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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 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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answered The Statue of Daniel 2 Breaking?
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comment Are the 70 sevens of Daniel 9:24 the fulfillment of Leviticus 26:18-33?
@BenjaminHoogterp I have to agree with Jack; 1)This question needs to be 'boiled down', and your own answer kept out of it(you can answer your own question, in a separate reply). Also, you seem to support a separate conclusion about the '490 years'. Would it be ok to simply ask, "Is the Lev. 26:18-45 passage fulfilled by Dan. 9:24"? That would be "on topic" and answerable, and you could provide your own answer, if needed. Otherwise, my suspicion is in it's present form, it's due to be closed.
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comment What is the meaning of the paseq in Genesis 1.5?
Thank you! As a layman, approaching the subject of grammar in translation, it is important to know why such 'adjustments' were necessary. If it was to highlight "conjunctive and disjunctive accents", then it obviously is a tools of the Masorites. But if they draw attention to the special challenges translating the text imposed(such as separating God's name, or highlighting a meaning which could easily be misconstrued, then it seems they would pre-date the Masorites, who had their own challenges with codifying the previous revisions of the Hebrew text.
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comment Does God send a “Strong Delusion”? What is the Context of understanding 2 Thess. 2:11?
Yes, disasters can be from the Lord; this is part of the "Retributive Justice" issue which must be understood as God's direct response to sin. I agree with your conclusion. However, not all cases are "Retributive Justice"(witness Job), so one must be careful in assigning them to Him.
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comment Does Exo. 4:11 state that God makes people blind, deaf, or mute?
This is a very insightful analysis; I'm curious to see how the OP weigh's in.
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comment Does God send a “Strong Delusion”? What is the Context of understanding 2 Thess. 2:11?
Thank you for your response! There are numerous reasons to accept the 'plain meaning' of the text; 1 of them is "Retributive Justice" which I didn't address in my response-it's a question in itself. My conclusion is that God is "All Truth", therefore it is beneath Him to purposefully deceive man. It is not beneath His Archenemy, Satan, who is the "Master Deceiver", and at any opportunity will purposefully deceive man. It is "anthropopathic" to ascribe to God 'deception', just as it is "anthropopathic" to ascribe 'repentance' to God; it's our way of explaining God's actions.
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comment The Statue of Daniel 2 Breaking?
If your question concerns interpreting the destruction of the Statue of Nebuchadnezzar, then I would state the question as such and leave the 'Futurist' issue out of it.
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comment The Statue of Daniel 2 Breaking?
It took me a couple of times to understand your question; basically you are stating the premise that A), if one applies a Futurist interpretation, then B), the elements that preceded Rome don't exist, therefore they couldn't be destroyed in the end. I don't know of any Futurists that hold to that particular view, could you cite some references?
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reviewed Reviewed Are the divine name and its contracted form somehow unique or are they truly inter-changeable?
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comment Are the divine name and its contracted form somehow unique or are they truly inter-changeable?
Welcome to BHSE! We're a little different here, please read our site directives before asking and answering questions. You are attempting to answer the question, and I applaud your effort. You make some good points, and with some editing, there is a valid answer. The last paragraph is prescriptive, and as such is outside of our site guidelines. With some editing and eliminating the last paragraph, this would be a worthwhile answer that should attract +1's. Thank you!
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accepted Does God send a “Strong Delusion”? What is the Context of understanding 2 Thess. 2:11?
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comment Does God send a “Strong Delusion”? What is the Context of understanding 2 Thess. 2:11?
@Davïd You actually did answer the right question, and FWIW-my vote for the bounty.:>) I felt I needed to respond to the "Does God intentionally deceive" argument that is congruent to this passage.
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answered Does God send a “Strong Delusion”? What is the Context of understanding 2 Thess. 2:11?
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reviewed No Action Needed What is the translation philosophy for tachash skins in Exodus?