RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD Part 1
Resurrection Part 2
Resurrection Part 3
1. Israel is symbolically resurrected In Ezek 37:1-14.
Ezekiel 37:13-14 “And you will know that I am Yahweh, when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, my people, and put my spirit in you, and you revive, and I resettle you on your own soil. Then you will know that I, Yahweh, have spoken and done this, declares the Sovereign Yahweh.' "
2. But resurrection is applied literally in Daniel 12:2
Daniel 12:1-2 1. "AT THAT time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”
3. Yahshua eludes to the word from Daniel 12:3 in correcting the Sadducees
Mark 12:24-27 Yahshua said to them (Sadducees), "Is not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of Elohim? For when they rise from the dead they . . . are like angels in heaven.”
4. The implication of the following is that Yahshua will go ahead no only to Galilee, but also into resurrection:
Mark 14:27-28. And Yahshua said to them, "You will all fall away; for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee."
5. Insofar as the dating of the biblical literature, the first account of resurrection that has survived in the New Testament is in
1 Corinthians 15:3-8: For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
6. Although there were various models and explanations of among the earliest believers in regards to how Yahshua happened to live after being put to death (i.e. he was raised [1 Cor 15:4b, Acts 2:24], received up [Luke 9:51, Acts 1:11] or exalted [Phil 2:6-11, Acts 5:30-31]), all these have been subordinated to the idea that his dead body was raised to life. (And this is “resurrection”: anastasiV (anastasis) means, “stand again.”
7. Consider these difficult passages:
John 20:16-17 Yahshua said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" Yahshua said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father." 22. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 27. Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing."
Gospel of the Nazoreans “Take hold, handle me, and see that I am not a bodiless demon [i.e. spirit].” (from Ignatius and Jerome).
8. This is hard to understand if you think about it. There was an empty tomb. The significance of this is that the body was not to be found. Yahshua took up the same broken body. It was a wounded body, but a healing body. It was a bodily resurrection, not a spiritual one. What follows on from this is that it was Yahshua’ body as well as his spirit that ascended into the heavenly dimension. Body and spirit had been severed in death but brought back together in life. Yahshua was not an illusion, a hallucination or pure spiritual energy.
9. And there is some difficulty in reconciling the bodily appearance and inferences by Yahshua to Paul’s understanding of a spiritual resurrection as in this passage:
1 Corinthians 15:50 I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of Elohim, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
September 17, 2002