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II. The Messiah's Death and the General Resurrection

II.(D) The Son of Man's Everlasting Rule and the General Resurrection

            Whether or not the scriptures prophecy the Messiah's death, since Jesus Christ died, according to the scriptures he would resurrect, because the scriptures prophesy the Messiah's everlasting rule and a general resurrection. If the Messiah died, He would naturally resurrect like others, and He would begin or continue the everlasting rule afterwards.

In Daniel 7:13-14 (JPT), Daniel says:
13. I saw in the visions of the night, and behold with the clouds of the heaven, one like a man ["one like unto a son of man" -1917 JPS] was coming, and he came up to the Ancient of Days and was brought before Him.
14. And He gave him dominion and glory and a kingdom, and all peoples, nations, and tongues shall serve him; his dominion is an eternal dominion, which will not be removed ["that shall not pass away -1985 JPS], and his kingdom is one which will not be destroyed."
Note: In Hebrew, Daniel 7:13 refers to a “son of man” (kevar enash), rather than simply “a man”.
The term “dominion” means rule, authority, or sovereignty. Since the passage says the one like a son of man has an eternal dominion, it suggests that he would rule forever or have authority forever, which in turn suggests he would live forever after.

 In Ezekial 37:1-14(JPT), God brings Ezekial to a valley of dry bones and tells Him: "say to the spirit, 'So says the Lord God: From four sides come, O spirit, and breathe into these slain ones that they may live.'" ...Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are all the house of Israel. Behold they say, 'Our bones have become dried up, our hope is lost, we are clean cut off to ourselves.' Therefore, prophesy and say to them, So says the Lord God: Lo! I open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves as My people, and bring you home to the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and lead you up out of your graves as My people. And I will put My spirit into you, and you shall live, and I will set you on your land, and you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and have performed it."

 Isaiah 26:19,21 (JPT) proclaims: "May Your dead live, 'My corpses shall rise; awaken and sing, you who dwell in the dust, for a dew of lights is your dew... For behold the Lord comes forth from His place to visit the iniquity of the dweller of the land upon him: and the land shall reveal its blood and it shall no longer conceal its slain ones." In the Talmud, Rabbi Gamaliel points to this as a prophecy of the general resurrection. (Babylonian San. vol 90b) And the 16th century Hebrew scholar Elijah Levita wrote in his dictionary, the "Tishbi": "the word nevelah(corpse/carcass) is never used in Scripture but of the carcass of a beast... and never of a man that is dead, but of him that dies an unnatural death... and I greatly wonder at it, how he (the prophet) should call the bodies of the pure righteous ones a carcass; no doubt there is a reason for it... which I am ignorant of.''


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