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The last letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called Tau, and it has the power of the Roman T. In its present form n, in the square character now in use, it has no resemblance to a cross; but in the ancient Hebrew alphabet, its figure X, or +, was that of a cross. Hence, when it is said, in the vision of Ezekiel (ix, 4) "Go through the midst of the city, and set a mark (in the original"n, tau) upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof"- which mark was to distinguish them as persons to be saved, on account of their sorrow for sin, from those who, as idolaters, were to be slain-the evident allusion is to a cross. The form of this cross was X or +, a form familiar to the people of that day.

It is significant to me in that it not only corresponds to the 1st letter of my name, but it corresponds to the One Who Saves us(The Aleph and the Tav) and His Work in redemption; which became real for me in Mar. 29, 1976 and has been real since.


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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
@BejaminHoogterp I've created a room called Symbolic Interpretation-we should move our conversation there, if you're interested.
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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
The "horse" is a vehicle, what kind of 'vehicle' is indicated by it's color. "White" is pure, authentic, truth. "Red" is bloody, evil, indicative of disaster. Black is plague, it's rider brings famine, disease, pestilence. Pale is death, it's rider removes life.
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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
Any time the Euphrates is crossed, it is indicative of disaster for Israel. God had marked the "Great River" as the boundary of the land He was giving Israel(Gen.15:18); you cross the border and you pick a fight. Since Israel was NOT a nation during or after 70AD, it could not be 'attacked' by a nation crossing the Euphrates. From 1948 onward, however, it IS a nation, and the prophetic rules apply.
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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
When we 'see' statues, beasts coming out of the sea, white horses(versus other colors) what are we "looking at"? If we get an address of where Jesus is to be born(Bethlehem of Judea), then the rules of Literal interpretation apply. When we see 'horses', there is a meaning surrounding horses, if we understand their meaning, then we can understand what the 'horses' are.
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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
Does Jesus actually ride down from Heaven on a White Horse? His disciples didn't see a 'white horse' when He ascended into Heaven, and they were told "in like manner as you see Him"(Acts 1:11). So, what does the "White Horse" mean?
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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
(Really finally) BOTH, (Physical and Spiritual births) are Realities, they are not 'metaphors, similes, implied comparisons' they are REAL! It's just that one is understood in it's Literal context, the other is understood in it's Figurative context. A code is a real message, it is written in such a way as to confuse it's unintended recipient.
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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
(finally) Simple example: Jesus said,"You must be born again". Nicodemus interpreted it "Literally"(re-entering and exiting his mother's womb), Jesus meant it "Figuratively"(being spiritually regenerated, and compared it to being 're-born).
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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
If the passage is meant to be interpreted in it's Literal(Historical/Grammatical) Context, then it's interpretation is the plain meaning of the text. If the passage is meant to be interpreted "Figuratively"(representative of another reality), then the passage is meant to be understood "figuratively", a "Literal" interpretation imposed on a "Figurative" text "Does violence to the text"-per J. N. Darby.
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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
Context is the key: IF/THEN;
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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
Not necessarily.
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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
There IS an interpretation(other than Literal/Historical-Grammatical that embraces a now and future fulfillment; it is a Historicist(not 'Classical Historicist') but Historicist which sees these events being fulfilled in our time, along with a recognizable hermeneutic to evaluate the interpretation. I would be happy to share with you, but your question as posed seems outside of that interpretation.
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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
I'm not sure what question you are asking; what's obvious is you are steering away from a futurist interpretation of the passage. What is not clear is how you are reconciling it with a Preterist/Partial Preterist viewpoint. Since no invasion from the east was recorded in the 1st 3 centuries of Christianity, there is no scope of interpretation other than conjecture as to how the prophetic fulfillment of this passage can occur.
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comment In which theological schools of thought would you classify the messages you can read on Medjugorje websites?
Otherwise, to approach the topic of Medugorje revelations would be a better fit on CSE.
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comment In which theological schools of thought would you classify the messages you can read on Medjugorje websites?
This question is destined to close, unless you can provide a scriptural reference and some background as to what you are asking. My suspicion is you are asking about events in Medjugorje which involved a group of teenagers(Catholic) who received 'revelations' from Mary as to "end times"(eschatological) events. The Catholic Church has not formally decided on these revelations, and there is some doubt as to their veracity. If you were to ask whether a particular revelation lines up with a particular passage of scripture, you might ask that question.
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comment In which theological schools of thought would you classify the messages you can read on Medjugorje websites?
Welcome to BHSE! We're a little different here, please read our Site Directives before asking and answering questions. Thank you!
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comment The Statue of Daniel 2 Breaking?
@BenjaminHoogterp These kingdoms are in warfare over the souls of men, and God's Kingdom will ultimately defeat man's kingdom, setting up a Millenial Reign of Christ on the earth.
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comment The Statue of Daniel 2 Breaking?
@BenjaminHoogterp To "understand" the Statue is to understand the "truth" of the Statue. The Statue was the figure of a MAN(not spirit/animal being) rising up through successive kingdoms. It reaches it's apex at the END, just before Christ smashes it's toes(not it's head or belly button). The Statue is the composite "kingdom of man"; it's composition is taken from these specific kingdoms(ideals, laws, philosophy, culture, language) to become THE representation of the kingdom of man. God's Kingdom is opposed to this kingdom; Man's kingdom exalts man, God's Kingdom exalts God.
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comment The Statue of Daniel 2 Breaking?
@BenjaminHoogterp (cont.) and X=C, you don't also make Y=C because it fits in your interpretation. A common 'failing' of Preterism is they are very literal about the word "generation" meaning 70 years, yet they 'spiritize' the Son of Man returning in power(Matt. 24:1-33) as if you could 'imagine it happening' when clearly the events of Matt. 24 have not all happened yet.
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comment The Statue of Daniel 2 Breaking?
@BenjaminHoogterp I apologize for not getting back sooner: 1) The Statue is One Statue-therefore the meaning of the Statue(it is allowed to be figurative, because there is not a literal statue transcending the length of the ages) is One meaning. You can't dismantle the Statue and still call it a Statue, any more than you can dismantle a car and call it a car. It is a dream being interpreted, therefore it is representative of a reality and not the reality itself. 2)'Spiritizing' an interpretation is not the same as a Figurative Interpretation. For example, if you are cracking a code(cont.)
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