Immortality of the Soul
J E Bradburn
1 Corinthians 15:50 (KJV) Now this I say, brethren, “that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption”.
The Bible speaks of the resurrection of the physical body from the grave (John 5:28–29), which is composed of “flesh and bones” (Luke 24:39) and which leaves an empty tomb behind (Matt. 28:6). However, according to this verse, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.”
John 5:28-29 (KJV)
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; they that have done good, unto” the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
John says not to marvel at this, however; if you are lost or misguided then you probably will. More on this later in this .htm.
Luke 24:39 (KJV) “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have.”
Christ appeared to the disciples after His crucifixion inviting them to see, and handle Him for themselves, if it is difficult for His disciples and the Pharisaic Priests to believe, this may leave mortal Christians in doubt as what to believe.
John 2:19-21 (KJV)
19 Jesus answered and said unto them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20 Then said the Jews, “Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?”
21 “But he spake of the temple of his body.”
The flesh and bones body were given to us by God to help us survive the fall from Heaven. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earthlytabernacle.htm
Genesis 3:21 (KJV) Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
This is an important part of the creation and one to take seriously. It is this “coat of skins” that we have to dispense with if we are to inherit God’s Kingdom.
Matthew 28:6 (KJV) “He is not here: for He is risen, as he said.” ‘Come; see the place where the Lord lay.’”
WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earthlytabernacle.htm
Written by Mrs C.T. Russell
Believing the Bible teaching concerning death, that it is the extinction of life, and that it is only likened to a sleep in view of a promised resurrection, we have special interest in the statement of Paul relative to the awakening of the Church, the first or chief resurrection.
He says: "Behold I show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed--in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." The time for this instantaneous change is here shown to be under the sounding of the last trumpet, elsewhere referred to as "the seventh trumpet," "the trumpet," and "the trump of God."
The sounding of six of these symbolic trumpets is already in the past, fulfilled in events, which have transpired on the earth corresponding to the symbolic prophecies foretold in connection with them; and we are now living under the sounding of the seventh trumpet, during which the resurrection of the Church is due.
The sounding of this seventh symbolic trumpet marks some of the most momentous events that the world has ever known, though at first they come so gradually as to be observed only by the watchers--the faithful students of the sure word of prophecy. We find ourselves today in the very midst of these events.
Notice some of the striking events of this trumpet. During its time of sounding "The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven." He "shall gather together his elect," the "little flock" of faithful ones, his "jewels," "from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other," out of Babylon. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THAT THE ANTI-CHRIST 666 WILL ARRIVE ON EARTH PRIOR TO CHRIST OUR LORD.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was(3), and the spirit shall return
unto God who gave it. (8) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/deathswallowedup.htm
· Revelation 6:12: - Sixth Seal. 6 (Denotes the human number) 12 Denotes Government perfection, which have to do with government in the heavens and the earth.
· Revelation 9:13 - Sixth Trumpet. 6 9 - (Denotes Finality of Judgment). 13 Denotes rebellion, apostasy, defection, disintegration, revolution.
· Revelation 16:12 - Sixth Vial. 6 (10+ 6 =16) - (10 Denotes ordinal perfection. 6. Denotes the human number). 12. Denotes Government perfection, which has to do with government in the heavens and the earth. (Goliath, Nebuchadnezzar, and Antichrist) are all emphatically marked by this number. Old Testament events serving as "ensamples" for the latter day events, how does this historical blueprint fit for our future? Instead of flesh pagan kings coming upon Jerusalem to siege and physically destroy, the latter day king of Babylon will be Satan and his angels as thorns and briers treading upon Jerusalem to do a spiritual destruction. According to Revelation 12:6 (note the numbers) forward, Satan and his angels will be booted out of Heaven down to this earth for the future tribulation; and that latter day working by the king of Babylon will be one of great deception. That is the type of devastation upon Jerusalem for the latter days.
Matthew 24:31 (KJV) “And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
"THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE."
Those who believed in Christ before they died going back in history for eons (an indefinitely long period of time) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/4ezra.htm not from the graves in which they were buried, but who were kept with God in the spirit when they went back to Him. Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV) Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (KJV)
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.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm
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.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earthlytabernacle.htm
The living members of the body of Christ--"shall be changed." i.e. by resurrection, or translation http://www.godsplan.org.uk/sphinx.htm
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (KJV)
51 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm
52 “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/internalspirit.htm
"The nations" become "angry."
Revelation 11:18 (KJV) “And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead that they should be judged, and that Thou shouldest give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear Thy name, small and great: and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/nationshalrise.htm
"THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF GOD."
Revelation 11:15 (KJV) And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world”
Reward is given to the prophets and saints (verse 18), which implies their resurrection, since they could not be rewarded while dead; and the dead world will be brought to judgment--trial (verse 18). Briefly stated, it is the time of the Lord's second glorious presence and reign; the time for the gathering together and exaltation of his elect church, both from the grave and from among the living; the time for the overthrow of the present powers that be, and the establishing of the new power--the kingdom of God, both in its spiritual and earthly phase; and then the awakening and judging of the nations--the great work of restitution.
These events do not all succeed each other, requiring that one must be finished before the other can begin, but several parts of the work progress simultaneously. While the church is being gathered, the nations are mustering their forces for the great conflict; and while some of the saints are being changed from human to spiritual, others remain in the flesh, and probably some will so remain until the great conflict is almost over. This would appear from the words of the Psalmist, suggesting the proper attitude of mind for those who shall remain through these turbulent times:--"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear though the earth http://godsplan.org.uk/fleshage.htm [the present organization of society] be removed; and though the mountains [kingdoms] be carried into the midst of the sea [overthrown by the unrestrained forces, the "sea" class]; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swellings thereof."—
Psalms 46 (KJV)
01 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
02 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; http://www.godsplan.org.uk/birthtodeath.htm
03 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
04 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
05 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
06 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
07 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
08 Come; behold the works of the Lord, what desolations He hath made in the earth.
09 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen; I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm
Already we hear the roaring of the troubled waters, and feel the shaking of the mountains http://www.godsplan.org.uk/brexit.htm, yet we fear not; nor will we, if permitted to by the remainers, even till they sink in the midst of the sea (people)..
God's truth is our shield and buckler, and therefore none of these things move us; they only cause us to rejoice the more, because we realize that all this is necessary in order to bring the nations to the recognition of, and submission to God.
It is to this time of the sounding of the seventh trumpet, this time of the advent, that Paul directed attention, saying, "We shall not all sleep." Paul and all the Church from that day to this have slept (in spirit) waiting for the day of Christ, now being ushered in. Now the blessed time has come to which they in hope looked forward. — SELAH (division) = connecting the roaring of the waters without with the silent flowing river in the rock cut channel beneath Zion, and contrasting the boastings of the enemy with the secret purposes of God. No refrain “dropped out” here, as some suggest. https://www.gotquestions.org/selah.html
2 Timothy 4:8 (KJV) Hence-forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/christianrace.htm
Those who die in this day of the Lord's presence do not sleep, but the instant that the human body sinks into death, the new spiritual body is received, and according to Paul's word, not an instant of unconsciousness intervenes. Because the spiritual body is invisible to humanity, none can know of the change except by faith http://www.godsplan.org.uk/faith.htm in the promise of God. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/internalspirit.htm
The work of the new kingdom is now in progress, and the body of Christ, whether in the flesh or in the spirit, (resurrected,) are all actively engaged as co-workers together with our Lord and head. What a blessed privilege to realize that such is the case. If the work to be done while in the flesh were all finished, then doubtless all of the elect company would be speedily changed to the spiritual plane where they can work to advantage. "Ye are my witnesses," said the Lord, and it seems that the world has never yet been left without a human witness for God. And it is our privilege to be His witnesses now, and to stand as witnesses for God until "changed" to the higher plane. So long as the saints now abide in the flesh, it is evident that God has a work for them to do, either for themselves or others here.
However humble, then, may seem the sphere of any of the consecrated ones, they should remember that God has a work for them to do here and now --a work which, if engaged in heartily, as unto the Lord, will not only enlighten others, but specially discipline and develop themselves spiritually. If idlers in the vineyard of the Lord, or if we go about his work complainingly and grudgingly, as if by constraint, we are proving ourselves unworthy of the great reward, and the Lord who reads the heart will make no mistake in judging us.
Let us appreciate our privilege of service, considering that we are workers together with the Lord and the risen saints, present with us, though invisible, except to the eye of faith. We need not expect large results in the present time. Neither Jesus, nor the Apostles, nor any of the saints, saw large results of their labours; but they were willing to work for the small results, and trust to the future under God's providence, to justify the sacrifices made in the service. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/justification.htm
We may sow in tears, but shall, in due time, reap in joy.
With such a glorious hope in view, to be realized as soon as this weary humanity shall have exhausted its strength in the present service, who of this faithful consecrated class may not profitably sacrifice himself in the blessed service, and rejoice even in the midst of tribulation with joy unspeakable and full of glory? Truly we should rejoice in the Lord always, and in everything give thanks, knowing that our labours are not in vain in the Lord, and that the trial of our faith is for our profiting and development as new creatures. "Count not your lives dear unto you," for "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth"--their labours shall cease, but their work shall continue.
Revelation 14:13 (KJV) “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, “Write, `blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:’ ‘Yea’, saith the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.’”
Matthew 24:37-39 (KJV)
37 “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
38 “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,”
39 “And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
People from all walks of life are so lost; the Great Apostasy is almost on us http://www.godsplan.org.uk/apostasytogodskingdom.htm the ones who are supposed to shepherd those who believe in Christ are not being shepherded at all, most believing in the world system today which is so corrupt. It will need the Second coming of Christ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm to sort out the sheep from the goats, or the wheat and tares http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm at the soon coming Great Tribulation http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm
In the Futurist view of Christian eschatology, the Tribulation is a relatively short period of time where everyone will experience worldwide hardships, disasters, famine, war, pain, and suffering, which will wipe out more than 75% of all life on the earth before the Second Coming takes place.
· Some Pre-tribulationists believe that those who choose to follow God, will be raptured before the tribulation, and thus escape it. [no one will escape]
· On the other hand, some Post - tribulationists (Christians who believe the rapture is synonymous with the resurrection that takes place after the Tribulation) believe Christians must endure the Tribulation as a test of their faith.
According to Dispensationalists who hold the futurist view, the Tribulation is thought to occur before the Second Coming of Jesus and during the End Times. In this view, the Tribulation will last seven prophetic Hebrew years (lasting 360 days each) in all but the Great Tribulation will be the second half of the Tribulation period (see Matt 24:15 and Matt 24:21 showing the Great Tribulation is after the Abomination of Desolation, which marks the midpoint of the Tribulation).
In this view, this seven-year period is considered to be the final week of Daniel's Prophecy of Seventy Weeks, found in Daniel chapter 9. It is theorized that each week represents seven years, with the timetable beginning from Artaxerxes' order to rebuild the Second Temple in Jerusalem. After seven weeks and 62 weeks, the prophecy says that the messiah will be "cut off", which is taken to correspond to the death of Christ. This is seen as creating a break of indeterminate length in the timeline, with one week remaining to be fulfilled.
The time period for these beliefs is also based on other passages: in the Book of Daniel, "time, times, and half a time", interpreted as "a year, two years, and half a year," and the Book of Revelation, "a thousand two hundred and threescore days" and "forty and two months" (the prophetic month averaging 30 days, hence 1260/30 = 42 months or 3.5 years). The 1290 days of Daniel 12:11, (rather than the 1260 days of Revelation 11:3), is thought to be the result of either a simple intercalary leap month adjustment, or due to further calculations related to the prophecy, or due to an intermediate stage of time that is to prepare the world for the beginning of the millennial reign. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Tribulation
Chapters 7—12 the End of Gentile Dominion
The second half of Daniel relates a series of visions in which Daniel is made to predict the events of the period from his own day to that of the writer of the book, which was nearly four hundred years.
THE PURPOSE WAS TO TEACH THAT GOD HAS A PROGRAM OF HISTORY WHICH CANNOT BE THWARTED AND WHICH HE CAN MAKE KNOWN TO HIS SERVANTS.
1. The recital of past events, familiar to the readers, would give them confidence that the short future regarding which actual predictions are made could likewise be trusted.
2. The two sections of the book are held together by the striking similarity—indeed, the practical identity—of chapters 2, and 7, the revelation of the four world kingdoms, ending in the triumph of the kingdom of God. (KJV)
“THE FOUR KINGDOMS OF DANIEL ARE FOUR KINGDOMS WHICH, ACCORDING TO THE BOOK OF DANIEL, PRECEDE THE "END-TIME" AND THE "KINGDOM OF GOD".
The struggle for justice is as profound a revelation of the possibilities and limits of historical existence as the quest for TRUTH. In some respects it is even more revealing because it engages all human vitalities and powers more obviously than the intellectual quest. The obligation to build and to perfect communal life is not merely forced upon us by the necessity of coming to terms with the rather numerous hosts, whom it has pleased an Almighty Creator to place on this little earth beside us. Community is an individual as well as social necessity; for the individual can realise himself only in intimate and organic relation with fellowmen. Love is therefore the primary law of his nature; and brotherhood the fundamental requirement of his social existence.
Since man is a unity of vitality and reason, the social coherence of life can never be purely rational. It includes an interpenetration of all powers and potencies, emotional and volitional (the act of willing, choosing, or resolving) as well as rational (having reason or understanding: relating to, based on, or agreeable to reason). But the power of rational freedom [to choose] gives human communities a higher dimension than those of nature. Man’s freedom [to choose] over the limits of nature in indeterminate regression means that no fixed limits can be placed upon either the purity or the breadth of the brotherhood which men strive in history. No traditional attainment of brotherhood is secure against criticism from a higher historical perspective, or safe from corruption on each new level of achievement.
The indeterminate character of these possibilities of both good and evil in social and political relations justifies the dynamic interpretation of the social process. The facts of history may not support the conclusion that historical process has continually purified and perfected social relations;
· But they certainly prove that the breadth and extent of historical communities have been consistently increased. (See image below, 7.6 billion of July 2018).
· Every age and more particularly the age of technics, has confronted men with the problem of relating their lives to a larger number of fellowmen. (Internet, Facebook, twitter, &c).
· The task of creating community and avoiding anarchy is constantly pitched on broader and broader levels. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/apostasytogodskingdom.htm
These facts have presented modern culture with what seemed irrefutable proofs of its progressive view of the social task. The “Kingdom of God” seemed to be an immanent force in history, culminating in a universal society of brotherhood and justice
Mark 12:31 KJV)
30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
31 And the second is like, namely this, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
SO WHAT, AND WHAT DO ATHEISTS, SCIENTISTS, AND SCEPTICS SAY.
Not a lot except self-denial, and their own views, which is to be expected in today’s fragmented and depravities of this fallen world. However; Satan does not intervene in these areas, he is only interested in the religious aspect of what he deems important, and that is to destroy any religious belief while his demonic partners cajole and manipulate people into degrading acts making them feel they cannot turn to God for help.
This is happening all over the world, but in English speaking countries only does it have any pragmatic (dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences) meaning, or interest. It is only the self-preservation of those on this fallen earth through their own means, doctors, and NHS for example; which mean anything to the lost.
Jesus spoke to one of His disciples.
Matthew 8:20-22 (KJV)
20 And Jesus saith unto him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.”
21 And another of His disciples said unto Him, “Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.”
22 But Jesus said unto him, “Follow Me; and let the dead bury their dead.”
(Verse 22 above) says it all, however; it is more pertinent today, and when He returns on His Second Advent for the tribulation there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth in great numbers which will fall on deaf ears. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm
Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)
21 “Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.”
22 Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?”
23 And then will I profess unto them, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
It is not much longer before the Second Advent, and now is the time to start studying and revising God’s Word and lead your wife and children to God, it is imperative that you do so now, The next htm, I will upload is the final one before the end as promulgated. So; what does the Bible reveal about today’s man? Let us take a closer look at an impartial selection from the Dispensational Plan of E.W. Bullinger’s Companion Bible KJV, and The Summa Theologica Thomas Aquinas to discover what TRUTHS both reveal to us. To Roman Catholics, It is thus laid down in the Decretals (II, qu. vi, Si Quando):
Whenever anyone intervene’ in a cause where life or state is at stake he must do so, not by a proxy, but in his own person; and state here has reference to freedom or servitude. Therefore it would seem that nothing differentiates a man’s state, except that which refers to freedom or servitude (slavery or anything resembling it).
Every mode of being wherein any creature whatsoever differs from the Creator has been established by God’s wisdom, and is ordained to God’s goodness. For God, who is uncreated, immutable, ("unable to change”) and incorporeal, produced mutable and corporeal creatures for His own goodness (after the fall). And so also the evil of punishment was established by God’s justice for God’s glory. But evil of fault is committed by withdrawing from the art of the Divine wisdom and from the order of the Divine goodness. And therefore it could be fitting to God to assume (give us) a nature created, mutable (changing), corporeal (physical body), and subject to penalty http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm , but it did not become Him to assume the evil of fault
Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV) Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.