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Dear Mr. Froese,

In your July magazine under “End Time Events” in the Letters to the Editor, I must say there is a lot of confusion by the writer. The confused seems to be of the Catholic flavor. May I try to correct this? In the Book of Revelation, the destruction of Jerusalem is in Revelation 11:7-13.

In Revelation 17, Rome is clearly identified as Mystery Babylon. Rome’s destruction is in chapter 18:10, “For in one hour is thy judgment come.” Verse 9, “For in one hour is she is made desolate.” Verse 21, “Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”

Chapter 18 explains the great booty Rome had acquired in her conquest of other countries. So, Rome was a great business trader, even in slaves. The destruction of Rome in one hour could be by nuclear bomb. Iran by now must have many nuclear bombs, as does Pakistan. They cannot resist the urge to use them for long. WWIII is very close.

-R. Cash, AZ
Dear Mr. Froese,

While reading the August 2014 issue of the magazine Midnight Call, pg. 10, I came across the paragraph, “Apostles and Prophets Today?” You say that there are no apostles and prophets today. How then do you explain Ephesians 4:11, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11).

-R. Garcia, NM
Dear Editor,

For about twenty years, I have agreed with most of your teaching. However, I must disagree with some of Norbert Lieth’s comments on speaking in tongues in his article, July 2014 issue, “Does the Holy Spirit Give New Revelations Today?”

As an apostolic, Pentecostal believer, I received the Holy Ghost with speaking in unknown tongues, and was baptized in Jesus’ name at the age of fourteen. I am now 90 years old and still speak in tongues. I do not claim any special gifts of the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts on through the New Testament, teaches that speaking in tongues is the first real sign that one has been born again and received the Holy Ghost, which is to all up to the end of the Church age. No one can ever tell me I have not experienced the real meaning of being born again in the Holy Ghost. I pray that Mr. Lieth can also receive this experience.

-M. Daniels, MS
Dear Brother Froese,

I write to discuss something that has been a problem to me. It is the situation with the Masons. While I realize that they are a cult and are not cognizant of Jesus in their rituals and whatever they do, there still for me must be a gentle spot in my heart.

I grew up in a little town in Southern Idaho, and went to a Presbyterian Church there, that had combined with a failed Baptist Church. It was a believing bunch of people and they were, as I remember them, very close to Jesus. In the midst of this, there were many men who were members of the local Masons. My Dad was one of them, yet, I have never known a man who was more dedicated to our God and practiced daily his walk with Jesus. Now, as I understand things better, I do think that these men, including my Dad, were deceived. But they all, I feel sure, believed that they were serving God by also being active in the Masons. My dad died at age 103, and had not been active in the Masons for perhaps the last 20 years or so of his life.

In view of the great Constitution of the United States that we have been given, I wonder about the men that, even though they were Masons, gave us that Constitution. Were some of them or perhaps most of them really men who worshiped God in a real way, and knew Jesus? I think that God will make that determination, or has made it, but I hesitate to condemn them, considering the result that we have had in the best and most free government to date in the world. I base this lack of condemnation on the life of my Dad, because he did live for the Lord, and all his children (four) are living for the same Lord today, and are a reflection of his life. Thanks for listening to my thoughts.

-P. Lowry, ID
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
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