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Q5. Will there be a return to the sacrificial system during the Millennium?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q5. Will there be a return to the sacrificial system during the Millennium?
 

THIS question is one that I have been asked frequently and is probably one of the oldest objections used by our amillennialist friends to try and discredit our position. It does, however, deserve consideration and some explanation. To the first part of the question we can very quickly answer, 'Yes'. There are plenty of scriptures which point to the return of sacrifices in the millennial period. It would be good to examine some of these now:

Isaiah 56 vv.6-8 says,'... their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on mine altar...'

Jeremiah 33 vv.15-18, '.... neither shall the priests and the burnt offerings and to kindle meat offerings and to sacrifice continually'.

Ezekiel 20 v.40, 'For in mine holy mount, in the mountain of the height of Israel saith the Lord God, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the Land, serve me, there will I accept them,and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations with all your holy things'.

Zechariah 14 vv.16-21, 'And it shall come to pass that everyone that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year toworship the king, the Lord of Hosts, and to keep the feast of the tabernacles... Yea every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of Hosts; and all that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and see the therein; and in that day shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of Hosts'.

Q6. A preacher once spoke about the church being a parenthesis, what did he mean?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q6. A preacher once spoke about the Church being a parenthesis, what did he mean?
 

THE word parenthesis is not specifically a theological term; strictly speaking it refers to a bracketed phrase or word in a sentence. It is more loosely used in chronological terms to describe a period between two points of time. It is used in this connection by those holding to a pre-millennial futurist interpretation of prophecy.

The preacher who used the word to describe the church was undoubtedly endeavouring to show the church's position in the chronological prophetic timescale, particularly in relation to God's plan and purpose for the Jewish nation.

The parenthetical idea of the church is best understood and most closely associated with the prophecy of seventy weeks in Daniel. To understand its meaning we must look at the prophecy in closer detail.

Q7. Does 2 Thessalonians 2v3 nullify the idea of Christ's imminent return?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q7. Does 2 Thessalonians 2v3 nullify the idea of Christ's imminent return?
 

This particular chapter of Paul's second epistle to the Thessalonians has been the subject of much controversy among those who delve into prophetic truths. More than most it is a that requires skilful rightly dividing of the word of truth, for failure to do so can lead to much confusion and error.

The difficulties of the passage are compounded further by the fact that various translations differ in the rendering of verse two. As Mrs E.Potter, our questioner, rightly points out, the A.V. and NKJV translate it 'Day of Christ' whereas most other versions translate 'Day of the Lord'. This is because the A.V. is based on the Textus Receptus (Received Text) of Erasmus and Beza whereas most other translations use the Nestle Greek translation.

I don't propose to go into the arguments of textual criticism or of Bible versions, although I would recommend Gail Riplinger's excellent book "Which Bible is God's Word?', published by Hearthstone Books, to any interested reader. The difference in the translations does, however, result in a fundamental difference of understanding and complicates to some extent our understanding of what Paul is saying. Although I do not believe it nullifies the principle of imminency.

Q8. Did Solomon pen Psalm 72, if so, then why does v.20 seem to accredit it to David?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev. Colin Le Noury.
Q8. Did Solomon pen Psalm 72, if so, then why does v.20 seem to accredit it to David?
 

The question of the authorship of Psalm 72, raised for us by Mr. John Wood of Nuneaton, is an interesting one.

Who wrote this psalm? Well it depends on which Bible you use. Actually most versions accredit to Solomon, however, the A.V. clearly introduces it as a prayer of David. There is a sense in which both answers are correct. The best of evangelical scholarship would seem to agree that the pen was probably Solomon's, but that the content was most certainly David's.

Let me explain. Psalm 72 must be read against the background of 2 Samuel 7, David's great messianic prophecy for kingdom rule. Indeed the psalm is based on that particular passage. Therefore the essential content came from David, although Solomon is believed to have used this as his inspiration for the psalm. Spurgeon in his 'Treasury of David' is quite adamant that Solomon was the author, as is W.Graham Scroggie in his four volume expositions of the Psalms.

Q9. What will happen to children at the Rapture?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev. Colin Le Noury.
Q9. What will happen to children at the Rapture?
 

I have received many questions on the whole subject of children and the rapture of the church. I must confess that in some ways it is one of the most difficult subjects to deal with, both because of the sensitivity of it, and because of the lack of direct scriptural evidence.

The fact of the rapture is clear and unmistakable. Scripture in 1 Thessalonians 4 vv 16-17 and in 1 Corinthians 15 vv 51-52 plainly and positively declares such an event. The fact that Christian believers are the subjects of the rapture is also undeniable. But beyond these basic truths we move into areas of some speculation since scripture becomes silent at this point.

The questions I receive deal not only with the matter of whether children will be included in the rapture, but also, will all children be included or only those of believing parents?

I am persuaded that the question of children and the rapture is also related to the wider issue of whether or not children in general are under grace. And if so, then what becomes the age of responsibility and accountability?

Q10. Is the rapture of millions of souls too fanciful to be credible?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury
Q10. Is the rapture of millions of souls too fanciful to be credible?
 

The question highlights an objection often raised by unbelievers and theologians alike. The idea that at one given moment in history literally millions of souls disappear from the face of the earth in a fleeting moment of time is, for some, too hard to conceive.

Our analysis of the subject must begin as always with scripture. Let us see what the word of God says. Two passages of scripture are especially poignant and unmistakably clear. Paul, the apostle, writing to the Thessalonian church says:

'For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them that are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds; to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.' (1 Thess. 4 vv 15-17.)

Q 11. Is China mentioned in the Bible?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q 11. Is China mentioned in the Bible?
Does it have a role to play in prophecy?
 

The recent heavily publicised takeover of Hong Kong, during the summer, by the Chinese, has raised new interest and questions about its prophetic role.

I have to say that the name China is not found anywhere in scripture but there are important prophecies which, I believe, relate to this superpower. Some of the clearest of these prophecies are found in the book of Revelation, and events taking place today would suggest that China is the subject of them. China is an ancient civilisation with a long and colourful history. For most of that time it has been dominated by the ancient religions of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

However, the seeds of change began to flower about 100 years ago - just before the turn of the century - with the fall of the Confucian monarchy. This gave way to western influence and internal revolution. The celebrated Chiang Kai Shek rose to power but he in turn was displaced in 1949 by Chairman Mao Tse Tung and the formation of the People's Republic of China.

Marxist communism, with its godless and repressive ideologies had taken hold of the world's most populated country. Despite social changes, China today remains the world's largest atheisticly led country.

How then does this fit in with prophecy?

Q12. What does the Bible mean when it says 'The moon shall be turned into blood' in the last days?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q12. What does the Bible mean when it says
'The moon shall be turned into blood' in the last days?
 

The statement in our question regarding the Moon being turned into blood is something that has fascinated Bible students for years.

The generation to which these words were spoken must have been greatly puzzled by this prophecy, as indeed many other generations down through the centuries.

I believe, however, that this present generation is better poised than any before it to understand and interpret the prophecy.

Having so said I must warn that like many other prophecies there is no simple explanation. As with all scripture, a study of the immediate and wider contexts is important. There are actually two statements in scripture regarding the Moon and blood; one is in Revelation 6 and the other in Acts 2 - the latter being a direct quotation from the prophecy of Joel.

To understand this prophecy we must remember that the Moon being turned into blood is lust one of an array of cosmic happenings which are predicted for the last days. Regardless of what is meant by the phrase 'turned into blood' it must not be looked at in isolation.

Study 1 - The Importance of Prophecy

20 Studies in Bible Prophecy
Study 1 - The Importance of Prophecy
 

In the study of prophecy we must begin here.

Is The Study of Prophecy Important?

Some would contend that one has to be either mentally unbalanced, a religious crank, or heretic in doctrine, to show an interest in such a subject. Others fight shy of the subject because it is beset with so many difficulties, and is too controversial. There are those however, who feel they cannot afford to neglect any phase of Biblical teaching, and therefore give themselves to a study of the great truth of Christ's Second Coming.

While not professing to unravel every prophetical problem, yet such are assured that history is moving towards its climax, and events in our world bristle with prophetic significance. God has a plan for the future, and that plan is outlined in His Word, "the Bible is a talking book".

Study 2 - The Second Advent Explained

20 Studies in Bible Prophecy
Study 2 - The Second Advent Explained

 

We have seen that prophecy occupies a large place in the Scripture. To neglect its study, avers Dr. Rene Pache, is to deprive ourselves of "an essential vitamin" in our spiritual nourishment.

Of all the subjects taught in the Bible, this is the greatest, and when the secular world speculates about tomorrow's world, we should be proclaiming the crowning article of our Christian creed, the Return of Jesus Christ, first to receive to Himself His Church, and then to appear on earth to reign for a millennium of years.

These are two separate events and must never be confused. In our next study we will differentiate between the Rapture and the Revelation.

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