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  1. And there was silence in heaven for the space of half an hour (while William's thumb rested). Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. Why are Gog and Magog mentioned as the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth? Gog was a ruler - Magog was one nation, not IN THE FOUR QUARTERS OF THE EARTH. This is a deliberate non-literal designation, like the 'city' in the verse below: Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Lord was crucified in Jerusalem. Sodom and Egypt are different places - at least this is explained - Jerusalem is SPIRITUALLY CALLED Sodom and Egypt For a thousand years, Satan has been bound, Beast and False Prophet are in Lake of Fire - Christ ruling with a rod of iron - what am I missing here? What conditions are such that humans living in a God-ruled kingdom for a millennium are ready to revolt and follow Satan against God all of a sudden? Doesn't make sense; can't be literal.
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    I wonder how the grass grows...

    Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Didn't that happen before the world was created? And here it is in the middle of Revelation? Did it happen AGAIN? This is in neither Amillennialism or Premillennialism subforums, I guess -- all eschatologies must face the scrambled chronology (or lack thereof) of how many times a third of the stars can fall from heaven what thinkest thou?
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    I wonder how the grass grows...

    That was first trumpet -- ALL GRASS BURNED UP! Next chapter, we are at 5th trumpet -- Rev 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. Rev 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. Rev 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. Rev 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. But... the grass was GONE at first trumpet! Well, on one board, someone said "well, grass GREW BACK during 2nd 3rd and 4th trumpets..." hmmm... These and other items in Revelation make me tend to think it is NOT strictly chronological, but sometimes 'achronological' like a DREAM - the visions are surreal
  4. Rev 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
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    Decaf Coffee Condemned As Heresy

    From a little-known manuscript of Acts 15:19-20: Act 15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: Act 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, from decaf coffee and from things strangled, and from blood.
  6. All the same woman? Three different women? Two different women? The woman who annointed Jesus' feet is supposed to have an everlasting Memorial to her, but I'm not sure who she is...
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    LITERATURE began...

    I saw ANT-MAN AND THE WASP when it first came out - was very impressed - good movie out of relatively minor Marvel characters, though they were Avengers from early on. Originally in the comics even THE HULK was an Avenger, but that didn't last long. HULK is too wild.
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    Calvinist Hymnal Released

    One would think (wouldn't one?) that the great hymn Rock of Ages, by early Calvinistic Methodist Augustus Toplady, would have been Calvinistic enough in the original! But for this hymnal, it was revised to be even more TULIPy, even more steeped in Doctrines of Grace! Rock of Ages, swallowed me, Forced me wholly into thee Let the water and the blood From thy riven side which flowed Be of sin the Double Pre- Destination, oh, of me! Not a choice within my mind No decision there to find Automaton-like, I go Down the aisle, and none too slow Feet that moved not of their own To the altar of thy throne! Nothing in my hands I bring Nothing of a 'will', no, not a thing Naked, come to thee for dress Helpless, look to thee for grace Foul, I to the fountain fly, No, not knowing how or why While I draw this fleeting breath When mine eyes shall close in death When I soar to worlds unknown All was planned, all was foreknown Rock of ages, swallowed me Forced me wholly into thee
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    Calvinist Hymnal Released

    And, if by chance, the new hymnal is held by someone who is not OF THE ELECT, the book remains forcibly closed -- cannot be opened !
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    Calvinist Hymnal Released

    This monergistic hymnal AUTOMATICALLY opens to the right page every time -- no need for manually turning the pages!
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    Calvinist Hymnal Released

    Just as I am, without one plea Cuz none of this has anything to do with me... Just as I am, I cannot flee O Lamb of God, I'm numb I'm numb.
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    Calvinist Hymnal Released

    Guffaw !! "God Has Decided That I Will Follow Him Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus, As Long As Your Arms Stay Down Take My Beard And Let It Be Fairest John Calvin The hymnals are reportedly available now, at an “irresistible” price, according to the spokesperson." And probably in the hymnal, is: "Jesus loves the little children Some of all types of all the children in the world Red and yellow, black and white Some are precious in His sight Jesus loves some of the children of the world"
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    LITERATURE began...

    Had a whole semester of Robert Browning at Baylor -- on one exam we were to pick our favorite poem and discuss it; then pick our least favorite poem and discuss it as well. I spent the entire time writing about my favorite poem -- Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came -- and hastily picked the least favorite poem and said " ----------------------- was the worst of the bunch"
  14. with Stan Lee and has gone downhill ever since. Probably Fantastic Four # 1 by Marvel Comics denotes the beginning of LITERATURE (even though Stan Lee based FF sort of on an older DC Comics group called Challengers of the Unknown - 4 guys in similar costumes to FF) There was an earlier DC group called THE DOOM PATROL; from which Lee ripped off ideas for THE X-MEN -- the older leader in a wheelchair and everything... Stan Lee's TRULY ORIGINAL character, of course, was Spiderman. DC Comics I would consider "pre-Literature" I read Superman, Batman, Flash and Green Lantern before I was enlightened into the Marvel world.
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    There They Stood

    Spurgeon and Spong would be like daylight and dark

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