11 And [kai] after [meta] three [treis] days [hemera] and [kai] an half [hemisu] the Spirit [pneuma] of life
[zoe] from [ek]
God [theos] entered [eiserchomai] into [epi] them, [autos] and [kai] they stood [histemi] upon [epi] their [autos] feet; [pous] and [kai] great [megas] fear [phobos] fell [pipto] upon [epi] them which saw [theoreo]
them. [autos] KJV-Interlinear
after the three and a half days the breath of life from God came into them, and
they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were beholding
The physical human body
is enabled by biological life. The biological life requires support from some
outside force in order to survive.
In the womb, the
biological is supported by the mother through the umbilical cord. Outside of
the womb, when that cord is cut, then another force is needed in order to
support life in the person, and that force is human life, which God breathes
into the human soul, which both, reside in the biological body during the time
that the individual is alive in this world.
When a person dies, then
the soul along with its resident human life, leaves the body. The physical body
lacking that support, dies and immediately begins the process of decay. The
body returns to the dust from whence it came, and the soul returns to its source,
God. That is why we say, ‘Absent from the body and face to face with the Lord.’
The body is not face to
face with God, only the soul with its resident human life.
Believers have one more
component of life and that is the human spirit, into which eternal life is
placed by God, when the person believes in Christ.
Unbelievers do not have
a human spirit, and therefore lack eternal life.
Eternal life is the life
that is extended by God to believers, allowing them to live in heaven forever,
and thus prevents them from dying yet again, as unbelievers will, when they are
cast into the Lake of Fire.
These two men are
believers in Christ. They are mature believers. When they are killed, God
removes their souls and spirits for their bodies. The bodies fall where they
stand, and their souls and spirits return to God in complete safety. They will wait
in heaven for the required three-and-a-half days, and God will bring them back
into their physical bodies, which humanity will see them as coming back to life,
and these two men will stand up as though nothing had ever happened to them.
If there are holes and
cuts and bruises and such on their bodies, then the wounds will remain and will
still be visible.
But then, God commands
life, not biology. Jesus once said that He could command rocks to rise into
descendants of Abraham. God does not require the physiology that you and I
believe in needed in order to support life. Neither is man the origin of human
life as so many seem to believe, but God alone is the origin and creator of
human life, Gen. 2:7.
Those who see them rise,
means that not everyone will see them rise.
The city is about to get
hit with a powerful earthquake, so people in the local region will certainly
see them rise back to life. And we can presume that everyone who has some
semblance of media, whether television, internet, or some other technology,
will also see them rise.
And now, they, the
viewing public, will experience fear as never before, which seems rather odd
since all of these people will have already seen demon hoards, tormentors,
disasters as never before recorded in history, half of the worlds population
fallen into death for one reason or another, a world in chaos and so forth.
If that did not frighten
them, then why would two formerly preaching dead guys coming back to life,
frighten them? And not only frighten them, but throw them into total terror, a
fear beyond anything that any person has ever experienced.
And the answer to that
question is answered in the next verse, which we will study tomorrow.