A LITERAL BODILY RESURRECTION
When I began to search WHY some “PRETERIST” that call themselves FULL preterists believe that ALL prophecy has been FULFILLED in 70 AD, I thought to myself HOW can anyone believe such a teaching, seeing that the FIRST RESURRECTION, which occurs AT the SECOND COMING of Jesus, has NOT yet taken place and is still FUTURE fulfillment.
So I went to the horses mouth so to speak, to both FULL preterists websites and to some preterists websites that are not full preterists and I learned that they do NOT believe in a BODILY resurrection of the dead, but rather teach that the resurrection of the saints WAS a SPIRITUAL resurrection.
They all use 1 Corinthians chapter 15 as their proof text where the TERM “SPIRITUAL BODY” is indeed found.
They also use 1 John 3:2,3 as well saying that we do not really KNOW what our new “SPIRITUAL” body will actually be like but all we know for sure is that we will be LIKE Jesus for we shall SEE him as he IS. So even the yet future “GENERAL” according to some pretersist will be a so called “SPIRITUAL” resurrection or some kind.
But is this what the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible teaches us?
Please read 1 John 3:2,3, which says,
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall BE: but we know that, WHEN he shall appear, we shall be LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is.
3. And every man that has this HOPE in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.”
Our blessed HOPE is our BODILY RESURRECTION at the SECOND COMING of Jesus WHEN he shall APPEAR in clouds of great glory and we shall be CAUGHT UP into the air to meet our Lord and savior Jesus Christ and so shall be ever be WITH our Lord.
To ME, preterists are MOCKING the second coming of Jesus just like 2 Peter chapter 2 FORETELLS there will be in the LAST days SCOFFERS who are doubting a yet future coming of Jesus.
One of the meanings of the word “MOCK” is to frustrate the HOPES of someone. This word also mean to deride or ridicule, as in, LAUGHING AT other believers saying WHERE is the PROMISE of his COMING? I have heard a preterist mock other Christians sarcastically asking the question, “Are you still LOOKING for the coming of Jesus? I am not!”
May God have mercy on these PRIDE filled Christians belittling and MOCKING their fellow brothers and sisters in or Lord Jesus Christ. Do they not realize how they are confounding the HOPE of these little ones? Let us read the WARNING that in the LAST DAYS there will come SCOFFERS mocking the teaching handed down by the apostles of Jesus concerning his SECOND COMING.
“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2. That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior:
3. KNOWING this FIRST, that there SHALL COME in the LAST days SCOFFERS, walking after their own lusts (or desires. This word carries the meaning of having an excessive desire and speaks also of one's OWN desire. To me this fits “PRETERISM” where I myself see Christians giving their whole being to try and prove that preterism is true. I see the same sort of thing with those who teach a PRE tribulation ESCAPE rapture who heap to themselves teachers who will TICKLE their ears with PLEASANT things to hear not enduring SOUND Biblical doctrine),
4. And saying, WHERE is the PROMISE of his COMING? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (I myself see preterist who are TIRED of hearing FALSE prophecies of Jesus coming in this year or that year and Jesus does not come. To ME this is one of the reasons why some Christians LOOK for another explanation of the scriptures and SATAN has obliged them by giving them another false doctrine to believe.)
5. For this (or because of the DOUBT that Jesus is NOT coming BASED upon their FALSE ASSUMPTION that the PRE tribulation rapture is true wrongly teaching that Jesus is coming any day at any moment without any signs needing to be fulfilled) they WILLINGLY are ignorant of (the WRATH and judgment of Almighty God), that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6. Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7. But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the SAME WORD are kept in store, RESERVED unto FIRE against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8. But, beloved, be NOT ignorant of this ONE thing, that one day is with the Lord as a THOUSAND YEARS, and a THOUSAND YEARS as one day. (This verse LITERALLY means what it says and that the 1000 year reign of Jesus is a LITERAL 1000 years to the day hour minute and second. What Peter is teaching us here is that while Jesus is coming in flaming FIRE too execute the WRATH of Almighty God the Father the heavens and the earth will NOT PASS AWAY where the elements melt in fervent heat UNTIL the END or AFTER this DAY that is a literal 1000 years long has expired and God send FIRE down from heaven as the last HALF of his WRATH and ALL the wicked are destroyed in the lake of FIRE which is the second death)
9. The Lord is NOT slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (What some preterists do not realize is that Almighty God is NOT finished with his people the Jews and that God will turn AGAIN a SECOND time to REDEEM his people the Jews. If they TRULY believed this part of God's word they would NOT dogmatically demand that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD was the FULFILLMENT of most all prophecy.)
10. But the DAY of the Lord will come as a thief in the night (meaning that this literal 1000 year long DAY of the Lord will OPEN or BEGIN with the WRATH of Almighty God executed by his SON and the day will CLOSE or end with the WRATH of God being poured out by Almighty God himself. But the literal 1000 year reign of Jesus itself will be a time where those left of the nations will NOT learn WAR any more. There will be no sickness and disease cutting short the lives of those living in their MORTAL bodies. In other words, NO more premature death. The life span of those in their MORTAL bodies will be 100 years of age and therefore there will be DEATH DURING this LITERAL 1000 year reign of Jesus that will END with a FINAL WAR after SATAN is loosed for a little season to one final time DECEIVE the NATIONS to make war against God's people. THEN God himself will send FIRE down form heaven); in the which (speaking of the final part of God's WRATH after the 1000 years have expired) the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12. LOOKING FOR and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? (the early church was NOT looking for some kind of PRE tribulation rapture to escape the time of great tribulation, because they KNEW that the time of great tribulation was NOT the WRATH of God. The early church UNDERSTOOD that the WRATH of god came IMMEDIATELY AFTER the time of GREAT tribulation, which is WHEN they taught that Jesus would COME AGAIN. The early church understood that at the second coming of Jesus TWO things would happen. First the faithful believes in Jesus would be CAUGHT UP into the AIR, which is WHEN the first resurrection will take place and our CHANGE will occur. And then second once we are safe in the chariots of God Jesus will make WAR against those NATIONS who are making war against his people the JEWS. The SECOND coming of Jesus is to REDEEM or to RESCUE ALL of God's people both the Christians and the JEWS. But according to PRETERISM who believe that the second coming of Jesus has already been fulfilled in 70 AD they teach that Jesus came to judge the Jews rather than to FIGHT FOR the Jews as the PROPHESIES in the Old Testament foretell. The PROBLEM with “PRETERISM” is that they do NOT consider the WHOLE word of Almighty God)
13. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. (speaking of the ages to yet come AFTER the literal 1000 year reign of Jesus. Even though the literal 1000 year reign of Jesus will be paradise for the faithful Christian who will receive ETERNAL LIFE and who will rule and REIGN WITH Jesus for this 1000 years, it will NOT be paradise to SOME living in the MORTAL bodies. Please do NOT misunderstand what I am saying. This literal 1000 year reign of Jesus will be FAR better than the world is now, but it will NOT compare to the ages yet to come AFTER the 1000 year reign of Jesus. There will be SOME among the nations who will still have a little rebellion left in them where SOME will disobey the one command of God to come one time a year to worship God in Jerusalem. Their first punishment will be NO RAIN on their crops. And if they disobey God again they will be destroyed. The Bible says that Jesus will rule with a ROD OF IRON. You either OBEY or you are OUT. But it will be a 1000 years of PEACE with NO WAR. There will be NO FEAR of people stealing what you worked for to grow and build. My main point is that NONE of this has happened as yet so it is all still yet FURTURE, but the PRETERISTS make the dogmatic claim that we are PRESENTLY LIVING is this NON LITERAL 1000 year age NOW. Preterists are WILLINGLY IGNORANT of the REST of God's word and they SCOFF at us who do indeed believe in a LITERAL 1000 year reign of Jesus when they dogmatically demand that THEY are right and we are wrong saying that Jesus has ALREADY come in 70 AD and that WE are the ones who are being deceived by holding on to our BLESSED HOPE looking for the COMING of Jesus to be clothed with IMMORTALITY and to forever be with our Lord ruling and reigning with him ON the Earth.)
14. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.(I mean to ME if so be that Jesus has already come and this PRESENT world we live in NOW is the KINGDOM of God on the earth, then my HOPE would be destroyed. But I assure you dear child of god that this present world is NOT some kind of NON LITERAL 1000 year reign of Jesus or some unspecified number of years as the PRETERISTS FALSEY teach. Jesus has NOT come in 70 AD as preterists FALSELY teach. There are SIGNS yet to be FULFILLED BEFORE Jesus will come again.)
15. And account that the long suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you;
16. As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.(Remember that this whole passage of scripture is speaking about the SCOFFERS in the LAST days that were prophesied to come. REMEMBER that ONE of the meanings of the word “MOCK” is to frustrate the HOPES of someone. This word also mean to deride or ridicule, as in, LAUGHING AT other believers saying WHERE is the PROMISE of his COMING? I have heard a preterist mock other Christians sarcastically asking the question, “Are you still LOOKING for the coming of Jesus? I am not!” And remember that the Bible says that PRIDE come before the FALL. I have watched debate on this controversial subject and the side of preterism to ME is filled with PRIDE trying to PROVE that they are right, where the futurist side has WONDERMENT of how some can be deceived by such a teaching as preterism. I cannot speak for all futurist who believe in a yet future second coming of Jesus, but I myself feel compassion for my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ, who have lost their HOPE of the FIRST resurrection AT the SECOND coming of Jesus due to this FALSE teaching of full preterism dogmatically demanding that the second coming of Jesus has already taken place in 70 AD.)
17. You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, BEWARE lest (or for FEAR that) you also, being led away with the ERROR of the wicked (the wicked here is speaking of those who are NOT following the TEACHINGS of Jesus. Jesus taught us to WATCH for is COMING, but the PRETERISTS are DISOBEYING this TEACHING of Jesus to WATCH so that you will NOT be DECEIVED. So I implore you dear child of God to BEWARE of the FALSE teaching of PRETERISM, both FULL preterism and PARTIAL preterism, LEST YOU), FALL from your own steadfastness.
18. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
Or be rooted and grounded in your FAITH in the SECOND COMING of Jesus.
So then, to all my readers and seekers of the TRUTH who truly desire to know the whole truth and nothing but the truth I want to give you the WHOLE word of God concerning a LITERAL BODILY resurrection in a FLESH and BONE BODY just like Jesus has now.
Let us begin this section of this study in God's word by going to the Old Testament first and then come back to the New Testament.
The word of TRUTH teaches us that the graves will open and their dead bodies will come forth out of the graves and God will put bone together with bone and cause FLESH to come back on their bones and then their FLESH and BONE BODIES will be CHANGED in a moment and in a twinkling of an eye to become IMMORTAL FLESH and BONE BODIES just like Jesus has NOW up in heaven seated at the right hand of his God and Father.
First we will read in Ezekiel that teaches us of a BODILY resurrection and then we will come back to Luke chapter 24 where we are clearly taught that Jesus was raised from the dead and then GIVEN a FLESH and BONE immortal BODY never more to die.
Please read Ezekiel 37:1-14, which clearly teaches us that ALL things are POSSIBLE will Almighty God who created us by his SPOKEN WORD.
“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,
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. (In other words, there were VERY MANY very dry bone covering the land all around not connected together and a complete skeleton, but rather all mixed up seeming impossible for MAN to arrange them together not know what bone belongs to what skeleton.)
3. And he said unto me, Son of man, CAN these bones LIVE? (Some preterists say NO! And dogmatically demand that there is NOT going to be a BODILY resurrection of the dead in Jesus Christ. BUT what does the word of TRUTH teach us?) And I answered, O Lord GOD, YOU KNOW.
4. Again he (Almighty God) said unto me, PROPHESY upon these bones, and say unto them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5. Thus says the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I (Almighty God your creator) will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall LIVE:
6. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up FLESH upon you, and cover you with SKIN, and put BREATH in you, and you shall LIVE; and you shall know that I am the LORD.
7. So I PROPHESIED as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. (Ezekiel was seeing a VISION of the YET COMING BODILY RESURRECTION of the dead, but more specifically the RIGHTEOUS dead or God's people who were slain for their testimony of Jesus and the word of God.)
8. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the FLESH came up upon them, and the SKIN covered them above: but there was NO breath in them.
9. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus says the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these SLAIN, that they may LIVE.
10. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the BREATH came into them, and they LIVED, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
11. Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the WHOLE house of Israel (speaking of the Christians and the Jews being made ONE people): behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.(our HOPE is the SECOND COMING of Jesus and our reward fo ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come, and the HOPE of the Jews is the COMING of their MESSIAH to RESCUE them from being completely destroyed by their ENEMY the Islamic Muslim armies who are seeking to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.)
12. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. (again our hope is our BODILY resurrection so we can have peace KNOWING that whether we remain alive until the COMING of Jesus or we DIE we KNOW that we shall LIVE and reign with Jesus and forever be with the Lord. And the HOPE of the Jews is the WORD of God assuring them that they will be resurrected and LIVE again. Now it is not clear to ME if the Jews will be resurrected before the literal 1000 year reign of Jesus to go into the 1000 year reign of Jesus in their MORTAL bodies to be taught of the Lord, or if the Jews will be resurrected AFTER the 1000 years have expired where the REST of the dead are resurrected in order to be judged according to their works. The NEW Testament seems pretty clear that ONLY the dead IN Jesus Christ will take part in the FIRST resurrection, but it also appears from this and other verses that the Jews will resurrected as well to go into the 1000 year reign of Jesus in their MORTAL bodies having a life span of 100 years.)
13. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have OPENED your GRAVES, O my people, and brought you UP OUT of your GRAVES,
14. And shall put my SPIRIT in you, and you shall LIVE, AND I shall place you in your own land: then shall you know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, says the LORD.”
Now some prophecy teachers use this passage of scripture to teach ONLY that it means the RESTORATION of the Jews to their land of Israel, but in TRUTH this passage of scripture is speaking of our LITERAL BODILY RESURRECTION. I do however see how some can INTERPRET this last verse to mean that the Jews, the people of God who were scattered all over the world will be brought back to their homeland Israel, which was FULFILLED in 1948.
But just like the preterist who dogmatically demand a SINGLE one time fulfillment of Matthew 24 to mean that ALL was fulfilled in 70 AD, there may be the danger that some FUTURISTS might also be DECEIVED and start dogmatically demanding that since they teach that this verse was FULFILLED in 1948 then this verse cannot possible mean anything other than the RESTORATION of Israel as a nation in 1948.
The truth of the matter is that many verses in the Bible have MORE than just ONE meaning and MORE than just ONE fulfillment. We will cover some of the more simple easy to see passages where SOME of the prophecy is fulfilled in history, but yet there still REMAINS the REST of that prophecy to BE fulfilled in the FUTURE.
For now I want to go back to the New Testament in Luke chapter 24 to show you that Jesus HIMSELF was indeed raised from the dead with his BODY and then Jesus ASCENDED into heaven to his God and Father where Jesus was GIVEN a NEW GLORIFIED IMMORTAL BODY of FLESH and BONE never more to die. And then Jesus DESCENDED back down to the Earth and appeared to his disciples for forty days showing them that he was indeed resurrected from the dead never more to die by many INFALLIBLE PROOFS the Bible says.
Let us start with Luke 24:1-53.
“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher (the tomb of grave where the dead BODY of Jesus was buried), bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher.
3. And they entered IN (or they wen INSIDE of eth TOMB were the dead BODY of Jesus had been laid and where the tomb was SEALED with a large stone and Roman guards were set to watch the tomb for three day to make absolutely sure that no one stole the dead BODY of Jesus), and found NOT the BODY of the Lord Jesus.
4. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5. And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek you the LIVING among the dead?
6. He is not here (neither Jesus NOR his dead BODY was there), but (he speaking of Jesus) is risen (BOTH the spirit AND the dead BODY of Jesus was resurrected from the dead): remember how he spoke unto you when he was yet in Galilee, (Remember how Jesus spoke saying that he would raise up the TEMPLE in three days speaking of his BODY made WITHOUT HANDS and not the temple at Jerusalem. See John 2:19-22.)
7. Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8. And they remembered his words,
9. And returned from the sepulcher, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
10. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
11. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
12. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulcher; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
13. And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14. And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus HIMSELF drew near, and went with them. (NOT some “spirit” or some “ghost”, but rather Jesus HIMSELF. NOT some VISION or apparition, but Jesus HIMSELF. Not some SPIRIT being without a BODY, but Jesus HIMSELF.)
16. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. (in other words God for what ever reason kept their eyes from recognizing Jesus for a little longer)
17. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that you have one to another, as you walk, and are sad?
18. And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Are you only a stranger in Jerusalem, and have not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19. And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20. And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21. But we TRUSTED that it had been HE which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
22. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulcher;
23. And when they found NOT his BODY, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was ALIVE.
24. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulcher, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw NOT.
25. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe ALL that the prophets have spoken:
26. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
29. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
30. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31. And their EYES were OPENED, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. (Now some will argue and say that they had seen a VISION, but it truth they had seen the LITERAL FLESH and BONE BODY of Jesus, which has many features that our natural MORTAL bodies do not have and ONE of those features of our NEW glorified SPIRITUAL BODIES of FLESH and BONE will be that we can to VANISH right before the very eyes of mortal people just like Jesus did during these forty days that he showed himself ALIVE by many infallible proofs the Bible says.)
32. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
33. And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
34. Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon.
35. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. (Jesus said when ever we partake of communion we REMEMBER his SUFFERING and his DEATH)
36. And as they thus spoke, Jesus HIMSELF stood in the midst of them,(so in a like manner that Jesus VANISH he now APPEARED seemingly out of nowhere and STOOD in their midst) and said unto them, Peace be unto you.
37. But they were terrified and afraid, and SUPPOSED that they had seen a SPIRIT (or a GHOST).
38. And he (Jesus HIMSELF) said unto them, Why are you troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39. Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I MYSELF: handle me, and see; for (or BECAUSE) a SPIRIT has NOT FLESH and BONES, as you SEE me HAVE.
40. And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet.
41. And WHILE they yet believed not for joy, and wondered (or WHILE they were still PROCESSING this miracle), he said unto them, Have you here any MEAT?
42. And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43. And he took it, and did EAT BEFORE them. (as ANOTHER PROOF that he was indeed ALIVE in a FLESH and BONE BODY that could enjoy food just as they)
44. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that ALL things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46. And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47. And that repentance and remission of sins should be PREACHED in his name among ALL nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (and NOT is just the CITIES in Israel, which was NOT preached repentance and the REMISSION of SIN, but rather was only preached the KINGDOM of heaven is AT HAND. You see dear child of God it was NEEDED that Jesus SUFFER and be crucified on the cross and be resurrected after the third day in order to BRING IN the KINGDOM of God. Please understand that the kingdom of has not yet come in COMPLETION where ALL prophecy has been fulfilled. Any one who tells you other wise is DECEIVED. When one BELIEVES the gospel and accept the TRUTH that Jesus is the SON OF the living God whom Almighty God the Father made to be both Lord and CHRIST, and that Jesus died for their sins and that Jesus was RESURRECTED from the dead after three days are then TRANSLATED into the KINGDOM of the Son of God. We are no longer OF this world, BUT we are still yet LIVING IN this present world LOOKING for the SECOND coming of Jesus to bring in the NEW world they is YET to COME where we will LIVE and REIGN WITH Jesus for a LITERAL 1000 years.)
48. And you are witnesses of these things.
49. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry you in the city of Jerusalem, UNTIL you be ENDUED with POWER from on high. (speaking of being FILLED with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking of other tongues and the Holy Spirit gives utterance.)
50. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
51. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
52. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
53. And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.”
Now in the above passage of scripture it is made perfectly clear to any who has eyes to see that the resurrection of Jesus was indeed without fail a BODILY resurrection where the EYE WITNESSES of Jesus felt and TOUCHED our Lord's FLESH and BONE BODY. They WITNESSED Jesus EATING. So to the early disciples of Jesus and the early church there was NO DOUBT that the resurrection of Jesus was a BODILY resurrection of a FLESH and BONE BODY.
But some say HOW can this be seeing that other verses tell us that FLESH and blood CANNOT enter into heaven?
Please read 1 Corinthians 15:50, which has confused some Christians.
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and BLOOD cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does CORRUPTION inherit incorruption.”
First please notice that this verse says flesh and BLOOD as opposed to saying FLESH and BONE cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The Bible says that LIFE is in the BLOOD and without the SHEDDING of BLOOD there is no remission of sins or no FLESH can be saved or justified by the OLD covenant law of Moses.
Also the Bible speaks of FLESH as be CORRUPTION where those who walk after the FLESH being DISOBEDIENT to the gospel cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
But mainly this verse is speaking of our CHANGE were God will give us a NEW glorified IMMORTAL BODY of FLESH and BONE like Jesus has now. Our NEW resurrected BODIES will NOT have BLOOD in them that can be shed. The LIFE of our new resurrected IMMORTAL BODIES will be given to us by Almighty God just as he gave his Son Jesus to have LIFE within himself. I believe that our new glorified BODIES of FLESH and BONE will be similar to the angels, which can appear and disappear, fly and be translated from one place to another in an instant.
Please read John 5:24-29 where we are clearly and plainly taught the Jesus was GIVEN immortality by his god and Father the one true and only Almighty God.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.(or they will not TASTE the STING of death if and when they TASTE death in the “NATURAL” normal way. The Bible tells us that AT the SECOND coming of Jesus that some will have remained ALIVE unto his COMING. Then we read in 1 Thessalonians 4 that those who have DIED as faithful believers in Jesus shall be RAISED from the dead and then we are have survived and have remained ALIVE shall be CHANGED along WITH the dead in Jesus Christ. And then we will all be CAUGHT UP together into the AIR or the atmosphere of the earth where the clouds abide to meet Jesus is the AIR. Now Jesus is NOT going to be omnipresent everywhere in every place in the air all around the earth, but rather the Bible says that the ANGELS will GATHER us together from all over the world and TAKE us to meet Jesus at the place called ARMAGEDDON where Jesus will fight against the Islamic Muslim armies that are fighting against Israel. )
25. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming (yet FUTURE), and (or and ALSO) now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. (the NOW IS speaks of both the spiritually dead who hear the gospel and BELIEVE shall be raised from their spiritual death to a new life in Jesus Christ and given the promise of eternal life that will be granted to them ACCORDING to their WORKS. And the NOW IS also refers to Jesus and us his church being GIVEN the power and the authority to raise the dead in this PRESENT world where they are restored back to the life that the ENEMY STOLE from them. In other words, anyone who is resurrected in this way will DIE again. But the TWO and ONLY two resurrection yet to come the dead are raised to be JUDGED. In the FIRST resurrection that takes place AT the SECOND coming of Jesus it is ONLY those who are IN Jesus Christ who shall be GIVEN ETERNAL LIFE to live and REIGN WITH Jesus in the LITERAL 1000 year reign. Then the REST of ALL the dead meaning ALL the wicked from Adam to the end of the final war of Gog and Magog at the END of the LITERAL 1000 year reign of Jesus shall be raised along WITH the RIGHTEOUS who DIED DURING the LITERAL 1000 year reign of Jesus. So the second and only other resurrection that takes place AFTER the literal 1000 year reign of Jesus has expired will be comprised of BOTH the wicked from ALL ages and the RIGHTEOUS who were in their MORTAL bodies have ONLY DIED DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus. In other words, the dead IN Jesus Christ were ALREADY given ETERNAL LIFE at SECOND COMING of Jesus IMMEDIATELY before the literal 1000 year reign of Jesus never more to die again. The Bible clearly teaches us that the SECOND DEATH will have NO POWER over those who are found to be that good and faithful servant when they died or when Jesus comes again, which ever comes first. So to us a Christians it is no matter whether we live of die, for we KNOW that we shall be RESURRECTED and given new IMMORTAL BODIES of FLESH and BONE just like Jesus has now.)
26. For (or BECAUSE) AS the Father has life in himself; so has he GIVEN to the Son to have life in himself;
27. And has given him authority to execute judgment ALSO, BECAUSE he is the Son of man.
28. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the GRAVES shall hear his voice,
29. And shall COME FORTH (much like Lazarus came forth from the dead, THEN comes the JUDGMENT); they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
Now Christians have interpreted this verse APART from the REST of God's word and thus have WRONGLY concluded that the second and final resurrection that take place at the END of the literal 1000 year reign of Jesus is the resurrection of DAMNATION ONLY. But this is NOT what the WHOLE word of God teaches us. You can see how just ONE small error in INTERPRETING the word of God can lead to CONTRADICTIONS. Not that the word of God itself contradicts itself, but rather the INTERPRETATIONS of some who teach FALSE doctrines CONTRADICT other parts of God's word. This is HOW we KNOW that certain doctrines are FALSE. It is because they do NOT AGREE with the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
So then, the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, ASSURES us the if we BELIEVE the Jesus was raised from the dead and given eternal life, then so shall WE also be raised from the dead and receive our promise of reward of eternal life in the world yet to come and we will rule and reign with Jesus for a literal 1000 years.
Please read 1 Thessalonians 4:13 through 1 Thessalonians 5:
“ But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, CONCERNING them which are asleep, (or do NOT be MISUNDERSTANDING about your dear brothers and sisters who have DIED being IN Jesus Christ) that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14. For if we BELIEVE that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep IN Jesus will God bring with him. (to be RESURRECTED from the dead. You see the SOUL adn SPIRIT of a believer goes to be PRESENT with the Lord when BELIEVER in Jeus dies, but the BODY is in teh grave and turns back to the dust of the earth. God and his Son Jesus will BRING the SOULS and teh SPIRIT of teh dead in Jesus Christ WITH them at the second coming of Jesus)
15. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain (or we who will have survived and have remained alive) unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (or go BEFORE) them which are asleep. NOR do the dead in Jesus Christ go BEFORE us either as we are taught in Hebrews 11:39,40. In other words, we ALL shall receive ETERNAL LIFE at the exact SAME time AT the SECOND COMING of Jesus. This alone is absolute PROOF that the FIRST resurrection has NOT already taken place in 70 AD as some FALSELY teach.)
16. For the Lord himself shall DESCEND from heaven with a SHOUT, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.(Wherefore or fore this very reason of God's PROMISE of our RESURRECTION comfort one another CONCERNING those dear brothers and sisters in the Lord who have died for they will LIVE AGAIN and they are present with our Lord right now awaiting their resurrection and new immortal glorified bodies of flesh and bone like Jesus has now. Be ASSURED that Jesus IS coming again)
1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have NO NEED that I write unto you.
2. For yourselves KNOW PERFECTLY that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
3. For WHEN they shall say, Peace and safety (Or when the world is crying out for peace and to be safe from terrorism and war); then sudden destruction comes upon THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY shall not escape (the WRATH of Almighty God).
4. But YOU, BRETHREN, are NOT in darkness, that THAT DAY (of God's WRATH that Jesus will execute at his second coming IMMEDIATELY AFTER the time of great tribulation where many Christians and Jews will be beheaded by Muslims trying to deceive us to DENY that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God who died on the cross for our sins and not only for our sins but also for the sins of the WHOLE world including the Muslims who are killing God's people the Christians and the Jews please be assured and KNOW that the day of judgment and God's WRATH) should overtake YOU as a thief. (Please read the study “JESUS IS COMING AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT!” to learn the true sound Biblical meaning of Jesus coming as a THIEF truly means about Jesus NOT coming upon US as a THIEF.)
5. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: WE are NOT of the NIGHT, nor of darkness.
6. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us WATCH and be sober.
7. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of FAITH and LOVE; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation (speaking of receiving the END of our salvation, which is our ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come).
9. For God has NOT appointed us to WRATH, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ (Jesus said wondering to himself. “Shall I find FAITH on the earth WHEN I COME?”. This tell me that IF it were possible that EVEN the very ELECT might be DECEIVED and fall away from God by the things coming upon the earth in the last days. SO be ASSURED dead child of God that Jesus IS coming just as he PROMISED. HOLD FAST to the confidence of your faith which has great recompense of REWARD and do NOT let any man STEAL your crown of eternal life by deceiving you to take the AMRK of the beast system of ISLAM to DENY that Jesus is the SON OF the ONE TRUE and ONLY ALMIGHTY God your God and Father who loves you SO MUCH that he gave his only begotten Son to suffer greatly and die om the cross for YOUR sins so that YOU might have ETERNAL LIFE and live forever in his presence. NEVER DENY JESUS),
10. Who died for us, that (or so THAT), WHETHER we wake or sleep (or whether we remain alive or whether we die in the Lord), WE should LIVE together with him.
11. Wherefore (or for this very reason of our FAITH in the HOPE of our BODILY RESURRECTION to obtain ETERNAL LIVE and forever be WITH our Lord and savior Jesus the Christ) COMFORT yourselves together, and edify (or TEACH this TRUTH to) one another, even as also you do.
12. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
13. And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at PEACE among yourselves. (not loving your life in this present world having great peace that no matter whether or not you live or die you SHALL LIVE AGAIN and be forever with Jesus in the world to come)
14. Now we EXHORT you, brethren, WARN them that are unruly (warn those who are living in sin to DEPART from sin for the wrath of God will come upon the DISOBEDIENT to the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ), COMFORT the feeble minded (those who are FEARFUL of dying in the Lord), support the weak, be PATIENT toward all men. (KNOW that God himself shall AVENGE the shed blood of the RIGHTEOUS and the INNOCENT)
15. See that NONE (of YOU dear children of God) render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, AND to ALL men.”
Here in these last two verse we learn that WE are NOT to take up arms to kill those Muslims who are killing US, God's people, the Christians and the Jews. Jesus said that he who lives by the SWORD shall DIE by the sword. And Jesus went on to say that if so be that WE seek to SAVE or physical life we will LOSE our ETERNAL LIFE. Jesus ASSURES us NOT to FEAR those who are able to destroy ONLY our physical bodies, but rather to fear Almighty God who is able to destroy BOTH our bodies and our SOULS as well.
Please read Revelation 12:11
“And they (speaking of believers in Jesus as our savior) OVERCAME him (or overcame SATAN) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony (of NOT DENYING the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God the Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God who suffered and died on the cross for OUR sins and not only for our sins but ALSO for the sins of the WHOLE world); and THEY (the FAITHFUL believers in Jesus who will ENDURE unto the END to be saved) loved NOT their LIVES unto the DEATH.”
Jesus WARNS us in Matthew 7:12-23 that NARROW is the WAY and FEW that FIND it.
“Therefore ALL THINGS whatsoever you WOULD that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.(that is summed up in the words LOVE one another. So do NOT KILL those who are killing YOU, but rather say, Father forgive them for they know NOT what they are doing.)
13. ENTER YOU in at the STRAIT GATE: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14. Because strait is the gate, and NARROW is the WAY, which leads unto LIFE, and FEW there be that FIND it.
15. BEWARE of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (beware of the militant Christians who are storing up arms to fight unto the death killing any who will even think of killing them)
16. You shall know them by their FRUITS. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (Did Jesus teach us to take up arms to DEFEND our lives unto death? Does the Bible teach us to take up arms to fight loving our lives so much that we would kill others to defend our lives unto the death? Remember Jesus WARNS us that NARROW is the WAY. Jesus is the WAY who willingly laid down his LIFE for us so that we WILL LIVE again no matter if we remain alive or we DIE being FAITHFUL to HIM unto death. I will explain the true Biblical meaning of the word “NARROW” at the end of this passage of scripture, but I want you to read the WHOLE CONTEXT first.)
17. Even so every GOOD tree brings forth GOOD fruit; but a corrupt tree (or a DECEIVED person) brings forth evil fruit.
18. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19. EVERY tree that brings NOT forth GOOD fruit is hewn down, and cast into the FIRE (speaking of the lake of fire, the final JUDGMENT to be destroyed).
20. Wherefore by their FRUITS you shall know them. (any and all who kill with the sword shall suffer the second death, everlasting destruction in the lake of fire)
21. NOT every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall ENTER into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the WILL of my Father which is in heaven. (Just ask yourself dear child of God, is it God WILL that you KILL another person?)
22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name have cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works?
23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: DEPART from me, YOU that work iniquity (or DEPART from me YOU who are DISOBEDIENT to the WILL of my Father who has commanded you to NOT KILL. Did I not WARN you that there would be FEW who would find the NARROW WAY the ONLY WAY to enter into ETERNAL LIFE? But yet YOU chose the BROAD way of DISOBEDIENCE so I have no choice but to say unto you who have chosen SIN over me to DEPART from me you children of the devil. Know you not that whom you OBEY that HIS servant you ARE?).”
You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, Jesus WARNS us in Matthew 24:13 that ONLY Those of us who shall ENDURE unto the END shall be saved. The word “NARROW” means to afflict or be afflicted, to suffer tribulation, to be trouble, and to be persecuted. The Bible itself teaches us that WE through MUCH tribulation MUST enter into the kingdom of God.
Please read Acts 14:22.
“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to CONTINUE in the FAITH, and that we MUST THROUGH MUCH TRIBULATION enter into the kingdom of God.”
This Greek word that is translated as “narrow” carries the meaning of being pressed into a narrow place like a gorge with high rock walls being FACED with ONLY ONE WAY out, which is to EITHER DENY Jesus as your Lord and savior to SAVE your physical life and LOSE your reward of ETERNAL life in the world to come, OR to willingly lay down your physical life that is nothing more than a vapor or passing moment of time in order to obtain ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.
Let me tell you something right now; ISLAM or rather Muslims are DECEIVING even Christians to become Muslims right now to follow Allah saying that Christians, Jews and Muslims all serve the SAME God. Well if THEY TRULY believe this then WHY KILL us? Muslims are taught in their Quran to LIE for the sake of Allah. Then they BEGIN their DECEPTION by comparing Muslims with Christians showing how CORRUPT some Christians are saying that they love God yet they do NOT obey his commandments and then showing how devout Muslims pray five times a day ans so forth and so on. Then they show how the doctrine of the trinity is a FALSE teaching, and before long some Christians are bowing down to Allah.
Now ADD to this deception the fact that in the last days when some places in the world will become Muslim DOMINATED countries so that the LAWS of the land will be changed to MUSLIM SHARIA law where it becomes LAW you KILL any and all who do NOT become Muslims and these Islamic Muslims have a sword to your CHILD'S neck saying, we serve the SAME God of Abraham so what is the HARM in becoming a Muslim?
I will tell you what the HARM is and that harm is your ETERNAL DESTRUCTION and LOSING your reward of ETERNAL LIFE in the word to come, because in order to become a Muslim you must DENY the Jesus is the SON OF the one true and only Almighty God, and WHOSOEVER DENIES that Jesus is the CHRIST is an ANTICHRIST. Please read 2 John 1:6-11 which clearly and plainly teaches us that if so be that we do NOT believe that Jesus is the SON OF God, then we do NOT believe in the ONE TRUE and ONLY Almighty God the Father.
“And this is LOVE, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
7. For many DECEIVERS are entered into the world, who confess NOT that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8. Look to yourselves, that we LOSE NOT those things which we have wrought, BUT that we receive a FULL REWARD. (speaking of that we do NOT LOSE our reward of ETERNAL LIFE by DENYING that Jesus is the CHRIST)
9. Whosoever transgresses (or SINS), and abides NOT in the doctrine of CHRIST (which is believing that Almighty God ANOINTED his SON Jesus by coming down and DWELLING IN his SON Jesus to EMPOWER his SON Jesus to do all his God and Father's WILL even to suffer and die on the cross for the sins of the world. IF SO BE that you do NOT BELIEVE this doctrine that Jesus is the CHRIST then YOU), have NOT God. He that abides IN the doctrine of Christ, he has BOTH the Father AND the SON.
10. If there come ANY unto you, and bring NOT THIS DOCTRINE, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11. For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his EVIL DEEDS.”
Then read are WARNED in 1 John 2:22-28 that if we DENY the Jesus is the CHRIST the SON of the living God we do NOT have the ONE TRUE and ONLY Almighty God.
“Who is a LIAR (Remember that the Bible teaches us that SATAN is a LIAR and that there is no TRUTH in him. This teaches us WHO is BEHIND those who are LIARS and say that Almighty God does NOT have a SON. So WHO is a LIAR?) but he that DENIES that Jesus is the CHRIST? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the SON.
23. Whosoever DENIES the SON, the SAME has NOT the Father: (but) he that acknowledges the SON has the Father ALSO.
24. Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning. If that which you have heard from the beginning shall REMAIN in you, you also shall CONTINUE in the SON, and in the Father.
25. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. (IF SO BE that you ENDURE unto the END to NOT DENY that Jesus is the CHRIST the SON OF the living God you shall receive the PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE that will be granted to ONLY those of us who OBEY the commandments and teachings of Almighty God and one of his command is that we HONOR his SON even as we honor Almighty God himself.)
26. These things have I written unto you CONCERNING them that SEDUCE you. (or concerning those who are LIARS saying that God does NOT have a SON and that Jesus is nothing more than a prophet of God who did NOT suffer and die on the cross for your sins or anyone's sins. ISLAM is ANTICHRIST so be NOT DECEIVED to take the MARK of this wild beast system of ISLAM!)
27. But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is TRUTH, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, you shall abide in him. (Do NOT listen and do NOT be deceived by the FALSE teachings of men like Muslims, but rather listen to the Holy one DWELLING IN you witnessing to your spirit that you are a child of the one true and only living God the FATHER OF his SON JESUS)
28. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have CONFIDENCE, and NOT be ASHAMED before HIM at his COMING.”
The word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, teaches us NOT to FEAR those who are only able to kill our physical body and that the FEARFUL shall NOT enter into the kingdom of God.
Please read Revelation 21:7, 8, which places the FEARFUL and the unbelieving among murders and the abominable that shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God, but rather they shall be cast into the lake of fire to suffer the SECOND DEATH with the rest of the wicked never to rise again.
“ He that OVERCOMES shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8. BUT the FEARFUL, and UNBELIEVING (speaking of all who do NOT believe that Jesus is the CHRIST, the SON OF the living God), and the abominable, and murderers, and whore mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all LIARS (and WHO is a LIAR? WHOSOEVER DENIES that Jesus is the CHRIST, the ANOINTED ONE, the SON OF the living God is a LIAR and an ANTICHRIST who shall have their part in the lake of fire on the day of judgment. Do not pass go and do NOT receive 70 virgins for fighting for your false god Allah. The word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, which your Quran commands you to read teaches that all who do NOT BELIEVE that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God), shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
So I implore you my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ to NOT seek to save your physical life by taking the MARK of the wild beast ISLAM by becoming a MUSLIM. And I implore any and all Muslims who are reading this study in God's word to call upon the name of Jesus and CONFESS that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God who suffered and died for YOUR sins so that whosoever BELIEVES o Jesus shall NOT perish in the lake of fire, but rather be given ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.
Please read Matthew 10:24-28, which teaches us NOT to FEAR death and to ENDURE unto the end in order to be saved.
“The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. (if they world persecuted Jesus so shall we suffer persecution as well, and some even unto to death)
25. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
26. Fear them NOT therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
27. What I tell you in darkness, that speak you in light: and what you hear in the ear, that preach you upon the housetops.
28. And FEAR NOT them which kill the BODY, but are not able to kill the soul: but RATHER fear him (the ONE TRUE and ONLY ALMIGHTY God the FATHER) which is able to destroy BOTH soul and body in hell.”
Again Jesus WARNS us that ONLY those of us who ENDURE unto the END shall be SAVED. What some Christians have failed to see and understand is that we do NOT actually receive our reward of ETERNAL LIFE until we OVER COME the enemy Satan by REMAINING FAITHFUL unto the END where the end is speaking of either one DYING as a FAITHFUL believer IN Jesus Christ or one REMAINING ALIVE and ENDURING to be faithful unto the coming of Jesus to hear the words of Jesus saying “WELL DONE my GOOD and FAITHFUL servant ENTER INTO the joy of your Lord.”
Please read Matthew 24:9-13 first and then read Luke 12:4-12.
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall KILL you: and you shall be HATED of ALL nations for MY name's sake.
10. And then shall many (of YOU the understood subject being spoken to, which are the DISCIPLES or US the CHURCH where Jesus says MANY shall) be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (It appears that we will not even be able to TRUST our own family I the last days. This is why it is so vital to ROOT and GROUND those we know in the word fo TRUTH so that they will NOT be deceived nor be offended when they are faced with severe persecution and even death)
11. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12. And because iniquity (or SIN) shall abound, the love of MANY (or YOU again the understood subject being spoken to in this whole passage of scripture. Jesus is saying that MANY Christians will fall away and their love) shall wax cold.(Do NOT be deceived by HATRED to take up arms to KILL those who are killing the Christians and the Jews. Do NOT be DECEIVED to allow your LOVE to grow cold. PRAY for those who PERSECUTE you and GREAT shall your RWARD in heaven be.)
13. But he that shall ENDURE unto the END, the SAME (meaning ONLY those of us who ENDURE and remain faithful unto the END) shall be SAVED.”
“And I say unto you my friends, Be NOT AFFAID of them that KILL the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5. But I will FOREWARN you whom you shall fear: Fear him (Almighty God the Father), which after he (a Muslim or anyone else who KILLS a Christian AFTER that he) has killed (Almighty God) has power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. (In other words, do NOT be afraid of ANY MAN who can only kill your BODY, but rather fear Almighty God who will DESTROY all MURDERERS in the lake of fire on the day of judgment)
6. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear NOT therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows. (Please KNOW and understand that it does NOT matter whether or not if we LIVE or DIE, because we KNOW that we shall ALL LIVE AGAIN who REMAIN FAITHFUL to NOT DENY that Jesus is the SON OF Almighty God who God the Father ANOINTED or empowered to his will even to suffer and die on the cross for YOUR SINS. Do NOT let your Lord's death be in VAIN concerning YOUR reward of eternal life. Only YOU have the power to make the RIGHT CHOICE! So choose WISELY by NOT taking the MARK of the wild beast of ISLAM)
8. Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me (Jesus the CHRIST, the SON OF the living God who died for YOUR sins so that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES on Jesus and CONFESSES their FAITH in Jesus) before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
9. But he that DENIES me before men shall be DENIED before the angels of God. (It will be the ANGELS sent by Jesus who will be the ones who will GATHER TOGETHER ONLY the FAITHFUL BELIEVERS at the second coming of Jesus so be READY. WATCH and KEEP SIN out of your life. Do NOT be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus. Do NOT HIDE your light under a bushel FEARING what man can do unto you. Jesus said OCCUPY till he comes again. Be WISE, but do NOT hide or bury your talents fearing persecution or even death.)
10. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemes against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
11. And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take you no thought how or what thing you shall answer, or what you shall say:
12. For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say.”
One more passage of scripture in the book of Job that assures us that in the last days God will STRENGTHEN and given PEACE to his people the Christians and the Jews.
Please read Job 5:17-24,
“ Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects: therefore despise not you the chastening of the Almighty:
18. For he makes sore, and binds up: he wounds, and his hands make whole.
19. He shall DELIVER you in SIX troubles (speaking of the time of great tribulation spoken of in the first SIX, the first SIX seals, the first SIX trumpets, and the first SIX vials): yea, in SEVEN there shall NO evil TOUCH YOU (speaking of the WRATH of Almighty God that will be poured out in the SEVENTH, the SEVENTH seal, the SEVENTH trumpet, and the SEVENTH vial. NOT three different WRATH[S] pf God, but rather the ONE WRATH of God being described in the SEVENTH, the SEVENTH seal, the SEVENTH trumpet, and the SEVENTH vial in the Book of Revelation. So this passage of scripture is speaking about God's people being DELIVER THROUGH the time of great tribulation and the CHURCH not be appointed to the WRATH of Almighty God).
20. In famine he shall redeem you from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
21. You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shall you be AFRAID of destruction when it comes. (Those or us who are WATCHING will have our minds STAYED on the Lord and he shall give us PERFECT PEACE according to his word)
22. At destruction and famine you shall LAUGH: (now that is having PERFECT PEACE in the day of trouble) neither shall you be AFRAID of the beasts of the earth.
23. For you shall be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at PEACE with you.
24. And you shall KNOW that your tabernacle shall be in PEACE;(to me this speaks of obtaining PEACE through FAITH in God's word and that his peace in not going to fall on all Christians just because they SAY that they are Christians. In other words we must be DOERS of the word and NOT just hearers only deceiving our own self by merely being a pew warmer or a one day a week Christian) and you shall visit your habitation, and shall NOT SIN.”
There are many more verses that I share in other studies like how to prepare for the great tribulation that teach us that NO evil shall come nigh our dwelling place, but the main focus of this study is to ASSURE those who are seeking the TRUTH of the whole word of God that we who BELIEVE in Jesus unto the END shall be given ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come no matter if we remain alive or whether we die IN Jesus Christ we shall ALL be CHANGED in a moment and in a twinkling of an eye and given a new LITERAL IMMORTAL body of flesh and bone just like Jesus has now.
Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to seek the truth of the whole word of Almighty God.
Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,