Glen writes - I just read your site on "Salvation before the Crucifixion," and I have some questions you may be able to answer.
Editor- Further down, I'll give you a link to the page Glen refers to.
What actually happened to the Old Testament Saints who were seen in Jerusalem after Jesus was crucified?
In the Bible it says many (not all) were seen when Christ died on the cross. Did they actually become
resurrected from the dead and ascended into heaven with a resurrected body like a body that we will have when the Rapture comes?
Are they already in heaven? I know their spirit is in heaven but did their bodies return to the grave or did they go to heaven with their spirit? Please send any references with your opinions.
|And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were
split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies
of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out
of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Notice that the visible appearance of resurrected saints was not the only sign described by these verses.
And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold...
Spectacular signs from God
|Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom
|...and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split
|...and the graves were opened
|...and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Why did God cause these miraculous signs to take place? The verse alongside provides a strong clue to the answer. Namely, God sent these signs to the people of Jerusalem so as...
|So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus,
saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God!"
It never ceases to amaze me that, despite the many infallible proofs which God gave the people of Jerusalem, only a small percentage of them believed.
If I had lived in those days, and was visited by one of my dead family members -- young again, and in the prime of life -- I'm 99.999% certain that I would have BELIEVED!
Given such evidence, would YOU have believed?
DO you believe now?
As promised, here's a link to the study referred to by Glen...
Salvation BEFORE the Crucifixion of Jesus
|[In Luke chapter 16 Jesus describes a conversation
that took place between spirits of 3 dead person in Hades. Those persons were God's people, Abraham & Lazarus,
and an unbelieving rich man. What follows is part of what they said...]
The rich man said, "I beg you, father Abraham, send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let Lazarus warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment."
Abraham replied, "They have Moses and the Prophets. Let them listen to them."
"No they won't, father Abraham," the rich man said. "But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent."
Abraham said, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead." Luke 16.27-31
A user of our search engine posed an unspoken question. Here's a bit of background...
|Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See,
you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse
thing come upon you."
We don't know the exact information that our visitor was seeking, but we will assume it was the following...
Our answer to the above question is:
|Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men,
because all sinned.
|Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His
disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
For example, consider the case of a baby who, at birth, is found to be afflicted by the AIDS virus. Is sin the cause? No and Yes...
In summary, here are three Bible facts...
|Pug asks - What is the significance of the fish symbol on Christian bumper stickers?
Christian "folklore" gives us the following story...
Whether or not the preceding tale is true, we do know the reason WHY the fish symbol came into use within Christianity.
The individual letters I, X, O, Y, E, are the first letters of five Greek words as follows...
Thus ichthus, meaning "fish," is an acronym from Greek words meaning...
Jesus Christ - God, Son, Savior