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
Dear Mr. Froese,

I very much enjoyed the article, “Is the Millennium Really in the Future?” by Eberhard Hanisch. Since many of us learn visually, I was wondering if you could suggest a particular end times timeline with Scripture references, that would show your understanding of our biblical future. There are many on the internet, but I don’t trust my limited understanding to choose one that is trustworthy. A picture is worth a thousand words. I devour Midnight Call every month. Thanks so much for your ministry.

-T. Franke, OR
Dear Sir,

I just read an article, “The Right Rules of Conduct” by Norbert Lieth. Near the end of the article, he says the redemption of Jesus was accomplished for all men. Nobody is excluded or specially elected. This is my belief. I have been a Southern Baptist for 70 years. All of a sudden in the last two years, they have tried to jam down our throats predestination and election, which I disagree on. What are your thoughts on this subject?

-D. Cunningham, GA
Dear Mr. Froese,

You stated that 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” But it is not to us necessarily!

Even the laziest Bible student recognizes that the dietary laws (not suggestions for better health!) in Leviticus, didn’t apply to Noah and his family (Genesis 9:1-3) after the Flood, and they do not apply to us, the Church. Most Christians intuitively know that while God is indeed the same as always (Hebrew 13:8), His dealings have not always been the same. And Abraham knew no Law but was called “A Friend of God.” Etc.

The Old and New Testaments are common divisions we Christians cite. But to the serious Bible student, there is a treasure trove of blessings to find if we “rightly divide” (2 Timothy 2:15) the Scriptures! The Apostle Paul states in Ephesians 3:8, “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

One cannot search out the riches of Christ in the four Gospels or the Old Testament, without recognizing Paul’s unique Gospel, given to him personally by the risen Lord.

-D. Wesson, CA
Letter to the Editor:

My ex-wife married me in the Catholic Church, but soon had enough of some Catholics asking Mary’s help rather than prayers directly to Jesus only. She added that God shows no partiality, therefore Mary is in her grave until resurrection time like the rest of us humans. What about Elijah and Moses, who were apparently present with Jesus at the Transfiguration? And not that advance blessing for Mother Mary? What of Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe, and so on?

Likewise, there is disagreement regarding Holy Communion in our Catholic Mass. When God said, “Let there be light,” I trust we agree that it happened! When Jesus at the Last Supper said, as He distributed the bread and wine, “This is my body…this is my blood…take and eat and drink, all of you,” what happened? And in other Holy Scripture, “Unless you do, you will not have life in you.” Pretty clear and heavy, wouldn’t you agree? So when our priest at Mass asks the Holy Spirit to repeat that change for the ongoing spiritual food of each current generation, what happens?

Your thoughts on these divisive issues are appreciated, while we await His full revelation.

-L. Conrad, WI
Dear Brother Arno Froese:

Thanks for your letters along with the Midnight Call magazine; since I was a child back in Brazil, I read the Midnight Call’s literature and it is solid food; may the Lord bless you and your team.

Several years ago, the mail carrier told my mom the magazine’s name intrigued him quite a bit, which soon led him to go to church. He ended up giving his life to Christ. The Lord’s Word is powerful in so many ways, and His people are being gathered all over the world.

I was wondering if you might help to clarify something in the Bible, please: it is verse 15 in 1 Timothy chapter 2, where it says the woman will be saved in childbearing…I am scratching my head about it and do not know what to make of it. I cannot help but think about women that have no children.

-A. Trajano, WV

The Four Blood Moons: Right or wrong, God does say He will show wonders in the heavens. Plural, meaning more than one heaven.

God’s sign/signal has been shown to us all after the flood. That sign/signal is the rainbow. God says, “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13).

As for me, the heaven above proclaims God’s creation. Remember, the Star of David proclaimed Jesus’ birth: a sign/signal to proclaim God’s love for mankind.

Matthew 2:9, “…The Star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.” Did everyone on earth see the Star? Maybe not but to me, it was a sign/signal proclaiming God’s gift to mankind.

We can debate all day long, but I’m reminded constantly of one of my favorite Bible verses in the Bible, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it: for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3).

-R. Tanciar, NC
Dear Mr. Arno Froese,

I have been a Christian since I was in my early 20s. I was raised in the Methodist church. After I got married, we attended a Methodist church, then a Baptist church and an Assembly of God church. In the Assembly of God church, we were taught healing, gifts of the Spirit, miracles, etc. My question is mainly about healing and miracles. In your opinion, do they really happen today as they did in the book of Acts? I have a friend who just died of cancer. She was prayed for many times, and went to a healing service and was prayed for with laying on of hands. Nothing happened and she died. I have back problems and have asked God many times for healing. It hasn’t happened. I believe the Bible is the Word of God, but don’t understand when things like this happen. Thank you.

-D. Haler, GA
Dear Mr. Froese,

My pastor is beginning to teach from a Preterist viewpoint. When I searched for info on this, I was greatly bothered by this belief or system of Scripture interpretation. It just does not ring true. Where did this come from, and is this a legitimate way of Scripture interpretation?

-E. Frey, LA
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