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My Greek is rusty but here the word has multiple meanings, it doesn't strictly refer just to alcohol, it also means having a clear mind. In this sense it could mean one should be meditative. There isn't any real evidence that it means abstinence, for which there is a Greek word. If they meant abstinence, then perhaps they should have said so (of course, ...


Paul is ostensibly depicting the same event that Jesus does in Matthew 24:31. This event is the gathering of the elect or righteous. The following passage, as well as Pauls in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, gave rise to the much later rapture doctrine. Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together ...

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