Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mortal versus immortal Kingdom bodies

Will the Jewish believing remnant that enters the kingdom after the Second Coming of Christ have mortal or immortal bodies? 

There will be some believing Jews who will die under the persecuting hand of the Antichrist and be resurrected in the kingdom.  Their souls will go to be with the Lord until he returns to set up his kingdom; they will come with him and receive their resurrected bodies.

Matthew 22:30 
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

There will also be a future remnant of Jews who believe on the Lord as Messiah who will survive the Tribulation period and literally walk—alive—into the kingdom.

 Matthew 16:28 

Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.


They will have mortal bodies that are subject to death before he sets up his kingdom; but the moment they enter the kingdom they will put on immortality. 

1 Corinthians 15:54  
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

They will no longer be subject to death; they will not die.  They will still have natural bodies, but they will be like Adam’s and Eve’s bodies were before sin entered. 

Romans 5:12  
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

God will give those believers his Spirit living in them; he will cause them to keep his commandments.  They won’t sin against God; therefore they won’t die.  Adam and Eve had the ability to sin but they failed the test; but these believers will not be able to sin because God will cause them to keep his commandments under the New Covenant.

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:   Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:   But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Ezekiel 36:24-27 

For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Why will they go from mortal to immortal and still keep their natural bodies?  Because they’re going to procreate to fulfill Isaiah 9.

Isaiah  9:7  
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

His government will continually increase.  He will fulfill his promise to Abraham through the Jews who walk into the kingdom in natural, immortal bodies:

Genesis 22:17 
That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

God will populate the kingdom by these Jews.   But those who were resurrected and those who survived the Tribulation and walked into the kingdom will not have the ability to sin.

However, Isaiah 65 (a prophecy about Jerusalem in the millennial kingdom—that is, the first 1,000 years of the eternal kingdom) makes it clear that their offspring will still have to be born with a sin nature; they will have the ability to sin and some will.

Isaiah  65:18-20 
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.  And I will rejoice in Jerusalem [the Lord will be with them], and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.  [So, this is obviously talking about the kingdom.] There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

God is focusing on Israel, his people.  They will live such a long time that a person 100 years old will be considered a child.  But notice that it says ‘for the child shall die an hundred years old’ is called a sinner.  Jews who walked into the kingdom with natural, immortal bodies will be marrying and having babies.  Their offspring will be under the law, but God won’t cause them to keep the law as He does their parents and all the other Jews who believed on the Lord and survived the Tribulation.  These Jews, born in the kingdom, will be required to keep the law just like the people before them and like the gentiles in the kingdom.

The Jews born in the kingdom who survive that initial 1,000 years by passing the test and not dying in their sins, will then be sealed unto the eternal kingdom and have the Spirit of God living in them.

Hopefully this helps! 

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