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Please look at my blog page for all the verses using this word.
mdewey60: No semantic hoops here. I only say the word means what it means, the meaning which you agree with in the other 12 instances, but not in one, in which it suddenly means something totally different. That's merely special pleading.
Why would Paul be so coy about it?
The antichrist is basically a Jewish ruler of Israel who rules for seven years and is elected from a vast multitude.
What's the difference with this and the system of presidency in today's Israel?
 He is the secular ruler of Israel (practically a humanist Messiah)
 He sits for seven years (Rev. speaks of a 7 year tribulation)
 He is elected through democracy (comes up from the sea)
So what you guys think? Would Shimon Peres fit the suit of the Antichrist? Doubtfully. There are antipopes, and there are also antichrists, rulers who do "evil in the eyes of God". But what do you think?
The "prince" is cut off, or the principality is ended, which could refer to the Hasmonian dynasty including the Herods, the period of time between the break from the dominion by Seleucids, up to the abolishment of a "Judea" altogether by the Romans after the Jewish wars.
Messiah was cut off in the 69th week, the 70th week must play out before He returns.
It's not simple because the dispensation theory inserts an arbitrary amount of time to make it work out. (the so-called gap)
Its simple math. The Church will be removed out of the way so that the Hebrews have the Last 7 of 490 years to repent.
It was the end of the age.
When Jesus spoke the parable of the Virgins, He was addressing questions about the End of the Age at His 2nd Advent, not His first. Read all of Mat 24&25 for context.
How I "cut it" is if the Bible teaches it or not.
I dont care how you cut it, there are still prophecies yet to be fulfilled, and they will happen on Israel's time, not the Church's time. Thats after the Groom snatches the Bride away, for when He returns at the End of the Age, He will be returning from His wedding party.
So do you think that Jesus has to be physically sitting on a throne somewhere that you can walk to, and visit?
Where is Jesus?
I would say that the millennial kingdom is what we are in now.
Where is the millennial kingdom, the end of sin for Israel, the resurrection?
"Living statue in the temple"? Really?
Where is the antichrist and his living statue in the temple? Last time I checked, wild animals still attack us. These are all unfulfilled prophecies.
It would have ended centuries ago if your theorist hadn't invented just adding a "pause" in there to stop the clock.
Again, if the 70th week is already fulfilled,
That was a conditional clause saying that there was an opportunity for the people to put away sin, then comes the judgment.
where is the "end of sin" for Israel. It didt happen, because Jesus was executed in the 69th week, and He will come to resurrect the Hebrew believers at the end of the 70th week.
You are using a bunch of logical leaps here.
Jesus was the First Fruits and as His body, we share First Fruits status with Him, so the Rapture is the completion of the First Fruit resurrection. Check the order of resurrection in corinthians.
How would he have been a "savior" in those circumstances, if they had nothing to be saved from?
. . . had the Jews embraced Christ as saviour rather than executing Him, the Church would never have come into existence.
I think that the "mystery" that Paul was referring to was how exactly we would change as to the nature of our bodies to where they are incorruptible, not that there was a resurrection at all.
The Rapture is a NT prophecy only, a Mystery, . . .
reply to post by BELIEVERpriest
Are you reading these texts in the original Hebrew, Aramaic or koine Greek? No? Then your argument falls apart. Utterly.
Yes, we've all heard the special pleading for something magical or mystical about the Bible text that prevents us "normals" from understanding it in the same elevated way that the specially "gifted" enjoy. If that were true, then there is no "free gift" of salvation, you have to be endowed or enthused with some quality that is not available to all. The game, as they say, is rigged.
Fortunately, your claim has little merit in terms of what the Bible actually says. Unfortunately, you're no longer bound by what the Bible actually says, because only you (and those of you in your special Holy Ghost group) have the special powers that are necessary to make sense out of the senseless.
Are you familiar with the phrase "circular logic"?
Jesus didn't talk about the Rapture either. The bit about two being in a field, one taken and the other left is skewed toward this belief. Your use of the word Mystery is merely a repetition of your claim for special pleading ... only those initiated, or bathed in the blood, or dipped in the magic Kool-Aid, or whatever can understand.
Apparently I don't because I take "a thousand years" to be symbolic of something that is enduring, and lasts a really long time, and not a literal thousand years.
You clearly dont take the bible as literally as I do.
All I will say in response to you is that, if this is the Millenial Kingdom at present, then God is a joke, and Christians have no credibility. This Millenium of yours has been going on for almost 2,000 years now.
I feel sorry for those who believe that Satan rules the world as a god.
If that is what someone believes, then they are worshiping Satan, whether they realize it or not.
. . . Satan is the god of this world . . .