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Are the 70 weeks of Daniel and Jeremiah prophecies about the Babylonian exile of the 6th century BC or about the age of the Messiah?

Jeremiah ostensibly predicted that Israel would be destroyed and be in captivity to Babylon for 70 years: [Jer 25:11 NLT] 11 This entire land will become a desolate wasteland. Israel and her ...
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In Hebrews 12:2 what is the joy "set before" Jesus?

The author of "To the Hebrews" seems to assert that the messiah had a motivating "carrot" set before him. What does the "joy set before" Jesus refer to? What reward does the author of Hebrews ...
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How is it that Jesus could be "three days and three nights in the heart of the earth"?

This verse is usually interpreted as a prophetic word by Jesus about Himself: Matthew 12:40: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three ...
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"My son" in Hosea 11:1 quoted in Matt. 2:14-15

Matthew 2:14-15 (NASB) reads: 14So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. 15He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill ...
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Who is the man in Daniel's vision in Daniel 10?

Who does Daniel see in his vision in Daniel 10?
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In Luke 11:50-51, why does Luke seem to refer to Abel as a "prophet"?

In the gospel of Luke at Chapter 11:50-51 (NIV), Jesus refers to Abel as a "prophet." I am not aware of any scripture spoken by Abel, which would prove that he is a prophet,but the words of Jesus ...
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How could Rachel fulfill Joseph's dream if she was dead?

Genesis 35:24 states that the only two sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin: The sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. Genesis 35:16-19 makes it clear that Rachel died in Childbirth. They ...
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What is meant by "the secrets of his heart are disclosed" in 1 Corinthians 14:25?

1 Cor 14:24-25 (ESV): 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling ...
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In Luke 24:16 why were the disciples eyes kept from recognizing Jesus, then opened?

Jesus spoke in parables about the temporary partial judicial hardening that was to occur in order for him to be rejected but Jesus said "to you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of ...
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Does "days" in prophecy equal "years" (Daniel 9 - Seventy Weeks)

A lot of theologians take Daniel's seventy weeks and interpret the seventy weeks to be 490 years, a year for each day. From a hermeneutic standpoint, I seek to know if this type of calculation is good ...
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Who is the woman in Revelation 12?

She is introduced: A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.—Revelation 12:1 (NIV) Who is the woman ...
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What is Divination?

Question: According to ancient, primary sources, what was divination and how was it practiced? Translations that seem to confuse the terms: NASB, Genesis 44:5 - Is not this the one from which my lord ...
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In Genesis 49:10 what is the "Time of Shiloh"?

Besides the Biblical-era city what is "Shiloh", is the time of Shiloh yet to happen? Is Shiloh a person, battle or other event? It seems to have a connection with Genesis 49:10: The sceptre shall ...
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Which beast does the number 666 represent

16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the ...
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Which forms of Numerology might have been used in Revelation? [closed]

Closely Related: - What is the meaning of "calculate" in Revelation 13:18? 1. Question: In general, Which forms of numerology were in use that the writer of Revelation might have likely used ...
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What is the allusion in Matt 12:6, "something greater"?

The text of Matt 12:6 is: But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. Most commentaries suggest that Jesus is referring to Himself. Could Jesus be drawing on the Old Testament ...
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Was Nathan a false prophet?

After David established himself in Jerusalem, Nathan prophesied: “The Lord declares to you that He, the Lord, will establish a house for you. When your days are done and you lie with your fathers, ...
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Did Paul (1 Cor 14) and the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:19) share the same concept of 'prophet'?

1 Corinthians 14:1 (ESV): Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 (ESV): 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or ...
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Is "the day of the LORD" a particular day or any visitation?

The phrase "day of the LORD" is used multiple times in scripture. Do they all point to the same event or to multiple events? Barnes, in "Barnes' Notes" suggests that it is descriptive rather than ...
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In Proverbs 31:1 what is meant by "oracle" (מַשָּׂא, χρηματισμός)?

NET Bible Proverbs 31:1 The words of King Lemuel, an oracle (מַשָּׂא) that his mother taught him: LXX οἱ ἐμοὶ λόγοι εἴρηνται ὑπὸ θεοῦ βασιλέως χρηματισμός ὃν ἐπαίδευσεν ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ BHS ...
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What is the difference between having the spiritual gift of prophecy and being a prophet?

In 1 Corinthians 12, 13 & 14 the Apostle Paul talks about the spiritual gift of prophecy and also about prophets, and he seems to use both terms interchangeably: 10 to another the working of ...
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What was the purpose of the Old Testament prophecies whose contents were not recorded for posterity?

Some examples are: 1) Numbers 11:23-30 (NIV): 23 The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” 24 So Moses went out and ...
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To whom was Isaiah referring in Isaiah 53?

I already asked a variant of this question at Christianity.SE. Consider Isaiah 53:4-6 (NIV), which is commonly interpreted as a prophecy that the Messiah would die for the sins of the world: ...
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What are the major variations of the "double-fulfillment" hermeneutic?

"Double-fulfillment" Some hermeneutics hold that Biblical prophecy should be understood in terms of a "double-fulfillment". For example, many understand the following prophecy in terms of a double-...
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Does the past tense in the suffering servant song (Isaiah 53) refer to Jesus?

My question is concerning a supposed prophecy that appears to be about Jesus, but a closer look has clued me into something astounding, which was never discussed in church. According to biblical ...
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Difference between the Mark of the Beast and the Seal of the Servants?

Closely Related: - Is the Mark of the Beast Actually Voluntary? Is there a difference between the "Mark of the Beast", and the "Seal of the Servants"? If so, what is the ...
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Did God lose a fight to another deity?

2 Kings 3:26-27 reads 26 When the king of Moab realized he was losing the battle, he and 700 swordsmen tried to break through and attack the king of Edom, but they failed. 27 So he took his ...
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Why would God disapprove of rituals he ordained?

In Amos 5:21-24 God says: I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; ...
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John 19:30 - What did Jesus say "was finished"?

Closely Related: - Is there an allusion to Psalm 22 in John 19:30, ‘It is finished’? NKJV, John 19:30 - So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished (Τετέλεσται, interlinear)!...
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Who is the "star" that comes out of Jacob, and why will he crush the foreheads of Moab, and the skulls of all the sons of Sheth?

In Numbers 24:17, with reference to Balaam's fourth Oracle, it is written, (NIV) "I see him but not now, I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob, a sceptre will rise out ...
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How should the 2300 evenings and mornings be understood in Daniel 8:13-14?

Daniel 8:13-14 NASB 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that particular one who was speaking, “How long will the vision about the regular sacrifice apply, [o]while the ...
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Is the Mark of the Beast Actually Voluntary?

Closely Related: - What is the Difference between the Marks of the Beast and Lamb? Apart from "obeying God", or "salvation", etc... Is there anything in the texts to indicate that a person actually ...
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Did King Ahaz find a virgin mother?

In Isaiah 7, King Ahaz, the Judean king, is surrounded by the armies of Aram and Israel and things look bleak. At Isaiah 7:13-17, the prophet tells Ahaz that God will give him a sign that the seige ...
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In Revelation 19:16, of which kings is Jesus king?

KJV Rev_19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. We know that Jesus is the Christ/son of David and thus king of the Jews, or at least ...
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What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?

And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to ...
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When do those who think the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 refer to years think the weeks began?

I have recently been looking into possible dates for the beginning of Jesus' ministry. I believe that Daniel's weeks of years prophecy refers to when Jesus begins His ministry (I used to errantly ...
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In Jeremiah 29:8 what kind of dream was Israel not to listen to?

In Jeremiah, which dreams is God saying to not listen to? NKJV, Jeremiah 29:8 - For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your ...
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Does Matthew 10:23 impact the credibility of Jesus' second coming?

Matthew 10:23 (KJV) "When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. In ...
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What is "the last trumpet" to which Paul refers in 1 Cor 15:52?

1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For there to ...
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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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Could Jesus actually have risen from the dead on the fourth day, instead on the third day?

I was reading Luke 24:7 just now. The verse is about an angel who tells the disciples that Jesus was going to rise the third day. I noticed that it didn’t say on the third day, or after the third day. ...
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How can 'what must soon come to pass' in Revelation 1:1 be reconciled with ~2000+ years?

Revelation begins with "This is the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon come to pass." (Berean Study Bible) The word 'soon' here is 'tachei', ...
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In Revelation 17:7, Who is the woman riding the Beast?

But the angel said to me, "Why are you so amazed? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. -- Revelations 17:7 (NRS) Dave Hunt, ...
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Why is "bloods," translated as "blood," in Genesis 4:10?

When trying to understand the meaning of "the cry of Abel's blood," as recorded in Genesis 4:10,I found this interesting article which reads, In our lesson, taken from here , we look into an ...
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What is meant by "The iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full" in Genesis 15:16?

What is meant by the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full? Genesis 15:14-16 (KJV) 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not ...
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In John 18:9 what passage is Jesus citing when he says “of them which you gave me I have lost none”?

In John 18:9 KJV Jesus (or John) says: ...That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none. This apparently alludes to the saying which Jesus ...
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Does the word 'prophesy' in 1 Corinthians 14:3 include preaching/teaching?

When we use the word 'prophesy' or 'prophecy', we often take it to mean a spontaneous utterance from God through a human, usually in the first person (eg the Lord says "I am doing a new thing..."). ...
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What does Ezekiel 26:14 mean by 'Tyre shall never be rebuilt'?

Ezekiel 26:7-14 (ESV) 7  “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, and with horsemen ...
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How many distinct persons are present in Malachi 3:1-5? Who are they? Can we link them prophetically to persons from the New Testament?

Malachi 3:1-5 (NRSV): See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—...
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Can the term "eisegesis" apply to the interpretation of Old Testament passages as prophecies specifically of Jesus?

Since the last Old Testament book was written hundreds of years before the first New Testament book, it actually makes little sense to claim that any of the OT writers had specifically Jesus in mind ...
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