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What does this reference in the Watchtower Online Library mean?

What does the reference mean? The Witnesses use a rather odd and somewhat cryptic set of abbreviations for their publications. g94 11/8 10 is Awake! magazine, 8th of November, 1994, p. 10. jv 134 is ...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

Your argument that writhing in the lake of fire constitutes life is your flawed premise. That's the second death. That may not comport with your preconception of 'life'; that is, any conscious state, ...
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How do proponents of Apokatastasis deal with the "Everlasting punishment" texts in scripture?

Those who believe in Apokatastasis believe Revelation 20:10 is grossly misunderstood. The Greek says: καὶ ὁ διάβολος ὁ πλανῶν αὐτοὺς ἐβλήθη εἰς τὴν λίμνην τοῦ πυρὸς καὶ θείου, ὅπου καὶ τὸ θηρίον καὶ ...
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What, specifically, if anything, is heterodox about LDS eschatology?

I apologize that this answer is missing sufficient links to scripture or church leaders. It's late and I'm out of time. However, nearly all of these subjects have been treated in detail here on ...
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What did Jesus say about the end times?

Jesus' most clear statements on the end times are in Matthew 24. You can see for yourself what He said. I don't see anything about "blood moons" here, but this passage is far from the only passage ...
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What did the early church believe about the "rapture"?

Thanks to books like Left Behind, the English word rapture often conjures up images of bodies mysteriously disappearing into thin air, followed by several years of severe tribulation, leading up to ...
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According to Catholicism, did St. Paul believe that end of the world was imminent?

The Catholic Church has a nuanced approach to Biblical inerrancy. A dogmatic constitution of the Second Vatican Council states inerrancy applies only to that truth which God wanted put into sacred ...
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When was the first recorded account of pre-tribulation teaching?

John Darby (1800-1882), often considered the father of dispensationalism and one of the founders of the Plymouth Brethren, tends to be given credit for inventing the doctrine, or at least for having "...
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What view of eschatology did the early church believe?

This is a difficult question to answer, because the early church did not approach the question in the same way that many people do today. The earliest fathers expressed their belief in various ...
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Who first associated the fourth beast of Daniel 7 with the Roman Empire?

Several commentators before Jerome make this connection. We'll mention three,1 starting with Cyril of Jerusalem (313–386), who indicates that he is not the originator of this interpretation: The ...
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What is the biblical basis for Christian denominations to believe in a visible appearance of Christ Jesus when he returns?

Here are a few references to Jesus return: Heb 9:28, “Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who ...
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Why do Seventh-day Adventsists believe in a great end of days conflict about the Sabbath day?

This idea primarily comes from the teachings of Ellen G. White, whom the Seventh-day Adventists consider a modern-day prophet. Early Writings, p 65: The pope has changed the day of rest from the ...
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What is an overview of interpretations of "all Israel will be saved" in Romans 11:26? (Catholic/Protestant overview)

There are three principal interpretations of this passage among Protestants and Catholics. "All Israel" might refer to: A future large-scale conversion of Jewish people to Christianity All the ...
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Is there any denomination that fully embraces Dispensational Premillennialism?

Dispensationalism tends to be most prevalent in baptist, charismatic, and non-denominational churches. However, the largest baptist and charismatic denominations (like the Southern Baptist Convention ...
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According to Catholicism, do the saints and martyrs in heaven rise again on judgment day?

Yes according to the Catholic Church the bodies of the saints and martyrs in heaven rise again on judgment day. St Thomas Aquinas states in his Summa Theologica: The saints in heaven, since they ...
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How do non-soul sleep adherents interpret 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18?

Essentially, the passage is simply seen as an euphemism for death — and quite a common one, given that a dead person often looks like they are sleeping: the Greek personification of sleep, Hypnos, was ...
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What is an overview of Reformed beliefs about hell?

Like most labels, Reformed theology defies clean boundaries, especially on a divisive topic like this one. But if we consider the term broadly, we will notice that the positions tend to follow those ...
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What is the biblical and historical basis for the belief that the Second Coming of Christ hasn't happened yet (as of 2021)?

The Second Coming of Christ won't be hidden. The whole world will see it. 24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. (...
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How do Catholics deal with prophecies of future perpetual animal sacrifice?

I'm not sure where the idea that sacrifices go on forever comes from when reading Isaiah 60:7. Jeremiah 22:18 could be answered in this way: Jesus abolished the levitical priesthood by offering ...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

Addressing the deductive argument P1: The doctrine of eternal conscious torment/separation asserts that all of the unrighteous are resurrected in immortal bodies and will have physical life forever ...
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What is the Catholic view of the rapture?

The rapture, properly understood, is fully compatible with Roman Catholicism. The English word rapture comes from the Latin word raptus ("a carrying off"). This Latin word (or a similar ...
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What did Jesus mean by "this generation will certainly not pass away.." in Matthew 24:34?

See the verse in sequence with the previous verses to place it in its plainest context: In verses 29-31, Jesus is talking about the tribulation of those days, the stars falling, His return, and the ...
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The inhabitants of Heaven will express love intimately through the use of their sex organs?

The strong implication of Matthew 22:30* - For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven. - NKJV Is that no they won't. *Given the ...
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Does being Protestant imply you are also a Zionist?

The primary distinction which you will find among protestants regarding this matter will arise from the division between those adhering to Covenant Theology and those adhering to Dispensationalism. ...
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What did the early church believe about the "rapture"?

The original question asked: What did the early church actually believe about what we call the "rapture"? There are two prominent meanings of the word "rapture". The most common meaning today is ...
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Do any denominations read Matthew 24:5 as meaning believers in Christ using his good name to deceive many?

For many will come in my name, saying, "I am the Christ," and they will lead many astray. (Matt 24:5, ESV) In addition to the account of Jesus' words in Matthew, we have parallel accounts in both ...
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