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In Revelation 19:16, of which kings is Jesus king?

The phrase 'King of Kings' derives from a kind of superlative phrase common in Hebrew and related languages. The phrase is more about its subject being a sort of archetype or supertype, rather than ...
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What does Ezekiel 26:14 mean by 'Tyre shall never be rebuilt'?

The ancient city-state of Tyre was comprised of the erstwhile island proper (no longer extant) in addition to a cluster of sister cities on the mainland (Ezek 26:6). According to the prophecy of ...
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In Luke 11:50-51, why does Luke seem to refer to Abel as a "prophet"?

Not all prophets have recorded prophecy It should be noted that it is possible to a prophet and not have any of your prophetic utterances recorded in scripture, for example in 1 Kings 18:4 we read "...
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Matthew 24:1-2 No stone left upon another, prophecy failed?

In Mark, we see more detail of what Jesus said. And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. (...
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How is it that Jesus could be "three days and three nights in the heart of the earth"?

The Idea in Brief Jesus compared his death to Jonah, who was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights (Matt 12:40). Jonah had related his ordeal not only in terms of having been ...
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Does the past tense in the suffering servant song (Isaiah 53) refer to Jesus?

Isaiah did not write in the past tense. Biblical Hebrew does not employ tenses in the same way as English or Greek do. Isaiah wrote this chapter in perfect aspect ie he saw the actions of the verbs as ...
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Did God lose a fight to another deity?

The New American Bible, in note 4 to 2 Kings chapter 3, does initially attribute this triumph to the god Chemosh. However, the New American Bible then suggests an alternative, monotheistic ...
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What are the 'diverse manners' by which God spoke to the prophets?

I am a simple soul that sees this in a much less complicated manner. As best I can tell, most modern versions have Heb 1:1 translated quite accurately, namely, "God, after He spoke long ago to ...
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Psalm 34:20 applied to Jesus' crucifixion

One argument that has been made is that the care for the righteous, i.e. the preservation of a man's (David's) bones in suffering, imagery is joined up with the passover theme. In the passover they ...
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Does the past tense in the suffering servant song (Isaiah 53) refer to Jesus?

Rabbi David Kimchi (דוד קמחי), also known as RaDaK (רד"ק), who lived from 1160–1235 A.D., wrote this in his Sefer Mikhlol concerning the usage of the past tense in prophecies (which naturally ...
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How can the Holy Spirit be a person if He (or it) can be 'poured out' according to Acts 2:17?

This argument about the Holy Spirit being "pourable" is specious because it is based on an idiom with which we are unfamiliar. Note the following that discusses other people being "...
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What is meant by "The iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full" in Genesis 15:16?

This site explains it with more biblical context for support. Namely: Abram/Abraham was currently allies with an Amorite Gen 14:14. "not yet full" Amorites increased in Idolatry = "iniquity" ...
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John 19:30 - What did Jesus say "was finished"?

The phrase actually translates one word in Greek, tetelestai, from the root tele­ō, which means "to finish, fulfill." Significantly, this specific form of the verb, tetelestai, is only found twice in ...
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In Isaiah 45:23 is God saying that all shall bow to God or to Cyrus?

כִּי־לִי תִּכְרַ֣ע כָּל־בֶּ֔רֶךְ For to me every knee shall bow תִּשָּׁבַע כָּל־לָשֽׁוֹן Every tongue shall confess. The highlighted לי is the preposition lamed ("to", "for", "toward") ...
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Who was preventing Jesus's statement from being understood? Luke 9:45

We look at these wonderful stories with hind-sight which the disciples did not have. They expected a Messiah something like a political strong-man to free them from the Roman yoke! Jesus was not ...
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Did Ahab mislead Jehoshaphat in 1 Kings 22:29?

I do not think that any lying or deception was involved here at all. After-all, everyone was aware of all the facts and Ahab did not provide and misleading information; nor did he with hold any. The ...
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What is the meaning of "fulfill" in John 17:12 and Matthew 26:54?

The intonations are different in those two quotations: John 17:12 says it with an apparent intonation of a remorse and sadness, as if Jesus said: "how bad that the Scripture is to be fulfilled, ...
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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?

Jesus quotes this passage in Matthew 11:10 : ιδου εγω αποστελλω τον αγγελον μου προ προσωπου σου ος κατασκευασει την οδον σου εμπροσθεν σου [TR undisputed] Behold, I send my messenger before thy ...
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Why is "bloods," translated as "blood," in Genesis 4:10?

Taken from here: Finally, the distinction between דָּם‎ blood and דָּמִים‎ requires to be specially noticed. The singular is always used when the blood is regarded as an organic unity, hence ...
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Does the past tense in the suffering servant song (Isaiah 53) refer to Jesus?

You are correct that Isaiah wrote for his times and without knowledge of the Christian future. Daniel I Block says in 'My Servant David: Ancient Israel’s Vision of the Messiah', published in Israel’s ...
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Does the word 'prophesy' in 1 Corinthians 14:3 include preaching/teaching?

It appears that when one utters a prophecy it could apply to both preaching and teaching. In an broader sense, prophesying means that one serves as a mouthpiece for God. I speak as one who grew up ...
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Was Jonah's prophecy of Nineveh's destruction fulfilled?

Many questions about prophecy arise from a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of prophecy. God is timeless. Prophecy is a timeless perspective about what is happening within time. Therefore,...
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John 19:30 - What did Jesus say "was finished"?

The word "finish" appears in Daniel 9:24, in the context of the Messiah's' atoning sacrifice, which appears in verse 26. “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish,...
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How should the 2300 evenings and mornings be understood in Daniel 8:13-14?

They are literal days. This vision concerns the rise of Antiochus IV Epiphianes and the Maccabean Revolt during the 2nd cent. BC. The time period is pin pointed by verses 20 - 21. "20 The ram ...
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