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His Winnowing Fork Is In His Hand-- John the Immerser and the End of the Age Harvest- #1

 
The harvest is one of the central eschatological doctrines. Foretold in the Old Testament (Hosea 6) the harvest was one of Jesus’ major themes. Few would doubt or question the connection between the harvest and the resurrection. That connection is axiomatic.

The gospel of Matthew particularly contains several passages on the harvest. We will not examine all of those texts, and need not to so to establish our case. However, one thing is more than clear: the time for the eschatological harvest– and thus, the resurrection-- had arrived.

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Paul and the Meaning of "Flesh and Blood" in 1 Corinthians 15 - #2

Be sure to read the first installment of this two part series on Paul's comment that "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom" in 1 Corinthians 15. In the previous article, I noted that in our formal debate, in July 2012, Joel McDurmon defined "flesh and blood" not as the human corpse as so many commentators do, but, as Israel under the law of Moses! This was simply stunning!


It is fascinating also that on FaceBook, an opponent of Covenant Eschatology took issue with my thoughts in these articles, calling me a heretic. Interestingly however, like McDurmon, he did not define "flesh and blood" as the human body, but as carnal man, man under sin. Without knowing it, this objector has-- like McDurmon-- falsified his own views of a future physical resurrection. In Corinthians 15 "flesh and blood" is equal to "corruptibility" and "mortality"-- in other words, the "body" These terms are synonymous. So, if one defines "flesh and blood" as something unrelated to the human corpse, then , which, per both men, is not referent to the human corpse! So, by that very definition, they have excluded the "human corpse" from Paul's discussion of the resurrection! This is what you call self-defeating logic.

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William Bell on the Resurrection-- Great Stuff!

William Bell has been busy lately researching on the resurrection, the Tree of Life, the Death of Adam, and other related issues. He has just posted a fantastic article, and you will be challenged and blessed when you read it! Be sure to pass it on as well!

http://www.allthingsfulfilled.com/resurrection-trumpets-with-an-uncertain-sound-ibd-view-dismantled/

Paul and the Meaning of "Flesh and Blood" in 1 Corinthians 15

Just this morning (10-23-13) I was ready some different commentaries and their thoughts on the resurrection. Virtually all of them insist that when Paul said "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom" that he was referring to biological human flesh and blood. Of course, those same commentators then stridently insisted that the believer will one day be raised physically! Well, isn't "physical" the very epitome of "flesh and blood"? To say the least, this is a huge problem for all futurists.

We begin here with a short series on Paul's discussion of "flesh and blood" by examining the comments of Joel McDurmon in our formal debate, held in Ardmore, Ok., July 2012. A book of that debate is available, as well as DVDs, and we strongly urge you to obtain a copy of the debate, and see for yourself the almost unbelievable claims made by McDurmon.

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Was the Resurrection in Matthew 27:52 The Fulfillment of Daniel 12? #3

WAS DANIEL 12:2 FULFILLED IN MATTHEW 27:51-52 – #3
Don K. Preston D. Div.

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt.  (Daniel 12:2).

“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised” (Matthew 27:51-52)

This is the third installment of a brief series on this subject.

I have been asked to comment on the (supposed) correlation between Daniel 12 and Matthew 27:52. I have been asked recently to specifically address the question of whether Daniel’s prediction of the resurrection (12:2) was fulfilled in the awesome events recorded in Matthew 27. There are some who believe that the resurrection of the saints in Matthew was in fact the direct fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy. I do not, and will offer a few reasons in a brief series of articles, as to why I reject that suggestion.

Notice that Daniel 12: specifically says that those to be resurrected would be raised to everlasting life– or, in the case of the wicked, everlasting shame. Those who suggest that Daniel was fulfilled in the events of Matthew 27:52 are putting the horse before the cart, so far as I can determine. Here is why.

Note that Daniel was told that he would not receive his reward until the time of the end. He would receive that reward, according to Revelation 11:15f at the time of the resurrection. Likewise, the time of the rewarding of the prophets was to occur at the end of the age (Daniel 12:2-4). So, when we put these pieces of the puzzle together we find the following:

The resurrection is the time when the prophets– Daniel included– would receive their reward (Daniel 12:2-13).

The prophets would receive their reward at the time of the resurrection (Revelation 11:15-18).

The time of the resurrection and the time of the rewarding of the prophets was to occur at the judgment of the city “where the Lord was slain” (Revelation 11:8-18).

Therefore, the resurrection for the rewarding of the prophets– Daniel 12:2-- occurred at the judgment of the city “where the Lord was slain” (Revelation 11:8-18).

To suggest that the resurrection of Daniel 12:2 is different from the resurrection at the end of the age in Daniel 12:12-13 demands contextual proof. There is no such proof. The resurrection of v. 2 would be at the time of the end; the resurrection of v. 13 would be at the time of the end. Daniel 12 does not contain a prediction of two different “ends” and two different resurrections. There is one resurrection at the time of the end, and Revelation posits that at the judgment of Old Covenant Jerusalem. Matthew 27:52 does not satisfy the demands of the text.

More coming.

Be sure to check out my book Seventy Weeks Are Determined...For the Resurrection for more on Daniel 12 and the resurrection.

 


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