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RESURRECTION #1

 

1. Gen. 1:1, 2 Period of beginning.  First we must study the existence of Satan.

2. God created angels.  Angels were created as free moral agents; they had a choice as we do.  Some rebelled, 2 Pet. 1:4.

3. In the period of beginning God planned the scheme of redemption.  Mt. 25:34; 1 Cor. 2:7; Eph. 1:4; Heb. 9:26; 1 Pet. 1:20. Also see 1 Cor. 2:5-9.

4. Many Angels rebelled against God, according to Jude 6 and 2 Pet. 2:4.  King Nebuchadnezzar is linked to Satan in Isa. 14:10-15.

5. Satan and his Angels cast down to earth while still void and waste.  Jude 6 and 2 Pet. 2:4.

6. After being cast out of Heaven, Satan and his angels were given earth as their domain.  Satan was the ruler and prince of the earth.  He was king of the earth.  Eph. 2:2, Luke 10:18, (inference) Luke 11:18-23, (inference regarding) Christ overpowering Satan.  See also John 14:30; John 12:31, John 16:11.

 

Creation

1. Period of creation.  Gen. 3:15. Satan in the garden when Adam and eve was created.

2. Adam and Eve deceived by Satan.  God promised death to Adam and Eve if they ate of the forbidden tree.  They did and the penalty was death (spiritual death).  Separation from the presence of God.  They continued to live physically, however, because of their sin all mankind from Adam and Eve to the cross of Christ suffered spiritual death.  Satan having power over death held all departed spirits in the earth.  Heb. 2:14, 2 Tim. 1:10.

3. Satan was the Administrator of earth in the same way God was Administrator of Heaven.  All the Kingdoms of earth belonged to Satan.  Matt. 4:8,9.

4. Little did Satan know that the cross of Christ, and his death would be the thing that would destroy the power of Satan, and redeem the departed Spirits from Satan Eph. 1:7, and that blood would continue to bring redemption to all mankind.  Rom. 8:15-24. Righteous spirits from creation awaited redemption and freedom, to be released from the power of Satan.  Heb. 2:14,15, 2 Tim 1:10.

5. The death of Christ was for the purpose of destroying all the works (plural) and power of Satan. 1 Jn. 3:8.

6. As John wrote he says “NOW” judgment is upon the world.  “NOW” the ruler of this world shall be cast out.  John 12:31. John 16:11.  Concerning judgment, the ruler of this world “HAS BEEN” (past tense) judged.

7. To the Church at Rome Paul said to them (about 62 AD), “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”  Rom. 16:20; Rev. 12:10-12.  Ruler of this world has nothing in Christ.  John 14:30.

8. Zech. 13:1-2 regarding the beginning of the church age, “The evil spirit will be removed from the land.”  Rev. 20:1-3 says that at the death of Christ Satan was bound awaiting his last performance when God will release him to deceive the nations to go to war (Jews against Rome).  When this war was over, Satan was cast into the lake of fire, forever and ever. Rev. 20:10  But evil exists, and those who are evil serve Satan.  1 John 3:8,  Dan. 7:26,27. Everything ultimately was taken from Satan and given to Christ and his Saints.  Rev. 11:15.

 

RESURRECTION  – The created man of God.

1. Resurrection of our own Spirit is an act we as Christians should aspire too.  Paul in Romans chapter 6 informs us that Baptism in water and the Spirit is the first death, when we put away the old man of sin he says, like Christ if we remain faithful we die no more, John in Rev. 20:6 tells us when the wicked is rejected by God, this is the second death.

2. The Prophets foretold the time when the resurrection would occur.  Hosea 6:1-2. God informed Hosea that on day two, that the Lord would heal them and on day three the Lord would raise them up to live in his presence, is this what the scripture teaches?  Mat. 27:50-53. Does this show the fulfillment of Hosea 6:1-2?

3. Dan. 12:2–the righteous raised to eternal joy, the wicked to torment?  The evil were left in the lake of fire 1 Pet 1:18-20; Luke 16:19-31. Were the righteous divided from the wicked by a great gulf?  Hosea 6:2, day two, Christ goes down and preaches to the wicked.  1 Pet. 1:18-20

4. Does Rom. 8:14-23 teach that the departed Spirits from creation awaited the time when they would be set free?  See John 11:25,26, 1 John 3:2.

5. Do Eph. 4:8-10 and Eph. 3:15, teach that Christ upon leaving the Hadean world brought out the righteous?  John 5:28–Does Christ say the hour is coming when those in the graves would hear his voice and come forth?  The fact is in Matt 27:51-53.

6. 2 Tim. 1:10–Paul informs Timothy that Christ had Destroyed the sentence of “DEATH.”  This death was spiritual separation from the presence of God.  Satan was given power to hold them.  Heb. 2:114-115.  Paul informs Jewish Christians that Christ had destroyed the power of Satan.  Now the captives were free. 1 Cor. 15:12-23  Paul defends the saints resurrection and Christ being the first fruits.  After his resurrection, then each in his own order.  Correct?  Thayer’s, p-465

7. Today, a Spiritual body awaits the Christian. 2 Cor. 5:1-5  Satan cast into the lake of fire, no power on earth. Rev. 20:10-15

 

Observations

1. In the study of Satan and the resurrection there are things to be considered; they are the phrase “in that day” as the period when the Lord’s Church was established and the gospel of living waters went forth, first out of Jerusalem.  Isa. 2:1-3, Zech. 14:8,9. John ch 4.

2. From Zechariah 14:8,9 I observe that in that day Christ would be king over all the earth, more simply put, Christ would be the only one having power on Earth.  There is no mention of two rulers over all the earth, therefore, the prophets knew that Satan’s power would be taken from him, for of this he spoke.  Zech. 13:2. Further, Zech. 14:9 clearly states, “The Lord will be the Only One.  And His name the Only One.”

3. Stephen knew the gospel.  He knew what the gospel taught about the resurrection.  He knew that the blood of Christ would pardon all those righteous Spirits held in Hades by Satan, thus he could say “Lord Jesus receive my Spirit.”  He knew his spirit would not go to the grave, rather to God who gave it.  Acts 8:54-60.

4. I further observe that Paul himself at biological death expected to go and be with Christ with no waiting period. Phil. 1:20-27. In defending the resurrection in Acts 24:1-15,  Apostle Paul believed all things which are written in the law and the prophets. 1 Cor 15:12-23 uses language which is indicative of past events–“has been.” In 1 Cor. 15:24 (cf. Heb. 9:26) “When the end comes,” God’s Kingdom arrives.  When Christ delivers up God’s kingdom to him.”  That is the departed saints held by Satan.  Then God would abolish his power and rule and give all power to Christ.  See Eph. 4:8-10; Heb 2:15, Joel 6:2, Matt 28:18.  1 Cor. 15:24 was an event in progress then, not something in the future.  Now it has been fulfilled. Matt. 5:17, Luke 24:44.

 


RESURRECTION #2

 

1 Corinthians 15:12-50

 

Introduction

The doctrine of resurrection is indubitable.  The doctrine of Christ’s resurrection is unequivocally a doctrine of faith, a doctrine bound upon His church.

However, the subject of man’s resurrection is not a doctrine of faith, and therefore man’s opinions of the time should be studied, but never made a test of fellowship in the Lord’s church.

Therefore, the following Biblical text for sure is inexpugnable, and the six pertinent articles, so closely tied to man’s resurrection are necessary to study in order to have a better understanding of the main subject.  To be sure, it is not a nebulous matter.

 

Article 1 – Man’s Resurrection – NOT A Binding Doctrine.

Article 2 – New Testament revealed in the Old Testament.

Article 3 – Traditional and Biblical appearing of the Lord.

Article 4 – Satan and his reign.

Article 5 – Kingdom conceived, Acts 2, and full grown.

Article 6 – Dating of the book of Revelation.

 

Article 1

Based upon scripture, mankind does not have authority to make and bind laws upon the Lord’s church where He has made none.  He, Himself, allowed for His Word to be written.  In that written law, He has given specific instructions to the church as to what the church can and cannot do. 2 Peter 1:20-21 makes it clear beyond any doubt that man’s opinions are worthless.  Romans 14:1 seems to indicate that a weak man’s opinion is not to be judged.  If it is not to be judged, then it cannot be bound upon the church and cannot be made a test of fellowship.  Again, in Romans 12:2, we are informed to “prove what the will of God is.”  In this lesson, I will do just that, and will not speak where the scripture does not speak.  I will allow God through His Word to speak.

 

Article 2

Notice Acts 26:22-23 where Paul speaks in his own defense after being accused of teaching new and strange doctrines.  In Acts 17:18, Paul says he taught nothing but what Moses, the Psalms, and the prophets said was going to take place.  Therefore, Paul taught the gospel from the Old Testament because it was revealed in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament.  See also Acts 24:14-16, especially verse 15 where the Greek text states, “there is about to be” (in progress of being fulfilled as Paul wrote).  In my opinion, the above is proof that the New Testament was revealed in the Old, and that Paul anticipates a resurrection that was close at hand.

 

Article 3

Regardless of our opinion of the appearing of our Lord, remember the words of Paul in 2 Timothy 2:15, “handling accurately the word of truth.” Is it not true that the teaching regarding “the Second Coming of Christ” originated with the Roman Catholic Church in centuries gone by?  Did they not use this doctrine to prey upon the emotions of the world in order to receive money to build the great church in Rome?  Did they not use the doctrine of penance, paying in advance to have the right to sin?  Did they not teach that the church could, for a specified amount of money, pray people out of purgatory and into heaven?

Have not some of these traditional doctrines come down to us today into all the churches?  In my opinion, tradition regarding some events can be deadly.

Based upon Acts 17:30, Ephesians 4:18, 1 Peter 1:14, 1 Peter 2:15, 1 Corinthians 14:38, can we not say that God does not excuse ignorance?  Is it not true that ignorance begets opinions and traditions?  Did the Lord come down in the Garden of Eden in Gen. 3?  Did the Lord not come down to Noah in Gen. 6?  Did the Lord not close the door to the ark?  Did the Lord not come and appear to six different groups of people after his death, 1 Cor. 15:5-8?  And yet, because of tradition, people limit His coming to the “Second Coming.”  Is it not true that the teaching of the “second coming” began with the Roman Catholic Church, and later promoted by King James of England?  Both used Mat. 24:1-3 where Jesus talked about the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.  The apostles asked Jesus when this would happen.  His reply was, “at the end of the world,” King James Version.  Is it not true that this phrase should have been translated, “end of the age” or “end of dispensation?”  If Mat. 24:1-3 had been translated properly as “end of the age,” people today would have a much better understanding.  And we must absolutely keep the context of Mat. 24:1-3 clearly in mind as we try to understand it.  Now, study to show thyself approved, 2 Tim. 2:15.  Look at Heb. 9:26.  This passage clearly tells us that the “end of the world [age]” had already come close to them in that generation!  Does it not?  The truth will set us free from the slavery of ignorance and tradition.

 

Article 4 – Satan

Briefly, let us look at free moral agency.  God gave angels and mankind a choice between good and evil.  2 Pet. 2:4 shows that before the creation of Adam and Eve, angels had the choice of good or evil.  Jude 6 confirms this.  See also Isa. 14, where God compares King Nebuchadnezzar to the evil one, who was once the star of the morning, but who rebelled along with others against God, wherein God cast them out of heaven, down to earth.  Earth was the abode of the wicked, and their leader was now called Satan, Rev. 12:7-12.

And, Satan was in the Garden of Eden, Gen. 3.  Did he not have power to change himself into the serpent who caused Adam and Eve to sin?  God told Adam and Eve if they ate of the forbidden fruit they would die, right?  Did they exercise their right to choose between good and evil?  What was the result?  Did they die?  Indeed, they suffered a spiritual death, separation from the presence of God.  The sentence of death was passed to all of Adam’s posterity.  Satan did not know at this time, that the Son of God would interpose His life for the redemption of mankind.  Had Satan known the death of Christ would destroy his power and release all the captive spirits from Hades, he would not have allowed Christ to die on the Cross.

Unknown to Satan, God had planned his doom.  This would be accomplished through the death of Christ.  The death of Christ would destroy Satan and his power to hold departed spirits from the presence of God.  Does Hebrews 2:14 teach just this?  Does Hebrews 2:15 teach that Christ would release the captive spirits in resurrection?

Does not Ephesians 4:8-10 confirm this?  Does Zechariah 13:2 state that God would remove the unclean spirit from the land?

Can we now see that God is preparing a new administration of earth, Zechariah 14:9?  Satan was the administrator of earth, the prince of the air, the prince of earth.  John 12:31 proves this point, does it not?  John 14:30 confirms this fact, does it not?  John 16:11 shows what God has done and Satan has no knowledge of it.  Romans 16:20, Satan is crushed, destroyed.

Paul mentions this fact in Ephesians 2:1-2. “Prince” and “Power.”  Regarding “power,” look at Matthew 4:1-11. Satan had power over all the kingdoms of the world.  He offered to give them to Christ if He would worship him.

Christ knew He would receive earth and all the kingdoms without worshipping Satan.  Revelation 11:15 states Christ would receive all power in heaven and on earth as does Matthew 28:18. Does 1 Peter 3:22 confirm this?  Isaiah 9:6-7 establishes Christ as the King of Kings, and Administrator of earth.  Satan lost his power and was cast into the lake of fire, his kingdom.  Rev. 20:10ff, Mat. 25:41ff.

So, what happened to the captive spirits held by Satan?  Romans 8:18-22 and Ephesians 4:8 states they were released.  Is that not what the scripture teaches?  Does the above statement indicate that all of Satan’s works were destroyed?  John 3:8 informs us that the works of the Devil were destroyed (past tense).

Since the death spoken of here refers to spiritual separation from God, does Satan hold departed spirits today?  2 Timothy 1:10 says, “No.”  The prophecy of the death blow to Satan was first given in Genesis 3:15.

Since Satan lost his power and was cast into the lake of fire, why is there still evil on earth?  In my opinion, for man to retain his free moral agency, that is, his choice to do good or evil, there is both good and evil for him to choose.  If this were not so, we would never know the love of God in forgiveness, and would be like robots.

 

Article 5. Possession of the Kingdom

Daniel 2:44-45 speaks of God as setting up a kingdom, one which will never be destroyed, verse 45, a spiritual kingdom made up of human beings.  In Daniel 7:1-8, Daniel is shown four earthly kingdoms, they were pictured as four great beasts.  Each beast represented a king and a kingdom, verse 17. Namely, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.  Daniel lived during the Babylonian Empire.  During the fourth kingdom, Daniel saw One like the Son of Man coming up to God to receive a kingdom, Daniel 7:13-14. This kingdom would consist of people from every nation and would never be destroyed.  In verse 15, Daniel is disturbed as to what is happening during the period of the fourth kingdom (Rome).  Beginning in verse 17, the angel gives Daniel the exact meaning.  The word “beast” represents kings.  The fourth kingdom would have 10 horns.  Horns represent rulers.  Then another horn came up making 11.  These 11 horns, or rulers are as follows:

 

  1. Pompey (52-50 BC)

  2. Julius (c. 49-27 BC)

  3. Augustus (c. 27 BC to 14 AD)

  4. Tiberias (c. 14-37 AD)

  5. Caligula (c. 37-41 AD)

  6. Claudius (c. 41-54 AD)

  7. Nero (c. 54-68 AD)

  8. Galba (June 68 to January 69 AD)

  9. Otho (Jan. 69 to April 69 AD)

10. Vitellius (April 69 to Dec. 3, 69 AD)

11. Vespasian (Dec. 69 to 79 AD)

 

Now, the scripture informs us as to what takes place during the reign of Vespasian, the 11th horn!  Verse 21 portrays Vespasian waging war against Jerusalem.  He did this until the coming of the Lord, verse 22, when the Lord came and the saints took possession of the kingdom.  In verse 23, Rome goes on crushing the whole world.  Vespasian would wage war against Israel for 3-1/2 years, verse 25.  History informs us that this war began by Vespasian, February 10, 67 AD and ended September 10, 70 AD when Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed.  See also Rev. 11:3, 1269 days; also Rev. 13:5, 42 months.  All passages speak of 3 1/2 years, and one and the same event, as Daniel describes it in Daniel 12:7. Also, Daniel 7:26-27 states Satan’s dominion is destroyed forever, annihilated.

All this happened while Vespasian, the 11th horn, was general of all Roman armies, and finished under his rule as Emperor of Rome, 69-79 AD.

Now we know about the resurrection, the Kingdom of Christ, and the annihilation of Satan. (See also Rev. 19:7 and 21:1-6.)  At this point in the lesson, it is necessary to show Biblical evidence as to when John wrote the Revelation.

First, from the manuscripts at Antioch of Syria, the headquarters of all Gentile missionary work, the manuscript of Revelation 1 reads, “The Revelation, which was made by God to John the Evangelist, in the Isle of Patmos, to which he was banished by Nero the Emperor.”

Secondly, Revelation 1:1-3 states that the things written in the letter were at hand.

Thirdly, Rev. 1:11 tells John to write and send it to seven churches.  There were other churches besides those mentioned.  Note:  After the war by Vespasian, war and earthquakes had destroyed most of the seven churches.

Fourth, Rev. 11:1-2, states the temple in Jerusalem was still standing at John’s writing.  It was destroyed in AD 70 by Vespasian.  My note:  It seems that John and Daniel wrote of the one and same event, the passing away of Israel and Judaism, thus fulfilling all OT prophecy.

Now we come to New Testament fulfillment regarding the new kingdom.

First, Matthew 5:17 informs the reader of the purpose of Jesus’ life on earth, “to fulfill.”  Matthew 16:28 states that the coming of Christ and the possession of the kingdom would be during the lifetime of some of the apostles.  My note:  If He has not come yet, then some of the apostles are over 2,000 years old!

Luke 21:20-32 states all the things are fulfilled during His generation.

Luke 19:12-21 portrays the story of 10 slaves and Christ going away to receive a kingdom, and returning during the life time of the 10 slaves.  My question is:  Are these 10 slaves living today?

Luke 22:37 and 24:44 state all things written are fulfilled.  See also Rev. 19:7, Rev. 21:1-6.

In John 21:22, John received nothing less than a promise from Christ that he would be alive when Christ came back.  My note:  These promises did not refer to the day of Pentecost, since Acts 2:33 informs us that Christ on this very day, was already at the right hand of God.

 

The Resurrection of the New Testament

Strange as it may seem, we have already proven the resurrection and its time period.  However, we must look at the teaching of Paul to the church at Corinth.  They, as we today, are confused regarding resurrection.  They, as we, indeed have help which causes misunderstanding, namely, tradition.  In Ephesus, it was Hymenaeus and Philetus, 2 Timothy 2:14-19.

We must examine verse 18. These men were teaching that the resurrection had already taken place in the past.  People were upset that they would not be in a resurrection.  The big difference between then and now, was that they were teaching it was over with, and there would be no more.  Futurists today teach it has never begun.

We have already shown by scripture when the coming of the Lord, the saints taking possession of the kingdom, and the resurrection would occur, which was during the time of Vespasian, the eleventh horn.  The two men mentioned by Paul, knew OT scripture when the resurrection would begin.  What they did not know, was that when it started, it would continue through eternity.  They had read Hosea 6:1-2 where God said on the third day the captives would begin to come out.  They already knew of Paul’s statements in Eph. 4:8-10, where Paul speaks of the captives coming out.  And, they knew of Dan. 12:1-2, Psa. 26:14ff, 49:14ff, as well as Isa. 26:14-19. 

So now, as we move upon 1 Cor. 15:12-50, we will do no more than go over what has already been said by the prophets and the Psalms.

In 1 Cor. 15:12-22, Paul assures the church that there has been a resurrection.  Notice how Paul assures them that the resurrection will continue so long as there is life on earth.

Verse 23 states that the resurrection is each in his own order.  This tells us what Hymenaeus and Philetus did not tell us.  They did not have all the facts, Paul did.

1 Cor. 15:24 states, “then comes the end.”  Well, we see that the resurrection began with Christ.  He was the first fruits.  Now that the resurrection has begun, he says “then” meaning one event coming behind another, or, in this case “the end.”  So, we must ask, “The end of what?”  It could not be the annihilation of earth, for Daniel 7:13-14 says the kingdom of His has no end.  So, in Daniel 12 he informs us it was the end of Satan because the captive spirits were set free.  It was the shattering of the holy people, the end of God’s kingdom which consisted of the Jewish element as well as the patriarch.  Now Christ will deliver God’s kingdom to Him, when God will give to the Son all power and rule as the Administrator of heaven and earth.  When we look at Rev. 19:7 and Rev. 21:1-6, we see that all this takes place in the time frame of Daniel Chapter 7. We do not have two kingdoms on earth, one for God and one for Christ.  No two kingdoms can reign together.  One must be abolished.  No two presidents of one nation can reign together.

We now come to verses 35-50 which should be clear after the foregoing articles.  However, to set forth Paul’s teaching, we must look at the following passages.

 

Verses 35-37 – Let us read Romans 6:1-13 especially.  The thing planted in death is the man of sin; but the same old self does not come forth.  A new man, a spiritual man, 2 Corinthians 5:14-18, it is therefore the spiritual that will be raised, 2 Cor. 5:16.

 

Verses 36-37 better explains this.  Example, you plant a row of corn in the garden.  The corn produces an ear of corn.  The ear you save for seed until next year.  The stalk dies and it is plowed into the soil.  Next year, you plant the grain which came off the ear of corn that the stalk produced, which comes up and produces a new life, the stalk or the new grain.  Paul uses this method to depict our own resurrection.

 

Verse 38 is well explained by Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:1-5, John 14:1-3, and Philippians 1:20-24. In the latter passage, Paul expected at biological separation of body and spirit, he would be with Christ then–not thousands of years later!  To each righteous departed spirit there is in heaven a spiritual body prepared for it, 2 Corinthians 5:1-2, John 14:1-3.

 

Verses 42, 43, 44 – Here, I think we can go to no other place than back to Romans Chapter 6, verses 1-13 to understand what Paul is teaching here.  See also John 5:24-29, John 6:48-54, 1 John 3:2, 1 John 2:17-18.

 

Verses 45-49 – We are here to understand that Paul is informing those at Corinth of an event they could relate to.  That is, first man is physical, then at his choice he becomes spiritual by obedience to Christ.  Christ in the twinkling of an eye, changes the physical to spiritual.  And again, Paul uses the same message as is contained in Romans Chapter 6 to relate to this people Christ’s intent.

 

Verse 50 – Again, Paul reflects upon the message in Romans 6. Only the spiritual will truly be in the Lord’s kingdom, John 3:3-6. So, one must be born again and be changed to spiritual.  If he is to remain with God, he must remain in that state, 1 Cor. 6:19f; 2 Cor. 6:16-18.

 

Conclusion:  1 Peter 3:10-14 –

For, he that would love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:  and let him turn away from evil, and do good.  Let him seek peace, and pursue it.  For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears unto their supplication:  But the face of the Lord is upon them that do evil.  And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good?  But even if ye should suffer for righteousness’ sake, blessed are ye: and fear not their fear, neither be troubled.


 

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