Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 3, 2014

Funeral promises

At many memorial services John 11:25-26 is quoted. It’s quoted something like, “Jesus said that even though a man dies, he that believes in him will not really die.” It actually says,
“Martha saith to him, `I have known that he will rise again, in the rising again in the last day;’
Jesus said to her, `I am the rising again, and the life; he who is believing in me, even if he may die, shall live;
and every one who is living and believing in me shall not die — to the age;”. John 11:24-26

Why does Martha say Lazarus will rise in the last day? What’s the last day? The seventh! In this case the 1,000 year long Millennial Sabbath. Verse 25 does not say he won’t really die. It merely says that a person will live again after he dies. That’s the resurrection. A long period of ‘sleep’ may pass between death and resurrection. Saying that Jesus says a person won’t really die is akin to Satan’s lie to Eve that she wouldn’t really die if she ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And why does verse 26 say, “to the age?” Here again is reference to the millennial Sabbath. Remember when the Pharisees were complaining about Jesus ‘working’ on the Sabbath? Jesus replies that he is Lord of the Sabbath! If they only understood what that meant!

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