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* Jehovah's Witnesses Refuted

ARE WE OF GOD OR OF MEN?

(Being a response to those who say we Brethren of Christ are not of God)

 Throughout God's Holy Word, there are at least two categories of teaching:

  1. "Fundamental doctrinal" content, and
  2. Many "feel good "subjects that can be extracted, that have little or nothing to do with the fundamental “word of God,” or bear indirectly upon it. 

Such subjects are of men and not of God.    For instance, in the "feel good" matters, there is no difference in the Brethren in Christs teachings and the teachings of the Apostasy. That which divides those of the true ecclesia from apostate religions are the doctrines that Jesus and his apostles taught during the ministry of Jesus and the ministries and journeys of the apostles.

         Consider the subject regarding the position the saints occupy with God when we are regarded by Him as "precious Jewels" (Malachi 3: 17); and will be even more precious as we become immortal (Revelation. 4:3 compared to Revelation. 20: 9-11). That truly is a "feel good" subject and is very interesting, but it certainly is not a truth that will cause anyone to fail to enter the kingdom of God because they don't know that God referred to His servants as “precious jewels.”  

However, no one shall enter the Kingdom who fails to understand and believe in the fundamental doctrines that Jesus and his apostles taught during their ministries. Everyone is aware that when I personally take the stand in a class or lecture, I will more than likely be dealing with the fundamental doctrines of God's word. Some have even been heard to declare, "I am so tired of hearing about the "doctrines of Christ."

The prophetic messages of Jesus and his apostles did forecast that there would be those who would reject the message that was of God, and who would accept doctrines of "demons" or false teachers (false religions). 

 Jesus declared in Matthew 24: 5, and 11: 24 that false Christs and false prophets would arise after Jesus' departure from the earth.

 I Timothy 4: 1-16 - the importance of maintaining the doctrine of Jesus to save others and themselves.

 I Peter 2: 1-3 foretells that apostasy was to come just as it came to Israel in that they taught doctrines of men rather than doctrines of God (Matthew 15: 8-9).

IS THE METHOD OF REPROOF AND CORRECTION ACCEPTABLE? ( 11 Timothy 3: 16-17 ;  1 Corinthians 15: 35; I John 2: 19-22; 4:1-3; 2 John 11-13; 3rd John 9-10).

QUESTION: ARE THE BRETHREN OF CHRIST “OF GOD?” 

ARE OUR CONCLUSIONS BASED ON BIBLE TRUTH?

 1.  EXAMPLE OF REASONING THAT IS OF GOD, AND NOT OF MAN.

 On the third day (Genesis 1: 9), God removed the water from most of the earth so the dry land could appear. A reasonable question is, Did God make that water on the first day of the creation week, or on the second day?

 Answer:  Neither! The very first act of the creative power of God was to create light (Verse 3). God created no water on the first day nor the second day. The water was there before day ONE as God's Spirit power began to move, upon the "face of the deep" prior to creating light. The water must have already been in existence from a previous time. (Job 38: 9).

 Therefore, Genesis 1: 1-2 speaks of long ages (before 6000 years ago) as the earth "became" without form and void (Jeremiah. 4: 22-27;  Isa.. 44: 24.

 2.  Question #  2:  Did God only test Moses when He told him he was of a mind to disinherit and destroy Israel and make a great nation of Moses or was He telling Moses the truth that because of Israel's great disobedience, He was truly of a wrathful mind toward Israel?

 Psalm 106: 23 - 26 gives us the inspired answer. It declares that the reason Israel was not destroyed, was that Moses turned away God's wrath and God "pardoned" Israel because His wrath was turned away (Numbers 14: 20). This pardon permitted Israel to beget a new generation, and that generation, by sinning against God, perished during the next 40 years. The thing that the turning away of God's wrath accomplished was that the destruction of that generation was delayed and was not immediate.  Only the "new generation" entered into the Promised Land.

 GOD ONLY SPEAKS THAT WHICH IS TRUE AND HE DOES NOT DECEIVE US.

HE TRUTH ABOUT DEATH:

 This is by far the most erroneous error that exists in the departure from the truth. 

 The truth can be determined by noting that the creation of man had three areas of activities:

 1. The man was formed of the dust. He received breath in his nostrils.  

3. He became a living soul. (Genesis 2: 7)

 DEATH IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE

His breath goes forth.” 2. “He returns to the dust.” 3.“His thoughts perish; and he is then a dead soul.  (Psalm 46: 3-4; Ezekiel 18: 4, 20). 

FACT: Death is viewed by the apostasy as not being dead at all.  Death is explained by them as entering into a better life. If that is true, death would be a friend of mankind, and really, a reward. Instead, death is to be understood to be the enemy of mankind (I Corinthians. 15: 26), really a punishment of God for sin (Romans 5: 12; 6: 23).

 If the view of the apostasy concerning death is correct, and if Adam was told that if he disobeyed God, that God would take him out of that body, and take him off into heaven to live with God and His angels, who would not have chosen to disobey God's commandment and go to be with God? This apostate view is of man and is not of God.

 Isaiah 38: 1-22.  Why was Hezekiah so disturbed by the news that he was going to die if death is such a friend as the apostasy claims?

 Consider the following Scriptures:  (Ecclesiastes 3: 17-22; Ecclesiastes 9: 3-10).

 THE REWARD OF THE RIGHTEOUS:

 (A)            Those who think we are "of man" (that is, the entire Apostasy) have their own private ideas in reference to the "reward of the righteous."

 Consider these truths:

 1.               Christ was given a crown at the end of his race for life and after his resurrection, was rewarded with immortality and eternal life. Christ is the forerunner of all of the saints of Jesus (Hebrews 2: 7, 9).

 2.         The faithful, after judgment, are said to receive a crown also (II Timothy 4: 8). What is "that day" to which Paul refers?  See I Peter 5: 4; (when Christ appears); James 1: 12; II Peter. 3: 10; Revelation 4: 4.

 Notice: Both Paul and Peter had been in the Roman "Babylon" where the Roman games and races were held. In the races in Rome, it was after the race was over that the winners were crowned. In the Roman Coliseum, was a "bema, or throne of judgment” where the race results were examined, and rewards were given. Compare Paul’s judgment of truth with that fact  (Corinthians 5: 10; Romans 14: 10-12).

 Hebrews  6: 20. Jesus then was taken to heaven after he had finished his race for life. The apostasy reasons that we also are taken to heaven after our race is over. But consider these writings:

Proverbs 10: 30: Psalm 115: 16; John 3: 13;  John 7: 24; John 8: 21 with John 13: 22;   Acts 2: 34; Psalm 37: 9, 11, 19, 29; Matthew. 5: 5.  

 Compare Psalm 104: 5 with Proverbs 10: 30.  The word "mot" is translated “removed;” "mot" cannot mean, ‘shaken’ as apostates claim, for that would contradict Isaiah 2: 21; Haggai 2: 6-7; Isaiah 13: 13. See Ecclesiastes 1: 4 and we see that "removed” is the correct translation.

 Here is an example: the apostasy feels they find proof that Paul expected to go to heaven at death, for he is there made to say, "I have a desire to depart." (Philippians 1: 23. 

 The Greek term for depart is Strong's number 360 which is "analuo" (analuo).  Yet, in Luke 12: 36, that same word "analuo" is translated "return." The word cannot have two meanings that are opposite each other. One or the other of the references has been mistranslated. Paul actually said in Philippians 1: 23, "I have a desire for the return and being with Christ."  Try putting the term "depart" at Luke 12: 36 and it destroys the meaning.  There is never any expectation given of "being with Christ" prior to the return of Jesus from heaven.

 Thomas Williams points out on pages 61-62 of The Great Salvation that the Greek term "analuo" was a term used of maritime activities in which a ship "looses (raises) its anchor" in a foreign port and returns home with its cargo (Revelation 22: 12). True to form, Jesus leaves heaven and returns to earth with his cargo (the reward of the saints – Revelation 22: 12).  You don't open the door at the home of the bridegroom as he leaves his home for the wedding. You open the door to him when he returns home to his servants and to His Bride. Jesus left earth 2000 years ago to go to "a far country" (heaven) to receive a kingdom as well as to bring the saint's (the Bride’s) reward back with him (Matthew 25:14); Revelation. 22: 12).

 Scripture gives us the principle of the return of Christ in order to receive our reward (John 14; 1-3; Philippians 3: 20-21; Acts 15: 13-18; Revelation 22: 12; Matthew 24: 29-31; Matthew 25: 31- 46; Matthew 5: 5.  No passage speaks of heaven-going in order to receive a reward. See John 3: 13   

 Notice:  Again, the translators are responsible for causing the world to believe in a soul that cannot die or be killed in Matthew 10: 29.  For information on this, See Thomas Williams on Page 50 of The Great Salvation. Then see Matthew 16: 24-26. Then compare Matthew's version  (10:28) with Luke's in Luke 12: 4-5, which clearly states that men can kill you, but cannot do anything further and that God can either raise anyone up and give eternal life; or destroy his life eternally in Gehenna.

 Notice: Elijah restores the widow's son's soul I Kings 17: 17-21. First of all, remember, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die," Ezekiel 18: 4, 20; and Joshua 10th chapter where they destroyed "all the souls." It is important that we realize that the Hebrew term "nephesh" is also translated as "life" - (Genesis 9: 4; Leviticus 17: 11; Deuteronomy 12: 23). The soul is the life which contains all the 5 senses:  1. taste, 2. touch, 3. sight, 4. smell, 5. hearing.

THE WATCHTOWER ON THE 144,000.

The Watchtower people would teach us that 144,000 of the saints will ascend to heaven and live there. However (Proverbs 10: 30; Revelation 14: 3; Revelation 5: 8-10) clearly declares that the righteous will forever remain on the earth Twenty four Elders and four living Creatures represent all the redeemed and are to be “a kingdom of priests” to reign on the earth.

THE WATCHTOWER 

Some years ago the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society prepared and circulated an issue of their magazine which contained an article which denies that Brethren in Christ are “of God.”   The charges against us were false charges, and their charges were clear examples of misunderstanding and error.   

CHARGE NUMBER ONE:  "JEHOVAH'S  OLD TESTAMENT NAME"  is the name to be worshipped and used solely to the exclusion of any other name they claim. 

From the 1962 Watchtower, p. 174 paragraph. 4:

            The doctrine of Brethren in Christ  “... first of all comes short in that it knows nothing of the issue of universal sovereignty, nor does one become aware from reading its many publications that the vindication of Jehovah's name is more important than the salvation of human creatures." 

"From page 178: " Yes, at first glance Brethren in Christappear to be of God, but not upon close examination ... it's ignoring the importance of the name of Jehovah and the issue of universal sovereignty..." 

We respond:  First of all, the Old Testament was written in Hebrew along with small portions of the Chaldean language which is Aramaic.  If The Divine, Eternal one in heaven had desired, even demanded, the pronouncing and the emphasis on "Jehovah," then certainly He would not have delivered to the Hebrews, a language which did not even contain the ability to write, read or speak the term "Jehovah."  To determine this, one has only to consider that neither Hebrew, Greek nor Aramaic contains a "j" sound. The Hebrew name for God was “YHVH,” and never once was it “JHVH.” The name “Jehovah” never once appears in the Old Testament, and the Watchtower’s claim that it does appear over seven thousand times is an absolute error. 

Again, there is absolutely no "J" in the Hebrew alphabet, therefore it is totally impossible that any Israelite ever read or pronounced the term "Jehovah." JWs are fond of replying to us that we pronounce "Jesus" and "Joshua" with a "J." However, that does not correct their erroneous claim, for we admit that we pronounce the name "Jesus," only because of the English pronunciation rendered by the translators, and the Bible was never translated into English for over a thousand years after the time of Jesus' birth, death, and ascent to heaven. The JWs claim that the Old Testament name for the creator was "Jehovah;" but that is false because it is also a fact that the Tetragrammaton was "YHVH" and not JHVH. 

Since there is also no "W" in Hebrew, God's name was not spelled Yahweh even as many persons pronounce the name, but was "Yahveh" from "YHVH." The Hebrew alphabet contained only consonants and no vowels. The Hebrews would never have seen the name Yahweh spelled out with a "W” and certainly not in the form "JEHOVAH." 

The New Testament is written in Greek which also has no "J" in the Alphabet. Therefore, the names Jesus and John are found in the English text, but not once in the Greek text from Matthew to Revelation. The English name "Jesus" is translated from the Greek Ishou. 

Fact:  God revealed Himself by a number of names that show Him as being connected to plans and purposes which the names pointed out. He always required that He Himself be recognized, worshipped and hallowed; however, he never required the appellatives by which he revealed Himself to be hallowed and revered. 

In Matthew, 5: 9 we see the statement, "hallowed be Thy name." Here the term "name" relates to the “intentions and purposes” for which Jesus was sent in God's name. The term "name” also points out various facts to be known about any person in the scriptures and defines the person being referred to. 

God even allowed Himself to be addressed very often by the Chaldean pagan name "Elah" while Judah was captive in Babylon and even after the captivity, for they had lost the ability to speak Hebrew while in captivity.  See Ezra 4; 24 through 6: 18; 7: 12-26; and Daniel 2: 4 through 7: 28. All are written in the Chaldean Aramaic language. The terms "god" and "lord" in these passages are the terms Babylonians used to address their "gods" and "lords; as well as for the God and Lord of Israel during and after their Babylonian captivity. 

We see in Exodus 34: 5-7 where Yahveh sent his angel down to declare THE NAME OF THE LORD to Moses and not one of the names by which God reveals himself was emphasized. To declare the name of the Lord, therefore, is to speak truths about Him, or His purpose. 

The cry of Jesus as he expired on the cross included his Father's name in Aramaic –  Eli, Eli (Matthew 27: 46) or "Eloi, Eloi" (Mark 15: 34). If the claims of men were true, we should see Jesus' last words as "Yahveh," or supposedly the JWs "Jehovah."   Those names were not spoken by Jesus as he died. The names were spoken in the language that all Jews understood, and that is Aramaic.  The Babylonian language and the name Jesus addressed was the same name God responded to when Israelites were captive in Babylon. 

The New Testament does not contain the name "Jehovah" one time.  Neither Jesus nor his apostles ever taught anyone of that name, rather they taught about Kurios (Lord) and Theos (God).  If God was so concerned about the name "Jehovah," why did He allow it to fade into forgetfulness? It was not once referred to in the New Testament at A.D. 4 to 70 A.D. 

Some will claim the N.T. was written in Hebrew. We challenge that and ask for proof. There is not one bit of evidence that anyone ever saw a copy of Matthew in Hebrew. Jerome thought he had found such a work but had to conclude that what he found was the spurious "Gospel of the 12 apostles," a work which is in this writer’s library.  My copy is an English translation of the work. 

The name "Jesus" with a "J" is the name in which we are to trust  and to obtain redemption, not Jehovah.  The "J" is found in English only because there is no "J" in Hebrew or Greek. No Bible writer ever penned the term "Jesus" from Matthew to Revelation. They penned the name “Isous”  (isoun) , sometimes ihsous)  It was the name of Isous (Jesus) who God sent that we might achieve salvation (John 3: 16). Jesus was sent in his Father's name (John 5:  43), not Jehovah nor even Yahveh but in the name (purpose) of salvation and "hope of Israel" (Acts 28: 30).  See the following passages: 

John 2: 23 - "many believed in his name"

John 3: 16 -  "whosoever believeth in him" (both Jesus and his Father)

John 3: 18 -  " ...because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son...

John 14:  13- 14 "Whosoever shall ask in my name..."

John 14: 26  "Who the father shall send in my name"

John  16: 23-24  "in the name of Jesus Christ."

Acts 2:21      "the name of the Lord"

Acts 2: 38     "Be baptized in the name of..."

Acts  3: 6      "In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, rise up and walk."

Acts  3: 16    "And his name, through faith in his name hath made this man strong..."

Acts  4:  10   "by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth ...by him doth this man stand before you."

Acts 4: 12    "... no other name is given among men whereby we must be saved."

Acts 9: 14    "to bear my name among the Gentiles".

Acts 9: 21    Paul had.”destroyed them that called on this name in Jerusalem..."

Acts  9: 29  "...spoke boldly in the name of Jesus Christ."  

In the New Testament, the name KURIOS is the Greek term that is translated "Lord." 

The Greek term "Theos" is translated "God." Both terms were the terms the pagans used for their Gods. However, the God of Israel continually responded to those pagan names being addressed to Him, as long as the individuals believed His Truth.

 It is a fact that the world of Christendom does not believe the same as we do any more than do the JWs, althoughChristendom also disagrees with most JW doctrine. Therefore, they (the world of religion) would also charge that Brethren in Christ are "OF MAN." However, Brethren in Christ stand ready to take the stand in proof of our doctrine as we obey the Father, as in I Timothy 4: 12-16.

 The following doctrines of Christendom are in opposition to Bible teachings of Brethren of Christ. 

THE RETURN OF JESUS TO THE EARTH 

Those who charged that Brethren in Christ are of man and not of God show that they themselves are “OF MAN” when they assert that Jesus will never again set foot on the earth. 

They make the claim that the Greek term "parousia" only means "presence" and does not speak of a literal, physical presence. However, notice the following: 

11 Corinthians 7: 6 - Here some were comforted by the “coming of Titus.” How would only a mental presence be of any comfort that helps anyone? 

Luke 12: 43- “The Lord delayeth his coming.”  The claim that “Parousia” is only a non-physical presence would mean that the care and attention of Jesus was not with his faithful believers as he promised it would be.  The brethren were anxious for the “coming” of Jesus from heaven.  See John 14:1-3.  Jesus had told his apostles in John 13: 33, “Where I go, ye cannot come.”  However, he also said in John 14: 3, “If I go, I will come again, and receive you unto myself.” 

The Greek word “Parousia” never once means a non-physical coming or presence. The term is only translated “presence” two times, and both times the passage is speaking of the literal presence of the Apostle Paul (11 Corinthians. 10: 10; Philippians 2: 12). 

THE ONE GOD 

1.  The Pagan world endorses the doctrine of the Trinity (three gods in one, co-equal and co-eternal). Jesus will live as long as God lives, as will the worthy, but Jesus has not been from "everlasting to everlasting" as God has.(Psalms. 90: 2) 

NOTICE:  John 17: 3; Ephesians. 4: 4-6; I Corinthians. 8: 6; John 14: 9, 28; Isaiah 43rd; 44th; 45th chapters; Deuteronomy. 6: 4, 4: 35, 39. 

Consider the term "Elohim, a plural. Does God not say in Isaiah. 44: 6, 8, "Is there a God beside US”?   NO!  He said,  "There is no God beside ME;  See Mark 12: 29-33. 

God is often referred to as “Elohim” because of His many attributes.  Many times God is spoken about as Elohim, because the individual that is present is God’s angel, and God is “in him” as in Exodus 23:20-21.  The angel is one individual, but God who is “in Him” is a second individual and that creates a plural, an Elohim.  So it is in every instance where God manifest Himself is a second individual.  See the instance where God was “in Christ  (11 Corintians 5: 19).  To see either the angel, or to see Christ was to see God, for God was “in them.” 

2.  Most apostates hold that the soul of man is a separate entity and is immortal and cannot die. 

NOTICE: Bible doctrine proclaims that the man (made of dust) BECAME a living soul and "the soul that sinneth shall surely die" (Ezekiel 18: 4, 20). See also Job 14th chapter; Ecclesiastes 3rd and 9th chapters. 

3. The whole world of Apostasy (of over 400 denominations) rejects and opposes Bible truth that man is mortal and DOES NOT go to heaven to God's presence when he dies. 

NOTE:  Man is mortal - Job 4: 17; Romans 6: 12; 8: 11; I Corinthians 15: 53-54; 2 Corinthians 4: 11; 5:4;    Isaiah 38: 1-19; John 3: 13; Ecclesiastes 9: 3-10; Ezekiel 37th Chapter;  Isaiah 26:  19-20; Psalm 115: 16-17.  I Corinthians 15:12-19, 35-56. 

Only God is undeniably immortal.   Immortality is what we are seeking to achieve and hope to receive (Romans 8: 23-25). The word immortality occurs 5 times only and is what God has and/or what we hope to have. 

Notice:

Romans. 2: 7

I Corinthians.15: 53, 54

I Timothy. 6: 16;

2 Timothy. 1: 10 

3.  THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS THE CHRIST. 

There are three positions on this subject. They are as follows: 

A.  Practically the whole apostate world of Christendom endorses the belief that Jesus Christ existed prior to Adam, as (1) One of the angels; (2) As one-third of a triune God. Either one of the two positions would require Him to be existing before Adam as an immortal Being and not qualified to redeem fallen man (Galatians 3: 13). 

B.  Jehovah's Witnesses endorse apostate doctrines. They also believe that Jesus  existed prior to Adam. They take the position that, even before Adam was created and  became mortal  and  under a sentence of death, Jesus existed as God's "firstborn.” As they profess, Jesus was a mortal man. Yet, mortality came by sin.  He was sent, they admit, to redeem mortal man from condemnation. Truly, to qualify for this he had to have appeared as a descendant of Adam.  JWs believe Jesus' purpose prior to Adam was to be the creator of all things  (John 1: 1-3-14). 

C.  The Truth of God which we endorse is that the promise of God regarding a redeemer, appeared only in a promise in God's purpose in Genesis 3: 15. The Redeemer was to be a descendant of the sinning woman. See Galatians. 3: 13. Jesus was literally sent by God when he was born of a woman (Galatians 4: 4). If he was sent prior to Adam and Eve, what woman prior to Eve is ever mentioned as his mother? And through whom he was born? The redeemer had necessarily to be born as a descendant of Eve. 

      See Genesis 3: 15; Galatians 4: 4; I Corinthians 15: 21; 23; Psalm 1: 7 w/ Acts 13: 32- 33; I Timothy. 2: 5; John 8: 51-58. "Before Abraham was, I am." See and explain  John 17: 5; Psalm 89: 27; I Corinthians 8: 6; Ephesians 4: 4-6.

 DO DIVISIONS INDICATE THAT PERSONS

OR COMMUNITIES ARE NOT OF GOD?

 Divisions even in the Body of Christ were foretold (I Timothy 4: 1-3; II Peter 2: 1-3; Luke 18: 8). Divisions also existed in the first-century Ecclesias when Jesus' apostles lived and guided the Ecclesias (I Corinthians 1: 10-14; Galatians chapter 1; I John 2: 19-22; 4: 1-4; II John 7-9) where divisions are actually advised by inspiration from God. 

IS IT REQUIRED THAT TO BE RECOGNIZED AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD, A GROUP MUST BE ACTIVELY SPREADING THE TRUTH OF GOD AND OF CHRIST TO THE ENTIRE WORLD? 

ANSWER:  Scripture declares that the time of the return of Jesus there would be few believers (Luke 18: 8), and “it shall be at that day as it was in Noah's day” (Luke 17: 26-27). Noah was daily working on the ark with his sons, so he was not moving about all over the world at all times. Also, the result of Noah's preaching did not produce one convert outside his own family. There simply were not enough faithful believers to do God's work of preparing the world for coming judgment and gaining converts. 

UNIVERSAL RESURRECTION;  OR LIMITED RESURRECTION.  WHICH? 

Romans 6: 5 – “If you have been planted together (baptized Verse 3) in the likeness of his death, ye shall be in the likeness of his resurrection.” 

1 Thessalonians 4: 15-  “The dead in Christ shall rise first,” meaning before the living are called. 

QUESTION:  Can Adam, who brought death upon us, bring life to those to whom he brought death? (I Corinthians 15: 2). Which man brought death and which man brought life? 

Question:  Does natural birth take one into Christ? (Consider Job 14th Chapter and Ecclesiastes 9: 3-10) ... from being "sons of Adam" to "sons of God?" And being invested in white garments?  See John 1: 12.  Only those “in Christ” are “sons of God.” 

Resurrection: denotes "having died." 

WHAT IS DEATH? 

(A)    The scattering of Israel was the death of the nation of Israel (Romans 11: 13-15; Ezekiel 21: 25-27; Ezekiel 37th CHAPTER (people of the Valley of dry bones resurrected). Coming to their borders is the resurrection of the nation, not the raising again of persons who have died.

(B)     Is it not the wisdom OF GOD that declares that death sends us home TO GOD (as the world believes); but it is of God we will rise again (Romans 6: 1-5).

(C)    All the righteous who died, slept with their fathers and saw that their reward was “afar off” ( I Thessalonians 4; 14, 16, Hebrews 11: 13, 14; 11: 13, 40). 

NOTICE: DEATH IS A SLEEP

Abel & Abraham – Genesis 25: 7-11; John, 8: 51-58; Hebrews. 11: 13, 40).

David - I Kings 2: 10, 11: 21; Acts 2: 30, 29 "slept”)

Solomon slept - I Kings 11:43.

Jeroboam - slept as did Abram and David. I Kings 14: 20.

Ahab slept as had others I Kings 22: 40.

Matt. 27:52- Saints that slept.

Dan. 12: 2-  "many of those who sleep" John 5: 28-29.

I Thessalonians 4: 14, 16  "Those who sleep in Jesus."     

RESURRECTION IS THE ONLY MEANS OF FUTURE LIFE - I Corinthians 15: 21; John 11:23-25; Job 14: 14-16; Job 19: 25-27; Isaiah. 26: 13-14; 19-20. 

WITH WHAT BODY DO THEY COME?  (I Corinthians. 15: 35-57). 

Notice that Paul's message has nothing to do with the question of "With what body or nature do they GO?” 

Notice again that in I Corinthians 15: 36, Paul does state that that which is sown must die in order to proceed forth into new life. Explain this. 

Then, in verse 37, Paul explains that “The body that rises is ‘not the body that shall be’”  but something which shall progress into new life AFTER it is raised. 

Verses 39 - 40 - Different kinds of flesh, heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. 

Verse 42 - "SO is the resurrection "of the dead" the burying of the dead?"  No! 

Verse 43 - "IT IS SOWN - from Greek term "speirw" (spiero) - to scatter or cast out (Isaiah. 26: 19-20. 

Verse  44 - Natural body - soma yucicon (soma psukikon) i.e. a body with the 5 senses, or a live body, "the principle of animal life." 

5 senses:  1. sight  2. hearing   3. smell   4.  taste    5.   touch. 

Verse 45- 49. Adam was made a living soul. (Genesis. 2: 7) a living body with the senses. The verse proves the point of raising a living body in the resurrection. 

Verse 50.  But, simply a body with the 5 senses is not enough, for flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom as participants, 

Verses 51-54  Therefore, the resurrection to mortal life occurs at verses 42-44; while a further raising to immortality occurs in 51-54. Death is then swallowed up in victory- Verse. 54. 

WAS THERE A PRE-ADAMIC EXISTENCE OF JESUS?

The following are supposed by some to teach “the Pre-human existence of Jesus:"

 1. John 1:  1-14, In the beginning, was the word..."

2. John 8: 50-56 - Before Abraham I Am ..."

3. I Corinthians. 15: 1: 23 - "...Jesus Christ the first fruits..."

4. Colossians. 1: 15-18   - "The firstborn of every creature...from the dead."

5. Psalms 1: 7 w/ Acts 13: 32 - This day have I begotten thee ... Being raised to immortality fulfilled: Psalms. 2: 7. 

Every Christian religion in the world would agree with the Watchtower on that matter, for only the Brethren of Christ endorse this truth. Everyone else believes that Jesus pre-existed in one way or another. 

1. As a part of the Trinity.

2. As God’s "firstborn."

3. As an angel. 

However, See the Bible truth on this from the following passages. 

1.  I Corinthians. 15: 21-  By "man" came the resurrection from the dead.

2.  Hebrews. 2: 14-18 - Jesus took part of flesh and blood in order to destroy death.

3.  Genesis. 3: 15 - The seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.

4.  Galatians. 3: 13 -  In order to free from a curse the redeemer had to be one of them.

5. Isaiah.  9: 6-7 -  Unto us a child is born.

6. Micah 5: 3-6 - Whose goings forth...

7. Deuteronomy. 18: 18-     "I will raise them a prophet (from the midst of thee vs. 15).

8. Luke 1: 31, 35 - Conceive in thy womb... "...that is born of thee..."

9. Galatians. 4: 4        ".. sent forth His Son born of a woman"

10 I Timothy. 2: 5 - "...the man, Christ Jesus."

11. Hebrews. 5: 1-7  " Taken from among men..."

12. I Corinthians. 15: 45-47 "...the second man..."

13. John 6: 33, 38 etc. "...came down from heaven".

14. Micah 5: 2, 5 - "This man shall be the peace..."

15. Job 14: 4;25: 4 – No clean person can be born of a woman: Galatians. 4: 4; Hebrews. 2: 14. 

THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD 

Question # 1:  Is there such a thing as the "spiritual  kingdom of God?" 

Question # 2:  Was the kingdom of Israel ruled from heaven during its 1400 year history or was it ruled by a mortal king THROUGH a city on earth? 

Fact:  God ruled the kingdom from heaven and over the course of time, He always ruled through the Judges He had established on the earth. Later physical kings were enthroned who ruled over His kingdom. God’s plan and purpose was to restore Israel’s judges as at the first (Isaiah 1: 26).  Those judges according to God’s truth will be the 12 apostles ( Matthew. 19: 27-29). Also, as at the first, God 1: 26). Those judges, according to God's truth, will be the twelve apostles (Matthew 19: 27-29).  Also as at the first, God will reign through a king (Isaiah. 32:  1; Zechariah. 14: 9). 

Ezekiel. 36: 11-37; 34: 22-25. It is God's intention to restore the kingdom to Israel as in days of old.

CAN ANYONE REFER US TO A REFERENCE TO ANY KINGDOM OF GOD, OR A PROPHESY RELATING TO ANY KINGDOM OF GOD OTHER THAN THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL WHICH ONCE EXISTED ON THIS EARTH? No?  (SEE AMOS 3: 7). 

A.  THE NEW TESTAMENT BEGAN WITH THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM. 

THE KINGDOM OF APOSTATE TEACHERS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RESTORATION OF THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL BUT HAS TO DO WITH A THRONE IN HEAVEN RULING OVER EARTH. MUCH OF THEIR DOCTRINE HAS TO DO WITH EVERYONE HAVING GONE TO HEAVEN. But see John 3: 13; Psalm 115: 16; Revelation 5: 8-10. 

THESE PROPHECIES AND PROMISES HAVE TO DO WITH THE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL'S KINGDOM Ezekiel 21: 26-27;  Isaiah 3: 2-5 w/ Matthew. 19: 27-30;  Isaiah. 1: 26 ; Isaiah. 2: 2-5; Ezekiel 36: 1-25 ; Jeremiah. 33: 15-22; Hebrews. 8: 8-13; Acts 1: 6, 11. 

As John and Jesus began their ministry, Jesus proclaimed; "THE KINGDOM IS AT HAND."  Discuss!  How was "THE KINGDOM AT HAND? 

MATTHEW. 23: 37-39: Jesus had come, ready to restore the kingdom to Israel any moment they accepted him; saying "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." However, Jesus and his Father knew they would reject Jesus (Acts 15: 18). 

The JW gospel of the kingdom is a kingdom without Jesus in it, if the kingdom was set up around 1914 A.D. 

THE PHRASE "REIGN OVER THE EARTH" DOES NOT MEAN "REIGN FROM ABOVE THE EARTH".  Notice "OVER THE EARTH" in the following passages (II Samuel 3: 21; II Samuel 17: 50; Zechariah  6: 14: 9; 6: 12-13; Acts 15: 16; Jeremiah 3: 15-21; I Kings 1: 35; Jeremiah 1: 14; I Kings 1: 35; Matthew. 24: 5; Revelation. 2: 26; Revelation 3: 21. 

The Kingdom Jesus will establish is a kingdom in which Jesus shall be physically  present in the earth;  Zechariah 14: 4 "his feet shall stand at that day upon the mount of Olives." Notice in the previous verse is the noun Yahveh." However, notice Psalm 110: 5, for there it says that the Lord that sits on God's right hand is in view in all the battles that are fought upon the earth at the times of the Gentiles wind down. 

Notice also the following passages dealing with the term "over:" I Samuel 7: 10-17; Luke 1: 32-35; Zechariah 6: 12-13; Zechariah 14; Jeremiah 3: 15-21; Ezekiel 37: 11, 21-22; Ezekiel 20: 33- 44.: 9; Acts 15: 16.         Wayne R. Tanner 

 

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

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