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My present understanding is that the Holy City descends out of heaven. The City itself is one of the attributes of a King. A King always has a kingdom or official place that He meets His subjects/servants. We are to know for certain that this is not some fictional story. We are given a description of real physical place that will be a special worship place ...


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Gary's 'Unsealed' blog reminded me of a trick that Burton L. Mack describes in Who Wrote the New Testament, page 299. He says if his students at the School of Theology at Claremont, at first the study of a text, find it does not seem to support a traditional Christian conviction or the answer they hope to find in the Bible, they set up the comparison again ...


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The issue with this passage is not a variant: http://bible.ovu.edu/terry/tc/lay30rev.htm Translators seem to be divided as to whether the clause is qualifying "have been written" or "has been slaughtered": http://biblehub.com/revelation/13-8.htm For my part, since the clause immediately follows "has been slain" it tips in favor of being connected to ...


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Revelation 20:4–5 (NET, emphasis mine) — Then I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. These had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or ...


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We overcome because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of our testimony and (as a result of overcoming) we do not love our lives even to death. That is, there appears to be a cause-effect here. In this respect, perseverance is invisible (inward / in-working) faith operating with visible (outward / out-working) faith. In other words, the Book ...


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Tau's answer ends with this note: So while it is highly speculative that John imagined he wrote the last book, it is no stretch to say that John saw the final day, in which those who were redeemed by God from all humanity would dwell with Him for all eternity. Theologically this is surely the most salient point that can be made—whether or not John self ...


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Does Revelation self-consciously bring a close to the canon? The question seems to presume that the scroll has a consciousness, which is not likely what was meant so I'm interpreting the question to be, "Does the author of Revelation intend that Revelation be the last scripture to be written?" I will presume that this question is based on the blessing and ...


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Revelations is certainly the last book of the bible; however, canonicity wasn't resolved concerning the New Testament until the Council of Trent in 1546; in which it was established that 27 books which we refer to as New Testament were confirmed as "Articles of Faith", and "anathema" was ascribed to those that rejected them.(Reference: Canon of Trent) What ...


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Once the New Testament books were placed together in one volume, it was natural to place the gospels first, followed by all the epistles and then place Revelation last, whether or not we think of Revelation as a prophecy of the end times. John would not have known what books of the New Testament were yet to be written; in fact there was no thought given to ...


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I'm of the opinion that θανατος and αδης are to be understood as two Greco-Roman deities. αδης is well known as the keeper of the underworld. While I'm not aware of any particular extant references in secular literature to θανατος but it seems pretty clear that both θανατος and αδης are person's in Revelation 20:13-14 as they "surrender" the dead and then ...


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The answer might be "both." Fornication or sexual immorality, according to Barnes' Notes on the Bible is associated with the cult of Balaam: And to commit fornication - Balaam taught this; and that was the tendency of the doctrines inculcated at Pergamos. On what pretence this was done is not said; but it is clear that the church had regarded ...


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Cases for a 'kingly' identification There are 24 kings linked using a single phrase, and 24 'elders'. Therefore there may be a correlation between the two. They elders have 'crowns' and are sat on 'thrones', which may suggest a royal disposition. Cases against a 'kingly' identification The author expressly describes the men as elders and not kings, and ...


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This question highlights a genuine textual challenge: ancient Greek texts did not include quotation marks. Michael Palmer, a Hellenistic Greek linguist, notes, “While it’s usually very easy to see where a quote begins, finding the end of the quote is much more challenging because there was no punctuation, and no grammatical convention, to indicate this.” ...


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The 24 elders (πρεσβυτερους) are misidentified as 24 kings (βασιλεύς) because of a misunderstanding of what an "elder" is in a semitic society, that leads people to think that these 24 elders are actually kings. What I have repeatedly pointed out (to a chorus of downvotes) is that elders are representatives of the tribes of the People, not kings over them. ...


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Good Question, first of all lets review some verses : Revelation 21:5 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from ...



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