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Colossians 1:18; "the firstborn from the dead" literal or symbolic?

Colossians 1:18 DRB; 18 And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he may hold the primacy: The Dead from whom the Christ was ...
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1 Cor 15:25 - Does Jesus stop reigning? What's the actual function and meaning of "until" in the context of this verse?

23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule ...
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Have the end times prophesied in Matthew 24:14 been expected to happen immediately after Romans 1:8?

Matthew 24:14 New International Version And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Romans 1:8 New International ...
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Are Jesus’s words in Matt. 24:28 parabolic, idiomatic, or prophetic/literal? [duplicate]

If you read the account of Armageddon in Rev. 16:17-19:21 you see that it is the literal fulfillment of Jesus’s prophecy of bodies and vultures in Matt. 24:28.
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Does the Greek of Mat.24:31 and Mar.13:27 teach that the gathering of the elect is out of the earthy sphere unto the heavenly sphere of God's throne?

Many teach that the coming of Christ in Mat. 24 to gather his elect is His descent to the earth to establish God's Kingdom, rather than a descent to the sphere of the clouds to gather the elect and ...
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Genesis 8 End Times prophecy

Genesis 8:22 - As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease Should this be interpreted that the End Times are a great famine ...
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Was Acts 2:17 intended to be a statement for all time or only its immediate context?

Acts 2:17 "'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Was this ...
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Does "great tribulation" (Matthew 24:21) refer to a massive End Time trauma, or is it a general description of the Conquest of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.?

The NIV translated this verse as "great distress" (thlipsis megale, Gk.). "Distress being a common word used throughout the N.T. epistles to describe the adverse conditions that ...
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Is Matthew 24 arranged as a chiasm or parallel structure?

In Matthew 24 there are two themes that run throughout the narrative one is the destruction of Jerusalem/Temple and the other is the coming of the son of man Matthew 24:1-2 Destruction of Jerusalem/...
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In Matthew 24:38

In Matthew 24:38 What is the difference between marrying and giving in marriage in this passage. It appears that the passage is talking about two types of marriages. Matt 24:38 - For as in those days ...
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Why does Jesus talk about the Sheep and Goats judgment in Matthew 25:31-46?

This question is not about what the sheep and goats judgment means. It is not about identifying who the sheep and goats are, or when it takes place. The question is why it logically follows on the ...
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Is the timeline of the stone in Daniel 2:34-44 defined?

In Daniel 2, a stone crushes the statue of Nebuchadnezzar's vision. This stone grows and covers the Earth. "In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never ...
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Revelation 10:11. Prophecy ABOUT many nations or TO many nations

Revelation 10:11 gets translated two different ways. The predominant translation is that John is commanded to prophecy about other nations, but a few translations have John commanded to prophecy to ...
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Who is the Whore of Babylon?

Who is the Whore of Babylon mentioned in the Bible especially in Revelation? “a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman ...
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Revelation 18:23 - Who or what are the "Merchants" and the "magic spell" that led the whole Earth astray?

Rev 18:23 "Your merchants were the world’s important people. By your ...
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Why does the serpent continue to eat dust in Isaiah 65:25?

God promises a new heaven and earth and says he will never remember the former things KJV Isaiah 65 : 17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor ...
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How should Revelation 11:15 be translated (so the implied pronoun and expressed referent agree)?

Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] Rev 11:15 Καὶ ὁ ἕβδομος ἄγγελος ἐσάλπισεν· καὶ ἐγένοντο φωναὶ μεγάλαι ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ, λέγοντες Ἐγένετο ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ κόσμου τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν καὶ τοῦ χριστοῦ αὐτοῦ,...
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What are the types/parallels in Job?

As I read through Job, so much of it is reminiscent of other scriptures, and even as I read through other books, for instance certain chapters in Psalms or Lamentations, the words seem as though they ...
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Hosea 6:2. Are the days in this verse more than 24-hr. days and probably much more?

Hoses 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Are the days in this verse 24-hour days and if not how long perhaps are they?
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Was the Gospel preached to all nations prior to A.D. 70?

Matthew 24:9-14 (ESV): 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one ...
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What does πάντα ταῦτα ("all these things") mean in Matthew 24:34? Does it include both tribulation and second coming of Christ or only one of these?

Matthew Ch. 24 is a discourse on eschatology. Jesus says that this generation will not passaway until "all these things" have taken place. What does "all these things" constitute of. This passage ...
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Does the book of Revelation teach that all miracles during the end times will be of Satan?

Passage (KJV) Content Revelation 13:13-14 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth ...
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What does it mean in Revelation 21:1 when it says, "...and the sea was no more."?

What is the significance of this phrase and why is this particular aspect of creation noted as not existing anymore in the new earth? The best I can tell is that many times throughout scripture the ...
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What exegetical conclusion can be drawn about the order of the last days Second Coming harvest (Matthew 13:30, 36-43)?

Does this parable of Jesus about the Tares provide sufficient information in order to make conclusions about the order of dealings in the Second Coming of Christ. That is, what do the tares being ...
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Second beast or the image that will force the people to receive a mark on their hands or forehead in Revelation 13:15-16?

Revelation 13:15-16 NASB 15 And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the ...
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In 2 Thessalonians 2:7 who is holding back the "secret power of lawlessness"?

2 Thessalonians 2:7 (AMP): For the mystery of lawlessness (that hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority) is already at work in the world, [but it is] restrained only until [a]he ...
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Do "Eating and drinking" and "Marrying and given in marriage" in Matthew 24:36-39 refer to evil end times or to normal times before the Second Coming?

Most modern prophecy conferences, Christian radio programs, and End-time movies say that this passage in Matthew describes the wicked days of Noah and the Corrupt culture back then. And then they ...
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Would 2 Timothy 2:16-18 suggest that full preterism is a salvation issue?

In the Bible, some questions seem to allow for differing positions (see Romans 14). However, does 2 Timothy 2:16-18 suggest that whether the resurrection has already happened isn't one of them? Is it ...
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What is the meaning of "day and hour unknown"?

Matthew 25:13 (NKJV) “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. This verse mentions only the day and the hour as unknown. Does this mean that ...
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Why is there no mention of “the church” in Revelation after the first three chapters?

In studying eschatology, I haven’t found a sufficient solution to the long absence of any mention of Christ’s church after the letters to the churches in the first three chapters. Specifically, during ...
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Can hermeneutics determine how Matthew 24 should be interpreted? [closed]

Matthew 24 can be interpreted as a short-term prophecy for the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple culminating in 70 CE. time in Judea. However, some of the language used sounds like a description ...
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What's the Scope of Isaiah's Egyptian Eschatological Inclusion and Religious Fidelity to Yahwism: Righteous Remnant Or Wholesale Redemption:?

Considering Isaiah's dominant hostile portrayal of Egypt as either "oppressors" or "cruel masters" or a "splintered reed" and or aught to be coming to Israel in chains ...
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Which Head was "Wounded Unto Death" and healed?

In Revelation 13:1 (KJV), we see a picture of ... a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. Yet in ...
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How could there possibly be two "end of times" in the Scriptures, one in Ezekiel 7:6 and the other in Matthew 24:14?

How could there possibly be two "end of times" separated by 1300 years? If the world was literally destroyed in 592-570 BC, how could there be another end to the world? Why are people not ...
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Will "born again" Christians be taken to heaven before the "great tribulation" in the book of Revelation?

In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul speaks of the coming of the Lord. The Lord will come down in the clouds with a loud command, calling the dead in Christ and the Christians, still alive, to be caught ...
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Acts 3:21 Does this scripture prohibit Jesus' return until the " times of restitution of all things " as quoted by Peter in this verse?

Acts 3:21 K.J. " Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, ..... ". I have heard and read much about Jesus' return being imminent (likely to happen soon) ...
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City or prince,its end shall come like a flood in Daniel 9:26?

Daniel 9:26 KJV And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end ...
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Who does the Bible say the Two Olive Trees and Two Lampstands (Two Witnesses) are?

When I hear people ask who the Two Witnesses are, responses often jump to Moses and Elijah, Enoch and Elijah, Zechariah, Haggai, and others guesses. It seems to me the Bible tells us who the Two ...
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Was the "abomination of desolation" Caligula's proposed statue in the Temple?

In Mark 13:14 (and similarly in Matthew 24:15) Jesus is reported as saying: "When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—...
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What does "run to and fro" in Daniel 12:4 mean?

Daniel 12:4 says "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." (KJV) Now, what does the phrase "...
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Why does the Gospel of John omit Jesus' teachings on eschatology and end of days, while the synoptics include them?

What intrigued my attention was the post here and the answer by user25930 listing a lot of passage from New Testament about tribulation, end of days and second coming of Jesus Christ but he could ...
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Who is the subject of the "rebellion" in 2 Thessalonians 2:3?

In 2 Thessalonians 2:3, Paul begins, "Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first..." (ESV empahsis mine). Is there any indication - whether in this ...
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Is the Apocalypse of John in a separate GENRE of literature, different from the Law, Prophets, and Writings, or are they to be treated the same?

The writing of Old Testament prophetic books are considered by Conservative Christians to have ended 5 0r 6 centuries B.C. But the Apocalyptic genre is considered to have been "invented" in ...
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Who are the saints / holy ones in 1 Thessalonians 3:13 and 2 Thessalonians 1:3–12?

In June 2017 and May 2018, I had email exchanges with Prof. Larry W. Hurtado and Dean Craig C. Hill (two high-caliber NT scholars) about the second coming, the rapture and, more specifically, the ...
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Why are the seven thunders of Rev.10:4 sealed and what was their message? [duplicate]

When you say this is opinionated you will be right. Rev.10:4 has been previously discussed and that is also true, but no conclusion was reached. Some of the previous discussion had great merit. I ...
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2 Thess 2:1-2 - what is the timing relationship between the rapture and the day of the Lord?

1Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers,a 2not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or ...
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In 1 Peter 4:17 is Peter referring to "God's house" (ie: the temple) or his "household"?

[1Pe 4:17-18 DBY] (17) For the time of having the judgment begin from the house of God is come; but if first from us, what shall be the end of those who obey not the glad tidings of God? (18) And if ...
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Two rulers or one ruler in Daniel's 70 week prophecy?

In Daniel 9:25-27, which the angel ("man") Gabriel states 25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One (or an anointed one), ...
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Are Paul (1 Cor 15:52) and Jesus (Matt 24:29-31) describing the same event, and if so, when will/did this happen?

In Matthew 24:29-31, Jesus describes what is commonly known as the "The Coming of the Son of Man": 29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon ...
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Is Jesus implying that his second coming will be a literal, extraordinary worldwide event akin to Noah's flood? Matthew 24:36-44

Matthew 24:36-44 (ESV): 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of ...

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