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28.1 Sing praises at Easter (1): The defeat of death

Series 28

Episode 1

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Brothers and sisters, we are the most blessed in the whole universe. It’s so precious that we can follow the risen Lord. He lives in our heart. We have Him in this life and all through eternity. He is the most committed to giving Himself to us.

Today is Easter. I’d like to sing some Easter songs that you might seldom hear. One of them was written over 50 years ago. The other one I wrote today. Let’s compare these two songs. 50 years ago, I was about 25. 

When we take a look at the world’s situation, we should know that the Lord is coming soon. The internet and mobile phones are constantly reminding us that the seven years of tribulations will come very soon. The pandemic we have been experiencing gives us a glimpse of the tribulation. We will not need to experience the tribulation, but we know for certain that things will be much worse during that period than right now. 

I want to cross the finishing line with you! You must diligently take care of your health. Although it’s far better to be with the Lord, He has entrusted us with a very important commission on earth. The Lord treasures our lives so much. He wants us to make sweet memories with Him in this life that will last for eternity! Our lifetimes are extremely important and irreplaceable!

When the Lord taught the disciples to pray, He mentioned the words, “Your kingdom come.” (Matthew 6:10) When the Lord set up the bread-breaking meeting, He said He would drink the fruit of the vine with us in the Father’s kingdom. Isaiah 25:6 talks about the Millennium. If the Lord was to return and receive us to heaven today we would enjoy His rewards and the marriage supper of the Lamb. These are two of the very precious events that will take place in heaven. At the same time there will be a world war on earth. Then, we and the Lord will descend to the earth. We won’t need any plane tickets; instead we’ll just go straight to Israel. We will descend on Mount Olivet with the Lord. He will return to save the world and the people of Israel. The Millennium will follow afterwards. 

Isaiah 26:6 reads, “On the mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.” Wow! The Lord will host a rich feast for all peoples! Those who survive the Tribulation, and those who are not condemned during the following judgement, will have a place in the kingdom of God. They will have a body of flesh, similar to us today. We will celebrate! It will be like how an earthly king might hold a feast for his people when he is first crowned.

Isaiah 26:7 reads, “And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.” This verse might have two meanings. First, the veil might refer to the sorrow of people during the Tribulation. Second, it may refer to how Satan blinded people from knowing the gospel and the Lord. Here, it’s so precious that it says “[the Lord] will swallow up the covering that is cast over all peoples.” Sorrow will become joy.

Isaiah 25:8 reads, “He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.”

The first part of this verse is, “He will swallow up death forever.” All along, death has been swallowing up man. The name of my song is called “The Defeat of Death.” Isn’t that so precious? When death faces the Lord, it will be swallowed up. The Lord will swallow up death forever.

The next part of this verse is, “The Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces:” Everything will be restored in the Millennium. Unfortunately, some people will still sin and die. At the end, some will even rebel against the Lord and follow Satan. But the Lord will wipe everyone’s tears during the Millennium. When 1 Corinthians talks about the Lord’s resurrection, it also mentions about the Lord wiping away our tears. Revelation also states the same thing.

The last part of Isaiah 25:8 is, “And the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth:” During the Millennium, God will make Israel the head of all nations. Throughout her history, Israel has suffered a lot of pain and shame. Nevertheless, God is faithful. He keeps His covenant and promises to Abraham. Israel will become the head of all nations in both the Millennium and on the new earth in eternity. 

This celebration and abundant feast is laid by the Lord, the Messiah, for many people. I am not sure whether we will drink from the new cup with the Lord around this time. The timing was not specified in the Bible. But I know for sure that we are the most special group. We will reign with the Lord on earth.

1 Corinthians chapter 15 makes reference to Isaiah 25:8 as well. This chapter talks about resurrection. When the Lord returns, those who are asleep in the Lord will be raised from the dead. I hope that we all remain alive so we can personally experience what’s written in this chapter.

1 Corinthians 15:50-52 reads, “I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell 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 trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”

The first part of this passage reads, “I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God:” the kingdom of God will continue to grow for all eternity. Currently, our bodies are made of flesh and blood. We cannot survive without oxygen. With our current bodies, we wouldn’t be able to instantly travel to different places in eternity. The future world will contain multiple worlds full of love. They will expand continuously for all eternity. We will need resurrected bodies in order to rule over everything, and because the people will continue to multiply.

The next part of 1 Corinthian 15:50-52 reads, “Nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable:” It’s so precious that we are going to inherit an imperishable and unshakable kingdom.

The next part of this verse reads, “Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep:” It’s so precious that we don’t have to die, or go to heaven in the same way that Enoch did. Instead, the Lord Himself will come to receive us. It’s very precious that when we die, it will be like sleeping. We will wake up in a very comfortable manner because it’s far better to be with the Lord.

Finally, the last part of 1 Corinthians 15:50-52 reads “But we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed:” At that time, believers who have died will be raised up, and those who are still alive will be changed.

Verses 53-55 read, “For this perishable body must put on the imperishable and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.” It’s so precious that at the end, death will be swallowed up and come to an end!

Series 28

The conclusion and climax of the book of Hebrews

Message Date: 2020-04-12

While it was Easter, two songs about the Lord’s resurrection were shared. It is so precious that the Lord has swallowed up death eternally. From the current world situation, we know that the Lord will return soon. We will for sure have a resurrected body and inherit God’s kingdom. The worlds of love will expand endlessly. There shall be no more death, and at last, death will be destroyed! We can live with hope. It can be said that Hebrews 12:22-24 is the conclusion and climax of the book. God’s purpose is for us “to be in love with God and to live out and build up God’s family.” The last part of the message shows us many Bible passages that confirm to us the importance of drawing near to God. God Himself is our true goal, eternal purpose and rest.
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28.1 Sing praises at Easter (1): The defeat of death

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28.2 Sing praises at Easter (2): The risen Lord has swallowed up death

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28.3 The important purpose of Hebrews and the help we get from it

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28.4 Confirming the importance of drawing near to God

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Introduction

01 Introduction of Treasures for the Soul

Series 1: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

1.1 The Most Blessed Generation
1.2 Message from John the Baptist
1.3 Abide in the Lord Always
1.4 Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times
1.5 The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

Series 2: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

2.1 God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts
2.2 To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year
2.3 Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him
2.4 The Importance of Peace
2.5 Our Spirits Need the Words of God
2.6 Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

Series 3: Let Our Hearts be Influenced

3.1 The World Needs People Who Deeply Experience God
3.2 Just as His Anointing 
Has Taught You, 
Abide in the Lord
3.3 Be Influenced 
by the Lord Throughout 
this Year

Series 4: The Importance of Peace

4.1 Enjoying God’s Peace in Your heart
4.2 Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled, Neither Let Them be Afraid.
4.3 How Should Our Spirit Respond to the Lord?

Series 5: Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

5.1 Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him
5.2 How to Worship God with Our Spirit
5.3 Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes
5.4 Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself
5.5 The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”
5.6 Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

Series 6: Live out the Life of being Heart to Heart with the Lord

6.1 Living a life of union with the Lord in a stable pattern every day
6.2 Enjoying the Lord and not being disturbed
6.3 The Importance of Seeing Him with Our Spiritual Eyes

Series 7

7.1 Learn to Protect Our Spirits From Virus Prevention
7.2 Our Spirit Can Hear, Think, and See
7.3 How to Live a Life of Faith
7.4 The Importance of the Mind
7.5 David’s Eyes Beheld the Lord Always

Series 8: During the last supper, the Lord spoke about the essence of the blessings of the new covenant.

8.1 The Lord established with us the eternal love covenant by His blood
8.2 The Lord Treasures the New Covenant and Break-Bread Meeting the Most
8.3 Love Encounters
8.4 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the fourth blessing
8.5 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (1)
8.6 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (2)

Series 16: We Have Come to Mount Zion and the Heavenly Jerusalem

16.1 See that the Lord is at the right hand of the Father
16.2 Coming to Mount Zion (1): the meaning of Mount Sinai
16.3 Coming to Mount Zion (2): the difficulty in forgiveness of sins
16.4 Coming to Mount Zion (3): to Live in Grace
16.5 Having Come to the Heavenly Jerusalem
16.6 What is in the heavenly Jerusalem (1)?

Series 9: Being Heart to Heart with the Father

9.1 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 1)
9.2 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 2)

Series 10

10.1 The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts
10.2 Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life
10.3 The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name
10.4 The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son
10.5 Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father
10.6 The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast

Series 11

11.1 The preciousness of the Letter to Philemon
11.2 The most profitable; the most accepted.
11.3 Charge That to My Account
11.4 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (1)
11.5 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (2)
11.6 We are the Lord’s darling love

Series 12

12.1 The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper
12.2 Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
12.3 What is true faith?
12.4 Look upon the Lord in glory
11.5 Trust and Peace (1)
12.6 Trust and Peace (2)

Series 13: The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility

13.3 The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility (Part 2)

Series 14: Manifold evidence

14.1 How does the infinite Lord see us?
14.2 We are the ultimate and final love of the Lord
14.3 The Lord is forever a Man; He once died for us
14.4 The Lord’s manifold love evidence (Part 1)
14.5 The Lord’s manifold love evidence Part 2

Series 15: Understand How Our Spirit Works And Be Heart To Heart With The Lord Continuously

15.1 We Can Only Enjoy God By Faith
15.2 His Words Abide In Us
15.3 Live With The Lord
15.4 Seek The Things That Are Above
15.5 Understand How Our Spirit Works: Will, Mind And Feelings
15.6 Guard And Uplift Our Mind

Series 17: Know that the Church is the Firstborn

17.1 Know that the church is the firstborn
17.2 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 1)
17.3 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 2)
17.4 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 1)
17.5 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 2)

Series 18: The Blessings to be the First Born

18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)
18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)
18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn
18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn
18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship
18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

Series 19: Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life
19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord
19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)
19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)
19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 20: The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

20.1 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)
20.2 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)
20.3 The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence
20.4 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)
20.5 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

Series 21: Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest
21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn
21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 22: When Believers Die, They Will Go to the Heavenly Jerusalem

22.1 The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (1)
The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (2)
The Spirits of the Righteous Made Perfect

Series 23: New Jerusalem is a real city

God has prepared a heavenly home for us
Is the heavenly new Jerusalem a real city?
Satan causes man not to be clear and assured about the things in heaven
Are physical substances not spiritual?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)
New Jerusalem is a real city (2)

Series 24: God prepares for us

Genesis 22: Father and Son went together
Genesis 22: For us, the Father gave His only Son
Genesis 22: The Lord will provide
24.4 God’s preparation for us

Series 25: The Father and Son Affection

25.1 The Lord Came to Make Known the Father
25.2 The Father and Son Affection (Part 1)
25.3 The Father and Son Affection (Part 2)

Series 26: We are a royal priesthood

26.1 God who alone does wondrous things
26.2 The Lord is the High Priest
26.3 We are a royal priesthood (1)
26.4 We are a royal priesthood (2)
26.5 The life of a priest

Series 27: Who are you in the infinite one’s loving heart?

27.1 Meditate on who you are in the infinite Lord’s loving heart
27.2 Meditate on who you are in the infinite Lord’s loving heart (2)
27.3 Meditate on the infinite Lord’s words at the last supper

Series 28: The conclusion and climax of the book of Hebrews

28.1 Sing praises at Easter (1): The defeat of death
28.2 Sing praises at Easter (2): The risen Lord has swallowed up death
28.3 The important purpose of Hebrews and the help we get from it
28.4 Confirming the importance of drawing near to God

Series 29: How to behold

29.1 Behold the Father
29.2 See that God meets me in His steadfast love 
and exults over me with loud singing (1)
29.3 See that God meets me in His steadfast love and exults over me with loud singing (2)
29.4 See how the Lord loves us (1)
29.5 See how the Lord loves us (2)

Series 30: The core things we need to see when we behold the Lord

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