Yes, IMO, the "death" that is referred to is the whole subject of death, and about man's mortality, the soul, and human destiny. The "vail spread over all nations" in the Isaiah quote below includes the delusions about the nature of death, and mistaken ideas about the afterlife, that hide the truth about God's plan for man's ultimate salvation.
I'm not following. Where is the delusion?
And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
And that cannot be accomplished without physical death? Or without 'soul sleep'?
I agree that physical death is a type of spiritual death; I did not deny it. But how does that imply "the gospel has nothing to do with physical death"? How does it negate the promise of a resurrection of the body?
Where do the scriptures speak of "the resurrection of the dead" as corpses popping out of the ground?
Are we not told that the body which is sewn is not that body which is reaped? That God GIVES it a body as it pleases him? And that it is not about being unclothed, but about being clothed upon with this building of God not made with hands?
Why does God need to resurrect our physical body after years/centuries of them rotting in dirt in order to "give" us a body? Why then are we told that it is THE SPIRIT that is quickened while the flesh profits nothing?
Acts 23:6 says that Paul "cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question." Why would he say he "hoped" for the resurrection of the dead, if he thought he had achieved it already?
Because the resurrection is not past. It is was, is and is to come. Some still sleep (after a spiritual truth).
In the next verse Paul says he did not consider himself as one who had "already attained."
Philip. 3:12-16 (Weymouth)
12 I do not say that I have already won the race or have already reached perfection. But I am pressing on, striving to lay hold of the prize for which also Christ has laid hold of me.
13 Brethren, I do not imagine that I have yet laid hold of it. But this one thing I do--forgetting everything which is past and stretching forward to what lies in front of me,
14 with my eyes fixed on the goal I push on to secure the prize of God's heavenward call in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let all of us who are mature believers cherish these thoughts; and if in any respect you think differently, that also God will make clear to you.
16 But whatever be the point that we have already reached, let us persevere in the same course.
I read it very differently. Yes, Paul says that he is striving for the prize, as though he has not already attained unto the resurrection of the dead. But because, he says, he counts HIMSELF not to have attained unto it. But he goes on to say that "as many as BE PERFECT" should walk by the same rule.
Phi 3:8-16 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after
, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself
to have apprehended: but this one thing I do
, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus
. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded
: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing
We are to strive to know the power OF HIS resurrection. Amen? So why count it not, if we "know" it or have "attained" unto it?
As I see it, it is because we are to endure to the end. We are to take heed lest, thinking we stand, we fall. We are not to bear witness of ourselves and Paul was not one to bear witness of himself. It is God/Christ who must bear witness of those who are His. Is it not? Just as Christ bore witness of John the Baptist who, himself, said that he was NOT Elijah (even though Christ said he was).
Even Job knew better than to justify himself.
Job 9:20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
So while Paul did not bear witness of himself, he certainly did bear witness of others and instructed "as many as be perfect" to walk by "the same rule" that he did, pressing toward the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God, not as though you were already perfect or have already attained unto the resurrection of the dead, but counting it not and continuing to strive for it.
Not everyone who says "Lord Lord" does the Lord know, so how can we even think to bear witness of ourselves? How can we claim to have "attained" unto "the resurrection of the dead"? Our saying so or even believing so doesn't make it so. So we are to count it not and continue to strive for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ.
Again, that's just as I see it in relation to my own study of the scriptures and Jesus' words concerning "the dead" and "the resurrection of the dead". I do not believe that it is tied to physically dead/rotting corpses in literal graves.
Even when Martha said that she knew that her brother would be resurrected "at the last day", Jesus pointed out to her: "I AM the resurrection and the life
". It is Christ who calls us out of the grave, releasing us from the bondage of death. The resurrection of Lazarus was a physical type of a spiritual reality. Just as the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ typifies the resurrection of "the body of Christ" (who we are).
I just don't see the day coming when corpses (that may or may not even still exist) are going to start popping out of dirt graves. That is not (as I see it) what "the resurrection of the dead" is all about.