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Does Isaiah 48:16 teach the Trinity? “from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me.”

Does Isaiah 48:16 teach the Trinity?  “Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me.” Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the […]

Did Matthew realise that the original “Emmanuel” prophecy (Isaiah 7:14) refers to a child at the time of Pekah and Rezin (Isaiah 7:1, 16)?

In some ways, from the perspective of those new to the Bible, it’s quite a reasonable question. For those in many countries the name “Emmanuel” (KJV) or “Immanuel” (ESV etc.) is used almost exclusively in the context of Christmas carols such as ‘O come, O come, Emmanuel’, and in the reading of Matthew’s account of […]

What does it mean when God is silent?

Searching the Bible electronically I could only find two references to the silence of God: Psalms 30:12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever! Psalms 109:1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Be not silent, O God of my […]

In Daniel 12 it speaks about 1290 days (v11) and 1335 days (v12): what happens during the extra 45 days?

There are a variety of different interpretations of this verse. A number of interpreters use the idea of a day-for-a-year so correlate these time periods to historical events. For example, Graham Mansfield suggests a number of possible time periods, relating to events to do with the Catholic Church, Islam and Zionism: Starting 533 AD (Decree […]

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of manuscripts found in caves near the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956. They include almost all books of the Old Testament and many other books of religious and historical significance. The manuscripts are dated between 150 BC and AD 70. Most scholars think the scrolls were produced by the Essenes […]

How do we determine in the Bible what refers to AD 70 and what is yet to be fulfilled in prophecy?

There are a lot of differing viewpoints about prophecies relating to AD70, so your question is a difficult one. A few points about interpreting prophecy: When interpreting prophecy, one should carefully compare scripture with scripture to get a clearer overall view. Read the prophecy very carefully, and keep in mind the context of the prophecy. […]

What is the history of the doctrine of the ‘pre-tribulation secret rapture’?

The doctrine of the ‘pre-tribulation secret rapture’ is the belief that faithful Christians will be removed suddenly and secretly from the earth prior to a time of ‘tribulation’ which will immediately precede the return of Jesus Christ to the earth. Although the concept of believers being removed from the earth at the time of Christ […]

Why are large animals used symbolically in Daniel and Revelation?

Daniel uses animals such as a lion, bear, leopard, dragon, goat and ram to refer to nations that controlled large parts of the area around the Middle East. The lion (Dan 7:4) symbolised the Babylonians, the bear (Dan 7:5) symbolised the Medo-Persian empire, the leopard (Dan 7:6) symbolised the Greek empire, and so on. In […]