Mr. Daniel Rogers is the former pastor of Piedmont Church of Christ and the author of “The Last Enemy and the Triumph of Christ”. I must say at the outset that Mr. Rogers’ book was such an encouragement because it was done so simply and honestly making clear the details that have confused so many. Right at the beginning of his book Daniel makes two rather poignant statements:
“If one doesn’t understand death, how can they truly understand and appreciate life in Christ?”.
“The message of life, for many, is not seen as a present reality. They speak of the “hope of eternal life” as if it is not yet fully possessed by the saints”.
I must commend the outline that Daniel put forth. Each small segment builds on top of the others leading the reading into a better understanding of “the death” that plagues the people of God and ultimately how fully understood and accomplished “Eternal Life” leads to the destruction of that death (“the last enemy” cf. 1 Corinthians 15:12-28). In comparing and contrasting physical death and spiritual death, Mr. Rogers’ details that physical death was implemented by God even going back to the creation account of Genesis chapters 1-3. Daniel detailed the death of a seed as bringing forth life (cf. Genesis 1:12; 1 Corinthians 15:36) , as he said it, “Physical death exists in reproduction”.
As you read and move away from seeing physical death as the enemy, you are invited into understanding the defeat of “spiritual death” by way of Jesus Christ. Physical death is only an issue to those who are not Spiritually Alive (cf. John 11:25). As Daniel himself said it, “Before sin entered the world, there was no reason to fear physical death because physical death has no sting”. This therefore challenges the understanding of the resurrection of the dead because physical death is not the enemy (cf. Isaiah 59:1-2; Ezekiel 18:26).
Dr. Don K. Preston, president of the Preterist Research Institute, who I would consider to be the Bible expert on explaining the resurrection of the dead from the consistent Preterist position (Covenant Eschatology) wrote the forward to Daniel’s book, and he made the following comment, “The idea of a physical resurrection and restoration of every decomposed human corpse even on a cursory reading of 1 Corinthians 15, seems counter to what Paul was actually saying”. Amen! The failure of Christians to properly understand “the death” and “the Life” that is being dealt with in the Scriptures has led to all sorts of false teaching in the contemporary Christian Church. Mr. Rogers’ seeks to bring clarity in such a simple way by offering the following thought:
“There are three questions that need to be answered in order to determine when the resurrection of Daniel 12 and 1 Corinthians 15 would take place.
- Who are the holy people?
- What is their power?
- When would that power be shattered?
(cf. 2 Corinthians 3:7; Isaiah 28:15; 1 Corinthians 15:56)”.
Mr. Daniel Rogers did a great work for the Church with this writing. I know I am already in negotiations with him to by the book in bulk. Be sure to get a copy! He concluded his writing with the following thought, “It is a shame that friendships have been broken, families have been torn apart, and congregations have been divided over this issue of whether or not the last enemy has been destroyed”. I could not agree more. I know I look forward to continued discussion, examination, and debate in regards to the defeat of “The Last Enemy”. Order your copy at the following link, www.labornotinvain.com
To God be the Glory!
In Service to Him,
Pastor Michael Miano
The Blue Point Bible Church
The Power of Preterism Network