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  • carol
    The following articles clarify some of the environmental characteristics which the current military experiments/studies are generating in my area of residence.
    Message 1 of 61 , Jun 6, 2007

      The following articles clarify some of the environmental characteristics which the current military experiments/studies are generating in my area of residence.  

      I've finally had a chance to gaze into the blue of the sky, in between clouds of course, but finally ones which `in general' resembled the `normal' ones.  It's been quite a while (more than a week?) since seemingly full sun rays have shone down.  This past week + felt like being imprisoned because the rainy and hazy conditions were not even accompanied by their `natural' corresponding etheric liveliness.

      First the bees,  and I'm going to have to admit it,  that myself along with likely many others,  are beginning to line up behind them.

      EMF frequencies or microwave frequencies are overriding normal control mechanisms in the body and shutting off energy production

      As concerns the pineal, the role of calcium in general and the role of crystals within the pineal gland reveal some interesting points. As in radio and other transmitters, crystals act to convert certain discrete frequencies into electrical signals. Before we had all of the electro-pollution, animals could simply orient themselves to the earths electromagnetic signature. Additionally animals could store into memory at a subconscious level the discrete signatures of subtle variations in electromagnetic signaling from various regions. This would explain the highly specific nature of migratory behavior seen in certain animals. What has not been appreciated is the ability which has probably evolved over time to see, complex patterns that are generated from the earth's electromagnetic signature.

      So not only do animals have the ability to sense electromagnetic patterns but they also may see them in great detail. I will use an analogue. Imagine if someone told you the eye senses light. Well that is a very interesting observation. However you know from your own personal observation that you are accustomed to seeing whole patterns and the patterns themselves have personal meaning for you. The brain does translate these simple appearing signals and if you will extracts the information contained in them.

      Another question would be what might be another effect of a piezoelectric device. Well animals might have the ability to see the difference that is produced by seasonal variations in the earth's magnetic fields that initiate for instance hibernation. What does that mean? In colder weather animals make a switch from a high metabolic rate based on generating electricity when food is abundant to a slower metabolic rate when the weather is cooler. One difference is the amount of light but also in cooler environments the relative amount of electromagnetic radiation goes up. This effect is seen with superconductors when they reach incredibly low temperatures they become more efficient as conductors.

      So the pineal is a switch, much like a motion detector, that response to signaling. In evolution the signalling was kind of constant so that the signals made sense. However in this environment people are going into instant states if you will of hibernation. What does that mean? Well generally a hibernating animal is in a state of sleep and have shut down the generation of electrical activity. Their muscles become weak, Thyroid and gonadal hormone levels drop. The blood becomes a little thicker.

      So the pineal acts as a electromagnetic sensor that regulates electrical generation in the body. It is a highly efficient device, The pineal functions as a electromagnetic thermostat if you will that regulates, total body charge in the organism.

      The ability to oversee electrical energy generation from a single point is extremely important. Secondarily shutting off the pineal has a profound effect on calcium metabolism in the body as a whole. Blocking calcium entry tends to decrease energy and electrical activity on the cellular and organ level.

      It is a pretty straight forward proposition. One has down regulated energy production and electrical signaling in the body. No wonder individuals cannot function.

      It is important to see the overall principle. EMF frequencies or microwave frequencies are overriding normal control mechanisms in the body and shutting off energy production.

      Another correlation is the effect of EMF on the weather patterns. So global warming could simply be another manifestation of the increased EMF in the atmosphere. This was suggested by the French findings on Next up. If you put superheated air above the upper stratosphere and above the jet stream it will tend to settle. This can be demonstrated with a simple model, that can be could be made by a high school student. The dropping of the jet stream will have an overall effect on weather patterns. Also since the earth is a large semiconductor it still has a finite capacity to store charge. If one cannot dissipate charge from the atmosphere then it will have an overall effect in the production of weather patterns. One will see an increase in the generation of storms, and other phenomena related to increase charge in the atmosphere. Thus there would be an increase not only in global warming but an attempt to neutralize charge production through rain.

      This accelerant affect may be part of the explanation for some of the increased storms and flooding that have been witnessed in semi-tropical regions of the world. You have to use your god given common sense to sense if this is real. These issues need to be explored and expanded upon. The public is the last to find out and they will suffer the most. Academics are often the last to respond.

      So with the introduction of a single variable which is the increased frequency generation, you throw off or confuse the ecology of the planet and the organisms which live on it and depend on that signaling to live in balance with the earth. In essence life has evolved if you will with the earth as an electromagnetic guide or a clock if you will. Life cycles of different organisms are coordinated to live within the rhythms of that system. Now man has come along and thrown off the clock mechanism.

      There are many different mannerisms of the problem. Bird populations shift, the number of insects decrease. Plants or trees may have longer or shorter growth periods. But underneath is a single disturbance in the relationship to the planet which was established a long time ago.

      Gerald Goldberg, MD





      Man turns the Earth into a Microwave–Oven

      The change of climate on this planet is a fact. Though its causes are not those which the people are led to believe. However, its effects will be fatal.

      We have been observing for years with increasing concern that the climate on this planet is changing. However, its causes still seem to be a mystery. Scientists agree hopefully with each other in one point—that it is getting warmer. As reasons for the warming, scientists have theories like for example the chemically caused decrease of the ozone–layer through propellant gases combined with an increase of irradiation from the sun, or the steady increase of carbon dioxide combined with a decrease in the emission radiation from the earth. Again other scientists claim that through the carbon dioxide the earth would tend to cool down because of decrease in irradiation from the sun. At the climate conferences they then oracle about which possibility could best be sold politically and could be made best acceptable to the public and at the same time demand least concessions from those responsible for causing it. Thus, they came to agree to talk about possible limitations regarding the carbon dioxide emissions.

      However, even for controlling the supposed carbon dioxide problem they don't seem to be very serious. It becomes even grotesque when having to acknowledge that developed nations may have the right to buy unused contingents from non–developed countries in order to artificially meet their quotas. Thus the climate conferences degrade themselves to the point that reach kindergarten level except, of course, that they cost a great deal more money. It might even be that these expensive conferences serve in reality very much different aims than normalizing the climate.

      Some years ago a measurable warming of the earth was officially stated to be already about 0.7 degrees centigrade. WHO though, a year ago, calculated a warming of 3.5 degrees, however, in January 2001 they speak of about 6 degrees being expected. At the same time there are pictures coming to publication (Die Presse, January 13, 2001) with the intention of making people aware of the melting and thinning of the ice cape on the north pole and the growing open ice sea, along with an expected rise of sea levels by up to 88 cm. It is interesting to note that after years of fruitless scientific warnings of a climate change the politicians now seem all of a sudden very worried about it, as was never to be expected in the past. One gets the creeping feeling that there must be some politically manipulated panic–mongering behind it. We will come back to this in an other place.

      But what value should be attached to today's politically–claimed causes of the climate change when this question is still argued by scientists who continue to contradict one another? Could the purpose of such arguments about carbon dioxide and propellant gases not just serve to put the real causes of the climate change in disguise? Why then has it become tabu to speak about the radioactive pollution of the ionosphere in which radioactive isotopes still are accumulated from man–made radioactive radiations which does not conform with nature and which hinders the reforming of ozone? Why is the legitimate, controversial discussion about mobile phones, against any common sense, so stubbornly one–sided and politically steered in favour of the money powers, despite longtime scientific proof of the cancerous and heating effects of microwaves? Why do the media not inform the public about the incredible threat of the HAARP–Project, the so–called "protecting device" of the American military in Alaska which is also based on microwave technology?

      Ever since 1962 science has known about the detrimental effects of an ionised atmosphere in which no ozone can be formed. Because of this knowledge there followed in 1966 a moratorium on atom–testing which was broken by the French (Mururoa 1966–74 and again since 1986). But also the Americans and the Russians continued their subterranean testing during the moratorium. In addition all atom plants continuously emit isotopes into the atmosphere which contribute to the thinning of the ozone layer despite the moratorium. Nevertheless, in spite of this knowledge the main causes for the holes in the ozone layers are still the propellant gases, e.g. the fluorchlorcarbonhydrogenes, though such chemicals could never ever have the capability to thin out the ozone layer to such a degree. However, following such a thinning out of the ozone layer, an increased irradiation from the sun would logically have to be expected.

      Also with the introduction of the wireless systems an increased warming has been recognized. By about 1920 the low frequency long waves had been introduced, followed in 1940 by the higher frequencies of the short waves and in about 1959 by the very much higher frequencies of the microwaves. Is there a causal connection between the wireless systems and the warming of the earth? The heating effect of the technical radiation can today be expected to be common knowledge. It is also known that the higher the frequencies the richer the energy and the higher the warming effect of the technical radiation (as in a microwave–oven). With the introduction of the high frequency mobile telephones, the satellites and the HAARP, it must therefore be expected that the entire atmosphere between the earth and the ionosphere, which begins approximately at 80–100 km above sea level, will be warmed in a similar way to that in microwave–ovens. The HAARP is even using focussed and pulsated radiation with which the ionosphere literally is being melted into the form of a mirror from which the radiation can again be reflected back to earth for what ever purpose—could it be shadowing and mind–control of the people?

      With the application of microwave technology not only the atmosphere is heated up, but also the waters of the seas. Thus new sea and air currents come into existence which become ever more noticeable and thus interfere with the climatic conditions on the earth. We must remember the ever growing typhoons and tornadoes going on new paths, the increasing floods and tidal waves, the changes of direction of the sea currents, the El Ninos, the increasing earth quakes, etc.

      With this kind of heating up of the biosphere, we get exactly the same situation as in a microwave–oven except that the heating is not so intensive. The warming occurs by an unnatural process, by friction from within to without, and not by the gentle transformation of red light and conduction from without to within as happens in nature. The technical way by the unnatural radiation, e.g. the microwave, therefore, damages and destroys all substances and matters which are warmed in this way. They become poisonous, detrimental and cancerous. The body cannot restore them back into healthy states again. They lawfully have to be decomposed and discarded by the body. Likewise, warmth caused in such an unnatural way is also unhealthy, as for example the warmth generated from infrared beamers.

      Thus technically created warmth has not only an effect on the climate, but also, and in a far more disastrous and unpredictable way, on the health of nature, animals and mankind.

      Already today, sicknesses occur which have no names yet, in the face of which doctors are perplexed and helpless, and for which no medicines are available and never will be. Such sicknesses are in a fearfully increasing trend. Only an intact nature can handle and heal such sicknesses which belong to the cancer–syndrom, if man gives nature a chance to do so. This, however, would mean that man realises what, in fact, he is doing and stops his inconsiderate and fatal war against life, which he can never win. With this war man has been bringing cancer to this earth. And cancer is only curable when there are again natural conditions existent on the planet.

      Apart of the cancerous and warmth–creating effects, the radiation also leads to chemical reactions e.g. in the seas. It causes an increased emission of chlorine from the sea salts which gets into the atmosphere and builds up acids, e.g. hydrochloric acid which does not exist normally in nature. Thus nature is getting over acidified.

      This man–made technical radiation has, therefore, cancerous, acid forming and climate changing effects.

      Despite this terrifying realization, industry continues, with political help, to spread such an infernal technical radiation globally. It is quite inconceivable what mankind will be bringing on itself and nature yet through such a life–disdaining and spiritless attitude of our governments and industry leaders, unless common sense finally prevails. Is there not a saying that people have the governments they deserve?


      ©The World Foundation for Natural Science









      --- In anthroposophy@yahoogroups.com, "holderlin66" <holderlin66@...> wrote:
      > holderlin brought;
      > "As it is with all the microwave beaming down on Earth from cell phones
      > and technology and spy as well as GPS systems....it is already like
      > putting the atmosphere of the earth in a perpetual microwave. And we are
      > the ones on Earth being sold all of this and demanding and enjoying the
      > heating up of the atmosphere of the Earth in an undetected manner. Each
      > of us is using all the cell phone and satellite systems they send up
      > there and we continue to invent new ways of using it, so we are the
      > source of global warming ourselves. We know what a good microwave can
      > do."
      > Scientists claim radiation from handsets are to blame for mysterious
      > 'colony collapse' of bees By Geoffrey Lean and Harriet Shawcross
      > Published: 15 April 2007
      > It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But
      > some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause
      > massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail.
      > They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile
      > phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more
      > bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world - the abrupt
      > disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. Late last week, some
      > bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon - which started in the US, then
      > spread to continental Europe - was beginning to hit Britain as well.
      > The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees'
      > navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from
      > finding their way back to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there
      > is now evidence to back this up.
      > Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) occurs when a hive's inhabitants suddenly
      > disappear, leaving only queens, eggs and a few immature workers, like so
      > many apian Mary Celestes. The vanished bees are never found, but thought
      > to die singly far from home. The parasites, wildlife and other bees that
      > normally raid the honey and pollen left behind when a colony dies,
      > refuse to go anywhere near the abandoned hives.
      > The alarm was first sounded last autumn, but has now hit half of all
      > American states. The West Coast is thought to have lost 60 per cent of
      > its commercial bee population, with 70 per cent missing on the East
      > Coast.
      > CCD has since spread to Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and
      > Greece. And last week John Chapple, one of London's biggest bee-keepers,
      > announced that 23 of his 40 hives have been abruptly abandoned.
      > Other apiarists have recorded losses in Scotland, Wales and north-west
      > England, but the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
      > insisted: "There is absolutely no evidence of CCD in the UK."
      > The implications of the spread are alarming. Most of the world's crops
      > depend on pollination by bees. Albert Einstein once said that if the
      > bees disappeared, "man would have only four years of life left".
      > No one knows why it is happening. Theories involving mites, pesticides,
      > global warming and GM crops have been proposed, but all have drawbacks.
      > German research has long shown that bees' behaviour changes near power
      > lines.
      > Now a limited study at Landau University has found that bees refuse to
      > return to their hives when mobile phones are placed nearby. Dr Jochen
      > Kuhn, who carried it out, said this could provide a "hint" to a possible
      > cause.
      > Dr George Carlo, who headed a massive study by the US government and
      > mobile phone industry of hazards from mobiles in the Nineties, said: "I
      > am convinced the possibility is real."
      > The case against handsets
      > Evidence of dangers to people from mobile phones is increasing. But
      > proof is still lacking, largely because many of the biggest perils, such
      > as cancer, take decades to show up.
      > Most research on cancer has so far proved inconclusive. But an official
      > Finnish study found that people who used the phones for more than 10
      > years were 40 per cent more likely to get a brain tumour on the same
      > side as they held the handset.
      > Equally alarming, blue-chip Swedish research revealed that radiation
      > from mobile phones killed off brain cells, suggesting that today's
      > teenagers could go senile in the prime of their lives.
      > Studies in India and the US have raised the possibility that men who use
      > mobile phones heavily have reduced sperm counts. And, more prosaically,
      > doctors have identified the condition of "text thumb", a form of RSI
      > from constant texting.
      > Professor Sir William Stewart, who has headed two official inquiries,
      > warned that children under eight should not use mobiles and made a
      > series of safety recommendations, largely ignored by ministers.
      > Bradford comments;
      > Firstly Spring time researchers might want to review how the Hexagon
      > history works. Listen up newbie Anthros! Firstly the light bearing
      > crystal lives on light and is shaped, one would say, for a mineral to
      > grow, well that is odd. Minerals don't grow, but we can certainly find
      > in the darkest, most lightless regions of caves, crystal clear crystals
      > or beautifully tinted crystals with Hexagonal perfection.
      > Next we come to the Honeycomb of the bee. Now if Lions, that is no IF,
      > but lions as Heart force Sun Beings.. right away that is a miracle.
      > Bull-LION-Eagle and Angel, the Lion in animal science embodies the Sun
      > miracle in living roaring reality. But the Bee for the insect community
      > would be a kind of Lion. Just as Gold is the resonating metal of the Sun
      > Being and represents still in the world today, Gold at approx. 400 to
      > 600 dollars an ounce. We dove off the Gold standard and into credit
      > cards and paper and Goethe was the first to see what wide cracks this
      > created for Ahriman to seep out into the false sense of Earthly
      > Etheric-Astral reality that resonates from Gold to the Lion to the Bee.
      > But Kepler, Kepler our own Egyptian student who has done so much for
      > NASA and star studies that they took Kepler and made his insights into a
      > kind of science of Nasa materialism... Not that Kepler didn't bring with
      > him amazing Egyptian star forces... he did!! But Kepler and scientists
      > over the world argued about the efficiency of the honeycomb and cell to
      > cell packing as part of the hexagonal mystery. Not only are the eyes of
      > bees hexagonal lattices of complex lens... but Lenses...and wait a
      > minute, Lenses. I'll get back to the Sun Lens inside the Dodecahedronal
      > 12 cranial nerves we have been studying in a second.
      > [A computer-generated model of two opposing honeycomb layers, showing
      > three cells on one layer fitting together with three cells on the
      > opposing layer]
      > "In mathematics <http://www.answers.com/topic/mathematics> , the Kepler
      > conjecture is a conjecture <http://www.answers.com/topic/conjecture>
      > about sphere packing <http://www.answers.com/topic/sphere-packing> in
      > three-dimensional Euclidean space
      > <http://www.answers.com/topic/euclidean-space-2> . It says that no
      > arrangement of equal spheres <http://www.answers.com/topic/sphere>
      > filling space has a greater average density
      > <http://www.answers.com/topic/density> than that of the cubic close
      > packing (face-centered cubic) and hexagonal close packing arrangements.
      > The density of these arrangements is a little over 74%."
      > Bradford continues;
      > Ergo the honeycomb. But this honeycomb arrangement is also in cellular
      > and blood systems within the human being. Ergo within the blood are vast
      > flowing seas of moving hexagonal light bearing and iron saturated sun
      > particles. So say we take a crystal and we know it is a light bearing
      > form. But here is my offering to the Honeycomb of the great Christ
      > Beeeeing. Christ is not only a Sun Being but is the Master Bee and
      > etheric pollinator and former of the I AM. All through nature the Bees,
      > as Sun reprsentatives, whose hive gestations cycles mirror exactly the
      > rotation of the Sun. For those who have no knowledge of Steiner's Nine
      > Lectures on Bees, you would be in for a Sun Being surprise.
      > Why is Goethean Science so solid and stupid science, somewhat dull?
      > Because the Bee in particular along with gestation cycles of birds that
      > hatch eggs, are keyed to the time it takes the Sun to rotate once on its
      > axis in relation to Earth. The Sun is huge, so one day for the Sun,
      > where it rotates once fully around, is approx 25 to 27 Earth days. And
      > that for the student of Spiritual Science gives measure and number to
      > the fact that the gestation cycle of bees and the time it takes for
      > birds to sit on their nest eggs, is one Sun Day. About 3 weeks.
      > Planets, we could go on and on about all that Science garbles and how
      > our children are lost in the maze. The Elephants Gestation cycle matches
      > exactly the time it takes Mars to go once around the Sun. Venus and the
      > human gestation cycle and Venus and the steps of the Aztec and Mayan
      > alters... Venus and the apple star form, inside the apple that
      > apparently Eve gave to Adam.. A Venus signature. The Moon, every 28
      > days... 28 day breeding cycle of rabbits, mice... etc... The Horse
      > gestation cycle, the four hooved plain dancer, fitted for earth, the
      > horse gestation cycle is the time it takes the Earth to go once around
      > the Sun. And on and on... Oh, and lest we forget Jupiter, Jupiter has a
      > mini-cycle in the human liver, that replenishes the blood and filters
      > it, turns it over, every 12 hours.... and thereby much of our cycle of
      > twelves are based on Jupiter and liver cycles. Let alone the education
      > of a child going through 12 years to high school. That is also a
      > gestation cycle. But science really deliberately avoids what true
      > science is all about.
      > So that brings us to Christ and the Etheric Christ as the Bee keeper of
      > i am's. The pollinator and cross fertilization into etheric thinking,
      > that then serves the Light that begins to work in the blood stream. But
      > as Steiner has brought, Earth could no longer infuse etheric life into
      > the bodies of men, but exactly after Golgotha, we do have men, initiates
      > and in a particular etheric thinking example, Paul himself, and Goethe,
      > coming alive with vivid etheric thinking. In Steiner, we have the
      > ability of Steiner to follow the light tracking imprinted in the
      > individual karmic signature of human i am's that incarnate and excarnate
      > and transform and grow themselves into light bearers.
      > So what does that Christ Bee Keeper do? Well here we have the kind of
      > Angelic honeycomb of cells that the Angels contain as a massive hive of
      > our higher selves. Bradford's singular imagination of this massive Sun,
      > that the Aztec's used to rob via priests draped and decked, caked in
      > gold than stealing the human hearts out of the Sun Karma, stealing it
      > from the Angelic community, was vile...vile black magic.
      > Turner.....anyways we'll get to the Sun as the Etheric Christ as the
      > vast bee keeper of i am's maybe next time.

    • carol
      I hate the idea of paralleling evil and good in order to make a point, but I thought it might be appropriate at this time. (Please forgive this digression.)
      Message 61 of 61 , Aug 20, 2007

        I hate the idea of paralleling  evil and good in order to make a point, but I thought it might be appropriate at this time. (Please forgive this digression.)

        At this time, 2000 following the Mystical fact of Golgotha, myself and fellow souls find ourselves swamped in another mystical event. The physical incarnation of a Satanic Being and Force.

        Not all of us have 'eyes' to see this occuring, to perceive it consciously, but just occured at the time of the Christ:

         " It took the personal appearance of Christ Himself to convince the other disciples, however. They would not even believe the testimony of Mary Magdalene.."

        So it may well be that it will take the personal experience of the appearance of the Ahrimanic Being to start the 'wheel of beleif'' in some of us.

        The question which presses my conscience is what of the occultists in who's Will this Ahrimanic Being exercises his powers. According to the the Emmerich prediction, there consists at this very moment (my input), an occultic magician (not necessarily active) and an individual incarnated as Ahriman. There must necessarily as well exist a close circle of backup of HARD CORE occultists who together, have managed to come to know, in a very real sense, the manifest potential of Satanic occult forces. They must LOVE? to SEE the forces of their satanic powers manifest within the substrata soul environment.

        Now, I don't want to get into just what forms of animalistic barbarism is required to cultivate such evil occult forces, because my point is not to access this form of vision. It's more to suggest that though " two thousand years of the worldwide spread of Christianity have been accompanied by two thousand years of strident unbelief." , Ahrimanic forces struggling to see the light of day, TODAY, may actually  allow some people to turn their eyes to the 'PLACE' WITHIN human experience where the great CHRIST EVENT was perceptable AND LOOK DOWN ON THIS EVIL SPIRIT.

        As well, these secretive TOP Satanists should also be figuring it out that if Ahrimanic forces can thrive in THE occult soul environment, then so also can, to a much higher degree, and in a natural occuring benevolent form, the Supersensible forces which DID accompany Christ at the time of his earthly life and of which are STILL working OCCULTLY/SUPERSENSIBLY throughOUT the Christian Impulse- right into this very moment.

        "....Then, once he had delivered Jesus up to be crucified, his (Pilate)fears must have been increased by the supernatural darkness and the great earthquake...

        "The idea that the disciples had stolen the body while the soldiers slept... , if the soldiers really were all asleep...they could not have known what happened...Secondly, the work of moving the stone, stripping the grave clothes off the body, and carrying the body away, would surely have awakened at least some of the soldiers...

        ... They had known about His miracles and His wonderful teachings for over three years, yet they still bitterly opposed Him and sought for some means to destroy Him, still deluding themselves and others with the notion that He was a "deceiver," doing His mighty works by the power of the devil....

        ....This particular appearance to the women was some little time after He had earlier met with Mary Magdalene. Mark 16:9 makes it clear that, "He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven devils...." Impact of the Empty Tomb by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D.


        Well, Gee- The Christ Being taking care of casting out seven devils.

        Now wouldn't THAT BE SUCH an inconvience for the Satanly Strung Top Willed Occultists tending their (Nocturnal) nest ? With still FAINT traces of the blood of their canabalistic rituals dripping from their mouths?




        --- In anthroposophy@yahoogroups.com, "holderlin66" <holderlin66@...> wrote:
        > Impact of the Empty Tomb by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. There are "many
        > infallible proofs" of the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ,
        > but the testimony of the empty tomb is the most conclusive of all. Jesus
        > had been buried, with the tomb sealed and guarded by a watch of Roman
        > soldiers. Yet on the third day of His burial, on the morning of the
        > first day of the week, the body was no longer there, and the empty tomb
        > still stands today as an unanswerable proof that the Lord Jesus rose
        > from the dead. There are other proofs, of course?the ten or more
        > recorded appearances of the resurrected Christ to His disciples, the
        > amazing change of demeanor of the disciples from that of fearful
        > hideaways to fearless evangelists, the worldwide spread of the Christian
        > faith as founded on the resurrection, and so on. But the impact of the
        > empty tomb was the foundation and bulwark of all the rest. As we
        > consider its impact on the world, and on us today, it is instructively
        > fascinating to consider first its impact on those who first encountered
        > it. Impact on the Soldiers A watch (possibly a "quaternion" of four
        > Roman soldiers?compare Acts 12:4) had been designated by the Roman
        > Governor Pilate to guard the tomb after Jesus' body had been buried
        > there by Nicodemus and Joseph. The account is in Matthew 27:62_66.
        > * Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the
        > chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, * Saying,
        > Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while He was yet alive, After
        > three days I will rise again. * Command therefore that the sepulchre
        > be made sure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night, and
        > steal Him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: So
        > the last error shall be worse than the first. * Pilate said unto
        > them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. * So
        > they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a
        > watch.
        > The "great stone" had already been "rolled . . . to the door of the
        > sepulchre" by Joseph when he and Nicodemus buried Jesus (Matthew 27:60),
        > but now the soldiers (as directed by the chief priests) sealed it in
        > place with the official Roman seal, which could only be broken on
        > penalty of death. Then they took their guard positions for the rest of
        > the three-day period. Probably they took turns at sleeping, one sleeping
        > while three remained awake on guard. Certainly none of the hiding
        > disciples?or anyone else?would have dared to try to invade the tomb for
        > any reason. The soldiers had probably been selected from that "whole
        > band of soldiers" (Matthew 27:27) that had stripped Jesus in Pilate's
        > hall and scourged Him and mocked Him and then taken Him out to crucify
        > Him. They had watched Him suffer and die, but then they had also
        > experienced the great darkness and the great earthquake (Matthew
        > 27:45,51), and had heard their centurion cry out: "Truly this man was
        > the Son of God" (Mark 15:39). They had no reason to fear the
        > disciples, but they must have had some concern about what God might do
        > to them, if indeed, Jesus was the Son of God, as their centurion had
        > cried. In any case, they certainly would not be lethargic and careless
        > about their assignment, or about to fall asleep while on duty. They
        > were hardly prepared for what did happen!
        > * And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the
        > Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the
        > door, and sat upon it. * His countenance was like lightning, and his
        > raiment white as snow: * And for fear of him the keepers did shake,
        > and became as dead men (Matthew 28:2_4).
        > As soon as they recovered and were able to move, they scattered from the
        > site, rightly deciding that the mighty angel was more to be feared than
        > the priests or even Pilate. But what to do next? They realized that the
        > happening at the tomb would soon become known, including their flight,
        > and they realized Pilate might well have them put to death for leaving
        > their post. Their best hope would be the priests, who seemed to have
        > some kind of influence with the governor, and perhaps would be able to
        > understand their plight. Therefore, some of them (what happened to the
        > others is not recorded) headed for the temple, to tell Caiphas and the
        > others that the tomb was empty, though it was not because of the
        > disciples, who were still somewhere in hiding.
        > * . . . behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto
        > the chief priests all the things that were done. * And when they
        > were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large
        > money unto the soldiers, * Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by
        > night, and stole Him away while we slept. * And if this come to the
        > governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. * So they
        > took the money, and did as they were taught: And this saying is commonly
        > reported among the Jews until this day (Matthew 28:11-15).
        > Under other circumstances, the soldiers would have been afraid to say
        > they all four had been sleeping on duty. But they were also greedy, and
        > the "hush-money" convinced them. They were in mortal danger anyway, and
        > they realized that Pilate might be amenable to bribery too, and they
        > really had no other choice. Roman officials were indeed known to take
        > bribes to render desired decisions (note the reputation of the governor
        > Felix as implied in Acts 24:26). The idea that the disciples had stolen
        > the body while the soldiers slept circulated for a while, but it was so
        > unreasonable that it could not survive very long. In the first place, if
        > the soldiers really were all asleep (which is practically
        > inconceivable), they could not have known what happened. Secondly, the
        > work of moving the stone, stripping the grave clothes off the body, and
        > carrying the body away, would surely have awakened at least some of the
        > soldiers. Finally, the disciples could never have persisted in
        > preaching a lie about resurrection when it began to cost them all their
        > possessions and finally their lives to do so. Thus the story circulated
        > by the soldiers was basically unbelievable and could not convince people
        > very long. But it served the immediate purpose, presumably, of sparing
        > the soldiers' lives for the time being. They did know that the tomb was
        > empty, however, and we can at least wonder whether some of them also
        > might have eventually come to believe that Jesus was really the Son of
        > God, and to seek His forgiveness and salvation. Impact on the Priests
        > When the priests and Pharisees heard the report of the soldiers, they
        > could tell that these hardened and callous men were telling the truth,
        > and that the tomb really was empty?not opened up by the disciples but by
        > a mighty angel of God. If they had been skeptical, they would surely
        > have gone to the tomb themselves to investigate. They did not do so,
        > however, but instead bribed the soldiers (and possibly Pilate later) to
        > lie about the matter. One would think that these respected religious
        > leaders, now that they knew that Christ really had risen from the dead,
        > would have been willing to confess their mistake and receive Christ
        > gladly as their long-awaited Messiah. Instead they became more
        > determined than ever to oppose Him and His disciples, denying the almost
        > undeniable truth of His victory over death and the grave. They had known
        > about His miracles and His wonderful teachings for over three years, yet
        > they still bitterly opposed Him and sought for some means to destroy
        > Him, still deluding themselves and others with the notion that He was a
        > "deceiver," doing His mighty works by the power of the devil. Just three
        > days earlier, before the assembled Sanhedrin Council, Jesus had
        > acknowledged that He was indeed the very Son of God and that ". . . ye
        > shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming
        > in the clouds of heaven" (Mark 14:62). They should by all reason have
        > fallen down to worship Him, but instead they accused Him of blasphemy
        > and ". . . they all condemned Him to be guilty of death" (Mark 14:64),
        > still convincing themselves that He was a deceiver. When the soldiers
        > came back to them with their amazing report of mighty angels and an
        > empty tomb, thus confirming that He was back from the dead as He had
        > promised, they surely must have realized that He was all that He had
        > claimed and could do all that He had promised. No one but God could
        > defeat death, for it was God who had pronounced the judgment of death on
        > all who sin. No one but the Creator could bring life out of death, for
        > it was He who had created life in the beginning. Jesus was,
        > therefore, as He had claimed, "the bread of life," "the light of the
        > world," "the resurrection, and the life," "the way, the truth, and the
        > life" (John 6:35; 8:12; 11:25; 14:6), and He could, indeed, "give unto
        > them eternal life" (John 10:28) if they would only believe that He was
        > Lord and had been raised from the dead. As the Apostle Paul said later:
        > "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
        > in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be
        > saved" (Romans 10:9). They surely must have realized all this by now,
        > for He had risen from the tomb. Instead?like old Pharaoh?they
        > "hardened their hearts" (Exodus 8:15) yet again, and proceeded to do
        > everything in their power to deny His resurrection and to prevent His
        > followers from proclaiming it. They may once have thought Jesus was a
        > deceiver, but now knew He was not. They themselves became conscious
        > deceivers, bribing the soldiers also to deceive. The sad thing is that
        > many Jews to this day still believe this impossible lie. Impact on
        > Pilate Pilate had no sympathy or agreement with these Jewish elders
        > when he gave them the watch they requested for the tomb, but (possibly
        > through fear of their political influence with King Herod or other
        > authorities) reluctantly agreed to do so. He knew that Jesus had claimed
        > to be the Son of God and his wife had?because of a dream?warned him not
        > to have anything to do with "that just man" (Matthew 27:19). Yet he gave
        > in to the Jews anyway, and consented to have Jesus executed. Then,
        > once he had delivered Jesus up to be crucified, his fears must have been
        > increased by the supernatural darkness and the great earthquake. Next,
        > Joseph of Arimathaea, known to Pilate as a rich and godly member of the
        > Council, had come to request the body of Jesus, and Pilate knew that
        > this would mean Joseph's expulsion from the Council and ostracism and
        > persecution by his colleagues there. This was bound to make a deep
        > impression, and then here came his own centurion with his conviction
        > that Jesus had been the Son of God after all. Very soon after the
        > soldiers' report to the priests, the news must have reached Pilate also
        > about the empty tomb. He could hardly believe the story that the
        > disciples had stolen the body, nor would he have appreciated the part
        > that his soldiers had played in its fabrication. It is doubtful that the
        > soldiers escaped punishment after all, not because of sleeping on their
        > watch, but because of the obvious lie that they had done so, no matter
        > how much money the priests may have offered Pilate. He would surely
        > have forced the truth out of his soldiers when he questioned them. That
        > means that Pilate, as well as the soldiers and the priests, also
        > realized that "that just man" whom he had sent to the cross, had risen
        > from the dead. There is a rather doubtful tradition that Pilate, as well
        > as some of the soldiers, eventually accepted Christ as Savior and Lord.
        > If so, it was a remarkable testimony to the grace of God, and an answer
        > to His prayer on the cross: "Father, forgive them; for they know not
        > what they do" (Luke 23:34). In any case, Pilate knew that the tomb
        > was empty and there is no record that either he or the chief priests
        > ever tried to find the body. Beyond any doubt, they would have tried
        > diligently to find the body if they really thought there was any chance
        > at all that it was somewhere on Earth. After the great conversion on the
        > day of Pentecost, with the flame of Christianity rapidly spreading
        > through Jerusalem and into other regions, the Jewish leaders did
        > everything they could to stamp it out. Displaying the dead body of Jesus
        > would have done this instantaneously, because the preaching of Peter and
        > the others centered on the triumphant fact of the resurrection. This
        > they could not do, however, and they knew they could not do it, because
        > they knew the tomb was empty on that first Lord's Day morning. Impact
        > on the Women Other than the soldiers, the first ones to learn about the
        > empty tomb were faithful women who had watched Joseph and Nicodemus bury
        > Him there. Matthew and Mark both mention Mary Magdalene and "the other
        > Mary" (evidently the "mother of James the less and of Joses, and
        > Salome," and possibly also "Mary the wife of Cleophas"?Matthew 27:61;
        > 28:1; Mark 15:40; John 19:25). Luke gives a more complete account in
        > Luke 23:55_24:11 as follows:
        > * And the women also, which came with Him from Galilee, followed
        > after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how His body was laid. * And
        > they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath
        > day according to the commandment. * Now upon the first day of the
        > week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing
        > the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. *
        > And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. * And they
        > entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. * And it came
        > to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood
        > by them in shining garments: * And as they were afraid, and bowed
        > down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the
        > living among the dead? * He is not here, but is risen: remember how
        > He spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee, * Saying, The Son of
        > man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified,
        > and the third day rise again. * And they remembered His words, *
        > And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the
        > eleven, and to all the rest. * It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna,
        > and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which
        > told these things unto the apostles. * And their words seemed to
        > them as idle tales, and they believed them not. * These faithful
        > women thus were privileged to see that the tomb was empty before any of
        > the apostles did. In fact, when the women hurried back to tell the
        > apostles, the latter did not believe them. However, Peter and John were
        > not with the others at the time, and neither was Mary Magdalene, who had
        > run back to tell Peter and John as soon as she noted the stone rolled
        > away from the sepulchre (John 20:1).
        > The other women did see the emptied tomb and they heard the angels tell
        > the glorious news that Christ had risen from the dead. Great must have
        > been their dismay and disappointment when the disciples would not
        > believe them. These dear women, just a few hours before, had been as
        > despondent as the disciples, sure that the Lord they had loved and
        > served was gone forever. They also had forgotten His promise to rise
        > again. But at least they were not in hiding, as the disciples were.
        > They were bold enough, and loving enough, to strike out very early that
        > Sunday morning and head back to the garden tomb where they had watched
        > Joseph and Nicodemus bury Jesus, determined to do what little they could
        > to honor His dead body with their spices and ointments. They worried
        > as to how they could roll away the heavy stone from the door (Mark
        > 16:3), but came on anyway. They knew nothing, of course, about the Roman
        > seal and the soldiers, but one feels that, even if they had, they would
        > have come and tried anyway. When Mary Magdalene had first seen that
        > the stone was rolled away, she jumped to the conclusion that some of His
        > enemies had already removed His body, perhaps because they thought it
        > was not fitting for Him to be buried in a garden tomb recently built by
        > a previously respected member of the Council. Mary Magdalene immediately
        > ran back to tell Peter and John, who were apparently at John's home,
        > where John had taken Mary, the mother of Jesus, to give her whatever
        > care and comfort he could after the terrible crucifixion (note John
        > 19:26,27). Mary Magdalene did not, at that time, enter the tomb itself,
        > but the other women did, and they quickly found that Jesus was not
        > there. It was only then that they saw the two men (or rather, angels who
        > had assumed the form of men) who told them the wonderful, almost
        > incredible, news that Christ was risen from the dead, as He had said He
        > would do. Mary Magdalene was not present at the time to hear this
        > wonderful news. She had already rushed back to tell Peter and John what
        > she thought was the disturbing news that someone had removed the body,
        > perhaps hoping against hope that they could do something to bring it
        > back. But then, while weeping later at the empty tomb, Mary herself
        > became the very first one to see, not the empty tomb where Jesus had
        > lain in death, but the risen Christ Himself, alive forevermore! Her
        > unique love had been rewarded with this very special privilege. The
        > stirring account of this special meeting is given in John 20:11_19.
        > Impact on the Disciples Most of the eleven disciples reacted with
        > skepticism when the excited women came back to the place where they were
        > secretly assembled (note John 20:19; Mark 16:11). They had not only seen
        > that Jesus was not in the tomb and heard the angels say that He had
        > risen, but had even seen Christ Himself, for according to Matthew 28:9,
        > ". . . as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them,
        > saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped
        > Him." This particular appearance to the women was some little time
        > after He had earlier met with Mary Magdalene. Mark 16:9 makes it clear
        > that, "He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast
        > seven devils." The disciples were probably in the same "large upper
        > room" (Luke 22:12) where they had observed the last supper with Jesus
        > and where they later assembled after Jesus' ascension (Acts 1:13). This
        > was in the city of Jerusalem, whereas Joseph's garden tomb was well
        > outside the city, and it evidently took the women longer to reach the
        > disciples than it had taken Mary Magdalene to find Peter and John and
        > then get back to the tomb with them. As mentioned above, Peter and
        > John were probably with Mary the mother of Jesus at John's home. The
        > account does not say where that was, but it was probably not very far
        > away, since the two disciples "ran both together" (John 20:4), with John
        > running faster, to get to the sepulchre. Mary also had run (John 20:2)
        > to get from the tomb to the two disciples. But now we should look
        > directly at John's own account (John 20:1-10).
        > * The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was
        > yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the
        > sepulchre. * Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the
        > other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken
        > away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid
        > Him. * Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came
        > to the sepulchre. * So they ran both together: and the other
        > disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. * And he
        > stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he
        > not in. * Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the
        > sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, * And the napkin, that
        > was about His head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped
        > together in a place by itself. * Then went in also that other
        > disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
        > * For as yet they knew not the scripture, that He must rise again from
        > the dead. * Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
        > The linen clothes that had been wrapped tightly around the body of Jesus
        > obviously figure very importantly in John's record. They were lying
        > there on the shelf where Jesus' body had been placed, in exactly the
        > position where He had been, but the body was not in them. Even the
        > separate little cloth, which had been wound around His head was
        > collapsed inward where the head had lain. The words "wrapped together
        > in" are one word in the original?same as "wrapped in" in the parallel
        > account in Matthew 27:59. It was clear that someone had not simply
        > removed the clothes from the body, and then taken the body away. The
        > only possible explanation of what John saw was that the body had simply
        > passed through the clothes, leaving them just where they had been,
        > except that they had collapsed inward by themselves. And that could
        > only mean that Jesus was alive again, except that His body was now a
        > resurrection body, physical and real, yet able to pass through the linen
        > clothes and?later?even through closed doors. When the women first saw
        > this unique sight, they were just "perplexed" (Luke 24:4). Apparently
        > even Peter, who entered the tomb before John did, failed to understand
        > their significance at first. But when John came in, "he saw, and
        > believed!" He it was who?before any of the other disciples?really
        > understood what had happened and "believed" that Jesus Christ had
        > defeated man's ancient enemy, death, and was risen from the dead. The
        > scene and its thrilling significance to John have been movingly
        > memorialized in a poem entitled, "John the Beloved," written many years
        > ago by Ruth Margaret Gibbs. I run with Simon Peter to the tomb,
        > Feel, as a dream, the racing wind go by,
        > The muttered doubts, the chilling blight of gloom;
        > And still there rings within my ears a cry
        > Born of a whisper that the women made:
        > "The place is empty where our Lord was laid."
        > Was not His death upon a cross enough?
        > The gaping crowds that waited on the crest,
        > The sneering, mocking soldiers and their rough
        > And hooting blasphemy . . . ? Can He not rest,
        > Can He not sleep, forget the world of men . . . ?
        > What mean these strange and idle tales, then?
        > My feet have outrun Simon; here before
        > The sepulcher I stand on blessed earth
        > That holds the kingdom and the King, and more—The promises of our
        > Messiah's birth!
        > Oh, heart that labors, if I could but place
        > My head upon His bosom, see His face.
        > Now Simon's shadow darkens all the tomb;
        > He enters weeping; I can share his tears. . . .
        > To find the linens lying in the room
        > As they were wrapped will put away my fears.
        > Stoop, burdened shoulders, I must look and prove;
        > Bow down, my soul, in grief before His love.
        > My eyes run rivers down; they cannot see.
        > My sandals move beyond the arch of stone. . . .
        > But, lo, the Master is not . . . can it be
        > We stand within the sepulcher alone. . . ?
        > Or do I dream, or am I one gone mad
        > With fancies like the whispering women had?
        > He is not here! And yet the linens line
        > The place He lay as though they hold Him fast.
        > He is not here! What miracle, what sign
        > Is this that tells of death and terror past . . . ?
        > Look up my soul, and faith take root and grow:
        > My Lord and Savior lives! I know . . . I know.
        > The disciple whom Jesus loved thus immediately believed in the
        > resurrection when he saw the linen clothes lying still as they had been,
        > yet in a now-empty tomb, though he and the others had all apparently
        > forgotten His promise to rise after three days (e.g., Matthew 20:17_19).
        > Neither had they understood the prophecies in the Old Testament that He
        > would rise again (Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 53:10; etc.). But very soon they
        > would all understand and go forth into all the world as Spirit-filled
        > proclaimers of the great truth of Christ's substitutionary death and
        > bodily resurrection. It took the personal appearance of Christ
        > Himself to convince the other disciples, however. They would not even
        > believe the testimony of Mary Magdalene that she had seen Jesus nor the
        > testimony of the two who talked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus (Mark
        > 16:9_13), nor apparently the testimony from John of the significance of
        > the empty tomb (Luke 24:24). Finally, ". . . the same day at evening,
        > being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the
        > disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in
        > the midst" (John 20:19). Even then they were slow to believe in the
        > bodily resurrection. Rather, ". . . they were terrified and affrighted,
        > and supposed that they had seen a spirit" (Luke 24:37). One of them,
        > Thomas, was not there at the time, and he would not even believe their
        > account (John 20:25) until he could see for himself. All of this goes
        > to show that any theory about some kind of "Passover plot" by the
        > disciples is absurd. They had to be convinced that He was alive by "many
        > infallible proofs" (Acts 1:3) before they would even venture out of
        > hiding! The idea of pretending Christ had risen in order to advance some
        > bold and nefarious plot of their own could never have even entered their
        > minds. If they had stolen the body, or (as some have thought) if Jesus
        > had never actually died on the cross, and also considering the fact that
        > they were already fearful that they were about to meet a fate similar to
        > His, it is inconceivable that they could suddenly have gone forth
        > preaching the resurrection as they did with such power that multitudes
        > were soon converted. The body of Jesus was certainly no longer in the
        > tomb, nor could it be produced anywhere else. If perchance, the women
        > had gone to the wrong tomb (as some have imagined), or the Jews or the
        > Romans had moved the body to another tomb (as others have supposed), the
        > authorities could quickly have stopped the spreading flame of
        > Christianity merely by exhibiting the dead body of the Lord. They could
        > not do this, however, though they tried all manner of persecution and
        > other means to stop the spread of Christianity, for the good reason that
        > Christ had risen from the dead and later ascended back to heaven.
        > Many skeptics have tried to avoid the truth of the resurrection by
        > saying that Jesus did not actually die on the cross. The tomb was empty,
        > they say, because Jesus recovered from his wounds in the cool of the
        > tomb and then went back to be with His disciples and friends. This
        > "swoon theory," as it has been called, is even more incredible than the
        > other anti-resurrection ideas, though it has been advocated by many. An
        > ultra-liberal theologian of the nineteenth century, David Strauss,
        > though he did not believe in the bodily resurrection himself, nor in the
        > inspiration of the Bible, pilloried the swoon theory in the following
        > incisive words: It is impossible that one who had just come forth from
        > the grave half dead, who crept about weak and ill, who stood in need of
        > medical treatment, of bandaging, strengthening, and tender care, and who
        > at last succumbed to suffering, could ever have given to the disciples
        > that impression that he was a conqueror over death and the grave,?that
        > he was the Prince of life,?which lay at the bottom of their future
        > ministry. Such a resurrection could only have weakened the impression
        > which he had made upon them in life and in death,?or at the most could
        > have given it an elegiac voice,?but could by no possibility have changed
        > their sorrow into enthusiasm, or elevated their reverence into worship
        > (The Life of Jesus for the People, London, 1879, p. 412). Strauss,
        > the first great rationalistic interpreter of the Bible in modern times,
        > while not believing in either the deity or the Resurrection of Christ
        > himself, nevertheless (in an 1865 book, New Life of Jesus Christ,
        > London, 1865 p. 397) admitted that the Resurrection was "the Touchstone
        > not of lives of Jesus only, but of Christianity itself, . . . decisive
        > for the whole view of Christianity." These two quotations from Strauss
        > were taken from a great little book, The Supernaturalness of Christ, by
        > Dr. Wilbur M. Smith (published in 1940 and now out of print) which
        > provided much further evidence in support of its subject. Once the
        > disciples had been firmly convinced of the reality of the Resurrection,
        > they went forth and practically "turned the world upside down" (Acts
        > 17:6) with their proclamation of its reality. As Luke testified: ". . .
        > with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the
        > Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all" (Acts 4:33). Impact on
        > the World and Us Today It is profoundly significant that two thousand
        > years of the worldwide spread of Christianity have been accompanied by
        > two thousand years of strident unbelief. Not only have the Jews opposed
        > the Resurrection, but so have the Muslims, the Hindus, the Buddhists,
        > the Marxists, and every conceivable form of anti-Christian thought. Even
        > more deplorable has been the rationalism of so-called "Christian"
        > modernists, liberals, and cultists of every variety of compromising
        > pseudo-Christianity. Yet with all this opposition, no scholar or
        > anyone else has ever yet been satisfactorily able to explain away the
        > empty tomb of Christ. The unbreakable historic record that Jesus Christ
        > died on the cross, was buried in a specific sepulchre, and was out of
        > that tomb three days later, can be explained only by His Resurrection.
        > Every other proffered theory has failed miserably. His tomb is empty!
        > The tombs of Mohammed, Buddha, Confucius, Karl Marx, and every other
        > religious founder and philosophical genius still hold and will hold the
        > remains of their occupants until they go back to the dust. But not
        > that of the Lord Jesus Christ. His body was there for only three days,
        > and then, having been resurrected, glorified, and immortalized, He
        > appeared to His disciples, showing Himself to be ". . . alive after His
        > passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and
        > speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3).
        > Then He ascended back to heaven and ever since has been "at the right
        > hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us" (Romans 8:34). One
        > day, all the graves will be emptied! Jesus said to those who are His
        > followers: "Because I live, ye shall live also" (John 14:19). He has
        > promised to return some day (perhaps today!), and ". . . if we believe
        > that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus
        > will God bring with Him. . . . and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
        > Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them
        > in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with
        > the Lord" (I Thessalonians 4:14,16,17). In that great day?all made
        > possible by the Resurrection of Christ?the graves of every believer in
        > Christ of every age and place will be emptied, and we shall all receive
        > glorified bodies like that of Christ Himself. "We know that, when He
        > shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is" (I
        > John 3:2; note also Philippians 3:20,21). ". . . then shall be brought
        > to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O
        > death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (I
        > Cor-inthians 15:54,55). But it is not only the graves of Christian
        > believers that will be emptied. In the new earth where true Christians
        > will live forever with the Lord, there will be no place at all for
        > graves and tombs and sepulchers, for there will be no "more death"
        > (Revelation 21:4), and, of course, no more sin whose wage is death. Even
        > the great fossil graveyards in the sedimentary rocks surrounding the
        > earth will be obliterated, for ". . . the earth also and the works that
        > are therein shall be burned up" (II Peter 3:10) and God will then build
        > "a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness" (II Peter 3:13). At
        > that time, all the graves of the lost will also be emptied of their
        > contents. Even those whose bodies were buried in the earth's
        > waters?especially those who died in the great Flood on the wicked
        > antediluvian world?will be brought before God. "And the sea gave up the
        > dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which
        > were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works"
        > (Revelation 20:13). Of course, the works of no man in any age have
        > ever been spotless and fruitful enough to permit him to remain forever
        > in the presence of our all-holy Creator, "For all have sinned, and come
        > short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Therefore, ". . . whosoever
        > was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of
        > fire" (Revelation 20:15). Since every person who ever lived was
        > created in the image and likeness of the eternal God (Genesis 1:26;
        > James 3:9), every person will continue to exist forever, either in
        > heaven with the Lord Jesus or in the lake of fire with the devil and his
        > angels (Matthew 25:41). The difference is in their acceptance or
        > rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ as He is?omnipotent Creator,
        > redeeming Savior, and risen Lord. And, lest anyone think that the
        > doctrine of hell and everlasting punishment is anachronistic in this
        > enlightened age, he should realize that the claims and teachings of
        > Christ (which surely emphasize this doctrine) have been verified by His
        > resurrection. Only the Creator of life could overcome death, which had
        > been imposed by Him as the wages of sin in the first place. He knows
        > whereof He speaks! And lest anyone think this punishment to be too
        > harsh and unloving, he should awake to the great revelation that, ". . .
        > God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
        > whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life"
        > (John 3:16). For a man or woman created in the image of God to reject or
        > ignore such infinite love surely is the greatest of all sins?the one
        > unforgivable sin. Such a one must spend eternity somewhere, and
        > Christ?who knows!?says it must be far away from God. As a
        > matter-of-fact, it will be less miserable for that person to spend
        > eternity in hell than to be forced to be forever in the presence of the
        > God and Savior whose sacrificial love he had spurned all his life.
        > Each person should never forget that the empty tomb has proved beyond
        > reasonable doubt that Christ rose from the dead after suffering and
        > dying for his or her personal sins and for the sins of all the world.
        > His resurrection in turn proves that He is the God of all creation, for
        > only God can conquer death. And that proves that all His promises and
        > all His warnings are true and will be totally fulfilled when He comes
        > again. Therefore, one great promise is especially fitting in conclusion.
        > "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus [that is,
        > openly acknowledge Jesus as your Lord], and shalt believe in thine heart
        > that God hath raised Him from the dead [that is, that He died for all
        > your sins and completely satisfied the terrible debt you incurred before
        > God and thereby demonstrated the sin-debt to be completely settled by
        > His glorious victory over death], thou shalt be saved [that is, saved
        > from your deserved destiny in hell and given everlasting life with Him
        > in the new earth]" (Romans 10:9). "Blessed are all they that put their
        > trust in Him" (Psalm 2:12). the tomb MML December,

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