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This is an excellent question! The book of Exodus tells the story of how the tribe of Levi was separated to serve the Lord. Exodus 32:26-29 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD ...


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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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As I mentioned elsewhere, the concept of a closed canon of scripture, which goes hand-in-hand with the notion that "we already have all the revelation we need and therefore God will not have to send any new prophets to teach us" has always historically been connected with apostate groups. It seems a bit inconsistent to think that something that has always ...


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In many languages, the book is called "Apocalypse", which is Greek for "Revelation". It seems that the modern English convention is to use a translated, rather than transliterated, title. I am not aware of any title other than "Apocalypse", or a translation of "Apocalypse", for this book, in any language. In the early English translations, there is some ...


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The internal evidence of the authorship is found in four passages in the Book of Revelation. It is in these four passages that the author refers to himself as "John". Rev 1:1 This is the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the things that must happen soon. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, Rev ...


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Witness doctrine: God's original plan was for humans to live forever in paradise conditions on Earth. But Then Adam and Eve rebelled and threw a spanner in the works. God's purpose (ultimate goal) didn't change, but his plan (the way to get there) did. Now there had to be all that complicated business with sending his son down to Earth to die as a ...


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According to the book of Genesis God created the heavens and the earth. God gave form to the universe. God filled the earth with living beings. God created light. God created us. Scripture doesn't state that He will duplicate his children's toys. That which God has created, He will create anew (including us). In Revelation 21 it continues with a thorough ...


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Here's Revelation 7:4 from the New World Translation of the Bible And I heard the number of those who were sealed, a hundred and forty‐four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel: In the article "Great Crowd" in the Watchtower Biblical/theological encyclopaedia Insight on the Scriptures, we find: The apostle [Paul] wrote: “He is ...


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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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Revelation 22:19 (NIV) And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. "THIS SCROLL" Literally, "this scroll" refers to the scroll which Apostle John was writing. John was a prisoner in Patmos Island and on ...


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The sea associated with evil Am I the Sea, or the Wild Sea Beast, [...]? [Jb 7:12] Footnote in Jerusalem Bible Popular Edition has: in the Babylonian cosmogonies, the Sea (personfifed as Tiamat) was conquered and controlled by one of the gods. In popular imagery influenced by this story, the LORD became the conqueror who held the sea under his control. ...


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Yikes! This is the danger of taking verses out of context! If we look at Revelations 21:5 in context, this is what we see: Revelations 21:1-5 (NIV) Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven ...


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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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No, you've confused the issue because you aren't familiar with the vocabulary involved. The "new heaven and new earth" referenced here IS the "heaven" of generic terminology. Pop-culture Christianity likes to think of this as some separate place where everybody is floating on clouds, but this imagery is not the picture painted by Scripture. The language of ...


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The basis of this identification comes from Revelation 17:9-10. This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while. The "seven mountains on which the woman is ...


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I would guess that the reference to the synagogue of Satan is not to some local synagogue of Satanists that were pretending to be Jews, but instead to all those everywhere who claimed to be Jews but were not really, spiritually, Jews. Consider Jesus' words in John 8: They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham's ...


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The first revelations were written while Joseph Smith was translating the Book of Mormon, beginning about 1828. It was decided in 1831 to publish a compilation as the "Book of Commandments", at the press that was being established in Independence, Missouri. The printing was in progress but not complete when the printing office was mobbed and destroyed in ...


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In layman's terms, fornication is often used as an allegory for idolatry. In the same way people are unfaithful to spouses by fornicating in the usual sense of the word, idolatry is "cheating on" God. More at http://www.thewholetruthnow.com/2PORNEIA.htm and http://www.sabbathcovenant.com/doctrine/fornication_defined.htm From the second link above: In ...


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I really like this question because it is reasonable to ask and it phrased in a way that indicates it is a real question. First of all, the categories you listed are not applicable for Rev Chapters 1-3 and Rev 20-22. They are the categories that apply to Rev 4-20. Secondly, Chapter 20 is split along these categories, which also do not really apply but may ...


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This is a powerful assertion of Deity by Jesus. You are correct that it is, in fact, Jesus Himself who is speaking here and not the Father. That is made clear in this passage, as Jesus was the One who "was dead" and is now "alive forevermore". 17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be ...


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The seven churches are described in Revelation 2 and 3. My opinion is that the seven churches not only refer to churches that existed then, but are representative of churches that have existed in different places since then. Here's what Revelation Commentary says about the seven churches: With two thousand years separating the seven churches of Asia ...


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First, of the seven churches in Revelation individually addressed, not all are condemned/rebuked. The church in Smyrna (Rev 2:8-11) is not condemned. Likewise, the church in Philadelphia is not rebuked (Rev 3:7-13). We do know that those churches no longer exist today, so at some point their candlestick was removed. Whether or not the 5 did repent at least ...


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I believe these are literally Moses and Elijah, by comparing what Revelation says about the two witnesses with the Old Testament accounts of Moses and Elijah. Revelation 11:3-5 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the ...


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Sounds like you are talking about Preterism. Essentially, this is that all the events described in Revelation have already happened, in the first century. Since Revelation was written towards the end of the first century, if this view is true then its readers would have been reading about events that had already happened.


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Jonathan Edwards' Ontological Argument In his "Essay on the Trinity" (and private notebooks and public sermons), Jonathan Edwards suggested a form of ontological argument for each of the three persons of the Trinity. Anselm's argument starts from a definition of a hypothetical God who perfects all excellences and proceeds to show God must actually exist ...


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In general, hot and cold are understood as being either strongly for God (on fire, passionate), strongly against God (cold to the things of God) and lukewarm as apathetic ( listless, having passion for neither side). Example: Clarke's Commentary on the Bible Thou art neither cold nor hot - Ye are neither heathens nor Christians - neither good nor ...


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Laodicean meaning: lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics Laodicea was a wealthy city having a lukewarm water supply. There can two possible meanings for the word "Lukewarm" in this verse. Apathetic: The people in the Church of Laodicea were losing their enthusiasm for Jesus Christ and his ministries. They were satisfied with the spiritual ...


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In the Seventh Day Adventist Church*, there is no shortage of making connections to real historical events and the seals and other events in Revelation. Particular to your question, the SDA church has made connections to real earthquakes (and other "cosmic events") and a few of the seals. With that, we can infer "how big" the earthquake should be, or rather, ...



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