Chapter 73



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(Dan 12:1-3)  And at that time shall Michael [“one of the chief princes” Dan 10:13; “your prince” Dan 10:21; “the archangel” Jude 9] stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble [Heb: tribulation] [prophesying the Great Tribulation], such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered [no indication if we are to be “raptured” before the tribulation, during, or after], every one that shall be found written in the book [i.e., “the Lamb's book of life” Rev 21:27]. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt [Heb: (mean. to repulse); an object of aversion: abhorring]. And they that be wise [versus foolish – why? How much “authority” (Luke 19:17) would you give to a foolish person?] shall shine as the brightness [Heb: brilliancy] of the firmament [“the heavens” NIV]; and they that turn many to righteousness [i.e., win souls to Christ] as the stars for ever and ever.

1.       (Mat 24:21,22)  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake [who are apparently still living in fleshly bodies on the earth in those days,] those days shall be shortened.

2.       Commentary: “everlasting life” & “everlasting contempt” = Daniel is led by God to employ the Old Testament Hebrew literary convention of “time compression,” wherein the resurrection of the saints (Rev 20:4-6) which commences the beginning of the 1,000 year millennium is “time compressed” into the same event as the resurrection of the damned (Rev 20:7-15) which ends the 1,000 year millennium.

3.       shine = Heb: to gleam; fig. to enlighten (by caution):--admonish, shine, teach, (give) warn (-ing).

a.       (Jude 22,23)  And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

(1 Cor 15:35-39)  But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened [Gk: made alive] [“does not come to life” NIV], except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain [“but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.” NIV]: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

(1 Cor 15:40,41)  There are also celestial [Gk: heavenly] bodies, and bodies terrestrial [Gk: earthly]: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.

1.       glory = Gk: glory (as very apparent), in a wide application (lit. or fig., obj. or subj.):--dignity, glory (-ious), honour, praise, worship. [“splendor” NIV]

2.       Dictionary: glory = 1. exalted praise, honor, or distinction, accorded by common consent: paths of glory. Something that makes honored or illustrious; a distinguished ornament; an object of pride. 3. adoring praise or thanksgiving: give glory to God. 4. resplendent beauty or magnificence: the glory of God. 5. state of splendor, magnificence or greatest prosperity. 6. the splendor and bliss of heaven; heaven. 7. a ring, circle, or surrounding radiance of light represented about the head or the whole person of a sacred figure, as Christ, a saint, etc.; a halo, nimbus, or aureola.

3.       Dictionary: splendor = 1. brilliant or gorgeous appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificence, grandeur, or pomp, or an instance or display of it: the splendor and pomp of his coronation. 2. brilliant distinction; glory: the splendor on ancient Roman architecture. 3. great brightness; brilliant light or luster.

4.       differeth = Gk: to bear through, i.e. (lit.) transport; usually to bear apart, i.e. (obj.) to toss about (fig. report); subj. to "differ," or (by impl.) surpass:--be better, carry, differ from, drive up and down, be (more) excellent, make matter, publish, be of more value.

a.       Commentary: to bear, transport, report… what? – the Word of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

5.       (Mark 16:15)  And he said unto them [His disciples], Go ye into all the world [Gk: kosmos; cosmos (universe)], and preach the gospel [of love] to every creature [if man is unique only to this planet, is “creature” a general category excluding man, or is it a general category including man?].

(1 Cor 15:42-44)  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

(1 Cor 15:45-49)  And so it is written, The first man Adam [the first of his kind] was made a living soul; the last Adam [the first of His kind: Jesus Christ] was made a quickening [Gk: life giving] spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy [unsaved, not born-again, and with no eternal glory]: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly [saved, born-again, and with eternal glory – beautiful stars sent on a mission, traveling throughout the universe for ever and ever]. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

1.       (Gen 1:26,27)  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

(1 Cor 15:50-54)  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 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.

(1 Cor 15:55-58)  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.



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