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Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

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Chapter 13

Recognition and Relationship

in the Spirit World

Although there is no chart in this chapter, the chart on page 96, Chapter 12, “The Intermediate State,” would be appropriate while studying this chapter.

King David makes this testimony concerning the death of his child, “2 Samuel 12:23, “But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

Larkin makes an appropriate comment on the words of King David, “If the inspired Psalmist should say of his son, “He shall not return to me, but I shall go to him,” he must have said it because he knew that when he should go to him he would recognize him.”i Larkin's observation is not only appropriate, it is correct and a comfort to all who lost a child in childbirth. In eternity, both the regenerate, and the unregenerate, will recognize one another. Larkin further brings out this truth with thoughts on previous passages commented on in earlier chapters in, 'The Spirit World;' Luke 23:43, Philippians 1:23, the story of the Rich man and Lazarus, Matthew 22:23-30, and Luke 20:34-36

Larkin brings our a sobering scriptural truth of the Spirit world when he mentions the recognition and relationship issue concerning the unregenerate in hell; “The torment of the lost will be intensified by their recognition of the righteous in the other world. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall See Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. Luke 13:28,”ii

Larkin also brings out the comforting scriptural truth that, “If our Heavenly Father's house is a HOME, then it will have all the features of a home, and they include the recognition of the members of the family. “For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”1 Cor. 13:12”iii

i Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 105

ii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 107

iii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 107

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6 hours ago, Alan said:

King David makes this testimony concerning the death of his child, “2 Samuel 12:23, “But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

 

Some have suggested that the verse mentioned means that King David will be buried alongside his dead child. But I do not hold to that interpretation because we are condemned for NOT believing and a child or baby does not have the mental capacity to "believe", therefore they cannot be condemned.

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Thank you for your comment.

I believe the same thing. It is very obvious that King David is speaking of meeting the soul of  his child in heaven; not beside the body of the child in a graveyard.

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Chapter 14

The Final State

Larkin says, “The Scriptures speak of two places, “Heaven” and “Hell,” where the “righteous” and the “wicked” respectively are to spend eternity. The one demands the other. There can be no Heaven without its counterpart hell. If there is no Hell there is no Heaven, for the same Book speaks of both.”i Note by Alan. I throughly agree with Larkin's scriptural reasoning, logic, and conclusion.

Heaven

Larkin clearly states that heaven is a “place” and not a condition or state and that the New Jerusalem is a city of heaven. Revelation 21:2, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Larkin references (but does not quote, or just partially quotes), the following verses to substantiate his belief.

  • John 14:2

  • Revelation 21:9-10

  • Hebrews 11:12

  • Hebrews 13:14

Larkin then explains that there are three heavens mentioned in the scriptures.

  • The atmosphere: Acts 14:17, “Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”

  • The heaven of the stars, or 'high places, where the evil principalities are: Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

  • The heaven where God dwells: Acts 14:19-20 Paul called this place the 'third' heaven in 2 Corinthians 12:1-4

    Chart

    The Church

    Page 111

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Larkin broadly takes the reader through the various stages of the church in the chart from the Cross to our eternal home in the New Jerusalem in the New Earth. Larkin talks about the coming of Christ, 1 Thessalonians 3:13 and 4:13-17, to the Judgment Seat of Christ in the air, 2 Corinthians 5:10. Concerning the judgment of the church, Larkin refers the reader to study Chapter 19, “The Judgments.”

As brought out in above chart in this chapter, after the Judgment Seat of Christ, while the false, Papal Church, is going through the Tribulation Period, the, “Marriage of the Church,” Revelation 19:7-9, is taking place in heaven. Under, “The Millennium” section of the chart the church is reigning with Christ on the earth for 1000 Years in resurrected bodies. In Revelation 21:1 -2 Larkin brings out that the New Jerusalem descends from heaven to the New Earth for eternity.

The Final State of the Wicked

Larkin brings out that the wicked dead are not raised from the dead until the end of the 1000 Year Reign of Christ. Larkin references John 5:28-29 and states that the resurrection of the wicked is referred to as, “the resurrection of damnation.” Larkin refers the reader to study the chart concerning the resurrection of the wicked to Chapter 17, “The Resurrections.” Larkin also refers the reader the the chart on, “The Judgments,” in Chapter 19, called, “The Judgments.”

Concerning the judgment of the wicked at the Great White Throne of Judgment as recorded in Revelation 21:11-15, Larkin states, “They will not be judged to see whether they are entitled to “Eternal Life,” for their destiny was fixed at death, but to ascertain the “degree” of their punishment. That being fixed they are sentenced to the “Lake of Fire,” which is the “SECOND DEATH.” Rev. 20:11-15.”ii

The Second Death

Larkin states that the body of the resurrected wicked will die after the Great White Throne of Judgment that occurs in Revelation 20:11-15 and that their souls will spend eternity in the lake of fire and that the “Second Death,” for the wicked is the death of their resurrected bodies. Larkin then states, “From this we see that the Wicked are not to be annihilated or restored but are to survive for all Eternity in a disembodied form in the Lake of Fire.”

Note by Alan Concerning the Annihilation of the Wicked

Previously, I pointed out in my overview on Chapter 6, that Larkin is trying to prove that the soul of the righteous and the the soul of the wicked is conscious after death and will never be annihilated. Larkin stated, “Annihilationism is the Doctrine that the wicked are to be destroyed at death, or later after Judgment. The Doctrine is based on a false view of Death, and a wrong interpretation of the word “Destruction.”iii

Larkin proceeds to refer the reader to the following passages in scripture to prove his assertion. Note: the order of the passages given are Larkin's. They are given by Larkin in order to prove the consciousness of the soul after death, that the annihilation of the soul is not scriptural, the reality of hell, and the true biblical interpretation of the word “destroy” or “destruction” according to its proper context.

  • John 5:28-29

  • Revelation 20:12-15

  • Luke 16:19-31

  • Acts 1:25

  • Exodus 10:7

  • John 2:18-22

  • Matthew 25:46

  • Revelation 20:10

  • Matthew 13:49-50

  • Matthew 25:41

  • Mark 9:43-48

Larkin states, “The word “Destruction” as used in the Bible never means annihilation or the blotting out of existence. It simply denotes “loss” or “ruin,” and the thing “destroyed” is not longer fit for the purpose for which is was made or intended, and that the “form of its existence” is changed.”iv

Larkin conclusively scripturally proves that the soul of the wicked is conscious for eternity and the annihilation of the soul is a false doctrine. Larkin correctly states, “God is love, but God is JUST. He must preserve the Righteous from the Wicked. This demands that they be separated from all eternity.”v

i Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 108

ii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 112

iii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 58

iv Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 58

v Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 60

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I absolutely agree with EVERYTHING and EVERY word Larkin said in the above post. And I am almost certain that Larkin would agree with most of what I am about to say in this post. And a little caveat. Some of the info I am sharing, I am not 100% dogmatic on. This is based on my study of scripture and the etymology of certain words in the Bible. But with regards to what I have experienced with demonic entities, I can guarantee that what I say is true.

Many Christians scoff at the idea that there are UFO's, and aliens are the ones who pilot them. And they will tell you that you're a nut job if you believe in that. That is because they do not understand the depths of Satan. These beings are not "aliens", they are demonic beings in body suits. One might ask, "only God can create a body". These beings who are spirits can possess humans, and use their bodies as a vessel. They now have a body to use to create their own bodies. These entities can create body suits, but they cannot create a soul -- only God can. They all look exactly the same, because they are engineered body suits. They have been around for thousand of years, or maybe more, and were worshipped as gods in ancient times. The word "gods" in the Hebrew is "daimon, or daimones", which is where we get demons from, and the ancient Hebrews believe that they dwelt in the first and second heavens. I can't recall the name of the Pastor who said that these creatures have bases on other planets and can travel across the Universe with no problem at all. These evil entities not only dwell in the second heaven, but also hear on Earth in underground bases. I have personally seen these entities before and they communicated with me telepathically. This may sound like science fiction, and I know I may be scoffed at for my belief in what I'm saying -- but it's the truth. One of my closest friends actually worked at one of these underground bases and seen the dead bodies of these entities. They have no digestive system and a brain completely unlike ours. They absorb nutrients like frogs by putting themselves in vats. Since they are spirits in body suits, if they die, they can always enter another body suit. This close friend of mine, as long as I have known him (30 years), have been the most honest man I've ever came across.

The words "sons of God" appears 5 times (if I am correct) in the Old Testament and it ALWAYS  refers to angels. The term is "Bene elohim" in the Hebrew language. This cannot refer to born again Christians as we can see in this passage:

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:4-7)

If the "Sons of God" were born again believers, then how did they exist when God laid the foundations of the Earth? The offsprings of the Sons of God and the daughters of men resulted in a half breed and are referred to as "Nephilim". They were wiped out in the flood so their bodies were destroyed, but their spirits remain. And this is one of the reasons why these spirits seek bodies.

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; (2 Peter 2:4,5)

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:1-4)

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Revelation 16:13,14)

I never underestimate Satan's ability to work miracles. It has been confirmed by many (including one of my best friends) that there are underground bases where these entities are creating all sorts of weird creatures in preparation for the day of God Almighty, to wage war against the Lord. Obviously, they are not going to succeed. 

And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. (Revelation 9:7-11)

Satan is still the prince of the power of the air and does his dirty work in the 2nd heaven. But he will one day come down to the Earth and all Hell will break loose. God is absolutely sovereign over all affairs and will even use these demonic creatures to punish those who refuse to repent from their wicked deeds.

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:7-9)

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. (Revelation 12:12)

I find it interesting that the word "heavens" ("ouranos" in the Greek) is in the plural. This seems to indicate that there are also angels and other celestial beings who are battling against Satan and his fallen angels. The bible even states in Revelation that John was caught up to the 3rd Heaven, which exists outside the Universe as we know it.

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. (Revelation 4:1)

Well, enough of this, and thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic.

God Bless,

Daniel

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9 hours ago, (Omega) said:

I absolutely agree with EVERYTHING and EVERY word Larkin said in the above post.

Omega,

I am very happy to hear that you agree with Larkin is teaching on the subject of 'The Final State' of 'Heaven' and 'Hell.' I am sure that you have studied the subjects of heaven and hell and arrived at the conclusion that Larkin has independent of this study.

Larkin did a very good job and the chart is an excellent reference tool also.

Brethren,

It is my hope that all of you have benefited from this lesson on Heaven and Hell and that the chart has helped you to visualize our eternal state and the eternal state of the lost.

God bless! The next lesson on Chapter 15, "The Abolition of Death," should be a blessing to us all.

Alan

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Chapter 15

The Abolition of Death

Although there is no chart in the chapter. In Chapter 17, called, “The Resurrection,” there is a chart on page 131 that may help your understanding of Larkin's teachings in this chapter. I will upload the chart on page 131 on my Chapter 17 overview.

Larkin has the basis of 'The Abolition of Death' through the words of Paul the Apostle in 2 Timothy 1:10, “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.”

Larkin states, “What is “Death”? Death is the “departure” (Exodus) of the “Soul” and “Spirit” from the “Body,” leaving the “Body” to corruption and dissolution. What does the word “Abolish” mean? The Standard Dictionary's definition is - “To do away with; put an end to; annul, destroy.”i

Larkin then relates that the penalty for breaking the law of God is death and that death was twofold: the death of the spirit and afterwards the death of the body of the person. Larkin gives the example of Adam and Eve in this regard and quotes Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned.”

Larkin further states, “Jesus Christ abolished “Death” when He arose from the dead. And death will be abolished for all who are Christ's at the “Rapture.” Then the “Dead in Christ” shall rise from their graves, and all the living “in Christ” shall be “caught up” with them without dying to meet Him who abolished Death, in the air (1 Thess. 4:13-17), and those who shall be thus “caught up” shall be able to say - “O Death, where is thy STING? O Grave, where is thy VICTORY?” 1 Cor. 15:55”ii

Larkin then refers to the following passages to give us an understanding that Christ has the power over death and abolished death for the righteous:

  • Revelation 1:17-18

  • 1 Corinthians 15:26

  • Revelation 21:4

  • Luke 20:36

Larkin is careful to teach that “Death” has not been abolished for the unrighteous through the following two passages:

  • Revelation 20:11-15

  • Matthew 10:28

Concerning Matthew 10:28, Larkin spends the necessary time to explain the words of the Lord Jesus in detail. Matthew 10:28 says, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Larkin states, “The word here translated “Hell” is the Greek word “GEHENNA,” which means the “Lake of Fire.” We must distinguish between the the word “kill” and the word “destroy.” To “kill” is to take away life or existence. To “destroy,” in the Bible use of the word, is not to take away existence, but to change the state of existence. We see then that while men can “kill” the BODY, God can “destroy” both SOUL AND BODY in the “Lake of Fire.”iii

i Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 114

ii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 116

iii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 117

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I agree with Larkin's explanation of death, and that is a departure of the soul and spirit from the body. Simply put, it is a separation of something to which it belongs.

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (James 2:15-17)
 
As Larkin correctly mentioned in Revelation 20:14 regarding the 2nd death, which is Eternal "Separation" or departure from God (cf. 2 Thess.1:7-9)
 
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) 

I also completely agree that the word "destroy" ("apollumi" in the Greek) does not mean annihilation but come to a state of ruin. A hurricane can destroy my house but it is not annihilated, it still exists, but in a state of ruin.

Thanks for sharing BroAlan, and God Bless,

Daniel

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Daniel,

Thank you for your thoughts, scripture verses, scriptural knowledge, and the illustration concerning how a hurricane can destroy a house but does not annihilate the house. That was a very appropriate illustration.  

I am sure that your thoughts were a blessing to others besides myself.

Alan

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BroAlan, it's always a pleasure to read your assessments and thoughts on Clarence Larkin. Keep up the good work. I like this thread because it sheds a lot of light for serious Bible teachers, evangelists, and even Pastors. There is always room for spiritual growth and the knowledge and wisdom on the Word of God. Thanks, I greatly appreciate it.

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Chapter 16

Spirit Transformation

In this chapter there is no chart nor can I direct the reader to a chart in the book concerning the subject of 'Spirit Transformation.' As a reminder, I am quoting Larkin as he wrote; all caps, bold words, capitalization, and the styles of the quotation marks are Larkin's.

Larkin begins the study on 'Spirit Transformation' with this thought, “By “Spirit Transformation” is meant the power of “Spirit Beings” to change from an invisible to a visible form, as the angels did when they appeared to men in Old Testament times, and as Jesus did when He appeared to His Disciples after the Resurrection.”i Larkin refers the reader to the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-35, the appearing to the disciples behind closed doors as recorded in John 20:19 and Luke 24:37-43

Glorified Body

Larkin asserts that the Lord Jesus received His glorified body after the resurrection and not at His ascension. Larkin refers to 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.”1 Corinthians 15:20 and to 1 Corinthians 15:15, 42-44 After referring the reader to these two passages, Larkin states, “Therefore if Jesus is the “Firstfruits” of the Resurrection, and a sample of the resurrection of the Saints, He must have received His “Glorified Body” when He arose from the dead.” ii

Larkin clearly scripturally proves, that when the body of the saints are risen from the dead that they are raised incorruptible. “Behold, I shew you a 'Mystery'; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised INCORRUPTIBLE, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51 and 52

Larkin next uses spiritual logic when in John 20:17 the Lord told Mary Magdalene not to touch Him as He had not ascended to the Father, but yet in a very short later the Lord Jesus allowed other women to hold His feet and worship Him (Matthew 28:9). Larkin states, “Where was He between those two interviews? Where could He have been, to be consistent with His refusal to let Mary touch Him until He had ascended to the Father, but to the Father? And how could He have made the passage if He had not received His “Glorified body” when he arose from the dead?”

Note by Alan

Although Larkin is correct in that the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven to God; Larkin does not refer the reader as to any scriptural reason why He ascended into Heaven, what was accomplished when He met the Father,and can a physical body exist in heaven. In order to compliment the lesson, I would like to show that the resurrected, or glorified, body, is capable of existing in heaven by scripture. Therefore, I will give my personal belief on the scriptural happening between the Mary Magdalene visit and the visit of the Lord Jesus to the other unnamed women visit.

In the priestly duties of the Old Testament High Priest, once a year, on the Day of Atonement, Leviticus 16:1-34, the High Priest was to take the blood of the goat offering for the people, Leviticus 16:15-19, and sprinkle the blood on the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies. The blood of the animals never took away any sins in the Old Testament sacrifices. Hebrews 10:4, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” When the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies, according to Leviticus 16:17, no man was even allowed in the tabernacle of the congregation.

The sacrifice of the blood sprinkled on the Mercy Seat of the Holy of Holies, and the actions of the High Priest, and the separation of the people from the congregation, was a type, a figure, of the one and only effectual sacrifice of, “... the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1: 29

It is my belief that the Lord Jesus, as the true High Priest, offered up His blood that was shed on the Cross of Calvary for our sins after the appearance of Mary Magdalene, and before the appearance before the other women, ascended into the presence of the Father, and then the Lord Jesus sprinkled His blood on the Mercy Seat in the holy place (Numbers 16:2): in the very presence of God.

  • The blood of the Lord Jesus was incorruptible. 1 Peter 1:18 and 19, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

  • The blood of the Lord Jesus was 'God's blood.'Acts 20:28, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

  • Hebrews 7:22, 26 & 27, “By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. … For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,and made higher than the heavens. Who needed not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for his he did once, when he offered up himself.” And, Hebrews 9:1-24

  • Hebrews 8:5, “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”

  • Hebrews 9:12, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

  • Hebrews 9:24, “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are figures of the true; but into heaven itself, not to appear in the presence of God for us:”

Larkin's 'Spirit Transformation' Proposition

Larkin states the following proposition, “PROPOSITION: THAT THE RESURRECTION BODY IS ENDOWED WITH THE CAPACITY OF TRANSFORMING ITSELF AT PLEASURE INTO A PHYSICAL BODY AND BACK AGAIN INTO A SPIRIT BODY.”iii

Larkin then proceeds to use the following passages to support his proposition:

  • Walking with the two on the road to Emmaus, Luke 24:13-35

  • 8 days after revealing Himself to the disciples in the shut of room the Lord appeared to Thomas and the disciples, John 20:26-29

  • At His ascension, Acts 1:9

  • At His return in the clouds, Acts 1:11

  • At His return to the Earth, Luke 21:27; Zechariah 14:4

Larkin does note that at His return to the nation of Israel, to prove Himself, according to Revelation 1:7; Zechariah 12:10, and Luke 19:37, the nation of Israel will see His pierced hands.

  • Zechariah 12:10, “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”

  • Revelation 1:7, “Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

  • John 19:37, “And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they have pierced.”

  • Moses and Elijah at the Mount of Transfiguration, Luke 9:28-36 Larkin states that both Moses and Elijah already had their resurrected, or glorified, body: Jude 9 and 2 Kings 2:11

  • The Lord Jesus, also as the, “ANGEL OF THE LORD” (Genesis 16:7-14), had the power to transform His body at will when He walked on the Sea of Galilee, Matthew 14:26-27; Mark 6:49-50 and John 6:18

Larkin further states, “That the power to transform or change the “Spirit Body” into a “physical body” and back again is a “LAW OF THE SPIRIT WORLD.”iv

Larking proceeds to give the following passages where angelic beings appeared to men to support his assertion:

  • Abraham, Genesis 18:1-8

  • Lot, Genesis 19:1-3

  • Daniel, Daniel 8:15-17

  • Zacharias, Luke 1:11

  • Mary, Luke 1:26-35

  • The Shepherds, Luke 2:8-15

  • The women at the tomb, Matthew 28:5-7

  • Peter, Acts 12:5-10

  • John Revelation 1:1 and 17:7

  • In Judges 13:15-20, the angel ascending in the fire in the presence of Manoah, Larkin makes the observation that the fire does not hurt the “Spirit body.

  • In Daniel 5:5 Larkin makes the observation that at times only a partial transformation can be seen in the “fingers' vision.

  • Philip, Acts 8:39-40

  • Ezekiel, Ezekiel 3:14-15

  • In 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 Larkin makes the observation that when Paul was caught up to Paradise Paul did not know if he was in the body or out of the body. And, Larkin notes that the catching up of Paul to Paradise probably (not certain), took place when he died at the stoning at Lystra, Acts 14:8-20

  • John, Revelation 4:1-2

i Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 119

ii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 120

iii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 122

iv Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 127

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I believe that Mary longed to hold on to Jesus out of fear that she might lose Him. Jesus had to ascend to His Father in order for the Holy Spirit to come and work in the hearts of believers.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. (John 16:7)

Although Jesus ascended to His Father, He assured His followers that they would not feel abandoned because The Comforter will come and dwell within them. As to your notes of what actually occurred in Heaven, that is an interesting take on it. Perhaps what you had wrote had to be accomplished in order for the Holy Spirit to be sent.

We all look forward to getting rid of this "body of death" (Rom.7:24). Paul referred to our bodies as a body of death because there was a tradition that there was an ancient tribe in Tarsus which taught that the body of a corpse of a victim of murder was tied to the murderer. As a rapidly aging man who has memory problems, and other health issues, I long for this transformed, incorruptible body. Jesus was able to walk through walls (Jn. 20:19-20), can be touched physically by others (Jn.20:27), fly (Acts 1:9) and even eat with His disciples, whom He also referred to as His "friends" (cf. Jn.15:15; 21:12-15)

The City of God Almighty is 1,500 miles in all directions. 

And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. (Revelation 21:24) We can either walk in the light of God's City and take delight in its scenery, or we can travel 1,500 miles upward by flying. Such a wonderful promise from Him that is True and Faithful. Thanks for sharing, BroAlan!

God Bless,

Daniel

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Since there will be no tears, I would suppose that the glorified body will have no tear ducts. And most likely we will have the capacity to never forget what we've learned from The Lord God Almighty as He leads us unto living fountains of waters. Communication may be telepathic, or one Heavenly language since the nations of them that are saved will consist of all nationalities and ethnic groups. A city with no cracks in the roads, and probably street names named after us (I am not dogmatic on this). Jesus said, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:2,3)" The reason why I might believe that there are places named after us (our new name) is because of the passage below:

And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (Revelation 21:12-14)

And within the City of God will be streets that MAY have the names of all the redeemed. As you mentioned, our bodies will shine like Moses and Elijah as they appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration, and other passages in the bible suggests it.

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)

God Bless,

Daniel

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7 hours ago, (Omega) said:

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)

Omega,

I like your new avatar.

Thank you for quoting Daniel 12:3. As one ponders these lessons, a person may understand more fully the necessity of being a soul winner. Larkin is bringing  out very clearly that the doctrines of 'Spiritism,' Purgatory,' 'The Restoration theory,' "The Doctrine of Annihilation,'  and "Soul-Sleep," are all false doctrines designed to deceive men. Larkin realized that all of these doctrines are causing men to dis-believe the scriptures and will cause the individuals who believe these doctrines to spend eternity in hell. Larkin is clearly refuting all of these doctrines in order for the sinner to realize the error of his beliefs and help the saints become soul winners.

The soul-winner realizes the reality of Hell, the reality of Heaven, and eternal truths of the Spirit World, and are trying to win the lost souls of mankind with the truth of the Gospel in order for them to saved from the consequences of their sins and enjoy eternal life in heaven. The soul winner is a wise person, Proverbs 11:30, and will shine as the stars in heaven for eternity as they turn the unrighteous to righteousness.

Alan

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I changed my avatar because The Lord God Almighty invites all who desires to come to Him for Salvation, and it is a free gift, and it was just my way of expressing it in an avatar. And for some reason I thought that some might not take me seriously with a smiley face avatar. That was just my way of expressing the Joy of the Lord in my life. I once debated an annihilationist who said that, "the thought of non-existence" is more frightening than eternal punishment." I don't see the logic behind this. There are many unbelievers who commit suicide believing that their life will be snuffed out completely, even after physical death -- and that doesn't frighten them in the least. I asked the annihilationist if he (hypothetically) were to be in hell for a billion years in torment, would he rather continue in his torment, or go into a state of non-existence?, and he had no comeback.  Furthermore, how can being in a state of non-existence be terrifying at all if one does NOT EXIST? A state of non-existence has no conscious and therefore cannot feel any sort of emotion. He/she cannot say, "This state of non-existence is terrifying!", if there is NO CONSCIOUS. So the false doctrine of Annihilation is self-refuting. Larkin does a great job at exposing these false doctrines, and I very much appreciate your notes on it, BroAlan. Thanks, and I look forward to more of Larkin's exposing false teachings and your thoughts on it. God Bless!

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Chapter 17

The Resurrection

Larkin states, “The Scriptures speak of three kinds of resurrection. 1. NATIONAL. This refers to Israel who are now nationally dead and buried in the “Graveyard of the Nations,” but who are to be revived and restored to their own land. Hosea 6:1-2. 2. SPIRITUAL. This refers to those who are spiritually dead in “Trespasses and Sins.” Eph. 2:1-6. Eph. 5:14. Rom. 6:11. This is a “PRESENT RESURRECTION” and is going on continually. Every time a soul is “born again” there is a passing from “death” unto “life,” a “Spiritual Resurrection.” John 5:24. 3. PHYSICAL. This is of the dead body. The “Spirit” of man does not die, it goes back to God who gave it. All that goes into the grave is the body, and all that can come out of the grave is the body.i

Note by Alan

In this book, “The Spirit World,” Larkin does not expound on the, “National” restoration, or resurrection, of the nation of Israel from the, “Graveyard of the Nations,” nor does he refer the reader to the passages in the scriptures that proves his contention, nor does he include this study in a chart in 'The Spirit world' book.

As I have dealt with this issue extensively in my 'Revelation Bible Study' thread, I will give the reader just a few passages to study:

  • Ezekiel 37:1-14

  • Ezekiel 28:24-26

  • Hosea 6:1 & 2; 14:4-9

  • Amos 9:11-15

  • Isaiah 1:25-27

The Resurrection of the Body

Larkin quotes John 5:28-29, Acts 24:15 and 1 Corinthians 15:22 Note by Alan. When Larkin quotes 1 Corinthians 15:22 he adds the context of the meaning of the verse and highlights it so he can make a remark rebuking the Universalist doctrine of “Universal Salvation.” In order to 'catch' the meaning of Larkin I will need to quote it with his notes.

  • John 5:28 & 29, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

  • Acts 24:15, “And have hope toward God, which they themselves allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.”

  • For as in Adam all die (physically), even so in Christ shall all be made alive (physically).” 1 Cor. 15:22 That the Apostle means “physical” death, and “physical” resurrection here, is clear, for it is the body, and not the spirit that he is discoursing about, and so the Universalist has no “proof text” here for the doctrine of “Universal Salvation.”ii

 

Chart

The Resurrections

page 131

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Larkin brings out that the wicked and the righteous dead are resurrected at two different times, at 1000 years apart, through the following passages. Larkin brings out some interesting thoughts on the “order' of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:22-24 that I feel is worthy to bring out to our attention.

  • Revelation 20:4& 5

  • Revelation 4:4

  • Revelation 20:6

    1 Corinthians 15:22-24, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.”

In connection with Revelation 20:6, Larkin further explains the 'order' of the resurrection of the wicked and the righteous, “That the Dead are to rise in different bands or cohorts, with an “interval of time” between, is beautifully brought out in 1 Cor. 15:22-24. For as in Adam all die (physically), even so in Christ shall all be made alive (physically). But every man in his own order. The word translated “order” is a military expression, and means a band, cohort, brigade or division of an army. Paul gives the order: 1. “Christ the First Fruits.” 2. “Afterward they that Are Christ's At His coming.” 3. “Then cometh The End.”iii

Larkin explains his thoughts with reminding the reader of the following passages:

  • Matthew 27:50-53

  • A discourse on the literal, and correct, interpretation of Revelation 20:4 & 5

  • A close examination of Luke 20:35 & 36

  • The Lord Jesus plainly states that the recompense for our works for the Lord will be accomplished at the, “resurrection of the just,” this surely, and clearly, implies a separate recompense, and resurrection, of the wicked dead. Luke 14:14. “And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” Luke 14:14

  • The 'better' resurrection spoken of the writer of Hebrews in Hebrews 11:35

  • A literal resurrection as Paul mentioned in Philippians 3:11

  • A reminder that the resurrection of the saints as spoken by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 must precede the Millennium as literally written in Revelation 20:4-6

  • In John 5:28 & 29 the Lord Jesus clearly stated that there will be a “resurrection of life' and a separate “resurrection of damnation. “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” John 5:28 & 29

i Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 129

ii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 130

iii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 132

Here is the link to the 'Revelation Bible Study' where I wrote extensively on the 'Restoration of the nation of Israel.'

 

 

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Thanks for sharing Larkin's notes on The Resurrection and the false doctrine of Universal Salvation, and your notes on them.

I have debated a proponent of Universal Salvation by the name of Gary Amirault who taught that ALL will be save eventually. He even went so far as to suggest that the Devil himself will eventually be saved. He accused all who hold to the doctrine of Eternal Punishment as modern day Pharisees and Sadducees, which was odd since the Sadducees did not even believe in a Resurrection at all. Judas Iscariot is referred to as the "Son of perdition", and that title is used twice in the bible referring to both Judas and the Antichrist. The word "perdition" means "eternal damnation", or "complete destruction". And as mentioned earlier in this thread, the destruction does not mean Annihilation, and Annihilation and Universal Salvation are the antagonistic of each other.

The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. (Matthew 26:24)

Universal Salvation is easily refuted by the biblical teaching of Eternal Punishment. Universal Salvationist's translate the word "forever" as ages. For example:

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Revelation 20:10 KJV)

Their interpretation: And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ages and ages. (Revelation 20:10)

The word Eternal is "Aionios" in the Greek and "Olam" in the Hebrew, and can mean "forever, everlasting, perpetual, or a long duration of time" depending on its context. There are a plethora of verses that teach "in its context" that Eternal Punishment is indeed...ETERNAL, and there is no Universal Salvation (Dan.12:2; Matt.3:12; 25:41; Mk.9:44-49; Lk.16:23,24; 2 Thess.1:9; Rev.14:10,11; 20:10)

Now as to why sin against God warrants Eternal Punishment is because who the person sins or wrongs against and the IMPORTANCE of that person or being. The Greater the being, the Greater the punishment.

  • Stepping on a bug and killing it warrants no punishment (as far as I know)
  • Killing an animal (e.g., a dog, cat) warrants a fine and jail time (If I am correct)
  • Murdering a human being warrants either a long duration of time in jail, or a death penalty in some states.
  • Sinning against God, who is Eternal and Absolutely Holy warrants Eternal Punishment.

Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. (Romans 11:22)

There is both wrath and justice with God. Goodness to those who accept His Gracious offer of Salvation for free, and Spiritual ruin and wrath upon those who reject Him and refuse to repent.

God Bless,

Daniel

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Thank you for bringing out the expanded study on refuting the false belief of 'Universal Salvation.' Also, with your example of debating Gary Amirault I am sure that it helped all of us understand the biblical view of eternal punishment for sin and the need to learn the correct doctrines of the scripture when it comes to eternal matters.

Clarence Larkin is proving that the soul of man will consciously exist for eternity in either heaven or hell and that both places are real. Larkin has correctly, and adequately refuted the false beliefs of eternity and shown that there will be a resurrection for the Just and for the Wicked with a Judgment to follow. In this overview I am trying to let the readers know that the book,  'The Spirit World,'  can not only help us understand the biblical truths of the Spirit Realm but help us adequately, through the proper usage of scripture, deal with those who are caught in error. I am reminded of 2 Timothy 2:24 & 25, "In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." Larkin is trying to instruct the truth of the scripture concerning the Spirit World that people will be able to learn the truth, repent of their false doctrines, and recover themselves from the devil and follow the Lord.

Lastly, for the student of scripture, the ladies who are teaching other ladies and children in the churches, the pastor, and the other men in the ministry, 'The Spirit World,' can be a good reference book to keep handy.

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Chapter 18

The Resurrection Body

There is no chart for this chapter.

Larkin states, “The “Resurrection Body” is not a body of “FLESH” and “BLOOD,” for “flesh” and “blood” cannot inherit the “Kingdom of God.” 1 Cor. 15:50.”i

  • 1 Corinthians 15:50, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”

Larkin reasons that blood is the source of decay and corruption in the body that there can be no blood in heaven. And, Larkin references Revelation 7:16 and states that since we will not hunger nor thirst our body will not waste away, and therefore, no need to have blood in the body.

  • Revelation 7:16, “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.”

Larkin references Luke 24:39 and states, “But while we shall not have a body of “Flesh” and “Blood,” we shall have a body of “Flesh and Bones,” such as Jesus had after His resurrection. Luke 24:39.”ii

  • Luke 24:39, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

Larkin further states, “But the “Flesh” of our Resurrection body will not be human flesh but flesh adapted to the “Spirit World,” and as such a body will require a “framework,” that framework will be of bones suitable for a “Spirit Body.”iii

Larkin brings out the fact that our bodies are, “sown in corruption,” and reinforces that with Paul's discord on Philippians 3:20-21, 1 John 3:2 and 1 Corinthians 15:53-54

  • Philippians 3:20 & 21, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.”

  • 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

  • 1 Corinthians 15:53 & 54, “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Larkin states that the new body will have all of our present senses, Sight, Hearing, Taste, and Memory, enlarged (enhanced).

Larkin emphasizes what he means by a “Spiritual” body, “By “Spiritual” body we are not to understand some sort of - “Etherealized Ghostlike Structure” that has no substance. As we have already seen, the “Spirit Body” is a material body with “Spirit” qualities and faculties, subject to the higher natural laws of the “Spirit World.”iv After a short example, Larkin then states, “The motive force of the human body is the “Soul,” and of the “Resurrection Body” the “SPIRIT.” “The 'First Adam' was made a 'Living Soul'; the 'Last Adam' a 'QUICKENING SPIRIT.'” 1 Cor. 15:45”v

In relation to this aspect of a 'Spiritual' body, Larkin states that this explains Paul's prayer in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23

The Resurrection of Damnation

Larkin clearly explains that the blessings of an incorruptible body does not apply to the lost. Larkin refers the reader to the following three verses.

  • John 5:28 & 29, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

  • 1 Corinthians 15:37 & 38, “And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.”

  • Galatians 6:7 & 8, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the spirit reap life everlasting.”

Larkin then states, with an earnest plea to the lost, “A man cannot sow tares and reap wheat. To every seed its own body. If a man die without the Christ Life, he cannot rise to a Christ-like resurrection. The difference between the “Resurrection of LIFE” and the “Resurrection of DAMNATION” as to character no human language can portray. They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell. Dear Reader, to which of these Resurrections will you arise?”vi

Special Comment by Alan

Larkin has a heart for winning the lost to Christ. Throughout the book, Larkin emphasizes the need of eternal salvation in a heart-felt manner that is applicable to the lesson in each chapter. Larkin understood the reality of Heaven and Hell in his teachings on the scriptures.

 

 

 

i Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 136

ii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 136

iii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 136-137

iv Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 141

v Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 141

vi Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 142

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Brother Alan, thank you once again for sharing Larkin's views on these very important subjects, and your notes on them.

In 1st Corinthians 15, Paul makes the point that because "all flesh is not the same flesh" (v.39), so that there are both "celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies" (v.40). This is similar to when he says that God will do away with both stomachs and food (1Cor.6:13); in the passage cited he is not talking about stomachs and food altogether but about the earthly forms which are subject to decay on the one hand and only fit for earthly bodies on the other: there will be heavenly bodies which will eat food but not for the same reasons we do today (cf. the fruits of the tree of life in the New Jerusalem).  So the eternal bodies we will have will have "flesh and bones" as "ye see me have." (Lk.24:39) as our Lord told Thomas and the other disciples, but no blood as Larkin correctly stated.  They will not be less in any way; they will greater in every way, capable of enjoyment and understanding beyond anything we can yet conceive of.  They will not be "ghost like" as Larkin correctly explained; that is a common and dangerous misconception based upon a misreading of what Paul says in the chapter cited at the head of this paragraph. 


"Spiritual" in that context means "celestial" as opposed to "terrestrial": not less but more real and enduring forever. "Spiritual" means fit for the full expression of the spirit; where as "physical" or "terrestrial" or psychikoi , which in the Greek means "fit for this natural and corrupt world only".  Unbelievers' bodies will be indestructible, but we don't know much more than that; the place of their eternal consignment is the operative problem for them.  In the scriptures about Lazarus the poor man and Abraham, the rich man seems to have had an interim body identical to that of Lazarus and Abraham -- the problem for him was the place he was in.  

As for sowing and reaping,  Mark 4 and Galatians 6:7, 8 are somewhat similar, with the exception that Mark 4 explains it in greater detail in the parable of the sower. As Larkin, I too have a heart for winning the lost to Christ.

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb.10:31). The subject of hell is mentioned more times than Heaven by Jesus Himself because Hell is the epitome of the worst suffering imaginable. He cares for the world, which is why He paid the ultimate price for us. The word "Gehenna" is mentioned 12 times in the New Testament. The word "Hades" is mentioned 11 times, and the word "Tartarus" is mentioned once. All of which the King James Bible translates as "hell", and all of those are real places that will one day be cast into the Lake of Fire. Somewhat like a murderer in prison awaiting his death sentence, only that "hell" is Eternal. This is one of the reasons as to why Jesus said: "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matt.10:28).  The King James Bible uses the word "hell" more than the bible perversions. The NIV uses it 14 times, and the NASB, NKJV, RSV all use it 13 times. Case in point: Those who profess to be Christian ought to examine their lifestyle to see if they are really living for Christ, or living in sin. And the one professing to be Christian should know with 100% certainty (as 1+1 equals 2).

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1st John 5:13)

John is telling the readers that we can know (present tense) that we have eternal life. Some of the signs are:

  1. Jesus Christ dwells within our hearts. (Col.1:27; 1Jn.5:12)
  2. Our prayers are answered. (Jn.14:14; 1st Jn.5:14,15)
  3. Our ability to understand the scriptures. (1Jn.5:20)
  4. Because we keep His commandments out of our love for God. (2 Cor.5:17; 1Jn.5:18)
  5. And because we LOVE our brethren. (1st Jn.3:14)

God Bless,

Daniel

 

 

 

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Omega,

Thank you for your posting on Chapter 18. Your thoughts are a compliment to the lesson and I appreciate them.

I also appreciate your mentioning 1 Corinthians 6:13a, "Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them."  1 Corinthians 6:13a is a message, and a study, in itself. 

2 hours ago, (Omega) said:

In the scriptures about Lazarus the poor man and Abraham, the rich man seems to have had an interim body identical to that of Lazarus and Abraham -- the problem for him was the place he was in.  

You are correct.

Larkin is scripturally proving that the rich man was conscious, tormented both physically and mentally, had recognition, and the other human facilities. Larkin has exposed the false beliefs of, 'Spiritualism,' the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Buddhists, the Taoists (a mystical Eastern religion), 'Soul-sleep,' the Annihilation of the soul, the Unitarians, and other corrupt beliefs. Larkin is presenting the correct doctrines concerning "The Spirit World," to show these people trapped in false doctrines the truth of the scriptures in an effort to win them to Christ in order to escape eternity in hell. And, to teach the believers in the churches the truth of eternal matters.

Alan

 

 

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Brethren,

Chapter 19 is  quite lengthly. It is becoming apparent that I will need to do the overview in parts (or sections), instead of one complete chapter overview.

Alan 

 

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Chapter 19

The Judgments

Part 1

Chapter 19 is the last chapter in the book, 'The Spirit World.' Due to the length of this chapter, and the number of charts, I will write this overview in parts.

Larkin explains the need for the study on the Judgments with this statement, “The common opinion that the Millennium is to be ushered in by the preaching of the Gospel, and that after the Millennium there is to be a “General Resurrection” followed by a “General Judgment,' and then the earth is to be destroyed by fire is not Scriptural.”i In this study, Larkin scripturally refutes the “General Resurrection” followed by a “General Judgment,' doctrines.

Note by Alan

Larkin does not name any any of the religious denominations that believe in a “General Resurrection,” and a “General Judgment.” I will list a few of the denominations, or groups of people, that believe in a “General Resurrection,” and a “General Judgment.”

  • Judaism

  • Roman Catholicism

  • The Presbyterian Church

  • Protestant Reformed Church: www.prca.org

  • Preterist

In my previous studies I used two proponents of Preterism, Charles M. Laymon and William Hendriksen, as my examples. I will give one brief quote from each of these men.

Concerning his comments on Revelation 20:11-15, Charles Laymon says, “The lake of fire in the Apocalypse is called “the second death” (20:6,14: 21:8). This is the final judgment in contrast to the first death, which is the cessation of physical life. John also speaks of “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:5) at which time the martyrs are revived for the blessed millennium. The second resurrection presumably would be that which was related to the final judgment when all the dead, both good and evil, were raised to stand before the great white throne.”ii

Concerning his comments on Revelation 20:11-15, William Hendriksen says, “Now Christ's coming unto judgment is vividly described. John sees a Great White Throne. Upon it is seated the Christ, Matt. 25:31; Rev. 14:14. From his face the earth and the heaven flee away. Not the destruction or annihilation but the renovation of the universe is indicated here. It will be a dissolution of the elements with great heat, II Pet. 3:10; a regeneration, Matt. 19:28; a restoration of all things, Acts 3:21; and a deliverance from the bondage of corruption, Rom. 8:21. No longer will this universe be subject to “vanity”II p. 276. John sees the dead, the great and the small, standing before the Throne.12 p.276. All individuals who have ever lived on earth are seen before the Throne. The books are opened: the records of the life of every person, Dan. 7:10. also the book of life, containing the names of all believers, is opened, Rev. 3:5;13:8. The dead are judged in accordance with their works, Matt. 25:31 ff.; Rom. 14:10; II Cor. 5:10. The sea gives up its dead; so do Death and Hades. See our explanation of Rev. 1:18; 6:8. Here is the one, general resurrection of all the dead. The entire Bible teaches but one, general resurrection! Read John 5:28, 29. This one and only and general resurrection takes place at the last day. John 6:39, 40, 44, 54; Acts 24:15; Matt. 22:31; Acts 24:21; Heb. 6:213 p.276. Nowhere in the entire Bible do we read of a resurrection of the bodies of believers, followed, after a thousand years, by a resurrection of the bodies of the unbelievers. All rise at the same time.”iii

The chapter refutes the doctrines of a “General Resurrection,” and a “General Judgment,” by a detailed analysis of the scriptures that speak of the Resurrection and of Judgment.

Larkin states that there are “Five Judgments.” Larkin has all five of these judgments on the chart called, “The Judgments,” on page 146.

The Judgments

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Judgment NO. 1

Judgment for Sin”

Larkin shows that when the Lord Jesus died on the cross of Calvary the sins of mankind were judged; so, this judgment occurred in the past.

Larkin lists three verses; Romans 10:4; 8:1 & 2, and John 5:24. In this study, I will need to quote Larkin in his order, and how as he presents them; as Larkin emphasizes certain words within the verses. In Romans 8:1, and in John 5:24, Larkin, in parenthesis, adds the word 'Judgment,' and uses quotation marks and capitalization freely in all three verses.

  • Romans 10:3 & 4, “For Christ is the END OF THE LAW for righteousness to every one that Believeth.”

  • Romans 8:1 & 2, “There is therefore NOW no condemnation (Judgment) to them which are in CHRIST JESUS, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit; For the Law of the 'SPIRIT Of LIFE' in Christ Jesus hath made me FREE From the Law of 'Sin and Death.'

  • John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, HATH EVERLASTING LIFE, and shall not come into condemnation (Judgment); but IS PASSED From Death Unto Life.”

Larkin then states, “The “Believer's” Judgment for Sin then is PAST, and was settled at the Cross.iv

Larkin then has a discourse on the threefold judgment of the believer:

1. As a “Sinner.”

  • Isaiah 53:5 & 6

2. As a “Son.”

  • The warfare of the believers two natures.

  • Confession of sin. 1 John 2:1 and 1:9

  • Sons not Bastards. Hebrews 12:5-11

  • 'Judge ourselves.' 1 Corinthians 11:31 & 32

3. As a “Servant.” The Judgment as a servant leads to Judgment # 2.

i Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 144

ii Laymon, Charles, M. The Book of Revelation, (New York – Nashville: Abingdon Press), 1960, Page 133

iii Hendriksen, William, More than Conquerors, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1939, 1967), Page 235-236

iv Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 145

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Alan, I don't think that Hendriksen was a preterist.  I once went to a Baptist church who were fond of Hendiksen and they were a-mil, but believed that revelation was a series of seven parallel  visions, each covering the whole period from  John till the judgment, which is not preterism.  I have never read Hendriksen  so I can't say any more.  In fact I went to an Evangelical church on one occasion and they seemed to teach the same. 

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