. It is against the teachings of Scripture, properly understood.

It’s time we laid this abominable doctrine aside and placed our trust in the true teachings of God’s Word. Thank God that His plan for eliminating sin from the universe far surpasses man’s plans.

-B. Lunsford, KY
Dear Arno Froese,

I read the article in Midnight Call (July 2014), by Ron J. Bigalke. I am a little surprised by his attack on Pastor John Hagee for his belief in the upcoming events of these Blood Moons! Does Dr. Bigalke know that besides the Blood Moons coming between 2014 and 2015, that there is also on or about 3/20/15, going to be an Adar 29 Nisan 1, eclipse of the sun? That should be extremely important.

Does not what the prophet Joel’s telling of the Lord’s coming after these events count for anything? Or does this magazine contradict every author’s writings? I do not believe that is how it should be, because no one knows when our great and wonderful Lord is coming back. If the beliefs of any author should get people to read their Bible or start believing in our awesome God, one’s opinions, so long as they are not hurting anyone, should not be condemned! There are a lot of books out there that should be taken off the market then, because no one’s writings are correct!

I am not an educated person; in fact, I did not go to a college to learn what I know about my Lord Jesus Christ. But I have attended Bible studies enough to know that everybody’s opinion counts. That is how we learn about upcoming events or the past ones. What about books written on the Antichrist? No one knows the when of that either; we have to trust the good Lord on all accounts.

-J. Myers, NY
Dear Sir,

I am curious if the book of Revelation is in the right chronological order. If not, do you know the true order? I would truly appreciate an answer to this.

-J. McLemore, TN
Dear Director Froese,

Please refer to Norbert Lieth’s fine article entitled “Jesus Saves—He Lives—He Is Coming!” (June issue).

He states on page 27, about the middle of the page, and I quote, “The apostle Peter confirms three facts in the Acts of the Apostles which are indivisible from one another.”

From all I have read, it seems the majority of Bible scholars and teachers seem to agree that Luke probably wrote the book, The Acts of the Apostles.

Would you please ask Brother Lieth, where he found the information to support his belief that Peter was the author of the book?

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

-H. Campbell, AZ
Dear Mr. Froese,

I was wondering if you have come across Gentiles (Christian) who are developing greater interest in the Old Testament and have begun Sabbath-keeping and Feast Days, and are looking to keep Torah Laws. (We have friends who are, and I thought it was just a local thing.) Then I learned that there is a group that keeps the Feasts in a rotation to different parts of the U.S., and has issued a Bible with Hebrew names and changed references to God and His many names to Elohim or Yahweh.

I know you have differences with Marv Rosenthal, but it seems the Lord has prompted him—out of all the Jewish Messianic and last days’ prophetic ministries—to begin addressing these movements. There seems to be a need for further expositions on Galatians for the Judaizers, and on Colossians and Hebrews for the superiority of Christ and the freedoms we have as believers (which, by the way, is much harder to live by). As in the Old Testament, the lines are there—just stay within them and keep the rules (Acts 15:19-20, 24, 28-29).

-H. Gibbs, MI
Dear Arno,

I read, enjoyed, and mostly agreed with MC for many years. But I have questions and concerns about the upcoming articles on “How Sure Is Salvation?” and the way it is being presented.

Are we not asking the wrong question? Is God not strong enough or not willing to keep a saved person faithful?

I have no doubt He is well able and more than willing. Rather, is not the question, are we willing to remain faithful? Willing to keep the faith; earnestly contend for the faith; continue to believe, to even be considered a believer; remain on the narrow way, which leads to life? As His sheep follow Him, and then the promise of eternal life? To not neglect our salvation when there is no escape (Hebrews 2:3), and this list would go on for a long time.

It did not work for Adam to blame God. The woman You gave me. Gave to me and I did eat. How well will it work for anyone on judgment day to blame God? The salvation you provided for me was not able to keep me from departing or falling away.

Some claim that once a person is born again, he can’t be unborn. Sounds physically correct. Bad comparison. Neither can a person be born again physically. Since when must a person be unborn to die?

Some also claim a saved person’s conduct cannot affect his salvation. Is this not a dangerous doctrine of devils, giving them a license to sin?

-L. Zimmerman, PA
Brother Arno,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, King of all kings and Lord of all lords, who we know and believe is soon coming in the Rapture for His people.

I am not a preacher, nor an evangelist, but a servant of the Lord, as John the Baptist was, preaching the coming of the Lord. My question to you from your knowledge of the Bible is, can you explain Acts chapter 2? As a Christian, why do we need an interpreter to understand the Word of God, when here they all heard and understood in their own language what was being said by Peter? Does not the Bible teach that God does not change? He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

I know for a fact that a friend of mine spoke in an “unknown language” to Him, while preaching on a street corner, and two young Indian girls came to him and asked, “How do you know our language? You were praising God and telling us that we should stop running from God and commit our lives to Him. How did you know? How did you know what we were planning on doing? We came to town to do this one thing that you mention in your words.”

I may be strange to some people, but I do not deny the power of God to do whatever He wants, whenever He wants, by whatever means He desires.

Thank you for taking time to read this letter. I enjoy reading your Midnight Call and hope to learn more from it.

-C. McCulley, TN
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