Hebrews 6:1-3 … part 3 … resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.

Hebrews 6:1-3 “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.”

Here in part three we will once again touch on subjects that should be givens in the church and yet they are hotly debated topics. These are not only hotly debated in this day and age, they were equally contested in the days of Yeshua and the days of Paul. First and foremost we have to consider whether or not the Scriptures address this topic at all?

  • 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 shalt thou return.”
  • Job 14:10-15 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.”
  • Psalm 27:13 “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:12 “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?”

Job was alive long before Yeshua/Jesus and he well knew the resurrection power of God. Likewise the Psalmist, everyone of the Patriarchs, the Apostles and the followers of Yeshua Messiah knew of the promised resurrection. Because this precept was presented to Adam and affirmed with Paul, this is why I have referred so many times to the Everlasting Gospel.

  • 2 Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

We should be able to see 3 consistent parts to this prophecy. First, we will wait in Sheol, or what is known as the grave, until the return of Messiah. Second, There is a temporary nature to our body and a permanent nature to our soul. and Third, the resurrection will begin with a great noise, often referred to as a shout. Let’s further verify these points.

Waiting in the grave or “taking a dirt nap” is a real deal. Will we know, or better yet, do those already dead know, exactly how long this will take? I doubt it. I would liken it to having surgery…. one minute you are chatting with your nurse and 5 hours slips by and you have no idea what has happened. Not everyone buys into this philosophy maintaining we are instant occupants of heaven. Look at the description supplied by Yeshua….

  • John 11:11-14 “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. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

To me, there is something here that speaks loudly…. I personally cannot image residing in perfection and the presence of the angels only to be dragged back to the filth of the world. Doubtful that Lazarus or his family would be very excited about that sort of experience. As we continue with Lazarus…

  • John 11:21-24 “Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

Once more Yeshua speaks to the crowds… John 6:39-44 “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Paul delivers the same message in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:50-52 “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

The prophets foretold of this… Isaiah 26:19 “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” Also in Ezekiel 37:1-14 we see the resurrection of the Army of the Lord.

Daniel states 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.” and again Daniel 12:13 “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.”

According to the website Inspire Truth, the meaning behind the trumpet blast or the might shout is explained as follows: “Throughout the Bible, the shofar is used in times of battle, victory, and to announce the arrival of royalty. On the day of Yeshua’s return, He will fulfill all of these things: destroying His enemies, claiming victory over the world, and reigning over us as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Though it may look small, the shofar has the spiritual power to break down strongholds and destroy walls!”

This is the culmination of the ages, the end of the rule of Satan and the beginning of the reign of Messiah. Yom Terah is also known as Yom Meleck, the day of the King, Yom HaKeseh the day of Great Hiding, Yom HaZek the day of Remembrance and Yom HaDim the Day of Judgment.

  • Matthew 23:39 “For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
  • Psalm 27:5 “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”
  • Zephaniah 2:3 “Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.”
  • Numbers 10:9 “And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.”
  • Malachi 3:16 “Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.”
  • Matthew 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”

The reasons to follow Torah are endless, but, one that cannot be missed is the prophetic implications of his second coming.

Eternal Judgment has long been identified as the eternal fires of Hell. While the fires of hell are a component of the Eternal Judgment there is much more going on during The Last Great Day. The Last Great Day will be the transition of power, the destruction of the wicked, the cleansing of the earth. This is a huge event! This is why we preach the Everlasting Gospel…

  • Proverbs 16:6 “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.”

We are to warn people of the Last Great Day and what happens to the inhabitants of this world. There will be only 2 sides to choose from, God’s team or Satan’s team. The way of Cain or the way of Able.

Proverbs 10:30 “The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

In order to set right those things that were corrupted at the fall of mankind God must remove the “virus” that caused the corruption. The deception that conceals the truth, the lie that originated in the garden, the Adversary to all that is Godly. Just like a virus, Satan’s ideas have spread defiling the masses. The perversions of mankind calling for the murder of babies in the name of freedom. The need for self proclaimed pronouns to reclassify a perversion of self while denying the truth of their physical, God given, and visibly identifiable gender. This level of arrogance and insolence towards the Creator cannot be left unaddressed. God wants to be the Savior of a loving, willing and obedient nation/people. It is that very nation/people that are in bondage under the rule of Satan and his minions. This is Paul’s exhortation in Ephesians and why Yeshua said he came to set the captives free.

  • Matthew 13:41-42 “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
  • John 12:48 “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
  • 2 Peter 2:4-9 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:”

If only there were a cure… Psalm 79:9 “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.

The same sentiment the psalmist displays is displayed by Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians.

  • 2 Corinthians 7:1,10 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”

Paul uses the word G3077 λύπη lupe (lï ’-pee) n. grief, sorrow, distress. I have to ask, does the world, maybe not the whole world, how about just the Christians…. are you grieved by the actions of the world? Are you in real distress because the world behaves in a manner abhorrent to God? Are you willing to confront the lies and deception the world has introduced into the very body of the church?

  • 2 Corinthians 5:11 “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”
  • Colossians 1:28 “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

If you are not…. then are you willing to accept the outcome?

  • Isaiah 13:6-9 “Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

The exact same as the psalmist, Isaiah tells us plainly that the wicked, rebellious sinners will be removed from this earth. The rest of Scripture tells us this will be a devastating event. This is not the guilty-free and blatantly false doctrine of a rapture the modern church teaches.

  • Psalm 7:11-13 “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.”
  • Psalm 96:13 “Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.”
  • Psalm 119:151 “Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.
  • Psalm 119:172 “My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.”
  • Revelation 2:16 “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
  • Isaiah 63:2-3 “Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.”
  • Isaiah 59:17 “For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.”
  • Isaiah 66:16 “For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many.
  • Revelation 19:15 “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
  • Revelation 19:11-13 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”

It is this level of brevity that Paul approaches his task of evangelism. In the early chapters he impresses urgency to salvation and baptism, here he is stressing the importance of getting educated and later he will encourage swift action in evangelism of the truth. Yet the church today has acquiesced to appeasing man with hyperbolic grace and non-judgmental theology over pleasing God.

Deuteronomy 20:3 “And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;”

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