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

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 there any Biblical Basis for 400 years of silence between Old and New Testament? [closed]

When I was researching about the deuterocanon (or the apocrypha, as most Protestants call them) I stumbled upon the notion that God was silent during a period of 400 years between the end of the Old ...
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Is murder allowed if God tells you to do it? [closed]

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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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 evidence that Isaiah 53 was viewed as a Messianic prophecy within Judaism, or is it an exclusively Christian interpretation?

The modern Jewish interpretation of the so-called suffering servant song of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is that it is a prophecy referring to the nation of Israel, not the Messiah. As such, it is sometimes ...
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Were the Jews expecting the Messiah to suffer at all?

When Jesus spoke about his future suffering it did not seem to register properly. For example: (Matthew 16:22) Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall ...
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If Jesus was Emmanuel why was he named Yeshua?

It was foretold that a virgin shall give birth and the new born will be named Emmanuel then why was Jesus named "Yeshua". (Isaiah 7:10) Please explain...
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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 His ...
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Why do Pentecostals believe in a closed canon?

Pentecostals believe the gift of prophecy continues to the present day. From what I understand, most Christians believe the gift of prophecy is what enabled the writers of Scripture to write "inspired"...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses respond to the charge that they are false prophets (because their end-of-the-world predictions didn't come true)?

Jehovah's Witnesses seem to identify themselves as prophets: (Watchtower, Apr. 1, 1972, p. 197). "So, does Jehovah have a prophet to help them, to warn them of dangers and to declare things to ...
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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 ...
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What is the source of the story about the melted gold in the destroyed temple in 70 AD?

In Matthew 24:2, Mark 13:2 and Luke 21:6, Jesus seems to indicate that in the coming temple destruction, "not one stone will be left upon another". And, indeed, this seems to be the case ...
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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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Why do Seventh-day Adventsists believe in a great end of days conflict about the Sabbath day?

In an official statement on the Roman Catholic Church, Seventh-day Adventists claim that the Roman Catholic church will be wrapped up in a great conflict about the Sabbath day: Adventists believe, ...
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Biblical Prophecy and Fulfillment [closed]

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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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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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, if the thing ...
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Which year did Jesus die? What is the most commonly held view

Is there a commonly held year for Jesus' crucifixion? What is the basis? In particular I would like to see biblical-basis. If not which Christian denominations teach a specific year for His ...
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How to verify if a "message from God" came from God? [closed]

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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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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Where are Gog and Magog located? [closed]

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? When ...
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What is the significance of changing the names of Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah? [closed]

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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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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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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How did Matthew conclude that Isaiah 7:14 refers to Jesus?

The verse reads: "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Matthew quotes it in Matthew 1:23, with it's ...
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What is the army in Joel 2?

I've always heard that the army described in Joel 2 was some kind of end-time army, but reading about in the NLT (as in the link) the chapter subtitle is "Locusts Invade like an Army". Is there a ...
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In Matthew 23:35, who was “Zacharias son of Barachias”?

In Matt. 23:35, it is written, 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew ...
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What is the "abomination of desolation"? [closed]

"'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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Do any Christians purport to make testable predictions that any unbeliever can verify in their lifetime?

Do denominations within Christianity make concrete, testable predictions that any unbeliever should be able to verify by themselves, personally, experientially, in their lifetime, provided that ...
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Where in the Bible is the restoration of the nation of Israel prophesied? [closed]

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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Unfulfilled prophecies? [closed]

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 any prominent theologians point to Old Testament prophecies of there being two comings of the Messiah?

Christians believe there will be a second coming of Christ. They believe he will then fulfill many prophecies of the New Testament, as well as all the Old Testament messianic prophecies he left ...
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Were any Biblical prophecies 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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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. It generally ...
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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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How do Catholics deal with prophecies of future perpetual animal sacrifice?

I was having a friendly discussion with a Jewish person about the Scriptures. He took issue with some of the verses in the book of Hebrews, chiefly this verse (bracketed inclusions and italics my own):...
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According to the Catholic Church, what is meant by the prophecy, "A bruised reed he will not break . . ."?

Isaiah 42:3 has this prophecy: A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. What does this prophecy imply, and how was it fulfilled? Are there any authentic ...
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How have Calvinist theologians dealt with statements about God repenting?

There are a number of OT passages that seem to show God changing his mind.1 Perhaps most well-known is his approach to Nineveh in the book of Jonah (summarized in 3:10). An example from Jeremiah also ...
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Why was Jeremiah treated well by the Babylonians?

Jeremiah was persecuted, and all but killed by his countrymen, the Israelites. But when they were conquered by the Babylonians, he was rescued and treated well by the conquerors.1 Why is that? Was it ...
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What is the Ezekiel War Theory?

I was watching an Evangelical thriller movie the other night (Jerusalem Countdown) which was an apocalyptic film that centered around the Ezekiel War Theory. What is this theory exactly? From what I ...
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What is the status of St Malachy's prophecy within Catholicism?

As might be well-known to some, and perhaps especially to Catholics, the name of Saint Malachy, a former Archbishop of Armagh, is often associated with the Prophecy of the Popes. Much of the recent ...
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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 is the biblical basis in the Old Testament for the belief that the Messiah must be God?

Christians believe that Jesus, the Messiah, is God. My question is: What is the biblical basis in the messianic prophecies and other passages in the Old Testament for the belief that the Messiah must ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for "Schools of Prophecy"?

1. Question - A Reference Request for a Biblical Basis : Is there any Biblical Basis for "Schools of Prophecy" - where People are trained how to use the Gift of Prophecy they already have? Closely ...
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Can someone point to a prophecy about the 3 days between the cross and resurrection? [closed]

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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Was the 1914 prophecy (derived from the book of Daniel) ever mentioned in any newspapers before World War I?

This question is about the time period of 2520 years derived from the book of Daniel and the calculations that that period ended in 1914. There is this other question that states that this ...
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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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What prophecy was about Timothy?

Paul refers to a prophecy about Timothy 1 Tim 1:18-19 ESV Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight ...
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What is the biblical basis for modern-day prophets? [duplicate]

I've been seeing people lately who have claimed to be recipients of divine revelation from God (if not in that exact language) and that we all need to heed their warnings or -insert consequence here-. ...
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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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