Hope To The End

FirstFruits (Bikkurim)
EASTER---Resurrection Sunday

The Lord's Day



"The Power of His Resurrection"


I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE
Physical Resurrection....Glorified Body

1 Corinthians 15:14 tells us that if Christ is not risen, then our faith in Him is in vain. But Jesus indeed IS risen, and His resurrection vindicates, authenticates and verifies all that He ever said and did.
Acts 17:31

Now there is no excuse for any person not to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, once he has heard the Gospel.
Matthew 28 ..... Mark 16........Luke 24......John 20...... 1 Corinth. 15.....John 11......1 Thess. 4:14...... 2 Corinth. 5

" You ask me how I know He lives....He lives within my heart "!...plus we have the revealed Word of God.

Others can claim to be God, and can even feign resurrections
(anti-Christ) but they do not walk around in glorified bodies that are not subject to matter and gravity. They may use holograms and digitization to deceive (and it is true that a Great Delusion IS coming upon this world soon...
2 Thessalonians 2:11.

Even though there were resurrections in the Old and New Testaments before the death of Jesus, none of those resurrected people came back to life with a Glorified Body...not Lazarus or anyone who was brought back from the dead. They died later on and will receive their glorified bodies at the Rapture, or on the Last Day. Only Jesus Christ rose with a Glorified Body that was not subject to matter or gravity.

The truth remains... Jesus Christ is NOW living in a resurrected, Glorified body. He is the FIRST one to come forth from the grave in a Glorified Body, thus making Him the FIRSTFRUIT of all resurrections. Others came forth from their graves that same Easter morning in Glorified Bodies also
(
Matthew 27:52,53), but Jesus was and always will be the FIRST fruit of the Firstfruits...
"the first begotten of the dead "
Revelation 1:5

"Matthew 27: 52, 53...."And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves
AFTER His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many."
(capitols this author).
Later that evening, from Bethany , Jesus took these Glorified saints with Him to heaven.
Luke 24. ........

Ephesians 4: 8 and 10..."Wherefore He saith, "When He ascended up on high,
He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men....He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things".

" Father, I will that they also, Whom Thou hast given Me, BE WITH ME where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world".
John 17:24
(capitols this author)

Those that also rose in Glorified Bodies on that Easter Sunday long ago are referred to as
"
the BARLEY Sheaf ". That is why the Biblically correct term for this feast day is "FIRSTFRUITS....Bikkurim" (plural).

The Counting of the Omer represents the anticipation of the final
WHEAT Harvest when all the Church will be raised and glorified:

"But every man in his own order: Christ the FIRSTfruits;
afterward they that are Christ 's at His coming......

No political or religious leader was ever raised from the dead in a glorified body.
You can still go to Lenin's tomb etc.
[ There are recorded resurrections of individuals in the Old and New Testaments , yet such persons returned to a mortal body, subject to aging and death. They did not have a glorified body.]

Nevertheless, there will be a
fake resurrection in the last days.

" I AM He that liveth and was dead; and behold I AM alive forevermore, Amen;
and have the keys of hell and of death ". Rev. 1: 18

RESURRECTION VERIFIES

The Christian Faith is so uncontestable and irrefutable, and yet it is resisted continually by those who would rather believe in Science and Technology as their deliverer. Acts 7:51
They will follow a pied-piper, rather than God.
The showdown is soon to come in History's unraveling. The non-believers are in a lose-lose situation. They sense this, and therefore resent the Blessed Hope that Christians have.
(otherwise they wouldn't challenge every belief found in the Word of God, the Holy Bible.)
Eventually Believers will be martyred for their Faith in Jesus Christ as God, as His resurrection testifies. But great is our reward in heaven. For as He rose, we also shall live again.....
all because of Easter Sunday 33 A.D.

SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION...the POWER to OVERCOME
" That you may know Him and the power of His resurrection "
Philippians 3:10 also Ezekiel 37: 1-14 and Ezek. 36: 26, 27

And this resurrection power is not confined to one day in History. Each day the Believer in Jesus Christ can experience power in overcoming sin, temptations, difficulties and trials.
"
God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape."
1 Corinthians. 10:13.

Anytime we face difficulties, and disappointments--- admitting our sins, faults, failures and mistakes,--- then we need to overcome the temptation to slip, slide, stagnate and pull back. We need to "fall forward" as
Greg Laurie says.

When Our Lord died, He looked like such a failure to His family and friends, to the 11 apostles and even to the skeptical religious crowd. And all of the demon-world thought they had the biggest failure on their hands. But our Lord made an open display of them, "triumphing over them and He overcame death ". "Colossians 2:15

I
AM
......the resurrection and the Life " John 11:25

The complete Trinity involved in the Resurrection

Jesus overcame death by the power of the
Father
(
Acts 2:24 .... Acts 3:15 ..... Acts 10:40 .... Romans 10:9 .......Ephesians 1:20 )
and of the
Holy Spirit ( 1 Peter 3:18 )
and by
His own person .....
" I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself.
I have power to lay it down,
and I have power to take it again." John 10: 17, 18
"I
AM the resurrection and the Life"
John 11:25

Our Lord always bore within Himself the power to overcome adversity and even death.

Of ourselves, we do not have that power. But we can apply that power through Jesus Christ in our lifetime. We obtain that power when we become Born anew in Jesus Christ...when we receive His Salvation.

Then, even when our bodies fail us, our consciousness (soul and spirit) remains alive always.. So in that sense, we never die. But the Believer actually goes on living.......
" He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.
Believest thou this ? "
John 11: 25, 26

When Christ conquered death, He conquered the power of our adversary.
So that no matter what happens to us, we can
rise again by the power inherited from our union with Jesus Christ in obedience to His Lordship. Sin and oppression, rejection and depression can hurt, but it cannot remain in the realization of the victory we have in Christ Jesus.

We put this Resurrection-power into practice when we focus our minds on the things that are above, and not on the things which are here below:
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God."
Colossians 3:1

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."
Romans 12: 2

"That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection,
and the fellowship of His sufferings,
being made conformable unto His death."
Philippians 3:10

These last days are perilous times.
Can we face stock market losses, [
"IF"]
financial hardships, loss of jobs, homes and things dear to us ?
Can we go on in
the power of His resurrection ?

When deprivations and trials come, can we go without ? Can we make-do ? Can we find alternatives? Can we begin again and start over ? We must....
"that we may know Him and the power of His resurrection."

"We are more than conquerors (
overcomers) through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8: 37-39

We must know Him and apply the power of His Resurrection. That power to
not even let ourselves get in the way of moving forward...ever upwards with Him.

What hinders us from living in Resurrection-Joy each day? Past sins ?
If the offended one can forgive you ( we know they forgive us even in heaven, as is sometimes the case );
And if God forgives our sincerely repentant heart, which we are assured of in 1 John 1:9;
then we need to forgive ourselves and repeat Psalm 32, since we have allowed ourselves to become  a stumbling block to our Joy in the Lord.

Satan will use guilt as a strategy against us to have us focus in on ourselves and live in depression. ( a sin )
Too many times we let failures, omissions, sins and the past etc. diminish our spiritual life.
If Peter had let his denial of Our Lord have power over him, he would have ended up like Judas, dead from self-incrimination.

But Peter
repented and overcame even himself and his darkest failure.
"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered "
("kippur "...covered over by
the atoning blood of Jesus Christ).
Psalm 32:1
Peter would go on with Jesus no matter what...no matter how bleak it all seemed at the time.

PRESSING ON

When I was a young child I went to camp and for the first time I rode a horse.
Animals were so far removed from my city-life that I was apprehensive and fearful. No one had told me that you never let a horse know you are afraid.
As our camp counselor took us on a ride with the horses, mine sensed my inadequacy and fear. And of course he threw me. Boy, now I really was afraid. The counselor had me get right back up immediately and get on that horse and take control--- assert myself...show a little chutzpah. "Chutzpah", to me, is to apply our confidence in Christ when we have no self-confidence.
"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me"
Philippians 4:13 (His enabling grace).

Well I did get back up on the horse as one in charge. When we returned from the ride, the counselor insisted I go one more round with the horse (aarrgghh!!). I knew deep down that that was right. I had to face my fears and take charge. I could not let my "failure" determine that I would no longer ride horses. I could not stay in the grave of self. I had to rise above by the grace of God.

I never forgot that lesson and it helped to mature me down through the years.
It came back to me as :
"Don't quit ".
" Get back up and get going...and
the sooner the better."
That's resurrection power through the victory we have in Jesus.
"The joy of the Lord is my strength"
Nehemiah 8:10

It's a humble example for such an august theme as the Resurrection, but the point is clear. Neither death nor the devil,
nor even ourselves can hold us down when we look to our Risen Lord and live in the overcoming power of His resurrection.

" Ride on, ride on! Rough-shod if need be;
Smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on!
Ride on over all obstacles, and Win The Race! " --- Charles Dickens


STAYING POWER

Soon the Great Tribulation will be upon us. If one is left behind, after the
Midnight Rapture, does one give up ? No, we go on with God, just like the example Peter gave us. God is still our Friend as we come to understand His Lordship more and more. He is still in the helping and overcoming business.
Our God is the Helper of the helpless.
Psalm 72:12.

When the day comes that we can no longer buy groceries without the
666 mark, will we still trust in God to provide for our daily needs ?
We are to hope to the end, (
1 Peter 1:13 and Hebrews 6:11 ).
Chip Index hopetotheend.com/chipindex.html

We can overcome ALL the hardships of
even the Great Tribulation with His overcoming grace....the power of His resurrection.
He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us.
Hebrews 13:5, 6
" I AM with you always, even unto the end of the world "
Matthew 28:20.
That includes the end of this age.

And He will be right there if one has to undergo martyrdom.
"Underneath are the everlasting arms.....unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills"........
Deuteronomy 33:27 and Genesis 49:26.
Just remember, Christian, we never really die..... and may we hold in mind how Stephen saw heaven, BEFORE he left this tattered world.
Acts Chapter 7

All true martyrs "die "overcoming.
Rev. 12:11. Overcoming-power is mentioned in the last Book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation, ten different times. All martyrs are carried on the wings of resurrection-grace, the power to rise above the adversary and all that he throws at us, and we go forward in the mighty power of God. All true martyrs are granted to sit with Him in His throne. Rev. 3:21
" To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne."

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto
a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
1 Peter 1:3

ALLELUIA !!

Easter Poems:
"It Was For Me" hopetotheend.com/4me.html
"The Lamb and the Lion" hopetotheend.com/lion.html
POEM: "He Lives" by Andy Neckar http://cnview.com/on_line_resources/he_lives.htm

Links:
Richard and Charlene Fairchild's Easter Pages :

http://www.spirit-net.ca/sermons/easterpage.php
http://www.spirit-net.ca/sermons/easter.php
http://www.spirit-net.ca/sermons/easter1a.php
http://www.rockies.net/~spirit/sermon.html

Easter in Cyberspace 2000 http://www.easterincyberspace.com/
A Glorious Easter
http://www.teacherhelp.org/easter.htm

Annie's Easter Pages:
www.annieshomepage.com/easterhistory.html
www.annieshomepage.com/easter.html
Resurrection Sunday (Annie)
http://www.annieshomepage.com/resurrectionsunday.html

The Power of His Resurrection
www.realtime.net/~wdoud/philippians/phi20.html
My KING by Chuck Missler
www.khouse.org/myking.html
The Empty Tomb: Gordon's Calvary
http://www.khouse.org/articles/personal/20020301-400.html
C M Holiday articles http://www.khouse.org/articles/personal/holidays.html

How do we know Christ really rose ? By the living power of His resurrection in our daily lives.
http://tcpiii.tripod.com/easter94.htm

Eddie Chumney...FIRSTFRUITS
and the 144,000 witnesses
(Barley Sheaf at Bikkurim.....Wheat-Bread at Pentecost)
http://www.mayimhayim.org/Festivals/Feast5.htm
Hebraic Heritage Ministries International http://www.hebroots.org/hhmi.html

Alan Carr: The message of the Easter Angel http://www.sermonnotebook.org/new testament/mark_16_1-8.htm

The Glorious Resurrection
http://www.sermonnotebook.org/new testament/1_cor._15_1-23.htm

What if there had not been a Resurrection?
www.sermonnotebook.org/new testament/1cor15_12-20.htm

I AM the Resurrection and the Life
www.sermonnotebook.org/new testament/John 11_18-27.htm

The Resurrected Redeemer
www.sermonnotebook.org/new testament/John 20_1-18.htm

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ JH Keathley

http://www.bible.org/page.asp?page_id=551

David Regan : The Reality of the Resurrection
http://www.lamblion.com/doctrinal/CD/CD-03.php

A Byzantine Easter (Eastern Orthodox)
www.iarelative.com/easter
Happy Easter in many languages "KALO PASKA, Kalo Pascha" http://mkn.co.uk/easter/happy
http://chilipaper.com/FMenus/a_greek_orthodox_easter.htm

Old Testament references to resurrection:
Spiritual
....the power of His Resurrection....
EZEKIEL Chapter. 37: 1- 14 and Ezekiel 36: 26, 27. (see Romans 11:15)
Physical
Psalm 16: 9,10...Ps. 17:15....Ps. 49: 15... Ps. 71: 20....Ps. 132: 11
Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12: 2 ...Hosea 13:14....


Is He Risen ? by Hal Lindsey
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=22374

Shockwave "He is Risen" http://www.newsongonline.org/shock/risen.html

Shockwave : The crucifixion
http://www.newsongonline.org/shock/walk_link.html

Final Resurrection www.bible.ca/d-resurrection-dead.htm

Resurrection of Jesus
www.cptryon.org/prayer/season/easter.html

B. Anderson
http://www.solidrock.net/docs/the.right.tracts/the.risen.lord.php

Jesus and the Intellectual http://www.ccci.org/intellectual/

The Resurrection
www.rmplc.co.uk/eduweb/sites/sbs777/snotes/note1302.html

RESURRECTION HYMNS:

"Jesus Christ is Risen Today" by Charles Wesley
http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/j/j038.html
http://ingeb.org/spiritua/jesuschi.html

Easter HYMNS
http://www.twilightbridge.com/hobbies/festivals/easter/midi.htm

Handel's Messiah "Alleluia Chorus" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdRyNea19PE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fu8YIG8uyQ

"Because He Lives" (I can face tomorrow)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQBBihRwP8o&feature=related VIDEO
http://www.mamarocks.com/because_he_lives.htm

EASTER HYMNS CyberHymnal
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/top/topics.htm
scroll to "Easter", "Resurrection", "Spring", and "Everlasting Life".

New Zealand Hymns:
http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~macknife/hymns.htm

"He Lives"..." http://www.angelfire.com/co2/inspiration/helives.html
http://my.homewithgod.com/heavenlymidis2/lives.html

"yes, I'll Rise Again " http://samanthaslifeandtimes.com/riseagain.html
melody
http://www.twilightbridge.com/hobbies/festivals/easter/music/dallasholm_riseagain.mid
words http://www.angelfire.com/co/inspiration/rise.html

"Easter Song"(hear the bells ringing) Acts 2
http://www.lillyofthevalleyva.com/music-eastersong.html
http://nancian.tripod.com/risen.html

Christ Arose! www.ingeb.org/spiritua/lowinthe.html
www.stmatthew-ucc.org/music.htm scroll to 'Easter Music'
www.besmark.com/gospel.html

Rejoice, the Lord is King by C. Wesley
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/r/e/rejtlord.htm

" I AM the Resurrection and the Life"
http://www.a-voice.org/songbook/iamres.htm
http://songsofpraise.org/resurrection.htm

"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth " by Goerge F. Handel
http://www.bardstown.com/~mtipton/holiday/redeemer.html
http://ingeb.org/spiritua/iknowtha.html

"Resurrection"
http://www.churches.com/livingword/sermon/easter2000.shtml

Easter Play/Songs
http://songsofpraise.org/easter.htm
"The Day of Resurrection"#303... access "Index" to the far left
www.hymnsite.com

His Eye is on the Sparrow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Avcb4P-wck VIDEO


Concerning the heresy of cloning Jesus and the Raelians, please see:
hopetotheend.com/2Thess.html

Cloning Jesus ? http://ministryhealth.cis.to/ministry_matters/006mm_jesus_clone.html

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