Well, perhaps it is time finally to explain what I mean when I indicate that Rev. 20:4-6 are VISION verses:
4And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ
What follows now is a fairly complete review of Paul's points in I Cor. 15--along with some additional related observations and so on.
And so, here is the first portion of the text:
I Cor. 15
1Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,
2by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
'A Stron Word Of Warning'
The pivot from the end of chapter four to the start of chapter five is very important to catch. It is masked by the misleading chapter and verse markings that were never in the original manuscripts. In the original, 4:13-5:6 is all one paragraph and is a description of one main thought. But, in many translations this is broken up into several thoughts, and so the unity of James on this issue is lost:
'Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow
It seems that without the physical bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, our faith is vain.
And it seems also that the Christian faith is absolutely dependent upon it.
And so, let's have Paul tell it:
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
Now, this verse indicates that Christ was preached that He rose
Let's look again at the "tares and wheat" parable and its interpretation:
24a Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared . . .
Stop right there.
Is not Jesus speaking about what the kingdom of heaven can be compared to?
Indeed, he is describing the kingdom of heaven in the parable itself.
And so, the Kingdom of heaven is a DOMAIN over which the