Dear Brother Arno,

I love the Midnight Call and anxiously await its arrival each month. I usually agree with your stand on biblical truth, but was very disappointed with your answer to S. Thomas, NC on “Drinking Wine” in the January “Letters to the Editor.” You immediately referred to dietary laws, which do not seem to apply to the writer’s question. The question was the casual use of alcohol—a good question in today’s culture.

Alcohol is and has been the drug of choice the world over since Noah disgraced himself in Genesis 9:21. The trail of misery, poverty, bloodshed, broken families, and ruined Christian testimonies is recorded in history and in our present day newspapers. Our concern should be: what does the Bible say about it? The warning in Proverbs alone should settle the matter. “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1). “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright” (23:31). It then goes on to accurately describe the alcoholic (verses 29-35).

Since alcohol impairs one’s judgment, how can self-control be assured by those that hold to “moderation”? There never was an addict that did not take the first drink.

It soon becomes obvious that there are two kinds of wine: “good” and “worse” (John 2:10). Fresh or new wine was a premium in times where there was no refrigeration. Fermentation quickly begins, which is the beginning of the decaying process and referred to in the Bible as “corruption.”

In modern times the manufacturing of fermented wine can be controlled by sealing it in airtight bottles, thereby stabilizing the alcohol content. But otherwise, the fermentation continues until it becomes sour or turns to vinegar. This is what they evidently offered Jesus on the cross, which He refused. It was permissible to offer this to a deeply distressed person as a sedative. “Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts” (Proverbs 31:6). The other use would be medicinal, as Paul’s advice to Timothy for his stomach ailment (1 Timothy 5:23).

I know that in some cultures, especially in Europe, alcoholic wine is the traditional table drink, but nonalcoholic juice is a wonderful supplement to most diets.

-W. Butcher, MD
In the July issue, I noticed that René Malgo, the International Editor-in-Chief, proudly states he is not afraid to criticize beloved and well-known works, such as the account in the book Heaven Is for Real. So, I have a bit of criticism myself of the Editor. When did God quit revealing Himself? I believe God can reveal Himself to us any way He chooses, whether we are alive, in a coma, or near death. It appears, like John MacArthur that you see God’s power as limited, no longer performing anything supernatural today, especially through the average Christian. Since when do we really “know” someone by just reading his book? Like the Bible, I may have the Authorized Version, but until I know the Author by being in His presence, I don’t know Him. In John 5:39, Jesus told the Jews, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.” It’s sad that some Christians will be left behind as the Holy Spirit moves without them. Like Ichabod, you won’t even know it as it’s happening.

-C. Reynolds, GA
Dear Arno,

Why do you say in your book The Sure Foundation for the Church that there are no more apostles and prophets, when Ephesians 4:11 says otherwise?

-B. Pellitteri, NY
Dear Sir,

I write this letter to contest what the churches of today preach and what also appears in your magazine. Water Baptism is the subject.

First, Hebrews 6:1-2 lists it as a Foundational Doctrine. Destroy the Foundation and the Church dies.

Mark 16:16: JESUS says, “He that believeth AND is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” The believing here refers to BAPTISM, not just believing.

That is proven by Jesus’ statements in:
John 3:3, “Except a man be born again, he cannot SEE the KINGDOM OF GOD.”
John 3:5, “Except a (born again) man be born of WATER and of the SPIRIT, HE CANNOT enter into the kingdom of God.”
Hebrews 6:3-6: Paul tells us it is for the destroying of the FLESH.
Galatians 3:27, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
Matthew 16:16-19: Jesus promised to reveal the KEYS to the Kingdom of Heaven to PETER.
Acts 2:38 is the only Scripture you can find where Peter commanded Baptism to be Saved.
Acts 2:36: Here he defines Jesus as both LORD AND CHRIST.
Acts 10:43-48 shows that even after a person Speaks with Tongues, by the SPIRIT he is still commanded to be Baptized.
Acts 19:1-5: Here Paul even re-baptized BELIEVERS.
1 Peter 1:23: We MUST be born of the WORD of God.
Revelation 1:1: Things yet come to pass.
Revelation 3:14-22: Christian Church today.

-D. Wright, AZ
Dear Mr. Froese,

I used to subscribe to dispensational views on eschatological timing. I was raised with it but now after 40 years in the Scriptures, I must say I had to “put that on the shelf.” I feel it is more faithful to Scripture and God’s historic dealings with Israel, the Church and mankind in general, to patiently hope and pray for Jesus to return as stated in Revelation 22:20…quickly, soon, without delay, but beyond that, I don’t know. I find nothing in Scripture to support credibly teaching unclear things we can’t know and can only presume. If I were sure in my heart that God had revealed this to me it might be different, but I have to leave it on the shelf…wait and find out.

I appreciate your views on Israel, so greatly needed to be taught to the Church today. I believe it will be increasingly crucial as we approach the end of the age, whenever that is, and however it comes. I won’t be surprised if it becomes the greatest issue facing the Church. It won’t be baptism, spiritual gifts, forms of governance, or any of the historic things the Church has divided up over. I believe it will be Israel. But all of the details are secure in God’s hands as to what will happen, how and when. But, His love and faithfulness to Israel is certain right to the end of history. It is one of the most certain subjects throughout both testaments, and is one thing I feel confident that I see and understand (at least to some degree). It’s the most plainly and often stated prophecy in Scripture. One doesn’t need to wrestle with allegory and great mystery on that, so I wonder why so much of the Church buys into replacement theology. Merely strange? Or powerful satanic deception! I suspect the latter.

-G. Brown, GA
Dear Mr. Froese,

Thank you for the prophecy book you sent; it has gone on hopefully to produce fruit after changing hands. It opened a window of understanding on the nature of the trinity of God, being three unique beings, yet one in love, purpose and plan. So many fail to know and appreciate this mystery of God the Creator, the Sustainer and the Savior.

The only time I read about the Creator in His three unique persons was in Henry Morris’ The Bible and Modern Science. He had a chapter that mentioned this very thing. “In the likeness of God He created” was the topic, describing a God of wondrous unity, oneness, and power, fantastically glorious.

To the young Jewish men thinking we worship three strange gods, they need to know that the Lord their God is One. But, oh, what that means from the fruit of the Old Testament! He has been the same God even to us. Your description of the European Common Market union of nations rang a bell to me; it sounds like the oneness God has. Unique, yet diverse as He is one in the nature of action in His agenda, government and plans. I can’t express it well, but maybe you see it too. Anyway, I hope people will learn what it means to be one in Christ, for Him to be one with the Father, and all of this due to His nature, power, and plan. “Hear O Israel: the Lord your God is One,” which says more than meets the eye. It’s like Him: powerfully glorious and mind-boggling.

-B. Willig, IN
Dear Mr. Froese,

I enjoyed the article, “Why Are Christians So Often Divided?” From my own humble viewpoint, I have often sensed the spirit of “contention” when Christians get together from different churches and try to expound on who is more right. Since the spirit of contention is of the devil, he must delight in these contentions.

The article mentions one who “the highest heavens” could not contain (1 Kings 8:27). I have always been curious as to what the apostle Paul was talking about when he discussed the three heavens (2 Corinthians 12:2-4).

On a more tragic and very unfortunate note, I volunteer my services at a local funeral home. In the last six years I have seen a growing number of suicides, and many were young Christians, some as young as twelve. We are a very declining society.

-W. Bennett, WA
Dear Mr. Froese,

Love your magazine and books! I am in a small Bible study group and we have been doing The Sure Foundation of the Church. We’ve had some great discussions over the questions; put to us in the book! We are now on chapter 21 and the fourfold law of the Gentiles. One of the laws listed is “…and from fornication (Acts 21:25).” Could this be twofold in meaning? Could this not only have a sexual implication but also mean “the forsaking of God for idols”? Revelation 14:8, “…because she (Babylon) made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Was this word “fornication” the actual word used in the original text? We are such a materialistic world that I was thinking this may be applied this way too.

-J. Hylton, OR
Dear Mr. Froese,

I know from a previous letter from you that part of your response to this letter will be 1 Corinthians 15:50, “…flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God…” But since only flesh and blood “people who, after the great and terrible tribulation of the end times, prove themselves to be believers and children of God” will be physically able to have natural flesh and blood children, then it seems ok not to tear Matthew 25:34 from my KJV Bible. Therefore, 1 Corinthians 15:50 must mean that flesh and blood can and must inherit the earthly part. By the way, Matthew 25:46 says that the believers entering the earthly part of the kingdom of God in their flesh and blood bodies already have “life eternal.” Revelation 20:5 could read, “…this [concludes] the first resurrection.” The second is only for unbelievers (Great White Throne). No other resurrection is needed. Roman 5:12 indicates that sin and death are interlocked and inseparable; therefore, if “death and hell [will be] cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14), then sin must be destroyed as well. The living flesh and blood Gentiles will then join the living flesh and blood Jews in natural, flesh and blood, sinless, eternal bodies on the earthly part of the kingdom of God (Jeremiah 31:31-40).

Perhaps eternal, flesh and blood natural but sinless people will have sinless, natural, flesh and blood babies who will grow to be like Jesus in age (1 John 3:2). They too will have sinless, eternal, natural, flesh and blood babies, etc., and, “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…” (Isaiah 9:7). Perhaps natural, sinless, flesh and blood people eternally living in the earthly part of the kingdom of God is the reason for the water and fruit, and the healing leaves of Revelation 22:1-2.

-D. Nienaber, MN
Dear Arno,

I appreciate your emphasis of God’s ongoing faithfulness to His ancient covenant people, Israel as a separate entity from the Church. It is one of the most frequent subjects of Scripture, which also promises blessing or cursing for nations and individuals based on their treatment of Israel. It’s not only clear in Scripture, but also from history as well. I also appreciate when your writers aren’t overly dogmatic concerning the far less certain subject of the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. I hope for it, but can’t support it with Scripture. But, if God allows us to all go through the world’s tribulation, I expect it will help to mature and perfect the saints and make their “light” shine all the brighter. Whatever happens, as J. S. Bach entitled a composition, “What God Has Done Is Rightly Done.” Thanks for your ministry to Israel and the Body of Christ, as our respective destinies approach convergence in the Messiah.

-G. Brown, GA
Dear Arno Froese,

I have just recently read your book The Great Mystery of the Rapture (#1038), and I have for years accepted the rapture theory as you present it. I just finished watching a video by David C. Pack which puts forth a completely different story. He says that there is no secret rapture and that all Christians must return to Israel in order to be saved supernaturally by God. If you go to worldtocome.org and view the video “Is a Secret Rapture Biblical?” you will get the full impact of what he says. Also, please view the video “The Great Tribulation—And God’s Promised Protection.” I am really confused and worried now because I don’t want to lose my salvation. I don’t know who to believe concerning this. I am sure other people are concerned about this also. Please view the videos and give me your opinion. This view was backed up by the Bible. But, I have never heard it put this way before.

-E. Hamilton, CA
Dear Mr. Froese,

My friend suggested reading a book called Babylon Code by Paul McGuire and Troy Anderson. I just don’t have a good feeling about this from reading the review. I don’t think God has written “codes” in the Bible, and I think Revelation is very clear on what will happen. Am I off-base on this? I would love your opinion.

-D. Littlefield, MD
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