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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?

Allow me to quote the passage concerned: Matt 24 - 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. 39 And ...
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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?

I will propose a different interpretation: Jesus is not saying there's anything wrong with eating or getting married; rather, He is pointing out that the ordinary activities of daily life--life as ...
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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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In the parable of the ten bridesmaids, why wouldn't those who had oil share with those who had none?

An important concept in biblical hermeneutics regarding parables is this: Do not make a parable say something it does not intend to say. The central message of the parable in the beginning of Matthew ...
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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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Did the 5 foolish virgins lose their salvation or were they never saved to begin with?

In answering this question, we MUST remember that it is a PARABLE!! It is not necessarily literally true but teaches an important spiritual lesson. However, we observe several things about the ...
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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?

The context is the key, which is explicitly listed for each text; Ezekiel 7:6 Nebuchadnezzar conducted three sperate campaigns against Jerusalem: The first in 605 BC when Daniel was taken captive ...
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In Matthew 24:38

Just as "eating and drinking" are two parts of the one act of partaking of a meal, so "marrying and giving in marriage" are two parts of the one ceremony of marriage. That is, to ...
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Can the elect in view in Matthew 24:24 be deceived or not?

A few things seem so solidly stated in scripture as to be safe to base an answer on. (1) The text in question has "if possible", and there's no getting away from that. (2) Other scripture ...
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By switching from "those days" to "that day," does Matthew 24:36 imply a transition into a separate topic?

This is rather uncomplicated: in Matt 24 "those days" refers to the time just prior to "that day". More specifically: V29-22 describes "those days" of turbulation just ...
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Do the adjectives and vernacular of Jesus require the fulfilment of the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:1-34) to be in the first century?

Yes, Jesus meant that generation in which He spoke the words. The disciples asked Him when that temple would be torn down (Matt. 24:3). "`Tell us, when shall these be? and what [is] the sign of ...
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Are the Clouds of Matthew 24:30 to be taken literally,or as a figurative Jewish idiom?

There are two approaches to this question about the literalness (or otherwise) of the "clouds" in Matt 24:30 - The Passage itself If "clouds" are taken metaphorically of God's ...
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In Matthew 25:8-9 what does the oil in the ten virgins parable represent?

Oil symbolises something without which it is impossible to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Moreover, this something is that which does not depend solely on the merit of God, for otherwise all virgins, i....
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What is the Preterist view of the ‘Times of the Gentiles’?

The time of the gentiles were the years / times that God allowed them to trod down the city of Jerusalem for the time of its destruction. Time, times, and half a time; or 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3-...
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What does Jesus mean by "generation" when talking about the destruction of the temple and the end of the age?

The answer to the question of what “this generation” is referring to is, quite frankly, very simple. And many have made it, well, very complicated. Everywhere Jesus uses the phrase “this generation,” ...
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What does Jesus mean by "generation" when talking about the destruction of the temple and the end of the age?

By saying 'this generation' Jesus was referring to his current generation. In Luke 21:31,32 the subject is the coming Kingdom of God. So Jesus is telling his followers that it is close to coming, and ...
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In Matthew 25:8-9 what does the oil in the ten virgins parable represent?

The foolish virgins did not have oil in their lamp. In Exodus 35:4-5,8 and Exodus 39, the Bible talks about the oil for lamp and spices for anointing oil, so two oils are discussed one for anointing ...
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In Matthew 25:8-9 what does the oil in the ten virgins parable represent?

In my opinion, one of the wonderful things about Jesus’ parables is that while they are immediately accessible, they can also yield new insights with each examination. Thus sometimes an element in a ...
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In Matthew 25:8-9 what does the oil in the ten virgins parable represent?

First, the context. The parable of the 10 virgins is part of the "synoptic apocalypse" which consists of seven signs of Jesus' return (Matt 24:3-31) followed by seven warning parables as ...
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In the parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25 vs 1 - 8), who is the groom coming to marry? In other words who is the bride?

Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. – Matthew 25:1 (NASB) When we see the word, “Then,” we ask the question when? ...
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In Matthew 24:3 how should Συντέλεια be translated?

The Greek term used here (sunteleia [< sun + telos]) has a corresponding term in Latin language, e. g. conclusio (< cum + claudere). Both are formed by two elements, the first is a particle ...
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In the parable of the ten bridesmaids, why wouldn't those who had oil share with those who had none?

It seems that the wise bridesmaids have enough oil to share. Why didn't the wise ones share oil with the foolish ones? Isn't sharing with those who lack a general virtue? They are unable to share the ...
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Is it good to get married at a time of tribulation?

Interestingly, in that Matthew 24 quote, Jesus never said, "Don't get married!" He simply warned that a time was coming when pregnant women and those with babies would have the most awful ...
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Which end is referred to in Matthew 24:14?

He answered a question asked in v3 The 'end' that the disciples asked about Jesus statement is a long answer to a question asked just before. Matthew 24:3 (NASB, emphasis added) 3 As he sat on the ...
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