Dear Arno,

Could you please tell me which translation of the Bible you use, as I value your opinion and I am confused as to which is most trustworthy. God Bless.

-R. Gates, UT
Dear Editor,

Thank you for receiving my concern that baptism is being dropped by many churches. I’ve tried to convey this as simply as possible.

Baptism is very important according to the Word of God.

1. Mark 16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

2. Galatians 2:20: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

3. Romans 6:4: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

4. Ephesians 2:5: “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;).”

-W. Robertson, GA
Dear Mr. Froese,

My mother received Midnight Call 50 years ago when MC was in Ohio.

This book, 23 Minutes in Hell, is disturbing and confusing. Can a man who says that he is saved and a child of God lie or have some vision as this?

On page 43 he says that he looked down from space on his return and could see “the curve of the earth.” Was he up or down? On page 107, he says that hell is down in “the center of the earth.” Did he go up or down? Is this “your old men will dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28)?

Could you please reply?

-C. Lee, LA
Dear Arno Froese,

I just have some questions I would like to ask: It seems you use the KJV. Is that conviction or preference?

What are your thoughts on Christian modesty? Is contemporary rock music something to desire? Are you Pre-Trib? Are you dispensational in your approach to the Bible?

Are there beliefs and practices you hold to?

Trying to be a New Testament church in these last of the last days is a very definite challenge.

H. Dean, NY
Dear Executive Director,

I wish to write you and express my appreciation to you and your staff for your publication of the Midnight Call. I have taught different subjects in a Bible school before, but I will declare to you that almost all knowledge I have obtained of the Kingdom of God of the Gospels vs. The Church of God of the Apostles has been learned from your publications.

Also, I have a question for you: I have never been to the Holy Land, but I study the geography of Israel quite a bit. I have never read of the Israeli population using the Jordan River as a source of transportation. Why not? It seems to me that it would have been so useful for the Galilean residents in their journeys to Jerusalem. I appreciate your thoughts on this question.

So, thanks again for sharing your biblical knowledge with us, and thanks again for my free subscription.

-F. Lawson, KS
Dear Brother Froese,

I have been reading the Midnight Call for many years, have sent gift subscriptions to many friends, and bought quite a few books. I have asked questions a couple of times, and you took the time to write back promptly and satisfactorily.

I need your opinion and any literature—books on the Dispensationalist—grace only as taught by the Apostle Paul. Teachers are, Paul M. Sadler, Ricky Kurth, Les Feldick, to name a few, and this literature comes from The Berean Bible Society.

I agree salvation is by God’s grace alone, given to us by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But was baptism for the Jews only under the Law and not taught by Paul to the revealed “mystery Gentile Church”? They quote, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5), but they do not explain Romans 6:3-5, as I understand it. I am praying much about this, but don’t want to make a mistake after sixty-one years and nearing the finish line.

I always read the question and answers first when I get my Midnight Call. I would very much appreciate your help with this issue. I perhaps have been unsuccessful with my description, explanation of this faith, and I thank you for taking the time to read it. I know by your writings that you are not of this faith. Why not?

-H. Adams, IN
Greetings Mr. Arno Froese:

I am seeking information regarding an ethnic and racial matter concerning Israel (Jews) as a nation.

I am a recipient of Midnight Call magazine, and have been for approximately twenty years.

I find the contents of your magazine extremely essential and a must-have for any minister or pastor that has an insatiable appetite for current and contemporary Biblical knowledge, relevant to today’s religious culture.

While I was in attendance at a friend’s relative’s funeral, the minister who conducted the eulogy said, “There weren’t any African Jews, nor have there ever been.”

I recalled reading some place that the Jews were a nationality. I do believe Israel was established as a nation in 1947 or 1948. Before they were settled as a sovereign nation, they were scattered around the world (Diaspora).

Finally, let me thank you in advance for any authentic and documented information that you can provide me concerning this matter.

-T. McClellan, MI
Dear Mr. Froese,

Since I became a Christian at age 15, I have worshiped the Lord on Sunday as most of Christendom has done for centuries, even though the 4th commandment says that Saturday is the Lord’s Day. I was always led to believe that Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath. Recently, I have read articles from the Philadelphia Church of God and the Seventh Day Adventists that Saturday is indeed the Sabbath and that to worship on Sunday is breaking the 4th commandment, which in turn makes it a sin. Also, to worship on Sunday means that we are being deceived by Satan, and according to the Philadelphia Church of God, Sunday worship is to worship the sun god and the Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sunday by the Roman Catholic Church. Another theory (not from the Church of God or Seventh Day Adventists) is that the Christian Sabbath was started at the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples.

I have just finished reading “In Search of Rest” by Norbert Lieth in the June issue of Midnight Call. He states in that article that the seventh day (Saturday) is the day of rest for God, and that it has no beginning and no ending, which means that the seventh day is the day of eternity. Where does he come up with that? How can one worship on a day that has no beginning and no ending? He says nothing about Saturday or Sunday being the Sabbath.

Who is correct? The Philadelphia Church of God, the Seventh Day Adventists, the majority of Christendom, or Mr. Lieth?

-T. McCravey, FL
Dear Sir,

A born-again believer in Jesus Christ should not have any concern about who or what the Antichrist is. The Rapture is described in detail in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, where it says when the trumpet sounds, etc., we will be caught up in the air to meet the Lord and forever be with him.

-W. Wallace, SC
Dear Brother Froese:

I have a question about tongues.

In 1 Corinthians 1:22, we understand that signs were predominately for the Jews.

In Mark 16:17, Jesus said these signs will follow those who believe. In 1 Corinthians 14:20-22, we note that tongues are for a sign, etc. We understand that the use of tongues disappeared during or shortly after the first century. They then reappeared, generally understood to be around the early 1900s.

Do you suppose the reappearance is because of almost worldwide communication like we have today, and God is reaching out to the Jews as He did in the first century?

-L. Bushnell, NC
Dear Friends in the Lord,

The Webster’s New Explorer College Dictionary has the following on “Calvinism,” “The theological system of John Calvin and his followers emphasizing the absolute power of God and especially the doctrine of predestination—Calvinist.”

We also read in the Holman Bible Dictionary, under “Sovereignty of God,” “The biblical teaching that God is the source of all creation and that all things come from and depend upon God (Psalm 24:1). Sovereignty means that God is in all and over all.”

My question is: What is your understanding of “Calvinism”? Does Calvinism have anything to do with the sovereignty of God?

-W. Knight, OK
Dear Mr. Froese,

I want to write an answer to you regarding being in Hell for 23 minutes.

You answered, “Anyone claiming to have seen Jesus is exposed as a deceiver,” and I want to say you are wrong. You seem to know nothing about a person who has gone through something, either in dreaming or seeing with his/her own eyes.

When I was 3 years old, I fell out of a window 5 ft. high and landed on my head. My Mom said I had a blusher from one ear to the other. She told me stories of how Jesus loves me and that I have an angel who watches over me. I have always believed that.

I could have died from this fall, but didn’t. I’ve always felt that this fall gave me insight to what I have gone through, throughout my lifetime.

When I was 17 years old and in the 11th grade in high school, I began to wonder why am I here, what am I supposed to do, as I had no idea about what I wanted to do with my life.

That night, I was standing and looking out the window, crying, why am I here? When I opened my eyes from crying, I saw Jesus standing in a garden. Looking to the left, a bright light covered everything except Jesus, the garden in front of Him and the stump of a tree.

I even painted a picture of what I saw but for years, I could not understand why I saw the stump of a tree, as I hadn’t read the Bible at this time.

Only years later when I joined a church and Bible study did I find Isaiah 6:13: “And though a tenth will survive and remain in the land, so the holy seed of Israel will be the stump in the land to grow again.” God will judge but He will also give comfort as in a new beginning.

I have had other things happen to me and things I have seen, but I’m going to stop here.

Now are you going to call me a deceiver?

-J. Horstman, MS
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