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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 there were other things that I similarly "heard" but I would not assign all of these the same source. Rather than a point of pride I consider it a ...


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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 having John remaining among them permanently until the times of Trajan, is a true witness of the tradition of the apostles. (Against Heresies 3.3.4) And he [John] ...


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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 Moses and all the prophets as He gave to disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:27), but more of them adhered to the traditions of the elders, particularly the ...


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The Book of Revelation, whose very text explicitly states that it was written or dictated by John (1:1, 1:4, 1:9, 22:6, 22:8), and which, despite various doubts concerning its authorship, became very popular in early Christianity, only to be later added or accepted (in)to the Christian New Testament canon, makes mention, in its seventeenth chapter, of seven ...


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The real focus here should not be on what Christians "believe", but what real spiritual people "experience". Unfortunately, as modern society has such a loose definition of what is "Christian", the real answer can only be addressed by a person who has actually "heard" from God. So as Stack Exchange has so generously ...


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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. It happens occasionally, here and there. It is true that some seem not to be able to hear the voice of God. But then He may be speaking to us in a way we are ...


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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 Witnesses quote Professor William Barclay saying "it is difficult to be sure who is the actual speaker?" The first point to make is that establishing ...


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I am addressing this question as a broader spectrum question than LDS doctrine alone, under the thought that a broader answer was the intended desire. The entire Bible stands as evidence that further revelation should be expected. Throughout its pages, we see angels, prophets, visions, and miracles both grand and small. Recounting each would be tiresome and, ...


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Short Answer Among those who practice "speaking in tongues" they would have understood the activity as something other than angelic speech in heaven (no one has heard it) and also something other than angelic speech to humans on earth (intelligible). Long Answer Anthony C. Thiselton's NIGT Commentary on 1 Corinthians (2013) provides extensive ...


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Four mainstream groups within Trinitarian Protestantism are examined regarding their views of the Book of Revelation in the source I quote from below. Of course, there will be more than four ways of understanding Rev. 15:1, but this sample should serve to suffice for a short answer. (Note - all emphases in the quotes are mine.) Albert Barnes of the 19th ...


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There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the ...


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Both God and Jesus can be understood to send the angel, because Jesus is at God's right-hand (Matthew 26:64) and is God's representative - God does things through Jesus. The NT generally, and Revelation in this case, repeatedly and clearly distinguishes between Jesus and God. Jesus is the 'Son of God', Jesus says 'My God, my God'. Jesus says 'Your God and my ...


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I take a more scientific approach to this. I believe this is simply a period of exponential growth of Christianity. In order to explain this, I need to establish the beginning and the end given the context. I like to start with the end, because I am weird like that. Christianity had a reign of 1000 years before heaven and earth are made anew in Rev 21:1, ...


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Such a good question deserves answers from Oneness Pentecostals, who are the modern-day advocates of ancient Modalism (as well as some other groups). After five years, no Oneness Pentecostal has yet answered, so I hope that my answer will prompt some to do so now. First, it needs to be made clear what Modalism is. Marcion lived in the middle of the second ...


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The simple answer is based on the examples the text provides both in OT and NT usage of titles. Trying to prove anything by what title God has or is given to others including Christ is a curious exercise but accomplishes little of any value. King of Kings, Saviour, Lord, 'First and Last' is applied to both God and Jesus at different times and even other men ...


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There is a great danger of confusing two distinct things here, but that can be avoided once it is made clear how different the ‘Historicist’ view is to the comparatively recent ‘Dispensationalist’ view regarding the Revelation. There is not the mingling of those two schools of thought as some imply. I intend to make that clear at the outset before ...


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What I have found is that this teaching may be found among some historicists and Dispensationalists. Protestant Reformers, including John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer, John Thomas, John Knox, Roger Williams, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, and John Wesley, as well as most Protestants of the 16th–18th centuries, felt that the Early ...


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Who are the 144,000 according to the Roman Catholic Church? 7 After these things, I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that they should not blow upon the earth, nor upon the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the sign of the living God; and ...


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Future revelations/doctrine beyond Rev 22:18? By that same logic Deut 4:2 (Deut 12:32) would discount Revelation and the whole New Testament. The LDS believe this verse is pertaining to the manuscript of John's not the bible or New Testament. When John wrote the Book of Revelation in the latter part of the first century A.D., he was not writing the ...


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If Matthew Henry (1662-1714), a Protestant Nonconformist minister, is considered representative of the Reformed Protestant tradition, then the following extract may be useful. Regarding John’s vision of the New Jerusalem, Matthew Henry speaks of the wall for security, its purity and perfection, its size and capacity to house all the people of God, and then ...


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Appendix 189 in The Companion Bible (Bullinger reprint of what I take to have been the 1885 edition) deals with Apostles, and confirms much of what has been claimed. Relevant parts state: "In Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Acts (except 14:4,14) the term is used of the Twelve chosen and commissioned by the Lord (Matt. 11:1, Luke 6:13) during His earthly ...


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Yes, Ellen G White declared that those who are sealed by God are Sabbath keepers – that is to say, those who follow the Mosaic Law and keep Saturday as the Sabbath. From the following quotations, please bear in mind that in the writings of Ellen G White “Sabbath” refers to Saturday, and “sabbath” refers to Christians who worship God on Sunday. The following ...


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If you are seeking an exhaustive list of which denominations believe they hear from God, I don't think that would be possible. In my experience, those who do claim to hear from him have always been 'non-denominational'. In fact, at least 2 people I have met who claim to have been 'inspired' by God said they felt forced out of the churches they had been ...


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The Catholic Church believes in the possibility of "interior locutions". Various saints are recorded as having heard the voice of God, including Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, and Teresa of Calcutta. In a different way, God can speak to people via apparition. In recent times, Saint Faustina Kowalska recorded conversations with Jesus, which are ...


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My church has a theme, "It is easy to hear God when you are in His presence ". He did an entire sermon on Hearing God leads to the supernatural. Other related sermons are Multipy:God made your calling beyond your abiity to do so, you'll need Him to do it This would require specifics from Him, because calling is specific to each person. He also ...


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For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them. - Jeremiah 25:15-16 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done ...


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Will the saved people that are in heaven as spirits … ? That's a big assumption for a general category of Christianity. Some denominations do believe this doctrine, but many others fail to find any biblical support for it. Nowhere does the Bible ever say that people will go to Heaven when they die. The Bible talks about death as "sleep", and ...


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God does not have a form that is like a human. God is Spirit (John 4:24). Exodus 33:20 tells us, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” As sinful human beings, we are incapable of seeing God in all His glory. His appearance is utterly unimaginable and too glorious to be safely perceived by sinful man. John did not see God. What he had ...


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Of course Revelation's author calls himself John, but your question is (at least largely) about the early external evidence on the identity of this John. The many references to the Apocalypse of John (e.g., in the title of one of Melito's writings, and throughout the manuscript tradition) don't speak to that (at least not directly). Let's survey the earliest ...


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Should the “angel of the abyss” be capitalized? Only in those translations that dream the the Abyss to be the proper name of the bottomless pit. Only the Berean Study Bible and the New International Version actually do so. The only thought I can think of as to why is that they treat the Abyss as a proper name of a location. As for the word angel, it is ...


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