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Great question that has been asked many times in various ways on this site previously. Let me quote John 1:18 according to the ESV. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. The BSB is even more pointed. (The NIV and others have something similar). No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who ...


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Each army had a multiple of tens of thousands on both sides of the battle of Raphia. According to Polybius' history Ptolemy IV had 70,000 foot soldiers, 5,000 horse and 73 elephants; while Antiochus III had 62,000 foot soldiers, 6,000 horse, and 102 elephants. (1)(2) The verse is translated better in Young's. "and he hath carried away the multitude, ...


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Jesus confirmed his covenant, the New Covenant, for one week. In the middle of the week (3 ½ years into his ministry) he was “cut off” thus, putting an end to the sacrifices and offerings of the old covenant. The Jews would still continue in vain to offer sacrifices that had been rendered null and void by the crucifixion of Christ for another 40 years until ...


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[Dan 2:17 KJV] 17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: [Dan 2:18 KJV] 18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise [men] of Babylon. [Dan 2:23 KJV] 23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O ...


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We should recall that the inspired record uses two different types of prophecy: Literal with the occasional metaphor. In this type of prophecy, all the words used can be understood fairly literally, except for the occasional metaphor. Apocalyptic - where almost every significant noun is used as a symbol of something. The four visions of Daniel are like ...


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Mal.ka - go.dam - NE.MAR - u.pis.reh - hel.ma - de.nah .... king the - before - WE WILL TELL - and the interpretation of it - dream the - This is... Reading from right to left, in preferred English: This is the dream and the interpretation of it, WE WILL TELL, before the king. NE.MAR...verb-Qal-imperfect...first person common plural. The WE here, (in Dan 2:...


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Why did Michael wait 21 days to come to help the angel that was sent to Daniel? Perhaps God was testing the angel to see if he would turn to the dark side. 12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel." This applied to the angel as well. If he were afraid, how could he convince Daniel not to be? Why didn't Michael intervene right away? God hadn't ...


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Masoretic Sopherim added "ketiv-qere" notations to correct misspelled words like in your example [Daniel 11:10], [Ruth 1:8] and also in [Proverbs 1:27]. When we see a "Ketiv-Qere" notation, we notice the original Ketiv form of a word written but recite the following Qere form instead. - For this reason the Qere form " וּבָנָ֣יו "...


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In your comment, you wrote: I want to know if in the new testament our prayers can be hindered by external intermediary spiritual forces since Paul says we now have direct access to God and no entity can stand between that new relationship Here is one way that prayers can be hindered. 1 Corinthians 7:5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual ...


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Those words were written by Daniel. As the New Living Translation Study Bible says regarding author and date, “Scholars have endlessly debated the date at which the book of Daniel was put into its final form. Most conservative scholars argue that Daniel wrote the book in the late 500s BC… and the author places Daniel in the 500s (2:1; 5:1;10:1).” This ...


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The trick here is to recognise that the "times" is a dual, ie, two times. Note the comments of Ellicott: Time and times and the dividing of time.—This is frequently explained to mean three years and a half. Those who adopt this explanation assume that by “times” a dual is implied, which in Chaldee is represented by the plural. They next assume ...


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Daniel rejected the gifts because he did not want the gift to be a reason for interpreting the writing on the wall. Daniel knew that it was written by the finger of God and it is the same God that will reveal it unto him. Not by his power or by his might but by the Spirit of the Lord. Likewise, God is angry with the king for his abominable offence he has ...


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Does the Sixth Seal in Revelation 6:12 refer to the Medo-Persian Empire ? It is interesting that "Community" has seen fit to resurrect this Q. at this time, just as we, but one nation, are about to enter a possible "Winter of Discontent" to be made in-glorious by not only a resurgent pandemic but also by adverse politicking, the likes of ...


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These are rhetorical questions, so I hope they don't get edited out. Isn't the subject of Daniel God's dealing with Israel, their destiny as a nation? Seventy weeks are apportioned for your people and for your holy city, to close the transgression, and to make an end of sins...Dan 9:24. Of course there are lessons on loving God, overcoming idols, the veil ...


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Great question! But not an easy one to provide a straightforward answer. You can compare the two (Daniel to Paul) as it seems they are both using the same metaphor. According to John J. Collins(1), in the ancient world there was the idea of "astral immortality" among the Greco-Roman and eastern philosophers and religions. "Astral Immortality&...


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From John 1:16 the "fullness" of God could not be known through any ordinary man. It must come through the One who possesses the nature of God. At John 1:18 the word "God" is stated first and is without the definite article. This indicates first, that the emphasis is on the word "God," and second, the nature of God should be the ...


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To interpret the passages you need to apply the correct hermeneutics. In the Old Testament, the Hebraic concept of ‘representation’ needs to be taken into account. That is, if a representative of an High standing official is standing before you, it is as if that person themselves is there - and if there was a written account of the meeting, it would be ...


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The Chaldeans were originally a nomadic tribe who settled on the plain between the Euphrates and the Tigris, an area that extended some 400 miles in length and about 100 miles in width. The following two paragraphs make reference to the link between the people and the societal class of astrologers and astronomers in southern Mesopotamia: When the ...


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This is pasted from my book 'The Cherubim of Glory'. [I apologise, I cannot shorten this as the argument covers too much ground, across many scriptures.] NOTE 1 : The text is easier to read in the PDF in the link as it is already pagenated and paragraphed for online perusal. The section on 'the four faces' is from Page 118 to Page 127. NOTE 2 I do not see ...


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It is almost certain that there are two different people named "Darius". One of these is well-known historically, and the other is highly debatable. King Darius of Persia, also known as "Darius the Great" (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darius_the_Great) reigned from 522 BC to 486 BC. This is almost certainly the "Darius" ...


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The term "son of the gods" usually refers divine beings that are not God Himself (Job 1:6; Deuteronomy 32:8). In this particular case it could mean an unidentified angel or even Christ (even though the theophany of Yahweh himself, preincarnated Christ, ... is commonly found in Scriptures as the "Angel of the Lord" which comes from the ...


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That is a creative observation, and is the type of teaching common in old rabbinical commentaries. Whether it is true or not is not something that we can say, because you are asking a question about spiritual etymologies. I will say that this lemma, אֶ֫בֶן, occurs 272 times in the Old Testament and means "unhewn" stone, so it is a symbol of Christ. ...


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To “speak words against the Most High” trying (NIV) “to change the times and the law” has to be anti God as in promoting unclean and evilness, and would refer to the in the Bible prophesied coming “Anti Christ”. Shall persecute (NKJ) “the saints of the Most High" and " the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time&...


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I confess I have never heard any charge that Daniel prophesied there would be a change from the Jewish Sabbath observance to Sunday worship. The former starts from sundown on Friday (the 7th day of the Jewish week) and the latter starts from midnight on Sunday (the 1st day of the Jewish week). All I have heard is that some people claim it was the Catholic ...


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I am not sure why this is even remarkable. We have an almost identical phenomenon in Gen 18 - three "men" who are clearly nothing of the kind but only have the appearance of men. One of them turns out to be the LORD (Jehovah) Himself and the other two are angels as Gen 19:1 makes clear. The angel Gabriel is Hebrew for "Man of God". In ...


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LOL - an interesting conclusion. (That there weren’t enough ‘good’ angels.) But let’s add some [possible] understandings... Judah was in captivity - in a foreign land. A land that had, or more accurately, was under ‘other gods. Just exactly the same as when the children of Israel were in Egypt - under the Egyptian gods - and they [Egyptian gods] resisted ...


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To make the question more focused we can rephrase the question: whether the author of the Biblical book of Daniel incorporated material from Ludlul bēl nēmeqi, why, and how does it change the interpretation of Daniel? This is of course assuming that the Mesopotamian poem has been proven to be older than the earliest possible date of Daniel (6th century BC), ...


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What is “the end” in Daniel 8:19? Gabriel tells Daniel in Daniel 8:19: "I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end." (NASB) "Time of the end" "Time of the end" of what? This expression refers to to the end of the present earthly wicked system ...


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The number "seven" appears 46 times in Genesis, 31 times in Revelation, 12 times in Judges, and only 6 times in the book of Daniel. I would like to understand, holistically, if there is a reason this number comes up so frequently in this book. I do not want to underestimate the significance of "seven" in the book of Daniel but the fact ...


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7 is a holy number in Judiasm that repreents completeness Daniel who was an Israilite wrote this book when he was in captivity in Babylon There are several places in Tanakh where 7 is called out. The menorah in the Temple had seven lamps Acts of atonement and purification were accompanied by a sevenfold sprinkling Number of days of Sukkot Number of days of ...


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