The Thief on The Cross
by D. J. Love, Minister, TSN, SBC
John 20: 11-17
11 But Mariamne (Mary Magdalene) stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre (where The Messiah had lain),
12 And saw two messengers of YHVH in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Y'Shua had lain.
13 And they said unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She said unto them, Because they have taken away my Master, and I know not where they have laid him.
14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Y'Shua standing, and knew not that it was Y'Shua (Messiah was beardless, beaten and bruised, and she was distraught).
15 Y'Shua saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
16 Y'Shua saith unto her, Mariamne (Y'Shua's voice finally got her full attention). She turned herself (to see him), and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master (teacher).
17 Y'Shua saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father (who is in Heaven): but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I (Spiritually) ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my Elohim, and your Elohim.
Remember: The Thief AND Messiah Y'Shua were both crucified 3 Nights And 3 Days Plus the early Sunday Night time (early morning) period prior to Y'shua Appearing Unto Mariamne (Mary Magdalene) As Stated Above.
So Did The Thief Go To Heaven That Day? Absolutely Not! And Neither Did Messiah Y'Shua!As A Matter of Fact, Human Beings do not go into Heaven when they die!
1 Corinthians 15:50-53
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead (in Messiah) shall be raised incorruptible (incapable of physical decay), and we (Righteousness Seekers) shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible (Human Flesh) must put on incorruption (become a living immortal), and this mortal (Human Flesh) must put on immortality (a Glorified Undying Body).
As for Enoch and Elijah.... They were translated, but being translated does not mean they went to the third heaven. Just to set the record straight, no human being, not even The Messiah, has ever physically ascended into the Kingdom of Heaven. This is not to say that Messiah hasn't "Spiritually Ascended" into the Kingdom of Heaven, but his flesh did not, as physical flesh can not inherit The Kingdom of Heaven. However, the glorified flesh of immortals will inherit "The Kingdom of YHVH ON EARTH" (Paradise) someday.
42 He said to Y'Shua, "Lord, Remember Me when you Come Into Your Kingdom (on Earth).
43 And Y'Shua said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee. [ON] This Day (Greek "Semeron" meaning 'Hither To' or 'Toward' This Particular or special Day') thou shalt be with me in Paradise" (on Earth) ("This Day" has not yet occurred).
Note: "Today" is a mistranslation of "Semeron", and should have been translated as "Toward This Day", "When This Day Has Approached" or even "At The Beginning of This Day". This meaning is further substantiated by the fact that Messiah has (still) not yet (as of today) Come Into His Kingdom (On Earth), because Messiah Y'Shua's Kingdom is actually the "Kingdom of YHVH on Earth" (at the First Resurrection). All Kingdoms need inhabitants, and Messiah's Kingdom will not have any immortal inhabitants until they have been resurrected. This is why "True Believers" will be joint-heirs with The Messiah, and at the same time as Messiah.
Romans 4:14 For if they which are of the law [be] heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
Romans 8:17 And if [YHVH's] children, then [also] heirs; heirs of G-d, and joint-heirs with Messiah; if so be that we suffer (a living sacrifice) with [him], that we may be also glorified together.
Galatians 3:29 And if ye [be] Messiah's, then are ye Abraham's (Spiritual) seed, and (joint-) heirs according to the promise (to Abraham).
Titus 3:7 That being justified by his [YHVH's] grace, we should be made (joint-) heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be (joint-) heirs of salvation? (and thus receive all of "The Promises.")
Hebrews 6:17 Wherein YHVH, willing more abundantly to shew unto the (joint-) heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath:
Hebrews 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise (to Abraham), as [in] a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
Note: Isaac and Jacob, have yet to receive their True Inheritance of the Spiritual Kingdom on Earth. They did receive a promise, however. Just as all of YHVH's Spiritual Children will receive the same promise(d Land and Eternal Life) "On Earth".
James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not YHVH chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and (joint-) heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
Therefore, the thief's reference to "Come Into" (Your Kingdom) is referring To The "Second Coming" of Messiah, and the reference to "Your Kingdom" is not referring to Heaven, but is referring to "Your Kingdom (or Paradise) On Earth" at the First Resurrection (Second Coming). Additionally, "This Day" (Semeron) in verse 43 is referring to The Future Day of The Second Coming! As for "The Thief On The Cross," he is presently asleep in the ground awaiting his resurrection and inheritance.
Luke 23:43 And Y'Shua said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, on this ( Particular or special ) day shalt thou be with me in paradise (The Righteous Kingdom of YHVH on Earth).
2 Corinthians 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise (The Righteousness or mentality of YHVH), and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise (The Righteous Kingdom of YHVH on Earth) of God.
Apparently "The Righteousness of YHVH" (Holy Spirit) will dwell in the minds of YHVH's immortal children "On Earth" and thereby cause "Paradise" (Eden) to once again reign "On Earth." Therefore, YHVH will, ALSO, dwell "On Earth" through His children.
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