Q. I am not sure that I am saved. How then can I be sure?
A. The surety of salvation comes because you understand the basis of salvation. What is that? It is faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and absolute confidence that He is the Son of God. The assurance of salvation does not come because of feeling or even accomplishment. It comes from confidence in the finished work of Christ when He died on the cross for you and for me. Salvation is not to be a member of something unless that something is the Body of Christ. Remember, you are saved by grace and, therefore, human works are not the basis of salvation. Salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone.
Q. How much attention should I give to prophecy in the Bible?
A. The Bible says, We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place (2 Peter 1:19). So, a study of prophecy promises to be inspiring and educational in our lives. Yes, some have gone off the deep end, but this is foolish. It is better to learn from the Scriptures than from some notions that are of merely human invention.
Q. Has the prophecy of Isaiah 17:1 been fulfilled already, or is it to be fulfilled in the future?
A. The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap (Is. 17:1). This prophecy has a near and a far fulfillment. This is true of many prophecies in the Bible, as with the Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming of Jesus Christ. He came as a baby, and will come again as King. This is called the law of double fulfillment. The Prophecy of Isaiah 17:1 was fulfilled in the past, as described in this passage: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin (2 Kings 16:9). Over time, Damascus was rebuilt. However, it will once again be destroyed, when the armies of the earth gather together for the Battle of Armageddon. Damascus will somehow be involved in it, and will suffer its ultimate destruction. Isaiah 17:12-14 alludes to this coming fulfillment of the prophecy.
Q. Should a Christian have a will?
A. If a Christian has some money, even a smaller amount, a will can be very helpful. Without a will, the government can make critical decisions for you. With a will, you have some control even after you are gone from this world. A Christian attorney can be very helpful in this regard.