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  1. Revelation 22:12-13 (12) Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. (13) I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. (NASB) A. The Lord Jesus is the speaker in Revelation 22:13. The same speaker in verse 12 is the same speaker in verse 13.[*1] And every time Revelation describes someone as coming quickly (ταχύ) it is always used in reference to the Lord Jesus. All Scripture citations are from the NASB. The bold face is mine. Revelation 2:16 Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth. Revelation 3:11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. Revelation 22:7 And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book. Revelation 22:12 Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Notice also the following in reference to the Lord Jesus. Revelation 2:23 I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according top your deeds. Revelation 22:12 Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. [*1] "There certainly is no indication that the speaker changes between Revelation 22:12 and 22:13" (Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ, page 343, footnote #14, Robert Bowman and J. Ed Komoszewski) B. The fact that the Lord Jesus refers to Himself as "the Alpha and the Omega" proves that He is God. 1. TDNT: The juxtaposition of the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet peculiar to Rev. It is used on the lips of God in 1:8 and also in 21:6; and on the lips of Christ in 22:13. It is also applied to Christ in 1:17: and 2:8. The meaning of a/w is fixed by its conjunction with archē/telos and prōtos/eschatos. It shows us that God or Christ is the One who begins and the One who ends, the Creator and Consummator, the One from whom and to whom are all things (1:1, AW, Kittel). 2. G. K. Beale: The Apocalypse has already called God "the Alpha and the Omega" (1:8; 21:6) and "the Beginning and the End" (21:6), and Christ has been called "the First and the Last" (1:17; 2:8). Now all these titles, which are used in the OT of God, are combined and applied to Christ to highlight his deity. The titles figuratively connote the totality of polarity: Christ's presence at and sovereignty over the beginning of creation and over the end of creation are boldly stated in order to indicate that he is also present at and sovereign over all events in between. The emphasis of the bipolar names here at the end of the book is to underscore Christ's divine ability to conclude history at his coming (The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text, page 264). C. The fact that the Lord Jesus refers to Himself as "the first and the last" proves He is God. 1. NIDNTT: The application of these divine predicates to the exalted Christ means the ascription to him of a rank equal with God's with the attribution of the functions of Creator and Perfecter (2:58-59, Goal, H. G. Link). 2. Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (concerning "first"): the eternal One, Rev. 1.17; 2.8; 22.13 (prōtos, page 554).[*2] [*2] Some who deny the Lord Jesus is God will point out that after He identifies Himself as "the first and the last" in Revelation 1:17, in the very next verse (18) we read that He says He was dead and so therefore He can not be God. To this it is answered that even though the Lord Jesus died His spirit (pnuema) "survived as an individual entity after death" (BDAG, 3rd Edition, pneuma, page 833). Furthermore, that the Lord Jesus affirmed that He is "the Living One" (v. 18) is to be understood in the absolute sense for "it is most comprehensively applied to God...1 Thessalonians 1:9...Revelation 1:18a" (ibid., zaō, page 425, the underlined is mine). --> The Living One is the true God (Revelation 1:18; cf. 1 Thessalonians 1:9). D. The fact that the Lord Jesus refers to Himself as "the beginning and the end" proves He is God. 1. NIDNTT: The formula "beginning and end" (cf. Isa. 41:4; 44:6; 48:12) expresses the power of God (21:6) and Christ (22:13) which embraces time and creation. Just as God is the beginning and end (cf. 1:8), the creator and perfecter of all things, so also is the exalted Christ (cf. 1:17; 2:8) (2:64, Goal, R. Schippers) 2. TDNT: The self-designation of God in Rev. 21:6 (cf. 1:8) or Christ in Rev. 22:13: 'I am the beginning and the end' primarily denotes His eternity but then His absolute majesty (8:55, telos, Delling).
  2. https://www.christforums.com/forums/topic/5053-are-sports-replacing-worship/
  3. I watched the end of the previous Super Bowl and of course the stations have to have females on the side of the field giving us their meaningless updates abut things. At the end of the game one of them was trying to reach Tom Brady to ask a few questions. There were tons of people yelling and very excited. Now remember many of these linemen are well over 6 feet tall and weigh 300+ pounds. I remember seeing she was really pushed and almost knocked over in all the chaos. I heard one guy as her if she was okay. It was a pathetic sight. I said out loud, "Can't they get some guy in there and do the questioning - some 6 foot tall big guy rather than this 5 foot 2, 120 pound woman?"
  4. They are in UFC, wrestling, football, etc., etc. I just think its unfeminine for a woman to do professional sports as such. Now there may be some exceptions, like figure skating or something like that. I wish they would have some real contests for women that would enhance their femininity such as the best brownie maker, or cookie maker, cake maker, diaper changer,. etc. These are not really sports but at least they would be far more befitting for them than spitting, cursing and getting smashed in the face in the sports that so many of them are encouraged to participate in.
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    Jude 1:5

    Does the evidence weigh more strongly in favor that it reads "Jesus" or "Lord" in Jude 1:5? I believe that if it favors "Lord" that it would still refer to Jesus since Jude 1:4 already affirmed that Jesus is our only Lord. Most versions read "Lord" but some (cited below) read "Jesus": CSB DRA ESV ESVUK LEB NET NLT TPT https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Jude 5 An informative article on this passage can be found here: https://www.hopeinchristchurch.org/2019/02/07/the-simple-jesus-in-jude-5/
  6. But I just read an article that they are embracing religion...I wonder what kind? Buttigieg, an Episcopalian who married his husband in his home church, often invokes his faith on the campaign trail and has tangled over values with Vice President Mike Pence, an evangelical Christian. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a practicing Methodist and former Sunday school teacher, recently declared that all of her expansive policy proposals “start with a premise that is about faith” as she cited a favorite biblical verse about Jesus urging care for “the least of these.” New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has called Jesus “the center of my life” and excoriates Trump for what he calls “moral vandalism.” Former Vice President Joe Biden has openly struggled to reconcile his Catholic faith with his party’s more liberal position on abortion. In the 1970s, he said the Supreme Court went “too far” in legalizing abortion nationwide and later said abortion should be legal but not government-funded. He reversed that position only last month under intense pressure from his Democratic opponents, drawing a public reprimand from the archbishop of Philadelphia. But Biden flouts his church’s hard-line positions against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. “We are all God’s children,” he explained last month at a Human Rights Campaign gala in Ohio. https://www.wnct.com/news/politics/a-matter-of-faith-democrats-embrace-religion-in-campaign/
  7. Drag service? They drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+5%3A18&version=NASB
  8. Glad to hear of her physical improvement.
  9. Faber

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    When Marx wrote that the workers of the world should unite I do wonder if he had the guy to the left in mind.
  10. Why are some people upset about the following? If you go to another country to live and become a citizen they should learn the language. There might be a few exceptions, such as a family comes over and grandpa or grandma is 80 - 100 years old. Okay, but they can still try to learn some basics. Pretty much other than that I don't what the problem and fuss is all about. Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson has demanded that immigrants in the UK learn English because “there are too many parts of the country where it is not the first language.” Attending a Tory leadership hustings in Darlington on Friday, the ex-mayor of London also said he wants immigrants “to be and feel British”. Citing Bangladeshis and Jewish refugees as examples of successfully adapting, he said: That's what I want for our country, I want everybody who comes here and makes their lives here to be and to feel British,” he said. “That's the most important thing. And to learn English.” “Too often there are parts of our country and parts of London still and other cities as well where English is not spoken by some people as their first language.” Boris Johnson Demands UK Immigrants Learn English, 'Be and Feel British' SPUTNIKNEWS.COM Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson attended a hustings in Darlington on 5 July, saying he is “fighting for every vote” as under three weeks remain before the new prime minister is named.
  11. Hi! Welcome to ChristForums.
  12. Thou prevailest forever against him, and he passeth (Job 14:20).
  13. 10. If you are hostile against God, He will be hostile against you (Leviticus 26:23-24). 11. Those who refused to hear God's call, He refused to hear their call (Jeremiah 7:13, 11:14; cf. Proverbs 1:24, 28).
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