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Dear Mr. Froese,

Even though keeping the Ten Commandments will not save us, when we are saved we should keep them all. So what about the fourth commandment? Even though we who love Jesus always try our best to keep the commandments, we seem to ignore the one about the seventh-day Sabbath. For the last few months this has been disturbing to me. I don’t rest on Saturday or keep it any holier than any other day of the week. I worship God on a daily basis and attend church on Sunday.

Last week I heard a man on God’s Learning Channel in Midland quote the Bible about the importance of keeping the Sabbath. I don’t want to be among those to whom Jesus says “depart from me...I never knew you.” Not keeping His law seems disobedient. Does that make us a doer of lawlessness? I know we are saved through grace, not the Law, but God does want obedience from His children. I hope you can help me understand this part of His Word. I pray I have made this letter understandable.

-R.R., Abilene, TX

Mr. Arno Froese, Editor:

Regarding Mr. Kollek’s article, “Jerusalem Wisdom,” [News From Israel] in the February issue: I take issue with his statement that Arabs of Jerusalem are an integral part of the city by right, not by favor.... was that a direct quote? Why the ellipses?

Mr. Kollek must not understand God’s covenant with Abraham for all of the land - through the seed of Isaac.

Ishmael’s covenant was for another great land (Genesis 17:15-21; 21:9-21; covenant land boundaries, Genesis 15:18-21).

Arabs have no legal or hereditary claim to any part of the land of Israel. But only the return of the Messiah will solve this dispute.

-H. L., Eugene, OR

Dear Bro. Froese,

My question concerns the doctrine of forgiveness as related to unconfessed sins. It is my understanding that all sin is forgiven when we accept Christ: past, present, and future. If this is correct, can you provide scriptural documentation for it? Assuming this to be the case, why are we admonished to seek forgiveness for our sins after salvation?

I know that unconfessed sin destroys fellowship, but is that because the unconfessed sin is unforgiven? Also, what happens to unconfessed sin at the death of the believer, and how is it dealt with at the believers’ judgment? Thank you for any light you can shed on this matter.

-Mrs. A. L.,Clintwood, VA

Mr. Froese,

Considering that you believe in the infallibility of the Scripture, I want to prove that Genesis chapters 1 and 2 are contradictory, and [were written] by two different authors. The first chapter states that animals were created before man, but chapter 2 reads that animals were created after man. It should be apparent that these creation accounts can’t both be right.

All versions of the Bible, with the exception of the NIV, include two contradictory stories of creation. I have enclosed a portion of the Hebrew-English NIV [translation] of Genesis 2. The English version is a deception. In Genesis 2:19, this version inserts the word “HAD” to give the reader the idea that the creation of animals took place earlier than the creation of man. If you read Genesis 2:19 in the Hebrew, from right to left, it clearly states “NOW HE FORMED,” which means that right then and there animals were formed so Adam (the man) could find a help-mate for himself (Genesis 2:18), which also is ridiculous when you think about it.

In closing, it’s hard to believe that the whole Bible is “inspired” when it can be shown that there are hundreds upon hundreds of contradictions such as the ones above.

Any comments?

-R. T., Buffalo, NY

Dear Mr. Froese,

I enjoy Midnight Call and especially like the letters section. You answered a question for me some time ago, and I appreciate your help in my understanding the Bible.

I’m now writing with another question, one which is perhaps not as significant as many you answer, but one of particular interest to me. I am spending time in the book of Genesis, and have a question about chapter 6, verse 2: who were “the sons of God” mentioned in that verse, and in verse 4?

-D. Matter, KS

Dear Midnight Call,

Glory to the Father, through His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I want to thank you for the wonderful book I was able to purchase from you, and to also thank you for your blessing of adding the book “Called to Prayer” and the two issues of your magazine and the three issues of News from Israel.

These will all be read by not just me, but many here in the prison. As I finish a book or one of your magazines, I pass it on to the next one and the blessing just keeps on going.

I live each day by His will, or His glory, letting Him guide and lead me in everything I do.

I look for His coming soon, but I don’t sit idle; there is a huge task that is laid before us to bring the true and correct Word of the Living Lord to all that can hear, and even to those that have already heard but only had their ears tickled, not the stirring of the heart and the filling of the Holy Spirit to dwell in them.

Your blessing of the book “Called to Prayer” is a direct answer that so many here needed and needed to address: getting the reassurance and the proper guide to come into the presence of the Lord and let the Holy Spirit cover them and comfort them.

Thank you for the powerful work each of you at Midnight Call does for the glory of His kingdom.

I know the Lord will continue to move and bless all present and future endeavors that you bring forth proclaiming for His kingdom.

-C. McCoy, IL

Dear Editor,

You are to be commended for addressing the issue of origins in the March issue. The establishment is busy making atheists of the next generation.
I am a Professional Engineer. I have read most of the “Young Earth” literature and agreed with it for some time. The conventional wisdom at that time was that the universe was eternal. When it was discovered by scientists with no theological bias that the universe was expanding, it also meant that it had a beginning.

The author of the article made the statement that the creation of the universe was a miracle. One attribute of miracles is that no process is involved. A miracle is by Divine fiat. The Bible makes no claim that Creation was a miracle. On the contrary, Genesis defines a process that goes from chaos to order in stages, and the stages are ordered to provide a logical transition from one stage to the next.

God said to the Word in the beginning, “Let us make man in our image.” He could have added “Let’s give him a body.” So the Lord defined the Laws of Physics and Chemistry and calculated the scale of the universe to make it work. He then set it in motion by the Word of His power. Life was not spontaneous, but the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

The earth was made for man, and if it took 15 billion years, it did nothing but declare God’s glory.

Incidentally, there would be no need for a new earth if resurrected saints didn’t have legs.

-P. Whitener, WA

Dear Mr. Froese,

Sometimes I have to just bite my tongue with frustration over the fact that so many Christians stand on their belief that there is no other version of the Bible except the old KJV. So many believers and unbelievers must really struggle with confusion caused by answers like the one you gave to M. Kirk, VA, in your answer to “Sin Nature,” April 2014.

You quote from the KJV, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). We know that, literally, this is not true, for John himself, in writing to believers, wrote: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (KJV 1:8).

I know that scholars can come up with all kinds of reasoning to justify that “whosoever is born of God doth not… sin” (using the KJV). But just think of all the people who go to bed at night thinking that they can’t possibly be saved because of this verse—because they find themselves continually yielding to the slightest temptations.

Why can’t we just accept the American Standard Version, considered by most scholars to be more error free than the KJV, and certainly easier to read and understand, when it states that “No one who is born of God practices sin….” There is a huge difference between “doth not commit sin” and “practicing sin” (ASV I John 3:4, 8, 9).

I’m thankful that John points out that we deceive ourselves if we think we don’t sin, but if we do sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us if we confess our sin. I respectfully believe you should make it clear to your readers that Christians do sin, and that they can always repent and be forgiven. God knows the heart—he knows whether I sin without remorse or whether I stand convicted by my sin and sincerely repent of it.

-S. Grant, SC

Dear Midnight Call,

When I read in the Bible about the killing of Jesus, my heart was broken. When I read the book Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly, I cried, not because of the book, but because of the punishment Jesus had to endure just for me.

I have read Midnight Call for years, and I can say your magazine never did put into print how badly the Romans treated the condemned, per se, “The Killing of Jesus.”

Killing Jesus has been on the market now for about 1 ½ years. It was number one for almost the whole time. I’m a Christian. Bill O’Reilly said many times that he is also.

You wrote that Mr. D. Pinkston’s comment about Mr. O’Reilly’s relationship with Jesus was enough for him not to buy the book.

I don’t know Mr. Pinkston, so shall I judge him as he did Mr. O’Reilly? I do know Midnight Call magazine, so I was shocked at what you wrote. You wrote the Bible contained fully the killing of Jesus. Bill O’Reilly’s book took me deeper into his death by the Romans and Jews.

Yes, I would tell Mr. Pinkston to buy the book. Don’t judge the cover, but the story.

I have passed it on to my children. They need to know what their Savior did just for me and you. I think Midnight Call should watch Mr. O’Reilly more. He has said many times that he is a Christian.

Now, let me judge Arno Froese and see if this is fair.

I think from reading his answer to Mr. Pinkston that he is a liberal Democrat. Is this fair?

-J. Russell, MO

Dear Sir,

In the April issue of Midnight Call, where did Norbert Lieth get his information concerning the Lord’s Supper? It is so far from the Word of God and so dishonoring to Jesus. The Lord’s Supper could not take place in the Temple, because it was controlled by the Jews.

The Lord’s Supper took place in an upper room, very serious, and not lying around in recliners and couches all hugged up.

Jesus was in agony, the sins of the world coming upon Him, and He was about to be betrayed. He endured the cross, didn’t enjoy it! Acts 2 is not a reference to the Lord’s Supper. Only one thing is mentioned: it was a simple fellowship.

There are only two ingredients in the Lord’s Supper:
1. Unleavened bread
2. Fruit of the vine
(Matthew 26:17-30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

The Lord’s Supper did not, I repeat, did not contain beans, rice, gravy, and fried chicken. Amen!

The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the Church (which Mr. Lieth never mentioned).

This is the same problem the church at Corinth was having. Paul gave the correct way to observe the Lord’s Supper. They had houses to eat beans and rice.

Thank you for Midnight Call. It is great, but I could not be silent on this ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.

-W. Pierce, MS

Dear Arno,

I was wondering if you get many letters from readers who believe that Jesus Christ’s ministry of 3 ½ years was the first half of the final or 70th week for Israel (Daniel’s people). I believe the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel 9 is about Jesus, with the ruler who will come being mentioned secondarily. Jesus confirmed the covenant with many and in the half of the week, put an end to sacrifice and offering by his death. When the beast stands up, the final half of the week begins. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, the Great Tribulation and the Day of Vengeance. Revelation 13:5 clearly says the beast only has 42 months or 3 ½ years. Revelation 17:8 says the beast once was, now is not, but will come, so his continuing is from when “he once was.” At the time Christ was speaking to John, “he wasn’t.”

When Jesus stood up in the synagogue at Nazareth and read from the Isaiah scroll, He suspended His reading with the year of favor, which was His ministry. The day of vengeance is one title given to the final 3 ½ years, because the nation for the most part rejected their Messiah. During the final 3 ½ years, they will realize Jesus was the Messiah. The whole Church age is in between the two halves of the week. At the beginning of the final half of the week, Jesus comes as a thief in the night for His Church. We return with Him in power and glory at the end of the final half.

-J. Colgrove, MT

Dear Mr. Froese,

I have been attending a Bible class on the book of Revelation. I asked a question on Chapter 16, but received no biblical answer.
In Revelation 16:3-4, we are told that as the second and third angel poured out their bowls of the wrath of God on the earth, the sea, rivers and springs of water became blood.

During this time of bloodshed and death, is there mercy upon those Christians who have not been killed for Christ and will remain alive to go into the 1,000 year reign of Christ? Will these Christians have to drink polluted blood to survive, as do those who have taken the mark of the beast?

Will God change this blood water back to pure water for His children, as He had turned the water into blood and water into wine when He lived on earth?

-K. Eklund, CA

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