How Many Will YOU Resurrect From The Dead?

I was meditating on the 53rd chapter of Isaiah a bit earlier.  That is the chapter that prophesies the sufferings of Christ on Calvary and tells of what those sufferings would accomplish.  Looking down the corridor of time and seeing what His sacrifice would accomplish, the prophetic Word says, “He shall see of the travail of His soul, AND SHALL BE SATISFIED!” (verse 11).  Do you really think that only a tiny portion of mankind being redeemed and brought into the eternal, universe ruling family of God will suffice to satisfy Jesus Christ, after all only a tiny percentage of mankind has to date been brought into a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ?  Remember, John, in Revelation, proclaims that the number of the redeemed will someday contain folks from every nation, tongue, people and tribe on earth, and that their number will be so great that no man, not even the greatest mathematician, will be able to count them all!!!!  (See Revelation 7:9-10).
It is a shame that more preachers do not “connect the dots,” putting all the scriptures together and realize that when all is said and done and the last page of God’s great calendar dealing with mankind is flipped over our Heavenly Father and His Son, our Lord, will be more than satisfied with what God-mind intelligence and power has been able to do with, through, and for the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve.
Remember prophecy says that the spiritual descendants of Abraham, the redeemed of all nations, eras and ages will be as countless as the sand on all the world’s seashores, as innumerable as the billions and trillions of stars scattered throughout the heavens!  The “few” that find their way to God now will aid the Creator in bringing many sons and daughters to glory.  When Jesus told His disciples He would make them “fishers of men” He was alluding to a text in the prophets whereby it was foretold that the glorified sons and daughters of God will be used by Him to resurrect the billions of dead from ages past.  This was the first promise Jesus Christ made to His disciples.  (See Mark 1:17).  Of course at the time He uttered those words the disciples would have had no conception of what He really meant.  Many have thought that Jesus merely meant they would be preachers of the gospel, bringing men to God thereby.  There are three prophetic texts that explain what Jesus meant when He told His disciples He would make them “fishers of men.”  Those texts are Isaiah 49:5-6, Jeremiah 16:14-18 and Ezekiel 37:1-14.   That is what Jesus was alluding to, also, when He said, “The works that I do shall you do also.”  He had been resurrecting the dead when He said that.  He then went on to say, “And greater works than these shall you do!”  He only resurrected three people during His earthly ministry.  How many will YOU resurrect?  How many will I resurrect?  A hundred?  A thousand?  “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard what God has prepared for them that love Him….And THIS is the love of God, that we keep His commandments!”  (See I Corinthians 2:9 and I John 5:3).
So much error has been taught by so many to so many for so long that the truth sounds too good to be true.  Read carefully the prophetic texts mentioned above.  Read them and rejoice if you are a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ.  You have a glorious future.  Your being saved does not merely consist in going to heaven and walking on streets of gold for eternity.  Your future is mind-boggling!
In Hebrews 2, verses 6 through 8, we are told that God has put ALL things under the feet of the redeemed children of God.  And that includes DEATH, but this passage makes it clear  that the fulfillment of this divine promise is yet future.  “Beloved NOW are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear (has not yet come on the scene) what we shall be, but we know that when He shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, for we shall see Him as He is.  And every man (person, male or female) that has this (mind boggling) hope in him purifies himself (by letting the Holy Spirit do its sanctifying work), even as He is pure” (See I John 3:2-3).
“He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us ALL THINGS” (Romans 8:32).  Yes, just as God gave Jesus the power to resurrect the dead, so shall He freely give us the power to do the same!  In fact, it is in the exercise of this power we shall assist our Great God and heavenly Father in accomplishing the redemption of mankind!  Please believe this for it is so.

Seventh Heaven

You have probably heard that term, maybe used it yourself, “seventh heaven.”    Men use that term to describe being elated or overjoyed about something or some experience: “I was in seventh heaven!”  Few realize that terminology comes from the Koran, not the Bible.  The Koran speaks of there being seven heavens.  The Bible speaks of there being only three: the first heaven being the atmosphere around this earth, the second being that vast expanse of space in which there are stars, planets, and the like.  And, of course, that second heaven extends outward in space billions and billions of light years.  The third heaven is the heaven of the Bible, the place of God’s habitation.  The apostle Paul speaks of being “caught up to the third heaven.”  (See 2 Corinthians 12:2).  Our astronauts think they made quite a trip going to the moon.  They ought to talk with Paul.  He went trillions of miles further!  That is WHY Paul says he doesn’t know whether he was “in the body” or “out of the body” (same verse as above).  Paul in his lengthy journeys had to cross many mountains.  He knew that the higher you ascended the colder it got and the more difficult it became to breathe, so he allows that he might not have been in his physical body when making that astonishing trip.  Since with God ALL THINGS are possible.  He might well have been in his physical body.  This is another account in the scriptures that screams to us: DO NOT LIMIT GOD!  I always consider this FACT when praying for healing.

God can raise the dead!  And has done so on several occasions.  There is no respect of persons with God, though He does consider our dedication and degree of obedience when considering hearing our petitions and granting requests.  Spiritual rebels have little, if any, power in prayer.  I word myself that way due to the fact that God is absolutely sovereign and can even overrule Himself if He so chooses.  Sometimes even a pagan can cry out to God for help and God will move on that pagan’s behalf.  God, unlike Allah, truly is the Most Merciful – “full of mercy and plenteous in kindness” is the way scripture puts it.  (I am meditating upon the Book of Ephesians.  That is why my mind was turned to consider the issue of heaven.)  I highly recommend the reading of the Letter to the Ephesians.  It consists of but six short chapters, but contains some of the greatest revelation about God and Christ as can be found in all of Holy Writ.  Read it once more even if you have already read it a dozen or more times.  I have read it dozens and dozens of times and am supremely blessed every time I do so.