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How do Trinitarians respond to passages in the Bible that seem to clearly distinguish between God and Jesus after his ascension?

First, I will answer the question as posed in the title. The Ascension does not make a difference. Jesus ascended bodily into Heaven, and therefore His humanity also ascended. Second, as the Father ...
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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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Rev 3:14. Jesus seems to be claiming to be a creature?

Revelation 3:14 is sometimes used to claim that the Son of God, the Christ, the Word, the 'Amen', was created. For example, one version takes the liberty of reading, "These are the things that ...
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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 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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Rev 3:14. Jesus seems to be claiming to be a creature?

Revelation 3:14b Τάδε λέγει ὁ Ἀμήν, ὁ μάρτυς ὁ πιστὸς καὶ (ὁ) ἀληθινός, ἡ ἀρχὴ τῆς κτίσεως τοῦ Θεοῦ. These things says the Amen, the Witness faithful and TRUE, the Beginning of the creation of God. ...
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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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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 do Trinitarians respond to passages in the Bible that seem to clearly distinguish between God and Jesus after his ascension?

The answer is simple! As I've stated hundreds of times the Father has no separate manifestation from the Son. The Son is the only manifestation and REVELATION of the Father SO HE GAVE IT TO JESUS. ...
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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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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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Why does church tradition teach that one third of the angels fell with Lucifer when no verse supports that

@BYE points in the right direction. Some of the prophecies in Revelation look backwards to events that occurred before John lived, because the contest between Satan and God goes back to the beginning ...
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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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The Protestant perspective concerning the Four Horsemen

There is no one, official Protestant interpretation. However, I can give information from a book compiled by a Protestant scholar but which makes no distinction between basically Catholic, and ...
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The LDS perspective on the Four Horsmen

From the Doctrine and Covenants, section 77, which lays out revealed interpretations of some of the symbolism in the Book of Revelation: 6 Q. What are we to understand by the book which John saw, ...
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Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses cite William Barclay as to the identity of the speaker in Revelation 22:13 knowing he believed it is Jesus?

First, let me answer your question near the end of your comments, and then I will be able to give a swift, simple answer to your question in the heading. You asked near the end, “Why do the Jehovah ...
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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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Did identifying various things as the Mark of the Beast only start in late 1900s?

It is likely that the earliest identification of "the mark of the beast" in Revelation 13:17-18 was written down by Ireneaus (circa 175 A.D.) He believed it to be the name Lateinos [Greek ...
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Do/which Christians believe they hear from God?

Do/which Christians believe they hear from God? Speaking in very general terms, most Christians denominations accept the possibility that God can speak to various individuals in one manner or another. ...
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Could the intentional killing of civilians in primarily Christian Ukraine be included in symbolism within the book of Revelation?

Only time will tell. The ethnic and religious statistics are interesting. With regard to the religious element, it is worth noting that there are two distinct denominations that claim to be the "...
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Is Jesus the first creative work of God according to Revelation 3:14?

Translation: Source of God's Creation The word arche in Greek also refers to primacy and origin, source when used as a substantive rather than a point of reference in time like "In the beginning&...
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According to reformed theology, who or what will the saints reign over in eternity?

Reformed thinkers commonly say that Christians will rule with God, particularly Christ, over all the new creation. Wayne Grudem references this passage and simply says: We shall also have ...
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