MARK, CHAPTER 16 AND MIRACLES TODAY

Recently a friend asked the question: How do you respond to someone who uses the last part of Mark 16 to support miracles today?

I would show them how the scripture, Mark 16:17-18, testifies that the miraculous powers would follow those who believe, but, it does not tell how long those powers would follow God’s children.

Acts 2:39 recounts how long the promise was to be in effect.  The promise was only for two generations, to “you and your children.”  Some argue that the “all that are afar off” refers to unlimited time.  However, that is not what the scriptures teach.  The Greek word for “afar off’ is Strong’s #3112 (makran) –literally “at a distance.”

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QUESTIONS ABOUT LUCIFER

The origin of the word “Lucifer” appears to be included in a literal translation in the Latin Vulgate which (word) Wycliffe {and/or others} transliterated and included in the first English translation of the Bible (published from 1382-1395 AD).

According to Webster’s dictionary the origin and etymology of “Lucifer” is from Middle English, and is defined as 1) the morning star, 2) a fallen rebel archangel, and 3) the Devil. The word ‘lucifer’ is originally a Latin word which is literally translated as “bright, shining or clear.”  It was first known to be used in English before the 12th century.

According to an article in Wikipedia under the title of “Fallen Angel,”[i]The fall of Lucifer finds its earliest identification with a fallen angel in Origen (182-254 A. D.)… (in) the image of the fallen morning star or angel (and) was applied to Satan both in Jewish pseudepigrapha and by early Christian writers…”

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