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Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. The above verse in Hebrews describes women receiving their dead -- raised to life again. Unless some mediator performed a miracle -- an none was mentioned -- only through reincarnation can this happen. Otherwise it would take a miracle of bodily resurrection such as occurred at the resurrection of Lazarus John But the above verse isn't referring to bodily resurrection because the verse also mentions people refusing to die so they can live longer to do good works so they may obtain more favorable conditions in their next reincarnation -- a "better resurrection.

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Jesus described the afterlife condition of a poor man named Lazarus and a rich man who are both dwelling in " Hades " as previously mentioned, the Greek for the Hebrew " Sheol " which was the intermediate state after death for both the righteous and the unrighteous. Lazarus was resting in " Abraham's bosom ," the righteous part of Sheol; and the rich man was in torment in the unrighteous part of Sheol.

Beginning in verse 27, the rich man finally pleads to Abraham:. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment. Because this parable isn't a "Last Day" reference to the "Resurrection of the Dead" on "Judgment Day", the rich man is asking Abraham to do a remarkable thing: Now unless Jesus is applying his own miracle experience of raising another Lazarus from the dead in this parable, the rich man is asking Abraham to perform a miracle.

And the only way for Lazarus to "resurrect" and warn the rich man's brothers, short of a Jesus-type miracle, would be through reincarnation. If the rich man needed to warn his brothers immediately, Lazarus would have to do so through a " walk-in reincarnation " which was covered in Part 1.

Notice that it has already been established that "rising from the dead" and "resurrection" in Jesus' day were often references to reincarnation. Notice also that Abraham did not inform the rich man of the impossibility of the "resurrection" of Lazarus in the same way that Abraham informed the rich man of the impossibility of sending Lazarus "to dip the tip of his finger in water" to cool his tongue because of his agony in the fire Luke Here is a Bible verse which describes God bringing up the dead from Sheol, and bringing those in heaven back down to Earth which is a perfect description of reincarnation:.

The following is a list of more Bible verses referencing reincarnation:. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God ; I myself will see him with my own eyes -- I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! You turn man back to dust and corruption, and say, Return, O sons of the Earthborn to the Earth!

For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. You carry away these disobedient people, doomed to die within forty years as with a flood; they are as a sleep vague and forgotten as soon as they are gone. In the morning they are like grass which grows up -- In the morning it flourishes and springs up; in the evening it is mown down and withers.

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For you, Lord, have delivered me from death , my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Restore us to yourself , Lord, that we may return ; renew our days as of old unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure. In the course of my life he broke my strength; he cut short my days.

They will perish , but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.

The biblical writer of the Book of Isaiah clarifies how the return of the Jews to Zion, through "resurrection," will be through childbirth and therefore reincarnation:. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me. Hear that uproar from the city, hear that noise from the temple! It is the sound of the Lord repaying his enemies all they deserve. Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such things?

Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.

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Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery? For you will nurse and be satisfied at her comforting breasts; you will drink deeply and delight in her overflowing abundance. As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem. Here is another verse in Isaiah where people "rising" from the dead is equated with childbirth which implies reincarnation:. We were with child , we writhed in labor, but we gave birth to wind.

We have not brought salvation to the Earth, and the people of the world have not come to life. But your dead will live , Lord; their bodies will rise -- let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy -- your dew is like the dew of the morning; the Earth will give birth to her dead. In the Book of Job , Job wonders if he will live again after death:. All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come. Job answers his own question by saying he will live again when he is renewed.

According to the Hebrew dictionary, the word translated "renewal" is " chaliyphah " pronounced "khal-ee-faw". In the 12 occurrences of this word in the Bible, 8 times it is used to mean a "change in garments. Jesus told the people responsible for his death that they will be alive on Earth and see him when he returns. This can only happen through reincarnation:. Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.

From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven. John the Revelator made the same claim which is beyond dispute:. The prophet Zechariah made the same claim which is also beyond dispute:. They will look on me, the one they have pierced , and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. Given the fact that the people who killed Jesus have been dead for thousands of years, the only possible way these prophecies to be fulfilled is for the killers to be reincarnated before Jesus returns.

In the Book of Acts , Peter confronted those who killed Jesus and told them to repent so that Jesus the Messiah can return and the Kingdom of Heaven be established. By confronting Jesus' killers, Peter affirmed the truthfulness of the previous prophecies just mentioned:. To this we are witnesses Repent therefore , and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus, who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through his holy prophets.

There is a lot to be mentioned in the above verse. First of all, we know those who killed Jesus will be forgiven because Jesus requested they be forgiven while on the cross when he said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" Luke But Peter told those who killed Jesus they must repent and he told them they would receive forgiveness at the "times of refreshing" and the "time of universal restoration " when Jesus returns. But why do they have to wait until then? Because no one can be forgiven until they first realize they are wrong and then repent. And as we have already mentioned, the Bible informs us that Jesus' killers would not realize they were wrong until they see Jesus' Second Coming Revelation 1: Also, the reference to "universal restoration" -- or " apokatastasis " in Greek -- refers to the thousand year reign of Christ on Earth Revelation This will be explained later in Part 6 of this article as it deals with the "first resurrection" and reincarnation.

Another verse supporting reincarnation is where Jesus described two different groups of people entering heaven at different times. This contradicts "corpse resurrection" on the " Last Day " which assumes everyone will be judged and enter heaven at the same time:. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. The above statement by Jesus is a clear refutation of a final resurrection of corpses resting in peace in graves until " Judgment Day.

But reincarnation assumes a person's judgment day occurs on the last day of their life when their soul leaves their body and enters the afterlife immediately after death. Reincarnation implies that those people who die, and are not yet ready for the Kingdom of God, will be reincarnated until they are ready. People who die, and are ready for the Kingdom, do not need to reincarnate unless they choose to do so.

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For example, some Christians choose to reincarnate to continue to be perfected and to work in "the Harvest" to advance the Kingdom of God on Earth. And by applying this correct interpretation of "resurrection" to Matthew Otherwise, if a final resurrection of corpses on Judgment Day were true, those who would be entering heaven would do so at the same time. Entering heaven at different times would be impossible. In another instance, John the Revelator described a future event when God's judgment will be "poured out" as "blood to drink" upon the people who killed God's holy people and the biblical prophets.

This implies the killers of the biblical prophets will be alive on Earth when God's judgment occurs. This can only occur through reincarnation:. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: Jesus gave another prophecy about his Second Coming which can be fulfilled only if reincarnation is a fact:.

And then all the peoples of the Earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Jesus told his followers they would be alive on Earth when the signs of the times have been fulfilled and he returns to Earth again. Without reincarnation this prophecy uttered by Jesus would be a false prophecy. In fact, this prophecy was partly responsible for many Christians in the first century to believe the Second Coming would occur in their lifetime. And the historical evidence shows how disappointing it was for the early Christians when they and the apostles were dying off and the hopes for an imminent return of Jesus were dashed.

There are two other verses in the Bible similar to Matthew Again, if reincarnation was not a reality, these words uttered by Jesus would be a false prophecy. In another verse, Jesus told those around him that he would be with them in Spirit "to the very end of the age" while they make disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching them:. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. The above statement by Jesus implies the people he was talking to would be alive on Earth until the end of the age, making disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching them.

This can happen only through reincarnation. The final words of the Bible contains a warning which has implications of reincarnation:. If anyone adds anything to them , God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. This warning was written somewhere between AD and is directed at anyone who reads the prophecy.

And because this warning is over a thousand years old, violators of the warning would have to be reincarnated to experience "the plagues described in the scroll. The Stoics used this word to speak of the periodic renovation of the Earth in the springtime when it budded and blossomed again, awaking from its winter sleep, and in a sense, revived from its winter death.

The word palingenesia is made up of the Greek words "palin" and "genesis. According to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance , the word palingenesia a transliteration of "paliggenesia" is found twice in the Bible, however it is mistranslated "regeneration" or "rebirth". The following are the two verses with the word translated from "palingenesia" in bold font:.

Therefore what shall we have? In the above verse, Peter asked Jesus what he and the other apostles would receive for following Jesus. So the event Jesus is referring to in the above verse is the biblical "first resurrection" -- the first reincarnation of souls into the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth at the beginning of the thousand year reign of Christ as described in the Book of Revelation:.

And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection.

The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. More about the "first resurrection," the "second death," and the thousand year reign of Christ will be described in Part 6 of this article. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. According to all reincanationalist religions, reincarnation is not a goal to be achieved.

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Reincarnation is something to be avoided. Reincarnation is something to be overcome through enlightenment and the performing good works and good karma. Overcoming bad karma and the cycle of death-and-rebirth means obtaining eternal life. This is the true meaning behind the Christian idea of receiving "eternal life. Never again will they leave it. The above statement by Jesus is a clear reference affirming the preexistence of the soul and its partner concept of reincarnation.

The verse also implies those people who do not overcome the world must leave the heavenly temple and return to Earth until they do overcome the world. According to Strong's Concordance, the following Greek words in the Bible refer to resurrection: However, many of these words in the Bible can also be references to reincarnation.

Then there are Greek words in the Bible used as metaphors for reincarnation such as "changing garments" and "metamorphosis" such as the wordfs: The Jewish Kabbalists interpreted the following Bible verse to mean a generation dies and subsequently returns through reincarnation:. The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hurries to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south, and goes around to the north; round and round goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they continue to flow.

All things are wearisome; more than one can express; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, or the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be , and what has been done is what will be done; There is nothing new under the sun. In context of the other cycles mentioned: In a normal cycle of reincarnating souls, the same generation of souls cannot reincarnate until the previous generation of the same souls have passed away.

The key to this passage of scripture is verse 9 where it states: Also notice in verse 6 the Greek translation of the Hebrew word for wind, p neuma , is the same for the Hebrew word for spirit. The verse following Ecclesiastes 1: The people of long ago are not remembered , nor will there be any remembrance of people yet to come by those who come after them. Religious Studies Center, Coedited with Monte S. Coauthored with Joseph F.

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