Monday: The Purpose of Jesus’ Second Coming
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Empty Graves After the Second Coming

The great plan of Redemption will find its culmination in the Second Coming. Without Christ’s return to this earth, His incarnation, death, and resurrection would have no effect for our Salvation. What is one of the basic reasons for the second coming of Jesus? See Matt. 16:27. Life is not always fair; in fact, often … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Second Coming of Jesus
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Read for This Week’s Study: John 14:1-3; Matt. 16:27; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Matt. 24:3-14; Matt 24:42, Matt 24:44. Memory Text: Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The Story Box
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Muka [moo-KAH] is the third wife of a Himba headman living in northern Namibia. While some Himba children have gone to school, few who remain in the settlements can read or write. They pass their history and culture to their children during story times around a fire in the evening. For more than 15 years … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Death and Resurrection
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, Lazarus, Come Forth, p. 524-536, and The Lord Is Risen, p. 779-787, in The Desire of Ages. The voice of the Son of God calls forth the sleeping saints. He looks upon the graves of the righteous, then, raising His hands to heaven, He cries: Awake, awake, awake, ye that … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Jesus Conquered Death
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Why was Lazarus’ resurrection the crowning miracle of Christ’s earthly ministry? See John 11:38-44. Though Jesus had raised two others from the dead, none was as dramatic as this. Lazarus had been dead for four days, a fact that Martha corroborated at the graveside. Jesus performed the miracle in the full light of day before … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: What Jesus Said About Hell
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Jesus used two Greek terms, hades and gehenna, to speak about death and the punishment of the unrighteous. Given the popular belief in the meaning hell, we need to consider it carefully. Hades is equivalent to the Hebrew she’ôl, the most common Old Testament term for the realm of the dead. These names simply represent … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Resurrection and the Judgment
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What we have studied so far could lead us to think that the resurrection will be for only a few. But Jesus affirmed that a time will come when all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth (John 5:28-29, NKJV, emphasis added). Believers and unbelievers, righteous and sinners, saved and … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Hope of Resurrection
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At Creation, the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. As a result, man became a living being (Gen. 2:7, NKJV). As long as God maintains the breath of life in the living creatures, they are alive. But when He takes away their … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The State of the Dead
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Old Testament writers consistently held that humanity is an indivisible living being. The various Hebrew terms usually translated as flesh, soul, and spirit are just alternative ways to describe, from different points of view, the human person as a whole. In harmony with this perspective, the Scriptures use different metaphors to describe death. Among them, … [Click to read more …]