Bible Q&A Summary:
- What Is The Difference Between Our Soul And Spiritual Body?
- Is The Raiser Of Taxes Evil?
- When Christ Died, Where Did The Saints Go When Their Graves Were Opened?
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What Is The Difference Between Our Soul And Spiritual Body?
Question: Brandon: Enjoy your readings and explanations so much.
(1).Help me understand difference in soul and spiritual body. I understand when our flesh body dies our spiritual body returns to God but what about the soul?
(2). Why was there sin in first earth age since there was no flesh?
(3). Will 3rd earth age be here on earth as we see it now but in spiritual bodies?
Blessings to you! Keep up the good work!
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Mary and the feedback as well.
(1) – The “soul” and “spiritual body” are two separate things. The “soul“ would be ourself, our mind, it is who we are.
Further, we have two distinct bodies. While on earth our soul dwells in our flesh body and when we pass away we are raised “incorruption” into our true body, the spiritual body that never gets sick, old or dies, (1 Corinthians 15:35-55). So the flesh and spiritual bodies are simply the vessels for our soul.
If we take the word “soul” as used in the New Testament we will find that it is Strong’s word G5590 and it means, “spirit, life, mind, soul, us, you” among other things. So we can see the word “soul” is interchangeable with the word “spirit“. We have a spirit, which is our soul. We have a flesh body and we have a spiritual body which are simply the vessels of the “spirit” or “soul“.
As I explain this I am reminded of what Christ told us in Luke 11:24-26. When an evil spirit was cast out of a man the evil spirit “walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none.” The evil spirit says to himself, “I will return unto my house whence I came out“.
So we see this evil “spirit,” this evil “soul” needed a vessel to dwell in. I am also reminded of the account where Christ cast out the evil spirits into the swine. Those evil spirits in Mark 5:2-13 specifically asked for Christ to send them into the swine. So it becomes apparent, the “spirit” or “soul” needs a vessel to occupy.
(2) – Flesh is not the only thing that can bring about sin, but it sure helps. I encourage you to read our study titled, “Satan’s Sin” to help you with this.
(3) – During the 3rd and final age mankind will be on earth in our spiritual bodies that are incorruptible. Again, meaning they do not get sick, old or die though our spiritual bodies do have mass.
I encourage you to read Revelation 21:1-4 which document the earth will be “new“. If we look up the word “new“ (Strong’s: G2537) as used in verse 1 we find that it means, “new (especially in freshness“.
However, within the explanation in the Strong’s, with reference to “age” we should reference Strong’s word G3501 which can also mean, “regenerate“.
We will not have a “new” earth, but one that has been ‘refreshed‘ or “regenerated“. God is not going to destroy the earth and re-create it. He just plans to polish it up a bit.
Blessings right back Mary!
Is The Raiser Of Taxes Evil?
Name: Linda F.
Question: For a time I looked at Obama as a raiser (or type) of taxes. Now I ponder, if the tariffs actually will act as a raise in taxes, and that would be more “world” wide, vs Obama which was more US only? I have always thought of a raiser of taxes as purely evil, but does scriptures say that, or do they more indicate an event(s) in the timeline? I think taxing use/materials (sales taxes for example) is better than income tax (especially when so many are getting inclined to more socialistic (atheistic) types of govt with their hands out instead of working).
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Linda, thank you for the question.
Turn your Bible with me to,
20 “Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle.”
We are not told if the “raiser of taxes” is good, bad or ugly, so I cannot say one way or the other. However, the “raiser of taxes” does stand up “in the glory of the kingdom“.
The sixth kingdom that we have been discussing in “The Timeline of the Tribulation“.
21 “And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”
In whose estate?
The “raiser of taxes“.
In the “raiser of taxes” estate the “vile person” will stand up who is in fact Satan as we have documented in the same study referenced above.
This should really bring our mind to Daniel 7, specifically, Daniel 7:7-8; 17-21. These events will play out closer than we might think to the event we have been discussing.
Linda, Chapter 4 of The Timeline of the Tribulation is titled, “The Deadly Wound“. Within that chapter, I explain a fair bit on the “raiser of taxes“. I created a sub-section titled, “The Raiser of Taxes” for you to jump right to.
When Christ Died, Where Did The Saints Go When Their Graves Were Opened?
Name: Follower of Christ
Question: When Jesus died on the cross and the graves were opened where did they go?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Follower of Christ, thank you for the question.
Turn your Bible with me to,
50 “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.”
This is the moment in time when our Lord and Savior’s flesh body would die and His Spirit went back to our Father.
51 “And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;”
52 “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,”
Not only was the temple opened to all at this point in time with the veil being ripped from the top to bottom in a display of a supernatural act, but the Saints who had passed on before this moment literally arose from the earth.
53 “And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”
These Saints went into the holy city, which is Jerusalem and appeared before many people.
To document that Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior had defeated death itself. These Saints were a witness to that. The citizens of Jerusalem knew these Saints and they also knew they died in the flesh. So imagine their surprise when the citizens of Jerusalem saw them walking around!
54 “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.”
Truly He is.
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