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JAMIE - In the new testament Matthew 27:52 we read after Christ resurrection many graves opened I am guessing they are resurrected beings walking and talking to people.My question is among these resurrected beings I am guessing all the prophets from the beginning such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob etc. are resurrected?
Why I am asking this question I got little confused reading D&C 138 where Pres. Joseph F Smith saw vision about spirit world in this vision he saw Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob etc. I thought all these prophets are resurrected ? If yes then why are they in spirit world ? The only explanation I can think of is Christ send all these prophets to preach spirts in prison is that correct ?
JOEL - You are probably correct. There were many who were resurrected at the time of Christ's resurrection:
"Yea, and Enoch also, and they who were with him; the prophets who were before him; and Noah also, and they who were before him; and Moses also, and they who were before him;And from Moses to Elijah, and from Elijah to John, who were with Christ in his resurrection, and the holy apostles, with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, shall be in the presence of the Lamb." (D&C 133: 54-55)
Elder Parley P. Pratt described the conditions of the spirit world all of us will encounter when we die:
The spirit world is not the heaven where Jesus Christ, his Father, and other beings dwell who have, by resurrection or translation, ascended to eternal mansions and been crowned and seated on thrones of power; but it is an intermediate state, a probation, a place of preparation, improvement, instruction, or education, where spirits are chastened and improved and where, if found worthy, they may be taught a knowledge of the gospel. In short, it is a place where the gospel is preached and where faith, repentance, hope, and charity may be exercised; a place of waiting for the resurrection or redemption of the body; while to those who deserve it, it is a place of punishment, a purgatory or hell, where spirits are buffeted till the day of redemption. ( Key to the Science of Theology, 80)
He can't be talking about them being in the Celestial kingdom now since this earth has not yet changed into the Celestial kingdom. They probably reside wherever God and Jesus normally reside. But the resurrected Jesus was certainly in the spirit world at some time organizing people to preach the gospel to those in spirit prison(D&C 138: 29-30). So it is probable all those other prophets who have been resurrected and have the necessary power and authority are also there, or at least visit there, helping in the work.(D&C 138: 37-52)
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