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NOTE: No! The Bible is clear. A dead person does nothing and knows nothing about what is happening on earth.
Psalms 115:17 The dead praise not the Lord.
Psalms 6:5 In death there is no remembrance of thee.
Job 7:10 He shall return no more to his house.
Isaiah 38:18 Death can not celebrate thee.
Psalms 146:4 His thoughts perish.
NOTE: The Bible is clear. Only Jesus has the keys of death. We should go to His Word for answers to our questions about death.
NOTE: Two things happened at Creation: (1) God formed man from the dust, or earth, and (2) He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Thus man became a living soul.
NOTE: What takes place at death is the opposite from what happened during Creation. The body returns to dust and the spirit, or breath, returns to God who gave it. The Bible clearly teaches that the "spirit" that returns to God is simply the breath of life, which God breathed into man in the beginning (James 2:26, margin; Job 27:3, margin; Job 33:4). Psalms 104:29, 30 states: "Thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit [breath], they are created."
NOTE: The dead, both righteous and unrighteous, are in their graves and will hear Jesus' voice calling them forth from the grave to reward or punishment.
NOTE: No! The apostle Peter plainly stated that David is dead and buried--not alive in heaven. Furthermore, Hebrews 11:32-40 makes it clear that all the faithful of the ages have not yet been rewarded, but rather, will all be rewarded together (verses 39, 40).
NOTE: We are souls, and souls do die. Man is mortal. Only God is immortal. The widely believed teaching of the undying, immortal soul is not found in the Bible. The teaching is man-made.
NOTE: Yes, the righteous will be given immortality at the resurrection. The wicked never receive it.
NOTE: The Bible often refers to death as sleep. Death is a state of total unconsciousness, during which 15 minutes or a thousand years seem the same. The dead simply "sleep" in their graves until the resurrection, when all will be raised by Jesus. The teaching that the spirits of the dead are heavenly angels, or some righteous ghostlike entity that can be contacted, is without scriptural foundation.
NOTE: Heaven's angels are called "ministering spirits" (Hebrews 1:14) who help people on earth. The angels who were cast out of heaven with Satan (Revelation 12:7-9) are also spirits--evil spirits who deceive people by working miracles (Revelation 16:13, 14). They use "all power and signs and lying wonders" (2 Thessalonians 2:9), and can even make "fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men" (Revelation 13:13). When psychics claim to be contacting spirits of the dead, they are really in touch with Satan's fallen angels (Isaiah 8:19, 20).
NOTE: Satan's first lie to mankind was "Ye shall not surely die." Genesis 3:4. He wants people to believe that the spirits of the dead are alive so his angels can pose as saints, prophets, and righteous leaders who have died and so that he can pose as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). Thus, he can deceive people by the millions. Utilizing these evil spirits is called "spiritism." It is based on a two-part belief: (1) the dead are alive, and (2) they can contact you, or you can contact them. This is one of Satan's most damaging teachings. Yet almost the whole world believes it today. The witch of Endor did not call up Samuel. Rather, she saw an evil angel who posed as Samuel.
NOTE: By Satan's miracles (sorceries) through his evil angels, he will deceive virtually the entire world.
NOTE: In Moses' day, God commanded that all psychics be put to death. Today He insists that sorcery is a work of the flesh, for which people will be destroyed. He warns that when you dabble with psychics you leave the faith, and He tells us that all sorcerers will die the second death in the lake of fire.
NOTE: Jesus offers us the same power to live right that raised Him from the dead. Fantastic! How can we fail with such incredible power given us--and that with no cost to us? Jesus, because He loves us, solemnly warns us away from the power and miracles of evil angels and offers to work the divine miracles needed to prepare us for His kingdom (Philippians 1:6).
The Thief on the CrossDid Jesus promise the thief on the cross immediate access to heaven when He said, "To day shalt thou be with me in paradise"? The meaning of Christ's statement in Luke 23:43 is determined by a scriptural answer to one very important question: Did Jesus Himself go to heaven on that day?Not according to Scripture. On the day of the resurrection, when He met Mary at the garden tomb, His words were: "Touch me not for I am not yet ascended to my Father." John 20:17. Jesus could not have gone to paradise on Friday if He hadn't yet ascended to the Father by Sunday!Why then did Jesus say, "To day shalt thou be with me in paradise"? The apparent problem vanishes when you consider that the original Greek manuscripts had no punctuation. The commas and periods were introduced into the text of Scripture by translators, who inserted them where they thought they should be. And believe it or not, a single comma can change the meaning of an entire sentence! The Lord's statement in Luke 23:43 should read: "Verily I say unto thee today, Thou shalt be with me in paradise." This is what Jesus was really saying. Today, when all seems lost today, when I do not look like a Lord or King, and after even My disciples have fled today, although My hands are nailed to a cross, I can still save you!Someday that thief, along with all others who have accepted Christ, will claim the promise of the resurrection and be with Jesus in paradise.What Do the Words "Spirit" and "Breath" Mean in the Bible?Job 27:3 points out that a person's "spirit" and "breath" are the same. Job further states that this spirit, or breath, is in his nostrils. Please remember that God placed the "breath" in Adam's nostrils at Creation (Genesis 2:7). So the spirit that returns to God when a person dies is the breath of life, not a disembodied soul. Never in the Bible is a disembodied soul said to return to God at death.Where Does the "Soul" Go When a Person Dies?At Creation, two things combine to make a soul, body and breath. Until these two things combine, a soul does not exist. At death, these two components separate. The body returns to dust, and the breath returns to God. The soul goes nowhere it simply ceases to exist.