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Sunday, June 7 2015
Ecclesiastes 9: What Do The Dead Know?
"For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing"
For many, a resurrection of the dead, from the dead, seems unnecessary because they have been taught that no one is ever "really" dead. They say that the "dead" are actually alive, in "heaven," or in "hell," or the Roman Catholic "purgatory." That's what the doctrines of humans say. But it is definitely not what the Word of God says.
A prime example of what happens to everyone was the death of Lazarus, a close friend of Jesus. When Lazarus died, his body was placed in a tomb. Jesus later came to the tomb and was met by Martha and Mary, the grieving sisters of Lazarus (see The House of Martha and Mary). Did Jesus say to them, as many "Christian" preachers would today, that Lazarus was alive in heaven? No, He did not. That isn't what happens to the dead. He instead told everyone involved, including His disciples on the way there, the reality that Lazarus was dead. The Messiah then resurrected Lazarus' decomposing body, where it had lain completely dead for four days.
"11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead." (John 11:14 KJV)
Lazarus was resurrected back to his physical life as a demonstration of the great resurrections to come (see the Fact Finder question below and Who Else Did They Want To Kill At Passover?). A few days later, the Messiah was Himself put to death where He remained dead in the Tomb for three days and three nights. To deny that He was truly dead in the Tomb is to deny that He is the Saviour.
"19:33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 19:35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
The Messiah's death and resurrection made Him "the firstborn from the dead."
"24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." (Luke 24:45-47 KJV)
Much of what King Solomon knew was not lost when he lost his wisdom, but without the wisdom his knowledge became muddled and vain. He still understood that the dead are dead, but he lost sight of the resurrection that is surely coming, and that the purpose of this physical life is to prepare for that time of being "born again" (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). Instead, Solomon became a fool who proclaimed that since the dead are dead, people should do nothing but "eat, drink and be merry," while they squander, as Solomon may have done, their opportunity for eternal life (see Ecclesiastes 1: Solomon's Ballad To Losers).
"9:1 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them. 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.
Fact Finder: What does the Word of God actually say about the state of the dead and the resurrections that are surely coming for all of the dead?
This Day In History, June 7
421: Roman Emperor Theodosius II married Aelia Eudocia at Constantinople. The city in Turkey was re-named after the Roman Emperor Constantine - the primary inventor of the Church of Rome and the false-Christian "Sunday" worship (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy, A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1099: The armies of the First Crusade (1096-99) reached Jerusalem (again, see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1329: Robert the Bruce, who seized the Scottish throne in 1306, died. He was succeeded by David II.
1494: After the first discoveries by Christopher Columbus and others, the Treaty of Tordesillas was signed; Spain and Portugal agreed to divide "the New World" between them.
1498: Christopher Columbus departed on his third voyage of exploration to the New World. Despite all of what has lamentably become little more than nationalistic fantasies and propaganda that now pose as "history," all of the voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually limited to the islands of the Caribbean Sea (see the map and Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1546: The Peace of Ardes ended the war between France and England.
1628: The Petition of Right, a major English constitutional document, became law after Royal Assent by Charles I.
1654: Louis XIV was crowned king of France.
1677: Olivier Moriel de la Durantaye claimed the Lake Huron to Lake Erie area for France.
1692: 1,600 people were killed and 3,000 were injured when an earthquake struck Port Royal, Jamaica.
1863: French troops captured Mexico City.
1886: Elzear-Alexandre Taschereau was appointed Canada's first cardinal by Pope Leo XIII.
1929: The Papal State was revived when the Vatican was established in Rome. It had not existed since 1870.
1939: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the parents of the present-day Queen Elizabeth I) crossed from Canada to the U.S. to become the first British monarchs to visit the former colonies.
1942: During the Second World War, Japanese forces occupied the U.S. islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.
1944: During the D Day invasion of Normandy, the Nazi SS troops murdered 23 Canadian prisoners of war.
1967: Day 3 of the "6 Day War" - Israeli forces took The Old City, thereby securing the entire city as Israel's capital (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1981: To stop (as it is now known, non-existent) Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction" (Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that has nuclear "weapons of mass destruction" - as proven by the later invasion of Iraq), Prime Minister Menachem Begin sent Israeli warplanes to bomb a French-built nuclear reactor that was only capable of generating electricity for Baghdad.
1991: Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted, sending a plume of ash 7 kilometers (over 4 miles) into the atmosphere.
1998: In Texas, James Byrd, Jr., was murdered by "white supremacists" who dragged him behind their pickup truck along an asphalt road.
2000: The United Nations defined the "Blue Line" as the border between northern Israel and Lebanon.