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comment What is the traditional understanding of God's Marriage Contract(Ketubah) with Israel?
@caseyr547 Thank you for your response! I vigorously disagree with Replacement Theology; one reason is "When was the wedding ceremony for the church?" None, that I know of. Also, Dual Covenant Theology rests on 2 different sacrifices-where was the other sacrifice? I like Irenaeus's answer in this regard(home.newadvent.org/fathers/0103409.htm). I am more concerned about how this marriage covenant was made, and what was the traditional(read OT) understanding is in regards to it.
Jul
15
comment Did Elijah break the Torah by encountering ravens and/or failing to appear at Jerusalem?
Thank you for this thorough explanation!
Jul
14
comment Explain 1 Cor 5:5
@rhetorician Thanks Don, for another fine answer!
Jul
12
comment Was Paul being facetious when he referred to a man going to Paradise in 2nd Corinthians chapter 12?
@Bye Mark is correct, Paul is speaking in 3rd person singular when refering to the revelations, yet 1st peerson singular when speaking of his infirmities. He betrays himself in vs 7,"...lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of revelations.." His method of speaking can be described as "Illeism", where the narrator seeks to convey impartiality, although he is also the protagonist. A young Marine in bootcamp is taught this to convey his thoughts in this method, as his DI doesn't regard his opinion, only what his sensory organs tell him.
Jul
8
comment Is the “7th seal” opened before the “6th seal” book of Revelation
@Bagpipes 1)So do I(Rapture) 2)How long is a biblical 'day'? In Rev. 17:12, the 10 Horns only reign 1 hour...really, only 60 minutes? What we are seeing is a shift, which is correlated to the Beast rising out of the sea. The "Lamb" opens the seals, which starts with the 'rider on the white horse' see answer hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/q/11588/2479. If you take a Dispensational view, then a lot of things happen in a very short time, including kings 'ruling for 1 hour'. A Historicist View takes in the whole measure of time, a more honest answer (IMHO).
Jul
8
comment Is the “7th seal” opened before the “6th seal” book of Revelation
@Bagpipes I have been giving your question a lot of consideration: 1) the seals are opened by the Lamb, the trumpet and bowl angels are sent from the Throne of God. 2) The scroll is progressively unrolled, and the seals are broken off progressively. Once the seal is opened, or trumpet sounded, or bowl poured, then it is out there. In the 5th seal, the martyrs didn't stop being martyred after the seal was opened. 3) The 6th seal uses both literal and figurative imagery. We can see "eclipses" and "blood moons"; sky "rolling up like a scroll" is figurative, as well as stars cast on the earth.
Jul
8
comment Is the “7th seal” opened before the “6th seal” book of Revelation
@Bagpipes When you say "I don't believe in the Rapture", are you saying, 'I don't believe in the Rapture at all', or are you saying 'I don't believe in 'pre-trib' or 'post-trib' Rapture?
Jul
8
comment What is the original Number of the Beast?
@lasersauce In 1 sense, yes. Scripture does say,"...But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."(1 Cor. 2:14) Yet, the passage Rev. 13:18) calls for wisdom which 1 Cor. 2:6-7 say is not of this world. The answer is contained in the proper understanding of the number-just not in the classic "Greek" understanding. I have written a great deal about this, the 'number' is just one aspect that points to the same thing.
Jul
6
comment What is the original Number of the Beast?
@Jas3.1 I am saying that you can "count" to 6 three times and arrive at 18. The issue of "six hundred and sixty-six", whether it is in Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew, or any other language makes no sense as a number, unless you "apply wisdom", which is not the same as the many number of gemmetrial systems out there, which started from "Nero Caesar" to "Barak Obama" and everyone in between. Who knows, maybe there is a kid with a sharp pencil who can make the numbers mean you(or me). But they are wrong, for a variety of reasons, one of which it is the number of 'man', not "a man".
Jul
5
comment What is the original Number of the Beast?
@Jas.1 I understand that, and I explained that in my comments. We are seeking "wisdom", and the "wisdom" tells us that six hundred and sixty-six doesn't mean anything, it's the 3 sixes that does. John probably spoke Aramaic, did God communicate it to him in classic Koine Greek? The truth has been hid from classic Greek scholars for centuries, and yet it can be known by children. A child can count to six, 3 times; whereas a classic Greek scholar only knows what to do with six hundred and sixty six. There is more to this than the number, but the number tells you it is 'man', rather than a man.
Jul
5
comment What is the original Number of the Beast?
@Jas3.1 I realize that in Greek, six HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SIX is not the same as "18". But the passage requires you to use "wisdom" and not a calculator.
Jul
5
comment What is the original Number of the Beast?
@Jas3.1 The 1st part of the answer was specifically addressed at the OP's concern(666 or 616?); the last part of the answer addresses the 'why 666' which the OP suggests is 'meaningless' in his comments. Obviously, if one could intrinsically decipher '666' from purely textual criticism, then there would be no controversy, correct? This is what I believe the truth of the text says, the fact that I may be a minority doesn't phase me. I believe it is much more honest than all the gemmetrial systems that abound(Barak Obama is the Antichrist, for one); and the numbers DO make sense.
Jul
4
comment What is the original Number of the Beast?
And BTW, welcome to BH! We're a little different here, be sure to read the guidelines (hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/tour) before you ask or answer any questions-Thx!
Jul
4
comment What is the original Number of the Beast?
+1 for your answer(I do agree, although I think you're mixing literal and figurative examples in your last paragraph. However, the OP's question was about the "Original Number" of Rev. 13:18(666 vs 616) and to that you offered no explanation. I would suggest you 'amend' it and keep your + votes from being overwhelmed by - ones.
Jul
4
comment What is the original Number of the Beast?
@lasersauce This is a good question, and I will be happy to respond.
Jul
3
comment What does it mean to “Weep for Tammuz”?
@lasersauce Thank you for your contribution. I was searching for some thread that would 'link' the different scenes that Ezekiel saw in this chapter.
Jul
3
comment What does it mean to “Weep for Tammuz”?
Thank you for your energetic search! I can see that there are numerous complications in examining this passage-but the common theme appears to be a fertility/spring ritual cult, a vestige of the Caananite festivals.
Jul
2
comment What would Peter “bind” or “loose” on earth?
@Jas3.1 I am in agreement with this answer, I do believe that in can include the context of the forgiveness of sins(see John 20:23). In any case, he is doing what has been 'done'(in the eternal now) in heaven.
Jul
1
comment Who wrote the end of Deuteronomy?
@Daи I also meant "contructive"... ;>)
Jul
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comment Who wrote the end of Deuteronomy?
@Daи Thank you for your honest criticism!