Posted by: cindybythesea | February 20, 2012

Zombies in the Bible?

Zombies. You’ve seen them, their glassy-eyed stare a dead give away, as to who they really are; advancing at you across the theatre screen with slow determination, as if, they really are – coming for you.  Giggling nervously, you reach in to your popcorn bag, hoping, in the silliness of it all, that when the theatre lights go back on, you’ll find, it really isn’t true; Zombies are not for real and they certainly are not – coming for you.

 Zombies; I have to confess I have not spent much time thinking about these “not dead- yet, not alive” animated corpses, which, for some reason or another have made their way into pop-movie culture since the early days of cinema.  That was until this past week, when, I heard that a co-worker had asked my son-in-law, if, Zombies were mentioned in the Bible. Apparently, he had read Matthew 27:51-52 and thought that it might be a reference to Zombies.

“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of their graves after His resurrection, they went in to the holy city and appeared to many.”

And, while that may seem laughable to those of us more studied in scripture, it is actually a good question, for this verse (mentioned, only in the gospel of Matthew), is a mystery that even commentators cannot agree upon.

So, what is it talking about?

First of all, it is not talking about Zombies. But, is related, rather, to the death and resurrection of Jesus.  A Zombie, according to Wikipedia is an animated corpse brought back to life by mystical means, such as witchcraft, but, this is not the case in the gospel of Matthew; for these people are not simply re-animated corpses; they are fully alive, resurrected, flesh and blood human beings, who went into the city and interacted with the residents living there.

And, while, we are not given many details as to the reason why, we can safely assert that their appearance is somehow, tied to the sacrificial death of Jesus, by, virtue of the other very important detail mentioned in the verse, the tearing of the veil in two.

Up until this time, one man and one man only, could enter the presence of God in the Holy place of the temple, as a thick, heavy curtain separated this place from all but, the high priest, who was allowed to enter it, once per year on the day of Atonement, and only then, with a sacrifice of blood.  The tearing of the veil, when, Jesus was crucified, indicated that God had accepted the sacrifice of his son as an atonement for sin and was satisfied that it was sufficient to permanently pay for sin. Therefore, access to the presence of God, once limited to the High Priest alone, was now open, to all who would accept that payment as their own.

The resurrection of Old Testament saints, further demonstrated, the power over life and death that Jesus held, confirming, by their appearance the reality of the transaction, which, had taken place – the power of the resurrection over all who believe; past, present and future – to those, who by faith looked forward to the cross, as well, as to those of us who by faith are looking back.

Zombies, if you look closer into the subject, is a mixture of voodoo and sorcery, the mixing and administration of powerful central nervous suppressing and mind altering drugs.  Witch doctors, or those trained in the use of these drugs administer them to their victims causing them to fall into a trance like state with respirations and blood pressures, so low, the victim actually appears  to be dead.  The victim is then buried and revived hours or even days later, fully under the control of the perpetrator in their mind altered state.  Witch doctors and those who, practice the magic arts use these things to create fear and hysteria among those who are vulnerable, which gives them an enormous amount of power and control.   http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2004/12/09/1260445.htm

This is not what happened to Jesus, nor is it, what had happened to the Saints, who were resurrected at the time of the crucifixion.  Jesus, was undeniably dead, when, the spear that pierced his heart caused a sudden rush of blood and water from the wound,  undeniable proof that the pericardial sac, which encloses the heart had been punctured.  And, the OT Saints, they had been dead for centuries, their flesh and bones long decayed in to the sands of time.

There is a lot that can be gleaned from this brief passage of scripture. I see the hint of a rapture event, as these Saints obviously did not return to the graves from which they had come, but, most likely ascended in to heaven, some days later, just as Jesus did.

It also, makes me think about the supposed restoration to life the Anti-Christ will have after suffering a deadly head wound. Satan can do alot of things, but, he has no power over life and death, therefore, what appears to be a resurrection, will most assuredly be a deception.  A body double, a clone or powerful drugs used to simulate a death; I’m not sure.

But, Zombies, in the Bible? No, no, Zombies in the Bible. In the White House, maybe, but, not in the Bible!

Thank you, God for the sacrifice of your Son and the assurance your word gives us that we too, by faith in him, will one day be resurrected or raptured in to the presence of your glory.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6  Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

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Responses

  1. Thanks Cindy.

    Matt 27:51-52 was prophesied by Ezekiel in Eze 37:13. I don’t like those weird movies.

    I do appreciate your emails. Jeanne

    [Hi Jeanne, it’s nice to hear from you again. I agree, I don’t like those weird movies either, but, I have to think that most of us have seen one at one time or another. The black and white photo, looks strangely familiar to me. Must have seen it on late night television, when I was a kid. Ezekiel 37:13, in my opinion refers the to the restoration of Israel to the land in the latter days, but, who, knows could have dual implication. Anyhow, I’m glad you took the time to write. May God bless you mightily, in these last days! C]

  2. My thought about zombies, in which I have noticed the subject to be peppered about throughout the media (Hollywood, books, news articles), is that Satan seems to copy all that God does; not creating, but using people and things in the effort. One wonders how this subject of zombies might ‘play out’ during the time of Jacob’s trouble. I find the whole concept of zombies not only creepy but full of darkness, and frankly, repulsive. It is the opposite of the sovereign LORD who is Light and Love and Grace and Mercy. Praise be to God, now and forever.

    [Hi Denise, Thanks so much for writing and I agree, the whole subject of Zombies is very creepy! Thankfully, our Lord is one of light, love, grace and mercy. I hope by writing on this subject, that people like the man my son-in-law works with will be helped to understand passages that they find mysterious and confusing. Blessings to you, Denise and thank you again for writing! C]

  3. Hello Cindy,

    I am inclined to believe that those who were resurrected where contemporary saints of Jesus’ days which were personally known by the locals. That they, like Lazarus was, were resurrected back into their mortal bodies as a witness to Jesus being the Son of God.

    I am not inclined to believe they were the saints of old, because it is clear from Hebrews that those who died will not be made perfect without us.

    Heb 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

    That they will rise at the last trump and we which remain will be changed in the twinkling of an eye.

    At least, that’s how I’ve come to understand the opening of the graves.

    Peace,

    William

    [Hi William, Thanks for writing! I think you make a very good point and one I had not considered, but, it actually makes alot of sense. I appreciate you taking the time to add your wisdom and insight to my post! Much appreciated! C]

  4. Those without Christ are walking dead men and woman. Not alive to the things of the Spirit.
    I am simply amazed at how people witnessed that event and still did not believe.

  5. I used to laugh off the concept of a zombie horde as merely the domain of cheap “B” movies. I have recently come to take the concept more seriously. Not on the horror movie sense, but in the sense that the many people who are fully invested in this fragile and corrupt world will be slapped senseless when the fragile foundations collapse to debris. Everything they hold as important will be vanished and I’m sure there will be many walking around with silent blank stares. A fate from which believers in Jesus will be spared. We have built our house upon the Rock.

    Dave

  6. After you read this informative article from Ron Graham, make sure you watch the video he posts.

    http://www.raptureready.com/featured/graham/g218.html

  7. Egyptians were enamored with the afterlife and so on down the line of the mysteries. Freemason’s have the raising of Osiris ceremony, in which their dead ruler comes back to life again. The Bible states that one of the previous kings will be the 8th king. It’s a pneuma, or spirit that is breathed into the person that will raise it back to life:
    Rev 13:
    15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

    LIFE:
    G4151
    πνεῦμα
    pneuma
    pnyoo’-mah
    From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit: – ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590.

    The spirit is of Apollyon, aka osiris. There’s only 2 beasts: the beast from the sea and the earth. Well then, who is the beast from the bottomless pit? It’s Apollyon, the Bible names him. You have to go back to the greek to understand bottomless pit describes something deep AS IN SEA, so the beast from the sea is the beast from the bottomless pit. They are one and the same.

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