Oh, I'm starting to understand what you are tying to tell me. Thank you very much.Actually, you weren't using Acts 7 in the sames interpretation as he was, or replying to his use of it; but were referring to your understanding of it as it supported your perspective. Thus it rightly shouldn't have been in quotes.
His post was:
Stephen was able to look towards heaven and recognize Jesus:
Acts 7:55,56 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God…..And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Titus calls the second coming a glorious appearing and leaves us with no doubt about the divinity of Jesus:
Titus 2:13.........Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
I have done extensive reading on manuscript evidence and it is generally accepted that John was exiled to the Isle of Patmos for preaching the Gospel where he wrote Revelation under the reign of Domitian and Domitian didn't become emperor until 81 A.D.No they could not unless they were 'in the spirit' too.A question could be asked, were those who were stoning Stephen able to see heaven open and see Jesus??
I see no connection between Paul near Damascus and Stephen being stoned. Paul was alive and being approched by Jesus Christ. Stephen wa being killed.What about Paul on the road to Damascus? The others did not see the light. I believe this is some evidence that Paul was in the process of believing (perhaps as part result of Stephens speech) was SEEKING, and was a believer in the living, loving creator God even while still part or leader of a pursuing group.
Acts 754 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him. 55 But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; 56 and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. 58 When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” 60 Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep.Re: heb 9:28, there could be some forced grammatical implication or assumption, here as well as in Acts 1:11, that the appearing and "return" in like manner as THEY had seen him go INTO HEAVEN, was addressed and to be realized by those (them) who witnessed the cloud going into heaven or (them) who had witnessed (or believed in) his appearance with regard for atonement for "sin" in Heb 9:28; (canceling the law of sin/death and fulfilling/removing the patterns/odinances he gave to moses) AND that this would occur during his effective lifespan AND the lifespan of those who wititnessed his life and ascension. Elements of these "appearings" remain, in the manner in which noble understands, and through the spirit and underdtanding of his life and appearings indwelling believers.
Paul, writing to believers in Rom 10, says that the righteousness that is by faith in christ furst century coming says, Don't look to the heavens ti bring him diwn, nor to the grave to bring hi, but the WORD Jesus/God is .....in your heart......
For the life of me I can not see a lot of mystery in these verses!!!! Stephen was stoned to death, seen Jesus in heaven and asked Jesus to receive his spirit.