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Tuesday, March 10 2015

Psalm 108: Those Who Will Awake Early

"O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early"

According to the Holy Scriptures, there are two major resurrections of salvation coming. The first, to eternal-life spirit (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and the Fact Finder question below), will occur on the day of the Messiah's return. It will be composed of all of the people, from all time, who were given the means to understand the Truth and who accepted it by living a repentant life thereafter. Along with them will be those of that same category who will be alive that day - they will instantly be changed from physical life to spirit ("We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed"; see Those Who Won't Sleep).

Resurrections

"4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 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: 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. 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV)

"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. 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming." (1 Corinthians 15:20-23 KJV)

"15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 15:52 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." (1 Corinthians 15:50-52 KJV)

The second resurrection will occur 1,000 years later, after those of the first resurrection "shall reign with him a thousand years" (see Why Love A Dictator? and the Fact Finder question below).

"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)

King David knew that whether or not he gets there is up to his choice of obedience or rebellion (the same as everyone else; see David's Resurrection Prophecy and What Does Mercy Really Mean?). David also knew that his calling of opportunity was for those who will "awake early."

"108:1 A Song or Psalm of David.

O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. 108:2 Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 108:3 I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations. 108:4 For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds. 108:5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth;

108:6 That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me. 108:7 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. 108:8 Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver; 108:9 Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph.

108:10 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? 108:11 Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts? 108:12 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. 108:13 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies." (Psalm 108:1-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: When and how will the later awakening happen?
See The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries and The Postponement Of Death; also Leaving The Soul Behind and Dust In The Wind


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This Day In History, March 10

241 BC: The Roman fleet sank 50 Carthaginian ships during the Battle of Aegusa, bringing the First Punic War to an end (see also The Cleopatra Connection).

Julius Caesar 49 B.C. Julius Caesar "crossed the Rubicon," a small river that separated Cisalpine Gaul from Italy. Caesar's crossing violated a law of the Roman Senate (the Lex Cornelia Majestatis) that stated that a general was not permitted to lead a military force out of the province in which it has been assigned. The action triggered a 3-year civil war that ended with Julius Caesar becoming the ruler of the Roman Republic as it was metastasizing into the Roman empire (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

298: Roman Emperor Maximian concluded his campaign in North Africa against the Berbers and made a triumphal entry into Carthage.

418: Jews were banned from holding public office in the Roman Empire.

1528: Balthasar Hubmaier, a prominent Austrian Anabaptist (see Anabaptists), was burned at the stake as a heretic in Vienna.

1629: King Charles I of England dissolved Parliament, thereby beginning the eleven-year period known as the Personal Rule.

1656: The Virginia Colony extended voting rights to all free (i.e. white) men regardless of their religion.

1831: The French Foreign Legion was established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria.

1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ended the U.S. war with Mexico.

1922: Mahatma Gandhi was arrested by the British governors of India; he was justifiably convicted of sedition ("an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government") and sentenced to 6 years in prison.

1927: Prussia (an area of Germany, not to be confused with Russia) lifted its Nazi ban; Adolf Hitler was then allowed to speak in public (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1945: During the Second World War, 300 U.S. B-29 bombers (with conventional bombs; the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki came a few months later, on August 6 and August 9) bombed Japan's capital in what became known in the U.S. as "the Great Tokyo Air Raid." The resulting firestorm killed 100,000 civilians (the atomic bombings of the other two civilian targets killed or horribly burned another 250,000 men, women and children).

1952: The government of Cuba was overthrown by Fulgencio Batista, who ruled as a Mafia and CIA-backed puppet dictator until 1959 when he was overthrown by the communists led by Fidel Castro. The people of Cuba traded one dictator (one controlled by the western "democratic" nations) for another (one sponsored by the eastern communist nations).

1969: James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the murder of U.S. civil rights activist Martin Luther King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

1973: The governor of Bermuda, Sir Richard Sharples, was assassinated on the grounds of Government House.

1985: Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko died after only 13 months in office.

1995: The European Union responded belligerently to Canada's seizure of the Spanish fishing ship Estai and its crew in international waters the day before, demanding its release and calling for economic and military retaliatory measures. Prior to its arrest, the Spanish ship was observed violating Canadian law within Canadian waters. Also, a Canadian Navy submarine later recovered the net that the Spanish ship cut while being pursued and found it to have an illegal small-mesh liner that was "vacuuming the ocean" of fish of all sizes, thereby exterminating future fish stocks. The seizure of the Spanish ship and its crew led to weeks of political tension and an escalating high-seas warship standoff between Canada and the rising-superpower European Union (which forced Britain to chose between its European Union membership and "the Canadians that have always been there for us during two world wars" - to which the British government chose Canada; as well, during the crisis hundreds of British fishing boats flew Canadian flags while working off the coast of Europe).


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