QUESTION: WEEK # 5
1). There are many Johns in the Bible which one was this John?
This John was the beloved disciple of Christ; there are three Johns mention in the Bible. There are the beloved disciple, John the Baptist, and John Mark who was Paul and Barnabas' companion. I researched on the Johns of the Bible, but found only these three.
2). Why was John on the island of Patmos, and who sent him there?
The Apostle John was exiled to the prison island of Patmos because he wouldn't stop preaching the Gospel. He was sent by the Roman emperor Domitian
3). What do the word exile means?
The condition or period of being forced to live away from one's native country or home, especially as a punishment. The condition or period of self-imposed absence from one's country or home: a writer living in exile in protest.
4). Explain each person beside John that was exiled in the Bible.
There were many others who were exiled as the Apostle John, such as Daniel, Moses, Ezekiel, and Lucifer (Satan) himself.
Daniel: As prophesied in Scripture, the Jewish people would be allowed to return to Jerusalem after 70 years of exile. That prophecy was fulfilled in 537 B.C., and the Jews were allowed by King Cyrus of Persia to return to Israel and begin rebuilding the city and temple.
Moses: Moses knew that Egypt wasn't a safe place for him so he fled to Arabia where he spent the better part of his life but would eventually return to Egypt. He came to a well in Midian, in or near the peninsula of Sinai where he rested, and helped some young women to water their sheep. These women happen to be Reuel's (Jethro) seven daughters, who took Moses home and presented him to their father (Exodus 2:16-20). Moses lives with Reuel's (Jethro) and later marries Zipporah and takes charge of his father-in-law's flock (Exodus 2:21; 3:1).
Ezekiel: Ezekiel went into exile with the Israelites as decreed by King Nebuchadnezzar to the city of Babylon. Historians and scholars agree that Ezekiel was a highly intelligent man. (Ezekiel 1:1)
Lucifer: He was exile from heaven, cast out of heaven and fell to earth for his offense against God, and all angels will roam the earth until Judgment Day, when they will be banished to hell.
5). Why did Apostle John write to the seven churches?
The first purpose of the letters was to communicate with the literal churches and meet their needs at that time. The second purpose is to reveal seven different types of individuals/churches throughout history and instruct them in God's truth.
6). Name each church spoken of in (Revelation 2:1-3:14-22).
The seven churches in Revelation were Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.
7). Does Jesus come to earth during the rapture?
When the rapture "snatches away" take place, Jesus do not come to earth, but meet the saints in the sky.
8). The rapture is described primarily in what scriptures?
The rapture is described primarily in , and .
9). During the Second Coming, the Lord descends all the way to earth and stand where?
The Lord descends all the way to the earth to stand on the Mount of Olives.
10). What is the difference between the rapture and the Second Coming?
At the rapture, the Lord comes "in the clouds" to meet us "in the air" (). At the second coming, the Lord descends all the way to the earth to stand on the Mount of Olives, resulting in a great earthquake followed by a defeat of God's enemies ()
11). Who will be resurrected at the rapture?
(I Thessalonians 4:16) says "the dead in Christ will rise first, (those who believe), then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up (1 Thessalonians 4:17), (those who believe).
12). Will the Church be on earth during the Tribulation period?
No, it seems inconsistent for God to promise believers that they will not suffer wrath and then leave them on the earth to suffer through the wrath of the tribulation. The fact that God promises to deliver Christians from wrath shortly after promising to remove His people from the earth seems to link those two events together.
13). What is post-tribulation period?
This says that the rapture occurs at the end of the tribulation
14). What is pre-tribulation period?
This says that the rapture occurs before the tribulation; Christ is promising to keep believers from the very time period that contains the trials, namely the tribulation. The purpose of the tribulation, the purpose of the rapture, the meaning of , and the interpretation of all give clear support to the pre-tribulation position. If the Bible is interpreted literally and consistently, the pre-tribulation position is the most biblically-based interpretation.
15). What will Jesus do when He return at the Second Coming?
The second coming is when Jesus returns to defeat the Antichrist, destroy evil, and establish His millennial kingdom. The second coming is described in .
16). Why is it important to keep the rapture and the Second Coming distinct?
The rapture is the return of Christ in the clouds to remove all believers from the earth before the time of God's wrath. The second coming is the return of Christ to the earth to bring the tribulation to an end and to defeat the Antichrist and his evil world empire.
17). What do the word rapture means?
The word does not occur in the Bible. The term comes from a Latin word meaning "a carrying off, a transport, or a snatching away." The concept of the "carrying off" or the rapture of the church is clearly taught in Scripture.