Your Dead Shall Live

The word dew has a beautiful poetic meaning in the Webster dictionary: anything regarded as refreshing gently falling; dew of youth, the early, fresh or morning like period of life. This is an agreement with Psalm 110:3 which reads: Your people will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power, in the beauty of holiness and in holy array out of the womb of the morning; to You; [will spring forth] Your young men, who are as the dew. So the believer will rise to life eternal, to a perfect uncorrupted and young body, a body that will never grow old. The believer will be raised to the dawn of everlasting life looking perfect in every way: spiritual physical and emotional. When the time comes It will happen very fast- in a twinkle of an eye, according to Paul:  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed (I Cor. 15:52). 

YAHSHUA taught us that there will be two resurrections: do not be surprised and wonder at this, for the time is coming when all those who are in the tombs shall hear His voice. And they shall come out- those who have practiced doing good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil will be raised for judgment (John 5:28 -29); and according to the Prophet Daniel, and many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt and abhorrence (Daniel 12: 2). The first resurrection is mentioned in Revelation 20: 5. It is of those who were raised at the time of the rapture (I Thess. 4: 15-18). Blessed is the person who takes part in the first resurrection! Over them, the second death exerts no power or authority, but they shall be ministers of God and of Christ and they shall rule along with Him a thousand years. The second resurrection, which will take place after the thousand years, will be a resurrection of judgment and condemnation. These were the ones whose names were not found written in the Book of Life; their end will be in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-15)! This is a hard message to bear for those who think that “God is merciful; He will never send people to hell.” God was not merciful toward His Son when He made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all; when His will was to bruise Him; to grief and to make Him sick to make Him suffer and die for the sin of mankind (Isaiah 53). How can men be so indifferent and aloof to this truth and expect God’s mercy toward them in their rejection of the price paid in full for their sin? There is no other way for God’s mercy to shine upon men; only through the acceptance of His Son’s sacrifice on the cross.

Isaiah says, Your dead shall live [O Lord]; the bodies of our dead [saints] shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For Your dew [O Lord] is a dew of light; and the earth shall cast forth the dead (26:19); For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first (I Thess. 4:16). O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? (I Cor.15:55). The truth of the matter is that our Lord YAHSHUA conquered death for us through His death and resurrection. “Because He lives, we shall live also!” Had He stayed in the tomb, we would be without hope.  Paul said, and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is a mere delusion and you are still in your sins… If we who are in Christ have hope only in this life and that is all, then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied. But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead, and he became the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (I Cor. 15:17,19-20), that is, He will die no more; He was born from the dead, so we would die no more, too. YAHSHUA’S resurrection assures ours. It is a guarantee of our resurrection, as much as the seal of the Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our salvation. In Leviticus 23: 10-11 God gave the Israelites the picture of His Son’s resurrection as the “sheaf of the firstfruits.” He told Moses, Tell the Israelites, when you have come into the land I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, that you may be accepted; on the next day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it [before the Lord] (Lev. 23: 11). That was the meaning of YAHSHUA’S future resurrection after His last Passover when He offered His life as the ultimate sacrifice for men’ life. His shed blood blessed whosoever will with resurrection power unto eternal life; His dead shall live. They will awake from the dust with joy, for the heavenly dew will touch them with life forever. YAHSHUA is our glorious hope of the life free from all sin, diseases and all that has to do with sin. To Him be glory forever!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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