But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Proverbs 4:18.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God says:
I am spirit but I look like you. In Scripture I speak of My eyes, ears, arms, hands, but heavenly bodies are different than earthly bodies, but there are also different kinds of heavenly bodies as there are earthly bodies. To each seed I gave a body just as I wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 1 Corinthians 15:38-41.
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, the perishable cannot inherit the imperishable. But when I raised Jesus from the dead in His resurrected body, He told you Himself, that He had flesh and bones. But it is different from the earthly corruptible flesh. The first time He appeared to His disciples in the upper room after I raised Him from death they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them. Luke 24:37-40. He ate. Remember too, He told the disciples they would eat and drink at His table in the Kingdom.
He came to them even though the doors were locked and over the forty days He remained with them before He ascended back to Me, He would suddenly appear and then be gone. So you see the resurrected body is not earthly, in fact, I told the Sadducees when they questioned Jesus about the resurrection for that widow that had seven husbands as to whose wife she would be, that you are not married or given in marriage in Heaven in the way you are upon the earth but live like the angels. They live a pure existence of love and light. But the angelic bodies are very different from resurrected bodies. The angels are like shafts of white light, translucent but not transparent, a very different substance than you but a very real and tangible substance. They look just like you in form and figure. They do have wings, however, which you do not, and, in fact, they have six wings: with two they cover their face, and with two they cover their feet, and with two they fly. Isaiah 6:2. The wings look like one since they sprout out of the same place in the back but they are actually layered and separate. You will note that when angels come, always a bright light surrounds them. You see this in My Word. “And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.” Matthew 28:2-3. “And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands.” Acts 12:7-8. The angels do not eat. They are not partakers at the marriage feast of the lamb as you are.
Heavenly bodies emit light. It is the glory that comes from being glorified in Me in Christ. “For those whom He foreknew, He also preordained to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He preordained, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30. Like Me, they are clothed in glory and majesty, and with light as if a cloak. When the glory left Adam and Eve and they became mortal that cloak of light was gone as were the garments of salvation and they found themselves naked. And you too, having the first fruits of the Spirit, groan within yourself, waiting eagerly for your adoption as sons, the redemption of your body. Romans 8:23.
I revealed much about resurrected and glorified bodies to My servant Paul, and you do well to read what he wrote, “Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” Philippians 3:17-21. And much later he wrote, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:6-8. And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. Hebrews 9:27-28. “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight—we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.
My Son told you that I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and they had long been dead when Jesus came, but they are alive to Me. All are alive for Me. When My Son was on the mountain of transfiguration, Moses and Elijah were there. Moses had died. But Elijah, of course, had not, I just took him out of the world without physical death.
When you are absent from your body by physical death (My Son referred to it as “sleep”), you wake in My presence and you are present with Me. You do not bring your earthly body to Heaven. It cannot come here for it is corruptible and there is no corruption in Heaven. You will receive your resurrected body when My Son comes the second time, but that is not yet. But I show you clearly in the book of Revelation which lets you look into Heaven now before the tribulation and second return of My Son that the believers are in Heaven before His second coming, including the sons of Jacob as the elders of the twelve tribes, and the twelve apostles of the Lamb. But the number is myriads of those saved who are with Me for all that have died on earth thus far.
Those who are present with Me now having undergone earthly death are spirit and soul here, but as yet they are not clothed in the resurrected body. But that does not mean they are not recognizable and with Me. Your spirit and soul look just like you only perfect in form and maturity. Your spirit fits exactly in who you are.
You see this in the story of the rich man and the beggar named Lazarus at his gate. Both died and one went to Abraham’s bosom and the other to Hades. In fact, when the poor man died, he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. In Hades, the rich man lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.” Luke 16:22-24. Do you see? He recognized Abraham though he had never known him during his lifetime on earth and he recognized Lazarus. And he spoke of fingers and tongues. And yet none of them had a resurrected body as yet.
When all is fulfilled you who remain on the earth at His coming and those with Me who return to meet you with Him in the air will all be glorified at the same instant, in the same twinkling of the eye. Christ’s Body, the Church, as His bride receives the resurrection of the body together. Christ the first fruits, the head of the body, has His glorified body of heavenly flesh and bone (no blood), but you shall all follow on the Last Day when He raises up all that have been sealed in Him by believing the good news of Jesus and receiving Him as Lord. You are in the first resurrection. At the second resurrection at the great white throne judgment, is when those who are not in the Lamb’s book of life are resurrected to be cast forever into hell, the lake of fire with the devil and his angels. The second death. Revelation 20:14. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Proverbs 4:18. You are on the resurrection path and a wonderful crown awaits you—the crown of life. James 1:12.
I love you. “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:1-3. My Son is coming soon. What a glorious day for all who believe and have longed for His coming. Is your lamp lit to meet Him?
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:51-58.