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Friday, February 19, 2016

LIfe After Death

Bible Questions Answered:
“Our church teaches that the soul rests until the coming of Christ, is this what you teach...”
Herbert/ Hattiesburg, Mississippi U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

The word of God never has taught such a thing as “soul sleep,” that is the soul is at position of unconscious rest, until the coming of Jesus Christ.

Question: Does the phrase “sleep,” appear in the Old Testament or New Testament, and what does it mean?
Answer: Yes, it does.

Old Testament:

I Kings 2:10 KJV
So David slept* with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.

I Kings 11:43 KJV
And Solomon slept* with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

I Kings 22:50 KJV
And Jehoshaphat slept* with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.

*Slept-Hebrew: Shakab (Shaw-kab): Decease, lie down, rest.

Psalm 13:3 KJV
Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep* of death;

*Sleep-Hebrew: Yashen (Yaw-shane): To die, to sleep.

New Testament:

Mark 5:39 KJV (Jairus daughter)
And when He was come in, He saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth*.

John 11:11-13 KJV
11 These things said He: and after that He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth*; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 Then said His disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that He had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

*Sleepeth-Greek: Katheudo (Kath-yoo-do): To lie down to rest, to fall asleep.

I Corinthians 11:30 KJV
For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep*.

I Corinthians 15:51 KJV
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep*, but we shall all be changed,

I Thessalonians 4:14 KJV
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep* in Jesus will God bring with Him.

*Sleep-Greek:- Koimao (Koy-mah-o): To slumber, to decease, sleep, be dead.

Acts 7:59,60 KJV
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep*.

*Asleep-Greek: Koimao (Koy-mah-o): To slumber, to decease, sleep, be dead.

The picture in the Bible for death, for the body, is that of rest, or sleep, that is, the body (though dead), is just resting until the trumpet sounds for it to be resurrected into the newness of life, a glorified body, like unto our Lords.

I Corinthians 15:51-58 NLT
51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die (KJV sleep), but we will all be transformed!
52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.
53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.
57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for
The Lord, for you know that nothing you do for The Lord is ever useless.

So the body is metaphorically said to be at rest (though dead), but what of the soul, is it at rest too?

Ecclesiastes 12:7 KJV
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Matthew 17:1-3 KJV
1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
2 And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light.
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him.

(Moses and Elijah had been dead for centuries!)

Luke 16:19-31 KJV (Told by Jesus)
19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Luke 23:43 KJV (The Penitent Thief)
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

John 12:26 KJV
If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honor.

John 14:3 KJV
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 17:24 KJV
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which thou hast given Me: for thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.

Philippians 1:23,24 NLT
23 I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.
24 But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.

II Corinthians 5:6-9 NLT
6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with The Lord.
7 For we live by believing and not by seeing.
8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with The Lord.
9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Him.

I Thessalonians 4:13-18 NTL
13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.
14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him the believers who have died. (From heaven.)
15 We tell you this directly from The Lord: We who are still living when The Lord returns will not meet Him ahead of those who have died.
16 For The Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves.
17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet The Lord in the air. Then we will be with The Lord forever.
18 So encourage each other with these words.

For the Christian, death means being instantly in the presence of The Lord.

II Corinthians 5:8 KJV
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with
The Lord.

For the lost, it means....

Matthew 10:28 NLT
Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Revelation 21:8 KJV
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Hebrews 9:27 KJV
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: