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Just because there was only one prophet does not mean there were no priests or followers - prophets were messengers from God, priests actually served in the Temple, and adherents, well, they adhered. In Isaiah, the notion of the Remnant God's select people who remain true even when most fall away is well understood. Additionally, it does not diminish the ...


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There are two common ways to explain this: The "third year" refers to the third year of Elijah's stay in Zarephath, following a stay of some months at the brook Cherith (Adam Clarke, Barnes, Haydock, Keil and Delitzsch) The "third year" refers to the time of Elijah's exile, which did not begin until the dry period had already been ...


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It is quite explicitly mentioned as a miracle from God. How else can verse 16 be interpreted? For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. I've highlighted "the jar" and "the jug", both singular. And it says, in keeping with the word of the Lord. So this ...


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In Matthew 11:13-14 Jesus says John the Baptist is "the Elijah who was to come" before the Messiah.


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Jesus exact words were "Eli, Eli, lama sabacthani." (Matt 27:46) Eli-jah (literally YHWH - jah is God (El) of mine (i)) would be shortened as "Eli". Since they are the same word, in the bustle of a crowd, it is not at all unlikely that this "prophet" would be thought to be calling Elijah. Remember, just because the words were in Psalm 22, doesn't mean the ...


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According to Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament, Vol. II, "ascended" in John 3:15: "Equivalent to hath been in. Jesus says that no one has been in heaven except the Son of man who came down out of heaven; because no man could be in heaven without having ascended thither" (italics in the original). It appears that Jesus' emphasis was not the trip ...


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According to some religions Malachi is speaking literally about Elijah coming to the Earth. Some Jewish sects believe that Elijah would come before the Second Coming and Wikipedia states that: In the Talmudic literature, Elijah would visit rabbis to help solve particularly difficult legal problems. Malachi had cited Elijah as the harbinger of the eschaton. ...


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The short answer is: No, reincarnation is not affirmed in the Bible. Here is the long answer, extracted from my article, "The Bible, Emanuel Swedenborg, and Reincarnation": What does the Bible say about reincarnation? The word “reincarnation” does not appear in the Bible. However, there are several places in the Bible where the idea of ...


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It's really very simple. John was not Elijah by name or body, but the flesh profits nothing; he had the spirit of Elijah. Thus, literally he was and was not Elijah. Malachi 4 is speaking of John the Baptist only in the biblical phenomenon sense of dual prophetic fulfillment. The context of the chapter is actually about the time just before the great and ...


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John Calvin says (Commentarium in epistolam ad Hebraeos, translated by John Owen in 1853): Were any one to object and say, that some had died twice, such as Lazarus, and not once; the answer would be this, - that the Apostle speaks here of the ordinary lot of men; but they are to be excepted from this condition, who shall by an instantaneous change put ...


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There is a vast difference between ascending and being taken up. Taken up as in the case of Elijah means that he was taken to Heaven by another power, in this case by a whirlwind. To the contrary when Jesus ascended it was own power. So John's statement is correct both Elijah and Enoch were taken to heaven alive: Genesis 5:24 KJV And Enoch walked with ...


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I agree with gwofatlanta's conclusion and would put it in even stronger terms - it is highly unlikely that the servant in 1 Kings 18 refers to Obadiah. Firstly, "your servant" was a common polite form of address in biblical times, and it is extremely common for it to be used in this non-literal sense. Secondly Obadiah is specifically described as a palace ...


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Heaven has multiple meanings: the atmosphere/sky, the realm of the stars, and the abode of God. What Jesus is speaking of in John 3 is about "heavenly things," in reference to God. He says that no one has been with God in heaven (to understand the "heavenly things") except the Son of Man (himself). The kind of closeness that Jesus is talking about is ...


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Ahab was a very wicked king but the source of his wickedness does not appear, to me, to be within himself : But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. I Kings 21:25 KJV. Yet, even Ahab humbled himself, : And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, ...


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I think the answer is in Luke 9:33. Peter says, "Lord, it is good for us to be here if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee one for Moses, and one for Elijah” NOT KNOWING WHAT HE SAID." Peter reveals it but his words are inspired and he is unaware of what he is saying. Much as he spoke in other languages by inspiration on the day of ...


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To be sure, Peter did not have the pictures or photographs of Moses and Elijah to compare them to. Since Peter recognizing them on his own was an impossible task, he could not have done so without divine help. On another occasion, Peter recognized a greater Person than Moses and Elijah. In Matthew Chapter 16, Jesus asked His disciples who they thought him ...


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1.John's act of ‘Baptism by Water’ was not explicitly prophesied! The prophecy of John was vague and a puzzle to piece. The prophecy of John could not be understood by the scribes and interpreters but only through the Holy Spirit. Luk 1:67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, 2. Their dress sense does not ...


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I think that the answer to this question must lie with the reason that Moses and Elijah, specifically, are here. From the earliest times, it has been recognized that their role is to point to Jesus as the culmination of Law and Prophecy, since Moses is the pre-eminent figure with respect to the Law, as Elijah is the archetypal prophet. Moreover, there are ...


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The following is a Bible based answer. This is what Jehovah's Witnesses believe. Your question is a great case for letting scripture interpret scripture. The word translated heaven can refer to all or part of the physical heavens including the earth's atmosphere, outer space, etc. (Genesis 27:28, Proverbs 30:19) It can also refer to the spiritual heavens of ...


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Some theologians believe that Enoch and Elijah will come back again as the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11:1-12. According to Hebrews 9:27 all men must die once, or at least once. Since Enoch and Elijah are the only two people who have not face death yet, excluding those people at the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51-53), some theologians believe that they are ...


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John the Baptist was Elijah. But "spiritually." This was confirmed by Jesus Christ in Matthew 17 and by the angel in Luke 1. Matthew 17:9-13 (NIV)- "As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of ...


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There are two basic theories here. The first is that the crowd misheard Jesus. The second is that they purposefully twisted his words to mock him. Commentators are fairly evenly split on which option is more probable. Misheard In the first view, the crowd was at a significant enough distance that they could not hear Jesus clearly. Additionally, those in ...


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You don't need to worry about the NLT translation adding "and returned" toward the beginning of John 3:13. To help show this, I will include a literal word for word translation of each Greek word into English. This is not a literal translation of the entire sentence, which might involve restructuring it, this is taking the Greek text and translating each ...


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That is a conditional statement from a malicious and cruel woman that was ruling Israel (she was definitely the decision maker in her relationship with king Ahab), had 850 prophets around her (450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah, 1 Kings 18:19) and killed the prophets of Yahweh (1 Kings 18:13). She had killed prophets before, why would this ...


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How did Elijah know he was going to be taken up to heaven? The Scriptures are veiled in this subject matter. But one may be permitted to believe that God himself told Elijah that he was going to be taken up to heaven. After all, did not God speak to his Prophet as he once spoke to Moses! Mount Horeb Jezebel, enraged that Elijah had ordered the deaths of her ...


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Scripture does not say. The closest thing we get is this: and Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. —1 Kings 19:16 NASB God tells Elijah to anoint Elisha in his place, implying that it would not be long before Elijah was finished with his time as ...


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Other than the Apostles who were present and depending on one's interpretation of what "who" stands for, it seems that at least the demons knew that Jesus was the Messiah. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah. - Luke 4:41 ...


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Probably not. This unnamed servant was left in Beersheba by Elijah ( I Kings 19:3). After naming Obadiah specifically and detailing his conversation with Elijah in the first half of I Kings 18, it would be unreasonable not to name him in the interactions with Elijah later on, if had been Obadiah again.


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Fofole, I dearly love this chapter as for me, from my point of view, I see that this is a common strand that moves through scripture and has many functions in revealing Y'shua (Jesus) to us. At the beginning of this chapter, Elijah (My Elohim is Yah) is told by Yah that he is to prophecy to Ahab neither dew nor rain will come until I say so. Then he is told ...


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