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    Heather R
    Heather R
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    I believe I’m ready to start this, and I think it’ll go quickly since I already did a video and have the sources to use for the bulk of what I want to say. It will be titled the following:

    TRUTH: In Defense of the Pre-Trib Rapture

    For those of you who might be reading this and want to make sure I hit a specific point, please feel free to let me know. The sooner the better so I can make sure I address specific things. It’s possible I won’t depending on my level of comfortability with the subject matter and other fields of thought out there. I don’t really intend to dispute other fields of thought, although there will be a bit of that. It’s more a defense of the pre-trib rapture, because contrary to what many people think, it’s easily defensible based solely on Scripture.

    Just an FYI

    As always, I’ll post links and stuff when I’m done.

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #129425

    Watchman35
    Participant

    Hi Heather: Just a few thoughts/suggestions of things for you to consider including in your defense of a pre-trib rapture:

    1) Often it seems that those who reject the idea of a pre-trib rapture struggle with understanding the clear scriptural distinction between the harpazo and the physical return of Jesus to the earth at His second coming. Perhaps a bit of time supporting that clear distinction would be helpful as part of laying a foundation.
    2) How the “apostasia” of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 makes much more sense contextually as being a definite article physical departure (i.e., THE rapture), as opposed to a much more difficult to identify singular event of falling away from the faith.
    3) The idea that the seals of Revelation 6 themselves are part of the scroll that Jesus Himself releases upon the earth, and therefore arguably part of the wrath represented in that scroll (the wrath which we have been promised we are not destined for)
    4) The multiple places in Revelation that support a pre-trib rapture (3:10, 4:1, 4:4, 5:9-10 to name some).
    5) The phenomenal picture of how the ancient Jewish wedding tradition, with all of its components, is so remarkably represented throughout the scriptures in mirroring every aspect of the relationship between Yeshua and His Bride, the Church.
    6) How Daniel’s 70th week reverts back to a dispensation where the Lord is dealing directly with Israel, and the Church is no where to be found, just as the church did not exist at any point during the first 69 weeks.

    I will stop there. It never ceases to blow my mind how those who choose to reject the scripturally supported doctrine of a pre-70th week rapture can actually, with a straight face, claim there is no biblical evidence to support that idea. Reject it if you choose to, but have enough intellectual and spiritual integrity to at least concede there are numerous scriptural arguments that reasonable, truth-seeking people could easily view as supporting the idea of a pre-tribulation rapture.

    Maranatha, Lord Jesus. Please count us here at RITAN among those who believe Your promise that You will come get us before Your wrath is poured out in Daniel’s 70th week, that we might instead be where You are at Abba’s house.

    John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

    #129429
    TakeMeHome
    TakeMeHome
    Participant

    Looking forward to it!

    #129456
    Heather R
    Heather R
    Participant

    Thanks, Watchman!

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #129492
    Heather R
    Heather R
    Participant

    Here’s the tentative intro. I also have chapter 1 written, but I’m going to wait to post any chapters until it’s done.

    TRUTH: IN DEFENSE OF THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE

    We are roughly 2000 years removed from the greatest miracle in the history of the world: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As believers in Jesus Christ, our faith is predicated upon that which we cannot see. We did not live when Jesus walked the earth. We did not hear Him minister to the masses. We did not see Him suffer before He was crucified. We did not see Him hanging on the cross. We did not witness Him laying His life down. We did not see Him buried. We did not witness His resurrection. We did not see Him alive afterward. We did not see Him ascend to heaven. However, we believe all those things happened. We also believe He will return for us one day. While there are differing opinions on the timing of His return as well as the varying implications of His return, the Bible lays out a very clear sequence of events. Much of what will occur in the end times is predicated upon the greatest miracle in history, for if Jesus did not rise, we would have no hope of resurrection. But He did, and we do. The Bible is very clear about the timing of the resurrections, as well as the people groups to which they apply. The church age is a unique period of time, as is the resurrection which relates to the church age. This resurrection is the first part of what is commonly referred to as the rapture of the church. When will this resurrection occur? That’s what we’re about to find out.

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #129567
    Heather R
    Heather R
    Participant

    I handled the differences between the Second Coming and rapture a bit differently than probably was expected. I’ll probably pull a chart to include at the end which lists the differences. I haven’t gotten to the Ancient Jewish wedding ceremony, but I will be sure to include it. The rest I have either included or am about to include. I’m currently about to start chapter 6 which will deal with Rev 4-6. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get this done by tomorrow or not, but I’m still trying. Chapter 6 doesn’t sound very far, but they are a little longer than normal. I’m thinking I will probably wind up with 10-12. Maybe? I dunno. :unsure:

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #129570

    Mike Mc
    Participant

    It never ceases to blow my mind how those who choose to reject the scripturally supported doctrine of a pre-70th week rapture can actually, with a straight face, claim there is no biblical evidence to support that idea. Reject it if you choose to, but have enough intellectual and spiritual integrity to at least concede there are numerous scriptural arguments that reasonable, truth-seeking people could easily view as supporting the idea of a pre-tribulation rapture.

    This is exactly how I have felt for many years, even while attending church… You have summed up exactly what I would be looking for… Your Number 6 being a Major one, and just in the last few years, some are changing there minds, the Some are not many…

    https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/the-pause-in-daniels-70-weeks-prophecy/

    Even after Jesus returned to Heaven, they didn’t really understand the pause between the 69th and 70th Weeks until James explained it to them at the Council of Jerusalem 20 years later (Acts 15:13-18).

    The Biggest reason of all is the church has to be removed , so Israel will turn back to God, The Church, or the ekklesia church would be in the way because we all would be screaming at the top of the roofs who the False Prophet and the antichrist was… Todd Strandberg and Terry James, in our times have written some awesome things on dispensational theology, along with many other great writers..

    Looking forward to Heathers Spirit filled dissertation work, its always excellent work….

    ~

    #129572
    Heather R
    Heather R
    Participant

    I included those verses from Acts 15! It’s in my Chapter 3 – The Grafting in of the Gentiles. Although, I didn’t come at it from the angle you mentioned.

    Here’s my Table of Contents so far…

    Chapter One – The Third Day
    Chapter Two – Every Man in His Own Order
    Chapter Three – The Grafting in of the Gentiles
    Chapter Four – The Word of His Patience
    Chapter Five – Our Gathering Together Unto Him
    Chapter Six – Behold I Shew You a Mystery
    Chapter Seven – The Things That Shall Be Hereafter

    I’m also going to talk about the Enoch/Noah stuff I went over in my last video, as well as the Jewish Wedding Ceremony. Not sure what else I’ll have after that.

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #129648
    Heather R
    Heather R
    Participant

    Last call for ideas. I have one more chapter to write at the moment – the ancient Jewish wedding ceremony – then, I just have to write a conclusion. I’m holding off on writing that until I have a chance to proofread because I forget what I write as I go and have to tie it all together. I should be able to have this posted by Friday, so if there is something you’d like to see, please let me know ASAP. I will see if I can incorporate it without throwing the paper out of whack, but more than likely it’ll already be in there…

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #129655

    homeward bound
    Participant

    Hi-ya Heather
    I’ve been lurking ,reading, studying, praying, worshiping and am looking forward to reading your next study. I had a dream, ( mod’s if this is a problem correct as necessary ) that at the rapture we my family were all together in the same place at the same time. I thought it must be just me dreaming. But it seems there is an event that will be placing us all together at the same place at the same time in spring. They say there are no coincidences in GODS world. I’m ready to read your defense of the pre-trib rapture. Your timing is great. Lets read and leave. LOL ybic :yahoo:

    #129656
    Heather R
    Heather R
    Participant

    I planned it this way :whistle: I wanted to get it out on the first day of spring (in honor of what I think will maybe, hopefully, possibly be a spring rapture), but I’ll tell ya’ what, I just sat down and kept having to move the same chapter back because I had more to write before I could get there. It’s not too long, but I needed for it to be as Biblically comprehensive as it needed to be. I didn’t entertain opinion, and I didn’t discuss who said what in the 1800’s or whatever. Who cares who said whatever they said in the 1800’s? They didn’t author the Bible. I took every single thing I wrote straight from the pages of the Bible. I used two or three extra sources, I think… one from Dr. Tommy Ice re: II Thess 2:3, a small blurb about the Bema and its relationship to the Greek Olympics (hehe… yes, I totally talked about the timing of the Bema/judgment seat of Christ), and I will use another to bullet point the components of the ancient Jewish wedding. Otherwise, it’s all straight from the pages of the Bible. The goal of this is to help people use text straight from the Word to be able to back up the doctrine of the pre-Trib rapture. Nothing more will ever be needed, and there are more than a few substantiations for it.

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #129658

    homeward bound
    Participant

    You do know that this could show multitudes what will happened before and after our departure and could lead many to salvation.
    Wouldn’t that be too cool! We will be home, they will be finding Christ and glorifying our lords name and even better may miss the trib altogether! Doesn’t that just make your heart jump up and down. YAHOO YBIC

    #129659
    Heather R
    Heather R
    Participant

    That’s the only hope I ever write with… that someone, somewhere will find something I wrote helpful. Same with the YT videos. :rose:

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #129660

    homeward bound
    Participant

    I couldn’t agree more :yahoo:

    #129661

    homeward bound
    Participant

    I can almost hear the train conductor ” ALL ABOARD” THE LAST THING HEARD BEFORE DEPARTURE

    #129662
    Heather R
    Heather R
    Participant

    You’re making me wish I was at home so I could finish writing LOL

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #129665

    homeward bound
    Participant

    OK YOU CAN GO HOME NOW I’ll just be sitting here waiting! :yahoo:

    #129672

    Barry
    Participant

    Last call for ideas. I have one more chapter to write at the moment – the ancient Jewish wedding ceremony – then, I just have to write a conclusion. I’m holding off on writing that until I have a chance to proofread because I forget what I write as I go and have to tie it all together. I should be able to have this posted by Friday, so if there is something you’d like to see, please let me know ASAP. I will see if I can incorporate it without throwing the paper out of whack, but more than likely it’ll already be in there…

    Heather (and anyone else who wants to chime in), you mention the Jewish wedding ceremony, and for much of my life I’ve read about it and heard it described analogous to Christ and his bride.

    But where did the Jews get it? I don’t see the specific steps detailed in scripture, although I agree it appears to be a perfect analogy for Christ and His church. It’s obvious that the Lord will not pattern the betrothal of His Son after something that was created by man. So, the only reasonable conclusion is that ancient Jewry was following what God established, although that seems almost impossible given how dark was the glass they looked through. Assuming that is the case, how did they arrive at the sequence of events? Did they discern it from Scripture (is the analogy mentioned before Paul’s epistles?)?

    Thanks Heather or anyone else who chimes in.

    John 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

    #129673

    Watchman35
    Participant

    But where did the Jews get it? I don’t see the specific steps detailed in scripture, although I agree it appears to be a perfect analogy for Christ and His church.

    Unfortunately, I am not knowledgeable enough to be able to answer your question. When I try googling the topic, all I seem to find so far is the comparison of the ancient Jewish wedding tradition itself and the relationship between Yeshua and His Bride, but not the origin as to where the Jews first got it. It is nonetheless absolutely phenomenal to me in seeing how every aspect of the Jewish wedding tradition has its parallel in the relationship of Yeshua to His Bride. Still, as to what means the Lord used to initiate this among us, I do not know. I, like you, would love to hear if anyone has any insight on that. Regardless, as part of His Bride, I am watching and praying and waiting for His return with great anticipation. Cannot wait to be with our Bridegroom. Just His presence will be more than sufficient, but I hear His Father’s house is a one-of-a-kind place too. Maranatha, Lord Jesus!!!

    John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

    #129681
    Solo
    Solo
    Participant

    Last call for ideas. I have one more chapter to write at the moment – the ancient Jewish wedding ceremony – then, I just have to write a conclusion. I’m holding off on writing that until I have a chance to proofread because I forget what I write as I go and have to tie it all together. I should be able to have this posted by Friday, so if there is something you’d like to see, please let me know ASAP. I will see if I can incorporate it without throwing the paper out of whack, but more than likely it’ll already be in there…

    Hi Heather,
    A first post for me, possibly too late, but I have enjoyed reading your thoughts in the past few years. Our time here is extremely short but I thought you and others may be interested in Lonnie Martins’s YouTube vids. This one is on the wedding and “Who is the Bride of Christ”.

    [mod edit: I removed the link from this YT video, because what was being said about the bride of Christ, even just from the first few minutes, was inaccurate – Heather]

    God Bless you in your work.

    3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Cor 15 3-4 KJV

    #129689
    Heather R
    Heather R
    Participant

    Hi Solo!! Welcome :Hi: I went through this info, too, in my paper :rose:

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #129719

    homeward bound
    Participant

    Are we still on for tomorrow. because I haven’t moved much B-)

    #129747
    Heather R
    Heather R
    Participant

    LOL… I’m certainly trying. I haven’t completely finished writing, because I’ve covered so much ground I kind of forgot all I wrote. I’m about 2/3 of the way through proofreading and editing. I am actually going to include the stuff I wrote about Adam and the Jewish wedding into the ancient Jewish wedding ceremony as pertains to Christ and the church, because I want to show how it applies to the deconstruction and reconstruction of the perfect relationship between man and God, with regard to the respective covenants, adding weight to the typology being accurate. So I thank Watchman and Barry very much for posing that question. :rose:

    I also have to add the few other rapture beliefs and tell why I didn’t talk about them. From the way I came at it, it’s clear why they can’t be valid, but I need to specifically call it out so people don’t wonder. I wrote this in a manner that leads to the only viable conclusion. That doesn’t mean people will adopt the pre-trib rapture position, but that it is literally the only biblically defensible position. And in defending it, people will see how the other positions automatically disqualify themselves. Thus, I don’t have to dispute anything else. I only have to defend pre-trib, hence the chosen title.

    Then, I’ll write the conclusion. I am going to do everything I can to get this out tonight! If I can’t, it will most certainly be tomorrow. It just depends on how much my brain can take before it turns to mush. But I’ve got to say, I’m really excited to present this.

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #129749
    Heather R
    Heather R
    Participant

    I posted this on my FB page yesterday as a thanks for patience. Here’s chapter one —-

    Chapter One – The Third Day

    It was difficult to decide where to begin writing, because there is so much I want to include. The discussion of the timing of the rapture of the church and its corresponding resurrection is only one piece in a huge puzzle. Without a framework, we are left with pieces which make less sense than they should. Thus, I have decided to start at the beginning, which is to say, all the way back in Genesis 1.

    In previous books, I have written about the redemptive story and how that redemptive story incorporates each of the seven feasts of the Lord as given in Leviticus. The beginning of the redemptive story is found in Genesis 1:26-27 where God says the following:

    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, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    Whose image and likeness was man made in? The image and likeness of our Trinitarian Creator God, which is why we are told man was made in “our image” while also being told God created man in “his own image”. God is one being with a triune nature, and He stands alone as Creator. Like our Creator, we also have a triune nature. Genesis 2:7 confirms this.

    Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

    Formed from the dust of the ground, man was given a body. Of the triune nature, Jesus is God in the flesh.

    Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

    Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

    John 1:14 And the Word 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.

    Breathed into man’s nostrils was the breath of life. The Hebrew word for breath is “neshamah” which also means “spirit”. Of the triune nature, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God.

    I Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

    After having been given a body and a spirit, man became a living soul. Our soul links us to our eternal destination. Of the triune nature, God the Father, who is a Spirit, is also the keeper of our souls.

    John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

    Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

    John 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.

    After the creation of man and woman, a perfect relationship between them and God existed. This perfect relationship came to a halt when man chose to sin willfully against God’s law. Thus, sin entered the world. Genesis 2:17 and Romans 6:23 both tell us the penalty of sin is death. There has only ever been one person in the history of the world who has been able to overcome the penalty of sin. That person is Jesus Christ.

    God’s redemptive plan for mankind included Him sending Himself in the person of Jesus Christ to earth to pay the ultimate penalty for all sins, past, present, and future. Since man was responsible for breaking God’s law, man would have to pay the penalty of sin. However, all of mankind is born with a sin nature. Therefore, man deserves to die and would suffer justly on account of being sinful. The only man who could ever atone with finality for the sin of mankind was the man who knew no sin of His own: Jesus Christ.

    II Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 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.

    Having had the sin of the world laid upon His head, Jesus nailed it to the cross and laid His life down in our places.

    Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

    Jesus died as the Passover Lamb. But that is, by no means, the end of the redemptive story. Rather, the redemptive story has three parts. These three parts are what we refer to as the gospel message.

    I Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    Before Jesus went to the cross, He foretold of His resurrection on the third day.

    John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

    Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

    In fact, enough people were aware of His statements that they both tried to use His statements against Him and later mocked Him for them.

    Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, 61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. 62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?

    Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 36 And sitting down they watched him there; 37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

    But rise again on the third day He did, just as He said He would.

    John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

    Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

    When He rose from the grave, Jesus became the firstfruits of the dead.

    I Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

    He also conquered death and hell and has all power over them.

    Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

    That Jesus rose from the grave and conquered death and hell is the greatest miracle in the history of the world. It is only because He rose that we have the same hope of resurrection.

    I Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

    But there is still yet more to the story…

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
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    A+ The greatest story ever told always refreshing always renewing. Still bringing the blessed hope of our redemption.
    thanks Heather. ybic :good:

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