The Return of the Lord, Part 1 (#895)

The Return of the Lord, Part 1 (#895)
Today we’ll begin looking at The Return of the Lord, this is a class I taught several years ago.  You can find it on the website, (The Return of the Lord), where you’ll find not only the audio, but the class notes as well.  I’m going to follow those notes.  You are welcome to print out the notes and follow along, you can review the audio and notes ahead of time, wait until each Sunday teaching, or just approach it anyway you are comfortable.  There are a number of topics covered:

  • Where are the Dead?
  • Are the dead conscious?
  • Will they always be there?
  • Do Christians die or Perish?
  • Difficult verses
  • Jesus Christ’s first coming
  • Jesus Christ’s second coming
  • The Gathering Together
  • Heaven and paradise – When?
  • Summary
  • Chronology

We’ll go through all of these topics; although it is quite lot of material, we’ll cover each of the topics in bite size pieces.  You are welcome to go to the web site and check out the notes and the audio and review the audio from the class in advance and work this at your own pace and listen to each Sunday’s teaching.  If after this you still have questions, please e-mail me.   So that is the plan.
Let’s start with the first topic, Where are the dead.  Please turn to Genesis 3:17…
Taught by Bruce Mahone on 20160417.  All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Where are the dead?
Gen. 3:17-19               Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return (cf. Rom. 6:23)
Job 21:13                     They spend their days in wealth, in a moment go down to the grave (sheol)
Psalm 89:48                Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave (sheol – gravedom)?
John 3:13                     No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven
Acts 2:34                      David is not ascended into the heavens
Acts 13:36                   David…fell on sleep…and saw corruption
Are the dead conscious?
Job 14:14, 21               His sons come to honor, and he knoweth it not (vs. 21)
Psalm 6:5                     In death there is no remembrance of thee
Psalm 115:17              The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence
Psalm 146:1-4             His breath goeth forth … In that very day his thoughts perish (vs. 4)
Eccl. 9:4-10                   Their memory is forgotten [E. W. Bullinger: their faculty of remembering ceases to exist] (vs. 5).  No knowledge in the grave (vs. 10)
Isa. 38:18                      For the grave (FOS metonymy – those in the grave) cannot praise thee
Will they always be there?
Job 19:25-27                In my flesh shall I see God (And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God – NLT, vs. 26). Reins be consumed (vs. 27) – heart faints.
Psalm 16:10                 Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell (sheol)
Psalm 49:15                 God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave (sheol)
Acts 2:27, 31                His soul (part put for the whole) was not left in hell (hades – gravedom)
Heb. 9:27                      It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement
Do Christians die or perish?
John 3:16                     Whosoever believeth in him should not perish (Greek apollumi: be destroyed, abolished, put to an end), but have everlasting life
895 – The Return of the Lord -Part1

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