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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.

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"11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead." (John 11:14 KJV)

"11:30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. 11:31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.

11:32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

11:33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, 11:34 And said, Where have ye laid him?

They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

11:35 Jesus wept.

11:36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! 11:37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

11:38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone.

Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

11:40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 11:42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.

Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go." (John 11:30-44 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.

19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid." (John 19:33-41 KJV)

The Messiah's death and resurrection made Him "the firstborn from the dead."

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"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)

"1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." (Colossians 1:18 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.

9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 9:4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

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. 9:6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. 9:8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

9:12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

9:13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me: 9:14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: 9:15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. 9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

9:17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good." (Ecclesiastes 9:1-18 KJV)

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?
See Awake And Sing, Ye That Dwell In Dust and The Time Of Judgment


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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).

Voyages of Christopher Columbus 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.



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