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  1. Mystic_Pizza

    Will the Antichrist be Jewish or Gentile?

    In a nutshell and just taking a guess, I would imagine the Antichrist would be Jewish, in order to be accepted AS the Messiah by the Jews. Makes sense ..a gentile Messiah? SMH.
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    Hoping to find some comfort here

    Hi MaryKate~ Have you contacted the Lupus Foundation? I'm not sure what they can do, but maybe they can point you in the right direction for other things that could be of help, and maybe a support group or something...? My mom had SLE, but at that time there were no support groups and so little was known about it- that has all definitely changed! You could also try social workers through the state, perhaps? Prayers for you- hopefully, you can hook up with some real-time help wherever it is that you are. ~Mystic~
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    will gays go to hell if they do not repent?

    She. It's such a long, long story...I see things though that do give me hope. Thank you for your thoughtful words, to all on here as well. I know in everyone's hearts who are posting, they are giving with what they have and know, and I appreciate that
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    will gays go to hell if they do not repent?

    Frienduff, I understand what you're saying, and it's obvious you're speaking out of Christian love. When you say that if "a believer heeds not correction", well...we're not talking about a 'believer' in the literal sense of the word. We're talking about someone who is an adult- 30 years old. Someone who was raised in a Christian home, just like the prodigal son more than likely was...you know, the one who left home? This has nothing to do with my 'not raising them right', or however anyone wants to put it- I have six grown children. Of those six, two are believers and live the life...three used to be, one it's sort of debatable at this point. What I'm getting at, is this: these are grown adults who have their own personalities, their own path that God has put them on to follow, and their own decisions to make. If there is one thing I have learned throughout raising an entire family, the youngest who is almost 23...it's that you raise them to believe and know Jesus, the difference between right and wrong, etc.-but when all is said and done, they are the only one who can make the final decision. I firmly believe in the bible verse that says, "If you train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it". The thing is...it is now between themselves and God. I did my part- they know what I believe, they know wrong from right- there is some rebellion going on, and that too is between them and God. I have only recently realized that I cannot save them myself or force them to believe what I believe, the way that I believe it- as much as I wish that I could- and I need to get out of the way now, and let God be God, let Him work in their lives. I've realized that God is big enough to bring them back to where they should be, without my help at this point in their lives. As a parent, that has been a very tough thing for me to realize, let alone actually do. As parents, we are programmed to 'fix'. And when they are fully grown adults, it is no easy thing to let go of the habit. I'm not playing the 'get along no matter what they are doing' game- like I said before, the one adult child knows full well how I feel about it, and why I feel that way- but I'm not going to just cut that child out of my life until they bow down and do what they are supposed to do, in my time frame. All that is going to do is completely alienate them and tell them that there is no love involved here, only rigid 'do what I demand that you do, or else'. I don't recall Jesus treating people that way, unless you count His dealings with the Pharisees, where He basically told them that their pious ways were hiding a lot of inner corruption and that their fault was greater because they claimed to know what they were doing. I'm thinking of Matthew 23:23- “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former." Sin is sin is sin, I will be the first to admit that- tough love works in a lot of situations, but I don't believe that my situation is one of them- for me to raise up my hackles, so to speak, would give them the impression that I am...to put it very bluntly....a self-righteous, bible-thumping, holier-than-thou, intolerant whatever...they live among loads and loads of Mormons, so you can imagine what that is like, insofar as intolerance goes. Somehow, honestly? I just don't think Jesus would treat them that way- I think He would let them know that sin is sin, but I don't think He would turn His back on them because of it. And neither will I.
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    will gays go to hell if they do not repent?

    Just to clarify, here....I'm NOT condoning the gay lifestyle, period. I'm not trying to make light of it because it's one of my grown kids involved. I'm not justifying anything, and I agree that yes, we're in the 'last days', and the whole 'anything goes' idea completely prevails. BUT! We need to love. That sounds so hippy and 60s, but it's true...even the bible states that of the three that remain, Faith, Hope, and Love...the greatest is Love. If Jesus looked at us through the same eyes that we are, for the most part, looking at others...well, let's just say I'm thankful He's not, lol.
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    will gays go to hell if they do not repent?

    Unequally yoked? No...it's an adult child. Cut them loose? I don't think so. How would that be 'loving them', if I were to do that? It would be me, acting out of judgment because of their lifestyle. They know I don't agree, and they know why- I've never condoned any of it. Look at the kind of people Jesus 'hung out' with...the lowest of the low...tax collectors (who were considered just scum back in the day...), prostitutes. Prostitutes! Mary Magdalene was one, yes...she repented of her sin, but Jesus didn't 'cut her loose' beforehand, or any of the rest of them, for that matter. Love loves the unloveable.
  7. Mercy. I could care less how 'learned', 'educated', or 'intellectual' anyone is- I could care less about the amount of various 12-syllable words tossed around and diatribes that go on forever (which I never read, if I'm honest). What's REALLY interesting, at least to me, is someone who is picking apart things in Daniel, Ezekiel, Revelation, Isaiah...and hearing from God on the subject of biblical prophecy as it pertains to the things happening in the world today, and legit things about technology that are leading up to the 'end of days', or whatever anyone wants to call it, lol. And you know what else? I'll be really glad when I finally hit 100 posts and can go join the convo's in the 'controversial' forum, because normally I don't have a whole lot to say on here unless it really interests me- and I actually have something to say that is worth reading, lol- THEN I can go back to a post here and there!
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    Whom are "They"?

    Not that it even remotely fits, but the thought just popped into my head, as thoughts will, lol....but....doesn't the Queen, and various Kings refer to themselves as 'we'? As in....my all time fav...."We are NOT amused", lol. Maybe this is sort of like that- as someone else said, it's KJV, not my favorite either. I personally love NIV, but that's just me, lol.
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    will gays go to hell if they do not repent?

    Someone I know and love dearly lives this lifestyle. Such a difficult thing, I can't sit in judgment because who am I to judge when, as a human, there is sin in my own life just because I'm not out of this body and perfect with the Lord, you know? And yet....the person knows how I feel about this, what I believe, and that it won't change. But it doesn't make my love for them diminish in any way- however...it's unbelievably difficult to walk that line, for sure, because I'm close to the person. If i had to sum up my feelings on it all, just from having dealt with it and continuing to deal with it, I would say this: I don't quite understand how some 'are', and some 'aren't...but in my heart of hearts, I believe that somewhere along the line, a person....what, gives in to it, maybe? And God let's them go ahead in, what I believe to be, their own rebellion and their own way, 'turns them over to it', as it were. There's a bible verse on it in the NT, don't recall where. I really need to start writing these things down, lol- Either way....it's very, very hard not to 'judge'. As fallen humanity, it's in our very makeup to be judgmental, I think-but what I believe God wants us to do, or at least in my own life, is to love and not judge. This person knows how I feel about it, but knows I love them no matter what. I've agonized over the situation, wanting to see things in the right way, the way Jesus sees things..and people. And at the end of the day, the only thing that I've managed to come up with...and hang on to, is the fact that God knows the heart of each person. The deep, deep inner person that none of us knows, but is known only to God-He knows where they stand on each and every, single thing in their heart of hearts, what motivates them, what their true intention is, etc.. And in the end, it's God who is going to judge each, accordingly. Literally. All we can really do is pray, pray, pray. And then pray some more. And keep praying. And then do it again, lol.
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    What exactly will be seen during the Rapture

    On a serious note- I didn't go through and read all of the posts in this forum, truth be told I didn't even go past the second page, lol. I have grown up believing in the Rapture, and it was part and parcel of who I was for the majority of my life. However, as I got older my idea about it somewhat changed. (which, if I ever wanted membership in the Assemblies of God church I grew up in, they would kick me to the curb at this point, lol!) - - - to make what could turn into a very long story short, the idea that so many people I've known in my life were just sort of sitting back, prospering, and waiting for Jesus to come take everyone in Rapture before anything really 'bad' came down the pike, bothered me a great deal. It made me truly wonder what if...what IF...it didn't pan out that way after all, and Christians were in for a really, really bad time before Jesus' return, you know? I just kept thinking that the majority of the Christians I knew weren't going to be prepared for a very bad time, wouldn't be expecting it, etc. - But I digress, lol- At this point in my life my own personal opinion is: the Christian life isn't a glamorous one by any stretch of the imagination- not even close. It's gritty, it's tough, it's a battle, constantly (Eph. 6:12), and I think of the apostles and the horrific lives they lived. Nothing glorious about that, at least not by human standards. I think even...Paul (?) said something along the lines of Christians being the most miserable of creatures, etc. - again, to shorten a long story, the Rapture theory has been tossed about like mad for decades...I want to say the 'theory' itself started somewhere in the 1800's, no need to refute me on it, I'm not even sure. Bottom line at least for me, is this: If the Rapture happens the way that many pre-trib believers think that it will, it will be a wonderful bonus. I don't think I need to 'believe' in it one way or the other in order to be included in it if it happens- I believe in Jesus's death for the sins of mankind and resurrection, that He was and is the Son of God, and I think that qualifies me 150% for any 'good' things that are coming up, lol. I just prefer to not count on it happening, and believing that there could possibly, and very well be some really bad stuff headed our way, and the way of the world in general. If I were to lean in any direction at all, it would probably be mid-trib, pre-wrath...and it definitely isn't because I want to believe that, either, lol. I just think forewarned is forearmed, and I would just rather 'bible and prayer up', keep the lamp trimmed and the oil filled, etc.- in the event that it's going to be a rocky road before 'The End' is near. Shall I put down my sandwich board now? lol
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    What exactly will be seen during the Rapture

    Yikes. Never been there, but definitely wouldn't want to go in the wintertime when it snows, lol.
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    Image of the beast question?

    Sounds like an interesting book, I looked it up on a couple of websites and I'm going to go ahead and order it. I'm always open to sound, biblical thought that doesn't have to be stretched and pulled in order to 'fit' a certain thought or scenario. I'm ....really, really interested. Seriously. Seriously! lol~
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    Mark of the beast

    ....Seems like that pretty well answers THAT question!
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    Image of the beast question?

    Possible AI? I've read some things here and there about various ideas regarding 'creating' life, etc.- if it were AI, I would imagine that it wouldn't have a soul, wouldn't be technically 'human', etc., so wouldn't be eligible for salvation or...in this case, possible eternal damnation? It could possibly fit, who can say. I would love to read a serious, serious biblical prophecy discussion somewhere on that particular subject, without any titillation or 'shock value', as it were- so if anyone knows about an article/book/etc., on this subject meeting that criteria, please, let me know!
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    A Testing I Can Only Just Survive

    This is such an awful thing to go through, personally I had been thinking that the rest of the business (divorce, sinning in the flesh, etc. insofar as the things he told you) were the legit things...but when I got to the cancer part, I had to kind of wonder at that one, but that's just me- and I'm certainly no expert on any of it, for sure. However...I can say this, having been through some pretty horrific things like this myself, that God is watching out for you, He really is. He's aware of your situation, He knows that your heart was genuine in your feelings and trust of this person, in other words, He knows the situation from beginning to end, and every detail of every feeling/emotion in it for both parties, you and him. I can also say this with the utmost confidence...having been through a really rough, rough time such as you're going through (not exactly the same, but pretty darned close...I won't go into detail, though- suffice it to say? I totally understand...) I know for a bonafide fact that God is faithful...and He is going to bring you through to something better that He has planned for you, even though you are devastated and can't hardly believe that anything good could come of your mistrust and devastation, and it most definitely doesn't feel like it now. You are on the road to where God is leading you and He is walking ahead of you, and even though the way seems dark, believe that He has your hand, and that He isn't going to lead you into a bad place. Frightening, and scary as it is? And believe me, I know....God is faithful, even when we don't understand (which seems to be most of the time, lol). Hang on to Him with everything you have. Proverbs 3: 5, 6 - Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and don't lean on your own understanding...acknowledge Him in all of your ways, and He WILL direct your path!