Please explain John 20: 23, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Has this verse been changed through translation?

Jesus gave only the Apostles the authorization to “forgive or retain sins” (John 20:23) and to bind or loose things in heaven and on earth (Matthew 18:18). But what do these words mean? Many misunderstand the nature of these commissions, forgetting that God alone can forgive sins (Isaiah 43:25).

Some believe these scriptures apply to themselves. […]

February 18th, 2019|Judgment, Sin and the Permission of Evil|

If a Christian dies, has the person died because (1) he or she sinned or (2) it's God's will for that one to die?

1.  Does a person die for his or her sins? 

No. 1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die…”

Christian or not, everyone dies. Christian or not, everyone has sinned. We are all under the penalty of death due to the sin of Father Adam. Because Adam sinned, all of his posterity are also born in […]

January 30th, 2019|Judgment, Salvation and Ransom|

Is last minute repentance at death acceptable to God?

God does not deny what is true. So, if someone at death is truly repentant, God will accept the fact that he or she has repented. But, does a deathbed repentance earn a heavenly reward?

Galatians 6:7,8 reads, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. […]

Out of the 3 friends of Job , which one had the better or more accurate expression of God's Truth?

The book of Job addresses the deep philosophical question of the human suffering and presents different perspectives on the issue of the permission of evil and vindication of God’s justice.​

A series of tragedies befall Job, and his three friends Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar come to comfort him. Although they show compassion for Job’s pain and remain […]

October 10th, 2018|Bible and Bible Characters, Judgment|

Which spirit did Absalom have when he rebelled against his father, David?

This is a very sad story. Absalom's half-brother, Amnon raped the beautiful Tamar, Absalom's sister. 2 Samuel 13:14-22 (NIV), “he (Amnon) was stronger than she, he raped her. Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, 'Get up and get out!’ […]

May 11th, 2018|Bible and Bible Characters, Judgment|

What is our Delightful GOD saying to us in Zephaniah 3:17?

“The LORD your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior!” Zephaniah 3:17.

The third chapter of Zephaniah records rebellion and then deliverance.  Israel's rebellion and disobedience to God's instructions are in Zephaniah 3:1-7. These prophecies display our God’s ability to deal with the obstacles of sin with the amazing result of victorious deliverance and blessing for […]

April 22nd, 2018|Future Prophecies, Jesus’ Second Advent, Rapture, Judgment|

When the people that had done evil are resurrected, will they die in the lake of fire and cease to exist? Or God will do something else?

John 5:28, 29 (ESV), “all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.”

The concept of judgment includes a trial and a verdict. Mankind is not currently on trial.  All are […]

Please explain 1 Peter 4: 5,6. Who are the living and the dead? What is the gospel preached and why?

The context of the first six verses aids our understanding. 

1 Peter 4:1-6 (NASB), “Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,  so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will […]

March 10th, 2018|Church and The Bride of Christ, Judgment|

Why are we told to pray for enemies and then the Bible talks about having our enemies crushed under our feet?

“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those […]

What is the millennium?

Millennium means 1,000. In the Bible, the millennium refers to the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth. Revelation 20:1-3 (italics added), “And I saw an angel (Jesus) come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old […]