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How did the four living creatures become associated with the Gospel writers?

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 ...
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Do/which Christians believe they hear from God?

I have, a small handful of times, perceived in my mind what presented as vocalized words from God. Whether this came in through my ears I cannot say. Prior to God saving me through Jesus Christ ...
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How do classic Trinitarians answer the implications of Revelation 1:1?

Actually the answer is very simple. The confusion lays in the meaning of the word "revelation". It can be taken as "disclosure of earlier not known truths" which was to John for sure BUT it can by ...
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What was the "Sect of Nicolaus" and did elements of it's influence carry down to our day?

Revelation 2:6 and 2:15 refer to an unidentified group of people called the Nicolaitanes, commending the church at Ephesus for hating the "deeds" of the Nicolaitanes, and blaming the church of ...
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Six-hundred-sixty-six or six-six-six or six-one-six

The Greek spells out each word: ἑξακόσιοι (six hundred) ἑξήκοντα (sixty) ἕξ (six). At the time the NT was written, place holders were unknown. It was simply not possible to write ἕξ ἕξ ἕξ (or to ...
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How do JWs reconcile the belief that Satan was cast to earth in 1914 with Job 1:7 and Job 2:2?

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that from the time of his rebellion until 1914 Satan was able to move about in the spiritual realm where Jehovah,Jesus and the faithful angelic host dwell, and in the ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses, does Jesus make the same claim as God, that he is the "first and the last,"?

Although you specifically ask about the designation ‘First and Last’, there is a clear biblical link to that and the oft-concurrent designation ‘Alpha and Omega’, which is abundantly clear in the book ...
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How does one explain God being outside the universe yet on the throne in heaven without violating divine simplicity?

There is no throne 'room' in scripture. There is the concept of a throne given to us for our understanding. Since God created all things, heavens (plural) and earth, he cannot be 'part' of that ...
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Six-hundred-sixty-six or six-six-six or six-one-six

From the King James: Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Six hundred ...
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How do classic Trinitarians answer the implications of Revelation 1:1?

It's actually a pretty simple explanation within ontological Trinitarianism, understanding two basic facts about Trinitarianism: "God" undifferentiated in scripture typically refers to the Father, as ...
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How do classic Trinitarians answer the implications of Revelation 1:1?

Trinitarians deal with this text in two ways: The source of the revelation is God the Father, and Jesus is the mediator of that revelation to man. Some particularly emphasize the human nature of ...
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Alpha, Omega, & everlasting God?

The saying "I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End" can be, and has been, interpreted in the following four ways at least: (1) As an idiom meaning eternal. Thus Albert Barnes interprets ...
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Why does the KJV capitilise 'Devil' in Revelation but not in Luke?

This is more of an English question than a Christianity question, but the basic principles are: Capitalize Satan, Lucifer, Devil, Evil One, Father of Lies, etc., when used as a name or title of a ...
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Has Revelation 14:9 changed from bibles printed over 40 years ago?

BibleGateway.com has about fifty English translations of this verse, and they all include hand. This includes older translations like the KJV, RSV, and The Living Bible (1971). Of course, Bible ...
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Why Does Luther Translate "Alpha and Omega", in the Book of Revelation, as "A und O" (A and O)?

Yup, Luther is Spot On Technically, Luther's A und O (= English "A and O") is quite correct or as directly literal of a translation as one could get rendering the text into German (or English) ...
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What is the basis for the belief that the Apostle John died around AD 100?

The early testimony of Irenaeus Irenaeus of Lyons explicitly tells us that John was still living at the time of Emperor Trajan's accession (AD 98): [T]he Church in Ephesus, founded by Paul, and ...
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What precedent is there in the bible for a 'further revelation' of fundamental truths about Deity?

The entire New Testament is a precedent for the further revelation of fundamental truths about Deity. Some few Jews believed what Jesus said about Himself, and such explanations and expositions of ...
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Do any other denominations agree with the Jehovah Witnesses that Satan was cast to earth in 1914?

Yes, if you consider dissident groups of JW tradition. In my research I have found at least 3 groups that share this belief to a greater or lesser degree. These are: As Testemunhas dos Deuses ...
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Is it known who first associated the Beast of Revelation with the Antichrist, and when?

Reading the new testament texts within a systematic eschatology, readers could conceivably equate the 'antichrist' of the Johannine epistles with either of the beasts from the Revelation, or the 'man ...
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How do Mormons understand Revelation 22:3?

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. This verse shows that the throne belongs to ...
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144,000: is there any denomination or group holding this symbolic interpretation?

The Christian theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) holds a compatible view. Here is his interpretation of the 144,000, from his book Apocalypse Revealed #348: And I heard the number of those ...
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When was the number of the beast, 666, first identified as referring to Emperor Nero?

The first time Nero is directly interpreted as 666 or 616 was in 1831. The riddle seems to have been forgotten almost as soon as it was written and not solved until 1831 (when it first was ...
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What is the Calvinist and Hyper-Calvinist understanding of the "whosoever will" from Rev. 22:17?

The term "hyper-Calvinist" is a moving target, due to its pejorative nature, but several historical theologians are widely considered to fall under that label. I'll examine the views of two ...
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Saving the Earth is very in fashion these days,but is this a problem for the church, according to the RCC?

Pope Francis recently released an encyclical regarding the environment: LAUDATO SI’... ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME. It begins: “Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the ...
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What is an overview of what the kinds of things the beast in Revelation represents?

Introduction Wikipedia gives a pretty good summary of Revelation beasts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beast_(Revelation) It names the beast from the sea (ch 13), the scarlet beast (ch 17), the ...
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From the Preterist (fulfilled eschatology) perspective, who was "the prince that shall come" of Dan. 9:26?

According to preterist interpreter Philip Mauro, the only answer is Titus. WHO IS "THE PRINCE THAT SHALL COME"? At this point we are confronted with a question which very seriously affects the ...

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