Pastor Pete Rowe
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Jesus Christ The True God And Eternal Life (1st John 5: 20 )
Church Of Jesus Christ, Ministries
5-28-09
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Praise the Lord! I would like to begin the message today out of the book of Matthew chapter
twenty-seven and  about verse forty- five: This is speaking of Jesus while he was on the cross dying for
our sins. Please notice what happens the moment Jesus gave up the Ghost: (Or died)

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour,  (three hours) And about
the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,
" Eli, Eli, Lama sa - bach - tha- na " that is to say, My
God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, this man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of
them ran, and took  spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest
said, let be, let us see whether Elias will come and save him.

Jesus, when he cried again with a loud voice,yielded up the ghost. And behold the veil of the temple was
rent in twain from top to the bottom; and the earth did quake,and the rocks rent
And the graves were
opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,And came out of the graves after his
resurrection,and went into the holy city,and appeared unto many.
 ( Matthew 27- 45 )

Please notice: " Many bodies of the SAINTS which SLEPT (died) AROSE ( Resurrected ) and CAME OUT
OF THE GRAVES AFTER HIS RESURRECTION,
and went into the HOLY CITY and appeared unto many.

The word of God is not silent concerning  these
Many bodies of saints that arose with Jesus after his
resurrection. These are called the firstfruits  unto God and of the Lamb. Also, the Holy City they entered
into was not the Old Jerusalem here in the middle east; But it was truly the New Jerusalem  above;
which is the mother of us all. THIS IS THE FIRST RESURRECTION. We will prove it.

The apostle Paul writes:
" But NOW is Christ RISEN from the dead, and become ( not going to be) the
FIRSTFRUITS of them that slept.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the
dead.  For as in Ad'am 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. (I Corinthians 15:20 - 24)

God has an order of the resurrection of the dead, and it is Christ the firstfruits;  afterwards they that are
Christ's at his coming.  

Isaiah the prophet prophesied of these FIRSTFRUITS that rose with Jesus. (Isaiah 26:19 )
"Thy dead men
( the many bodies )
shall live, ( resurrected)  TOGETHER WITH MY DEAD BODY (CHRIST'S BODY) SHALL
THEY ARISE.   Awake and sing, you that dwell in the dust; for thy dew is as the dew of the herbs, and the
earth shall cast out the dead."

In the book of Revelation, Chapter 14, it speaks of the Holy City where these saints went and how they
are reigning with Christ now.  John writes:

"And I looked, and , lo a Lamb stood on the mount Si'on, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand,
having his Father's name written in their foreheads.  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many
waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps.  And
they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man
could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.  
These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. these are they which follow the
Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
These were (past) redeemed from among men, BEING THE FIRSTFRUITS UNTO
GOD AND TO THE LAMB
.   And in their mouth was found no guile: FOR THEY ARE WITHOUT FAULT BEFORE
THE THRONE OF GOD".
Not on earth.

John calls these
hundred forty and four thousand the firstfruits unto God because they were the first to
rise from the dead after Christ arose.  As Paul said,
"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
. ( which is the end )

When Jesus yielded up the Ghost, (died ) not only did the earth quake and the rocks rent, (Matthew 27)
BUT THE GRAVES WERE OPENED , AND MANY BODIES OF THE SAINTS WHICH SLEPT (DIED) AROSE.  

There were exactly one hundred forty and four thousand of these saints that arose.  This is not a future
resurrection, because Paul said, "BUT NOW IS CHRIST RISEN FROM THE DEAD AND BECOME THE
FIRSTFRUITS OF THEM THAT SLEPT."  This has already happened !  

In the book of Revelation, chapter 7, it speaks of this first resurrection, and how they were SEALED WITH
THE FATHER'S NAME IN THEIR FOREHEADS, WHICH TRULY IS JESUS CHRIST, BECAUSE HE SAID,
" I AM
COME IN MY FATHER'S NAME." (John 5:43)

John writes: "And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the
four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  And I
saw another angel ascending from the east, having the SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD: and he cried with a loud
voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea.  Saying, Hurt not the earth
neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have SEALED the servants of God in their foreheads.  And I heard the
number of them which were sealed:
AND THERE WERE SEALED AN HUNDRED AND FORTY AND FOUR
THOUSAND OF ALL THE TRIBES OF THE CHILDREN OF IS'RA-EL".

The seal of God is the name of Jesus Christ as John said in Revelation chapter seven and chapter
fourteen verse one. ..
" Saying hut not the earth, neither the sea, no the trees, till we have SEALED the
servants of our God in their
FOREHEADS . (Revelation 7-2) and I heard the NUMBER of them which were
sealed: And there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the
tribes of the children of
Israel.
" And I looked, and, lo, a lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand,
having his
Father's name written in their foreheads." ( revelation 14-1 )

To understand the first resurrection we need to
"cast down all imaginations" as the apostle Paul writes
in the second book of 2nd Corinthians chapter ten and believe only what we can read. The Holy City that
these Firstfruits entered into was;
The New Jerusalem called Mount Sion at the Throne of God. (
Revelation 14- 5)

There are two Jerusalem's spoken of in the bible. One which is
above called: the Mother of us all.
(Galatians 4-26) and the One on the earth, in the middle east. (Galatians 4- 25 ) One in bondage and the
other free.

Again, let me repeat Matthew chapter twenty seven verse fifty: "
Jesus, when he cried again with a loud
voice,
YIELDED UP THE GHOST." (Holy Ghost) " And, behold, The veil of the temple  was rent in twain from
the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

And the graves were opened,
and many ( not all) bodies of the saints which slept AROSE and came out of
the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many."

This Holy City Matthew is referring to is described in Hebrews 12.  Please notice the differences in
the Mounts.  First Paul said,
"That WE ARE NOT come unto the mount that might be touched, and that
burned with fire , nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, and the sound of the trumphet, and the
voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them anymore:
(For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it
shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:  And so terrible was the sight, that Mo'ses said, " I exceedingly
fear and quake:")  BUT YE ARE COME unto mount Si'on, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly
Jeru'sa-lem, and to an innumerable company of angels,  To the general assembly and church of the
firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made
perfect, And to Je'sus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better
things than that of A'bel.  See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him
that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

Paul also called this Mount Si'on, God's Kingdom: "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be
moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  For our
God is a consuming fire."
(Hebrews 12-`28-29)

In the book of Galatians, Paul writes of the
two covenants, one that answers to Jerusalem which now is
in bondage with her children, and of the New Jerusalem, above:
" My little children, of whom I travail in
birth again until Christ be formed in you, I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I
stand in doubt of you.  Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?  For it is written,
that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a free woman,  But he who was of the
bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.  Which things are an
allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage,
which is Agar.  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is , and is in
bondage with her children.  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.  Fore it is
written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate
hath many more children that she which hath an huband.  Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children
of promise.  But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even
so it is now.  Nevertheless what saith the scripture?  Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of
the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.  So then, brethren, we are not children of
the bondwoman, but of the free.

Again in the book of Revelations, Chapter 14, John writes that these hundred and forty four thousand,
sung a new song before the throne and before the four beasts, and the elders:  and no man could learn
that song, but the hundred and forty four thousand, WHICH WERE REDEEMED FROM THE EARTH.

This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet foretold of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and these
many bodies of the saints, when God cried through the prophet saying,
"Thy dead men shall live ,
together with my dead body shall they arise."
 Then he told these risen saints," to awake and sing, ye
that dwell in the dust, for thy dew is as the dew of the herbs,  AND THE EARTH SHALL CAST OUT THE
DEAD".
(Isaiah 26 - 19 ) Listen to Revelation 14:3 again:
" .And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no
man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the
earth."  John also describes who these firstfruits were, by saying: "These are they which were not defiled
with women; for they are virgins.  These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.  These
were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

This FIRST RESURRECTION is also spoken of  in Revelation chapter 20:4 : John said, "And I saw the souls
of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not
worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their
hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  But the rest of the dead lived not again
until the thousand years were finished.  This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he that hath part
in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests
of God and of
Christ, and shall rein with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:4-6)

In closing for now, the thousand year reign began on the day of Pentecost, when Jesus set up his
kingdom on earth on that day, and started ruling in his church. ( Ruling means : to reign.)  Paul
describes God's kingdom , not man's, in Romans 14:17 , "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink;
but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."  Jesus also speaks of the kingdom of God to
Nicodemus saying,
"Verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born again; he cannot enter the kingdom
of God."   
He then explains how to be born again,  " Verily I say unto thee, except a man be born of  water,
and of the spirit he cannot see the kingdom of God."
 (John 3:5)

We truly need God's understanding, to what his kingdom is on this earth.  It is completely different than
what man teaches the kingdom to be.  I will try to get into this later.

THE FIRST RESURRECTION WAS FULFILLED AT JESUS RESURRECTION AND HIS MANY BODIES OF SAINTS.
THIS WAS A NUMBERE
D RESURRECTION OF ONE HUNDRED FORTY AND FOUR THOUSAND, CALLED
FIRSTFRUITS.  THE FINAL RESURRECTION IS THE LAST DAY, IT IS A NUMBER WHICH NO MAN CAN
NUMBER OUT OF EVERY NATION, KINDRED, PEOPLE AND TONGUES. (PLEASE READ REVELATION 7:9)

PAUL WRITES IN HEBREWS, CHAPTER 9:  
"For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into
heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the
high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;  For then must he often have
suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put
away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
judgment:  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; AND UNTO THEM THAT LOOK FOR HIM
SHALL HE APPEAR THE SECOND TIME WITHOUT SIN UNTO SALVATION.

Also read of the last day in John chapter 6:38 - 40,  and also read verse 54.

THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS THE END, THERE IS NO IN BETWEENS OTHER THAN
THE HOLY GHOST, WHEN IT CAME ON PENTECOST.  JESUS IS HERE NOW IN THE SPIRIT FOR HIS PEOPLE,
CALLED THE KINGDOM OF GOD.  READ LUKE 10:17  (THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU)   IT IS NOT
NATURAL BUILDINGS AND EARTHLY KINGDOMS.  Please study these things.

May God Bless You ,
Pastor Pete Rowe
144,000 " First fruits " Unto God