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  1. MartyS I was just getting ready to write this same thing! @RepentantServantI have battled depression for many years and while there is some truth to what our other friends on this thread are saying (for example, processed sugar is my enemy - too much sugar and caffeine will always trigger my depression; there is a chemical contribution) the reality is depression is something we all suffer from at times. Thankfully Jesus knew this emotion as well (as MartyS verse in Matthew eludes to) as did our forefather David. But even David knew that God's heart is not for sadness or hopelessness - God's heart is to give us abundant life (John 10:10). David once wrote in a song "Those who live in the shelter of the most high will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare of the Lord: he alone is my refuge and my place of safety" (Psalm 91). I still struggle with depression but I find when I focus my thoughts on the Truths like those just provided, I don't lose hope and in the end I have conquered depression's hold on my life. I'm praying the same for you right now!
  2. Hi Shia Farm Girl, it's so crazy that you just asked this question! At my church we're studying Revelation but this time our pastor did a complete historical study on the book looking for the context in which it was written - both the writer's context (John was on an island in prison) but also the context of the churches to which the letter was written. One very important point that I had overlooked for many years is that this book was written to the seven churches who were under severe persecution at the time. The whole intent of the book was to remind them of Victory: to serve as an encouragement that one day God would claim victory over evil and that His followers would be rescued for eternity. I confess many Christian denominations get very hung up on the when and the how and the where and who is the anti-Christ and so forth. But it's critical to remember one thing: the Bible can never mean what it never meant. We can't make it say something God never intended it to mean just to support our own agenda. So as you study the book anew (you're courageous to dig into such a symbolic writing as a Muslim) keep in mind it MUST agree with the original author's intent. Personally, I think the most important question regarding the rapture is the "who" - who is going? And thankfully John did a beautiful job articulating the answer to that question as well - though in another letter. You might start in the Gospel of John to give context to Revelation. If you're interested in studying these books with somebody I'd love to do that - there's always something new to learn and I enjoy reading with others.
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