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Monday, October 8 2012
The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries
While "cemetery" is usually defined today as a place of the dead, the original meaning of the word meant a place of those who sleep. The English word "cemetery" originated from a Greek word, pronounced koimeterion, which literally means a sleeping place - a Biblically-correct definition.
"4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
Until the times of resurrection (see The Harvest Prophecies), the dead are dead - in peaceful and absolute unconsciousness, with no sense of the passage of time (see Could Christ Return Tonight? and Repent, For The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand).
"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" [i.e. their memory ceases to function while they are dead - those still alive remember them] (Ecclesiastes 9:5 KJV)
Those who die have no conscious awareness. Dead means dead - until, at the next moment of their restored consciousness (i.e. death to resurrection will seem instantaneous, even if the dead person has been dead for centuries; again, see Could Christ Return Tonight?) they are resurrected from the dead. There would be no need for a resurrection if the dead were somehow already alive, or alive and dead at the same time. The resurrection of the Messiah from the dead is the prime example.
"15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:20-22 KJV)
According to the Word of God, there are two major resurrections of humanity coming. The first resurrection will happen on the day of Christ's return - a resurrection to spirit (their salvation will be complete), from which "they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin). The second resurrection will occur after the 1,000 years, but those people will be resurrected back to physical life - from which they will then have their first opportunity to understand and obey what those of the first resurrection had done earlier.
"20:4 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.
"Ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves"
The Feast of Tabernacles is a prophecy of those first 1,000 years after Christ's return (see The Feast Of Tabernacles In History And Prophecy) i.e. "This is the first resurrection. 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" (see What Is The Day Of The LORD? and The Church In The Kingdom Of God). The Eighth Day is a prophecy of "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished."
"23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD [see Who Is The LORD?] seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. 23:40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. 23:41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month." (Leviticus 23:39-41 KJV)
Jesus Christ created (again, see Who Is The LORD?) and observed the Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day (again, see The Feast Of Tabernacles In History And Prophecy) - for both their Christian historic observance and their Christian prophetic significance (see Calendar of Christ's Holy Days).
"7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught." (John 7:14 KJV)
The famous "dry bones" prophecy, about Israelites (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The New Covenant), is a prime example of the later physical resurrection, of all of humanity, when those people will get their first opportunity, by means of the Holy Spirit that they didn't have when they first lived, to know and live by the Word of God - after which they too will be granted salvation unto spirit. It is that latter time of awakening and Judgment that is portrayed and prophesied by the Eighth Day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
"37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?
When all has been done, lake of fire will consume all of those, who lived through all of the ages, who refused to repent and live by the Truth (see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?).
"20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15 KJV)
Fact Finder: When and where did the Messiah receive the authorization to return to Earth and carry out the resurrections of humanity?
This Day In History, October 8
451: The Council of Chalcedon opened.
1604: The supernova called "Kepler's nova" was first sighted.
1690: Belgrade was retaken by the Turks (i.e. the Ottoman Empire; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1738: Turkey (i.e. the Ottoman Empire) declared war on Russia to support Poland's resistance movement against Russian occupation.
1755: The French people known as Acadians were expelled from Nova Scotia by British forces who believed that they would fight for France if war broke out between "New France" and "New England." Many of the Acadian people later returned, while many others moved to, or remained in, the French colonies in Louisiana (which was named after a French king named Louis) where "Acadian" became pronounced as "Cajun."
1806: British forces who were laying siege to the French port of Boulogne used Congreve Rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve. The first British use of rocket-propelled missiles ("the rocket's red glare").
1840: King William I of Holland abdicated.
1856: Chinese police boarded the British vessel Arrow, arrested 12 Chinese crewmen on charges of piracy, and lowered the British flag. The incident led to the Second Anglo-Chinese War.
1871: The Great Fire of Chicago broke out. According to a popular legend, it was started when Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern in a straw-filled barn. Over 300 people were killed, 90,000 were made homeless. Damage was estimated at $200 million.
1881: A typhoon and tidal wave killed 300,000 people in China and Indo-China.
1912: Montenegro's declaration of war against the Turks (i.e. the Ottoman Empire) began the first Balkan War between members of the Balkan League (Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Montenegro) and the Ottoman Empire. It was one of two short conflicts in the Balkans just before the First World War. The Balkan states were victorious, and the Ottoman empire lost almost all of its European territory (to understand the connection of the Ottoman Empire to First and Second World Wars, listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1915: During the First World War, the Battle of Loos ended. Despite the loss of almost 430,000 British, French and German troops, neither side gained territory from the battle.
1939: Germany annexed western Poland after its invasion.
1942: The first west to east crossing of the Northwest Passage was completed with the arrival of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP, the "Mounties") schooner St. Roch in Halifax.
1945: President Harry Truman (it was Truman that ordered the atomic bombing of the civilian targets of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed over 250,000 men, women and children of those two cities) announced that U.S. atomic bomb secrets were being shared with Britain and Canada. Britain went on to develop its own nuclear arsenal soon afterward, while Canada chose (as it has to the present day) not to arm itself with nuclear weapons despite having abundant natural materials (Canadian uranium is the source for most of the U.S. and British "weapons of mass destruction" and sophisticated technology readily available that would enable their rapid production.
1967: Clement Attlee died at age 84. He was the British Labor Party leader, serving as Prime Minister 1945-1951. Attlee defeated Winston Churchill at the end of the Second World War and presided over the establishment of the welfare state in Britain (nationalizing major British industries and the Bank of England). Internationally, Attlee oversaw the granting of independence to India (that also established the separate nation of Pakistan with a division of India), Burma, Ceylon, and relinquished control of Egypt and "Palestine" where Israel would be founded thanks to the British defeat of the Ottoman Empire that had controlled the land of Israel (and most of the Middle East; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) for centuries (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1990: Israeli forces put down an Arab riot in Jerusalem. About 3,000 Arabs hurled stones from the Temple Mount onto thousands of Jews who were praying below at the Western Wall. The Arabs began the riot after hearing rumors that Jewish extremists were planning to march up onto the Temple Mount and lay a cornerstone for the Third Temple. The "Temple Mount Faithful" organization now gather each year during the Festival of Succoth (Tabernacles) appealing for a massive Jewish pilgrimage to reclaim control of the Temple Mount. Some call for the outright destruction of the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock to clear the way for the next Temple (while a "Holy Place" must be built for the prophesied "abomination of desolation to happen, when the Ark of the Covenant is found, there will be no time to build a "Temple" - it will most likely be housed in a tent, a Tabernacle, as it was during the 40 years in the Sinai; to understand these things, see our studies The Holy Place In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation).
1998: The U.S. House of Representatives voted to begin an impeachment inquiry of President Bill Clinton's activities regarding Monica Lewinsky and numerous other matters.