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Friday, March 20 2015

Psalm 118: How Are The Dead Raised?

"It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body"

The English-language word "death" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, with the same spelling, that meant motionless, or inanimate. It is now generally-defined as "The state of being, animal or vegetable, in which there is a total and permanent cessation of all vital functions" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary).

The Holy Bible also defines death, in its natural state, in that very same way. That's the reality of how the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God) created life (see also Leaving The Soul Behind and Dust In The Wind):

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"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)

"7:9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. 7:10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more." (Job 9:9-10 KJV)

As plainly-stated in the Holy Scriptures, the dead have no consciousness and no sense of the passage of time. The resurrection of those who died thousands of years ago will seem as instantaneous to them as to those who have been dead for a few seconds (see Could Christ Return Tonight?; also Those Who Will Awake Early).

But how then can the Scriptures say "he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more" (verse 9 above)? The apostle Paul answered the question: "thou sowest not that body that shall be."

"15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 15:37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 15:40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.

15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.

There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit." (1 Corinthians 15:35-45 KJV)

The Psalms are an amazing collection of documented history (e.g. see When Man First Walked Upright and The Civil War Psalm), prayers (e.g. see David's Prayer and When Does God Listen To Prayer?), prophecies (e.g. see David's View From The Cross and David's View Of Hell Fire and Paradise) and teachings of true Christian living (e.g. see The LORD Is My Shepherd and How Are Your Sins Covered?). At the heart of them all is the truth that the dead are awaiting a glorious resurrection, to the living Kingdom of God, from the state of the dead (see David's Resurrection Prophecy and The Patriotism Prophecy).

"118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

118:2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. 118:3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. 118:4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

118:5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? 118:7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.

118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

118:10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. 118:11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. 118:12 They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

118:13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me. 118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. 118:16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.

118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. 118:18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: 118:20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. 118:21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 118:23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

118:25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. 118:27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

118:28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.

118:29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." (Psalm 118:1-29 KJV)

Fact Finder: How does the same principle apply to those of the later resurrection who will be brought back to physical life?
See Why Two Resurrections? and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?


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This Day In History, March 20

141: The 6th recorded perihelion (the point in the orbit of a comet or planet when it is closest to the sun) passage of what was later named Halley's Comet (named after English astronomer Edmond Halley, 1656-1742) (see also The Christian Universe and The Maker Of Mystic Mountain).

235: Maximinus Thrax was proclaimed Emperor of Rome. He was the first foreigner (he was born in the Balkans of northern Greece) to hold the Roman throne, and the first Roman Emperor to have never been in Rome (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

1413: King Henry IV of England died. He was succeeded by Henry V.

1568: Albert (German, Albrecht) died at age 78. The Protestant German ruler was known chiefly for ending the Teutonic knights government of East Prussia (as advised by Martin Luther) and founding a hereditary dukedom in its place. For that, he was placed under the ban of the empire by Emperor Charles V (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1602: The Dutch East India Company was established. It became one of the world's most powerful companies over its 96-year history.

1616: Sir Walter Raleigh was freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment.

1727: Sir Isaac Newton died at age 84. The English mathematician and physicist was best-known for developing calculus and for his studies of the Creator's laws of physics that governed motion.

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1760: The great fire of Boston destroyed 350 buildings.

1792: The French Legislative Assembly approved the use of the guillotine for executions.

1815: Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris after his return from Elba, beginning his "Hundred Days" reign before his defeat at Waterloo in Belgium.

1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was first published in book form.

1916: In Switzerland, German-born Albert Einstein published his now-famous general theory of relativity.

1918: During the First World War, the U.S. took over Dutch merchant vessels lying in U.S. waters (the U.S. did not enter the war itself until 1917, more than half-way through the war that ran from 1914-1918).

1922: The converted navy coal carrier USS Jupiter was re-commissioned as the USS Langley to become the first U.S. aircraft carrier. Japan launched the first purposely-built aircraft carrier, the Hosyo, that same year. Britain was the first to have an aircraft carrier, the Argus, built during the First World War a few years earlier.

1948: The Soviet Union, in response to the signing of the "Brussels Treaty" 3 days earlier, withdrew from the Allied Control Council, ending all formal four-power control of Germany.

1956: Tunisia became independent from France.

1965: President Lyndon Johnson ordered 4,000 troops in to protect the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marchers.

1974: An attempt was made to kidnap Britain's Princess Anne in The Mall, London.

1985: Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen began his circumnavigation of the Earth in a wheelchair for spinal cord injury medical research.

1990: Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos's widow, Imelda Marcos, went on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.

1996: The British government announced that mad cow disease could probably be transmitted to humans.

2003: The U.S. began the bombing and invasion of Iraq with the stated purpose of seizing Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction." No such weapons were ever found to actually exist.





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