Thursday, 29 December 2011

What Happens when a saint dies

A burial place

The underground abode
of the dead in Greek mythology

The abode of the dead
in early Hebrew thought

Destruction outside of Jerusalem

Thinking that the people of God goes to heaven upon death, pulls the rug right out from under the Bible. The Scriptures must be our standard for truth. Besides, why is there a resurrection of the dead when in fact, no one is really dead?

It is in the resurrected body (in the flesh) that a saint will be able to live again,

For I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the latter day on the Earth. And though worms destroy my body, yet in my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:25-26).

All living things go to the same place,

Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both...all have the same breath ... all go to the same place; all came from dust, and to dust all return” (Ecclesiastes 3:19-20).

when a saint

When a saint dies, he is not alive somewhere else. He is dead. He does not ascend to Heaven or descend to Hell. Instead he remains in the ground “Resting In Peace” until such a time as he is awakened by resurrection. In this brochure we have included several verses taken straight out of the Bible to explain this belief. Please consider them as we have put a lot of time into this.

In the grave there is silence, just like sleep,

Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I call upon you: let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol” (Psalm 31:17).

Jesus used sleep and death interchangeably

After that he said to them, ´Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep but I go so that I may awaken him out of sleep´ … Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he was speaking of literal sleep. So Jesus then said to them plainly, ´Lazarus is dead´” (John 11:11-14).

Dead saints are asleep in the dust of the earth

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, some to everlasting life, but others to disgrace and everlasting contempt” (Dan. 12:2).

The resurrection is when the dead saints come to life

The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. That is the first resurrection” (Rev 20:4).

The grave is the resting place of the dead. In Hebrew, the word used is Sheol. In Greek that word is Hades. The common Greek mythological understanding of Hades has corrupted contemporary understanding about death. Think about it, when was the last time you read a verse that made it seem like dead people were living in some disembodied state?

Awaking from sleep is rising from the dead

[Jesus] said to them, 'Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.' ... Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep. So Jesus then said to them plainly, 'Lazarus is dead ...' (John 11:11-14).

Dead people do not know anything

For the living know they will die: but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten” (Ecclesiastes 9:5).

Sheol is a place where nothing happens

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

The dead have no ability to think, act, or communicate (with God or other humans).
They are in a state of dreamless sleep, until the return of the Messiah, when they are raised first, before the living are changed (1 Thes 4:15-17).
Since there is no consciousness in death, there is no perception of time. From the perspective of the dead person, no time passes at all. One moment they are alive, the next they are at the resurrection. However, from the perspective of the living, the one who has died may have waited thousands of years.

The resurrection is in the centre of the Christian hope. This is why Paul says that without the resurrection “we [Christians] are of all men most miserable” (1 Cor. 15:19).

The resurrection is connected with the return of the Christ,

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him” (1 Cor 15:20-23)

The voice of Jesus commences the resurrection,

Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to the resurrection of life” (John 5:28-29).

Original by Living Hope International Ministries

The Bible is not afraid to be tested

Perhaps the Bible had just .
one author.

Perhaps it was the God of .
the Universe.

What if the Bible is True?

Miraculous Unity
-There is a great amount of agreement, sometimes “point by point,” throughout the Bible. This is miraculous when one considers that the 66 books were written by at least 40 writers, each from vastly different cultures, different backgrounds, in different locations, and in different circumstances.

The Bible is
Afraid to be Tested

Are you surprised?

Don’t Be!!

Question: How do we know that the Bible has been accurately passed down to us?

Answer: We have more than 5,000 manuscripts existing today and there are several million people who still speak the original languages (Hebrew & Greek). We do not depend on a translation because we have direct access in the original languages.*

*Between the 99.5% accuracy “word for word” of the ancient manuscripts, and the fact that there are more extant manuscripts of the Bible than any other ancient writing proves strong reliability that far exceeds all other books of antiquity.

Science and Medicine
-The book of Leviticus contains amazing medical insights far ahead of its time including circumcision on the 8th day, washing hands after touching someone infected, quarantine of those who had been in contact with the dead, and many other sanitation procedures which we take for granted today but they couldn’t have known about without divine guidance.

100% perfect prophecy
This is one of the many proofs we have that the Bible is completely accurate beyond human reason. (I Thess. 5:21 Test everything. Hold on to the good).

Prophecy Scripture Odds
Isaiah’s naming of Cyrus nearly Isaiah 44:28-45:3 1/10,000
two centuries in advance

Daniel's 400 years of precisely Daniel 8 1/1,000,000
predicted history

The detailed prophecy of the Ezekiel 26 1/100,000
destruction of Tyre, hundreds
of years in advance

>More than 500 years before the time of Jesus, Daniel predicted to the year when the Messiah would be killed (Daniel 9.25-26)

These were unbelievable predictions! The likelihood that these prophecies came true by some random chain of events is all but impossible. Also remember that this is only an extremely short “glimpse” of predictions spoken of in the Bible by God's prophets. Of the events that were to have taken place by now, every one happened just the way they predicted it would. No other "sacred writing" has such perfectly accurate predictions of the future.
-In 33 AD, Jesus was crucified (a prophecy) and died (a prophecy). Three days later he rose from the dead (another prophecy), after which he was seen by over 500 witnesses. These miracles and others were done many times in front of thousands for over 3 years.

-No archaeological discovery has ever contradicted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm the Bible’s reliability. In addition, dozen of times the descriptions given in the Bible have led to great archaeological discoveries.

-About two thousand years elapsed between the time the Dead Sea Scrolls were deposited in the caves of the barren hills surrounding the Dead Sea and their discovery in 1947. The fact that they survived for twenty centuries, that they were found accidentally by Bedouin shepherds, that they are the largest and oldest body of manuscripts relating to the Bible and to the time of Jesus of Nazareth make them a truly remarkable archaeological find offering credence to the accuracy of the Masoretic Texts written much later.

- As well as consistency throughout, and brutal honesty of the Bible writers, archaeology confirms our reasons to believe in the Bible, If Luke was so painstakingly accurate in his historical reporting, on what basis may we assume inaccuracy in his reporting of matters that were far more important, not only to him but to others as well; such as, the resurrection of Jesusthe most influential evidence of Jesus' authenticity of being Christ. This, says Luke, was firmly established by “many convincing proofs” (Acts 1:3).
(Luke is the gospel which gives the most information about locations and rulers)

-Sir William Ramsey, one of the greatest archaeologists of all time, spent 30 years of his life trying to disprove the New Testament, especially Luke's writings. After much intensive research, with many expecting a thorough refutation of Christianity, Ramsey concluded that Luke was one of the greatest historians of all time and leading Ramsey to become a Christian. (This is a rather ironic pattern followed by many who have tried to disprove the Bible through their own research and ended up believing it)

The longer archaeology does its work
the more the bible is proven true

-Some scholars argued that King David was a myth, until 1993 when a stone monument was discovered at Tel Dan, near the border of Syria and Israel. It mentioned a victory over King David and the house of David, just as indicated in I Kings 15:20.

JERUSALEM Nov 10, 2005
-Archaeologists digging at the biblical home of Goliath unearthed a shard of pottery bearing an inscription of the Philistine's name a find they claimed lends historical credence to the Bible's description of David's battle with the giant.

The New Testament Record has never been successfully refuted
Christians were strongly persecuted by both the Jews and the Roman government. If the New Testament writings were false, these two groups would have produced a great deal of evidence to stop the growth of this "sect." None exists. Furthermore, the New Testament writings circulated during the lifetimes of thousands of people who had actually seen Jesus' miracles and other historic events. No one ever refuted the New Testament writings.

Original article by Living Hope International Ministries

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Preterism 101

Time statements during the first century before the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. Credit to David Green. Be sure to check "about to" in bold with Greek word because not every English Bible Translations have it. 

1. "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" (Matt 3:2).

2. "Who warned you to flee from the wrath about to come?" (Matt 3:7).

3. "The axe is already laid at the root of the trees" (Matt 3:10).

4. "His winnowing fork is in His hand" (Matt 3:12).

5. "The kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt 4:17).

6. "The kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt 10:7).

7. "You shall not finish going through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man comes" (Matt 10:23).

8. "the age about to come" (Matt 12:32).

9. "The Son of Man is about to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds" (Matt 16:27).

10. "There are some of those who are standing here who shall not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom" (Matt 16:28; cf. Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27).

11. "'When the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?' '… He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers, who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons.' '… Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and be given to a nation producing the fruit of it.' … When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them" (Matt 21:40-41,43,45).

12. "This generation will not pass away until all these things take place" (Matt 24:34).

13. "From now on, you [Caiaphas, the chief priests, the scribes, the elders, the whole Sanhedrin] shall be seeing the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven" (Matt 26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:69).

14. "The kingdom of God is at hand" (Mark 1:15).

15. "What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others. … They [the chief priests, scribes and elders] understood that He spoke the parable against them" (Mark 12:9,12).

16. "This generation will not pass away until all these things take place" (Mark 13:30).

17. "Who warned you to flee from the wrath about to come?" (Luke 3:7).

18. "The axe is already laid at the root of the trees" (Luke 3:9).

19. "His winnowing fork is in His hand" (Luke 3:17).

20. "The kingdom of God has come near to you" (Luke 10:9).

21. "The kingdom of God has come near" (Luke 10:11).

22. "What, therefore, will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others … The scribes and the chief priests ... understood that He spoke this parable against them" (Luke 20:15-16,19).

23. "These are days of vengeance, in order that all things which are written may be fulfilled" (Luke 21:22).

24. "This generation will not pass away until all things take place" (Luke 21:32).

25. "Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.' Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us,' and to the hills, 'Cover us'" (Luke 23:28-30; Compare Rev 6:14-17).  

26. "We were hoping that He was the One who is about to redeem Israel" (Luke 24:21).

27. "I will come to you … In that Day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.' … 'Lord, what then has happened that You are about to disclose Yourself to us, and not to the world?'" (John 14:18,20,22).

28. "If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?" (John 21:22).

29. "This is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: 'And it shall be in the last days'" (Acts 2:16-17).

30. "He has fixed a day in which He is about to judge the world in righteousness" (Acts 17:31).

31. "There is about to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked" (Acts 24:15).

32. "As he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment about to come" (Acts 24:25).

33. "Not for [Abraham's] sake only was it written, that [faith] was reckoned to him [as righteousness], but for our sake also, to whom it is about to be reckoned" (Rom 4:23-24).

34. "If you are living according to the flesh, you are about to die" (Rom 8:13).

35. "I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us" (Rom 8:18).

36. "It is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand" (Rom 13:11-12).

37. "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet" (Rom 16:20).

38. "The time has been shortened" (1 Cor 7:29).

39. "The form of this world is passing away" (1 Cor 7:31). 

40. "Now these things … were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come" (1 Cor 10:11).

41. "We shall not all fall sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed" (1 Cor 15:51-52).

42. "Maranatha!" [The Lord comes!] (1 Cor 16:22).

43. "not only in this age, but also in the one about to come" (Eph 1:21).

44. "The Lord is near" (Phil 4:5).

45. "The gospel … was proclaimed in all creation under heaven" (Col. 1:23; Compare Matt 24:14; Rom 10:18; 16:26; Col. 1:5-6; 2 Tim 4:17; Rev 14:6-7).

46. "things which are a shadow of what is about to come" (Col. 2:16-17).

47. "we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord ... We who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds … You, brethren, are not in darkness, that the Day should overtake you like a thief" (1 Thess. 4:15,17; 5:4).

48. "May your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thess. 5:23).

49. "It is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire" (2 Thess 1:6-7).

50. "Godliness … holds promise for the present life and that which is about to come" (1 Tim 4:8).

51. "I charge you … that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Tim 6:14).
52. "...storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for that which is about to come, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed" (1 Tim 6:19).

53. "In the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self … Avoid these men. For of these are those who enter into households and captivate weak women … These also oppose the truth ... But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all" (2 Tim 3:1-2,5-6,8-9).

54. "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is about to judge the living and the dead" (2 Tim 4:1).

55. "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Hebrews 1:1-2).

56. "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who are about to inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14).

57. "He did not subject to angels the world about to come" (Hebrews 2:5).

58. "and have tasted … the powers of the age about to come" (Hebrews 6:5).

59. "For ground that drinks the rain which often falls upon it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near a curse, and it's end is for burning" (Hebrews 6:7-8).

60. "When He said, 'A new covenant,' He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear" (Hebrews 8:13).

61. "The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way of the [heavenly] Holy Places has not yet been revealed, while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation" (Hebrews 9:8-10; Compare Gal 4:19; Eph 2:21-22; 3:17; 4:13). 

62. "But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things about to come" (Hebrews 9:11).

63. "Now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin" (Hebrews 9:26).

64. "For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things about to come" (Hebrews 10:1).

65. "as you see the Day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:25).

66. "the fury of a fire which is about to consume the adversaries" (Hebrews 10:27).

67. "For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay" (Hebrews 10:37).

68. "For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the one that is about to come" (Hebrews 13:14).

69. "Speak and so act, as those who are about to be judged by the law of liberty" (James 2:12).

70. "Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you … It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!" (James 5:1,3).

71. "Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord" (James 5:7).

72. "You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand" (James 5:8).

73. "salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Peter 1:6).

74. "He … has appeared in these last times for the sake of you" (1 Peter 1:20).

75. "They shall give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead" (1 Peter 4:5).
76. "The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer" (1 Peter 4:7).

77. "For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God" (1 Peter 4:17).

78. "as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is about to be revealed" (1 Peter 5:1).

79. "We have the prophetic word … which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the Day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts" (2 Peter 1:19).

80. "Their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep" (2 Peter 2:3).

81. "In the last days mockers will come … For this they willingly are ignorant of" (1 Peter 3:3,5).

82. "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God" (2 Peter 3:10-12).

83. "The darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining" (1 John 2:8).

84. "The world is passing away, and its desires" (1 John 2:17).

85. "It is the last hour" (1 John 2:18).

86. "Even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour" (1 John 2:18; Compare Matt 24:23-34).

87. "This is that of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world" (1 John 4:3; Compare 2 Thess 2:7).

88. "For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation … About these also Enoch … prophesied, saying, 'Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly'" (Jude 1:4,14-15). 

89. "But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, 'In the last time there shall be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.' These are the ones who cause divisions" (Jude 1:17-19).

90. "to show to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place" (Rev 1:1).

91. "The time is near" (Rev 1:3).

92. "Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come" (Rev 2:25).

93. "I also will keep you from the hour of testing which is about to come upon the whole world" (Rev 3:10).

94. "I am coming quickly" (Rev 3:11).

95. "And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is about to rule all the nations with a rod of iron" (Rev 12:5).

96. "And in her [the Great City Babylon] was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth" (Rev 18:24; Compare Matt 23:35-36; Luke 11:50-51).

97. "to show to His bond-servants the things which must shortly take place" (Rev 22:6).

98. "Behold, I am coming quickly" (Rev 22:7).

99. "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near" (Rev 22:10; Compare Dan. 12:9).

100. "Behold, I am coming quickly" (Rev 22:12).

101. "Yes, I am coming quickly" (Rev 22:20)