How many are like Martha today who thinks that we shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day? John 11:24-27 KJV (24) Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Why believe this when Jesus says to us that He IS the “resurrection and the life”!? It is a present reality. Christ is alive now! Jesus is ALIVE NOW. He was dead and is ALIVE NOW so that we may experience His LIFE NOW. We are already dead in Christ for He died for our sins. All of our sins are being judged in our mortal bodies which are perishing as we speak and our sins are left behind in the decayed body when the spirit goes back to Him that gave it. But there is LIFE to be had. Jesus has the keys of death and Hades NOW. We are dead in Him NOW. All we have to do NOW is to believe in Him (doing His commandments) to have His life appear in our mortal bodies so that we may truly LIVE. The Spirit that raised up Christ from the dead shall also “quicken” our mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in us if we do deaden the deeds of the body. (Romans 8:11). (25) Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: This poor translation in verse 26 reads “shall never die”…but that is not what it says. It says that we that believe in Him shall not die….TO THE AGE. Look at the Greek. Men, who like Martha, can not believe that we shall not die in the here and now but shall live to the coming Age if we believe in Him…doing what He says. (26) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? We can have the form of godliness but DENY its power to raise us up in the here and now.We can say we believe in Him but deny His power to keep us alive in the here and now. (27) She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. Then she “went her way”…almost ashamed of the words of the Lord… and “secretly” tells Mary that the Master IS COME and calls for her. (28) And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. (29) As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Let us not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord….for many shall persecute us for believing in Him. 2 Timothy 1:7-14 KJV (7) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (8) Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; He saves us and calls us with a holy calling…. (9) Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, He makes manifest NOW …NOW….NOW…that He has ABOLISHED DEATH (rendering it idle). He has brought LIFE and “immortality”….NON DECAYING of the mortal body….to light through the GOOD NEWS. We do not “die” first to have this life…for He died already once for our sins so that we might have life NOW. (10) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: (11) Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. But many unbelievers in the churches will persecute for such beliefs. They have the form of godliness: believing that Jesus is the Son of God whom God raised from the dead…but they DENY its power in their own lives. If we can not believe it, then how can we have this life in the here and now. (12) For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.(13) Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. (14) That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. The church has been in tribulation as many deceivers and antichrists have entered in and deny that Jesus is coming in our flesh. The Son of man….the life of Jesus appearing in our flesh…has been and is being betrayed into the hands of sinners who come with a “kiss”…flattering lips….in order to take His life away from appearing. We are to awake out of our “sleep”. Matthew 26:43-49 KJV (43) And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. (44) And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. (45) Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. We are to “ARISE” and depart from them for those who betray His life are at hand. We are keeping company with them and do not even know it. (46) Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me. (47) And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. (48) Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. (49) And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. They take away the life of Jesus that should appear in our mortal flesh by subtlety….deceit. Matthew 26:3-4 KJV (3) Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, (4) And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. If our Lord does not come to “wake” us up from our “sleep”, then NO FLESH should be saved in this time of tribulation of His church. Matthew 24:22-26 KJV (22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. (23) Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. (24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (25) Behold, I have told you before. (26) Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.