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  1. I don't see the ceasing of earthly trumpets having anything to do with the last trump, or any of the heavenly trumps. That's why I was asking to try and see where you were coming from. I've not yet had time to delve into the time aspect to any real extent. This isn't the first I've heard of the idea of time being different or not even existing in heaven. Unless there is something more certainly pointing to this, which I've not come across yet, it's simply a speculative theory which can't be proven or disproven, as far as I know. Which, in the larger realm of these sort of discussions, isn't uncommon.
  2. Exodus 17:15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:
  3. Isn't this referring to earthly trumpeters rather than heavenly (or angelic)?
  4. In several areas the Chinese have progressed and transgressed upon disputed territories (usually tiny rocky islands) to the point where only military action could remove the Chinese or prevent them from doing more of the same. Will or should America go to war with China because Vietnam, Korea, Philippines and others claim these same places? This is an important question; especially in light of how in several instances some of these nations chose to run away from their claims rather than stand their ground themselves. As the American economy stands now, a trade war with China would have the potential to hurt America more than China. This brings us back to the point of outright military confrontation being the only real thing that could remove and/or prevent these Chinese incursions. China has fully committed themselves in several locations, including actually building larger islands for military use, and establishing small military outposts on others. The Chinese won't simply walk away from these. Thankfully, any attempt to invade Taiwan would be an exceedingly far larger project with many potential negatives China would have to consider. It's good for America to show support for Taiwan but I wish someone more respectable and trustworthy were engaged in this.
  5. These are some good discussions. I've heard some of these points mixed in with pre, mid, and post-trib views. There seem to be many ways to consider some of these points and how they actually fit, what the timeline of end-time events is, whether Scripture presents them in order or not, how much of the puzzle are we given, what is withheld from us, and even right down to just what do certain words mean. A few years ago, maybe several now, a ministry moved from a pre-trib to mid-trib position. The pastor laid out how in his prayer time and time in the Word on the matter he came to believe the Bible actually puts forth a mid-trib, not a pre-trib rapture. Very briefly there was some good discussion between him and pre-trib folks but it quickly descended into the pre-trib folks launching personal attacks and accusations. That pastors ministry suffered much, but he held to what he believed the Lord had shown him. Unfortunately the attacks (not attempts to teach, help, restore or such) was so terrible he ended public discussion of the matter. Many were turned away by his switch in positions and many more were turned away by the nature of the attacks by the pre-trib supporters. Very sad. I believe if the open, civil, seemingly sincere attempts to come to biblical truth which were coming from all involved at first had continued there could have been much edification.
  6. I was saved 35 years ago this year and some in my family still wonder when I'm going to stop this "religion stuff". Early on I witnessed to them a lot but to no avail. Things finally got so tense it was best for me to say no more, unless one of them brought something up. Since then I pray the Lord will send someone to them they will hear. My family doesn't really care about "religion" and some of them were baptized years ago and think that will get them into heaven, others have the "I'm better than most people so I'll go to heaven" idea. We stay in touch, I'm there when they need help. I spend about an hour with my Dad several days a week, but for the most part I limit our contact.
  7. Excellent discussion and food for thought while digging into the Word!
  8. It would be best for you to get out on your own as soon as you can. That doesn't mean you have to cut all ties after moving out. Simply be careful about the influence your unsaved family has upon you and if need be, limit the amount of time you spend with them. We don't have to continually try to persuade them to come to Christ but we should make certain our lives witness our life in Christ. Be helpful and respectful and if possible share some of the good things Christ is doing in your life. My family is lost and has no interest in hearing the Gospel or anything about "religion". My Dad can't talk without cussing and his most used terms are blasphemous which really grieves me (I say a silent prayer each time he blasphemes, which is a lot). For this reason I don't spend a lot of time with my Dad but I try to make sure the time I do spend with him is helpful time. Pray for your family daily. Pray the Lord will send that someone into their lives the Holy Ghost can use to bring them to salvation in Christ.
  9. I have a simple Kindle Fire and I have the Kindle Paperwhite reader which is just for reading, not internet stuff, so it works anywhere.
  10. Indeed! There should be a law against holding up traffic in such a manner!!
  11. Do they still have to be changed?
  12. Amen! Since getting my Kindle Paperwhite reader I've been able to read the Bible even more. I should have got one of these a long time ago.
  13. Exodus 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
  14. Isn't what on second?
  15. We can't have two Frank's surrounding Gunther!
  16. The Bible says His Word never returns void!

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