Death, Resurrection & Rapture
by Richard Groff
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Now we know that Jesus lived and died and rose from among the dead. We also know that He has a new body. So my question is: can He die again? The answer is no! He will not die again! The Scripture is clear when it tells us that Christ died once and for all.
The Word of God also teaches us that when we see Him we shall be like Him. So what then is this teaching that we have in the church today that the two witnesses spoken of in Revelation chapter 11 will be Moses and Elijah? We know from Matthew chapter 17 that Moses and Elijah both saw Him as they were speaking with Him on the Mount of Transfiguration.
So then, if they saw Him they were like Him. No longer in perishable bodies, but in their new bodies, raised imperishable and incorruptible. So then if this is true, how can they die again and lie in the street of the great city for three and a half days?
Are you calling God a liar and saying that His word is not true? Let us look at God’s word and discover the Truth for ourselves! What does Jesus say about these two witnesses?
Revelation 11:4 says this: They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”
Zechariah 4:2-3 says this: He asked me, “What do you see?”
I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps. 3 Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”
This is a picture of Christ in the Old Testament with His church.
Zechariah 4:10-14, A closer look: 10 “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the LORD that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”
11 Then I asked the angel, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?”
12 Again I asked him, “What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?”
13 He replied, “Do you not know what these are?”
“No, my lord,” I said.
14 So he said, “These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth.”
Revelation 1:20 says this: The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
We are now parts and members of the body of Christ and we must function in that way!
John 15:26-27 says this: 26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
What did Jesus pray for His disciples?
John 17:8-10 says this: 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.
John 17:13-19 says this: 13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
Rapture means to be filled with an inexpressible joy!
Does this describe you?
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