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Actually, the Bible does have quite a direct answer to the question What is God waiting for? And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matthew 24:14 (KJV)


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No. The Bible says nothing about global warming either way. Any attempt to twist any scripture to support or deny global warming is pure speculation. Global warming is something that is squarely within the realm of science to support or disprove. We have facts, evidence, and trustworthy (if contradictory) data. It's a matter for scientific inquiry not ...


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As you note, the different "millennialisms" are based on different interpretations of the "thousand year reign" mentioned towards the end of Revelation. Unfortunately, answering this question is not as easy as simply stating the different views on the millennium itself. Each of the different views only make sense inside their respective theological ...


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The bible has very little to say on the topic. The closest would be Genesis 9:11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth. Even that passage has little relevance to the Global Warming issue today, as no one I know would suggest that Global ...


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Jesus taught that we might be able to read the signs that it was near, but that no one would be able to know what day the end would come: "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very ...


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For starters, the Bible doesn't contain the word "rapture" nor does it clearly state that such an event will happen. Different people have read between the lines to infer a rapture at different points in the book of Revelation, but it is not clearly stated anywhere. Since the Bible doesn't clearly state that there will be a Rapture and those who believe ...


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The claim Well, the underlying doctrine behind this is the idea of the rapture. That idea comes out of dispensation premillennialism. This doctrine states that Jesus will have all the Christians pulled out of the world before the tribulation occurs. This particular prediction was made by Harold Camping. He claims that the Bible was his source for this. ...


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Dispensationalism basically suggests that at different ages (eras or dispensations) in human history, God has interacted with people in different ways, through various covenants: Edenic (innocence) Antedeluvian(consciousness - people did what they wanted) Civil Government(After the flood, the rainbow covenant was for all people) Patriarchic (Abraham and ...


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I don't think that we can say for sure. I think that this particular verse could apply to just about any time in history. Rumors of wars could mean any fear of a coming war, including the cold war. In fact most of the things foretold in Matthew 24 have happened since His time - false messiahs, nation rising against nation, famine, pestilence, ...


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The Epistle of Barnabas is not considered canon. Sticking purely to canon, the bible is very explicit that we do not know. The world could end tomorrow. Or this afternoon. Or 10,000 years from now: Matt 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man comes. Mark 13:32 No one knows about that day or ...


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This is the matter of some debate, and there are at least three theories about it that I'm familiar with. I actually found a study online that explains all of them here. Some relevant sections (copied and pasted since the author explains it better than I would): The one that is popular in my denomination: One explanation that is popular among ...


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The word "generation" there in Greek is γενεα (genea), which can also refer to a family, stock, nation. (Strongs, definition 2b) The NASB also has a footnote here next to "generation" saying "Or race". I've always interpreted it, therefore, as meaning that the Jewish people will continue to exist until the second coming. Another form of the same word, ...


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No. The Left Behind series is A) entirely fictional and B) based on Dispensationalism.* Dispensationalism is almost universally at odds with Reformed theology. The basic problem lies in the understanding of the way God relates to his people. Understanding this relationship in the context of covenants that get renewed with unfolding detail but don't ...


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The difficulty in verifying the math and the calculations is that every prognostication has its own formula. In order to verify Harold Camping, for instance, you have to look at the passages he is pulling from. For example, here is one (and I don't endorse it) showing how they arrive at their numbers. Probably the most important calculations revolve ...


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The Rapture is one of the events that is believed will occur during the end-times. There are several different end-times scenarios that are all based on slightly different interpretations of Scripture, but the three major ones all agree that it will occur. (A comparison of some of the views can be found here.) The term "Rapture" means "Caught up". The ...


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Neither. You're asking the wrong question. Earthly and fallable court systems work one way. As omniscient maker of the universe and its sovereign King, God is not required to work quite the same way. We use the imagery of a courtroom to talk about the last judgement, but it is just imagery. The actual proceedings are a little different. For one thing, ...


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There are a number of points amillennialists disagree on: the nature of the millennium, who takes part in the 'first resurrection', what the 'first resurrection is, etc. But the main point of disagreement is when the thousand years of Revelation 20 begin: 1. Millennium begins at the cross (c. 30 AD) Perhaps the more well-known variation of ...


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Looking at the passage you quoted, it seems pretty clear that there are two resurrections. The first resurrection is the resurrection of the righteous, while "the rest of the dead (the wicked) did not come to life until the thousand years were ended." It doesn't look to me like it's saying anything about the Rapture; merely that those who were righteous in ...


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Nothing specific to abortion, although I wouldn't expect there to be. 2 Timothy 3:1-7 gives us:  1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, ...


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The seven spirits referenced in Revelation may refer to the spirits mentioned in Isaiah 11. Spirit of the Lord Spirit of wisdom Spirit of understanding Spirit of counsel Spirit of might Spirit of knowledge Spirit of fear of the LORD 1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The ...


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I think a good reason lies in 2 Peter 3:9 NIV The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. Some say that God won't return until all peoples of the earth have been reached by the gospel. As far as I know, all peoples of the ...


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Unfortunately we just don't know. Many people have tried to figure out when he will come back, or what conditions are required for him to return, but quite frankly they aren't specified and we are to be ready for his return at any moment. Matt 24:35-37 (NIV) 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 36 “But about that ...


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Since you don't have any other answers at this point, I'll go ahead and throw out the ideas that I'm seeing play into this graph: Young Earth Creationism It would be hard to look at this chart written in 1919 and not start out with the realization that the author undeniably believes in Young Earth Creationism. Young Earth Creationism is (essentially) the ...


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I believe they have for 1914 & 1925, but I may be missing some years. Adding some info from the below source per request; 1899 "...the 'battle of the great day of God Almighty' (Revelation 16:14), which will end in A.D. 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth's present rulership, is already commenced," (The Time Is at Hand, 1908 edition, p. ...


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The Latin phrase civitas septicollis, or "seven-hilled city," is an allusion to Rome. According to Joseph Lomas Towers in his Elucidiations of Prophecy, Ch. XIII, p. 199, Rome was as well known by its situation on seven hills or montes, as by the name of Rome itself; Urbs septicollis was never mistaken for any other city, Roman authors have so fully ...


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I think the misunderstanding here is that the wicked are resurrected and then killed. I'm not sure there's a Biblical backing for the idea that those who rejected Christ will again be separated from their bodies. Their souls will be in bodies when they are cast into the lake of fire. Therefore, the punishment is eternal, physical, punishment in the ...


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Before we dive into the answers, we need to understand the Mormon perspective on the doctrine of exaltation. The focus of all LDS teaching is on salvation through Christ and His Atonement. Exaltation is all about bringing us back to Christ and to know Him by becoming like Him. Exaltation is not "getting your own planet." That phrase is foreign to Mormons. ...


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Matt already addressed the aspect of exaltation and its meaning. I will add a little to answer the third question. In the Pearl of Great Price, A compilation of ancient revelations restored through Joseph Smith and currently considered canon, we read in the Book of Moses Chapter 1:29-30 And he [Moses] beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, ...


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Jesus' most clear statements on the end times are in Matthew 24. You can see for yourself what He said. I don't see anything about "blood moons" here, but this passage is far from the only passage in Scripture that addresses the end times. A full answer addressing eschatology would be far* too large to this site. Many books have been written on the ...


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John Darby (1800-1882), often considered the father of dispensationalism and one of the founders of the Plymouth Brethren, tends to be given credit for inventing the doctrine, or at least for having "provided the intellectual mantle that helped make it respectable." (1 2 3 4). Anti-pre-trib sources often allege that he got it from a certain Margaret ...



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