By Dave Robbins
Q. Do you feel that the Real ID is the Mark of The Beast? – Grace
A. The Real ID Act, which changes your driver’s license into a national ID card and is to be fully implemented nationally in 2015, is a precursor to the Mark of The Beast. It appears that the Antichrist will eventually use this unique identification number to economically sanction individuals, forcing them to pledge allegiance to or worship him and his world governing system. At that point, it will be dangerously close to the Mark of the Beast and all Christians should opt out.
Q. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 says that there must be a “falling away” before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. What does that mean? – Priscilla
A. The term “falling away” in the original Greek was apostasea which according to Thayer’s Lexicon means defecting from the true religion. A few hundred years after the original church was established in the Book of Acts, the church fell away from the teaching of the apostles due to the lack of Bibles. This produced what is referred to as the “Dark Ages.” However, now that Bibles are readily available, we are coming back into the full truth. Consequently, the “falling away” that Paul was referring to was the Dark Ages.
Q. Palestine was recently recognized as a state by the United Nations. Was this the signing of the Daniel 9:27 peace treaty? – Michael
A. No. The peace treaty that will begin the final seven years to the Battle of Armageddon will do two things: (1) Acknowledge Israel’s right to exist in the Middle East by setting final borders and (2) Place the temple mount under an internationally supervised sharing arrangement between Jews and Arabs, allowing for the rebuilding of the Third Temple.
Q. I know that the Antichrist will go into the Third Temple and proclaim to be God at the Abomination of Desolation. Does that mean he will be a Jew since only Jews can enter the temple? – James
A. It is highly unlikely that the Antichrist will be Jewish since he will invade Israel at the Battle of Armageddon. Furthermore, at the Abomination of Desolation he will cause the sacrifice to cease, which is one of the main reasons that Jews want to rebuild the temple.
Q. Who are the individuals that are wearing white robes in Revelation 6:11? – Steve
A. Revelation 6:9-11 is a vision of the great tribulation, which occurs when the fifth seal is opened. The individuals that are given white robes are the souls of those that were slain during the tribulation and are awaiting their fellow brethren in heaven.
Q. If Jesus was buried the night before the Sabbath (Saturday) and rose on the first day of the week (Sunday), how can he have been in the earth three days and three nights (Matthew 12:40)? Is the Bible contradicting itself?
A. No. During the annual Passover celebration, there are always two Sabbaths that week. The first Sabbath, which is a high Sabbath, is the Feast of Unleavened Bread and starts on Wednesday evening. The second Sabbath is the regular Sabbath on Saturday. Jesus was crucified and buried before the first Sabbath began on Wednesday evening and rose around sunset on Saturday evening, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Matthew 12:40.
Q. What is it that is holding the antichrist back in 2 Thessalonians 2:7? – Matthew
A. 2 Thessalonians 6 states, “And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.” Consequently, it is the timeclock or the timing of God that is keeping the Antichrist from being revealed.
Q. Where is the scripture that says Russia and her Arab allies will invade Israel at the Battle of Armageddon? – Erich
A. Ezekiel 38:2-5 says that Gog and Magog (Russia), Persia, Ethiopia and Libya will be among the participants that come against Israel at the Battle of Armageddon.
Q. What is the Battle of Gog and Magog and when does it occur? – Luverne
A. The Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38 and 39) and the Battle of Armageddon is the exact same event, which occurs immediately after the great tribulation. At this battle, which is the last war on earth, the nations of the world will come down and fight against the nation of Israel (Zechariah 14:2).