NIV Rom. 8:23, “Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved.”


“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so THEM also which ‘sleep in Jesus’ will God bring with Him, 1Thess. 4:14 KJV.

We have stated it clearly that there is no waiting in the grave for one day when all the dead people in the entire cemetery will jump out of their coffins. There is no scripture to back that theory up. It’s all human theological conjecture.

For instance, when the Bible says in Rev. 21:1, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea,”

the new Heaven and Earth is simply the New Testament as opposed to the Old Heaven and Earth, the Old Covenant that Jesus said will pass away (Matt. 5:18; 24:35).

This is the fulfillment of the prophecies of Isaiah referring to the New Covenant when he said in Isa. 65:17,

“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. 18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” (See Isa. 51:16.)

“And there was no more sea.”

This is not referring to either the Atlantic or Indian Ocean or whatever but simply the lost humanity who has not known God. And that is because the lake of fire must have done its work on them who initially do not believe in the sacrifice of the Son of God.

SEA has always referred to sets of people, hence the Harlot (religion) of Rev. 17:1 is said to be seated (controlling) many waters (sea-people).

“And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues”(vs.15).

False ministries like Balaam, Core, etc., are also referred to as;

“Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame…” Jude 11-13. Compare 2Pet. 2:13, 17.

As stated; the Word of God clearly states that at death “…the dust return to the earth as it was – and the spirit shall RETURN UNTO GOD WHO GAVE IT,” Eccl. 12:7.

“So How are the Dead Raised?” you may ask. Listen to this:

“But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?” 36 What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. 37 And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting. 38 Then God gives it the new body he wants it to have. A different plant grows from each kind of seed. 39 Similarly there are different kinds of flesh—one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.

40 There are also bodies in the heavens and bodies on the earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the glory of the earthly bodies,” (1 Cor. 15:35-41 NLT).

“…It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a NATURAL BODY, and there is a SPIRITUAL BODY,” 1Cor. 15:42-44.

And from Luke’s account in Luke 24:39 Jesus has to be raised in a glorified Body with FLESH and BONES. And when Jesus says at the point of death, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: ” (Luke 23:46). He didn’t include soul or body , but His spirit!

It is the same way our spirit ascends to God at death (Eccl.12:7). This is simply because God has been our dwelling place (Ps. 90:1).

Jesus confirmed this when He said, “I came out from thee – And now come I to thee ,” John 17:8;13.

So when He said, “I and my father are one,” (John 10:30), it was simply God revealed in a human form. And because He was one with God, in substance, the ‘return to Him in the fullness of His glory’ was easy (John 17:5).

A further proof that the spirit part of man does not die is found in the words of Jesus,

“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,” Matt. 10:28.

Here you see that the spirit is not mentioned because it cannot die.

Now why we can have full access to the Father at death is because as we are ‘born again’ (John 3:6), our spirit is joined (united with) the Holy Spirit of God. (“He that is joined unto he Lord is ONE SPIRIT,“ 1Cor. 6:17)

Again, “The Lord Jesus Christ be with THY SPIRIT,” 2Tim. 4:22. And with this we become sons of God (John 1:12) now qualified for full resurrection with Glorified Bodies if we drop the flesh.

The resurrection in the Feast of Tabernacles is real and God is at work in and with humanity

To be continued…