Pamphlet 1908 Rev. kc 50-1
To describe the white horses
that Christ returns on as high-tech,
even using the terminology from the knowledge we possess in this space age,
would be a gross understatement.
In our last study we saw that Christ is coming to make
war (Rev. 19:14-15)
and to subdue all nations, taking all their "crowns", and placing them all under His rod of correction.
We observed Him returning with His armies, who rode upon
and were clothed with fine white linen, meaning their righteous acts.
Just wait until you see this army of the Host of Heaven led by the King of kings!
It will truly be an awesome sight to behold!
Of course when we read about the horses we wonder if these horses are real horses like "Trigger" or "Secretariat" or "Silver".
Well, not exactly.
Do you remember in 2 Kings chapter 6 when Elisha and the
young man were surrounded by a host of enemy horses and chariots,
and how Elisha prayed to the Father to reveal the heavenly army to the young man?
2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
To describe them as high-tech, even using the terminology
from the knowledge we possess in this space age,
would be a gross understatement.
In any event, when Christ returns to make war at the sound
of the 7th Trump,
we read that His armies will follow Him.
It is at this time that His Kingdom will be ushered in,
which is to say that His Millennial reign will begin.
This is one statement to which most everyone agrees.
But there is something which happens at Christ's return which is a "mystery" to most.
Do you recall how many times we've said that an understanding of the rest of the Bible is essential in order to come to the fullness of the understanding of the Book of Revelation?
That makes sense, doesn't it?
You can't just pick up a book and read the last chapter or two and understand the whole book, can you?
Here's what we said in the last study:
"Plus, if you've studied, i.e. read with understanding, the entire Bible from the beginning, from Genesis on, line by line then you will completely understand this chapter, for as we said from the opening study, there is nothing really new in the Book of Revelation that hasn't been discussed before in God's Word. It's just that in this Book of the Unveiling, this PICTURE BOOK, prophecy is all tied together and simplified for our understanding."
That event is that ALL of mankind will be instantly changed from flesh to spiritual bodies.
The apostle Paul in 1 Cor. 15 spoke of this event which he called a "mystery".
Of course he then revealed it, i.e. explained it,
in very simple language so that it is a "mystery" no more.
And here in Revelation that same "mystery" is revealed in PICTURE format (for this picture oriented final generation).
So before we see the picture, let us first understand what Paul said.
The subject is he is addressing is the death and resurrection of the body from flesh to spirit:
1 Cor. 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1 Cor. 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
So the question is "How will Christ handle all the people who are alive and remain when He returns?"
Paul explains it and makes it very simple for us to understand, which I guess is why it is a "mystery" to most.
 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
But we will ALL be changed into our spiritual bodies!
We will document that ALL means everyone when we return to Revelation.
And about how long, and precisely when will this change of bodies take place?
 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.
Now don't let the phrase "the dead shall be raised incorruptible"
cause you to switch subjects in the middle of a sentence.
The subject is the change of bodies from flesh to spirit.
We read in verse 51 that it is ALL who are changed
and here in verse 52 Paul breaks it down into two categories.
(1) The "dead", who are the "spiritually dead", i.e. the figuratively dead (see appendix 139 in the Companion Bible regarding the different use of the word nekros translated "dead" in the NT). They too will be elevated, or raised to incorruptible bodies,
Paul is simply saying both the good and the bad,
those who are saved and those who aren't, will be changed,
i.e. ALL, EVERYONE!
 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
In other words there is a
"resurrection" from the flesh to the spiritual body,
and there is a "resurrection" from mortality to immortality!
from flesh to spirit bodies happens to ALL at
but the resurrection from mortality to immortality happens only to those who are His at His coming.
The rest must wait until the 2nd
Resurrection to immortality after the Millennium,
and though they will be in spiritual bodies throughout the Millennium,
they will be referred to as the "dead".
You see, the "dead" (spiritually) will STAND before judgment.
"Dead" is a condition of their soul, not the status of their bodies.
They are not corpses who stand, they are mortal souls!
They just didn't make it in the 1st resurrection.
It is that their soul is liable
to die for it is still mortal and subject to the second death,
and that is where they are headed if they don't shape up during the Millennium.
We will read of them in chapter 20 of Revelation.
And so there is much confusion in the ranks of Christianity
concerning the subject of "resurrection"
because of the lack of understanding of the use of the word "nekros"
and the failing to understand the simplicity of the "mystery" that Paul explains in 1 Cor. 15.
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to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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