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The word "generation" there in Greek is γενεα (genea), which can also refer to a family, stock, nation. (Strongs, definition 2b) The NASB also has a footnote here next to "generation" saying "Or race". I've always interpreted it, therefore, as meaning that the Jewish people will continue to exist until the second coming. Another form of the same word, ...


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This view is based primarily on Matthew 16:18–19, in which Jesus says: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in ...


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That is because Jesus gave Peter the keys to heaven and earth (Matthew 16:19). Not keys to hell. In other words, Peter (and his successors) can bind and loose on earth and heaven (Matthew 18:18) not in hell. They do not have authority on beings outside of the church. And people in hell are outside of the Church. P.S: Christ alone has the keys to hell (...


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The idea of Peter at the gates of heaven with the keys has a long history that is sourced to the bible. Of course, as things go, sourcing alone and understanding the source may be two different things. Here is an example of the teaching in the 7th century at the Synod of Whitby over the argument about the Easter observance. (bold mine) The controversy [...


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I'm trying not to give an answer that's purely a quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but the matter is discussed so well there that there isn't much I feel I can add to it: 816 "The sole Church of Christ [is that] which our Savior, after his Resurrection, entrusted to Peter’s pastoral care, commissioning him and the other apostles to extend ...


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The Bible "stories" teach us about the nature of God. They sometimes serve as a warning and other times they encourage a closer relationship with God. These stories are not casual happenings; they are recorded in the Bible as an everlasting message to God’s children. So in the case of Uzza, the Ark is the presence of God on Earth. When Uzza reached out ...


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You made the classic mistake people make when they question Jesus' love: they make him a one-dimensional person. So when someone says that God is love, then asks, "then why would God ...," they are assuming that God should respond only in love -- to everything. In the case of sentencing people to hell, Jesus would be acting in the role of judge. Human ...


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Comparing the representative democracy of America with the kingdom of God is an unparalleled category error. The entire reason American jurisprudence holds a person innocent until proven guilty is because we assume that we are not privy, at the outset, to all of the pertinent facts. You may accept this or not but the Scripture declares that God knows the ...


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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 angels. This is to answer the portion of disciple's question in Matt. 24:3, "What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" In verses 29-31, ...


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People are not condemned, judged, or punished because they do not have faith in Jesus. They are condemned because of the evil acts they have committed during their life on Earth. They are saved from punishment by faith in Jesus, and (depending on your view on justification by faith alone or with works) by those works of righteousness that spring from that ...


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According the Catechism of the Catholic Church Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the possibility of being made partakers, in a way known to God, of the Paschal mystery." Every man who is ignorant of the Gospel of Christ and ...


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TL;DR Important due to both Particular Judgment and Purgatory The form of the question. Aren't we supposed to be judged by our whole life and not just what happens at the hour of our death? Should our whole eternity be based on what we did at the hour of death and pretend like our whole earthly life didn't matter? As my answer will show, that isn't how ...


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Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. ...


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This question strikes at the core of LDS doctrine - Christ's Atonement. Excuse my hyper-compulsive inlining of scripture references in my answer, but this is one of my favorite topics. I hope the reader will read the full text of the chapters I cite, as they explain it way better than I ever could. The purpose of the final judgment is to be brought back ...


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When we put several passages together to get a fuller picture, we can see in what sense "overlook" is being used. Consider the following two verses, which are similar in scope (from the NET translation): Rom. 3:25 God publicly displayed him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness, because God ...


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The two events only differ on two points: Who is raised. When they are raised. Both parties are actually judged equally, and we assume the method of the raising is the same. The First Resurrection takes place at Christ's coming and consists of the Righteous Christians only. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the ...


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The Popes as successors of St. Peter hold the keys to bind and loosen things on earth as well as in heaven (Matthew 16:19 and 18:18). The Popes have not even pronounced on the question as to the demise of the apostle Judas Iscariot and we all know the grave words that Jesus spoke about him shortly before the Passion: "Better for this man that he had never ...


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You may be thinking of Jeremiah 16:18: I will repay them double for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land with the lifeless forms of their vile images and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols. (NIV) That's the closest thing I was able to come up with on a BibleHub.com search.


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Bimah or bema is not only a word in the Greek language. This is a phrase that was likely borrowed from Hebrew. בּימה Bema is a platform in Hebrew and is where the Word of G-d, the Torah, is read from. So it only stands that the NT Scriptures which many argue were composed first in Hebrew or Aramaic, but if that line of thinking is rejected we do know that ...


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I write from a reformed, Calvinist point of view which includes three things: I believe in the complete sovereignty of God in all things, he does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth (Isaiah 46:9-10; Daniel 4:35, 5:21); and I believe in the responsibility of man, that man is solely to be blamed for all his sins including for his rejection of Christ; ...


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Your many questions touch on an area of Christian thought over which sincere and well-informed Christians have long debated: the assurance of salvation. Some denominations believe that such assurance is commonly available to believers, some that it is granted specially by God to select believers, and the rest that no person can have complete assurance since ...


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Mankind was not judged at the cross. Rather, judgement began - and per that, for the household of God, not mankind en masse. As for Satan, he's been judged, Jn 16:11. But, the sentence has yet to be carried out, Rev 20:2. He will get a temporary brief from that incarceration, Rev 20:7. Then, have a permanent sentence carried out, Rev 20:10. Back to ...


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The judgments of the LORD are always done for the good of the people. They are God's desperate cry for them to come back to Him so that they will not suffer by their own hands. God will not protect those who willingly put themselves in harm's way because they put themselves out of God's reach by living in sin. All that God does is for people to hear His ...


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Does hell really burn forever? Ask yourself this, are Sodom and Gomorrah still burning? No they are not. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 1:7 Because they are set ...


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Maybe a classic parable will help: Imagine a man broke into your house and murdered your dearest loved one, and then he got caught. Imagine him being in court and he swears he'll never do it again. Imagine that somehow through advanced technology you knew that he was lying. Imagine also that he is demanding he be let free because his act of murder "...


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In Alma 40, it also states: 21 But whether it be at his [Christ's] resurrection or after, I do not say; but this much I say, that there is a space between death and the resurrection of the body, and a state of the soul in happiness or in misery until the time which is appointed of God that the dead shall come forth, and be reunited, both soul and ...


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First, we need to know that Revelation is a prophesy about the future. The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, (Revelation 1:1, NKJV) After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And ...


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What is the Biblical basis for death being the last point for repentance? Before death is the time when we do that which can be judged. Judgment of works for punishment is what comes to those who have rejected Jesus. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: The time to "know" Jesus is while we are alive. ...


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No, if that prediction proves wrong the Bible will not be called a false book because it doesn't make that prediction. On the contrary it clearly states in plain language in several places that we are not and will not be in a position to know a date for the end of the world ahead of time. On the other hand whatever people are running around making this ...


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Per current teaching in the Catechism, each person earns a particular judgment: CCC 1022 Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven-through a purification or immediately, or immediate and everlasting ...


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