Class Notes: 4/9/2023

Resurrection Sunday

Lam 3:21; We see in this passage that doctrine is the predicate for confidence.

21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.
22 The Lord's unfailing love indeed never ceases, For His compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our celebration comes from our recall of the doctrine that reveals what happened about 1990 years ago when the tomb Jesus was placed in was found to be empty when it was unsealed by the earthquake because He had been resurrected as God promised.

Jesus' resurrection is the predicate and hope for our resurrection into eternal life.

Matt 27:57-61; Joseph of Armathia places Jesus' body in the tomb while the women watch

.57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.
58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.

59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away.

61 And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave.

Matt 27:62-66; the Jewish deep state politicians came to Pilate and received permission to seal and guard the tomb because Jesus had prophesied that he would be resurrected on the third day. (Matt 16:21:) In spite of their best efforts to stop it Jesus was resurrected and the sealed tomb was empty.

62 Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate,
63 and said, "Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I am to rise again.'

64 "Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead,' and the last deception will be worse than the first."

65 Pilate said to them, "You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how."
66 And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.

Matt 28:1-10; The two Marys arrive and the sealed tomb is open and empty and Jesus meets them and tells them to go tell the disciples and head out for Galilee where He will meet them later.

1 Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.
2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it

3 And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
4 The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.
6 "He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.

7 "Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you."
8 And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples.

9 And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.
10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me."

Matt 28:11-15; Reveals the lie that the evil corrupt Jewish politicians paid the soldiers to use to keep most of the benighted Jewish people deceived and many of them still remain deceived to this day 1990 years later.

11 Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.
12 And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,

13 and said, "You are to say, 'His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.'
14 "And if this should come to the governor's ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble."

15 And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, and is to this day.

This was the first resurrection in human history and it is the predicate for all three subsequent echelons of the first resurrection to eternal life.

1Cor 15:20-24; describes the first resurrection as a series of resurrection events that are divided over time into four echelons.

The first echelon was the resurrection of Jesus that we can recall to mind and celebrate today. He is described as the "first fruits of those who are asleep."

This concept of "first fruits" is also used in Lev 23:10-11; where the "wave sheaf" offering that was part of the Jewish ritual holy days occurred on what later became Resurrection Sunday that pointed to the resurrection of God's uniquely born Son our Lord Jesus' Christ.

The Jewish ritual observances can be considered a time clock for God's plan for mankind. Jesus was crucified on Passover, resurrected on the wave sheaf observance and God started the church age on Pentecost when He sent the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4;). The church age ends when the Holy Spirit exits with the church. (2Thes 2:7;).

Given the correlation the entire church age from beginning to end appears to correspond to Jewish holy day of Pentecost.

If God continues to use the Jewish holy day time clock correlation that he seems to have used so far this event most likely will correspond to the ritual observance of Pentecost in Lev 23:16;

The church age is a mystery so it is not revealed in the time clock but if the correlation continues it will likely end on Pentecost with the exit resurrection of the church since the church age is an intercalation into God's prophetic plan for Israel that has the Jewish holy days as a time clock.

The second echelon is the exit resurrection of God's royal family, the church, at the end of the church age. Phil 3:20-21; 1Thes 4:13-18; 1John 3:1-2;

After the church, the next echelon is the resurrection of Old Testament believers and Tribulational martyrs at the end of the Tribulation after Jesus' Second Advent, Dan 12:13; Isa 26:19-20; Matt 24:31; Rev 20:4.

If the protocol of Israel being the time clock for human history this would correspond to the feast of Trumpets in Lev 23:24;

The last echelon of the first resurrection to eternal life is the resurrection of all of the believers in the Millennium. Rev 20:5;

We see from this that physical death is the predicate for resurrection with the exceptions of the last generation of the Church Age and the millennial believers who are alive at the end of the millennium.

1Cor 15:50-52; "Now this I affirm, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption."

Paul uses the phrase "the kingdom of God" in the sense of the eternal state of the Church. He says we cannot live in eternity in the body we now possess. It is body of flesh and blood, not a resurrection body.

The physical body is not capable of living off of planet earth out in the universe, as angelic creatures can.

Corruption refers to the sin nature infused human body that is subject to physical death. Incorruption refers to the perfect resurrection body, that is a durable, permanent body that can never die physically. It refers to the eternal state where death has been abolished.

1 Cor 15:26, "The last enemy that will be abolished is death." Eternal life can only exist in the eternal resurrection body.

V51 Behold, I teach you a mystery: we shall not all sleep but we shall be changed,"

The mystery doctrine applies exclusively to the great spiritual power experiment of the Church Age (Christ in you the hope of glory), the dispensation in which there is no prophecy and about which there is no prophecy, Rom 16:25-26; Eph 3:1-6; Col 1:25-27.

In this analogy, sleep applies only to the physical body (not to the soul). The body "sleeps" because the soul and spirit are absent from that body in an interim body face to face with the Lord waiting for the resurrection.

"Changed" means we receive a resurrection body in exchange for our former physical body. Paul is saying here that we will not all die physically. One generation will receive their resurrection body apart from physical death.

v 52, "in a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we (Church Age believers alive at the exit resurrection aka rapture) shall be changed."

This resurrection occurs instantly. It is not a prolonged process. When God does something with regard to life, it is done instantly. Man was created instantly. The universe was created instantly. God imputed life to your soul at physical birth instantly. God provides resurrection bodies faster than you can blink your eye.

This is a reference to the trumpet of the exit resurrection of the church in 1Thes 4:16; it not the same trumpet that is notification of Jesus' second coming in Rev 11:15;

Church age believers who have died physically will receive their resurrection bodies first. Then those who are still alive at the exit resurrection will receive their resurrection bodies.

So we have two groups of people being resurrected. The first group receives their resurrection bodies after their physical death. The second group is alive at the exit resurrection and they receive their resurrection bodies without physical death.

You are in one of these groups because Jesus has risen. I recall to my mind that Jesus has risen and therefore I have confidence because of your unfailing love and faithfulness.

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