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Translation of "this generation will not pass away" in Matthew 24:34?

The short answer to this excellent question is: NO, it is not a good translation. As a linguist who has worked in Bible translation for 40 years, I have had to study this phrase in detail many times. ...
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Does the sower and the planter receive different rewards in 1 Corinthians 3:6-8?

Don't stretch the metaphors too much. While other passages such as 1 Timothy 5:17 do indicate that the ministry of some people is of a higher status than others, what Paul is saying here in 1 ...
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Does God send a "Strong Delusion"? What is the Context of understanding 2 Thess. 2:11?

2 Thessalonians 2:11 - [SBL GNT] καὶ διὰ τοῦτο πέμπειa αὐτοῖς ὁ θεὸς ἐνέργειαν πλάνης εἰς τὸ πιστεῦσαι αὐτοὺς τῷ ψεύδει... [translit] kai dia touto pempeia autois ho theos energeian planēs eis to ...
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1 Timothy 4:10; is the Will of the Father to save all Human beings?

The text of 1 Tim 4:10 says what it says - that God wants to save all people. This idea is taught in many places such as: John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” ...
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“...night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4)

The night is death. Work refers to serving God and doing good works. Jesus, in this passage, senses his own coming death. In the verse after, John 9:5, Jesus says that he is the light of the world as ...
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Translation of "this generation will not pass away" in Matthew 24:34?

If you assume that Jesus was not trying to trick his disciples, Matt 24:34 would be referring to events Jesus had previously mentioned that were to be fulfilled during the generation of his disciples. ...
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In Romans 11:25 what is "the fullness of the Gentiles"?

The Idea in Brief The "Fulness (sic) of the Gentiles" is the time when Gentile dominion on the earth ends, and the visible theocratic kingdom on earth once again begins. When the theocratic kingdom ...
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Who are the Sheep and the Goats in Matthew 25?

The parables’ interpretation hinges on the identity of Jesus’ brothers. While it is true that at least some of these “brothers” are in need, their need does not define them. The need simply ...
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What does it mean in Revelation 21:1 when it says, "...and the sea was no more."?

Literal v Figurative In your 1st analysis, your understanding of "sea" is not literal, which is correct. Rev. 13:1 says, And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the ...
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Rev 12:1 What is the exact translation of "clothed with the sun"

γυνη περιβεβλημενη τον ηλιον Revelation 12:1 [TR undisputed] clothed with the sun [KJV] having been clothed with the sun [Green's Literal Translation] arrayed with the sun [Young's Literal ...
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What did Martha most likely mean by "the last day" in John 11:24?

The "Last Day" ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ (yes, usually in the dative case) is a technical phrase, that occurs regularly: John 6:39, 40 - And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none ...
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Does God send a "Strong Delusion"? What is the Context of understanding 2 Thess. 2:11?

Dr. Robert B. Chisholm, professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, wrote an extensive article on the theme of divine deception within the Hebrew Bible: "Does God Deceive?" ...
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Is there any interpretative room for considering the prophetic predictions of Matthew 24:29-31 as already fulfilled?

The first reason to believe the predictions of Matthew 24:29-31 are fulfilled is that's the most straightforward way of reading the text. Matthew 24:34 (shortly after) says "Truly I tell you, ...
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What did Martha most likely mean by "the last day" in John 11:24?

It's in Jesus' teachings.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that ...
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Colossians 1:18; "the firstborn from the dead" literal or symbolic?

To answer your question, it is both literal and symbolic. The phrase, "firstborn" can mean literally the "first one to be alive from the process of birthing." Of course, "...
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1 Timothy 4:10; is the Will of the Father to save all Human beings?

The answers I see here so far all seem to subscribe to the idea of a General Atonement (Jesus died for all men) but there is also the concept of Limited Atonement (that Jesus died only for his chosen ...
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What does Revelation 14:11 mean by "they have no rest, day or night"?

'If any man worship the beast' ... 'he shall be tormented in fire and brimstone' ... 'before the holy angels and before the Lamb' ... 'And the smoke of their torment ascends up to ages of ages' ... '...
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Does God send a "Strong Delusion"? What is the Context of understanding 2 Thess. 2:11?

In responding to this question, I at first wish to affirm what @Joseph and @David responded: that the key to understanding the text lies in what comes previously in the chapter, the 'son of perdition/...
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What kind of event is being depicted in 1 Thessalonians 4:17?

The passage 1 Thess. 4:14-18 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of ...
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Who does "we which are alive" refer to in 1 Thessalonians 4:17?

I agree with the previous answer by Joseph and will seek to reiterate it by looking at the immediate context of 1 Thess. 4. In 1 Thess. 4:13 Paul refers to "those who are asleep" and is simply ...
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Revelation 21:21 - How can gold appear clear?

Taken from Wikipedia: Gold leaf can be beaten thin enough to become transparent. This means that gold can actually be transparent. In fact, here you can see that it is used also in NASA's ...
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Who is the woman in Revelation 12?

I disagree with the answer given here. the Woman cannot be spiritual Israel without any connection to physical Israel, because spiritual Israel did not birth Yahuwshuwa (Jesus). No where in the ...
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Antichrist, Man of Lawlessness, Beast of Revelation 13

Tau's answer explains why the antichrist may be synonymous with the man of lawlessness and the beast described in Revelation 13. I would add to that as the question also asks: Are there any reasons ...
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What does it mean in Revelation 21:1 when it says, "...and the sea was no more."?

I'm of the opinion that the "sea" that will be no more is the Dead Sea, not the oceans. The Dead Sea is not a feature of the new Jerusalem which descends to the middle east in the promised land: ...
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What does it mean in Revelation 21:1 when it says, "...and the sea was no more."?

I think you are on the right track in thinking that this is meant to speak of the permanently peaceful conditions in Revelation 21 and 22. Another possibility to consider: since the perfect state at ...
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Sleeping in the grave until Christ's second coming?

The Hebrew word שׁכב in Deuteronomy 31:16 doesn't necessarily mean only to "sleep", but it can also mean simply to "lie down" (e.g. Genesis 28:11 KJV). In fact, the JPS Tanakh chooses to translate ...
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Does "new" in New Heavens and New Earth mean "renewed" or "new creation"?

Though some make a case for a renewal of the Heavens and earth based on such references as “the everlasting hills” (Genesis 49:26; Habakkuk 3:6) and the earth being “established forever” (Psalms 78:69;...
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Which Head was "Wounded Unto Death" and healed?

Simple Answer: The Greek Head. How does one arrive at this answer, and what hermeneutic does one use to arrive at this answer? Introduction In order to understand the answer, we must review the ...
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