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Those who never heard of Jesus' Sacrifice - LOST?
I was asked a number of questions by E-Mail from the Master's table article titled "Resurrections and Judgments" along the line concerning the Resurrections and one point was how would those who never had the chance to hear about the blood sacrifice of Jesus and the New Covenant or even the coming kingdom of God that Jesus will bring to this earth be saved?
One aspect I covered was free will choice however although we have free will that does no good if a person does not know to ask in Jesus' Name and accept His blood sacrifice to be forgiven as millions over the hundreds of years and under many different religions have not had that opportunity. The facts are clear and that is God is Love and He desires that all are saved.
The answer to this question is in the bible marked in places that many don’t consider and you will have to follow me close here as the answer is vague and has to be considered in context.
Let’s start with what is called the prophecy of Dry Bones recorded in Ezek 37: starting in verse one. It states: “The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.”
Now I’m not going to post all the scriptures as I know you are a person that has the understanding to find the truth yourself. I’m just going to make some points and you can check them out.
First let’s ask what this prophecy means and when it is to be fulfilled? We find in verses 10-12 that these bones are the WHOLE house of Israel and then …. , 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.”
The question is are they spirit or physical? The obvious answer they are physical by the fact that they were bones and then all that is needed for the flesh to live including the breath shows this.
Now let’s look at what God stated in verse 21 that states He will gather all Israel from all the Nations where they had gone and that they will be brought to their own land which is Israel. He also states a very important fact in verse 22 and that is there will be one King over them and on down in verse 24 He states; "David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.”
Now we also see in verse 25 that they will dwell in the same place their fathers dwelt and in verse 26 He will set His Tabernacle with them and the other Nations will know that He (The Lord God) has sanctified them.
Let’s recap… They are physical, They are resurrected from the statement; "I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.” They are the whole house of Israel including Ephraim and most importantly David will be their King forever.
Now with this understood we can go to the book of Revelation and read a very curious statement that very much indicates that physical people are brought back to life.
Turn to Rev 1:7 and read this; “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.”
Now we know that those who pierced Jesus are very much long dead and there were many there at the time. The term “Those that pierced Him” denotes not just the one man that stuck a spear in His side or those that hammered the spikes in His wrists and ankles but also those that were responsible for His death as well because He is indicating that He wants all during that time to see who they rejected and beat beyond recognition and then murdered. Jesus wants them all as well as their children to see who they rejected and remember they are from the House of Israel which would make their physical resurrection the same as those that were raised physical in the Prophesy of the Valley of dry bones who as stated is the WHOLE house of Israel.
If this is true then we have with the prophecy of the Valley of dry bones and this scripture in Revelation 1:7 showing that many will come up in a spiritual as well as a physical resurrection which would make sense and be a reasonable explanation as to how millions can live once more in the flesh and have a chance to choose with knowledge.
Am I stating this as a fact? No but God does give us a mind to think with and understanding about His Love and Mercy as well as being a fair Spirit being who wants all to be saved with free choice.
Here is something to consider concerning eternal life. The Holy Father [ Is ] Spirit not that He has [ A ] spirit and that makes the difference. The Holy Father has Life inherent and this means existing as a permanent and inseparable Being. So the question is... Would those that are saved also have this same spirit? Will those that are saved and Resurrected during the first Resurrection be [ A ] type of spirit not having Life inherent as the Holy Father thus making us reliant on Him for eternal life?
Think about the fact that the book of revelation states that even after the New Heavens and New Earth and the New City with the Holy Father dwelling among His children are a reality there is the statement that those within the City has access to the tree of Life showing that eternal life depends on partaking of the tree of Life.
For more on this subject check out: Resurrections and Judgments
Timothy M. Youngblood
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