This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Life is the interface between where we have not been and where we are not going.
It can be defined without reference to death.
Death Cannot exist or be defined without reference to Life.
Nothing to do with inanimate matter. It's not dead. It never had life to be dead.
Just a little aside about Life!
Some of Christianity's religious like to distinguish between eternal or everlasting life. It fires their imagination to speculate ad infinitum, while it does have a presence in the Bible.
The Christian people I used to associate with, differentiated between Eternal and Everlasting where the former is self sustaining while the latter was thought to still require an external food-like energy source.
The old faithful in that and other groups no doubt had a problem matching the alleged everlasting human destiny on earth with the need to take in nourishment, which in turn seemed to clash with a perceived self sustaining heavenly destiny for all or some according to their denominational take on life matters.
Then there is the penalty supposedly dished out to Adam and his human family: Death!
That varies denominationally from being spiritually cut off from God or having the plug of life pulled out of the life-line-to-God-socket either temporarily or permanently. There are even some who have the human masses resurrected solely for them to see what they have missed out on only to be permanently terminated thereafter. Then there are the tortuous Hell versions of Christianity and Islam. My goodness, no saving graces here.
The Bible's version is simple.
Human beings will once again have the opportunity to live forever, subject to taking in nourishment and cooperating with their Maker. They need that to be finally able to use all of their brain without dying after having barely completed life's apprenticeship. With an indefinitely lasting life, humanity would be in a more fortuitous position to fit in with Jehovah's grander purpose to spread the human race into the universe, but without the encumbrances of petty tribalism.
More about this farther down the Page
Much ado about Death!
No subject has occupied more space in the mind of man than death, the companion of every human endeavour.
Death is a natural part of every living thing.
The greatest of poetry and gross stupidity hug each other trying to explain it;
To highlight the latter, here is a quote from:
Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words it states under thanatos "death,":
"Death" is the opposite of life; it never denotes nonexistence.
Really? Where did that come from? Not from the Old or New Testament.
Alas, Philosophy born out of religion from out of the incredulous and unfathomable thought that the beauty and genius of the mind ever ending in nothingness, gave rise to that idea. The exquisiteness of mind must by its very nature be eternal and beyond the boundaries of flesh, or so it is thought.
The definition of death is simply The absence of life previously possessed.
What's more it is natural. Yes, Christians and others so inclined, here is the natural Bible view:
Without giving any consideration to doctrinal convolutions, every human needs to eat food in order to avoid death. Amazingly Adam and Eve were given food to eat to prevent natural death ‑ my Goodness and incredulously WOW.
Genesis 2:8,9: And Jehovah God planted a garden eastward, in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground made Jehovah God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. ASV
Death is not sin-based. If it were, then every non-human organism should not die since none have sinned because none other than man had law to transgress against and even then only a small group chosen out of the human maelstrom were given a law to transgress. That turned out to be the flock of Jacob, Israel. ‑more detail about that in other on-line documents.
Instinctively are all humans cognizant of their own fleeting brevity and the reality of the post-mortem nothingness awaiting them. Thus they create all manner of works to be remembered by and statues erected in their honour.
This, however, is the reality for all, straight from the operating manual:
Ecclesiastes (the Congregator or Caller-out) 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
Psalm 146:4 His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
Death really does denote nonexistence, contrary to doctrine-tainted Bible Dictionaries.
However, a future re-existence, reconstitution, re-creation usually referred to as resurrection will take place for all humans in keeping with Jehovah's perfect justice. Thus all humans that ever lived, live and yet shall, will have an opportunity to individually decide their own destiny for themselves. ‑ End of Blame-game! ‑
The question has to be Did God actually create a human the first time? If so, He
could do it over and over again.
- Like if Henry Ford can make one Limo he can make a zillion.
In a speech at the Synagogue in Antioch the Apostle Paul stated among other things that Jesus was: destined no more to return to corruption.
No more to return to corruption? How? What? Difficult to explain?
Just to establish the principle embodied in the word return:
One can only return to where one has been before or to what one has possessed before, be that a condition or state one may have been in previously or material possessions one may have owned in the past.
I can return to Berlin, because I had been there before, but I can never return to Moscow or New York, for I have never been there.
Two returns are absolutely essential to get right in order to completely understand the roles of Israel and Jesus in connection with Jehovah's will and purpose.
One had to do with Jesus not returning to corruption in Acts 13.
It is in verse 34 where Paul makes that point of Jesus destined no more to return to corruption, while the next three verses use the same Greek word for corruption/decay relative to the corruption a body undergoes after death.
The casual reader/student may conclude that the apostle is making reference to the same carcass decay in verse 34 as well.
Well, in verse 34 the apostle Paul was not speaking of Jesus' body not having been subject to decay, because it was removed by God, probably still on the floor of the cave as dust, since dust he was and to dust he returned; and anyway, the Christ never was a decaying carcass in the first place for him to return to.
A carcass i.e. a dead person is actually nowhere at all in terms of presence and experience. There is nothing to return to, if verse 34 means the carcass of Jesus.
'Oh yeah, I remember when I was a carcass. Don't want to go back there.'
One experiences nothing while a carcass. However, one can return to what one was before death; the same condition one was in, because no one can be in a condition of being dead. A non-event devoid of any experience.
The corruption that Jesus was destined no more to return to was/is that possessed by every living thing on earth, including humans.
This is so, because all flesh is subject to corruption by its very mortality. All the food we eat becomes corrupt as its energy is extracted, dies and is eliminated from the body. Our metabolism provides continual renewal of our body cells and attendant processes as these become corrupt, die and are eliminated. Death is therefore no more than the end result of the inability of the metabolic processes to continually replace all the cells that naturally succumb to corruption and die.
That is exactly what Jesus was subjected to throughout his life along with all living things.
Only for the human race has Jehovah provided a perfect means to avoid these natural consequences of living on earth. This is called submission to His good advice and was epitomized from the very beginning by that dietary advice, or command, not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and bad. Had Adam not eaten from it, he still be alive today, subject to continued obedience, for that was and is the destiny of generic man.
Jehovah did not cause the apostle Paul to state that the resurrected Christ was destined no more to return to being the dead, decomposing body/carcass of the slain Passover lamb Jesus, undergoing the normal decay of all dead bodies. He was never in that position in the first place in order to be able to return to it.
Jesus being an Israelite son of man i.e. of the same stuff all men are made of, was subject to physical corruption and decay at the cellular level even as are all living creatures. Continuing life was subject to two conditions requiring obedience:
(Matthew 4:4) 4 But in reply he said: “It is written, ‘Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah’s mouth.’. . .
Complying with, or yielding to both of these, would maintain the necessary metabolic balance for the possibility or option for life to continue on indefinitely into the future.
Jesus certainly complied to the first one. He ate food. He also yielded to the second one, as he completely submitted himself to the Mosaic law throughout his life.
The heavenly only begotten Son of God, however, could not return to being the sacrificial lamb and son of man Jesus, because he had never been Jesus to begin with, just like Isaac had never been that sheep caught in the thicket.
The office of Christ passed from Jesus onto that heavenly begotten who had been offered by God and potentially sacrificed as had Isaac —Hebrews 11:17-19.
Receiving the reward of becoming a son of God for his faithful obedience had to wait, however, until he was untied and stood up again from off the altar of God's will at the death of Jesus, coming to earth to encourage Jesus' disciples, back to heaven, presenting Jesus' blood in his inherited role as high priest and his glorification, as he finally became God's only begotten son of the same kind as his divine father Jehovah, now no longer just an angel.
That only happened after the sacrificial lamb Jesus had completed his assignment, dying instead of the heavenly only begotten actually offered by Jehovah. ‑Acts 13:33; Romans 1:3,4.
Christianity's bible dictionaries and reference works would dismiss the idea of Jesus having been subject to corruption during his 33 ½ years.
“Was he not God the Son” or some perfect heavenly creature synonymous with the archangel or even the archangel Michael himself, as others may see it?
JWs hold similar views, since they declare Jesus to have been perfect and righteous per se and thus entitled to everlasting life on earth even before his death.
As Jesus presented himself for baptism for the forgiveness of his sins, which were the collective sins of the whole disobedient, adulterous people Israel he had taken upon himself* and whom he had come in place of, John rightly called him the lamb that was to take away their sin, the sin of the world (cosmos)* of Israel, while John did not use the whole inhabited earth (Gr. oikoumene oikoumene)* here nor in John 3:16, where it also enjoyed a more limited tribal/Israel focus.
* 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 – AV
for the identity of the us and we above, please go here: http://www.sanctifyname.com/pronouns.html
* Strong's 2889 * Strong's 3625
When Jesus, who had become King and High-Priest Designate at his baptismal anointing, was executed, he was in the miraculously wonderful position as he drew his last breath, to have Jehovah transfer these offices to the Only Begotten heavenly Son, who, elevated far beyond his original state of chief messenger (archangel) after his brief visit to encourage Jesus' disciples, was now able to present the blood of the sheep Jesus as Israel's final atonement to Jehovah in the Most Holy of His heavenly presence; a Sacred Secret indeed for long times yearning, but so no longer.
Christians better get their heads around that, because that is what happened.
The other return reference concerns the Apostle Peter's remarks in 1 Peter 2:24-25 of God's People having returned to the overseer of their souls, who must be Jehovah, because Jesus Christ never had them in the first instance, for them to return to.
Death the Enemy? – How? – or is it?
This is the final of a Trinity* of death essays.
* could have used trilogy, but that's too posh for the likes of me.
Is death an enemy? If so, whose or of what?
Well, it's natural. Everybody has it. Part of life and required for a balanced continuation of it in the biosphere; God being THE #1 Recycler.
How do humans fit in to all this? Short answer first: Naturally .
If it was not natural, arable earth would almost be covered by wall to wall humans by now who just kept on living on . . . and on . . . and on . . . and . . . mind the smell!
Then again, there'd be no one to smell it. So, where do we go on from here?
Is it an enemy? Need to ask all on the final run to the grave if they are pleased with their decaying painful condition as they progressively lose all facility. They may even view death as a friend solely as an end to their suffering. Those who view death as the door to where and whatever bliss with or without ever so many sexual partners, may even rejoice at death's imminence.
Then there are those who view or even use the death of others to their own advantage in a variety of ways from getting someone's inheritance to ensuring the elite's survival on an increasingly overcrowding, depreciating planet through the death of perhaps billions.
So what does the Bible mean when it reports the Apostle Paul saying: The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 1 Corinthians 15:26?
All death? Like . . . everlasting worms, flies, giraffes, wal- and vi-ruses or humans even?
I envision an earth choked to death by life. Hmmm . . . can't be right.
God wouldn't be that cruel.
OK then, what about Humans? That would mean wall to wall humans . . . UNLESS!
Yeah, no making of babies or, as the gray-bearded might say: no procreation.
God wouldn't be that cruel . . . surely.
I mean, we all like babies . . . don't we? Or the methodology at least?
Alright then, back to the drawing, bored. So, what was God's plan?
He hasn't got one. Hmmm . . . ?
Well, at least not one into which the religious generally inject themselves like: ‘He cares for me’ or similar.
He did care alright, filling earth's larder with good things. What we choose to do with that is entirely our business and perfectly matches the consequences.
There is no plan for any individual.
The idea is essentially that if we cooperate with God, ourselves, and rest of the planet, we have an opportunity to go on living indefinitely.
But wait, there's more. God cares so much for you that he has arranged for you not to miss out on this original opportunity for indefinitely lasting live given to Adam by restoring it to all humans.
OK, OK, but what about all that everlasting life and immortality palaver in the Bible?
Well, because of all the mess we humans got ourselves into, God has organized an administration of governance to oversee the restoration of the Adamic opportunities.
Members of that administration or Kingdom will be privileged to share the same immortality and incorruptibility* originally possessed only by the Creator, but given also to the heavenly only begotten son who was elevated for willingly cooperating with God's request to yield his life for the antitypical seed of Abraham Israel.
* Systemic not moral. The latter used consistently by the guilt merchants to control their flocks.
After the son of man, Israel's final atonement, second Passover lamb and antitypical sheep caught in the thicket Jesus had died in place of antitypical Isaac, the seed of Abraham represented by repentant members of the little flock chosen out of forgiven Israel to be that administration or Kingdom of God, will also share the same immortality and incorruption i.e. everlasting life that was bestowed upon the heavenly only-begotten when he was restored/resurrected from off the heavenly altar of God's will.
That little flock numbering only 144000, are still named Israel, but now multiethnic, shall be located very soon on virtual heavenly MT Zion, the symbol of Jehovah's sovereignty.
Death was an enemy only to Israel, who were condemned to a permanent nonexistence by their Law Covenant. For mankind, however, death is an endemic natural consequence of life and the recycling principle.
The opportunity for Lasting life originally offered to Adam and Eve, will be restored to mankind to last as long as their willing cooperation, even forever – the small print.
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