"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14;
Hope of Israel

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Memorial Service for a Hebrew Brother.

The memorial service that I gave for our Hebrew brother, Lawrence Charles Williams. He was the other voice on our tape In the Beginning--Part One. It was given before a Protestant audience who thought L.C. was already burning in hell fire because he disclaimed his former savior j-sus. He died on March 22, 2000. The footnotes were not totally part of the service and were separated and grouped in writing.

I have known L.C. for about fifteen years and we considered each other to be close and dear friends. L.C. was a man who was completely honest, truthful, and totally trustworthy. What ever he said, you could rely on it being that way. Anything he said is the way that it was. He and I could empathize with each over the mistakes we have made in our lives and the hurts we have had, with each knowing that our conversation would go no further, and that each would pray for the other.

L.C. was a man with great sense of humor and was very likeable, a man who never intentionally hurt anyone. He was a simple man who did not put on airs; he did not try to be something he was not. Yet, L.C. was a man who suffered a lot inside, and his past life was reflected in the words of the songs that he wrote and sang. He was a man of sorrow, grief, and sickness--which lately prevented his working--yet; he had come to know his CREATOR from the pages of The Holy Scripture. He knew and understood what is written in the following Scriptures, 1 which we will now cover. Our common CREATOR said this about humankind:

"All your life you will sweat to master it [making a living], until your dying day. Then you will return to the ground from which you came. For you were made from the ground, and to the ground you will return" (Gen. 3: 19 TLB).

Solomon a man, who had wealth untold, had tried it ALL; yet, he drifted away from his CREATOR's perfect ways. He became discouraged with life and this is his commentary:
"The same providence confronts everyone, whether good or bad, religious or irreligious, profane or godly. It seems so unfair that one fate comes to all. That is why men are not more careful to be good, but instead choose their own mad course, for they have no hope--there is nothing but death ahead anyway. They say there is hope only for the living and 'It is better to be a live dog than a dead lion!' For the living at least know that they will die! However, the dead know nothing; they do not even have their memories. Whatever they did in their lifetimes--loving, hating, envying, or giving--is long gone, and they have no part in anything here on earth any more. So go ahead, eat, drink, and be merry, for it makes no difference to our CREATOR!" (Eccl. 9:2-7).

Nevertheless, the question for us today is that a true statement? Does it matter whether we love, hate, envy, or are giving. After we have breathed our last breath, does it really matter? Job was also a man of sorrow and he asked the question that all humankind has wrestled with:
"Oh, that you would hide me with the dead and forget me there until your anger ends; but mark your calendar to think of me again! [--Next comes the question--] "If a man dies, shall he live again? [--then under inspiration he answers it--]. This thought gives me hope, so that in all my anguish I eagerly await sweet death! You would call and I would come, and you would reward all I do" (Job 14:13-15).

The New King James Version states:
"You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall desire the work of Your hands" (Job 14:15 NKJV).

Job was inspired to understand that our common CREATOR would cause the dead to live again. The great Psalmist David states it this way:
"I am always thinking of ETERNAL; and because He is so near, I never need to stumble or to fall. Heart, body, and soul are filled with joy. For You will not leave me among the dead; You will not allow Your beloved one to rot in the grave" (Ps. 16: 8).

The English word "rot" comes the Hebrew word "ra'ah," (raw-aw') and means to see, but with an eye on the future, thus in this case to remain. King David knew he would not always remain in his grave. He knew that one-day he would be resurrected from the grave, he would see our CREATOR, and be like Him:
"As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness" (Ps. 17:14-15).

When in the period of history, does the resurrection occur? The words "that day," in the next verse, generally refer to the time of the Tribulation and the time following it. Thus, the period is the end time or the latter days:
"Then ETERNAL [the one known as YHWH in the Old Testament] will go out fully armed for war, to fight against those nations. That day His feet will stand upon the Mount of Olives, to the east of Jerusalem..." (Zec. 14:3-4).

Here is what the prophets Isaiah and Hosea have said of that time:
"Here on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, ETERNAL CREATOR will spread a wondrous feast for everyone around the world--a delicious feast of good food, with clear, well-aged wine and choice beef. At that time, He will remove the cloud of gloom, the pall of death that hangs over the earth. He will swallow up death forever. ETERNAL CREATOR will wipe away all tears and take away forever all insults and mockery against His land and people. ETERNAL has spoken--He will surely do it!" (Isa. 25: 6-8).

"Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead" (Isa. 26:19).

"I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! [Any] pity [for death] is hidden from My eyes" (Hosea 13:14 NKJV).

The prophet Daniel has the exact same message; however, he adds another piece to the puzzle [the following smaller non-blue words are not in the Hebrew and were not read in the service]:
"And many of those whose bodies lie dead and buried will rise up, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise--the people of our CREATOR--shall shine as brightly as the sun's brilliance, and those who turn many to righteousness will glitter like stars forever" (Dan 12:2-3).

The English word "everlasting" comes from the Hebrew word 2 "'owlam" (o-lawm') and means "to veil from sight or concealed for time out of mind to the vanishing point." The concept is not one of everlasting torment, but of everlasting death as compared to everlasting life. Now let us analyze what Daniel has stated. He said there would be two classes of those resurrected. Some of the dead will: 1) rise to everlasting life, 2) and some to eternal death.

The number of people who face eternal death will be small. They are the ones who personally knew our CREATOR and understood His word. They understood it to the point that they were able live it and to be able to teach it to others. They understood the Tanakh (Holy Scriptures) and what was expected of them--yet they made a decision to turn their backs on ETERNAL's Way and went back to the ways of this world.

However, notice that he also said, "those who are wise--the people of our CREATOR--shall ...turn many to righteousness." But, how could this be? How could people be turned to righteousness after the Father has come down to stand on the Mount of Olives, after there has already been a resurrection to Spirit?

This is a mystery because it concerns another resurrection, which is a resurrection to flesh and blood. However, this other resurrection is plainly stated in The Holy Scripture:
"The power of ETERNAL was upon me and I was carried away by the Spirit of ETERNAL to a valley full of old, dry bones that were scattered everywhere across the ground. He led me around among them, and then He said to me: 'Son of dust, can these bones become people again?' I replied, 'ETERNAL, You alone know the answer to that.' Then He told me to speak to the bones and say: 'O dry bones, listen to the words of The Mighty One 3 ' For ETERNAL CREATOR says, 'See, I am going to make you live and breathe again! I will replace the flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you shall live and know I am ETERNAL'" (Ezek. 37:1-6).

Who are the people who will be resurrected as flesh and blood?   They are the people, who were not called by ETERNAL during their life times and thus they did not know Him. If they had been called and knew Him, they would be resurrected to either eternal life or eternal death. Remember that Daniel stated, "those who knew our CREATOR and followed His Way would turn many to righteousness." The other side of that is that if they knew The Holy One of Israel and turned their back on Him they would be resurrected to eternal death.

To be turned to righteousness indicates that these people were not righteous before death. They were not unrighteous 4 either or their resurrection would be to eternal death. They simply are the people who never had a chance to know our CREATOR and His righteousness. They were never exposed to the truth of who Israel is today or to the Holy One of Israel.

This group is by far the greatest majority of humankind. But, who will be their teachers? Our CREATOR states in Daniel 12:2 that it would be those who knew our CREATOR and lived by His laws. This is a very comforting thought! Comforting because only those were complete heretics and shunned our CREATOR's and His ways will not be there. Of those there, some will be spirit, teaching righteousness of The Holy Scriptures but most will be physical and learning. This will be their first chance to know the truth of The Holy Scriptures It is not a second chance, but a first chance and they will be given 100 years to learn the true path:
"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But, be glad and rejoice forever in what I create. For behold, I create Jerusalem as rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people. The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying. No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old, but the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed" (Isa. 65:17-20)

Isn't that comforting? It is comforting to know that only the rebellious heretics will be accursed and not be there in the resurrection. Moreover, I know that L.C. was not a rebellious heretic. He will not be in the ranks of those that knew their CREATOR's way and yet turned their back on it. When those old family circles are re-united, L.C. will be there, and you will probably be surprised at the job he has. He was a man, who knew and loved the one, true CREATOR's Way.


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Footnotes

Up1. All Scriptures are from The Living Bible unless noted.

Up2. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, #H5769 'owlam, (o-lawm').

Up3. In the Holy Scriptures our CREATOR tells us to call upon His name  Name (Yod He Vav He) (ETERNAL) and to let His name be on our lips and in our minds and hearts (Ps. 91:14). So what has humankind done? Just the opposite, no one even knows how many vowels go with the four consonants of the Name, much less which ones and how it should be pronounced. The basic meaning of the four constants are the "Ever Living One" or the "ETERNAL." Thus, regardless of what anyone tells you, using the word ETERNAL is as close to the original as we can get.

ETERNAL also stated that we should not even "make mention of the name of their g-ds" (Josh. 23:7; Jer. 23:26-27). Humankind again, has done just the opposite. Therefore, from now on, whenever I speak or write about one of the b-als, I will leave out a vowel or two (e.g. j-sus). However, if it is a direct quote of someone else and they have used one of these names I will put the name in quotes, either single '~' or double "~". When quoting Scriptures, I will use ETERNAL for "the l-rd" and I will use CREATOR, The Mighty One, or Deity for "g-d."

Notice what Unger's Bible Dictionary states:
Jehovah (je-ho'va) Heb. ETERNAL, (LXX. usually ho Kurios,) the name of G-d most frequently used in the Hebrew Scriptures; but commonly represented--we cannot say rendered--in the A. V. by "L-rd." The true pronunciation of th is name, by which G-d was known to the Hebrews, has been entirely lost. The Jews themselves scrupulously avoiding every mention of it, and substituting in its stead one or more vowel points as it may happen to be written, usually the name Adonai. They continued to write YHWH but read Adonai.

Up4. To be unrighteousness means they knew what righteousness was but chose to be unrighteous.