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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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I don't know how much weight should be put on this reference, but it does give different information: It may come as a surprise but the doctrine of the Rapture is not mentioned in any Christian writings, of which we have knowledge, until after the year 1830 C.E. Whether the early writers were Greek or Latin, Armenian or Coptic, Syrian or Ethiopian, ...


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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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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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In a word, No: there is no Catholic teaching which differentiates the Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ. The Catechism of the Catholic Church holds that the Church is the Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ. Adam prefigures Jesus, the "second Adam". Just as Adam was perfect and became sinful, so Christ took on sin and conquered the death which Adam ...


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On one hand, they refer to the same entity, the church. On the other hand, when the Bible uses these terms, it refers to different aspects of the church. In brief, the Body and the Bride both refer to the church. However, the Body emphasizes how the church fully expresses Christ as the church, and the Bride emphasizes how the church is Christ's intimate, ...


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As dleyva3 mentioned, the term comes from 1 Thessalonians 4:17. Our word "rapture" comes from the Latin word for "caught up". The doctrine that faithful Christians would be whisked away to be spared tribulation is a relatively new interpretation of that verse. The traditional Christian belief was that Jesus would return once, to bring judgment. At his ...


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I believe that they are literal men. With that in mind, there are two different schools of thought that I have come across on whom these men could be: These are just two "normal" men who have been called out (like the 144,000 witnesses in Rev. 7:1-9) to perform signs to the unbelievers during the Tribulation. These are two men that have lived before on ...


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I don't know if a picture is a valid answer, but I think it shows a pretty good comparison. Source


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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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It is the number of the Beast in Revelation: Revelation 13:18 (ESV) 18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666. Its significance is often claimed to be that the Emperor Nero, during whose reign Revelation was written, has a name with the ...


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The seven spirits referenced in Revelations 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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It's a combination of a couple of things. First, there's a passage in Matthew 24:38-41: For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the ...


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Christians of many persuasions recognize this text as a definite and peculiar sign concerning the last days. Yet even though the majority of them can agree that the abomination of desolation is an important sign, they can't seem to agree on its specific nature. Even preachers are thrown into a quagmire of confusion - looking for something that no one is very ...


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I believe you are looking for the theology called "Universalism". I'm not sure that it has been explicitly declared a heresy, but the Catholic, Orthodox many Protestant churches have made formal declarations that are in disagreement with it, so they presumably do consider it a heresy. Look at the 'disagreements' section of the article.


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St Augustine says we do and I might as well quote him at length since its way way in the public domain: Whether the Bodies of Women Shall Retain Their Own Sex in the Resurrection. From the words, Till we all come to a perfect man, to the measure of the age of the fullness of Christ, Ephesians 4:13 and from the words, Conformed to the image of the ...


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Origin of the phrase There are actually a number of texts that are labeled the "Nicene Creed". The text produced by the 325 council does not include information about the kingdom at all. Eusebius of Caesarea, who attended the council, wrote back to his congregation about the deliberations. He reports an initial version of the creed that was used as a ...


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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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