|40:1 Now my son, here is somewhat more I would say
unto thee; for I perceive that thy mind is worried
concerning the resurrection of the dead.
|40:2 Behold, I say unto you, that there is no
resurrection--or, I would say, in other words, that 1this
mortal does not put on immortality, this corruption does
not put on incorruption--until after the coming of Christ.
|| I Corinthians 15:53: For this corruptible must
put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on
|40:3 Behold, he bringeth to pass the resurrection of
the dead. But behold, my son, the resurrection is not
yet. Now, I unfold unto you a mystery; nevertheless,
there are many mysteries which are kept, that no one
knoweth them save God himself. But I show unto you one
thing which I have inquired diligently of God that I
might know--that is concerning the resurrection.
|40:4 Behold, there is a time appointed that all
shall come forth from the dead. Now when this time cometh
no one knows; but God knoweth the time which is
|40:5 Now, whether there shall be one time, or a
second time, or a third time, that men shall come forth
from the dead, it mattereth not; for God knoweth all
these things; and it sufficeth me to know that this is
the case--that there is a time appointed that all shall
rise from the dead.
|40:6 Now there must needs be a space betwixt the
time of death and the time of the resurrection.
|40:7 And now I would inquire what becometh of the
souls of men from this time of death to the time
appointed for the resurrection?
|40:8 Now whether there is more than one time
appointed for men to rise it mattereth not; for all do
not die at once, and this mattereth not; all is as one
day with God, and time only is measured unto men.
|40:9 Therefore, there is a time appointed unto men
that they shall rise from the dead; and there is a space
between the time of death and the resurrection. And now,
concerning this space of time, what becometh of the souls
of men is the thing which I have inquired diligently of
the Lord to know; and this is the thing of which I do
|40:10 And when the time cometh when all shall rise,
then shall they know that God knoweth all the times which
are appointed unto man.
|40:11 Now, concerning the state of the soul between
death and the resurrection--Behold, it has been made
known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men,
as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea,
the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are
taken home to that God who gave them life.
|40:12 And then shall it come to pass, that the
spirits of those who are righteous are received into a
state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of
rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all
their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.
|40:13 And then shall it come to pass, that the
spirits of the wicked, yea, who are evil--for behold,
they have no part nor portion of the Spirit of the Lord;
for behold, they chose evil works rather than good;
therefore the spirit of the devil did enter into them, and take possession of
their house--and these shall be 1cast out into outer darkness; there shall be
weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, and this
because of their own iniquity, being led captive by the
will of the devil.
|| Matthew 22:13: ...cast him into outer
darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
|40:14 Now this is the state of the souls of the
wicked, yea, in darkness, and a state of awful, 1fearful
looking for the fiery indignation of the wrath of God
upon them; thus they remain in this state, as well as the
righteous in paradise, until the time of their
|| Hebrews 10:27: But a certain fearful looking
for of judgment and fiery indignation...
|40:15 Now, there are some that have understood that
this state of happiness and this state of misery of the
soul, before the resurrection, was a first resurrection.
Yea, I admit it may be termed a resurrection, the raising
of the spirit or the soul and their consignation to
happiness or misery, according to the words which have
|40:16 And behold, again it hath been spoken, that
there is a first resurrection, a resurrection of all
those who have been, or who are, or who shall be, down to
the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
|40:17 Now, we do not suppose that this first
resurrection, which is spoken of in this manner, can be
the resurrection of the souls and their consignation to
happiness or misery. Ye cannot suppose that this is what
|40:18 Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but it meaneth the
reuniting of the soul with the body, of those from the
days of Adam down to the resurrection of Christ.
|40:19 Now, whether the souls and the bodies of those
of whom has been spoken shall all be reunited at once,
the wicked as well as the righteous, I do not say; let it
suffice, that I say that they all come forth; or in other
words, their resurrection cometh to pass before the
resurrection of those who die after the resurrection of Christ.
|40:20 Now, my son, I do not say that their
resurrection cometh at the resurrection of Christ; but behold, I give it as my opinion, that the
souls and the bodies are reunited, of the righteous, at
the resurrection of Christ, and his ascension into
|40:21 But whether it be at his resurrection or after,
I do not say; but this much I say, that there is a space
between death and the resurrection of the body, and a
state of the soul in happiness or in misery until the
time which is appointed of God that the dead shall come
forth, and be reunited, both soul and body, and be
brought to stand before God, and be judged according to
|40:22 Yea, this bringeth about the 1restoration
of those things of which has been spoken by the mouths of
|| Acts 3:21: ...the times of restitution of all
things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his
|40:23 The soul shall be restored to the body, and the
body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be
restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall
not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their
proper and perfect frame.
|40:24 And now, my son, this is the restoration of
which has been spoken by the mouths of the prophets--
|40:25 1And then shall the righteous shine forth in the
kingdom of God.
|| Matthew 13:43: Then shall the righteous shine
forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father...
|40:26 But behold, an awful death cometh upon the
wicked; for they die as to things pertaining to things of
righteousness; for they are unclean, and no unclean thing
can inherit the kingdom of God; but they are cast out,
and consigned to partake of the fruits of their labors or
their works, which have been evil; and they drink the
dregs of a bitter cup.