Eternal Life

                                                           

Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he
him; male and female created he them”. Notice in this verse both male and female were
created on the 6th day. They were both upon the earth on the sixth day. Genesis 2:1
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2:2 And on the
seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day
from all his work which he had made.” God finished His work of creation and then
rested on the seventh day. Man, male and female were upon the earth. Man was just
another creature. Nothing special in God’s view because they had no soul. Just another
beast of the field. The Bible teaches they were considered “dogs”. Matthew 15:26 “But
he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs”.
The “children” are the descendants of Adam and Eve. The “dogs” are the gentiles, beast
of the field, male and female. Ephesians 2:12 “That at that time ye (the “dogs”) were
without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the
covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world”.

But after the “male and female” were created, God desired a chosen people for Himself.
Deuteronomy 14:2, “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD
hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are
upon the earth”. This people started with Adam who was formed from the dust of the
ground just like the male and female created on the sixth day. But there was a
difference between the man Adam and the male beast of the field. God gave this man a
livng soul. Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. God needed
a “help meet” for Adam. He didn’t start His chosen bloodline with a female from the
beast of the field. They had no soul, so He took a rib from the first man Adam, and
made a “Woman”. Genesis 2:22 “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man,
made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. Genesis 2:23 “And Adam said, This is
now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she
was taken out of Man”. Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she
was the mother of all living”. Notice Eve is now the mother of all living souls.

God provided a place called Eden for His chosen people were they would be provided
for and live eternally. But, God commanded one condition of Adam and Eve, Genesis
2:16 “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou
mayest freely eat: 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not
eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”. Because of Adams
disobedience to Gods commandment, man was “appointed” to die. Genesis 3:19 “In the
sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast
thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust thou shall return”.

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”,
notice this verse says “appointed unto men once to die”, it does not say appointed unto
men to die once. The curse of death and judgment were upon man since the fall of
Adam. Romans 5:18 “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men
to condemnation”. This judgment is unto condemnation, not damnation. We all go
before the judgment seat of Christ each time we depart this world. 2 Corinthians 5:10
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive
the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad”.
Notice in this judgment we will receive “things”, more than one, for what we have done in
the body. If we have done good, if we have overcome the world, we will dwell in the
earth waiting for that glorious day when “the dead in Christ shall rise first”. Revelation
3:10 “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the
hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the
earth.” If we have “kept the word of my patients”, we will rest in the earth and not be
tempted again. Proverbs 2:21 “For the upright shall dwell in the land (the dust), and the
perfect shall remain in it”. But if we have done bad, we would receive judgments for the
things we have done wrong in the body. In the “eternal” judgment, at the last day when
time will be no more, we will only receive one thing, heaven or hell. Judgment is Gods
way of teaching us the way of righteousness. Psalms 25:9 “The meek will he guide in
judgment: and the meek will he teach his way”. If you have a willing heart, accept your
judgments. Psalms 94:15 “But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the
upright in heart shall follow it”. Time and time again God has been trying to get his
people to come to him. Jesus said, Luke 13:34, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest
the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have
gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye
would not! Ezekiel 34:16 “I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was
driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was
sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment”. These
judgments are one of Gods great mysteries, Romans 11:33 “O the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and
his ways past finding out!” These judgments are performed not only by Jesus but souls
from the ancient past. Jesus said in Matthew 12:42 “The queen of the south shall rise
up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it”. The queen of Sheba lived
some 900 years prior to the time of Jesus. He also said, in Matthew 12:41, “The men of
Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they
repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here”. Jonas
lived approximately 750 years before Jesus. We, as saints of God will judge angels, 1
Corinthians 6:2 “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world
shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 6:3 Know ye not
that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life”? Notice he
said “this life”, not just life. The purpose of these judgments is for a child of God to learn
the ways of God. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is
old, he will not depart from it”. Our souls have been learning since their creation on the
sixth day. The living souls of man are being taught by God’s judgments. Psalms 37:28
“For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever”.

We die, or as Jesus said, “sleepeth”. Mark 5:39 “And when he was come in, he saith unto
them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth”. John
11:11 “These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus
sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep”. John 11:12 Then said his
disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. John 11:13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his
death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep”. Acts 2:29 “Men
and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead
and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day”. David had overcome the world
and his soul is sleeping in the earth. Acts 13:36 “For David, after he had served his own
generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw
corruption”. But David is not in heaven, Acts 2:34 “For David is not ascended into the
heavens:”, but is sleeping or dwelling in the earth. Remember, “dust thou art, and unto
dust thou shall return”. Davids flesh saw corruption but not his soul. His soul is sleeping
peacefully, waiting for the second coming of Jesus.

As much as the bible teaches when a body dies and the soul sleepeth, it also teaches
the soul can awake from that sleep. Daniel prophesied in Daniel 12:2 “And many of them
that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to
shame and everlasting contempt. 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the
brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for
ever and ever. 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the
time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased (if you will
receive it). Micah 7:9 “I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned
against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me
forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness”. As knowledge increases people
with a honest heart will move toward it. Ephesians 5:14 “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou
that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”.

In the book of John, Jesus was asked, John 9:2, “Master, who did sin” this man, or his
parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered “neither”. He didn’t act like it was a
strange question to ask if this man was born blind because he had sinned, but for him
to have been born blind because he had sinned, he would have had to have sinned
before he was born.

Consider the thief on the cross. Paul said Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. The thief lived a life of
sin and I don’t believe Jesus changed the whole doctrine of the bible because of one act
of compassion at the end of his life. Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”. The thief had not overcome the
world by simply showing compassion for a dying man. But Jesus saw a honest heart in
the thief and said to the him, Luke 23:43, “Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be
with me in paradise.” “Today” is not eternity. After the death of the thief, there was a
judgement for him. Hopefully a “judgement unto victory”, Matthew 12:20 “A bruised reed
shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment
unto victory”. Maybe Jesus through his compassion showed the thief what heaven was
going to be like if he became a overcomer of the world. I believe the thief was going to
have another time or season to be gathered together.

Jesus said in Matthew 12:32 “And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man,
it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be
forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” The world to come
cannot mean heaven. There will be no need for forgiveness in heaven. So what “world to
come” was Jesus speaking? Look closely at what Jesus said in Mark 3:29 “But he that
shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of
eternal damnation:” To say a person “is in danger of” does not imply that if you
blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, you are eternally damned, but “in danger of ”. If you
blaspheme the Holy Ghost, you will not be forgiven. There is a price to pay for that sin.
Paul taught that a person can be sick or even put to sleep for certain sins. 1 Corinthians
11:30 “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep”.

Look very closely at what Peter told a group of Israelites who denied Christ in Acts 3:22
“For Moses truly said unto the fathers (the fathers of Moses day), A prophet shall the
Lord your God raise up unto you (the fathers of that day) of your brethren, like unto me;
him shall ye (the fathers of Moses day) hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto
you” (the fathers of Moses day). Moses prophesied that a prophet would be raised up
unto them, the farthers he was speaking to at that time some 1400 years prior to Peter
speaking to the Israelites in his time, and they would hear him. The only way the fathers
of Moses day could hear Jesus would be if they were present in the time of Jesus.
Moses was telling these fathers of old that they would be taught the new way, by Jesus
himself, with grave consequence if they did not hear Him. Acts 3:23 “And it shall come
to pass, that every soul (notice he said soul), which will not hear that prophet, shall be
destroyed from among the people”.

The greatest prophet of all ages taught that a soul could be on the earth more than once.
Elijah or Elias was one of those souls. Elijah is translated from the Hebrew of the old
testament and Elias from the Greek translation of the new testament. The KJV version
of the New Testament uses the Hebrew version of the name ‘Elijah’ instead of the Greek
version ‘Elias’. These two names refer to the same Old Testament prophet. Elijah was
one of many prophets sent by God to help guide His people. His history is spoken of in
the books of Kings. Elijah did not experience death in the usual way, but “went up by a
whirlwind into heaven”. 2 Kings 2:11. Malachi prophesied that Elijah would return after
his ascension to again be on this earth. Malachi 4:5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the
prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord”. Elijah returned
from heaven as the child John, as prophesied in Luke 1:13 “But the angel said unto him,
Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son,
and thou shalt call his name John”. In verse 17, the angel tells Zacharias what to expect
from his son, “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the
hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to
make ready a people prepared for the Lord. I believe the angel used the words “spirit
and power of Elias” to explain what was about to happen to Elizabeth because
Zachariah was not ready to hear that the soul of the baby would be that of Elijah the
prophet. As it was, Zachariah questioned what the angel just told him, so the angel put a
curse on him for doubting what he prophesied. Elijah returned as the babe born by
Elizabeth. Matthew 17:10 “And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes
that Elias must first come? 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly
shall first come, and restore all things. 17:12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come
already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed.
Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 17:13 Then the disciples understood
that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. ”Mark 9:11 “And they asked him saying,
why say the scribes that Elijah must first come? 12 And he answered and told them,
Elijah verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man,
that he must suffer many things, and be set at naught. 13 “But I say unto you, That Elijah
is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of
him”. Remember what James said about Elijah, James 5:17, “Elijah was a man, subject
to like passions as we are”.
Jesus new that some would not understand nor receive the fact that Elijah would return
as John the Baptist. After all, it had been some 500 years since his ascension. Notice
how Jesus phrases this verse in Matthew 11:14 “And if ye will receive it, this is Elias
(Elijah), which was for to come. 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear”. “If you will
receive it”, implies that Jesus is about to reveal a mystery that not all will accept. “He
that hath ears to hear, let him hear” implies it is time for this knowledge to be brought to
light. “This is Elias”, is plain, John the Baptist is Elias. “Which was for to come” is saying
Elias, who was here on earth some 500 years earlier, is now here as John the Baptist.
Jesus was revealing the soul of man can be on this earth more than once.

Prior to the “day of the Lord”, most prophets were not aware the soul could return to live
on the earth more than once. John the Baptist denied he was Elijah, John 1:21 “And they
asked him, What then? Art thou Elijah? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet?
And he answered, No”. Job said in chapter 14:1, “Man that is born of a woman is of few
days, and full of trouble. 14:2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth
also as a shadow, and continueth not”. Job 14:12, “So man lieth down, and riseth not: till
the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep”. We all
know stories in the Bible of people who were raised from their sleep. It’s not a
contradiction, they just didn’t know they had been here in a previous time or season.
Acts 1:7 “And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons,
which the Father hath put in his own power”. But after the day of the Lord, in the New
Testament, the time had come for it to be brought to light. Ephesians 1:10 “That in the
dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ,
both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him”. Jesus said in Matthew
10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather
fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. The flesh or body is merely
the way for the soul to move from one age to another. There is a natural body, and there
is a spiritual body. 1Thessalonians 5:23 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;
and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The soul returning and departing from on the earth is Gods great mercy of giving each
soul every opportunity to choose to serve him. But as Moses told the fathers of old,
“And it shall come to pass, that every soul which will not hear that prophet, shall be
destroyed from among the people”. There is a eternal judgement at the last day when
“time will be no more”. Hebrews 6:2 “Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of
hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment”. God’s mercy is
available to any person who will accept it. If you will just hear Him while there is still
time. But sin must be overcome. 1John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh
the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”. Revelation
3:5 “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot
out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and
before his angels”. You must overcome the world. 1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the
last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many
antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

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