Why Seek Ye The Living Among The Dead?
aving studied the allegorical layers of Bible Prophecy for some years now, I find I always get a Spiritual charge when stumbling upon a Scriptural text which obviously has a literal, as well as a larger, metaphoric layer to it. The above question, taken from the Gospels where the angels query those who were looking for Jesus in the empty tomb, is just such a Scripture.
In the obvious portion of the narrative, it is clear the women seen in the book of Luke come to the tomb with burial spices, expecting to find the body of Jesus. They encounter two angels, who ask them why they are looking for the LORD in a tomb, when He had told them He would rise from the dead on the third day.
Multiple sightings of the resurrected Jesus are documented in the various Gospels; and when the women, notably Mary Magdalene, told others that He had risen from the dead, they were met with disbelief. After multiple evidences, in the form of testimony from those who encountered Him, the main body of Christ's followers also saw Him, and the matter of His resurrection was settled once and for all.
These astounding events are literal, historical, and accurate. But what do the supernaturally imbued, allegorical aspects of these wonderful records tell us? For those who understand that without faith it's impossible to please God, it's hardly a stretch to realize that God has miraculously arranged the resurrection related events in such a fashion that they communicate on an even higher level.
It is clear the sequence of belief is also in view. For instance, in most cases when unbelievers first hear that Jesus died and rose from the dead, there is usually a bit of skepticism. As other testify that JESUS CHRIST is indeed real, and He lives in their hearts, most people emotionally process such statements, and transform them into the idea that this just means the memory of Him is still with those who believe in Him.
But those who are chosen by the LORD to fully receive His life, ultimately come to the place where they KNOW He is alive, and have completely placed their lives into His capable hands. This is the identical sequence seen in the Gospel accounts of the resurrection.
However, on another layer of communication, we also see the true depth of the question posed by the angels. For example, genuine believers whose lives have been forever impacted by the only begotten Son of God, can ask others who are clearly in enormous apostasy, why they have settled for the "other Jesus" – the one who is revered in the corporations masquerading as churches?
In other words, along with the two resurrection witnessing angels, we say to millions of alleged believers who are hopeless mired in the hundreds of thousands of incorporated churches, Why Seek Ye The Living Among The Dead?
It is not a coincidence the Latin antecedent word for corporation is corpus, which has been anglicized for centuries as the equivalent of Corpse.
Most simply dismiss such statements as fringe thinking, and just assume their fellowship or assembly is the genuine article – a body (another word for corpse) of believers in the living Saviour. However, emotional and philosophically driven responses aside, it is a FACT that the incorporated churches of the world are literally labeled with the moniker of a Corpse.
Believers who are unable to assimilate such facts usually do so because it threatens the relationships they've developed – and these are related to friends, family, and fellowship. This is a prima facie example of the two edged sword of truth – the one which threatens relationships:
"I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law" (Matthew 10: 34,35).
While the next verse continues the thought, and tells us a man's foes shall be they of his own household, we could paraphrase that and include a man's church – for if Christ separates blood relatives over the truth, surely He separates His true followers from among those who have come together in a place which He has not ordained.
The issue of church incorporation is far more than a simple linguistic identification. A corporation is a legal entity, and is actually defined in the law dictionaries as "an artificial person" (See Bouvier's or Black's Law Dictionaries under corporation). This "person" is created by the governing authority where the Corpse exists, thus opening up the adjacent issue of jurisdiction.
That authority is always government, and since the creator of a person is its God, the Corpse created by the government "god" was created in the image of its creator. Stated simply, an incorporated church IS the image of the Beast, as seen in the book of Revelation.
Such believers rarely tolerate even a brief examination of such facts, for as the Scripture says
"The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine" (II Timothy 4:3).
Regardless of the emotionally driven rejection of these facts, in yet another massive metaphor, the incorporated churches of the entire world have become the "Christianized" equivalent of the whited sepulchers seen in the time of Christ. I'll remind the reader that such were full of dead men's bones.
Thus, as we conclude that a Corpse created in the Image of the Beast cannot contain the life of Christ within it based upon its very definition, to the millions who continue in fellowship with the Corpse of incorporated "Christianity," I repeat the question:
Why Seek Ye The Living Among The Dead?
-- James Lloyd
Further information related to the present subject is found in the James Lloyd book THE FALSE PROPHET AND THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST.