March 26, 2012 ← Return
Truly Dead?

Truly Dead?

An Amazing Fact: When Harold West died, his doctor drove a stake through his heart to ensure he was truly dead. When he was buried, they didn't nail his coffin shut ... just in case he was not "completely dead." But West was no vampire; he was just an overcautious banker who deathly feared being buried alive. When West died at 90, he left a will directing that “my coffin shall not be screwed down and that a surgeon be instructed to pierce my heart with a steel or other instrument to make certain death has occurred.”

The Message: There have been other strange will bequests to be carried out after a person died. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the Star Trek franchise, had his ashes flown into space on a Spanish satellite and then shot out as the satellite orbited the Earth.

Predeceased by his wife and two daughters, John Bowman, from Vermont, was convinced that after his death, the whole family would be reincarnated. In anticipation, he left a trust fund for the maintenance of his 21-room mansion, including a demand that servants prepare dinner nightly in case the Bowmans were hungry when they returned. The money ran out in 1950.

For years, critics have said the resurrection never happened because Jesus was not actually dead when they buried Him but rather in a comatose state from which He revived. Even some pastors are saying that Jesus was not really dead in the tomb, but that He entered a different realm to preach to the lost from past ages. But what does the Bible say?

“Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth” (Matthew 27:57–59).

Even the chief priests testified to Pilate, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive …” (v. 63). Christ’s own enemies testified that Jesus was truly dead.

Indeed, if Jesus hadn't died—there would be no salvation from our sins. Fortunately, we can all be grateful that this wasn't the end of the story!


Key Bible Text: “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit” (Matthew 27:50).

Amazing Facts is a non-profit, donor-supported ministry.
We greatly appreciate your prayers and financial support.

Support Amazing Facts

Subscribe to our e-Newsletter | Enroll in our Free Online Bible School

← Return

NOTE: If you have a Bible question please submit it here. We cannot guarantee answers to Bible questions posted in the comments.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Explore our free book library

Tell Us Your Story!

Changed Lives

God's promises to you!

Featured Media
Amazing Facts Presents
There are some difficult passages in the Bible about Hell that are frequently misunderstood. This program explains how the traditional views of Hell are not correct and there actually is good news about it. (Part 2)
Free Online Book Library
Millions of Americans are digging their own grave with a fork. But did you know God has always had a solution and has a plan today for your health. Get the diet and health principles that can add years to your life!

New in the Media Library!
Time is Ticking Away
The longest commandment begins with the word "Remember" and the devil has been attacking that commandment. The Sabbath was made to bless us and give us time with God.
Time is Ticking Away
God gives us the Holy Spirit to help us live with Heaven in mind.
Time is Ticking Away
Who are the 144,000? Is it a literal number?


About Us
Our Story
We Believe
About Pastor Doug
Our Other Websites
Contact Us
Volunteer Opportunities
News and Features
From Pastor Doug
Inside Report
Bible Prophecy Seminars
Changed Lives
Email Newsletter
Media Library
Station Locator

Bible Study
Enroll Online
Bible Study Guides
Storacle Lessons
Free Online Book Library

Empowered Church

New Releases
Sign up for Email Specials

Donate Now
Donate by Program
Donate by Project
Latest Opportunity
Estate Gift
My Account
(916) 434-3880   |    Site Map   |    AF iTools   |    Privacy Statement   |    Terms of Use
Copyright 2012 by Amazing Facts Inc.   |           Amazing Facts