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Monday, October 24 2016
The Eighth Day: The Second Resurrection Prophecy
"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished"
Jesus Christ observed the genuine Biblical Holy Days that He, as the LORD God (see The LORD God Our Saviour and The Identity Of The LORD God), established long before. Although the people of Judaism later modified the observances for themselves and their own tiny nation (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism), that did not affect the infinitely-greater actual prophetic Christian purpose of the Holy Days.
As Jesus Christ 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 repeated it for the Book of Revelation (see also What Did Jesus Tell John About Creation? and Apocalypse Now) - 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 (see Eutychus - Rising From The Sleep Of Death). 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 and The Sword Of The Truth), 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 24
69: The Second Battle of Bedriacum. The Danube armies under Antonius Primus, an ally of Vespasian (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?), defeated the forces of Emperor Vitellius (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
439: The Vandals (a Germanic tribe; the term vandalism" originated from the Vandals) captured the North African city of Carthage from the Romans. The German Empire later succeeded the Roman Empire of history and prophecy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1147: After a 4-month siege, "Crusaders" led by Afonso Henriques reconquered Lisbon (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1273: Rudolf of Hapsburg, a Swiss count, was crowned king of Germany at Aachen, Charlemagne's old capital. Rudolf was the first Hapsburg to be "Holy Roman Emperor" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1360: The Treaty of Calais was signed by Edward III of England and John II of France, allowing England to retain certain French territories. The Hundred Years War, begun in 1337, continued until 1453.
1537: Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward VI.
1601: Tycho Brahe died at age 54. The Danish astronomer made many important discoveries of the heavens during his career (many things of which were already well-known to those to read and believed the Holy Bible - see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).
1648: The Thirty Years War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia between France and the "Holy Roman Emperor" at Munster. After 3 decades of war, Germany was left devastated by sword, fire and plague.
1755: At the time when northeastern North America was divided into "New England" and "New France," a British expedition against the French-held Fort Niagara was repulsed.
1795: Poland ceased to exist as an independent nation when Russia, Prussia (which is in Germany; not to be confused with Russia) and Austria negotiated the Third Partition.
1920: Alexander, king of Greece 1917-1920, died at age 27 from infection after being bit by a pet monkey.
1921: The Nova Scotia working fishing schooner Bluenose (the Bluenose worked as an actual fishing schooner between races) defeated the U.S. racing schooner Elsie to win the International Schooner Championship. The Bluenose (which is pictured on the Canadian dime coin) remained undefeated in every race, against all comers, that it ever entered, including every year's International Schooner Championship, for its entire working life over the next 17 years.
1922: The Irish Parliament adopted a constitution for an Irish Free State, which formally came into existence in December.
1929: "Black Thursday" on the U.S. stock market, leading to the Great Depression. New York Stock Exchange prices collapsed with nearly 13,000,000 shares changing hands in panic selling.
1944: U.S. warplanes sank the Japanese battleship Musashi, one of the largest ever built, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf during the Second World War. The U.S. aircraft carrier Princeton was also sunk. More than 30 major U.S. and Japanese warships were sunk in the battle, including Japan's last 4 aircraft carriers. After this battle, the depleted Japanese naval forces resorted increasingly to Kamikaze suicide attacks.
1945: The founding of the United Nations.
1946: A camera on board a German V-2 rocket (used by Adolf Hitler to bomb Britain until the end of the war in 1945; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) took the first photograph of Earth from outer space.
1947: During the "red scare" hysteria of McCarthyism, Walt Disney testified before the House "Un-American Activities Committee," where he named Disney employees that he accused of being communists.
The term "McCarthyism" was defined as "the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence." Named after Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin (who was later discredited and censured before he died of alcoholism at age 48), it resulted in thousands of U.S. citizens wrongly accused as communists or communist sympathizers and subjected to "big brother" investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies. Many innocent people had their lives and careers destroyed by the hysteria that some historians have compared to the Salem Witch Hunts.
1964: Northern Rhodesia became independent from the British who established civilized government for the country; it thereafter became known as the Republic of Zambia.
1973: Israel's Yom Kippur War (an invasion by Arab nations on the Day of Atonement) ended (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1980: Poland's communist authorities granted recognition to the new independent trade union "Solidarity."
2003: The supersonic Concorde airliners made their last commercial flight.
2008: The "Bloody Friday" when many of the world's stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history.