Were Samuel, Moses & Elijah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - Alive Before the Resurrection? Three passages of Scripture are sometimes advanced in support of the view that the dead are alive before the resurrection. 1. The episode related in 1 Samuel 28 concerns a so-called appearance of Samuel after his death. There are good reasons … Continue reading Were Samuel, Moses & Elijah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – Alive Before the Resurrection?
When is the Rapture is really a Question about when the dead are Resurrected
1. The Rapture/Resurrection event will occur at the last trumpet. Scripture knows of only one last trumpet, the seventh trumpet of Revelation 11:15. This trumpet sounds after or “post”-tribulation (Matthew 24:29-31). This is “the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:14), when all the faithful will be rewarded. 2. Jesus spoke of the “elect,” whom he equates with the disciples and their successors in the church. Matthew, who is his own best interpreter, elsewhere means “believers” when he uses the term “elect” (Matthew 22:14): “Many are called, but few are elect” (Gr. eklectos). It is a basic rule of good exegesis that a writer must be allowed to interpret himself.
What and When are the First and Second resurrections in the Bible?
There are various beliefs about the two biblical resurrections mentioned in the bible based on what other doctrines the Christian believes. E.g. Pre-Tribulation or Post-Tribulation. About when they happen, who is involved in each one and why they happen. Even in Paul’s day the Greeks mocked him for his speech in Acts 17 in which … Continue reading What and When are the First and Second resurrections in the Bible?
The First Resurrection in Revelation
Copyright © Tim Warner Revised September 11, 2007 In Revelation 20, John described the resurrected saints seated on thrones and reigning with Christ after having been resurrected. Revelation 20:4-6 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded … Continue reading The First Resurrection in Revelation
Greek Philosophy’s Impact on our Understanding of Death
Much has been written on the subject of death, primarily because so many Christians have been led to believe that we don't really die but go on to live with Jesus in Heaven. In John W. Schoenheit's book "The Christian's Hope,*" chapter 7, The Origin of Orthodoxy he says, The vast majority of Christian denominations … Continue reading Greek Philosophy’s Impact on our Understanding of Death
After Resurrection Comes the Judgment
It is because people are dead and not alive in any form that we eagerly await the coming of Jesus, who will raise the dead. Also, it is because people are dead and will be raised at either the first or second resurrection that the Bible speaks of “the Day of Judgment” (cp. Matthew 10:15; … Continue reading After Resurrection Comes the Judgment
Origins of the Heavenly Destiny – Not The Bible
Copyright © Tim Warner http://www.4windsfellowships.net Where did the idea of an eternity in heaven come from? Certainly not from Judaism, from which Christianity sprang! There is no such concept in the Old Testament. As we saw in the article, (The Kingdom in the Gospels), it definitely did not come from Jesus' teaching, and therefore could … Continue reading Origins of the Heavenly Destiny – Not The Bible
The Kingdom Hope – In the Old Testament
Copyright © Tim Warner The Ancient Hope of the SaintsThe coming of the physical Kingdom of God to earth was the universal hope of the saints since the beginning, even before Israel was a nation. Even the oldest book in the Bible speaks of this hope. Job, who even predated Abraham, expected to be raised … Continue reading The Kingdom Hope – In the Old Testament
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Jesus taught the Disciples for 40 Days after His Resurrection
The Apostles were under the teaching of Jesus for three and a half years. They heard all of His teaching on the Kingdom and eternal inheritance not only the few excerpts recorded in the Gospels. In fact, on the Sunday of His resurrection, while walking unrecognized along the road to Emmaus, “beginning at Moses and … Continue reading Jesus taught the Disciples for 40 Days after His Resurrection