Divine Fingerprints Declare Resurrection

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In my last entry, “Tell Me What You’re Living For,” we explored some initial reasons for hope and belief in a bodily resurrection (Greek: “anastasis”). But are there more than just a few vague passages (that may have been added by wishful thinkers)? Are there some principles to help us on our way?

Let us contemplate the Divine fingerprints interwoven into the fabric of The Story for shedding light in regard to resurrection, namely through that of certain witnesses and pictures.* You may not understand everything I have written here, but this is a great place to begin our study.

Harvests: Throughout Scripture and Jewish celebratory traditions (called “Feasts”), there is a hugely repetitious agricultural theme culminating in three harvested crops—barley, wheat, and grapes. The barley was the first crop harvested in early spring, celebrated at the Feast of Firstfruits. The wheat harvest began at Pentecost (Feast of Shavuot) and was harvested late spring throughout summer. The grape harvest came at the end of summer/early fall just in time for the last and seventh Feast of Ingathering (or Tabernacles). In fact, all of the crops gathered for the entire harvest season were celebrated together at this week-long fall Feast event, commemorated each year (Oct. 1-7 this year, as in this week)!

Do you really think God was all that excited about dirt, seeds, and food groups (despite being called “feasts,” haha) when He inspired the writings? No. Incorporating Jewish tradition, I believe the three crops represent three types of PEOPLE during different periods of resurrection in His plan of ages, when all people are “harvested” into renewal and imperishability. For some, namely hypocrites of the teachings, this will include a time of correction and restoration. When contemplating immortality, most Christians don’t even realize that the Bible indicates different resurrections occurring at different time periods in the Story, but it does (Heb. 11:35, Rev. 20:6)!

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Tell Me What You’re Living For. No, Really.

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In my Internet travels, I come across many a God-revering individual who doesn’t believe in a bodily resurrection. That is, most of these folks do not believe in any kind of conscious afterlife.

Case in point, I recently asked an orthodox Jewish rabbi what he thought about afterlife. Understand, there are many different beliefs of Judaism—just like every other religion—and this particular rabbi told me that he does not believe in a resurrection (or that the Hebrew Scriptures—OT—speak of one). After we die, he told me, we are basically absorbed back into God, unconscious. At this point, I pictured a sponge wiping up water on the counter. All memory gone in one swipe. Now that is really inspiring!

In light of the rabbi’s suggestion and in light of many other well meaning folks who don’t believe in an afterlife, I asked myself, is there any evidence of a resurrection in the OT? I mean, if the NT is merely a further revelation of the OT, we must surely be able to find potential evidence somewhere. Here’s some of what I found…

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King of War or Prince of Peace?

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Back in my church daze (pun intended), I used to serve the Jesus who was coming back to earth as a vengeful warrior, ready to strike down entire nations with a cold-blooded sword (Rev. 19). Such was his blood-thirsty pursuit, he even wore a robe dripping blood from his grizzly massacre of the masses.

As a Christian, I was reportedly going to participate in this mass annihilation of all those heathens (including my friends and relatives who didn’t believe in Jesus) and somehow I was going to be eternally blissful shortly thereafter, even knowing that these murdered folks were brought back to some kind of conscious state only to forever boil in a cauldron of sulphur in the lake of fire! And who could blame me for believing in this Jesus? This is the only Jesus I got from the Bible that I’d been hearing and reading for more than 30 years—the Bible translated and interpreted by tradition and agenda for centuries, then controlled and handed down to naive billions throughout Church history.

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Maybe God is a Gay Black Woman

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Someone posted on my FB wall this week, “If God is fair, He will show up someday as a Gay Black Woman.” I’ve been thinking all week about what this man meant by such a provocative statement, and I’ve come to terms with the powerful message behind his words.

The more I learn, the more I realize that many, many things are not what I once thought—they present as opposites, sort of like two sides to a coin. The two sides seem in opposition, yet that is merely an illusion. Both represent one coin.

Take the notion of God being represented by a Gay Black Woman…

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Why My Blog Has “Changed”

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I often get letters from readers of my blog. Some of them are positive and encouraging, and some of them more like, “concerned.” I can totally understand. The following letter comes from a thoughtful and caring long-time reader in Nigeria:

Dear Julie,

I came in contact with your article “Talk it out before you say I do” in 2007 and it changed my life. Thanks for putting that piece together. I have since been an avid reader of your blog and followed your passion through parenting, orphans in India…and then lately something happened. Your articles started getting critical of church doctrines, pointing out flaws in bible translations and church history and the like. Today after reading your latest article on the book of Revelation, I could not hold it any more. I love you dearly and I desire for you to please return your focus to loving God, fearing Him and keeping His commands, specifically that unique assignment He has given to you. Forget all others, just as Jesus told Simon Peter he was to mind his own calling in John 21:21-22. The most important need of humanity (orphans, homosexuals, people in need of food, clothing and shelter in Africa and other parts of the world) is JESUS. Yes there are immediate needs, but my greatest desire is that people are not just given aid but given a permanent solution to their problems- JESUS.

Remain steadfast in His love…

For the record, I love this woman’s heart. That she would care THAT MUCH about me and my readers to send such an email is very heartwarming to me! I welcome such gracious feedback anytime. However, I must digress on the premise of her email. Let me share the reasons why.

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The Worldwide Earthquake of Revelation

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There’s a lot of talk these days in Christian circles about a coming apocalyptic “seven year tribulation”…and, of course, “the rapture.” Most of this teaching comes from what I believe is colossal misunderstanding and misapplication of Scriptures, developing over the course of 1700 years of mistranslations and false propaganda by Church leaders. In other words, I think it’s total crappola and that the fruit of this is a lot of unnecessary fear for millions of people worldwide (and a source of laughable entertainment for a lot of others). For one example, the rapture was never a teaching or belief in the Church until the 1800s, but now it’s considered orthodox theology that any “good Christian” should not question.

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