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Monday, October 5 2015
The Eighth Day: Living Waters
"In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink"
As the Messiah was observing the Eighth Day of the Feast of Tabernacles (see Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity and The Feast Of Tabernacles: The Return Of Paradise Prophecy), He proclaimed this teaching:
"7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." (John 7:37-38 KJV)
The apostle John again recorded the same proclamation when the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) repeated it for the Book of Revelation - with the same warning for those who refuse to repent:
"21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:6-8 KJV)
Although the word "cemetery" is usually defined today as a place of the dead, the original meaning of the word meant a place of those who sleep. The English word "cemetery" originated from a Greek word, pronounced koimeterion, which literally means a sleeping place - a Biblically-correct definition.
"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.
Until the times of resurrection (see The Harvest Prophecies), the dead are dead - in peaceful and absolute unconsciousness, with no sense of the passage of time (see Could Christ Return Tonight? and Repent, For The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand). It makes no difference whether they were buried or cremated (see Dust and Ashes and Isaac: Rising From The Ashes).
"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" [i.e. their memory ceases to function while they are dead - those still alive remember them] (Ecclesiastes 9:5 KJV)
Those who die have no conscious awareness. Dead means dead - until, at the next moment of their restored consciousness (i.e. death to resurrection will seem instantaneous, even if the dead person has been dead for centuries; again, see Could Christ Return Tonight?) they are resurrected from the dead. There would be no need for a resurrection if the dead were somehow already alive, or alive and dead at the same time. The resurrection of the Messiah from the dead is the prime example.
"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." (1 Corinthians 15:20-22 KJV)
According to the Word of God (see also Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word), there are two major resurrections of humanity coming. The first resurrection will happen on the day of Christ's return - a resurrection to spirit (their salvation will be complete), from which "they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin). The second resurrection will occur after the 1,000 years, but those people will be resurrected back to physical life - from which they will then have their first opportunity to understand and obey what those of the first resurrection had done earlier.
"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.
"Ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves"
The Feast of Tabernacles is a prophecy of those first 1,000 years after Christ's return (see The Feast Of Tabernacles In History And Prophecy) i.e. "This is the first resurrection. 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" (see What Is The Day Of The LORD? and The Church In The Kingdom Of God). The Eighth Day is a prophecy of "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished."
"23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD [see Who Is The LORD?] seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
Jesus Christ created and observed the Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day (again, see The Feast Of Tabernacles In History And Prophecy) - for both their Christian historic observance and their Christian prophetic significance (see Calendar of Christ's Holy Days).
"7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught." (John 7:14 KJV)
The famous "dry bones" prophecy, about Israelites (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The New Covenant), is a prime example of the later physical resurrection, of all of humanity, when those people will get their first opportunity, by means of the Holy Spirit that they didn't have when they first lived, to know and live by the Word of God - after which they too will be granted salvation unto spirit. It is that latter time of awakening and Judgment that is portrayed and prophesied by the Eighth Day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
"37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?
When all has been done (see The Church: Mission Accomplished), the lake of fire will consume all of those, who lived through all of the ages, who refused to repent and live by the Truth (see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?).
"20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15 KJV)
Fact Finder: (a) When and where did the Messiah receive the authorization to return to Earth and carry out the resurrections of humanity? (b) What did the Messiah actually teach about being "born again"?
This Day In History, October 5
456: Visigoths (a Germanic tribe) under King Theodoric II invaded Spain with an army of Burgundians, Franks and Goths, led by the Kings Chilperic I and Gondioc. They defeated the Suebi under King Rechiar on the River Urbicus near Astorga. The Germanic tribes later surpassed and replaced the Roman Empire as "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
610: The coronation of Byzantine Emperor Heraclius.
869: The 8th Church of Rome Ecumenical Council opened in Constantinople (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy). The East-West conference was held between Pope Adrian II and Basil I to condemn iconoclasm (the destruction of religious images and idols).
1285: King Philip III of France died of the plague that was then ravaging Europe.
1502: Christopher Columbus discovered what is today called Costa Rica (the people who were already in Costa Rica knew that it was there, centuries before Europeans "discovered" it). All of the four voyages of Columbus were limited to the Caribbean area (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1511: Pope Julius II formed the Holy League between Aragon, Venice and the papacy. Its purpose was to defend the unity of the Roman Catholic church and to drive the French out of Italy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1762: The British fleet captured Spanish-held Manila in the Philippines.
1795: The Hudson Bay Company began construction on a fortified fur-trading post on the future site of the city of Edmonton. The Hudson's Bay Company is the oldest commercial corporation in North America (in business for over 340 years) and one of the oldest in the world. A fur trading company in its early existence, the Hudson's Bay Company today owns and operates retail stores throughout Canada and the U.S.
1796: During the Napoleonic Wars, Spain declared war on Britain.
1813: The Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). British troops and Canadian militia under Maj. Gen. Henry Proctor halted the U.S. invasion forces near Moraviantown, northeast of present day Chatham, Ontario. Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, who, like the Canadians, was defending his homeland against the U.S. marauders, was killed in the battle.
1877: Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrendered to the U.S. Army in Montana, only 40 miles short of their over 1,600 mile journey to reach freedom in the Canadian prairies. He and his people were shipped back south in cattle cars to prison camps during and after which hundreds died of abuse, disease and squalor.
1908: Bulgaria declared independence from the Ottoman empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1910: Portugal was declared a republic after a successful revolt against King Manuel II.
1944: During the Second World War, Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shot down the first German jet fighter.
1964: 57 people from East Germany reached West Berlin by digging a tunnel under the Berlin Wall - the largest single escape from the communist country up to that date (see also Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1970: Anwar Sadat was nominated to succeed Gamal Nasser as President of Egypt.
1983: Polish Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (back then, Nobel Peace Prize winners actually did something to earn it).
1984: Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space, aboard the U.S. space shuttle Challenger (the Challenger was lost due to an explosion shortly after launch in 1986).
1986: Israel's secret nuclear weapons were verified. The British newspaper The Sunday Times ran Mordechai Vanunu's story on its front page under the headline: "Revealed - the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal."
1990: Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League, was assassinated in New York at age 58.