Beloved, in the light of what I have shared recently, I feel to touch on something that Jesus said to Martha in John chapter 11.
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Lazarus had just died, and Martha went out to meet Jesus as He was coming into Bethany. When she came to Him she said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
Jesus then said to Martha, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus then said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die…“
Wow! … let me tell you what I think is going on here. I think that Martha had some understanding of the GENERAL resurrection at the END of the Kingdom age (“the resurrection at the last day”), but she did not comprehend at the time that a demonstration of the RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE (even what we should consider to be the “First Resurrection”) was standing right in front of her in human form. Yes, Jesus was demonstrating to her then (and to us by extension) what I believe to be the fullness of the First Resurrection – David’s Tabernacle! By this (and in this) Jesus was essentially saying to Martha, “Martha, there will be a resurrection for everyone at the end of days, but there is one to be had NOW. Look at Me! I AM THE RESURRECTION! I AM THE LIFE! – a life that you can have NOW! He who enters into THIS LIFE that I AM, even though he dies HE LIVES! Whoever lives IN ME will never die, Martha, for I AM LIFE! There is no death in Me! For all of mankind, I AM THE RESURRECTION! I AM THE LIFE! Beloved Martha, … I AM!”
Jesus then demonstrated a bit of His I AM-ness to her by simply saying “Lazarus, come forth!”
Now, I don’t know if you can see this or not, but it looks to me that in Jesus’ words in John chapter 11 there is revealed the Tabernacle of David and the First Resurrection, a remnant of overcomers who though they pass on in death they LIVE, and also what could well be a remnant (from the corporate Tabernacle of David) that will be alive at the time of the general resurrection (at the end of the Kingdom age) and therefore they quite possibly might never taste of physical death. There are many scriptures that are coming to my mind now which relate quite nicely to all of this, but I won’t get into all of that now. I will though just leave you here to meditate before the Lord on what has already been shared.. May God bless you in your understanding.
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I felt led to look up John 11: 25-26 in a couple of ultra literal English translations, and knowing what we know about “The Age” (in that the Age of Tabernacles or Kingdom Age was often referred to as “The Age” by the Jews in Jesus’ day), it really seems that Jesus may have been implying that there will be a people who will actually live on through “The Age” to the general resurrection. Young calls this “not dying — to the age,” the Concordant Literal version calls it “by no means dying for the eon.” I call it — rather interesting. Isn’t there a scripture verse somewhere that refers to someone as “cursed” if they die at 100 during the Kingdom Age? — D
“Jesus said to her, `I am the rising again, and the life; he who is believing in me, even if he may die, shall live; and every one who is living and believing in me shall not die — to the age…'” (Young’s Literal Translation)
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who is believing in Me, even if he should be dying, shall be living. And everyone who is living and believing in Me, should by no means be dying for the eon…’ ” (The Concordant Literal New Testament)