Biblical Study Guide on Healing 

Raising the dead

All Believers will be raised once at the future return

of our Lord Jesus Christ, but some that have been

raised from the dead will be raised twice!

 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not precede them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so, shall we ever be with the Lord. 

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17,5:10,11(Romans 6:4,8:11,1 Corinthians 15:51-54)

Looking back at history, we see people that have been raised from the dead. Was available then and his today!

In Matthew 10:8, Jesus sent out and commanded his disciples with these words, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give”

In John 14:12 Jesus told them, “most assuredly, I say unto you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will also do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto the Father”

Below are the facts from a biblical point of view. All the records that are listed in the Bible of people being raised from the dead. Includes information concerning each record and other information about being raised from the dead. Hopefully believers will start to see, understand it is available today to raise people from the dead! 

In the Church Age after Pentecost the blueprint for being raised from the dead is Jesus’s ressurrection. He was raised approximately 50 days before Pentecost. Some interesting facts about his ressurrection are

  • You have to dead first to be raised from the dead(I am not being vascious) – Acts 3:15
  • God is the raiser, not any other being – Acts 3:15, 13:30-34,17:31,Romans 4:24,10:9,Galatians 1:1,Epesians 1:20,Colossians 2:12,1 Peter 1:21
  • People are healed in the name of the ressurrected Christ, not the dead one – Acts 4:10, Romans 6:9(dominion = healing), 7:4(fruit = healing), Acts 10:38

Lazarus being raised from the dead by Jesus in the gospel period. This record probably gives the most information about someone being raised. It wasn’t immediate, was after the funeral, the corpse was rotting, stunk and already was buried – John 11:1-54

Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick). Therefore, his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou loves is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby – 11:1-4

  • One of Jesus’s closest friends was Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. Lazarus was sick and later died. While he was yet alive his sisters sent for him and said behold the one you loves is sick. They must have thought he would come and heal him. He told the 12 that he said this sickness is not unto death. Did he know that Lazarus would die and he would raise him from the dead, so his sickness wouldn’t end up in death?

 

Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that saith he to his disciples, let us go into Judaea again – 11:5-7

  • Jesus stayed put for another 2 days then said it is time to go, guess who probably told him?

 

His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone the; and goes thou thither again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walks in the day, he stumbles not, because he sees the light of this world. But if a man walks in the night, he stumbles, because there is no light in him. These things said he: and after that he said unto them, our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleeps, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spoke of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent you may believe; nevertheless, let us go unto him. Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, let us also go, that we may die with him – 11:8-16

This is amazing, Jesus’s crack 12 disciples come up with head scratchers, talk about being attacked from within!

  • Hey Jesus don’t you remember they tried to stone you, why would you want to go back again?
  • Jesus answers them by teaching walking in light or walking in darkness, which he was trying to tell them if we walk in the light, we won’t get stoned
  • He continues telling them Lazarus sleeps and I will awake him out of his sleep
  • Then his crack team answers, saying if he is sleeping, he does well
  • Jesus was talking about his death, so he tells them a second time he is dead
  • Then Thomas gives the battle, let’s go with him that we may die with him

What did they actually learn, nothing, look at a great example of being patient? Keep in mind these 12 would be leadership of the church after Pentecost!

 

Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house – 11:17-20

  • Lazarus now was buried in his grave and dead for 4 days, the funeral was now in progress and he now was approached by Martha

 

Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou had been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou will ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believe in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believes thou this? She said unto him, yes, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world – 11:21-27

  • Martha blames Jesus for her brother’s death. How do you think Jesus dealt with this mentally?
  • I know whatever you ask God, he will do, was she talking about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead?
  • He then teaches her about believing him, the resurrection and the life. If you were dead, yet shall he live. Don’t know if this includes raising Lazarus, but if it does, it would fit what he came to do

 

And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, she goes unto the grave to weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou had been here, my brother had not died – John 11:28-32

  • Martha leaves and goes and tells Mary Jesus wanted to see her, which is not recorded that he did. When she arrives just like Martha did, she blames Jesus for her brothers’ death

 

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, and said, where have you laid him? – 11:33

  • He handled this emotional confrontation by controlling his thinking to achieve his goal that was told him to do by God. He was troubled in his thoughts, he changed his mind and said where is he laid?

 

They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept – 11:34,35

  • He still was dealing with his emotions to the point to weep, shortest verse in the bible, but didn’t lose his focus on the goal 

 

Then said the Jews, behold how he loved him! And some of them said, could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died, Jesus therefore again groaning in himself comes to the grave – 11:36-38

  • Again, the loving Jews blame him for Lazarus dying, which he had to hear and had to deal with this mentally without losing the focus on the goal

 

It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take you away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, said unto him, Lord, by this time he stinks: for he has been dead four days – 11:39

  • Now Martha, the other sister of Lazarus gives her opinion of the situation which was, hey Jesus he has been died for four days and he stinks. Again, Jesus controls his thoughts and keep his mind on the goal

 

Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou would believe, thou should see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid – 11:40

  • Jesus’s answer was the written word, not God telling him what to do. Now we know that it was God who told him the goal of raising Lazarus from the dead

 

And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou have heard me. And I knew that thou hear me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, loose him, and let him go – John 11:41-44

  • Before the goal was achieved, Jesus went to God, telling him that he always heard him and he wanted all the people that criticized and blamed him for Lazarus’s death would believe in his father. Then he continued speaking to the crowd and told Lazarus to come forth, which he did
  • How would the people think that watch Lazarus get up from the dead, you would quess blessed?
  • Not so fast, the word says some believed on him, some didn’t and some went to the Pharisees told them what just happened
  • The Pharisees answer to Lazarus being raised from the dead was they plotted to kill him – John 11:45-54

 

“Goal Achieved”

Peter raises a believer from the dead who was a Disciple of Christ, and was full of good works. This is the first record of a believer being raised from the dead after Pentecost – Acts 9:36-42

Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber – Acts 9:36,37

  •  Dorcus, who was a believer that was involved in the growth of the first century church became sick and this sickness was terminal. God called her a disciple and he included her record in his word. In God’s opinion her death was very costly 


And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them – 9:38

  • Peters probably knew Dorcus and he was unable to get to Joppa prior to her death. Instead healing prior to her death, he now had to raise her from the dead. Look at this from an intensive thought point of view, healing a believer that you know is easier than raising her from the dead


Then Peter arose and went with them.  When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them – 9:39

  • Peter walked into a very emotional and negative bunch of mourners; they didn’t believe he would raise her from the dead


But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive – 9:40, 41 

  • Peter controlled his mind to the goal at hand
  • Put all the mourners out of the room
  • He kneeled done and prayed, prayed to who, probably God because he then after he prayed, he spoke to the corpse telling it to get up and it did
  • Then he presented her to those cheerful mourners


And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. – Acts 9:36-42

This is the first record of an accident victim being raised from the died. The unique part of this record is after he fell out of the third story window Paul just kept teaching the word until the next morning when he finally decided to raise him from the dead – Acts 20:7-12

 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.  There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together.  And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead – Acts 20:7-9

  • People tell you accidents just happen, just part of life. It is not just an afterthought! Accidents happen when you are not expecting them to, be it children or loved ones. This young man had a family that was probably present, did they think he would fall out of a window listening to Paul teaching the word? This is close to home because my family had a love one loses consciousness in he fell into a pool and drowned. The unexpected event is cruel and destroys family members in an instance
  • In times of grief God’s word is the only promise that can bring peace in believers’ lives, knowing it is available to raise that corpse from the dead and if it doesn’t work, they will become alive at the return


But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, “Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.” Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed.  And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted – Acts 20:10-12

  • Paul went down the first time and stated his life was him, was he dead or critically injured or did Paul raise him from the dead at that time?
  • Paul left Eutychus on the ground, ate and taught the word until dawn and then he left town. He didn’t check on the young man again, did he know he was alive, why check on the obvious?
  • Whether Eutychus was critically injured or dead the important thing is he was healed or raised from the dead
  • Who are “the they” that brought him alive, did they raise him from the dead?
  • If Paul raised him from the dead earlier, why was he still taking a nap?
  • “The they” were happy campers, to say the least a fantastic record of a healing or a raising from the dead!

Paul was either critically injured or he was dead. If you our critically ill or have a terminal illness, the odds are high that you will die(the estimated survival time,isn’t really a comfort, being healed is). Key here is you have more time to be healed – Acts 14:19,20

And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead- Acts 14:19

  • The people that lived in Lystra were persuaded by the religious elite that came from Antioch and Iconium to kill Paul. So they stoned him and drag him out of the city borders and just left him on the ground. He was killed after he healed a crippled man, is that logical?
  • The people went from thinking Paul was a God to thinking he was worthy of death, what did the religious elite tell the people to get them to kill him?


Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe – Acts 14:20

  • Another important is ordinary believers where the ones that either raised him from the dead or prayed and he was healed. You don’t have to be an apostle every believer has this power given to them by God in the new birth!

The remaining records of raising people from the dead are from the Old Testement

Elijah raises the son of a Widow in Zarephath –1 King 17:10-24

  • Her son gets sick, he became critically ill and died – 17:17
  • The woman lashes out at Elijah telling him you came here to call her sin to remembrance and to slay my son – 17:18
  • Elijah controlled his mind to her hurtful words; he didn’t answer her question. He takes the corpses from her and lays him on his bed – 17:18,19
  • He then asked God, did you do this? God didn’t answer the question – 17:20
  • Three times he stretches himself over the corpse and asks God to return the child’s life – 17:21 
  • God does, and he delivered the son to his mother – 17:22-24

Elisha raises the Shunammite Woman’s Son – 2 Kings 4:18–37

  • Her son gets a headache. The pain intensifies, and at noon her son dies – 4:18-20
  • She lays her son on Elisha bed and goes to him and blames Elisha and but didn’t tell him what happened. He didn’t answer her allocations and then God must have showed him her son died – 4:21-28
  • Because now he sends his servant Gehazi to go to lay Elisha’s staff on her son to bring him back to life. Gehazi tries but is unsuccessful – 4:29-31
  • When Elisha arrives, he prays to God and lays on top of the boy. The boy’s dead body begins to warm. Elisha paces the room a bit and tries again. The boy sneezes seven times, and his eyes open and he presents the boy alive to his mother – 4:32-37

 

The remaining records of raising people from the dead are from the New Testement

Son of a Widow from Nain was raised from the dead – Luke 7:11-17

  • Jesus goes to the town of Nain. He sees a funeral possession and stops it – 7:11,12
  • He tells the grieving mother, who was a widow and this was her only son, to not cry – 7:12,13
  • He touched the coffin and spoke to the corpse to arise – Luke 7:14
  • The corpse sat up and spoke and he delivered the son to his mother – 7:15,16

Jesus raises Jairus’s Daughter and a certain ruler’s daughter on the same day (yes, there could have been 2?)

This certain ruler’s daughter raised from the dead – Matthew 9:18(23-26)   

  • A certain ruler approached Jesus and worshipped him. He told Jesus his daughter was now dead and asked him to come and raise her from the dead – 9:18
  • They are approached by a woman with an issue of blood that Jesus healed. After they proceeded to the ruler’s house –9:23
  • Jesus tells they people present she is not dead but she sleeps, they laughed him to scorn – 9:23,24
  • He kicks the people out of the room, he took the girl by the hand and she got up, end of record – 9:25,26  

 

What do you think he had heard about Jesus after the death of his daughter, maybe he heard he could raise her from the dead?  How would you control your emotions to take the only right action available or would you just go to the funeral home? Which was a more profitable action to take?  

Jairus’s daughter raised from the dead Mark 5:22-24, 35-43, Luke 8:41, 42, 49-56  

  • Jesus was approached by Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, not a certain ruler as in Matthew 9:18 and asked Jesus to come into his house – Mark 5:22, Luke 8:41
  • Here the daughter was not yet dead, while in the last record, she was dead already.  Again, it clearly shows he had heard and understood who Jesus was.  He asked Jesus to come, and just said she was dying – Mark 5:23,24, Luke 8:42 (adds it was his only daughter and she was twelve years old)
  • They are approached by the same women with an issue of blood that Jesus healed –Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43-48
  • After that they were told that his daughter was now dead, and we learn Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue. Jesus tells him be not afraid, only believe. Jesus tells only Peter, John and James to come with them to Jairus’s house – Mark 5:35-37, Luke 8:49, 50 (adds don’t trouble the master because she is now dead. Also, Jesus told him to fear not, believe only and she will be made whole)
  • Jesus tells they people present she is not dead but she sleeps, they laughed him to scorn – Mark 5:38-40, Luke 8:51 – 53 (adds, he also took Peter, John and James in along with her parents)
  • He kicks the people out of the room. He took the girl by the hand and said Talitha cumi; meaning I say unto you thee, arise. She got up and walked, she was twelve years old – Mark 5:41,42, Luke 8:54-46 (adds her spirit came again, she got up and ate some food) 


Both records are similar and took place after both men and Jesus were interrupted by the woman of the issue of blood. In theory both men could have approached Jesus prior to them being met by the woman. After Jesus healed the woman, he could have gone to the first man’s house and raised the first girl from the dead. Then went to the other man’s house and raise his daughter from the dead?
 

 

What have we learned from these records?  Was there an order of  events that all the people that raised these people from the dead did?

#1 – Go to the person who has God’s power to raise people from the dead. In the Old Testament it was the Prophets. In the Gospels it was Jesus and who he gave the power too, and our time period after the day of Pentecost it is every believer that is born again of God’s Spirit!

#2 – All the records, except Paul’s dealt with the man that was asked to raise someone from the dead had to deal with a lot of mental attacks. Including blaming him, if you would have been here, laughing them to scorn and blaming God. Probably missed a few but the point is they had to control their minds to what God is telling them to do to raise a corpse from the dead. If anyone of these men confronted these unbelieving people, probably the corpse wouldn’t have been raised

#3 – After getting through the negative people a specific action was required by the one that would raise the corpse from the dead. You would think it was God telling them what to do, because it was variable things that they did including

  • Laying on the corpse
  • Speaking to the corpse
  • Asking God to raise them
  • Touching the casket

#4 – What was the thing that actually triggered the person becoming alive

  1. Lazarus Raising – Jesus spoke to God first, then spoke to the corpse telling him to come forth and he came forth
  2. Dorcus (Tabitha) – Peter kneeled down and prayed (doesn’t say to who), Spoke to the corpse saying Tabitha arise’ she opened her eyes and sat up
  3. Eutcyhus – Paul after he fell out of a 3rd story window went down laid on him and said his life is in him. Left and in the morning they (they who, Paul or other believers?) brought the young man alive
  4. Paul being stones – The believers stood around him, nothing was said and Paul just got up
  5. Widows’ son – Elijah laid on the corpse 3 times and asked God to return the boy’s life and he did
  6. Shunammite’s son – Elisha prayed to God and laid on the corpse, it warmed. He laid on the corpse again and sneezed and open his eyes
  7. Widow’s son from Nain – Jesus touched the coffin and spoke to the corpse and he sat up
  8. Certain rulers’ daughter – Jesus Just took the corpses hand and she got up
  9. Jairus’s daughter – Jesus took her by the hand, an spoke to the corpse saying I say unto you thee, arise and she did

Breaking it down further, when you get to the point to confront the corpse

  • Communication with God isn’t in all records. Why would there be a question if the corpse can be raised, they have no awareness of thought. Then the communication with God has to deal with circumstances other the raising the corpse
  • An action follows in all records from touching to speaking to the corpse
  • In all records they got up, why not today?
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