Sabbath Day (Ex.20: 8 – 11) By r. a. Sat., Sept. 22, 2018
The resurrection from the dead is a foundational and elementary part of the gospel. However, Catholic and Protestant churches seldom, if ever, teach on this doctrine which Messiah proclaimed.
The churches ignore this doctrine because they erroneously believe and teach that one has an immortal soul that floats off to heaven or descends to a fiery hell when one dies.
I’ve noticed many times when a “Catholic/Christian” family member dies, the obituary will often include the following comment: “Johnny or Jane is now in the loving arms of the Lord Jesus in heaven.” In addition, Pastors and Priests will also say much the same thing when they are officiating and conducting funerals.
In Messiah’s name: for those with eyes to see and ears to hear.
Question: What did the Messiah, Paul and John, the revealer, say about the resurrection of the dead?
Let me first begin by quoting what Daniel the Old Testament prophet foretold.
Daniel Chpt.12 verses 1 -2
1… thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book (of life – see Exodus 32 verse 33). 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake (be resurrected), some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.(eternal death)
Hear the Messiah:
“28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves (not in heaven or in a burning hell) shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (Jn.5: 28 -29)
Martha’s brother, Lazarus, had died, hear the Messiah regarding his death.
23 Jesus says unto her (Martha), Thy brother shall rise again (be resurrected).
24 Martha says unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
Hear Paul — “12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?”
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen. 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. (1 Cor.15: 12 – 14)
Paul explains a mystery (1 Cor. 15: 51 – 55)
51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (those who are alive when Messiah returns), but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed
53 For this corruptible must put on in-corruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on in-corruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Lastly, hear the words of the John, the revealer as recorded in the Book of Revelation
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Rev.20: 4 – 5)
In sum, for those who are alive today it would be wise for them to seek to be in the first resurrection of the dead and thus, will have no fear of the second death in the lake of fire, which is eternal. (see Rev.20: 12 – 15)
All glory, praise and honor to the great I AM, the Creator-God, in Messiah’s name.
Peace, blessings and protection to all who love the truth and hate the lies and deceptions.