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This connection was made by fathers as early as Irenaeus (d. 202). Here's a table showing the views of several fathers whose writings we have on this subject: Lion Ox Man Eagle Irenaeus (d. 202) John Luke Matthew Mark Victorinus (d. 303) Mark Luke Matthew John Jerome (d. ...


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I am a professional archeologist. Many end times aficionados believe that Magog represents Russia and that Russia will soon come to invade Israel. However, the ancient Assyrians had dealings with Magog, which was also called Lydia, and their Court records clearly identify Magog and it is not Russia. For decades Christians have been deceived and have been ...


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The way I understand it (and the way I've always seen it taught, whether at my Church, or in various other sermons/articles) is: We inherit a sinful nature, meaning that we have a predilection for sin. The evidence is pretty clear from observation. Nobody has to teach a baby how to be selfish, it's part of our nature. (Some would call it evolutionary ...


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I find that in a subject like this it is good to compare Christian speculations with Jewish speculations and see if there is any common ground. I found that both Jewish and Christian sources think the most likely location was present day Turkey. For example here is a Jewish source I'm finding more and more useful for Jewish things: “the most reasonable ...


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It is generally a very bad idea to be basing any kind of argument on a single bible verse. The meaning of verses depends very much on the context in which they are written. You always need to be looking at the surrounding passage, and often the whole book that they are written in. In this case the passage from Ezekiel is talking about punishment for ...


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Magog is included in the "Table of Nations" in Genesis 10 as one of the sons of Japheth after the Flood. It's generally accepted by conservative scholars that the descendents of Japheth were mostly caucasion people who ultimately settled in Europe, so Magog would likely be white and European. The ancient Jewish historian Josephus says that Magog is the ...


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Your citing of Genesis 6:6 and Ephesians 4:30 is good. That's probably as far as we can go in answering your question, however. I want to say God was indeed grieved by the sin of His chief angel, Lucifer. God had invested a great deal in Lucifer. Lucifer was beautiful to behold, and he perhaps had a special place, or ranking, in the third heaven. Perhaps ...


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Not everyone in Christianity believes that the third temple will be built as a physical temple. Many believe the ginormous dimensions given for the temple in Ezekiel indicate that it is actually just a spiritual temple being referred to. Some passages indicting that the view of the NT writers was that the third temple was spiritual are Acts 7:48 and ...


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I believe you are asking two questions. I'll answer the one in the heading first: Does God punish people for their ancestors' sins or not? Yes, in the Christian traditions (majority of the denominations) God absolutely does "punish" the children of those who committed sin - else there would be no original sin. 1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV For as in Adam ...


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John Hagee, the author of the book Jerusalem Countdown that forms the basis of that movie, is a dispensationalist, non-denominational pastor. His book follows in the tradition of Hal Lindsey's The Late, Great Planet Earth, and both rely on a dispensationalist understanding of the Book of Revelation and OT prophets in order to predict the future. Most ...


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God makes a distinction between your (the people to whom the prophecy is directed) prophets (e.g. 1 Ki 22:23, Jer 27:9, Jer 27:9, Ezek 13:1-7) and my (God's) prophets (e.g. 1 Chr 16:21-23).1 God's prophets are the only true prophets. The others are false prophets (e.g. De 13:1-5, 2 Ki 18:19, 1 Ki 22:1-28, Jer 2:8, Jer 5:31). Regarding Ezekiel 12:27 ...


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This is something I am currently wrestling with. What strikes me is that every Christian has far more knowledge than Ezekiel had. We know what the plans of the the Lord are for the future of every individual we meet - that he has appointed a day when he will judge the world by the man he has appointed, and that he has given proof of this to all men by ...


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Ezekiel Gog and Magog are described in the Book of Ezekiel. Here, Gog can not be a place, as Gog was the putative king of Magog, prophesied to be defeated by Israel, as we see in Ezekiel 39:11: And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it ...


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Original Sin Sin is essentially a rejection of (or deviation from) God (or His ways). I tend to think of the event of Adam's disobedience as the "original sin", which resulted in mankind being separated from God... as opposed to mankind possessing a particular kind of ("original") sin due to Adam's mistake - if that makes sense. In other words: We are ...


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Yes, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the New Covenant is open to Gentiles. However, they believe that only 144,000 persons since the time of Jesus can be sealed and anointed by Jehovah’s spirit, enter into the New Covenant and have Christ Jesus as their mediator. They believe that since 1919, when they were chosen as Jehovah’s earthly representatives, the ...


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I grew up in a Methodist church. I don't know if the following is the official theology of the Methodist church, but it is the understanding I have from my years in that community. Original Sin is a big phrase that has more or less import depending who one is talking to; sometimes it simply means "the first sin, committed by Eve and then Adam," and ...


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God makes or determines the Prophet and sets a “Prophet (as) a Watchman”. The Prophets are the Son’s of Adam, which Jesus Christ identified Himself also as the “Son of Man” or the Son of Adam. 1 Corinthians 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Within Christianity there are many perspectives in regard ...


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Marriage is a Metaphor for/Illustration of Christianity/Judaism/Religion In numerous places in the Bible, you will see a marital relationship (something we can understand—at least a little) used as a metaphor for or illustration of (genuine) religion, that is, a relationship with God. In the New Testament, Paul talks like this in Ephesians 5:22-33, when he ...


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Mawia did an excellent job of explaining the meaning of the passage. Let me address the issue of 'adult language'. The Bible wasn't written for children. There is absolutely no reason to expect that everything in it should be 'family friendly'. If God wants to talk about people's sexual behaviour, then he is going to have to talk about sex, and there's not ...


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Ezekiel’s Vision is essentially divided into three main parts, according to this Bible study from a Baptist source: Ezekiel’s Vision of the Lords Glory (1:10-28) The Prophet’s Commission and the Hardships He Would Encounter (2:1-10). The Prophet’s Message (3:1-27). And the intention of the vision can be viewed as the following, according to ...


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all Israel will be saved The phrase above lends itself to several possibilities. Every descendant of Jacob will eventually end up in heaven. All those of Israel who were "blinded" will be saved. Israel is a metaphor for all those of faith who are Abraham's children. The Israel that will be saved is the faithful remnant that remains at the end of the ...


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The included commentaries include references to the following verses, among others (the citations in each have been preserved in this answer). Daniel 7:13-14 In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,[a] coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 1He was given ...


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I have found secular history's time lines to be problematic in several areas. But there is enough information to be able to rely upon the prophesy of the 40 year desolation of Egypt. Adam Clarke's commentary on Ezekiel chap. 29 indicates a 40 year time span from the taking by Nebuchadnezzar to the release under Cyrus. Introduction Chap. 29, "and God is ...


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The consequences of one's sins can affect one's children, grandchildren, etc., but that doesn't mean that God is directly punishing them. I recently talked with someone that casually commented that he was raised in the foster system because his mother was a "crack whore". He has trouble fitting into society and holding a job and is living on government ...


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The two scriptures you quote are in effect saying the same thing. Please note that in Exodus 20:5 it is speaking of worshiping Idols, while Ezekiel 19:20 is in reference to sin in general. In Exodus God is it need be noted that God said to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me. where in Ezekiel God is making reference to a person's sins. ...


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It doesn't matter if the prophecies are short or long term; the only thing that matters is if they are truly speaking the word that God gave to them: Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore ...


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One can't give a Catholic Opinion on the bible, but you can at least quote what the comments of the New American Bible state without becoming a heretic: So corrupt and depraved are the two sisters that their executioners win the esteemed title “righteous,” for they have acted appropriately as agents of the Lord’s judgment. Comments on Ezekiel 23:36-49 ...


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Ezekiel 23 25 I shall direct my jealousy against you; they will treat you with fury; they will cut off your nose and ears, and what is left of your family will fall by the sword; they will seize your sons and daughters, and what is left will be burnt. 37 They have been adulteresses, their hands are dripping with blood, they have committed ...


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Paul clearly taught in 1 Cor. 14 that all should seek the gift of prophecy. For example: 1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that ...


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