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642RE: [revelation-list] rev. 11:1-2

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  • Ed Garcia
    Jan 28, 2004
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      I agree with you Ian, some sections of Revelation could not/should not
      be taken literally. I do not believe that this section in Rev. speaks of
      a literal rebuilding of the temple. There is no real reason to claim
      that it does.

      But Ian, if you have the time, how do you understand the measuring of
      the temple? If you have commented on this passage previously, then
      please excuse my oversight. Thank you.

      Ed G.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Ian Paul [mailto:editor@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 3:23 AM
      To: revelation-list@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [revelation-list] rev. 11:1-2

      On Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at 09:36 PM, Duane Carbo wrote:

      > DSW means "Daniel's Seventieth Week". "Measure the Temple" would
      > imply at
      > the very least that there is
      > a Temple standing during the tribulation (DSW) that is actual and not
      > just
      > symbolic.


      Why should a command like this imply that the temple is literal? What
      would the command look like if it was 'symbolic', that is,
      metaphorical? When Jesus said 'A man went out to sow' does this imply
      there was a literal man? Were there, or will there be, four literal
      horses with four literal riders?

      I wonder if I could make a plea, on this list at least, for reflective
      engagement with the nature of metaphorical language...

      Ian Paul
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