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Does Isaiah 30:6 confirm pre-existence of fire breathing dragons?

The operative word in Isa 30:6 is שָׂרָף (saraph) = serpent/snake which only occurs seven times in the OT as follows: Numbers 21:6, 8 - snakes with a fiery bite because of the burning sensation ...
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Deut 34: "And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died:" Was this prophetic or just a coincidence?

Moses' life was divided into three providential periods of 40 years each. The first was his 40-years in Pharaoh's palace; the second was his 40 years of exile in Midian; and the third was his 40 years ...
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Why does Jesus change the "me" to "you" in Matthew 11:10

Matthew reports the words of Jesus regarding the specifics noted in the question and Mark takes this up in the opening verses of his own account. In the opening verses of his gospel account, the ...
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What time period is Hosea 3:4-5 predicting?

The period of the prophet Hosea's ministry is given in the first verse: Hos 1:1 - This is the word of the LORD that came to Hosea son of Beeri in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings ...
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How to reconcile Deuteronomy 13 and 18

Jesus helps clear this up. In Matthew chapter 7 he explains how believers can identify false claimants by observing the 'fruits' those false ones produce. That's a way of showing the need to not just ...
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Hermeneutics on "Not one stone left upon another"

Indeed, there are more places that use the phrase "stone upon another": Matt 24:2 - And answering, He said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, no not even a ...
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Does Isaiah 30:6 confirm pre-existence of fire breathing dragons?

Job 41:19-21 ESV "Out of his mouth go flaming torches; sparks of fire leap forth. 20Out of his nostrils comes forth smoke, as from a boiling pot and burning rushes, 21His breath kindles coals, ...
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How did Jesus complete the sign of Jonah?

There are several intriguing similarities between the Jonah account and what happened to Jesus, though it is understood that Jonah was initially disobedient to God, while Christ never was. However, ...
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Zachariah 13: 6-7 8-9 why aren't 8-9 considered prophetic toward the Holy Trinity?

The reason few if any commentators see vss. 8-9 in the OP as a prophecy regarding the Holy Trinity that these verses clearly speak of the land and the people, not of God. This becomes even more clear ...
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2 Thes. 2.6-9; "until among the midst be fufilled"; and the coming in v9 is referring Christ; not the son of perdition. Any issues with my rendering?

There are essentially three aspects to this question about the man of lawlessness in 2 Thess 2: Translation of κατά in 2 Thess 2:9 The translation of κατά depends upon whether it is used in relation ...
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In Matthew 27:46, was Jesus fulfilling, quoting and/or citing Psalm 22?

Let us be very clear that Psalm 22 is a psalm about David's almost depressed mood and state of mind. He feels abandoned, alone, crushed in spirit. However, David appears to find comfort in speaking ...
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Hermeneutics on "Not one stone left upon another"

I believe the answer to this question is virtually the opposite of the suggestion made in the OP, i.e. in place of both prophecies being hyperbole, both are quite literal and focused on The Temple. ...
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Contradiction between Hebrews 10:37 & Matthew 25:5?

First, the author of Hebrews, was not the only NT author to believe that Jesus return was "soon" - we observe the following: 1 Peter 4:7 – the end of all things is near James 5:8 – the Lord’...
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Why does, in Isaiah 45:1, the text changes from third to first person? What is the correct way to read it?

First, it is quite common for Hebrew narrative to suddenly change from 1st person to 3rd person. Second, how else would the prophet report the words of God? Essentially, we have the prophet Isaiah ...
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Do the three woes/terrors happen toward the end of the 7-year tribulation?

By tacking on to the question, "towards the end of the 7-year tribulation", blinkers have effectively been pulled around the vital matter of when the 3 woes/terrors happen. An assumption has ...
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How did Jesus complete the sign of Jonah?

Background information: God commanded Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh and warn its people that He was going to destroy it for its wickedness. Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh to warn them. ...
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Why is Isaiah 9:6 translated in the future tense

Short Answer: It's translated future because it's understood to be something called, "the prophetic perfect tense". Let's look at a definition: The prophetic perfect tense is a literary ...
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Why is the prophecy of the end times given to Daniel instructed to be sealed, while the one given to John is not?

Let me suggest great caution when considering prophecy. It’s very easy and tempting to stray from exegesis into “piezogesis” (see SG4085, but perhaps I should use "biazogesis" SG971 instead) ...
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Hermeneutics on "Not one stone left upon another"

Prophecy Happens! History has a way of confirming interpretations...and exposing false interpretations. In this case, Jesus prophesied the tearing down of the Temple buildings stone by stone within a ...
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How to reconcile these statements by John the Baptist and Jesus?

John clearly recognized that Jesus was the one he was supposed to prepare the way for, as he testified there is one who comes who John was not even worthy to loosen his sandals (John 1:27). Did he not ...
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In Matthew 24:20 to what "flight" does Jesus refer at the end of the age?

Run for Your Lives! Jesus is giving warning to the Christian congregations in JUDEA to flee. (24:16) Notice He didn't say, "Just those in Jerusalem, flee." History recorded the incident of ...
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Matthew 24:1-2 No stone left upon another, prophecy failed?

Temple Complex The Temple area during Jesus's time consisted of a large platform held up by retaining walls built up by King Herod's construction crew and was not finished for decades after Jesus's ...
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2 Kings 9 - Whose message did the assistant prophet deliver?

I would argue that the young prophet embellished the message. For one thing we have the fact that Elisha told him to simply anoint Jehu as king of Israel and then immediately leave. Vs. 3 in its ...
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Abomination of desolation

In the Greek NT, the phrase βδέλυγμα τῆς ἐρημώσεως (= “abomination of desolation”) has a pivotal occurrence in both first century events and apocalyptic events that overlap. The word ἐρημώσεως (...
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Did Jesus mean Daniel 9:24 when he said to forgive seventy times seven?

If Jesus, in Matt 18:22, intended to quote or allude to Dan 9:24, He did a very poor job - the two phrases are different. Matt 18:22 - ἑβδομηκοντάκις ἑπτά = seventy times seven Dan 9:24 (LXX which ...
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(Isaiah 28:13) (go and stumble backward, be broken, snared and taken captive) discouraging/cynical prophecy/prediction despite God's careful guidance

It is for much the same reason that Jesus spoke to the people in parables: Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. ...
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(Isaiah 28:13) (go and stumble backward, be broken, snared and taken captive) discouraging/cynical prophecy/prediction despite God's careful guidance

The reference to Ephraim is apparently a previous prophecy inserted here as a warning to the leaders of Judah. Is. 28:13 ("go and stumble backward, be broken, snared and taken captive") ...
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Hosea 6:2. Are the days in this verse more than 24-hr. days and probably much more?

There is a lot of poetic language, and symbolic language in the writings of the prophet Hosea. This particular verse attracts the following commentary in this Study Bible, and I simply quote it: &...
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Meaning of "The gates of Hell will not prevail against Christ's Church"

The New Living Translation translates "gates" as "powers." Matthew 16:18 NLV Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, ...
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Meaning of "The gates of Hell will not prevail against Christ's Church"

There have been two understandings of Matt 16:18 statement that "the gates of hades will not prevail against it [the church]" which are: Death shall not prevail against the church. This ...
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