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Jesus predicts that some will not die until he comes in his kingdom, but did this occur?

Matthew 16:28 I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom. Mark 9:1 And he said to them, "I tell you the truth, ...
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Is murder allowed if God tells you to do it?

The Bible pretty clearly says not to murder (Exodus 20:13). But if we examine Numbers 25 or 1Kings 18:40, we see God (or more accurately, his prophets) telling us to kill people. Indeed, entire ...
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Why is Jesus named the Prince of Peace instead of the King of Peace?

In Isaiah 9:6, the child to be born will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall ...
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Where was Jesus during the period from His death to resurruction? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Did Jesus spend time in Hell between the crucifixion and resurrection? Jesus died and was raised from death on the third day. Where did Jesus go during the period from ...
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Why does God have a chosen people?

Christians as well as Jews believe that God made the Israelites as his "Chosen People." Why does God need a Chosen People at all?
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Who is the prophet Moses mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:15?

Who is the prophet Moses mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:15 ? I was thinking Moses was talking about Jesus, but Jesus is not considered a prophet is he ? Deuteronomy 18:14-16 (NIV) 14 The ...
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What does Jesus mean with “this generation” and “all these things” in Mark 13:30

In Mark 13, Jesus tells about the last days and the tribulation. In this context, he says in verse 30 (KJV): Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be ...
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To what extent did Isaiah understand his own prophecies?

Consider Isaiah 53:4-6 (NIV), which is commonly interpreted as a prophecy that the Messiah would die for the sins of the world: 4Surely he took up our pain    and bore our suffering, ...
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Does Joseph Smith fail the test of a prophet? [closed]

The test of a prophet. Deuteronomy 18 NKJV 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, ...
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How to verify if a “message from God” came from God?

If I doubted on the authenticity of a "message", must I automatically associate it with the enemy's attacks? Message here refers to any information that might be related to God's Will in our lives.
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Did the Romans not breaking Jesus' legs fulfill a prophecy?

I seem to remember that Jesus having already died and not needing his legs broken fulfilled an OT prophecy. Where was this prophecy recorded and what did it say?
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Are tongues a sign for believers or unbelievers?

1 Corinthians 14:22-25 confuses me. Verse 22 states: Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. So, tongues is ...
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Biblical Prophecy and Fulfillment

I often hear the argument that the veracity of Christ's claims in the gospels can be considered reliable based upon two things: miracles and fulfilled prophecy. This pre-supposes the validity of the ...
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Who said “he would be called a Nazarene”?

Matthew 2:23 NIV and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene. From what research I have done, it does ...
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Is there any manuscript or historical evidence to support the final 13 verses of Genesis 50 that appear in the Joseph Smith Translation?

The Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible is unique in its listing of 13 verses at the end of the last chapter of Genesis--chapter 50. These verses specifically name Moses, who would be born 400 ...
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Are there any Biblical prophecies that were understood before they were fulfilled?

In a recent discussion on this site, someone told me that the nature of Biblical Prophecy is such that it cannot be understood prior to its fulfillment; that this is essentially the point of a ...
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Do the Dead Sea scrolls describe any prophecy which was fulfilled after they were written?

Is there any manuscript among the Dead Sea scrolls, which foretold something that happened after the manuscript was written?
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What is the “abomination of desolation”?

"'Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)'" (Matthew 24:15, NASB) I don't ...
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Unfulfilled prophecies?

My understanding is that there are numerous prophecies from the OT which have been fulfilled over the years. (Ignoring any gray areas between "prophecy" and poetic passage of scripture.) Aside from ...
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Do Mormons/LDS believe that the Bible in any way predicts the coming of Joseph Smith?

The LDS/Mormon Church, as I understand it, believes that Joseph Smith, Jr. is a prophet of God who restored the true gospel, which had been lost over the centuries. This, if true, would have been an ...
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Is the USA mentioned in the Bible?

I've dug up at least one reference that may be a candidate. Jeremiah 6:21-23 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons ...
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Does the Old Testament foretell the time in history in which the Messiah would come (the first time)?

I understand that the Old Testament prophecies many different things about the Messiah who was to come, including the virgin birth, His suffering, His resurrection, etc. However, is there anything ...
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What scripture is used to support a “Pre-Tribulation Rapture”?

CLARIFICATION: For those who believe there will be an event in the "end times" in which believers will be "taken up" to meet Jesus "in the clouds", and that there is yet to be a "Great Tribulation", ...
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Why was Jeremiah treated well by the Babylonians?

Jeremiah was persecuted, and all but killed by his countrymen, the Israelis. But when they were conquered by the Babylonians, he was rescued and treated well by the conquerers. ...
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What is the basis for the position that the woman of Revelation 17 refers to Rome?

Revelation 17 speaks about a woman, but it seems likely that it is figurative rather than literal. She is attributed with the name "Babylon the Great". However, Matthew Henry and other commentators ...
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New names of countries(gog - magog) or location to the bible locations?

Eze 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him which are the countries/locations mentioned here in this verse? ...
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Which prophecies are fulfilled outside of Scripture?

In thinking over the "fulfillment" of certain prophecies in AD 70, it struck me that this is really the only prophecy (other than the Second Coming) that isn't fulfilled in Scripture. Even the ...
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Where in the Bible is the restoration of the nation of Israel prophesied?

I have heard that the restoration of the state of Israel is a fulfillment of one or more Biblical prophecies. But I cannot find any explicit reference to it. Is this really a fulfillment of prophecy, ...
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How are the dead in Christ rising in 1 Thessalonians 4:16?

1 Thessalonians 4:16 says: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: It's ...
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What are other explanations for Malachi 4:5-6?

The LDS church believes the prophecy in Malachi 4:5-6 (KJV) has been fulfilled, and those verses are often cited while explaining why they're so interested in genealogy. What other explanations exist ...
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What is the significance of changing the names of Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah?

I would briefly reconstruct from Genesis, the circumstances leading to this change in names. In the very beginning of His conversation with Abram, God says to Abram: Gen: 12:2 (NET) Then I ...
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What are the different views regarding the order of events for end-times prophecy?

As an example for this question, Jack Chick has put together some stories on the end times, which are a compilation of prophecies in Daniel, Revelation, the gospels, and some other books. However, his ...
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How does Samson foreshadow Christ?

Samson is an Old Testament character that is often depicted from the pulpit as a being a womanizer of marginal character. However, there seems to be a growing perspective that Samson foreshadows ...
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How did Elizabeth know the name was “John”

The angel of the Lord only spoke to Zechariah about the name of the child to be born. How did she know about the name? Did the Lord reveal this to her or her husband told her? How she know what the ...
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What is the Biblical definition of “prophecy”?

In common parlance, prophecy is often considered to be "predicting the future." For some, it conjures up images of telephone psychics and the like. Others might envision a crystal ball, or a Jamaican ...
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How does Jesus fulfill the Protoevangelium (First Gospel) in Genesis 3:15?

In the judgment of the serpent in Genesis 3:15, God says the following: The Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of ...
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What is the significance of Bethlehem as the place of Jesus birth?

The New Testament records that Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. In fact, this was a fulfillment of prophecy, as Matthew records: Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of ...
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The Popes Prophecy of St. Malachy - the city of seven hills

Reading through this prophecy, I couldn't understand what a phrase in this last part means: Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the city of ...
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Is the “Dome of the Rock” the “Abomination of Desolation” spoken of by the prophet Daniel?

The Abomination of Desolation spoken of in both Matthew and Mark is specifically in reference to “End Time” perspectives. Are there any Christian teachings that the Dome of the Rock is the ...
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Have the Jehovah's Witnesses predicted the end of the world?

I have heard somewhere that at various times in the past, the Jehovah's Witnesses (Watchtower Bible & Tract Society) have predicted when the end of the world would be and perhaps when Jesus would ...
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Why is the term Immanuel/Emmanuel considered to be a title rather than a proper name?

In Isaiah 7:14, the prophet foretells that a virgin will give birth to a son and call him Immanuel, which means "God with us". Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin ...
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What is the historical Christian view on the rebuilding of David's Tabernacle?

I come from an Evangelical-Charismatic background, and for many years, I've heard much teaching and emphasis on the rebuilding of David's Tabernacle/Tent in the end times. The verses used are seen in ...
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What is the Biblical basis that individual gifts can be revoked by God?

Some in the modern healing movements claim 'continued authority' for themselves and their ministry based upon the belief that God 'never' recalls a gift he has given to a person (such as wisdom, ...
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What kind of Elijah did the Jews expect?

In Malachi 4:5 we find: See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. From this verse and possibly also because Elijah had been, like Enoch, ...
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Will Elijah return before the final judgement?

I just read this passage and had never heard of this prophecy regarding Elijah. Malachi 4:5-6 ESV “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. ...
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Can someone point to a prophecy about the 3 days between the cross and resurrection?

Can someone point me to a OT prophecy about the Messiah being in the tomb for 3 days. As general or specific as you can think of. I think I have one, and it seems pretty obvious to me, but a lot of ...
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Does the Bible suggest that there would be a literal apostasy of the early Christian church?

In 2 Thes 2:3 and Acts 20:29 I interpret them to mean that there would be a literal apostasy of the early Christian church or is there another meaning to them that I am missing? 2 Thes 2:3 Let no ...
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What is the 70 weeks prophesied in Daniel chapter nine?

In Daniel chapter nine, He prophesies: Daniel 9:24 KJV Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make ...
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Does Isaiah foretell any births that are not about Jesus?

Are there any births foretold in the book of Isaiah which scholars have held NOT to be about Jesus, the Messiah? What textual clues have been used to distinguish between passages that predict some ...
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What is the argument supporting that there is a break between the 69th and 70th week in the book of Daniel?

In the book of Daniel it mentions the 70 weeks. “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be ...