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Your Questions, Honest Answers: - August 14, 2018

CAN THOSE WHO ARE IN HEAVEN STILL SEE EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS ON EARTH AND SEE THEIR LOVED ONES STILL LIVING? DO YOU BELIEVE WE ARE IN THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS OF THE END OF DAYS? Read Transcript


- Well, it's time for your questions

and some honest answers.

And Pat, this first onecomes from Lenny who says,

I hear people and sometimespastors tell individuals

whose family members have passed on

that they're lookingdown on them from heaven.

Is this true?

Can those who are in heaven still see

everything that happens on earth

and see their loved ones still living?

- I don't think so.

I think that the Bible says

we're surrounded by such a great cloud

of witnesses but it's not the same thing

as people spying on us.

I mean, it just doesn't work that way.

I mean, you know, the storyof the rich man and Lazarus,

you know, he was in Abraham's bosom

and he said, you know,I've got family on earth

and let me go them.

And Abraham says they won't repent

though if somebody rose from the dead

and they've got Moses and the prophets.

But between us and themis a great gull fix

is what the Bible says.

No way are your lovedones looking down on you.

It sounds sweet but itjust isn't Biblical.

- Okay this is Sherry who says,

I believe we are in thebeginning of sorrows

that Matthew 24:6-8 describes.

Rumors of wars, nation against nation

pestilences, famines andearthquakes in various places.

Do you believe we are inthe beginning of sorrows

of the end of days?

- (laughs) Well, you know,when you look at the break up

of the Roman Empire, itsure did look like that.

When you look at what happenedin the so called Dark Ages,

about 1,000 A.D. and onit sure looked that way.

When the Germans weresweeping across Europe

and it sure looked that,the end of World War One

and World War Two it looked that way.

But the truth is,

it's hard to say are we inthe beginning of sorrows?

There are a lot of thingshappening in the world

that look a lot like it.

But in a sense prophecy isbeing fulfilled day after day

after day after day and to say

is this the beginning of sorrows?

I mean, we've gonethrough things like this,

probably worse than this in days gone by.

I mean the break up of theRoman Empire was big deal.

I mean, it really tore thewhole civilization apart.

But that wasn't the end, okay.

- This is Brittany who says,Pat, I've heard pastors speak

from Revelation 12 about a place

of safety where God will protect believers

during the tribulation.

Is this true?

And if so what about the believers

who are in institutions, suchas children in orphanages,

seniors in long-term care facilities?

How will believers get there,

do you believe this placewill be in the Middle East?

- Well, I don't believethere's such a place.

I mean, they talk aboutthat place in Jordan

that (mumbles) little place.

There's a word in the bookabout the dragon opening

his mouth on a flood ofwater going after the woman

and the woman is given a place of safety.

There just isn't any way.

I mean, there's what seven billion people

on the face of the earth.

Where are they gonna go to hide?

It's not gonna happen.

You know, here's the deal andwe've gotta get it straight.

When Jesus comes back to earth again,

he is then going to takethose who belong to him,

he's gonna send his angelsand he'll gather his elect

from the four corners of the earth.

The Bible also says thatthey'll take out of his kingdom

those that cause offense.

But nevertheless, there'sgoing to be a rapture,

I believe that.

But it'll be like, we willbe caught up to be with him

in the air and he'll becoming down to earth,

he will then take charge ofthe earth and that'll be it.

You're not gonna havetrains without conductors

running off the tracks.

You're not gonna haveairplanes with the pilot

being caught up to heavenand the plane crashes.

You're not gonna have total chaos.

The Lord's not gonna let that happen.

And I think in all this business

we've been taught incorrectly.

When the Lord comes back thatwill be, we'll be caught up

to be with him in the air

and we'll forever be with the Lord.

Until then, all thisstuff is just fantasy.

I mean, I'm sorry, it's whatit is, it's just fantasy.

It's not going to happen, okay.

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