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Tuesday, September 20 2016
2 Timothy 4: The Quick And The Dead
"If the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you ... The LORD Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom"
The apostle Paul's famous "the quick and the dead" statement has been interpreted and used in various ways over the nearly 2,000 years since it was written. Some have even used it to refer to the "gunfighters" of the semi-mythical Old West (or moreover, in some real-life violent cities of today) who were taking their turn as the "fastest on the draw" - they were the quick, while their opponents were the dead.
But the Holy Bible interprets itself, if one reads it in its entirety. If someone has read the Book of Romans (see also Paul's Letter To The True Church Of Rome), they will know what Paul was talking about in his later epistle to Timothy: "He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit."
"8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Romans 8:11 KJV)
When will that happen? The Holy Bible answers that too - on the day of the first resurrection, which will happen at the time of the Messiah's return (see the Fact Finder question below): "The LORD Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom" (see also The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).
"4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;" (2 Timothy 4:1 KJV)
The world, such as it has become, hates the Truth - any Truth (see Those Who Oppose Themselves; also Why Does Satan Love Liars?) because Satan has filled their heads with pleasing lies and self-worshiping arrogance.
But that willful rejection of the Truth will reach its peak as Satan's decaying kingdom of this world is collapsing in upon itself: "The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
"4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
The certain and safest defense against wrong is to do right. Paul concluded his second letter to Timothy with a report of those who had those "itching ears" ("For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world" and "Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil"), as well as those of the faithful who shall be quickened on that Day (see also The Men And Women Who Made It Happen and Why Did Others Write For Paul?).
"4:9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. 4:12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. 4:13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.
Fact Finder: When and how will the two major resurrections happen?
This Day In History, September 20
480 BC: The Greek fleet under Thermistocles defeated Persian naval forces of Xerxes. The Persian empire and Xerxes are recorded the Bible's Book of Esther (see Esther: The Lots Of Purim, The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia and Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia).
357 BC: Alexander the Great was born. The young Macedonian-Greek king conquered much of southern Europe, the Middle East and southern Asia before dying at age 34. Alexander is prophesied in the Bible (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids and The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat).
451: The Battle of Chalons in what is today France - regarded by some historians as the largest battle in the ancient world. Roman forces under Flavius Aetius defeated Attila the Hun (see Legions Of Men And Angels).
1187: Saladin began his Siege of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1260: The Prussian Uprising against the Teutonic Knights began.
1378: The Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church began when Robert of Geneva (known by some as "the Butcher of Cesena") was elected as anti-pope Clement VII. The division went on for almost four decades, during which there were 2 and sometimes even 3 competing popes at one time (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1519: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan left Spain with 5 ships on the first-ever around the world voyage. Although Magellan himself was killed in the Philippines, and 4 of the ships were lost in the 3 year exploration, 1 ship did return home after successfully circling the earth. The voyage proved that the earth was indeed round (which believers in the Holy Bible already knew - see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible) and that North America and Asia were separate continents.
1586: An Englishman, Anthony Babington, Roman Catholic priest John Ballard, and 5 others were executed for high treason. In an attempt to surrender England back to Roman Catholicism, they planned to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I (ruled 1558-1603) and install the Roman Catholic rival, Mary Stuart (Mary, Queen of Scots) on the English throne. Mary was also executed a few months later, on February 8 1587.
1633: Galileo Galilei was brought to trial before the Church of Rome's "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith." Galileo was later released after he "repented" of his "heresy" - his correct teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun (see also Earth's Star).
1697: The Treaty of Rijswijk was signed by England, France, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and the Dutch Republic. It ended the Nine Years' War (1688-97).
1854: The Battle of the Alma during the Crimean War. The victory by the British and the French left the Russian naval center of Sevastopol vulnerable and endangered the entire Russian position in the war.
1870: Italian troops under Victor Emmanuel II conquered Rome in the name of the Kingdom of Italy. The population of the city, the Romans, later voted to become part of the Italian Kingdom.
1909: The Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the South Africa Act 1909. It created the Union of South Africa from the British-established colonies of the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, Orange River Colony, and the Transvaal Colony.
1934: In New Jersey, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of the infant son of U.S. aviator Charles Lindbergh. He was found guilty and executed by electrocution in 1936.
1952: Scientists confirmed that DNA holds hereditary data.
1967: The British liner Queen Elizabeth II was launched at Clydebank, Scotland.
1973: The Lesbian tennis player Billie Jean King, at age 29, defeated long-retired professional tennis player, Bobby Riggs, at age 55, in "The Battle of the Sexes" tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
1977: Vietnam, as a single nation again, became a member of the United Nations. The Vietnam War, in which the U.S. involved itself, years after the war had already started (after another imperial power, France, had divided Vietnam into North and South), was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people.
2005: Simon Wiesenthal died at age 96. The Jewish Holocaust survivor became famous as a relentless Nazi war criminal hunter.
2011: The U.S. military ended its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, thereby allowing sodomites (Official dictionary definition, from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: "Sodomite: a person who has anal sex with another person; someone who practices sodomy") and lesbians (Official dictionary definition, from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: "Lesbian: a woman who is sexually attracted to other women; a female homosexual") to serve openly for the first time.