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Snakes do not have good "long sight" vision. Other creatures see the flames of a wilderness fire from a distance and make good their escape. But snakes tend only to start fleeing when they begin to feel the heat of the fire which often is too late. John himself, living in the wilderness, probably saw the death of snakes by fire, and thus used it ...


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For so many years it has been said that those baptized by John were never genuinely saved because John's baptism was only a baptism of only preparation. The same is also said of those in the OT as not being saved because Jesus had not yet come. Just as those in the OT received the gospel, so did those who John preached to. Galatians 3:8 describes the gospel ...


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The meaning of the phrase “and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and heart of the children to their fathers” can be found by understanding the connection between Elijah and John the Baptist. Jesus Himself told us in Matthew 11:14 that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of the prophecy of the coming of Elijah in Malachi 4:5. Matthew 11:...


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What are angels? Spirit beings, even as demons, fallen angels are. And spirit beings cannot manifest to us in any physical forms, unless they inhabit that form, be it people or pigs. So Gabriel cannot be a physical manifestation. But it certainly can be a vision, i.e. a simulation of actual physical reality in the mind, as in a hallucination. We can scour ...


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We are not told. The distinction between a purely mental event entirely contained to to the inspired imagination, vs, an actual angel appearing is tricky in Scripture because the same word is used of both. Three words are often translated "vision": 1. ὀπτασία (optasia) This word only occurs four times in the NT and can mean either a vision (in ...


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Leaving aside the debate about whether Mal 4 applies to the first advent of Jesus, the second advent of Jesus or both, the best way to begin to understand Mal 4:5, 6 is to observe how it is understood in the NT. Mal 4:5, 6 - Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome Day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of ...


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"Reconciliation" described in Malachi 3:24 as : Heshiv Lev הֵשִׁיב לֵֽב ( Return [the] Heart ) - illustrates a restoration of familial faith through rectifying disputes based on Chuqim of Moshe from Horev. He shall [reconcile] fathers with children and children with their fathers, so that, when I come, I do not strike the whole land with utter ...


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What IS the glory of God? As God is spirit and invisible, any glory that one (like Moses) might see is an effect of God's presence, a manifestation of God's presence in a way that we might grasp and witness that is truly glorious and bewildering. It could be a great light, a cloud, a pillar of fire - these effects are not God - they are the result of His ...


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No, it does not prove the Trinity. However, John 12:41 does prove the deity of Jesus Christ. One need only follow the pronouns and the verbs. Isaiah saw the glory of YHWH. There is only ONE time that Isaiah saw the gory of YHWH which is at Isaiah 6:1-5. John says that Isaiah saw "literally" his glory, the glory of Jesus. The verb Isaiah used for &...


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That very things that the Lord has spoken even more plainly: namely, that He is not a prophet in the same row with all the prophets mentioned in the Holy Scriptures, because even John the Baptist is, in the Lord's words higher than any of the highest of the prophets, and not only of the prophets, but also of all great heroes and all the best representatives ...


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Leading up to the time when the virgin Mary gave birth to her first baby, there was great expectancy in Israel that Messiah's arrival was due. This was because of many prophecies in the Hebrew scriptures. That's why we read in the New Testament: Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should ...


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In addition to the excellent answer given by Perry Webb, we have the testimony of the Apostle John who, after confessing that the Word was the life and the light of men (in John 1:1-5), said this about John the Baptist: There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all ...


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There are several prophecies and references to John the Baptist preparing the way for Messiah such as: John 5:35 - And he [John thr Baptist] will go on before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Mal 4:...


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The most significant was when John baptized Jesus. In the Gospel of John: And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” ...


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What is the meaning of Luke 3:8? "We have Abraham as our father", the Jews obviously considered their ancestry of Abraham to give them merit with God. John found it necessary to say to them otherwise.: In Luke 3:8, we can read: Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I ...


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This is a reference to the stones taken out of Jordan by Joshua and the tribes of Israel when they entered the land. Twelve stones were taken out and piled on Jordan's bank. Twelve were placed in the river from the surrounding area. And the twelve on the bank were still there when John preached. And he refers to them, here. There is spiritual allusion in the ...


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God created Adam from the earth, and stones are part of the earth. So John is not saying anything strange here. Rather it is argumentum a fortiori, i.e. God can make anyone to be Israel, a son of Abraham, as surely the Jews themselves knew, for conversions, adoptions, and inter marriages, had been for a long time "unnatural" ways to inherit the ...


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Luke 3:8 is essentially a caution to the Israelites against complacency and against relying on their ancestory or bloodline to justify them before God. John as the preparer of the way - is calling for the Israelites to heed his message of repentance. To produce good works, rightous acts and repentance and atonement to show true and sincere turning back to ...


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