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I believe the 'kingdom of heaven' here means the astral heaven, the 'heavenlies' as Paul calls it. Some people take it by force/violence, means some people actually do the sorcery to 'capture' astral zones. This is something like taking over the atmosphere of a meeting, or a home even, simply by forcefully barging in and filling the place with strong ...


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In the larger context of the Matthew passage you cite (11:1-20), Jesus' focus is on John the Baptizer and John's ministry as Messiah's forerunner (see also Mark 1 and Luke 3). John's commission from God was to prepare the way for the Lord, and in essence John's message was a message (and baptism) of repentance. The common people flocked to John, and John ...


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It would first be useful to define what the "Kingdom of Heaven" is. In this verse, "Kingdom of Heaven" refers the the ecclesiastical government of the church, which is the kingdom of heaven on earth[1]. If you examine the Greek: καὶ βιασταὶ ἁρπάζουσιν αὐτήν. (kai biastai harpazousin autēn) "and [the] violent (violent men) seize (take it by force) it ...


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I've looked at this before. If I recall correctly, analysis of the source text helps. Even without source analysis, it's not too hard to get a reasonable interpretation. suffers violence The wicked are oppressing the righteous. the violent take it by force The wicked have overtaken the righteous. E.g. the elders of the people are hypocritical Pharisees, ...


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Lots of discussion on this subject. But if i may clarify on the key question. Although previous scripture indicates that John knew Jesus as a great teacher, a prophet, and perhaps even as one defined as the Messiah by his mother and aunt, the statement in John, Chapter 1:29-34 declares that until the moment of confirmation wherein the prophesy from God was ...



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