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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):
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.