I will preface this with saying that I believe the saints referred to in 1 Thessalonians 3:13 is a reference to the angelic host. The reason is primarily two-fold:
First, this is spoken of in clear language elsewhere.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
I can only venture a partial answer to your question because, apart from considering whether this “trumpet call of God” is literal or symbolic, I cannot imagine what else it might be. My imagination does not stretch into realms beyond that of the literal or the symbolic. I also wish to preface my partial answer with a confession: I have never before made any ...
The Greek reads Ὅτι πολλοὶ πλάνοι ἐξῆλθον εἰς τὸν κόσμον, οἱ μὴ ὁμολογοῦντες Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν ἐρχόμενον ἐν σαρκί· οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ πλάνος καὶ ὁ ἀντίχριστος. Coming (ἐρχόμενον) is a present active participle. So this confession is in the present tense. In other places such as 1 John 4:2 John makes the more typical confessional statement using the perfect tense;
The early Christian Church was very much divided between the branch that became the forerunner of the Catholic-Orthodox tradition and the Gnostic Christians. Many Gnostics believed that Jesus did not really come in the flesh, only appearing to do so, and it is this doctrine that 'the Presbyter' is concerned with.
The Presbyter was writing to an unspecified ...
Paul is indeed referring to the Second Advent in the following passage:
20) and times of rest may come to you from before the face of the Lord; and he may send to you him, who was made ready for you, Jesus the Messiah: THE N.T TRANSLATED FROM THE SYRIAC PESHITO VERSION BY JAMES MURDOCK
Paul's address to this Jewish audience brought to their attention ...
It is a good thing, to the redeemed, but not to the unregenerate.
But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
...“You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
8 Produce fruit worthy of repentance...
Garden tools are symbolic tools for ...
For Heb 12:26, and Heb 9:28, apart from the fact that both are discussing the second advent of Jesus, there is no direct literary connection between the two. That is, they do not share any significant phrases.
Heb 9:28 has been discussed quite capably in another question: Hebrews 9:28, what is the accurate translation of this phrase?
For Heb 12:26, the ...
Such an excellent and important question!!
A more literal rendering of Matt 26:63, 64 (BSB) gives:
Then the high priest said to Him, “I charge You under oath by the
living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God.” “You [pl] have
said it yourself,” Jesus answered. “But I say to all of you [pl], from now
on you [pl] will see the Son of Man sitting ...
"You have said so," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."
Strong's Greek 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, ...
It appears that the question sees a possible connection:
Voice #1: "move earth" at the giving of Torah
Voice #2: "move heaven" not accomplished
Appearance #1: "move earth" by making a new covenant
Appearance #2: "move heaven" by rescuing Christians from their current persecution
I'm of the opinion that the scriptures ...
In the book of Revelation, we haver the following occurrences:
The noun τάχος (speed, quickness) occurs in just two places - Rev 1:1, 22:6
The cognate adverb ταχύ (quickly) occurs six times in Rev 2:16, 3;11, 11:14, 22:7, 12, 20.
The meaning of Rev 1:1, "what must soon come to pass" must be understood in terms of the what the book says about ...
Note the comments of Benson:
Matthew 16:28. Verily, there be some standing here, &c. — And that you
may not doubt that there shall be a day of judgment, when I shall come
clothed with divine majesty, to render unto men according to their
actions in this life, let me assure you there are some here present
that shall not die till they shall see a faint ...
How can 'what must soon come to pass' be reconciled with ~2000+ years?
The OP's question if very interesting because it parallels the words of Peter:
2 Peter 3:3-4a: "Know this [that] in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?'" (emphasis added).
The fulfillment of Mat 16: 28
The Lord was talking to his disciples so the words "there be some of you" referred to some of the disciples that were present and after six days Mat17:1 the Lord takes three disciples into the mount and makes them see how he was going to come in his kingdom. The first words that they spoke as they came down from the ...
Hebrews 12:25-29, NKJV
“See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape
who refused Him who spoke on earth, how much more shall we not escape
if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then
shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I
shake not only the earth, but also heaven.’ Now this,...
This needs a bit of an explanation, and please, bear with me:
Will any person living be exempt from seeing the Second Coming of Jesus? I guess, the answer should be - "no", because the Second Coming can be understood not only in a sense that He will come in the End of the human history, in eschatology, but that every living human being will face ...
A couple of thoughts:
(1) Jesus is speaking to his original twelve disciples (v. 5). That should be the understood meaning of "you" in his statement, rather than "you, the crowd of disciples" or "you, the reader".
(2) Perhaps Jesus' point is that his disciples will not be able to finish going through all the cities/towns of ...
Welcome to the S.E. Q&A. I don't identify with any particular group regarding the 1,000 years described in The Revelation, but I'll share what I think.
IMHO, Jesus was talking about the period leading up the destruction of Jerusalem in 70. He was using prophetic hyperbole to instill a sense of how serious that time would be. What he was getting at was ...
i am amillenialist and what I believe this passages were in the context of the story of Noah and Lot in Genesis it indicates the main characters were taken out from destructions and the rests left behind to suffer from it. Luke uses both genders men and women to indicate a community and God's judgement is executed equally on them. It is just simply on the ...
The Gospel of John pointed out many parallels to the Pentateuch. For example, his beginning to Gen 1:1. Here are some others:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14, ESV)
Dwelt translates ἐσκήνωσεν, the verb form of σκηνή (tent). Thus, ...
I think it matters how you read this sentence
“God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Thessalonians 4:14.
If you read that they are being brought from heaven as Christ comes down then it’s human saints. But I don’t see the evidence, based on the rest of the passage, that human saints that are dead(asleep) in Christ can be coming down ...
My original answer below has some good stuff so I left it below my new answer but I discovered later that it has a fatal flaw. Peter is not providing a theodicy for the delay of the arrival of triumphant Israel but rather for the delay of judgment on earthly, old covenant Israel!
First of all, it is important to realize that for the new ...
No, it has to do with the spiritual blindness of His disciples. We have to look at the context surrounding this miracle. Christ had just told His disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees (Mark 8:15), and the disciples immediately begin thinking He was speaking literally of bread and food. Christ became exasperated with them (vs. 17-21) and made a ...
I have a question, not an answer. There is a group existing even today which claims that Jesus came in a flesh just like that of Adam's after the Fall. That is, Jesus had a sinful flesh just like you and me. To quote one of their prophet-leaders: "Jesus had exactly the same flesh as we have". He goes further to say "The mind of the flesh is hostile to God, ...
As we know, Jesus came in the flesh (became a partaker of flesh and blood) so that through death He might destroy (that is, render idle) him that has the power of death….that is, the devil .
Hebrews 2:14-15 KJV (14) Forasmuch then as the children are partakers
of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;
that through ...