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XVI. ANALOGY OF DEATH AND SLEEP FOR THE RESURRECTION.

The resurrection is likened to waking up from sleep. When we sleep our senses are not able to function, so when this resurrection comes our spiritual senses are awakened. We will be separated from this corruptible body and come step into immortality.

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XXXIV. THE TEMPORAL AND EARTHLY KINGDOM OF THE SAINTS AFTER THEIR RESURRECTION.

Irenaeus uses scripture from Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Daniel to exemplify the Lord’s promise regarding the inheritance of the saints after their resurrection. Irenaeus describes a people who the Lord will gather together and restore them to their own land. He will heal their anguish and do away with their pain. Irenaeus states happy are the servants the Lord finds who are watchful in waiting for His return. The promise was made to the churches united to these from the nations which the Spirit termed “the islands,” because they were formed in the midst of turbulence, suffer the storms of blasphemies, exist as a harbor of safety to those in peril and are a refuge to those who love the height of heaven.

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III. HE WILL RENDER OUR BODY A PARTICIPATOR OF THE RESURRECTION AND OF IMMORTALITY

The tribulations that we go through is to teach us the weakness of our mortality and to see how powerful God is
in our lives. We learn from the infirmities that we go through that will lead us into a knowledge of God, His strength is made perfect in our weakness. This is the preparation for the resurrection. It is also understood by the Fathers that the resurrection of the dead would be as when Adam was formed out of the dust of the Earth.

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XIII. THE RESURRECTION PROVED BY EXAMPLES.

Blessed are those who believe without seeing. Some have an issue with believing in the resurrection because they need to physically see someone who has resurrected. However the Father has given us many examples on this earth the process of the resurrection.

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XIX. JESUS CHRIST WAS NOT A MERE MAN

As our Lord Yeshua overcame the human nature while in the body by way of the spirit so shall we overcome
our human nature through the same spirit & be resurrected as the body of Christ just as the head was. The many
mansions are not literal, they are speaking of resurrected bodies.

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XX. GOD SHOWED HIMSELF, BY THE FALL OF MAN, AS PATIENT, BENIGN, MERCIFUL, MIGHTY TO SAVE.

Understanding that through our faithfulness, gratitude and service to the father do we escape the destiny of our
fleshly mortality and come into spiritual immortality. Jesus came to teach us the Torah of God so that we may come into is likeness and glory for God made man to be the inhabitance of His wisdom and glory.

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VII. THE CHURCH INTERMEDIATE BETWEEN THE SHADOWS OF THE LAW AND THE REALITIES OF HEAVEN.

The apostles taught that the veil was the letter of the Torah that was to be removed to be able to see the true meaning of the future good things. The Tabernacle is a type and shadow of the church which was perceived more clearly to the Early Church. At the time of the resurrection will the heavenly tabernacle, the church, truly
be made manifest, which is the church coming into immortality.