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Language of the New Testament

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Was the New Testament originally composed in Greek or Hebrew? Overwhelmingly, the evidence points to the former .  What was the original language of the documents that became the “New Testament”? For centuries, the consensus has been that it was written in Greek, yet in recent years, a growing minority has claimed it was composed in Hebrew, and then later translated into Greek. After all, the apostles were all Jews and first-century Jews spoke Hebrew. But what does the evidence show, and why does it matter? - [ Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash ].

Final Day and Hour

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Revelation moves inexorably from the Death and Resurrection of Jesus to the final day when God judges the wicked and vindicates the righteous .  At the conclusion of his ‘Olivet Discourse,’ Jesus taught his parable of the  Sheep and the Goats . On the day when the “ Son of Man arrives in glory ,” his angels will gather  all  the nations before him for judgment, where he will divide them into two groups.  One will receive “ everlasting destruction ,” and the other, “ everlasting life .” - [ Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash ].

Beast from the Abyss

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The first appearance of the “beast” is at its ascent from the “Abyss” when it wages “war” on the “two witnesses”  –  Revelation 11:7 .  The “ Abyss ” was introduced when the “ fifth trumpet ” sounded and demonic hordes “ ascended ” from this dark place. It is referred to next after the “ two witnesses ” completed their “ testimony .”  On cue, the “ beast ascended from the Abyss ” to attack and slay both “ witnesses ,” but it cannot do so until they have finished their prophetic mission - [ Abyss photo by  Juan Davila  on Unsplash ] .

Two Witnesses Slain

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Persecuted by the impenitent “inhabitants of the earth,” the “two witnesses” lie dead on the main street of the “Great City”  -  Revelation 11:8-14 .  The “ second woe ” does not end until the “ two witnesses ” have completed their “ testimony ” and their “ corpse ,” singular, lies on the streets of the “ Great City .” Only then, will the final trumpet sound and usher in the “ Day of the Lord ,” the hour of judgment. But the completion of their task also triggers the ascent of the “ beast from the Abyss ” who will kill them - [ Photo  by Arpit Rastogi on Unsplash ].

Desolating Abomination - Context

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To understand the “Abomination that Desolates” in Daniel, it is vital to pay attention to literary context .  In  Daniel , the climax of the “ seventy weeks ” is the appearance of the “ abomination that desolates ” in the final half of the “ seventieth week .” But what, exactly, is this “ abomination ” and when did it appear? Is it a past or yet future event? We must begin with the information provided by the book of  Daniel  if we are to have any hope of answering these and similar questions - [ Photo by Ben White on Unsplash ].

Persia Stirs Greece

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The conflict between Persia and Greece presented in the vision of the ram and goat is recapped at the start of the final vision  -  Daniel 11:1-4 . The introduction to the final vision did more than just portray an impressive angelic visitation. It provided verbal links to the vision of the “ ram and the goat ” and its interpretation. Now, additional details are presented concerning the demise of Persia, the rise of Greece and its first great king, and its division into four lesser realms - [ Greek Temple - Photo by  Simon Maage  on Unsplash ].

Little Horn in Revelation

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Daniel’s “little horn” is found in Revelation in the description of the “beast from the sea” and its “war against the saints.”  In  Revelation , the “ little horn ” is not named  e xplicitly but its characteristics are present in the “ Beast from the sea .” The book does not simply retell the same story without changes, modifies and repurposes it to tell  ITS  story. The “ Beast ” is based on Daniel’s “ little horn ” but also is something beyond it, and arguably, something far worse - [ Photo by Francesco Ungaro on Unsplash ].