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249Different Gospels?

I was wondering whether you could shed some light on whether there are different gospels in the New Testament. I have heard some people distinguish between the gospel of the kingdom and the . . . [read more]

248The Book of Daniel and the Old Testament

Charles,

My Bible study class is studying the book of Daniel. I have read your article The Date and Authorship of the Book of . . . [read more]

247Resources for Understanding the Book of Revelation

Dear Dr. Wood

I am attempting a study Revelation and have recently found you on TV.

In this undertaking I am attempting to write a sermon for each chapter in order to teach this . . . [read more]

246A Single Judgment?

The other Sunday evening we were having a Bible Study in our church on the so-called “Parable of the Sheep and Goats.”

Our Pastor insists that the judgment here is the . . . [read more]

245Amillennialism and the Land Promise

Paul

Thanks very much for your series of Biblical Covenantalisma. I stumbled upon this at just the time I needed . . . [read more]

244Is Progressive Sanctification Biblical?

Do you believe the phrase “progressive sanctification” is Biblical?

What is the Biblical approach if any to “progressive sanctification”?

I know to be . . . [read more]

243Gog and Magog in Ezekiel vs. Revelation

We were watching your teaching on Revelationa.

We did not catch the last episode. I . . . [read more]

242Ask, Seek, Knock

In Rev. 3:20, Jesus says that He stands and knocks at the door and if we will open it He will come in. That makes sense, the handle is on the inside and only we have access to it.

Then . . . [read more]

241Are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Fallen Angels?

Shalom,

Is there a symbolic relationship between the 'Faces' of the 'Four Faced Beasts' as well as the directional Four Faced Beasts of Ezekiel 1:10 (North, South, East, West), and the . . . [read more]

240The Abrahamic Covenant and the New Covenant

Dear brother Henebury,

Can you please explain to me the connection between the promise made to Abraham and the coming of the Spirit? Why does Paul mention in Gal. 3:14 the promise of . . . [read more]

239Interpretive Bias in the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Greetings in Christ,

I've long appreciated the Spirit & Truth website and ministry, especially in the area of prophecy and of general Biblical studies. Recently I obtained a copy of . . . [read more]

238Revelation as Realized Eschatology?

For some time now, I've been wondering how I could reconcile justification by faith with the Book of Revelation. Recently I found my answer in this statement: Dr. Beatrice Neall presents a . . . [read more]

237Understanding the Temple of Revelation 11

I am trying to understand the Temple revealed to John in the 11th chapter of the Book of Revelation (Rev. 11:1-2).

  1. Why is God's favor or protection on the tribulation . . . [read more]
236TULIP and Calvinism

Can you clarify if a statement of faith confessing T.U.L.I.P. is really just Calvinisma?

I do not believe in the five points . . . [read more]

235Sons or Unprofitable Servants?

A have a question concerning the following passage from the book of Luke:

And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in . . . [read more]
234The Parable of the Unjust Steward

In Luke 16:8-9 we come across a difficult saying

So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in . . . [read more]
233Understanding the Book of Isaiah

I am doing a study on the Book of Isaiah, but I am so lost. Can you recommend a source of information that will perhaps be more understandable? The teacher is using Arnold Fruchtenbaum's mp3, . . . [read more]

232Did Early Students of the Bible Predict the Reestablishment of Israel?

One thing to note about Israel's return.

In the 1930's, pre-Nazi Germany, a famous Rabbi in Europe was often published for his studies into the ancient prophetic texts. In his works, he . . . [read more]

231Is Today's Return of Israel Scriptural?

I started feeling some real disturbance in my spirit over the past few years, both on how Christians almost have a worship of Israel, and from my economic and historical research into the . . . [read more]

230Going Beyond the Canon

I came across your commentary on Revelationa while researching earlier today. Even though I’m not a pre-trib . . . [read more]

229Ante-Nicene Fathers on the Number of the Beast

Do any Ante-Nicene Fathers1 mention the number 666?


Endnotes:
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228Where is the Church in Revelation 4 and 5?

Tony thank you for your Revelation commentary, A Testimony of Jesus Christa, . . . I have been studying it for a . . . [read more]

227Does God Ever Become Angry with Believers?

I have a question for you regarding something my pastor continually says from the pulpit. He says "God is not angry with you, He loves you." This has become his "mantra" . . . [read more]

226The Imminent Return of Christ and the Invasion of Israel by Gog

I have been studying Ezekiel 38-39 and am now wrestling with the timing of these events. In searching the scriptures I find many details which lead me to believe the Battle of Gog-Magog must . . . [read more]

225Groanings of the Spirit

Dear Pastor Woods,

I have recently been exploring the issue of the continuation of the gifts of speaking in tongues, prophecy, and knowledge in our time. I was raised Evangelical and . . . [read more]

224Gift of Healing

Thank you for a wonderful, Biblical web-site! It is so understandable. I didn't see it mentioned and I might have overlooked it, and am sorry if I did, but my question is: Do you believe in . . . [read more]

223Leading Captivity Captive

Dear brethren in the Lord,

Please throw more light on those who came out of grave and appeared to people in Jerusalem (Matthew 27:53). Did they still eventually die? If so, who are the . . . [read more]

222Critiquing R. C. Sproul's Preterist Interpretation of Prophetic Passages

Tony, I really appreciated your rebuttal of RC Sproul's last days . . . [read more]

221Criticisms of the Futurist Interpretation of Revelation

Your assessment of the views of interpretation seems to be rather bias and judgmental. While I would fall somewhere between the preterist and the idealist (your terms), I do not exclude the . . . [read more]

220Purchasing the KJ2000 Bible in Quantity

I am looking for the KJV 2000 Bibles. I want to buy them in quantity. All I could find was downloads, e-books, nooks, etc. I work for a non-profit Christian organization who sends Bibles . . . [read more]

219Rabbinical Avoidance of Jesus

I have been curious lately concerning how the Rabbis and those still steeped in the Jewish culture look at and exegete the Old Testament. I have often wondered if they might have cultural . . . [read more]

218Dispensationalism and the Gap Theory

In our men's bible study we have some people that are members of Brethren (think Darby, Chapman, Mueller) church bodies, and they hold a somewhat bizarre theory that there was a gap of time . . . [read more]

217Who Sings the Song of the Redeemed in Revelation 5:9-10?

In your commentary on Revelation 5:9a you . . . [read more]

216The Manchild of Revelation 12

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus!

I have a question regarding the futurist and dispensational understanding of the manchild in Revelation 12.

Futurists believe, in one . . . [read more]

215Understanding Symbols within Strong's Concordance

Hi,

I have been trying to find out the meaning of 'X' in dictionary entries for Strong's Concordance - what is it for? At times there are some other signs (e.g., '+'). Can you . . . [read more]

214Studying the Covenants

Dear brother Paul,

I wanted to start a study about the biblical covenants but need some starters. Which book(s) do you recommend about the covenant(s)?

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213The Proper Place of Typology in Interpretation

Dear Paul.

Thank you for your wonderful articles. Although I can't follow all you've written I'm glad with most of it.

But I also have a question. I was wondering what the . . . [read more]

212Are Faith and Works Symbiotic?

From what I understand, it is believed by some that faith is an active process of works through which you are saved by grace. The reason for this belief is James . . . [read more]

211Petrus Romanus

I was wondering what your view of Malachy's prophecy of the popes is in relation to eschatology?

My local assembly seems to have caught the "Petrus Romanus" bug with the . . . [read more]

210Why Care About the Timing of the Rapture?

Dear Tony,

Does it matter what position one holds regarding the timing of the Rapture? As long as we agree that the Rapture would take place, and that Israel and the church are . . . [read more]

209Judaism and Christianity

I am a mother who has home educated our children, who have graduated. I have no degree, etc. I teach a high school, home school class each week. It is a Biblical worldview class, including . . . [read more]

208The Purpose of Tongues

Hello Tony,

I read your doctrinal statementa in regard to the Holy Spirit which contains a single line . . . [read more]

207Sacrifices in the Millennial Kingdom

I’ve listened to your commentary on Rom. 11:25-36 The Salvation of Israela, and . . . [read more]

206Upon Whom Does Jesus Come as a Thief?

A question I have pertains to Revelation 16:15.

Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his . . . [read more]
205Why Can't Doctrinal Balance be Found?

I am often frustrated that each flavour of evangelical church seems to cover some Biblical gems very well but at the expense of other areas. For example, the new charismatic church appears to . . . [read more]

204New Testament use of the Old Testament

Hello Tony,

I was wondering if you could recommend an excellent resource on New Testament use of the Old Testament. I was thinking of buying Beale and Carson's Commentary on New . . . [read more]

203Are Believers Sinners?

Hi Tony,

I’m confused. I’ve been told we’re still sinners after we’re "born again." Most have referred to the Apostle Paul when he said in 1Timothy . . . [read more]

202Perspective in the Midst of Departure from God

When President Obama was initially elected in 2008, it seemed very much like the Old Testament Israelites demanding a king. In general, that didn’t work out very well for . . . [read more]

201Using Strong’s Numbers

Can you tell me where I can find the original meanings for words and numbers, in Hebrew and Greek (Old and New Testaments), for the KJV Bible?

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200Abraham's Expectation of a Heavenly Homeland

I'm preaching from the letter to the Hebrews. I read the introduction from Andy about this letter. While the most of the letter I can follow very well there are some texts which are difficult . . . [read more]

199Does Jude Quote from the Book of Enoch?

My question involves this: my church is quoting from the book of Enoch and saying it is a good book to read. I am very uncomfortable with the noncanonical books and your site has helped me . . . [read more]

198Recommending Reading in Dispensationalism

Could you suggest a list of resources for readers who would like to become more familiar with Dispensational Theology?

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197The Origin of Antichrist

I've often heard prophecy teachers say that in every generation Satan has someone that he is grooming for the possibility to become the Antichrist. However, today I was reading a piece on a . . . [read more]

196Foreign Tongues on the Day of Pentecost

Hello Dr. Garland,

I'm confused about the statement in your article titled Daniel and the Times of the Gentiles . . . [read more]

195The Suffering Servant in the Dead Sea Scrolls

[The following response is based on an email follow-up to the comment of a long-time engineering friend at a dinner party we recently attended. The friend was curious to learn that since we . . . [read more]

194Spiritualizing Old Testaments Passages

I've recently come across your website while trying to research information for a personal Bible study. My study is about how to interpret the Old Testament correctly.

I have found your . . . [read more]

193One Taken and One Left

I am going through your Revelation studya and so appreciate your gentle tone and teaching style. There is much to glean and . . . [read more]

192Micah's Seven Shepherds and Eight Princely Men

A friend recently passed on a prophetic teaching regarding Micah 5:5 and the 7 shepherds and 8 leaders of men. The writer implies that this is a current and End Times fulfillment. He ascribes . . . [read more]

191Interpreting Passages in Context

I read your article on Bible Prophecy Bloga [also . . . [read more]

190Biblical Significance of Numerous Sea Creature Deaths

I seem to remember reading about mass extinction of sea life in the bible but I cannot pinpoint where I read that. Can you elaborate on the subject?

In the news recently there seems to . . . [read more]

189Home Schooling Resources

Hello Mr. Woods,

I recently listened to your message on America's Christian Heritage . . . [read more]

188James, Faith, and the Ryrie Study Bible

Dr Woods,

I really enjoy your articles and insights.

I wanted to ask your opinion on something. Like you, my primary Bible has been the Ryrie Study Bible. I use the Ryrie NASB is . . . [read more]

187Depravity, Salvation and Security

Hi Tony,

I follow the teachings of both you and Jack Kelley. I was surprised to see the differences of opinion concerning the assurance of salvation of Tribulation believers, so I . . . [read more]

186Can Tribulation Saints Lose Their Salvation? (Part 2)

Could you comment on this articlea by Jack Kelly which . . . [read more]

185Can Tribulation Saints Lose their Salvation? (Part 1)

Could you comment on this articlea by Jack Kelly which . . . [read more]

184Miscellaneous Questions of Faith

I'd like to thank you guys once again for the resources you provide online, good stuff.

Well I had a couple of questions and perhaps a comment. How is it that the more I study biblical . . . [read more]

183Eschatology of Dispensationalism vs. Historic Premillennialism

Dear Pastor Woods,

I struggle and struggle with eschatology [the study of last things] between the viewpoints of Dispensationalism and Historic Premillennialism. What advice can you . . . [read more]

182What is the Chronological Order of Revelation 13 relative to chapters 17 and 18?

How do you interpret and chronologically order Revelation 13, 17, 18.

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181George Peters and the Partial Rapture View

I've been listening to your Revelation commentarya. (It's extraordinary!) Near the end, you've recommended George . . . [read more]

180Which Biblical Interpretation is Correct?

We know from Ephesians 4 that God has given the Church "pastors and teachers" to contribute toward the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry and for the edifying of . . . [read more]

179God's Timing in Prophetic Fulfillment

Hello Tony,

I was listening to your interpretationa of the woman . . . [read more]

178Are Ten of the Jewish Tribes Lost?

I was reading your article Ten Lost Tribes?a.

At the end you . . . [read more]

177The Church and the Promised Land

Hello Paul,

[Former dispensationalist] Grover Gunna says dispensationalists say the . . . [read more]

176Were the Events of Joel 2 Fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost?

Covenant Theologians like myself believe that many OT passages were fulfilled in the NT while Dispensational Theologians like those on your website believe that many of the OT passages are . . . [read more]

175The Church and the Abrahamic Covenant

What exactly is the relationship of the Abrahamic covenants and it's promises to the church? I know that gentiles could become Jews as proselytes under the Mosaic covenant. I also know that in . . . [read more]

174Who is a True Jew?

In the Old Testament, the terms "Israel," "Jacob," and "Jew" all seem to clearly be applied to the grandson of Abraham, the son of Isaac: the man Jacob and his . . . [read more]

173Have Modern Scientific Theories Rendered Psalm 19 Irrelevant?

A self-described atheist writes:

[In your Q&A article on Accepting Christ after His Returna you state], ‘Paul makes . . . [read more]

172One Taken and One Left

Hey Andy,

I listened to the rapture materiala and am wondering if Matthew 24:32-42 applies to the . . . [read more]

171Revelation Commentary for Logos 4

Greetings. I had downloaded some time ago, Tony Garland's A Testimony of Jesus Christa. Of course it was in the Logos 3 . . . [read more]

170Accepting Christ After His Return?

Tony,

The men's group at the church I belong to will start a study of Revelation next month. I would like to reference your material. Is that OK?

I anticipate some reaction to . . . [read more]

169A Pre-Adamic Race of Men?

Dear Tony,

I have been quite confused concerning a couple issues on demonology. My pastor teaches that demons are not fallen angels (I believe they are) but are disembodied spirits from . . . [read more]

168Bearing Our Sins

Hi Paul,

I’m interested in your answer to the following: If one believes that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, and if the wages of sin is eternal, conscience torment, why is . . . [read more]

167Is Hades Synonymous with Hell?

Tony, I have been using your work A Testimony of Jesus Christa as a study guide for Revelation for about 6 months.. It has . . . [read more]

166Is the USA the "Babylon" of Revelation?

I enjoyed your recent article on Babylon of Olda. In it you list several . . . [read more]

165Women’s Participation in Adult Sunday School

Since the scripture states that women are to keep silent in the church ... let her learn from her husband (1Cor. 14:34), how does that apply to an adult Sunday School class setting? Is it . . . [read more]

164Fellowship vs. Separation

I thank you for your support and godly advice, I am praying about being led into a strong body of believers, I have been out of the organized church for over a year now, and it seems most . . . [read more]

163Who Enters the Millennial Kingdom?

Dear Tony,

I am listening to your audio teaching on Revelationa. There are a few things I do not understand with . . . [read more]

162Is Today’s Israel Still Chosen by God?

Hi. I stumbled upon your site today and have read many of the answers that have been posted to questions pertaining to the end-times and Israel and related topics. I have to say your biblical . . . [read more]

161Gentile Salvation and the Great Commission

If Peter and his fellow apostles understood that, during the period covered by the first chapters in the Book of Acts, the Great Commissions (Matthew 28:19-20 and Mark 16:14-18) authorized . . . [read more]

160Oldest Known Bible?

It's been a while since I've written in, but I saw this report on the CNN website about the Oldest Known . . . [read more]

159Availability of The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I have been trying to find a hardcopy of the book The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge . . . [read more]

158Changing Water into Grape Juice?

Hi.

First off I would like to thank you for your excellent teaching and useful website.

My question stems from a Sunday school class where the topic of wine came up. I had always . . . [read more]

157Premillennial Commentaries

I was wondering if you would be able to help me. I am a preterist but am wanting to look at the historic and dispensational premillennial view of end times. I was wondering if you could give . . . [read more]

156Was Eating the Forbidden Fruit Symbolic or Literal?

Greetings from Europe.

I have been viewing your Powerpoint presentation on The Fall of Man . . . [read more]

155For Whom did Christ Die?

Dear Tony,

I have gratefully listened to over 70 hours of your teaching so far. Wonderfully helpful. I live in Australia.

You mentioned being a '4 point Calvinist'. I assume . . . [read more]

154Obtaining a Print Version of the Revelation Commentary

Hello Tony,

I downloaded your Commentary on Revelationa. I was wondering how I can order a hard . . . [read more]

153The Content of Saving Faith

This morning I was distraught following yet another attempt to witness to my mother who was raised in the Unity cult where they believe there is no Satan, no hell, God is only love, etc. She . . . [read more]

152What Should One Look for in a Church?

My husband and I are finding ourselves more in need of joining with true believers, but we have been discouraged by the compromise of many local churches that seem to be moving more away from . . . [read more]

151Does Repentance Precede Faith?

Hi Andy,

Thanks for you great article on salvationa. Would you agree that although only . . . [read more]

150Who is "Taken" at the Second Coming?

Blessings to you and Shalom,

As I study I have found verses that state there were two in a bed and one was taken, there were two in the field and one was taken. Most people state that . . . [read more]

149Is an Inconsistent Bible Consistent with Divine Inspiration?

Who on earth has the ability to follow the rambling explanationa you give regarding the two differing genealogies of Jesus in the . . . [read more]

148Discerning God’s Will

Tony,

Do you believe the Bible teaches that God has an individual will for each person? I have struggled with seeking and praying for God's will in my life with many decisions. Recently . . . [read more]

147Was the Apostle John a Martyr for the Faith?

Some Christians hold that all the Apostles (besides Judas, who hung himself) died a martyr’s death, and this is somehow an evidence of testimony of the validity of the death, burial and . . . [read more]

146Did Jesus offer a Kingdom to Israel at His First Coming?

Thank you all for your time and effort to teach us the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ. Although I am a "reluctant/moderate" dispensationalist I still have lots and lots of questions . . . [read more]

145Adding To or Removing From God’s Word

Andy,

I really love your ministry and I have grown so much and continue to be encouraged by your ministry through Dr. Mal Couch’s Gathering Storm CD's.

I want to ask . . . [read more]

144Study Bibles, Covenants, and Dispensations

Hi Tony,

Thanks again for all of your very helpful and enlightening information. I read you posting about Study Bibles . . . [read more]

143David’s Tabernacle - Experienced in Worship?

Dear Tony,

I have been listening to your introduction to Daniela and am anxiously waiting for the actual . . . [read more]

142John Piper’s Views on Salvation

Dr. Woods,

Our church has decided to use John Piper's material for our children’s Sunday morning Bible study material. I know he is not dispensational but covenant theology. My . . . [read more]

141Did Jesus refer to the Rapture in John 11?

Dr Woods,

I've been listening to your presentations on What is the Rapture? . . . [read more]

140Did the “Fallen Ones” of Genesis 6 have an Adamic Nature?

I presented the view of the ‘angels that sinned’ in 2 Peter 2:4-5 along with Jude 6-7 this morning and was asked the question about how to reconcile what I believe the passage in . . . [read more]

139Can Salvation be Lost?

I have been told by many ministers two different tales of salvation. One says "once saved always saved," another says "no, a person CAN fall from grace."

My mind is . . . [read more]

138The Pre-Wrath Rapture and Other Questions

I live in South Africa and discovered A Testimony Of Jesus Christa. I want to thank you for writing this . . . [read more]

137Covenant, Reformed, and Dispensational Theology - What do they mean?

Hi Tony,

About a year ago you helped me out with the book on Israelology (Israelology: The Missing Link in Systematic . . . [read more]

136Praying for Israel

How would you pray for Israel at this time . . . as we see Turkey, Iran, other Arab countries and the world gathering momentum against her? Are there scriptures to give me a roadmap and a . . . [read more]

135The Bittersweet Experience of Knowing the Future

Your “Who enters the Millennial Kingdoma” article is very good, thanks. If you have time, here is a follow-on . . . [read more]

134Who Enters the Millennial Kingdom?

Dear Tony,

Would you help me and my wife with a question?

Who will enter the millennium? Will it only be the Tribulation Saints and those of us taken up in the Gathering of the . . . [read more]

133The Virgin Birth of Immanuel

Dr. Woods,

I enjoyed your excellent article on Matthew’s use of Hosea 11:1a. As a . . . [read more]

132Why do Matthew’s and Luke’s Genealogies of Christ Differ?

Why do the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew and Luke contradict each other? There are several differences, such as branching from King David (Matthew states He came from Solomon; Luke says he . . . [read more]

131The Canon and the Church Fathers

The question I have is about church fathers who directly succeeded the apostles—the “second generation church fathers,” such as St. Polycarp. My question is why are the . . . [read more]

130Keeping the Sabbath

This is something that has been weighing very heavily on my heart for the past couple of years. I have always gone to church on Sundays (among several other nights of the week as well), but . . . [read more]

129What is the difference between moderate and progressive dispensationalism?

Tony,

Some have described themselves as 'moderate' dispensationalists rather than 'progressive' dispensationalist. What is the difference?

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128What is Calvinism?

I need to purchase a new Bible because my old Bible is quite worn. My old Bible was a KJV, however I am considering purchasing either a NKJV or ESV Bible this time around.

Here is my . . . [read more]

127Is Speaking in Tongues Evidence of Spirit Baptism?

For quite some time I've watched my church go through what I have come to view as sort of radical practices, such as being slain in the spirit (which is rare; I can only remember this . . . [read more]

126How do we handle “contradictions” in the Bible?

When I come across something that seems contradictory or something that doesn't make sense to me, I tend to pay more attention to it because it's something I don't expect to see in a . . . [read more]

125How are tongues a sign for the unbeliever?

It seems to me that the purpose of tongues was to reach believers that speak other languages. The way I would imagine it to be used is that foreigners come into visit a church, and in order to . . . [read more]

124Recommended Study Bibles

I would like to know which Study Bibles are the most theological accurate in your opinion and why? I am considering purchasing a Study Bible and I want to buy a good one.

. . . [read more]
123Is God a Figment of Israelite Imagination?

I recall several instances in the Bible where it describes God as having the appearance of a man. Why would God need to look like a man? To say that He has a human-like body is to suggest that . . . [read more]

122Getting Started Studying the Bible

I wish to begin a more in depth study in the Bible, but to tell you the truth I don't really know where to begin or end. Can you provide some guidance?

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121Victory over Sin

I think the reason my pastor preaches on the cross of Christ so much is that he believes it is the solution to every single problem ever faced by a Christian. He says that even after a person . . . [read more]

120Lost People Groups

This is very commonly asked question, but my concern is with the people who have never had the chance to hear the gospel. Take, for instance, China, 40 A.D. The gospel had barely circulated . . . [read more]

119Interpreting the Bible

When I was younger — around 10-13 — I would often talk to my pastor about things I was going through. I trusted him very much, but recently I have grown to distrust most . . . [read more]

118Ryrie Study Bible

Andy,

I have a Ryrie study Bible and find it a very good source of information—quite encyclopedic. However, it does not seem to have much dispensational teaching (like Scofield's . . . [read more]

117Who are the “sons of god” in Genesis 6?

As the story of Noah begins, it briefly mentions that "there were giants in those days" because the sons of God came and procreated with the women. I have heard theories that say . . . [read more]

116What is the “the flaming sword which turned every way”?

When Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden, it is said that God placed a flaming sword that went every direction to guard the place so that mankind couldn't return to eat from the . . . [read more]

115How Long were the Days of Creation?

At the end of each “day” of creation, it ends with, “and the evening and the morning were the first day.” By our standards, a day, and the sections such as evening and . . . [read more]

114What are the Waters Above?

On the second day of creation, it is said that God created a “firmament,” which I assume means the sky. It said that He created it to divide the “waters from the . . . [read more]

113A Young Man Struggles with Faith

I wish to offer, in advance, my apologies if I come across as demeaning at all — I don't wish to offend you in any way, and I will try to choose my words carefully. I don't believe I . . . [read more]

112Favorite Bible Translation

Hi Andy,

I'm enjoying your videos on Genesis Chapter 3a.

I wanted to . . . [read more]

111Discerning the Lord’s Body in Communion

In 1 Corinthians 11:29 Paul speaks of “discerning the Lord’s body.”

Is this body the bread of communion, the body of Christ (His Church), or the Body of Christ . . . [read more]

110The Truth Project and Amillennialism

I was interested in finding out a little more regarding The Truth Projecta by Focus on the Family.

I . . . [read more]

109The Preterist Interpretation of the Olivet Discourse

Dr. Woods,

I am writing my dissertation on the topic of a pastors guide for teaching the Olivet Discourse. focusing on the Book of Matthew, but I plan to cover the differences in Mark . . . [read more]

108Paul and the Imminent Return of Jesus

Please consider the following verses.

I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. . . . I suppose therefore that this is good . . . [read more]
107Interpreting the Parables of Matthew 13

I had a chance to listen to you speak at Calvary Chapel Philadelphia back in September.

In the Last Days Apostasy of the Church portion you quickly touched on the parables in Matthew . . . [read more]

106Mark On or In the Hand?

Greetings in the name of Jesus. This message is for Mr. Garland, or anyone else that cares to respond.

Dear Mr. Garland, I'm hoping you can help me out here, as no one that I have . . . [read more]

105The Last Trump

I was reading over your notes on the rapturea. I know you have more than likely addressed . . . [read more]

104Are Gentile Believers part of Israel?

I am busy with your teaching on the covenants and finding it very informative. I would just like to ask you the following:

  • Are we as "gentile Christians" part . . . [read more]
103Why Should Believers be Baptized?

We have been attending [a church] regularly and the topic of Baptism came up. I see nothing in scripture where this is mandatory, and when the Apostles discussed circumcision etc. for today's . . . [read more]

102What does it mean to worship in spirit and in truth?

What is the full meaning of the words spirit and truth? Is there a distinction between them? Why does Jesus mention they are both needed in order to worship God?

. . . [read more]
101Who are the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11?

Could you please tell me who the two prophets are that will return before the coming of the Lord - Elijah and ??? Please provide me with scriptures.

[read more]
100Who Chooses Whom in Salvation?

Do you believe that people have free will? Do you believe that people, given free will, have a choice to reject salvation, even though God has offered them the free gift of salvation through . . . [read more]

99Resources on Daniel

I am leading a Bible Study on the Book of Daniel and am looking forward to your completed resources on Daniel . . . [read more]

98NASB 1995 Update

Is the NASB Update 1995 version as accurate as the older version of the NASB? I use the Ryrie and need to buy another and was wondering which edition to purchase: the older version prior to . . . [read more]

97Resources on the Kingdom

I have been gathering some books for a study of Revelation. Is "The Theocratic Kingdom" by George Peters a book worth buying? Is it doctrinally acceptable?

. . . [read more]
96Why are People Born with Handicaps?

I have been trying to answer my own questions, even asking about them to people connected with theology.

One of them that I believe made mother Theresa shake in her faith a little is, . . . [read more]

95Resisting the Truth

I am witnessing to a co-worker right now who has also said “I am not ready right now.” This is a very difficult critical time for me and her. I have a responsibility here that is . . . [read more]

94Sinners or Saints?

Hi Tony,

I appreciate your wisdom and knowledge of the Bible. I have two quotes I've heard from pastors, theologians, and Christians in general. The two quotes are:

  1. . . . [read more]
93Can Pride be Good?

I taught at my church last night and the issue of pride with regard to servant leadership came up and I mentioned that nowhere in scripture is pride used in a positive sense. I was brought to . . . [read more]

92Babylon in Apocalyptic Battles

I recently had a conversation with Dr. Renny Showers of Friends of Israela about Babylon and he noted that it is . . . [read more]

91The Timing of Gog and Magog

May I ask you - where do you place the Gog and Magog war in the book of Revelation? Most people seem to place it at the midpoint of the tribulation - which is one of the trumpets I think - . . . [read more]

90Revelation 13 and the Abomination of Desolation

I have a question regarding Revelation 13:5-6:

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the . . . [read more]

89Cremation and the Christian

What does the Bible have to say about cremation? I have been considering cremation but I can't seem to find anything in Gods word about it. Thank you for any help you can give me.

I . . . [read more]

88Does God Love or Hate?

The question I have I can't answer. Hope you can help. In John 3:16 we see God's love for the world. However, Psalms 11:5 seems to indicate something different.

My Bible(NASB) states: . . . [read more]

87Babylon in Revelation

Dear Andy Woods,

I am a seminary student at the Master's Seminarya. I am writing a paper on Babylon in Jeremiah. . . . [read more]

86Does the Holy Spirit work only through Believers?

Hey Andy,

I listen to you often on the Gathering Storm CDsa with Dr. . . . [read more]

85Is Satan in Isaiah and Ezekiel?

I have joined a small group at my Bible church and I convinced them to let me take them through a Bible study that basically covers the basic Bible doctrines from creation to the cross, it's . . . [read more]

84A Second Work of the Spirit?

I've been greatly blessed. I work over night shift and I am free to listen to my MP3 player most of the night and I have found your teachings to be of great benefit in building up my . . . [read more]

83Knowing God's Will

At a meeting last night the question was asked, “How does one determine and know what God's will is?”

[read more]
82USA in Revelation?

I have been reading Revelation a lot and America seems to fit the description. What are your thoughts?

[read more]
81Israel in Systematic Theology

Hi Tony,

I have a question about Arnold Fruchtenbaum's book Israelology . . . [read more]

80The Parable of the Four Soils

Andy,

I have really enjoyed your teaching with Dr. Mal Couch. I receive many of the CDs you and Dr. Couch have done and have learned so much from your teaching.

I wonder if I . . . [read more]

79Sons of God and Daughters of Men

Hi. I stumbled upon your site while researching the 7x70 in Leviticus 26:21, but that's not why I'm writing.

I don't know how you feel/or what you think about the 'sons of God' issue . . . [read more]

78The Importance of the Trinity

My husband and I had been Jehovah's Witnesses for many years. We tried hard to comply with every word written by the organisation believing it was Gods channel. I really didn't think we were . . . [read more]

77Lost Peoples

If God made humankind, why is he (she?) not universally known to all humankind and never has been?

A good “father” does not remain a stranger to his children, right? As an . . . [read more]

76Does Baptism Save?

I recently had a conversation with someone from the Church of Christ. He said that they believe that a person needs to be baptized and believe in Jesus to be saved. I know we are saved by . . . [read more]

75Two New Covenants?

I just read the article by Andy Woods entitled What is the relationship of the Church to the New Covenant . . . [read more]

74Abraham as Father of the Jews

From your web page:

We study Abraham's role as the father of the Jews, discussing the promises originating with Abraham and their unconditional nature. . . . [read more]
73Is the KJV Bible Inspired of God?

In a recent article on Christian parenting regarding how to study the Bible, the author makes the statement, . . . the King James Bible is indeed accurately translated and is the preserved . . . [read more]

72The Identity of Daniel's Coming Prince

For Dr. Charles Ray:

Recently, I have conducted a great deal of intense theological research into the KJV transliterated passage of Daniel 9:26, and I hereby humbly submit my findings . . . [read more]

71Is the Church Joined to Israel?

You state that the Church does not "join" Israel. How is that consistent with passages such as Romans 11:16-24?

[read more]
70The Order of the Church

Is it a biblical fact that elders, deacons, etc. are part of "the order of the Church?" I personally think that there is too much man and God is not welcome and it's all politics . . . [read more]

69Timing of the Rapture

Is there someplace on your site where you've laid out your perception of the end times, including who is involved (the Church, the Jews, etc.) in each piece? And/or biblical support for a . . . [read more]

68Literal Translations by Sovereign Grace Publishers

Is there a significant difference between the Literal Translation (LITV) and the Modern KJV, all from Sovereign Grace Publishers (Jay P. Green, Sr.)? Would either make a good . . . [read more]

67Extending Israel's Exile?

Charles,

In part two of your 4-part series on Daniela, you wrote:

To suggest there is here . . . [read more]
66Three Important Books

Good morning. Concerning the 3 books to be stranded on an island with:

  • You mention the KJV Bible. Does this not include the NKJV?
  • You mention an exhaustive . . . [read more]
65Are Supernatural Gifts Evident Today?

Are the Gifts of the Spirit (the supernatural manifestation type) for today? I was raised in a liberal Baptist church that taught the Gifts died with the Apostles, although they never could . . . [read more]

64Women with Wings like a Stork

Who are the two women in Zechariah 5:9? Are they good angels,demons, fallen angels or something else?

[read more]
63Jerusalem and the Harlot of Revelation 17

I just found your website and I really enjoy most of its content. It is set up in a great way and is really helping me understand idea's and concepts. it is encouraging to see others pour . . . [read more]

62ESV and HCSB Translations

I enjoy reading your comments about various Bible translations. I have read about the ESV (their website) and wondered what your opinion was of this translation. I don't find it too different . . . [read more]

61The Amplified Bible

I was viewing your site regarding comments on the Amplified Bible, or the New International Standard Version that claims to be the most reliable and accurate English translation . . . [read more]

60God's Word on Abortion

Besides the Ten Commandments, where in the Bible can I find God's word on abortion? He has been dealing with me to spread the word that abortion is wrong. I need to find more Scripture about . . . [read more]

59Word Meanings in the KJV Bible

I wanted to ask about helps for reading the KJV Bible. There are many resources available for the archaic words—that's not a problem. I'm concerned about words that I already know but . . . [read more]

58Ezekiel 38 and the Rapture

Is it likely that the church will have already been raptured by the time Gog attempts to invade Israel? I mean, there's no indication that any other big nations are preventing the attack. And . . . [read more]

57Courses at SpiritAndTruth.org

I would like to take a course study on your program, but I don't know how. I am very much interested to study the word of God and I hope you can help me regarding this matter. I was able to . . . [read more]

56Plants of the Bible

I want biblically mentioned plants described in detail with references, please mail me.

[read more]
55Hebrew and Greek Bible Study

I want to read the Bible in Its original languages. Can you suggest any good Hebrew-Greek Bibles?

[read more]
54Scofield Study Bible and the Millennial Kingdom

I am brand new to your site. I have a question regarding Bibles. I have just about every version I can think of except the TNIV and The Old Scofield Bible. Can you tell me which is better: . . . [read more]

53The Remnant from a Jewish Perspective

Do you have any information on the concept of 'remnant' from a Jewish perspective?

[read more]
52NIV as Study Bible

I'm in the process of looking for a study bible and have started researching several different ones. However, during my research I have found that the NIV translation is NOT recommended for a . . . [read more]

51Patience vs. Longsuffering

What is the difference between longsuffering and Patience? I am enjoying listening to your Study on Colossians. I like the idea of people asking questions while you are teaching.

. . . [read more]
50Revelation of the Man of Sin

Would it be possible for you to clear up one question I have?

It is regarding 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

I have tried to understand this portion in light of the teaching of Scripture . . . [read more]

49Destruction of the Beast

I have an interesting question for you. Most dispensationalists believe Daniel 7:11 and Revelation 19:20 are parallel.

Dan. 7:11 - Then I kept looking because of the sound . . . [read more]
48Church vs. Israel

When I read in my Bible in Acts 7 I noticed in verse 38 that Stephen actually uses the word "church" in reference to the time of Moses. I understand that the word 'church' comes from . . . [read more]

47Women in Leadership Roles in the Church

I understand and fully believe in the leadership of men in the church, especially in the pastor - elder role. My questions are, can a woman be the Worship Leader (or Music Minister)? Can she . . . [read more]

46Matthew 24, Luke 17 and the Rapture

I wish to thank you for the two CDs received. I have been going through your Revelation Commentary . . . [read more]

45Webshow Slide Viewer

Just came accross your website last night. I look forward to spending some quality time there in the near future.

Additionally, your use of an audio/slide presentation grabbed my . . . [read more]

44Twenty Four Elders

In the book of Revelation, it mentions the 24 Elders who also sit on thrones. Are the 24 Elders the 12 Apostles and the 12 sons of Jacob which are the 12 tribes of Israel?

. . . [read more]
43Seven Spirits of God

The Seven Spirits of God? What do they represent? What are the seven spirits and where can I find it in the Bible. I know that it is in the book of Revelation, but what is it?

. . . [read more]
42Romans 9:6 - For they are not all Israel who are of Israel

Thank you so much for helping me to see so clearly Romans 9:6 especially with the help of your diagrams . . . [read more]

41Four Horses of the Apocalypse and Zechariah

Are the Four Horses of Apocalypse analogous to the four horses of Zechariah 6:1-5?

And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots . . . [read more]
40NASB Bible

On your site you have a NASB in your WordLinks Study Biblea. Is that available for purchase or download?

. . . [read more]
39Bible Recommendation

There are so many Bibles. What would you recommend? NKJV, NIV . . . study Bible? What would be your recommendation for the best all around Bible? Thanks for taking the time to . . . [read more]

38Thompson Chain-Reference Study Bible

You mention that the Thompson Chain Reference Bible NKJV doesn't have "cross referencing" (question #24) and yet looking over mine it does.

I was very concerned at first, as I . . . [read more]

37Responding to the Gospel

Im looking for an answer to this: When I was witnessing one night, the person asked me if he could be saved at a later date, he just wasnt ready right now. How long is the opportunity there? . . . [read more]

36Comparing King James Bible Versions

I like how your website has some verses that compare the KJV, NKJV and the KJ2000 to each other. At the same time I wish that there could be a way to know about all of the differences between . . . [read more]

35Nero and the Early Church

In your material on Nero (3.12a) you point out that the Neronic geomatric calculation was not proposed until the 1800s . . . [read more]

34Women as Deacons

I am on a team charged with establishing a constitution and by-laws for a new church. We are addressing the Spiritual Infrastructure of the church as described in the NT. Presently we are . . . [read more]

33Single Meaning

Thanks for the well structured and delivered Biblical Interpretation coursea.

With a background in linguistics . . . [read more]

32Courses at SpiritAndTruth.org

I would like to know more about your studies. I have some questions. Are these studies free?, Do you study them at your own pace? Where do you begin, at the particular study available at the . . . [read more]

31Allah in Islam vs. Arab Christianity

Where did the word Allah come from? I've heard the many names for our God, but never Allah. Is the Allah of Islam the same as the Allah of Arab Christians?

The word Allaah is not . . . [read more]
30Good Witches?

A recent article in the September 7th edition of the Stanwood/Camano Newsa titled STANWOOD-CAMANO DIVERSITY: . . . [read more]

29Sunday and the Early Church

Is Sunday said in the bible as the day Christians meet at church or did that day just evolve in time as the day Christians meet?

[read more]
28NRSV and Liberalism

You state:

We respond to all sincere questions by those who are truly interested in learning. This is not intended as a forum for debate, but for edification and learning. . . . [read more]
27Revelation 1:7 - Past or Future?

I am very gratetul to you for your commentary on Revelationa on the Spirit and Truth site. It . . . [read more]

26Global Context of Revelation 13

You're right of course that ge sometimes does have a global referent and preterists recognise this. The question is does it have it in Rev 13? Interestingly I note that although . . . [read more]

25Global Context of Revelation 13

I'm currently working my way through issues related to preterism. In a review of La Haye and Ice's . . . [read more]

24Thompson Chain-Reference Study Bible

I was looking over your advice concerning study Bibles and wanted to ask your opinion of the Thompson chain reference Bible. This Bible has an interesting system of references and topic chain . . . [read more]

23How Can Fallen Men Know Truth?

I was was listening to what Alan Watts teaches about eastern philosophies and found this:

The assumption of Judeo-Christian culture is that man is by nature sinful and . . . [read more]
22The Beginning of the Present Dispensation

I have been following your answers concerning "Mid-Acts Dispensationalism" and my question concerns your remarks about the beginning of the present . . . [read more]

21NRSV and NKJV Bible Translations

Do you think that the NRSV translation itself is good to study from (without the [more liberal] Oxford study notes)? Also, you seem to like the NKJV. I heard that although the NKJV is also . . . [read more]

20Oxford NRSV Study Bible

I was reading your Q&A discussion of Bible Versions. Although I like the KJV it is rather difficult to read—even with helps (like Webster's 1828 dictionary). A Bible I do like a lot is . . . [read more]

19Attributes of God

I will be introducing my nephew (10) to some basic Greek and theology over the course of the summer, and for the theology part I would like him to memorize the fourteen attributes of God as . . . [read more]

18Mid-Acts Dispensationalism

I deeply appreciate your taking time to answer my questions about mid-acts dispensationalism. In researching this kind of dispensationalism I think I know how they would respond to some of . . . [read more]

17Mid-Acts Dispensationalism

I appreciated your comments on mid-acts dispensationalism (e.g., Cornelius Stam) that you sent to me about a month ago. Teachers of this type of dispensationalism make the point that none . . . [read more]

16Interpreting the Bible

One thing I am having some difficulty with is a good book on hermeneutics. How to study the bible so I can understand what some of those difficult to understand passages mean and I could . . . [read more]

15Teaching at College

After having finished a Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology (genetics), I had a change of heart and decided I would be of most benefit to the world teaching Religion in a College setting. I was . . . [read more]

14Keeping the Feasts

Do you keep feast days?

[read more]
13New English Translation (NET) Bible

Someone mentioned to me the NET Bible (www.bible.org) which has thousands of translation and study notes. I downloaded it (the standard PC version . . . [read more]

12Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible

I wanted to ask your opinion of the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible (in any of the available translations). I heard that this is a dispensationally oriented Bible with many good language . . . [read more]

11Learning about Dispensationalism

I am fairly new to dispensational thinking and wanted your opinion concerning the Scofield Bible. Is this still a useful tool for the study of the Bible from a dispensational perspective? . . . [read more]

10Christian Liberty

Perhaps just a small point to your second set of lecture notes [for the course Israel through the Eyes of Scripturea] . . . [read more]

9Teaching New Believers

I am working on finding some outlines or articles on Learning God's truth and why we believe. Is the bible really God's word and how to apply it to our lives. I work with our youth at Grace . . . [read more]

8Israel and the Church

When I was searching the Internet for David Baron's Book, The Ten Lost Tribes, I discovered the CTS web site with your article on that same topic as part of your book on Revelation. . . . [read more]

7Perspective of SpiritAndTruth.org

Just wondering where you are coming from? Baptist, Reformed, Charismatic . . . ?

[read more]
6Church Attendance and Work

I was wondering what the Bible says on the subject of a profession that does not allow a person to attend services on every other Sunday night and every other Wednesday?  I work . . . [read more]
5Mid-Acts Dispensationalism

I'm enjoying listening to the various studies on your website. I also get recent e-mail updates from you. I'm just learning about dispensational teaching and understand that you are an . . . [read more]
4Role Distinctions between Men and Women

Please tell me what do these verses mean:

1Ti 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

1Co 14:34 Let your women keep . . . [read more]

3King James Bible Versions

I wish that there was a test or survey that I could take to see which of the editions of the KJV Bibles is the closest to how I remember the Bible. Thank you for your time and help.

. . . [read more]
2Salvation versus Sanctification

Why do I find it so hard to stay saved?

[read more]
1Authorship of Revelation

Just out of curiosity, does it really matter the identification of the "hand" that held the pen or is it more important to realize the spirit behind the hand? If we rest on a . . . [read more]

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