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Immortality Keeps on Knocking - Part 4 (Immortality Returns)

This is Part Four, and immortality is again being offered by God and the way back is clearly defined. Imagine a place where Jesus Christ says itís impossible to die. At this place called paradise, sin and death are replaced with first-voice righteousness, with no problems on the inside or the outside.
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Immortality Keeps on Knocking - Part 4 (Immortality Returns)

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Life is such a very short journey.  The Bible calls it a vapor (James 4:14).  The man of God who penned that passage has been dead to this world for over 1,900 years.  Psalms 90:9:  “…we spend our years as a tale that is told.”  Once upon a time lived you and me.  God declares these ancient words in Genesis 3:19:

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Ecclesiastes 3:20:

All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

From dust to dust and it’s what we do between the dusts for which we will be judged.  One day very soon, all will stand in judgment for what we have done between the dusts.  To the born-again, II Corinthians 5:10 reads:

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

To those who have not served Christ, Daniel 7:9-10:

9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

Revelation 20:11-15:

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Today, if you are not born-again or are marginally committed to Christ, this is your wake-up call.  To those of us who have made a covenant with God by the sacrifice of our lives unto Christ, this message is flashing red saying, “Take nothing for granted.  Prepare to meet your God.” 

If you are unsaved, please note:  Today is your day of salvation!   Enter while the opportunity is still before you.  It’s time to put what’s done between the dusts under the blood of Christ.  Click onto “Further With Jesus” for childlike instructions and immediate entry into the Kingdom of God.  Now for today’s subject. 

GOD SAID, Genesis 2:16-17:

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

GOD SAID, Genesis 3:22-24:

22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

GOD SAID, 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 SAID, Romans 5:21:

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

MAN SAID:  Adam’s 930 years, Methuselah’s 969 years, and Noah’s 950 years, plus the idea of Adam and Eve’s original immortality is farcical. 

Now THE RECORD.  Welcome to GodSaidManSaid, where the Word of God is true and righteous altogether—every jot and every tittle.  This is feature article 625 that once again certifies the perfect veracity of Holy Writ.  Each feature is archived on this site in text and streaming audio for your edification and as Holy Ghost ammunition in the battle for the souls of men.  Use the “Tell-A-Friend” feature above to send a GodSaidManSaid message to someone you love, and the iPod feature, which allows you to download nearly 190 hours of GodSaidManSaid features to your iPod.  Thank you for coming.  GodSaidManSaid speaks this blessing over you:  May the face of our God shine upon you with Light and Truth. 

This is the last in the GodSaidManSaid four-part series on the subject of immortality and the law of sin and death.  In Feature One, we discovered the complete scientific plausibility of the Bible’s pronouncement that Adam and Eve were created immortal.  We also discovered that the 911 average year life-span of man prior to the global flood is fully supported by ancient history, and the very idea of living a thousand years is now being fully researched and discussed in the halls of medical science.  Two of the Bible’s most ridiculed and maligned pronouncements, immortality and 911 average years, stands the test of time. 

In Feature Two, we find the following:

The day that Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they died spiritually with mortal death following years later.  And the very same day they ate of the fruit, they were booted out of paradise.  Biologically, they appeared the same as they were five minutes before they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, but something very spiritual and very deadly happened on the inside.  Part two will begin an explanation of things that happened on the inside that began this terrible cascade of death.  Whether the deadly tree had something physically harmful in its fruit is not stated, but something eternally deadly was in the deed.  The passage in Genesis quoted earlier tells us that Adam and Eve were banned from eating from the Tree of Life, which assured their death; however, keep in mind that they still lived to over 900 years of age. 

Something happened on the inside.  Check out the following short list of spiritual conditions now taking place on the inside that pre-sin Adam and Eve never knew:

  • The knowledge of good and evil;
  • Guilt;
  • Shame;
  • Fear;
  • Accusatory nature;
  • Uncertainty;
  • Wrath;
  • Stress;
  • Sorrow;
  • Condemnation;
  • Regret;
  • Bitterness;
  • Slothfulness;
  • Hatred;
  • Complaining;
  • Envy;
  • Grudges;
  • Negative thoughts;
  • Lust;
  • Unforgiveness;
  • And so on.

All of these traits cause physical death.  It’s true that immortality was lost, but these spiritual conditions also directly shorten natural life and the quality of life.  Adam and Eve appeared the same biologically as they were before sin, but something was happening on the inside.  [End of quote]

Feature Three dealt with what happened on the outside when God opened the windows of heaven in the days of Noah and poured the waters above the firmament down upon the earth.  The Bible records a dramatic atmospheric Armageddon as the water canopy above the sky was rained down.   When scientists modeled such an event, they predicted a pre-flood tropical atmosphere around the entire earth, even its poles, and a much longer, healthier life-span.  The model predicts that the elimination of the water canopy would result in wild temperature swings, deadly storms, deadly UV radiation, an Ice Age, ice caps, a dramatic reduction in the quality of air, food and water, and a very serious shortening of life.  Yes, something happened on the outside. 

This is Part Four, and immortality is again being offered by God and the way back is clearly defined.  Consider the following paragraphs from the GodSaidManSaid feature, Cherubims Block The Way:

The way back is the same way we left.  There is no other way, regardless of the convoluted solutions proffered.  When there was only the Voice of the Creator in the Garden of Eden, it was called Paradise, and Adam and Eve were immortal.  They had eternal life.  When the second voice spoke—Satan’s voice—and that voice was chosen over God’s voice, man was ejected from Paradise and died spiritually that very day.  His immortality was lost and he also soon died physically.  The final events that took place before Adam and Eve’s ejection are recorded in Genesis 3:22-24:

22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Paradise was lost when, in an act of unbelief and disobedience, God’s Word was rejected for the second voice in the garden. 

These cherubims, these heavyweight celestial creatures, are seen again in Exodus 25:17-22:

17 And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.

19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.

21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

Note that they hover over the mercy seat where God’s mercy and instructions were gained for the Children of Israel.  These Cherubims resided in the most holy place in God’s tabernacle.  The high priest would enter here once a year to make special atonement for the Hebrew people.  This mercy seat the Cherubims protected sat atop the Ark of the Covenant.  The word ark in Ark of the Covenant is seen earlier in the Word of God as Noah’s ark and as the ark of bulrushes the baby Moses was placed in, which floated down the river to save his life.  In both instances, the ark was a housing of protection.  Another way to state “Ark of the Covenant” would be “protection of the contract.”  In the Old Testament, this contract was sealed by the blood sacrifice of a clean animal.  This concept was a shadow and type of the Christ to come who would break the back of Satan’s spell by the shedding of his sinless blood and bringing repentant sinners into the new covenant, or contract, with God through the born-again experience. 

In order to gain the protection of God’s contract, one must believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ and repent and turn from his sins.  All of these things take place at the mercy seat.  In order, then, to gain the mercy of God and enter back into the covenant of life and life eternally, one must believe the Word of God and repent and forsake sin. 

It’s the 180-degree principle—the principle of the opposites.  Mankind fell from grace in the Garden of Eden through unbelief and disobedience.  We were cast out of Paradise and became mortal.  Cherubims were posted to block our rebellious return to this place of beautiful, eternal life.  These Cherubims are seen again protecting the way back to Paradise, hovering over the mercy seat and Ark of the Covenant into which only believers who have repented and forsaken sin can enter.  This is the 180 principle.  The way back is the same way we left.  [End of quote]

God is once again offering immortality.  Imagine a place where Jesus Christ says it’s impossible to die (Luke 20:34-36).  If you have visited the first three parts of this series, the following verses will be especially enlightening.

 

God is getting ready to fix the problem and it all begins with our alignment with the first voice. 

  • John 17:11:
    And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

 

God destroys the contaminated heaven and earth and recreates.

  • Revelation 21:1-4:
    1
    And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
    2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
    3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
    4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

 

Note how God remedies the UV rays problem, and keep in mind Jesus Christ is called the True Light.

  • Revelation 21:23:
    And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
  • Revelation 22:5:
    And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

 

We will receive new, perfect bodies.

  • I Corinthians 15:51-55:
    51
    Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
    52 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.
    53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
    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.
    55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

 

We will drink living water.

  • Revelation 7:16-17:
    16
    They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
    17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

 

We will eat again from the Tree of Life.

  • Revelation 2:7:
    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
  • Revelation 22:1-2:
    1
    And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
    2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

At this place called paradise, sin and death are replaced with first-voice righteousness, with no problems on the inside or the outside. 

Man began immortal.  Man lost immortality.  Redeemed man finds immortality again.  This is God’s promise to the born-again.  If you have yet to make your move for Christ, do it now.  Click onto “Further With Jesus” before your vapor runs out. 

Adam and Eve’s immortality and men living to nearly 1000 years of age—statements that once strained credulity—now have entered the world of scientific parlance.

GOD SAID, Genesis 2:16-17:

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

GOD SAID, Genesis 3:22-24:

22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

GOD SAID, 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 SAID, Romans 5:21:

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

MAN SAID:  Adam’s 930 years, Methuselah’s 969 years, and Noah’s 950 years, plus the idea of Adam and Eve’s original immortality is farcical. 

Now, you have THE RECORD. 

 

 

 

References

Authorized King James Version

GodSaidManSaid, Cherubims Block The Way

GodSaidManSaid, Immortality Keeps on Knocking - Part 2 (It Happened on the Inside)

 

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