Matthew 22:28-33 “Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her.” Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in Heaven. But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ ? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching. NKJV
Death is the absolute certainty for every human being. However, we only have to look around us every day to see men, women, boys, and girls living each moment as if death will never come to them. The recent rape case of the two teenagers in Ohio is but a snap shot of the activities of many youth in this country in this present generation and past generations and sadly will be so for future generations to come. I recall my youth and how I lived in such a manner of sex, drugs, alcohol, and partying believing I was invincible and that nothing could harm me. Despite witnessing people of my own age die in car accidents, or being shot to death, or overdosing on some drug or alcohol it did not stop my false belief of it won’t happen to me. I continually put myself in harm’s way testing and tempting God for many decades because I loved my rebellion and my iniquity. I wanted to continue to fill up the cup of my iniquity to the brim each and every day despite the reality of my death and my standing before God.
The short film I today enjoy watching and have seen many times entitled “The Book and the Rose” is based on a book or short story written by Max Lucado. There is a quote from this short film that says, “Tell me who you love, and I will tell you who you are.” The quote from this short film is so very true and it is what shapes the way men, women, boys, and girls live out their daily lives until their certain death manifest. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was always confronted by people with questions that were meant to stump Him (mainly from people who did not recognize Him to be God) and cause Him to be entangled in His speech or response. The Sadducees as we learned earlier in this gospel record of the Apostle Matthew were the religious Jewish sect that our Lord warned His followers to beware of their leaven or teaching of liberalism.
Because they said and believed that when people die that is it and there will be no resurrection, they endeavored to live and teach others to do so with the mind set of eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you die. Because they thought that this life was all there was they ordained and permitted any type of sinful indulgences men’s heart were drawn to. They did however, teach and endeavor to adhere to the Law of Moses especially when it came to the biggest of sins like the killing of another for no reason, but the passions of the flesh in sex and drink were left up to the discretion of the individual so long as he did not hurt others in what he practiced. These men came to our Lord with the insincere question of who will a women be married to when she had been married on earth to seven different men who were brothers. Their problem like the problem that still persists today is the ignorance of man to God’s Word and his misguided view of God’s true power.
Acts 26:8 Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead? NKJV
Like the Sadducees of old in Jerusalem, we have modern day Sadducees who do not believe there is anything after death and therefore their daily life is but a continuous array of sinful indulgence after sinful indulgence with the thought of no payday approaching. The Sadducees were of the school of Epicurus and because of their high status in society they looked at themselves as being blessed of God because of the material things they had in their earthly life. Listen to this excerpt from the Book my Lord Jesus wrote through me entitled “Silent Assassins of the Soul” about the Epicureans and their founder Epicurus and you will see that these people are still alive and well today:
““Epicureanism flourished as both a school of philosophy and a way of life from the end of the 4th century B.C. until at least the 3rd century A.D. and was rooted in a philosophical conception of the Universe that appealed more to intellectuals than to the general populace. Epicurus (342 B.C.-270 B.C.), the founder of this philosophy placed great emphasis on the necessity of freeing humanity from its two greatest fears: the fear of the gods and the fear of death. Without denying the existence of the gods or the value of religion, Epicurus maintained that the gods had no interest in nor relation to human affairs and that death is simply the end of life. There is no next life. Starting in common sense and the infallibility of sensation, Epicurus identified good with pleasure and evil with pain. It follows from this premise that the greatest good is the maximum amount of pleasure. If pleasure is good, more pleasure is better (i.e., more good). Epicureanism is a philosophy of sensual pleasure.” In his perpetual quest to study, analyze, and figure himself out without God, man has come to some rather bizarre conclusions.””
You see many people also back then as well as today claimed or thought they could communicate with the dead. We recall the episode with king Saul’s visitation to the witch of Endor hoping she could conjure or call up the then dead Prophet Samuel that he might receive some guidance from him in his upcoming battle. However, the true God (YAHWEH) allowed this man to be deceived by satan by allowing the witch to speak with a familiar demon impersonating Samuel and pronounce to Saul his own death the next day. Many today as then are deceived like Saul by listening to those who think that they can communicate with those who have died and learn something from them about life on the other side of death.
Never go to or listen to any Medium/Witch they cannot communicate with a dead human being they only hear from demons, therefore they need to repent and turn from their sins or if not they will perish. I don’t know if in the time of the Sadducees there were people who wrote or spoke of some near death experiences or not, but I do know that today the Book Stores are filled with stories from adults and even children with claims of after their death going to Heaven or @#!*% and what they saw and heard in one of those locations. I do not believe any of their accounts because it contradicts with the Word of God. However, the Scriptures tell us of two men (Enoch and Elijah) who did not die but were taken up or translated into Paradise by God and neither one of them were allowed to come back and tell of Heaven. The Apostle Paul was stoned to death and he spoke of that experience in the following text of Scripture and in so doing he did not even want to openly acknowledge that he was the man taken into the throne room of Heaven.
2 Corinthians 12:1-4 It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago --- whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows --- such a one was caught up to the third Heaven. And I know such a man --- whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows ---how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. NKJV
Our Lord resurrected Paul and lifted him up into the throne room and yet when Paul wrote of it he said what he saw and heard was not lawful to speak about and it was beyond the power of man to put into words. Our Lord reveals the truth to the Sadducees about the death of the human body by first looking beyond the insincerity of their question (because they did not believe in the human body being resurrected) and revealing to them that to be in the presence of Holy God brings infinite more pleasure than all human pleasures we have been allowed to enjoy on earth such as marriage and sexual relations in marriage. The Sadducees were using their finite mind and trying to relate it to an Infinite God who is so powerful that He is able and capable of holding His entire Universe together and surely He will be able to relocate every unique individual human bodies dust particles and bring them all back together to raise from the dead to be judged by Him. Our Lord destroys the error that still today exist and that is the falsehood of the soul sleeping at death.
Jeremiah 32:17 Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the Heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. NKJV
John 5:21 “For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.” NKJV
John 5:28-29 “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth --- those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” NKJV
Colossians 1:17 And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. KJV
Revelation 20:12-13 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. NKJV
Our Lord revealed to them the reality of angels and that they do not reproduce because they do not have forms of a lower earthly human nature and therefore, everyone that becomes a son of God will be equal to the angels by having a spiritual body able to live in the presence of God. All will be raised from the dead to stand before God. Abraham’s body had been in the grave over 300 years prior to this revelation given to Moses of God being the God of Abraham. This is because Abraham’s soul was alive and in the very presence of YAHWEH for every day of those 300 plus years. Our Lord also showed that every person that has ever lived lives to God whether in His presence (in Heaven) or away from His presence (in @#!*% ) no one ever dies and goes out of existence. The Lord Jesus wanted these men and all reading this today 2,000 years later to be sure that at the moment of your birth you became an eternal soul that will never die but live forever, you choose your address.
Luke 20:38 “For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.” NKJV
“It is hard to have patience with people who say "There is no death" or "Death doesn’t matter." There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn’t matter.” C. S. Lewis
“Where sin has been removed death can only interrupt the earthly life and usher in the Heavenly.” John MacArthur
“Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.” Martin Luther
“He whose head is in Heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.” Matthew Henry
“There is an essential difference between the decease of the godly and the death of the ungodly. Death comes to the ungodly man as a penal infliction, but to the righteous as a summons to his Father’s palace. To the sinner it is an execution, to the saint an undressing from his sins and infirmities. Death to the wicked is the King of terrors. Death to the saint is the end of terrors, the commencement of glory.” Charles Spurgeon
“There is nothing more tragic than to come to the end of life and know we have been on the wrong course.” Watchman Nee
“If you live wrong you can’t die right.” Billy Sunday
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
You have written a powerful article that has made a lot of good points. I hope this article is well circulated for it deserves maximum exposure. It is so sad that so many are being conned into a life of laxity and rebellion not understanding that there will be a final accounting. Jesus Explains Man’s Death and Resurrection is highly commendable.