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Saturday, July 7 2012
With Me In Paradise
If the Messiah (see Who Is The LORD?) said to you, "I tell you the truth today," would you be able to understand what He's saying? Of course you would. It's a plain and simple statement that even a child could understand.
If He then said, "I tell you the truth today, you will be with me at the celebration" (that I have just spent over 3 years telling people is coming in the future, after I return) would you be able to understand what He's saying? Of course you would. That too is a plain and simple statement that even a child could understand. The words of promise spoken today are about fulfilling that promise in a future time that obviously is not today.
English translations of the Holy Scriptures use punctuation, specifically, commas, that did not exist in the original Hebrew and Greek. Translators inserted commas where they decided to put them, based upon their own ideas and interpretations of the Scriptures. In most cases, they are correct. In a few cases, they are not correct.
For example, the King James Version (as well as almost every other version ever since) translators believed in the un-Biblical idea of the dead being alive (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?), so it was natural for them to want to place a comma in the Words of Jesus Christ where, first of all, there wasn't one (although there was almost certainly a pause when He spoke - but not where the translators put it), and secondly which made it incorrectly seem that Christ was saying, in Luke 23:43 (the capitalization of "To day" is not found in the actual Scriptures either), "Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise," rather than what He actually said, which was, in translation, "Verily I say unto thee today (pause) shalt thou be with me in paradise," or in modern English with a comma placed where Christ actually paused (in keeping with all of His other teachings about death and resurrection), "I say to you today, you will be with me in Paradise." Christ said to that man, that day, that he would be with Christ in Paradise in the future.
"Verily I say unto thee today, shalt thou be with me in paradise"
No where in the Holy Scriptures does it say that the dead are alive. For now, the dead are dead - in a peaceful oblivion in which there is no consciousness or activity. That's what the Word of God actually says (see also What Does Word of God Mean To You?).
"9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten." (Ecclesiastes 9:5 KJV)
The Holy Scriptures consistently refer to death as sleep, not just because death and sleep both involve unconsciousness, but because both are a state of being from which people awaken (just as Christ did after His three days and three nights dead in the Tomb - Christ was in the Tomb that same day, not in Paradise with the man to whom He made the promise about the future). According to God's plan, some will be resurrected as spirit on the day of Christ's return (e.g. 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin), while others will be resurrected physical at the end of the 1,000 years (i.e. Revelation 20:5, Ezekiel 37:6; see The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?). But all of the dead are now dead.
Those on the day of Christ's return:
"15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God [see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?]; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
All of the rest of humanity 1,000 years later:
"20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished." (Revelation 20:5 KJV)
The transfiguration of Christ, a vision in which Moses (see The Valley of Moses' Grave) and Elijah (see Where Did Elijah Go?) were seen in the future Kingdom of God (the same Paradise that Christ described to the man when He said "you will be with me in Paradise") was describing the future, after Christ's return - it was not already happening there on earth, where the Kingdom of God will be (as the vision plainly described) that day. That is what the true Gospel is all about (see The True Gospel Of Christ).
"17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
This Day In History, July 7
1307: King Edward I of England died on his way north to subdue a rebellion in Scotland; he was succeeded by Edward II.
1534: The first recorded encounter of Europeans and native people of the Gulf of St. Lawrence area occurred, in what is today the Canadian Province of New Brunswick.
1543: France invaded Luxembourg.
1575: The Raid of the Redeswire; the last major battle between England and Scotland.
1668: Isaac Newton received his MA from Trinity College, Cambridge.
1798: Napoleon Bonaparte's army began its march towards Cairo, Egypt, from Alexandria.
1807: The first of the Treaties of Tilsit was signed, during which France, under Napoleon Bonaparte, and Russia, under Czar Alexander, became allies and divided Europe between them.
1846: During the Mexican-American war (a geographically-inaccurate term, since all people of the continents of North and South America, from the northern tip of Canada to the southern tip of Argentina, are "Americans"), the U.S. annexed California from Mexico. By the end of the war in 1848, Mexico lost the territories of what is today California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, plus parts of Colorado and New Mexico. As well, Texas broke away from Mexico and later joined the U.S.
1865: Lewis Paine, David Herold, George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt were executed by public hanging in Washington's Old Penitentiary. They had been convicted of "treasonable conspiracy" in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
1898: U.S. President William McKinley declared the Newlands Resolution to annex Hawaii as a territory of the U.S.
1928: The Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri introduced a new product to the market - pre-sliced bread.
1930: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, English author and creator of "Sherlock Holmes," died.
1937: Following the establishment of a commission to investigate the mandate in Palestine, the Peel Report was published in Britain (listen to our Sermons The Balfour Declaration and The Ottoman Empire).
1937: Japan invaded China.
1959: The planet Venus (the pagan name that scientists have given to the planet) occulted (blocked from view) the star Regulus. The event is used to calculate the diameter of Venus.
1967: Civil war began in Biafra.
1978: The Solomon Islands were granted independence from Britain.
1980: Sharia was instituted in Iran.
2005: Terrorist explosions in London's transport system killed 56 people (including the four suicide bombers) and injured over 700.