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I'm assuming "the rapture" you mean is the one that is popularly spoken of these days as part of dispensationalism and is defined by those who believe in it as: ( christianity.about.com) "Although the term "rapture" is not found in the Bible, the theory is based on Scripture. Those who accept the Rapture theory believe that all non-believers on the earth ...


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There are many views on this, but according to NT Wright, as one example, The gospel passages about “the Son of Man coming on the clouds” are about Jesus’ vindication, his “coming” to heaven from earth. In his article Farewell to the Rapture he further elaborates, but his general point is that this specific language, which is sometimes misinterpreted ...


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John Romer says, in Testament: The Bible and History, page 129, under the Syrian kings, the position of High Priest was on sale to the highest bidder. The High Priest was the virtual ruler, under the Syrian king, of all Judah. It appears here that Jason had bought the position of High Priest and "received from Antiochus permission to convert Jerusalem into ...


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Calmet recognized this. As it says in the Catholic Haydock Commentary for Luke 9:62: Christ seems here to allude to the call of Eliseus by Elias. The former was at the plough, and the latter called him. Immediately Eliseus quits his plough, runs with Elias's permission to bid adieu to his father and mother, sacrifices two of his oxen, roasts them with ...


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The Bible is Self Attesting, meaning it proves itself, If you have to use a External Source to prove the Bible then you would be alleging that there is a higher source than the Word of God, of which there isn't. Ezekiel 33 Is straightforward. Paul warned them and their blood wasn't on his hands, once your warned then its on you to take on the responsibility ...


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Within the Orthodox Church, we believe that the Church is the only proper locus for interpreting Scripture, principally through the writings of the Church Fathers as well as through the texts of the Services, many of which are over 1,000 years old. Anticipating objections to this, Vincent of Lerins wrote the following in the early 5th century: But here ...


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I will structure my answer in two parts. First I will focus on why the he-goat for the LORD had no correspondence in Jesus' sacrifice. Then I will focus on why the scapegoat was a figure of Jesus. Part 1. Why the he-goat for the LORD had no correspondence in Jesus The rites carried out by the High Priest in the feast of Atonement involved three animals: a ...


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First, Seventh Day Adventists would more likely use the KIng James Version of the verse or an equivalent Bible version that are deemed more tested. KJV 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. This is God's commission to Christians to go ...


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Yes. There is indeed an SIGNIFICANT connection between the scapegoat and Barabbas...and it goes even deeper. One thing that Christ said is paramount, and that is “the scriptures must be fulfilled.” In Leviticus 16 the ritual of atonement, twin goats were presented to God (i.e. The Judge) and then God decided which goat would die and which goat would be ...


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In his 1,100-page Genesis, Creation and Early Man: The Orthodox Christian Vision, author Seraphim Rose quotes a 4th century commentary by Ambrose of Milan: The devil attacked not through the man, but through the woman - not because the woman was weaker or more passionate, because both Adam and Eve still preserved the dispassionateness of their ...


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I don't think so, since the original manuscripts had no punctuation at all. Where to place - or even to place at all - commas, periods, colons, semicolons, question marks - is left to the discretion of the interpreter. I believe the only recourse one has is to appeal to the Church Fathers - particularly the Greek Fathers - and understand how they ...


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I want to love God sincerely from my heart (truly from centrally within, lebab, and not just outwardly), infatuated with God in emotions and feelings like when I fell in love with my soul (nephesh), love Him sanely and with my intent and understanding (dianoia) and love Him with my might and strength in doing things for him with gusto (meod/ischus). The ...


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To apprehend the theological meaning of this passage we need to take into account three data items: The isolated statement "I Am" (Ego Eimi), with which Jesus identifies Himself twice in the passage, appears in 4 previous verses in John's Gospel: «for unless you believe that I Am, you will die in your sins.» (Jn 8:24) «When you have lifted up ...


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I think that the strongest candidate is Wisdom 6:23, in the Deuterocanonical books of the Greek Septuagint. I explain my reasoning below. The ESV editors chose to translate the Greek as you indicate, He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us where they interpreted the Greek, Ἢ δοκεῖτε ὅτι κενῶς ἡ γραφὴ λέγει; Πρὸς ...


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I think part of the difficulties in finding what this refers to are that: It appears to be a paraphrase and not a direct quotation. There appear to be multiple Hebrew words that could be associated with the Greek word Ναζωραῖος (Nazooraios) - Nazarene (there is a discussion of this here) Some Church Fathers associate the Greek Ναζωραῖος (Nazooraios) with ...


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I would like to add a bit more detail to Mike's answer. Samson was the one about whom the bible says, Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’ (Judges 13:7, ESV). There are several more verse which have dual ...


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I think the Church Fathers interpreted this verse as meaning that although we are invited by God, our actions will still determine our fate. Verse 14 needs, I think, to be considered along with the preceding verses: Matthew 22:11–14 (KJV 1900) And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he ...


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Hebrews 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, יהושע the Son of Elohim, let us hold fast our confession. Jesus is our High Priest. So it is not that it ended, so it is forever. Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for us. 1 Peter 1:19 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,...


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Despite the etymological link with pharmakeia, the Church Fathers did not condemn the use of medicinal drugs, but, on the contrary, saw all medical arts as a blessing from God. I think the most famous writing that relates this is from Basil the Great's Ascetical Works (4th century): In as much as our body is susceptible to various hurts, some ...


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"Blueprint" implies that the Church was yet to be constructed, but this is not the case. Its establishment at Pentecost was documented in the Acts of the Apostles, and the Praxapostolos of the New Testament documents its earliest years. I don't think the allusions to the future (e.g. until we all attain to the unity of the faith) refer to how the Church ...


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In writing about this particular verse in his Exposition on the Psalms, Augustine understands that those who tell us "Well done, Well done" are flatterers, whom he classifies as a different sort of persecutor: Two are the kinds of persecutors, revilers and flatterers. The tongue of the flatterer doth more persecute than the hand of the slayer: for ...


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ok well i have done a lot of research on cain and it says he is to wander the earth .. and then you have the gypsies that do not have a country to go to just like the isrealites and if cain is the son of adam and so is noah that should clarify that ! As far as the curse goes it seems like the gypsies are a bit cursed .



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