Our new body at Christ's return.
See verses 50-52
In Adam we all die in the flesh, but in Christ we are raised incorruptible. Even sinners are replenished and brought back to their incorruptible state, some to be held for judgment and their trial because of their sins and some, if they accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, for eternal rewards. Your flesh body is not what is judged, but your soul that is within that flesh body is returned to the Lord for its rewards.
I Corinthians 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".
There is a natural body, which is your flesh body, which you have now (in this 2nd earth age) and there is also a spiritual or soul body (like you had when your soul was first created millions of years ago and you still had in the 1st earth age). The two are different and when the natural body, or flesh body dies the spiritual body is "raised", or in the Greek text "egiro, awakened, become active, as in born again. You have two bodies, one natural body contains your spiritual body, and that spiritual body is awakened to a new life, when the flesh or natural body dies and releases your soul. Your spirit and your soul are together, for the spirit is your "self", "the intellect of your soul" which houses your spirit within you.
Your spirit never leaves your soul, even at the death of your flesh body. Satan does not have any power over your spiritual body, but only your flesh body. Man and Satan can tare this flesh body to pieces and cause you to do all sorts of things, but no-one can damage your soul, not man, not Satan nor the angels. God is the only one that can destroy your soul and that comes at the end of the Millennium age, following judgment. However through deception Satan can cause you to sin against God, and thus be in trouble before the Almighty God. But that is why we have repentance in the name of Jesus to become right-standing before the Father again.
It just can't be made any clearer than Paul has made it here. You have two bodies, the flesh and the spiritual bodies. When the flesh body dies, then the spiritual body is awakened and comes alive within itself. It starts to live a life without the baggage of the flesh body confining it to the limits of the flesh.
Ecclesiastes 12:7 "Then [at PHYSICAL death] shall the dust [flesh body] return to the earth as it was: and the spirit [spiritual body] shall return [instantly] to God [Father] Who gave it."
Ecclesiastes 9:5 "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten."
This is written by Solomon to the flesh man that walks under the sun, and when the life of the flesh is over, it (the Flesh body) has no more knowledge or thought than a stick or rock. It is useless, but the soul that is within it is gone to be with the Father.
I Corinthians 15:45 "And so it is written, "The first man Adam was made a living soul;" the last Adam was made a quickening spirit."
I Corinthians 15:46 "Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural: and afterward that which is spiritual."
Paul is asking, Why was it all this way? Why is it required that before one can have spiritual eternal life, that there must be a flesh body or natural life first? Why do we have to be born in the flesh first before we can be born of the spirit?
I Corinthians 15:47 "The first man (adham) is of the earth, earthy: the second man (Jesus, who descended from eth-Ha adham and his help meet Eve, by the virgin birth) is the Lord from heaven."
Remember what God said to the angels in Genesis 1:26; "And God said, "Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air..."
Genesis 1:27 "So God created man (adham) in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them."
In other words, when God created flesh and blood mankind in this 2nd earth age He said to the angels in heaven "Let us make ourselves in our own image on earth, for this earth age". So each soul must pass through that natural or flesh body made of the dust of the earth, and God Himself (in the person of Jesus Christ) would also pass through this flesh age just as each soul was required to do. So God Himself through His creation, brought about the conception of Jesus Christ, and He gave instructions that Jesus name should be called "Immanuel", which means "God with us".
So we see that each soul is to pass through this earth age of the flesh, in a flesh and blood body, like the animals have, and God Himself came through that same natural form also, in the person of His only begotten son Jesus Christ, to provide a way for mankind to salvage their souls after the 1st earth age fiasco. see Revelation 12:4 and Jeremiah 4:23-27
John 1:14 "And the Word [Jesus Christ, Immanuel] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
Jesus Christ came to pay the price that none of His created souls could do in the flesh. Jesus was perfect in His flesh life, and He set the path for us to follow.
I Corinthians 15:48 "As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly."
When you build your life around the things of the flesh and live only for the pleasures of your flesh life, then that is when your flesh nature controls your being. However when you are living in the Spirit, then the inner man forces the flesh or your natural man to get itself under control. It is a matter of which part of you controls your being, the one that is in tune with God, or your selfish nature.
I Corinthians 15:49 "And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly."
Every soul that has ever existed will pass through the life of the flesh or natural body, However, there are many souls that refused to be born of woman through the birthing process, and they are called the "Nethilim", or "fallen angels". In Genesis 6:6, they are called the "sons of God", and they are the same angels Jude wrote about in Jude 6.
Jude 6 "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
They came to the 2nd earth age and took the daughters of flesh man to wed, without being born from an embryo and taking on human form. So Paul is telling us that everyone is going to be raised into that spiritual body for judgment day. Judgment day for the unjust is at the end of the Millennium age. All souls shall rise into the heavenly spiritual body, but the flesh body has nothing to do with the condition of the soul of that body. We are not talking about souls but we are talking about bodies.
I Corinthians 15:50 "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."
Paul is saying that you can count on this for a fact. Flesh and blood cannot be part of the Kingdom of God. Your flesh body is going to drive you to sin and that is its nature. When you are under the nature of your flesh body, it will not allow your inner man to control you. There is no way that flesh and blood can become part of the kingdom of God. As long as you are in your flesh body, you simply cannot keep from breaking part of the laws of God. Your mind is incapable of retaining all the law, and applying it to every moment of your life. This is why we have repentance, and it is also why flesh and blood will not be here when Jesus Christ's kingdom is established here on earth for the Millennium kingdom.
I Corinthians 15:51 "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,"
Paul is now going to show us a mystery that deals with our generation, for a mystery is something that cannot be understood. However, when the details and clues of the mystery are known, then it is no longer a mystery. This mystery deals with a time when something is going to happen all over the earth to all flesh bodies, when these flesh bodies, of all of us who are still alive in the flesh, will not die anymore. Why will this be? Because all people living in their flesh bodies will be changed instantly from their flesh bodies, into their new incorruptible bodies at the return of Jesus Christ. We have already established that each of us have two bodies, one is of the flesh, and the other body is a spiritual/celestial body that is within our flesh body. The spiritual body is not made alive or freed from the flesh body until the flesh body is done away with.
I Corinthians 15:52 "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 time that it will take to change all the physical or natural bodies on this earth into their spiritual bodies will be faster than you can wink your eye. It is instant. Paul is telling us that this change will happen "at the last trump" (when the real Jesus Christ returns, for all of us still alive in our flesh bodies), and that is when there are no more trumps. He identifies that trumpet as the seventh trumpet, and we know that this is the very moment when Jesus Christ comes back to earth to establish His Millennium kingdom, right here on earth. We are talking about God's trumpets here, and on the sixth trumpet Satan comes to earth and God has limited his time to five months to deceive (to test) the whole world.
If you are waiting for a rapture, then you are going to be raptured by someone other than Jesus Christ for He/Satan is coming to earth to set up His 5 month kingdom here. The seventh trump is the exact time when the change takes place.
"Raised" again means to "become awakened", to become active from another previous existence. The soul will shed its flesh and blood body to take on the new spiritual body, which is the incorruptible none flesh and blood body. You may be spiritually dead, but you will also take on your new incorruptible body, which you will live in for the Millennium age kingdom of Christ.
Everyone is going to enter into the only dimension whereby any soul can be judged. This change from the flesh body into your new spiritual or incorruptible body has nothing to do with the condition of your soul. If you were lost before, you still will be lost, and if you have received Jesus Christ and are under His shed blood, you will be in that same spiritual condition. What is happening is at the sounding of the seventh, which is the last trumpet, all flesh will be done away with, and all souls will now exist in their spiritual bodies.
This is what we covered above concerning I Thessalonians 4:13-17. This is why Paul does not want us to be ignorant concerning the dead. Death is not the end but the beginning of the new life, and Paul does not want Christians especially to be ignorant as to where the dead are. Lets review it again.
I Thessalonians 4:14 "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him."
Believing that Jesus died and rose again is required of all Christians. At the seventh trump God is not going to raise a person's flesh body which is rotting in the ground, because their soul is already there with Him, and at Jesus coming these souls of dead loved ones will return with Christ to the earth. There is not a meeting half way up in the sky as the rapture theory teaches, but at their arrival you who are alive at that time will be changed to the same spiritual (celestial) bodies that they have and Christ will meet you right here.
If you have your faith all wrapped up in a rapture doctrine you are walking on very dangerous ground, for you are waiting in the flesh body for something that you will not see in the flesh body. Sure Satan will be supernatural when he comes, and he will present himself exactly as your rapture doctrine expects Jesus Christ to come. The rapture dogma was developed in 1830 by Margaret MacDonald in Scotland when she was in a sick and mentally ill condition.
The Scottish minister Edward Irving, took this evil vision, and formed it into what is known today as "the Rapture doctrine", and through Robert Norton's book, "The restoration of Apostles and prophets; in the Catholic Apostolic church", the view became popular. The exposing of the origins of the rapture theory is completely revealed in Dave MacPherson's book; "The Incredible Cover-up". No part of the Catholic church has ever accepted this tradition as truth, yet certain protestant churches have accepted Margaret's evil vision as truth.
Margaret MacDonald had these visions, and she later stated that it was evil, but these preachers picked up on every word of her evil vision, and down through the years that "evil lie" has been honed or perfected, and polished into a tradition that much of the church world now believes in.
I Thessalonians 4:15 "For this we say by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the time of the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep."
Like was stated before, in the Greek it states that there is no one that is alive at the Lord's coming who will precede those that are already with Him. If each soul goes back to the Father at death, there is no way that those souls are still in the ground to be here when Jesus returns. Why? They are already there with Him.
I Thessalonians 4:16 "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:"
This seventh trumpet is the trumpet of God and the other trumpets are the soundings angels of God, sounding out the event of the six trumpets dealing with deceptions by Satan. The trumpet is announcing that something is about to happen before that event comes into operation. The seventh trumpet announces that God has had enough of this age of the flesh, and the new kingdom is about to begin. The dead in Christ shall rise first for they are already with Him. Their soul went immediately to be with the Father when they breathed their last breathe of life in their flesh body. That can't be that hard to understand.
In verse fifty Paul said "I want to show you a mystery", and here Paul is saying, "I don't want you to be ignorant"; are you?
I Thessalonians 4:17 "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."
In Hebrews 12:1; "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."
This is the same Greek usage of the word "cloud" that he spoke in I Thessalonians 4:17. The clouds that Paul is speaking of is that we are going to gather in one large family,
Editor's note: A lot of people, all in their spiritual bodies [their flesh bodies lieing around for the vultures to eat]. Ug! Ug! Oh well, i'll never need it again anyway!
Joel talked of a cloud of locust, only here we are talking about a cloud of Christians. The "air" as given here is not "pneuma" or sky, but from "aemi" in the Greek, # 109 in the Strong's, and it means the "breath of life" or your "spiritual body".
Editor's note: Just like the one Jesus had, when He came back to visit with His deciples, after He rose from the dead, with the ability to walk through closed doors and walls.
This is exactly what is said in I Corinthians 15:51, for we are all going to change in an instant into our "breath of life", or "spiritual bodies", to meet the Lord at His arrival at the seventh and last trumpet. Each of us that still lives in the flesh bodies at the time of the "day of the Lord", at the seventh trumpet are going to greet the coming of Jesus in our spiritual bodies.
Don't get carried away with the fairy-tales of much of the so-called Christian church world today, or you will have sealed your fate with "the mark of the beast". When some preacher tells you that you do not have to study Revelation or some other part of God's Word, they are trying [many of them unwittingly), to seal your mind into taking the mark of the beast. There is a "sealing" time coming and it is going on right now. We are living in the final generation which started with the Jews reestablished their homeland.
Revelation 9:4 "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."
This is the instructions that God is giving to Satan and his fallen angels when they are coming to this earth. Your "mind" is in your forehead, and "to be sealed" is what you put in your mind that prepares you for what is coming. If you think in your mind that the rapture is true, than you have taken a lie, or "seal" of Satan the beast, and sealed your mind with his mark. However if you have the plan of the entire Word of God in your mind then you know that you will never see Jesus Christ, while still in your flesh body. but the one claiming to be Christ will be the fake, Satan, in the role of false-christ. You need the entire Word of God to protect you, for in it are all the events that allow you to keep yourself from being deceived by the many false winds of doctrine that are going around today.
We will all live (the saved and the un-saved) the entire Millennium age of Christ's kingdom right here on earth in our spiritual body. Jesus is coming back to earth to stay at the seventh trumpet, and He is not leaving. If you are saved under the blood of Christ, you will never leave or be separated again from Him, ever. Those that don't make it will be turned to ashes after the Judgment.
I Corinthians 15:53 "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."
Through this entire chapter Paul has brought to our attention that we have two bodies within each of us. We have our physical body, which is made up of flesh and blood, and we have our spiritual body which is called our soul. Your flesh body will die at some point in time and your spiritual body or soul body that houses your spirit will live on after the death of your flesh. "Mortal must put on immortality" applies only to the soul, for all flesh will be gone at death, or at the sounding of the seventh trumpet. So immortality applies only to the soul body, and even in the incorruptible body the sting of death of that soul is still on it if that soul has not received eternal life. Immortality for the soul in the Millennium age is only one those souls that have already been granted eternal life, and did not worship Satan, and take on his name, and the number of the beast.
So the flesh body must be put aside before we put on our incorruptible body that will not age through the entire Millennium age, whether or not we have been granted immnortality at His return. The Word "Mortal" again means "liable to die", i.e. as in the soul is siill mortal. The object of this verse is the body, and the corruptible flesh body must be changed into the body that doesn't grow old. All through this fifteenth chapter we have documented that Christ is alive, and because he lives, it is for that reason that we are Christians. It would be senseless to be Christians if Christ did not come out of the tomb.
"This mortal must put on immortality," again means that the soul that is still mortal must also put on immortality. as Christ taught in Matthew 10:25-28.
Matthew 10:25 "It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his Lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of the household?"
It is sufficient that the pupil become like his teacher. Our purpose is to keep on studying to where you can have people rely on what you say. When Christ walked the earth, if they called Him Beelzebub [Satan, or lord of the flies], know also that they will also say that you are of Satan. Jesus is telling us to not worry about it, we will have the victory.
Matthew 10:26 "Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.".
God has already revealed everything that you will face in His Word, and there will be nothing that you will go through that should be a surprise to you. You can expect what is prophesied to come your way, as well as the protection that will be given you by God. The thing that is important is that you are obedient to God's Word, and His Son, and keep committed to serve Him.
Editor's note: That advise includes the O.T. also, in fact, especially the old testament! And the book of Revelation.
Matthew 10:27 "What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops."
Those things that are revealed to you by your studies, and in the night, your dreams if Biblical, are the things that you tell others about. Jesus is telling His disciples that those thing that they hear Him teaching about, those are the things to tell others about. The "Preaching from the housetops", means "to spread the Word."
Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him Which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Man can kill your body but no man, not even Satan can kill your soul. To "destroy" is to cause you "to perish" or "cease to exist". It is only God that can judge your soul to hell fire and that comes after the judgment day. "Mortal" means "still liable to die", and whether your soul dies or not is left up to God's judgment.
I Corinthians 15:54 "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in Victory." "
So your soul must put off the physical body, and this soul but be changed from a state of possible destruction by sin, and put on immortality through the shed blood of Christ before this saying can be true. "Death is swallowed up in Victory", when your sins are blotted out and made as they had never been committed. Then we have eternal life in Jesus Christ. There is still death until after the Millennium age.
I Corinthians 15:55 "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"
Because Jesus paid the price the grave has no victory, it may in the hearts of our loved ones, but in time that will be all over and done. It is so comforting to know that our loved ones are there with Him. At the end of the Millennium age, then all sting of death will be removed. Even the thought of those that did not make it will be removed from our minds.
I Corinthians 15:56 "The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law."
It is through the law that sin is given power, and people seem to enjoy breaking the law. "Strength" as given in the Greek text is "dunamis", "a power or abundance", and the power that sin has is pointed out to us through the law of God. The "law" is the school master that teaches us God's ways, and when we fall short of the law, the sting of death is placed upon us.
I Corinthians 15:57 "But thanks be to God Which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Christ is the only way; He is the door to salvation. He arose from the
dead to defeat that sting of death brought on by our sins, and it is
through His blood that we are saved. Yes, God Himself, came to earth to live with us for a short while, to provide a way for us to salvage our souls from eternal death.
I Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
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