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?
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. This phrase is commonly used to teach that at death a Christian transcends this world to be with Jesus in a bodiless state. But a bodiless state is definitely not what Paul … Continue reading Explanation of “Absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” in 2 Corinthians 5:8
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.
Philippians 1:23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. Does it mean that when we die we go to Heaven as spirits? Justification for the almost universally held opinion that Christianity teaches that the dead are consciously with God at the … Continue reading What Does Paul Mean “to Depart to be with Christ” in Philippians 1:23?
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?
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
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
by Anthony Buzzard Note: from this blog site. This post is quite detailed and if you would like a short explanation it is recommended that the reader go down to the conclusion at the end of the post. Introduction Nothing could be of greater importance to the disciple of Christ than to understand the nature … Continue reading What Eternal Life Really Means – Life in the Age to Come – Our Inheritance
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
by Kenneth LaPrade, Texas Many folks might be motivated to ask a person like me, “Why even bother emphasizing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God repeatedly? After all, we (as Christians) already believe that Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected. Isn’t that the whole Gospel? So what then is the big deal … Continue reading Acts: A Gold Mine of Kingdom Treasures!