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Thursday, September 26 2013

The Eighth Day: When Life Will Begin Again

"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"

Although the word "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.

A Cemetery

"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.

4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God [see The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy; also Looking Up To The Messiah: How And When?]: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 KJV)

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). It makes no difference whether they were buried or cremated (see Dust and Ashes and Isaac: Rising From The Ashes).

"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 (see also Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word), 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.

20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.

This is the first resurrection. 20:6 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." (Revelation 20:4-6 KJV)

"In the last day, that great day of the Feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me"

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."

A Park

"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)

"7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

7:39 But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified." (John 7:37-39 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.

Happy Day

"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?

And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 37:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 37:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 37:8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

37:9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 37:10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 37:13 And 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, 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD." (Ezekiel 37:1-14 KJV)

When all has been done (see The Church: Mission Accomplished), the 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?
See What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven? and What Happens After The Messiah Returns?


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This Day In History, September 26

46 BC: Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix, in keeping with a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).

1345: During the Friso-Hollandic Wars, the Frisians defeated Holland at the Battle of Warns.

1396: German and French "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) were defeated by Ottoman forces at Nicopolis. The Ottoman Empire, centered in Turkey, was the dominant imperial force in the Middle East for centuries, including over the land of Israel, until the end of the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1580: Francis Drake returned to England after completing the first English voyage around the world.

Francis Drake 1626: Lancelot Andrewes died at age 71. The English theologian and court preacher during the reigns of James I and Charles I oversaw the translation of the King James Version of the Holy Scriptures.

1687: The city council of Amsterdam voted to support the invasion of England by William of Orange.

1687: The Parthenon (the great pagan temple that was built in 447 BC; see Paul In Athens) in Athens was severely damaged in a battle between the Ottomans and the Venetians.

1777: During the rebellion of the New England colonies that were established by the British in the wilderness over a century earlier, the British army temporarily took back control of the British-built city known as Philadelphia. The city was planned, built and named by William Penn, an English land developer sent by King James. Ironically, Pennsylvania was named after William Penn - a life-long loyal servant of the king (Penn was born, died and is buried in England) who was not involved in the rebellion.

1829: The British "Scotland Yard" police organization was founded.

1854: The "Charge of The Light Brigade" during the Crimean War (1853-1856). The suicidal charge of an English light-cavalry brigade during the Battle of Balaklava in the Ukraine was made famous in a poem by Alfred Tennyson.

1872: The first Shriners Temple (called "Mecca") was established in New York City.

1907: New Zealand and Newfoundland became dominions of the British Empire.

1934: The British liner Queen Mary was launched.

1937: During the British Mandate that established the present-day state of "Israel" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration and Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) Lewis Andrews, British district commissioner of Galilee and Acre and known friend of the Jews, shot by a group of Arabs while he was walking to church in Nazareth. Also killed was a police constable who was walking with him.

1945: Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, a U.S. OSS officer (the "Office of Strategic Services," that later became the Central Intelligence Agency), was killed by Vietnamese forces after he was mistaken as a French military man and ambushed. Dewey is regarded as both the first U.S. soldier and the first CIA agent to die in the Vietnam civil war i.e. it was imperial France that divided Vietnam into North and South. France was driven out in the 1950s; the U.S. replaced the French, while taking the side of the South. When the U.S. left in the early 1970s, the North overran the South and Vietnam was restored to what it was before France and the U.S. involved themselves in the southeast Asia nation.

1950: United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans.

1959: Typhoon Vera, the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in recorded history, made landfall. It killed over 4,500 people.

1967: During the Vietnam civil war, the government of North Vietnam rejected a U.S. peace proposal that would have made the French-imposed division of Vietnam permanent.

1984: Britain and China agreed that Hong Kong would revert to Chinese control in 1997 (which it did).

1990: In Russia, the Supreme Soviet ended decades of religious repression with a new law that prohibited government interference in religious activities.

1997: With Germany re-united (again), Chancellor Helmut Kohl laid the foundation stone for a new Chancellery building in Berlin (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).

2009: Typhoon Ketsana struck the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.



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