Volume 11, Number 1, July-August 2007
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For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city (Heb -16).
Those who will be resurrected in the second resurrection will be fleshly human beings.
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, 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. and he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 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 ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord (Ezk 37:1-7).
This writer believes that the above verses indicate that they shall rise at the judgment day and be placed in the land of Israel known to the Jews as Eretz Israel (the modern nation of Israel including modern day Palestine); i.e., the New Earth to be perfected with their sister and daughter nations.
When thy sisters,
But in order for them to be “perfected” they must be healed (Rev 22:2, again). Most people died of some great injury or disease. “Perfected” does not mean being immediately made into eternal spirit beings. Rather, it means they are to be physically “healed.” We learn from Ezekiel 16:60 that the Lord God intends to make a different covenant with them. He says, “And I will establish an everlasting covenant with you” (Ezk 16:60).
The Levitical covenant, which involved temple worship, is to be abolished. John’s vision described in Rev. 21:22 tells us John “did not see a temple in the city because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.”
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
And then from John 5:28: “The hour is coming in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice”. And, putting it in the vernacular, for those that have “done good,” but, haven’t qualified for eternal life, it will be a resurrection to “regular” life, again. Luke 12:41-48 also seems to describe four categories of believers to be raised from the dead. The first seem to be raised in the first resurrection to rule, but the latter ones need correction (“stripes”),
Those “apples” are not completely
rotten. They have done some good and they still can be saved. Those grape
vines are not beyond being healed; they can be salvaged. They are to be
planted in the
Hebrews further illustrates that the promised land is the
New Earth. “And all these [David, Joshua, Gideon, Barak, Samson] having
obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise.” Even
though they lived in
Continuing in Hebrews 11, we learn that “God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect” (Heb ).
But, what things? We need to look to Hebrews 11:10 which tells us “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”. These people of Hebrews 11 died in a physical city and country, awaiting a heavenly city and country after the New Earth is ushered in, where His kingdom has come in [the] earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10)..
And, quite possibly they say to themselves, “Let us go and spy out the New Earth and receive an honest report of it’s condition”—Is it not paradise? Is it habitable by human beings? Or is it burnt up? And, does it have water? Does it have plant life? Can it be harvested? Does it have days?
From Rev. 22:2 we learn that “there are months” (months are made up of days), and there are gases produced by the trees, and therefore, there is an atmosphere. And there is water. The river flows out. It must flow out or it would overflow into the city and inundate it. And if it flows out, does it not flow out and water the New Earth? And if the water flows, the water is not frozen and it can evaporate and form clouds and make rain just like on the earth we now know. It will become a time when the earth is harvested forever.
Let us now consider the kind of covenant God made with Noah. In Genesis We learn that this covenant says that, “While the earth remaineth (Hebrew: Kol yem “all days”), seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Yes! Once again we can see that there are days on the New Earth. There will be a seed time and harvest. There is harvest on the New Earth? Of course! Scripture affirms this! So, who will eat of this harvest? Those brought back to life still seeking eternal life, who now populate the New Earth. There will still be cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. If there is seed time and harvest time then there must be seed planters and harvesters, and, most importantly, someone to eat the crop.
Isaiah 9:7 states: “Of the increase of his Government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.” In order to have an endless increase of His Government there needs to be an endless increase in the number of those to be governed.
But from Mat. 22:29-30 we learn, “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are as the angels of God in heaven. This, then, must refer to those given eternal life at the first resurrection, for they are referred to “as the angels.”
But at the second resurrection (Ezk 37:1-14), they are not like the angels. They have bones, sinews, flesh, and they have breath. “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 ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” In addition, we know that they have blood to carry oxygen through their bodies. They have been healed physically, but they still need to partake and eat the fruit of the tree of life to gain eternal Life.
And they can be given in marriage, can they not? Will they be capable of having offspring? Of course. Both of these things will be occurring in the New Earth. Living, flesh and blood human beings reproduce as long as they have food; they can multiply forever, virtually endlessly, on the New Earth under the rule of God’s, now expanded, family. No longer is God’s family “the Father and His only begotten Son.” When the resurrected inhabitants of the New Earth are ready they can partake of the fruits of the tree of life and become eternal, also. Genesis states this and I repeat it here, although admittedly, somewhat out of context, but still, accurately, that they can “eat and live forever.”
So, these are the scriptures,
hopefully clearly explained. Those returned to life at the second
resurrection, those who still need to perfect themselves in the way that they
live and “do unto others”, are living as flesh and blood humans ruled over by
those who have been perfected and are now spirit beings. They have been
returned to their former estate as suggested in Ezk. 16:55 “When thy sisters,
Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and
her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy
daughters shall return to your former estate.” Even
And you and your sons and daughters will be returned to where you were before, your former estate, life in a human, flesh and blood body, to be given the wonderful opportunity to achieve eternal life—if God has not already raised you, and them, in the the first resurrection.
While it is exciting to study the Bible’s promises of the future life, we must never let unclear points stir up anger or division among brethren. As the Apostle Paul said:
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known (1Cor ). &
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