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Searching For Immortality

 

Searching For Immortality

 

Copyright 2016 Clayton B Carlson

Published by First Page Solutions (Canada) at Shakespir

 

ISBN: 978-1-988226-00-2

 

 

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Table of Contents

Forward

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Essential Understandings

Chapter 3 Satans Conspiracy

Chapter 4 Did God creade mankind immortal?

Chapter 5 Where does the idea of immortality come from?

Chapter-6 Terms used for lived, died, immortal.

Chapter 7 Can satan raise the dead?

Chapter 8 Sleep with thy fathers.

Chapter 9 In the moment life restoration.

Chapter 10 What does Job tell us?

Chapter 11 Psalms and Proverbs talk about eternal life.

Chapter 12 Solomon in all his wisdom didn’t have immortality.

Chapter 13 Resurrections of the dead and where they will be living.

Chapter 14 A warning for the ungodly of the future world.

Chapter 15 Final thoughts from the Old Testament.

Chapter 16 Alternate thoughts: Periferal topics on immortality.

 

Chapter 17 Book of Matthew

Jesus Saves

Better to lose a little bit than than everything

Don’t fear man, fear God

Where the wicked go

Transfiguration Part 1

Alive and crippled better than dead and whole

How to obtain elusive eternal life

The Power of God, if he says he’ll do it, it’s as good as done

The Rapture: I want to be left behind

Righteous live, sinners die, satan eternally tormented

Back to Life: A testimony to the power of Jesus

Chapter 18 Book of Mark

Transfiguraiton Part 2

Fires of the afterlife

Why ask for what you already possess?

When God says it He will do it

Life or death, choose well

 

Chapter 19 Book of Luke

Punishment of the wicked

Resurrection in the moment

Transfiguration Part Three

Seeking what we don’t posses

Eternally Dead

More than one Resurrection

Allegory of how the hard hearted will reject the miracles of Jesus

Rapture? I Want To Be Left Behind. Part Two

Childlike Faith

Seeking what he didn’t have.

Gods’ word is true.

Punctuation can be Misleading

 

Chapter 20 Book of John

Jesus Saves

To heaven andback

Not born of the Spirit until we bcome Spirit

To heaven and back, who has done it?

The truth

The whole truth

And nothing but the truth

Dead Forever

Describing a resurrection. Resurrection to physical life

Jesus is the judge

The hour is coming. Future tense.

Who has rejected eternal life?

New Life, at the Last Day

Is God calling you?

All will be taght about God and will have a choice

No eternal life before Jesus The Christ

Context can be everything

Repetition re-enforces the point

Foreshadowing The Last Supper

The gift of His calling

Jesus is The Way

Dead means dead and Jesus is the great “I Am”

Given to Jesus

Martha’s Wisdom

Couldn’t Be Saved Until Jesus Came

Jesus let him die just to prove a point

He passed the test, they failed to believe

Resurrections, Hope for the Lost

If God calls you, Your choice is Now

Not with Him, Until He comes again

Not with God until after Salvation came

We are the Family of God

Blinded so that others may be Saved

Jesus taught so most wouldn’t understand

Following Jesus is “A Mission From God”

Sanctified, being One with God

Some Attributes of a spirit Body

The Key to Eternal Life

 

Chapter 21 The Book of Acts

Second Coming of Jesus

Dead the opposite of Alive

David Prophesies about Jesus

David Dead in His Grave

Only Saved by Jesus

Answering God’s Call

God Works With Those From Every Nation Who Respect Him

Salvation came after the Temple Vail was Torn

Through Believing We Can be Saved Regardless of Background

Dead and Decayed

No Jesus No Life Know Jesus Know Life

Everyone gets a chance to accept God

God has you in His Plan

Jesus is the Only Way

God draws, Jesus Saves

Faith. Not Works

If I have not love, I have nothing.

Brought back to Life

Traditions don’t Save

The Hope that is Within Us

 

Chapter 22 The Book of Romans

Called To Accept Jesus

There is no Eternal Life without Jesus

God is not a Liar

By Faith We Are Saved

One Door and Only One

Free Gift of Great Value

Oh Happy Day

Adopted into Gods Family

God Is For Those He Has Chosen For His Purpose

The Bare Necessities of Life

We Don’t Know Who God Will Call So Teach All

Our healing God Will Open the Eyes of the Blind

God calls people as it fits his plan of Redemption

 

Chapter 23 Books of 1 & 2 Corinthians

Drafted by God But We Choose To Go

The weak and foolish display Gods Power

Saved is different than Reward

Salvation Comes Not At Death But At The Return Of Jesus

Here Come the Judge

Asleep Not Awake

Resurrection of the Dead in Their Order

God is our Leader

Local Pagan Custom

Go Deeper in your Personal Knowledge of God

A Seed Doesn’t Look Like the Plant

Spirit with Spirit

The Answer is Clear

Victory through Jesus

By Ourselves We Can Do Nothing

All Presented Together

Listen When God Calls You

Even Still Paul Taught the Resurrection

 

Chapter 24 Book of Galations

No Salvation Without Jesus No Salvation Before Jesus

Righteousness Is Not The Same As Immortality

Heirs to a Great Promise

To Everything there is a Season

 

Chapter 25 Book of Ephesians

Called To Be Family

He is in us We are in Him

Are We the Only Members in God’s Family

The Day of Redemption is The Day of the Lord

God Calling Us out of This World

 

Chapter 26 Book of Philippians

Do our beliefs contradict the Bible

We are Free to Choose

We Follow The Shepherd

No Salvation Before the Saviour

New Clothes for an Old Body

God Knows our Name

 

Chapter 27 Book of Colossians

Our Inheritance Is In the Future

Jesus is Our All in All

You Cannot come before the First One

By his Sacrifice We are Forgiven

We Will Appear When Glory Comes

 

Chapter 28 Book of 1&2 Thessalonians

The First Day For The Rest of Our Eternity

Respond to God’s Call While You Can

Your Responsible For Yourself

God gives us a choice, Choose Life

When He Returns , We Glorify Him

God’s Plan is Sure

Measure Twice Cut Once

 

Chapter 29 Books of 1&2 Timothy

All will have a Time

Who can see God, Who is Immortal?

A Great Promise

Our Weakness Displays his Strength

Approved by Understanding

Resurrection is yet to come

Prepared For Good Work

Satanic Traps

Dictated by God

Judged in the Kingdom

Crowned at The Return of Jesus

 

Chapter 30 Books of Titus and Hebrews

A Hope For Eternity

Heirs Have Future Rewards

No Salvation Until The Price Was Paid

Understanding Resurrection is a foundation of Christianity

Not Willfully Bad But Be Willfully Good

Impossible For God To Lie

All will Know God

New Testament came into affect after the death of Jesus

Once Was Enough

Only Saved Through Jesus

One Saved Always Saved

Payday

Faith That God’s Word is Sure

Without Us They are Not Made Perfect

Finish Your Race

What is Alive

Our Shepherd Leads Us To Perfection

 

Chapter 31 Book of James

Tried And True

Epic Fail

Leaders of the Pack

Our Weakness Displays His Strength

Faith Boot Camp

Patience Brings Rewards

Why We Study

 

Chapter 32 Books of 1&2 Peter

Our Incorruptible Inheritance Is Reserved until Jesus Returns

When is Grace brought to us?

Our Job Description in The Kingdom

Only Jesus Saves Us

Know The Reason For Your Hope

How Does This Work?

Live For God Always

Knowing God Produces More Actions of Love

Transfiguration Part Four

The Day of Judgement is Coming

The Latter End Is Worse

A New World Is Coming

 

Chapter 33 Books of 1 John and Jude

A Promise Is In The Future

For We Will Be Like Him

Proof of Love

Who Can Say They Seen God

God Is Love. Fill Yourself Up

Absence Of Life Equals Dead

Walk The Walk Not Talk the Talk

Keep Your Cup Overflowing

 

Chapter 34 The Book of Revelation

The Return

No one Could Be Saved Until Washed By Jesus

Gods Kings And Priests Serve Others

A Really Big Show

Opposites of Fact

We Need Ears That Hear

Second Death Demands a Second Life

Good Works Bank of God

Kings And Priests of God

Stick To Your Path

He Alone is Worthy Of All Praise

Rest Until All Are Ready

Day of Reckoning Begins

As Long As People are Alive God Can Call

Its the End of The World As We Know It

His Vision Was Like Reality

End Time Overview

Description of World Ruling Beast

Protected By God

The Evil Empire

Messengers Of God

That’s A Bad Tat

Jesus Wins

The Day Of The Lord

Satin is Banished and Bound

The Saints Rule

Now They Get Their Chance to Choose

Believers Are Resurrected To Immortality and Rulership

The War That Ends All Wars

Evil Removed

The King Is Here

Salvation Only Through Jesus

Living With Our Father

God Will Have His Quiver Full

Live Or Die By Your Choices

His Kingdom Has Come

Do Good Works While We Can

The Tree of Life Gives Eternal Life

 

Chapter 35 Conclusion – Putting The Pieces Of The Immortality Puzzle Together.

Chapter 36 Fitting All The Puzzle Pieces Together

Chapter 37 Mankind Was Created Mortal

Chapter 38 The First Fruits Are To Become The Kings And Priests of God.

Chapter 39 What Happens After That

Chapter 40 God Will Save All That Choose To Be Saved

 

Forward

I believe you and I have been given great potential. Our destiny is to become the children of God. Not only those who believe in him during this present life but all who have ever lived. The new born child, our parent, sibling, or friend, who died in unbelief, will at some point in their existence have the opportunity to accept the life giving sacrifice made by Jesus. Those who did not have the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus during this life, will at some point receive their one opportunity from God to come to Jesus. When we look into the scriptures they point out the plan God has in store for us and when this opportunity will arise. We all must make the choice between eternal life and death. God does not leave us adrift on the sea of false hope and fable. This bible study looks at the scriptures to show how they fit together to form the plan God has outlined.

 

As a biblist I regard the bible to be the highest authority on what I should believe about God. I believe that God has given his direction to us in this written form from a collection of books and letters passed down to us from those he used as instruments to wright them. The bible is not a collection of fables written by men. It is the written word of God.

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all scripture is taken from the King James Version Bible.

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION

 

The ABC’s of life. Airway, Breathing, Circulation. As taught in first aid, are the very basic essentials needed to sustain life. If you don’t have these three, there is no need to work on the other things that may be wrong because the patient won’t live long enough to worry about them. You need the essential things working. Then you can go on to the more peripheral problems. Christianity is like that. Without faith in Christ, how could anyone be a Christian? This would be essential. Faith is what will give spiritual life at its most basic level.

Consider the thief that was crucified beside Christ. He wasn’t baptized. He didn’t seem to have any great spiritual knowledge of God, no insight into his mysteries. By his own admission he was deserving of his punishment. He was a sinner worthy of a most gruesome death. Yet he has the promise of Jesus that he will be with him in Paradise.

Luke 23:40-43

40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

 

It is by faith we are saved.

Romans 5:1-2

5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Ephesians 2:8

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

 

If there were any other requirement, how could there be any deathbed salvations? Or what if the new converts didn’t have a complete and accurate Christian understanding? Would their salvation be compromised by their ignorance? Let’s look at a short story about Paul and see.

Acts 19:1-7

19 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

7 And all the men were about twelve.

 

It seems as though God wasn’t concerned about their lack of knowledge on religious subjects. They worked with the understanding that they had in faith, and God accepted them. Here Jesus does not try to hinder others from working in his name, even if they weren’t one of his disciples. He knew they couldn’t do works in his name, and then talk badly of him.

Mark 9:38-41

38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

40 For he that is not against us is on our part.

41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Luke 9:49-50

49 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.

50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

 

The essentials for Christianity appear to be very minimal. How is it then, that there are such deep divisions between churches that claim to be Christian? Between churches that use the same bible? Between churches that say they teach the bible truth? Between churches that claim the bible doesn’t contradict itself?

I would like to humbly offer my opinion. The problem is Dogmas. Finding scripture in the bible that appear to be saying something on a subject. Maybe several scriptures are found that seem to be all in support of one idea. Then it is taken for gospel truth. Where it is taught to parishioners who incorporate it into their personal beliefs. Once taught the doctrine, they won’t give it up without a fight. Many churches will have their own non biblical traditions that they will not break. And they will all say that, “we’re right, and the people in those other churches are wrong”. Dogmas divide. Being the special ones with the enlightened understanding of everything Godly, makes you exclusive, and arrogant. Not the best way to be if you want to love people.

Contrastingly, saying we need to agree on the essentials, but have freedom on the peripheral, is inclusive. Having freedom of thought is not only liberating to the thinker, but is stimulating and challenging to the listener. You will never learn more, or be as sure of your beliefs as when you need to prove them to yourself and to others. If you only associate with people that think, and believe the same as yourself you will never need to be able to prove what you believe, because no one will ever challenge you.

We need to not be afraid to say, this is what I find the bible to be saying about this topic. As opposed to, this is what the bible says. The first way invites discussion, the latter stifles it. Not being dogmatic doesn’t make us wishy-washy, it makes us approachable. Saying, there are different ways to understand a scripture doesn’t mean you don’t know what you’re talking about. Rather, it says that you’ve looked at the other thoughts, considered the options and made a choice that works for you. This leaves room for people to make their own choices, and not be afraid they will be going against God if they don’t see it your way. Or worse yet, give up on being a Christian because they don’t believe all of the peripheral things they’ve been told go with being a Christian.

I've heard study results that say, 40% of Christian kids that go to university give up, or drop their Christian beliefs and faith. This is one reason why there is a push for creation science, and proving that the world is 7000 years old. The proponents of the creation science movement seem to think if they make strong arguments rebuffing the evolutionary time line of earth history being in the billions of years, then the time that evolution needs to work would vanish. I think that when we say the bible will only support one way of thinking to the exclusion of any other biblical possibility on a peripheral subject we alienate and loose those who don't agree with us. If they don’t believe all they have been dogmatically taught on peripheral topics, then there is no other option given to them, but to leave. People need room to have their own opinions on the peripheral, and not be ostracized for them. It is the essential things that are truly important. We should be knowledgeable of some of the peripheral choices that are out there, even if we don't personally agree with them. That way we can tell others the reasons for the hope that is in us, which will foster growth in all that are involved in the conversation.

Christians used to teach that the world was the centre of the universe, and that all the other planets, stars, and our sun revolved around it. Of course the bible was used to prove this doctrine. All those who taught otherwise were not only considered heretics, but were libel to lose their life. Galileo finally got an official apology from the Vatican in the year 2000, a bit slow since his trial for this kind of heresy was in 1632. I haven’t heard this bible truth taught lately. Was the bible wrong? Or was it our understanding of what the bible said, that was wrong?

Again I ask. What is essential to be a Christian? For the peripheral topics, why can’t we say “This is how I see it.”? If it doesn’t make sense to you, that’s ok it’s a peripheral subject. Jesus never tied passing a test on creation facts, to salvation. There are plenty of verses on Love, Kindness, Forgiveness and Generosity. These subjects are more important to living a Christian life.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hold strong opinions. Or be a passionate supporter of a particular doctrine. Just don’t tell others they have to feel the same way to be a Christian. I went to a bible study put on by my church. It was billed as a college style course on end time events. I have an interest in that topic, and was looking forward to some discussion of biblical scriptures. I attend a church that agrees on the essentials and has freedom on the peripheral. Our church however isn’t very good at giving a voice to the peripheral opinions of those in the minority. The moderator was great, but after my third critical scriptural point. An elderly lady gave me a scowling look, and said to the study leader. “Just tell us what we need to know.”

I was there to discuss ideas. She was there to be indoctrinated. Now that really isn’t such a bad thing. She had found a church she felt at home at. She wanted to know more about God, and how he was going to work it all out. How better to find out than to go to a class. The only problem from my perspective was the lack of options, or different points of view being covered. There are many differing scenarios of end time events held by Godly Christians, all using bible scripture to support their point of view. The one that is right, is the one that God opens your eyes to. I may not understand why you believe it, or agree with you. But will your belief in it keep you from Gods love. Would he lose you because of a misunderstanding? If he chooses to lead you to a new understanding then he will, in his time.

Here is another good reason to remain flexible on peripheral nonessential doctrine. If you hold tight to them it is harder for God to lead you to where he may want you. Maybe he will never have you move, but if you stay open to scriptural teaching it could happen. If you close yourself off to ideas the chances aren’t very good you’ll ever learn anything new.

I heard a friend’s first sermon a long time ago. He talked about his cousin that had died young. He was disturbed by the thought that maybe she hadn’t accepted Christ and was forever lost. The subject finally came up one day. I told him how I felt bad for him feeling like he should have done something more for her. I shared with him my understandings on what the bible teaches about death. He said, “ya, I have come to a deeper understanding of death and forgiveness. So I don’t feel like that anymore.” If he had stayed closed to any new thoughts, or closed to a different perspective for an old scripture, then a new insight wouldn’t have been possible.

While visiting with our worship pastor one day after lunch, I asked him what he understood the bible taught about dieing and eternal life. He said he didn’t give it much thought. He knew God had it covered, and that it would all work out in the end. This wasn’t the answer that I was expecting. I wanted to know details. My mechanics mind wanted to know how things worked. Later while reading Heb.11 the faith chapter I wondered. Does he have more faith, because he doesn’t feel compelled to know? Or am I more studious, because I want to look into the workings of Gods plan? I think the answer is neither. We are all unique, and God leads us, as we willingly follow him, to where ever he wants us to be. We all run the race on the course that he has laid out, especially for us.

Some people may think I’m saying what you believe isn’t important. Not at all. If you have the essential faith in Christ, then you will have eternal life. Your beliefs and doctrines will determine how you live, and the kind of person you are. Just because a trauma patient, to use the first aid analogy, may have the essential ABC’s of life, won’t negate the fact they are paralysed. Will that affect the way they live their life, or interact with those around them? Of course it will. In the same way, the further our beliefs stray from God’s word. The greater the negative affect will be on the way we live our lives, and interact with those around us. Having understanding and knowledge of biblical fundamentals is essential if we are trying to let Jesus live through us to positively influence the people we interact with.

 

 

Chapter 2: ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS

 

 

I believe there are two basic truths about God and how he interacts with mankind. These two truths will never change. They are fundamental. They are two of the core foundation blocks God has built his relationship with humanity on.

FIRSTLY: God is love. That’s his nature. He can’t go against himself and do evil. God is bound by who he is, to have the best for others as his top priority. God will never force us to follow his ways.

 

Because God loves us, he will let us choose the wrong ways for life, if that is what we want to do. Just as the angels had a choice to make at Satan’s rebellion, God will allow us to choose the path that leads to destruction. If he forced us to do his will, then God wouldn’t be any better than a benevolent dictator. By allowing us to choose our own path, we can choose to be with God because we want to be there. As the old saying goes “You can’t buy love”, well you can’t force anyone into it either.

1 John 4:8

8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

 

SECONDLY: The only way to be reconciled to God and have our transgressions forgiven, is to accept the sacrifice Jesus made for us all.

 

Acts 4:10-12

10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

These two points are essential to understanding Gods plan for mankind. If our beliefs don’t line up with either of them, then our beliefs are biblically inaccurate. I know that some people will find the second truth offensive, or painful. They may have known someone who never knew Jesus and are now dead. Maybe that person never had the opportunity to hear about Jesus. They could have lived in the wrong country. Or they could have lived in the wrong century. They could have been the nicest people possible, but the second truth is still there, and can be a stumbling block to many. The only biblically supported path to God is through Jesus. There is no other way.

 

 

Chapter 3: SATAN’S CONSPIRACY

 

 

Making a statement like, Jesus is the only way to be saved, very matter of factually can be what puts people off. They naturally assume, that if their dead loved one, or friend can’t be with God. Presumably in heaven. Then the only other logical place for them, according to all they’ve heard from society, as well as Christianity is that they must be being tormented in hell. And we have all been taught that there is no escape from there, and it lasts forever. Little wonder, people can find the good news of Jesus, a bitter pill to swallow especially if you had loved ones, or friends that never knew him.

Take Oprah for Example. If you Google Oprah denies Jesus. You can hear her say that Jesus can’t be the only way. Because if he was, how could someone who was in some unchristian country, living a loving life. Following Godly values, but never herd the name, or anything about Jesus. Ever get the chance to be reconciled to God. They would never be able to be in heaven. Now before we are too hard on Oprah.

Google, Billy Graham denies Jesus. In his conversation with Robert Schuller he says that people can be in the body of Christ and not know Jesus by name, but just know that they need something. And they turn to the only light that they can see. Is this very different than what Oprah said?

Why would people who say that they are Christians, say things like that? It goes against the basic core of Christianity. Rule number two, the need to accept Jesus. I think the reason people feel this way is because they think that it’s not fair to send people to hell and be tormented for all eternity by Satan and the demons, if they never have the chance to accept Jesus. Christian religions predominately give no other possibility. So what are those people who see the injustice, to think about the great God of love?

Could there be some satanic conspiracy to trick people at work here? To make people misunderstand God. To lead them away from the plans that God has in store for them? To have them think that he is unfair and unjust?

Yes, I believe that it is a satanic conspiracy. The commonly held beliefs about life, death, and where we go when we die, are lies that Satin has tricked humanity into believing. You might think, that is quite a bold statement. Well maybe it is, but let’s see what the bible has to say. After all, what I think is of little importance. It’s what God say’s that counts.

To start I would like to say that, in the end the evil people who reject God will be punished, and that those who accept Jesus will be with him in the paradise of his kingdom. But the path to get there is probably not the one you think. If you are one of the people who are put off by the exclusivity of Christianity then this may interest you in a good way. If you have those in your life who don’t know Jesus, or died before they could hear about him, then take heart, and see what Gods word has to say from a different, yet biblical point of view.

I find bible studies can be a bit of a letdown. Not that I don’t like what the bible has to say, but a lot of the time the people who write them only use scripture that appear to prove their point. Much like the class I attended at church. So I want to look at all the relevant scriptures I can find. I am not interested in indoctrination, but rather finding out what God has to say throughout the bible. Carefully looking at each verse to see how it blends in with the others, for I firmly believe that the bible will not contradict itself. If it appears to then the problem lies with our interpretation, or understanding of the verse.

Most anthropologists say that every culture has a belief of an afterlife. I suppose the only ones who don’t would be the evolutionists. Though I have heard them say their energy will not quit but will go on into other things. But not to be too picky, it is a commonly held belief worldwide that there is some form of life after death. It crosses religious and economic divides. But where does this belief come from. If only from the bible, then why do the Buddhists, and Hindus have it? They had little to no historical contact with the bible.

 

 

Chapter 4: DID GOD CREATE MANKIND IMORTAL

 

 

Let’s look at the beginning of mankind, and study through the bible till we find where mankind becomes immortal. After all, it would take immortality to live for ever, either in heaven or hell. The question should not be, is there a heaven or hell, but how, and when do we get there. The bible account of creation in Genesis is where God first makes man. Did God create mankind immortal? Or was it gifted to us by God later? Or do we even have it yet?

Genesis 2:7

King James Version

7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Genesis 2:7

Common English Bible (CEB)

7 the LORD God formed the human[a] from the topsoil of the fertile land[b] and blew life’s breath into his nostrils. The human came to life.

Genesis 2:7

Expanded Bible (EXB)

7 Then the LORD God took dust from the ground and formed a man from it [C there is wordplay between “ground” (adama) and “man” (adam)]. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nose, and the man became a living person.

Genesis 2:7

Lexham English Bible (LEB)

7 when[a] Yahweh God formed the man[b] of dust from the ground, and he blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

 

I used these different translations to highlight a point. We can debate the merits of each translation or we can go directly to the source, the Hebrew that it was written in. Pay close attention to the last part of the verse. We go from, a living soul, came to life, living person, to living creature. These don’t say that man was created immortal. Soul as in the KJV gets interpreted by people and denominations as meaning immortal, but is that what the KJV scholars meant? I’m a mechanic. Not a scholar of ancient Hebrew. If I have a problem fixing a vehicle, I check the manual to see how the designers and engineers want it fixed. Let’s see what the experts that wrote the KJV have to say. Luckily we can use the Strong’s concordance to see what the Hebrew word was, where it was used, and all the different ways it got interpreted.

Genesis 2:7

IHOT (In English order)

7 H3335 וייצר formed H3068 יהוה And the LORD H430 אלהים God H853 את H120 האדם man H6083 עפר the dust H4480 מן of H127 האדמה the ground, H5301 ויפח and breathed H639 באפיו into his nostrils H5397 נשׁמת the breath H2416 חיים of life; H1961 ויהי became H120 האדם and man H5315 לנפשׁ soul. H2416 חיה׃ a living

H5315 נפשׁ – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon Number

Previous Strong’s #H5314 Next Strong’s #H5316

 

נפשׁ

nephesh

neh’-fesh

From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental)

KJV Usage: any, appetite, beast, body, breath, creature, X dead (-ly), desire, X [dis-] contented, X fish, ghost, + greedy, he, heart (-y), (hath, X jeopardy of) life (X in jeopardy), lust, man, me, mind, mortality, one, own, person, pleasure, (her-, him-, my-, thy-) self, them (your) -selves, + slay, soul, + tablet, they, thing, (X she) will, X would have it.

 

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

נפשׁ

 

1. soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion

a. that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man

b. living being

c. living being (with life in the blood)

d. the man himself, self, person or individual

e. seat of the appetites

f. seat of emotions and passions

g. activity of mind

1. dubious

h. activity of the will

1. dubious

i. activity of the character

1. dubious

Origin: from H5314

TWOT: 1395a

Parts of Speech: Noun Feminine

 

We see that the word used as soul is nephesh. It means a breathing creature, an animal, describing the physical body or mental functions. The KJV scholars translated it many times in reference to physical life as well as to intellect or emotions. They also used it to mean mortality. Not immortality. Wouldn’t it be a bit silly to let one word mean the exact opposite of itself?

I can see how they may have wanted to differentiate man from a cow or some other animal. We are different in the way we think and reason. But this verse does not say that we are immortal, but rather that we are mortal, the same as any other animal is mortal. This is not me, making up something. Check your own concordance, maybe I have missed something. I’m not the expert, I’m just reading the manual.

If there is some mistake about immortality, the next verses should help make it clearer.

Genesis 3:22-24

KJV_Strongs(i)

22 H3068 And the LORD H430 God H559 said [H8799] H2005 , Behold H120 , the man H259 is become as one H3045 of us, to know [H8800] H2896 good H7451 and evil H7971 : and now, lest he put forth [H8799] H3027 his hand H3947 , and take [H8804] H6086 also of the tree H2416 of life H398 , and eat [H8804] H2425 , and live [H8804] H5769 for ever:

23 H3068 Therefore the LORD H430 God H7971 sent him forth [H8762] H1588 from the garden H5731 of Eden H5647 , to till [H8800] H127 the ground H3947 from whence he was taken [H8795].

24 H1644 So he drove out [H8762] H120 the man H7931 ; and he placed [H8686] H6924 at the east H1588 of the garden H5731 of Eden H3742 Cherubims H3858 , and a flaming H2719 sword H2015 which turned every way [H8693] H8104 , to keep [H8800] H1870 the way H6086 of the tree H2416 of life.

 

Notice God is saying that man, now after eating of the tree of knowledge, has become as one of us, to know good and evil. Mankind gained knowledge from their sin. Mankind didn’t gain immortality. He was still mortal, just as he had been created in chapter 2:7. He hadn’t eaten from the tree of life, and live for ever.3: 22/B. To make sure that mankind couldn’t eat from the tree of life, God guarded it with Cherubim and a flaming sword.3:24.

Here after being sent out of the Garden of Eden by God, man is still mortal. The tree of life isn’t available to mankind again until Jesus comes and establishes his kingdom. There is no other time mentioned in the bible where the tree of life is made available to mankind.

Revelation 22:1-5

KJV_Strongs(i)

1 G2532 And G1166 he shewed [G5656] G3427 me G2513 a pure G4215 river G5204 of water G2222 of life G2986 , clear G5613 as G2930 crystal G1607 , proceeding [G5740] G1537 out of G2362 the throne G2316 of God G2532 and G721 of the Lamb.

2 G1722 In G3319 the midst G4113 of the street G846 of it G2532 , and G2532 on either G1782 side G1782 G4215 of the river G3586 , was there the tree G2222 of life G4160 , which bare [G5723] G1427 twelve G2590 manner of fruits G591 , and yielded [G5723] G846 her G2590 fruit G2596 every G1538 G1520 G3376 month G2532 : and G5444 the leaves G3586 of the tree G1519 were for G2322 the healing G1484 of the nations.

3 G2532 And G2071 there shall be [G5704] G3756 no G2089 more G3956 G2652 curse G2532 : but G2362 the throne G2316 of God G2532 and G721 of the Lamb G2071 shall be [G5704] G1722 in G846 it G2532 ; and G846 his G1401 servants G3000 shall serve [G5692] G846 him:

4 G2532 And G3700 they shall see [G5695] G846 his G4383 face G2532 ; and G846 his G3686 name G1909 shall be in G846 their G3359 foreheads.

5 G2532 And G2071 there shall be [G5704] G3756 no G3571 night G1563 there G2532 ; and G5532 they need G3756 no G3088 candle G2192 [G5719] G2532 , neither G5457 light G2246 of the sun G3754 ; for G2962 the Lord G2316 God G5461 giveth G846 them G5461 light [G5719] G2532 : and G936 they shall reign [G5692] G1519 for G165 ever G165 and ever.

 

 

Chapter 5: WHERE DOES THE IDEA OF IMMORTALITY COME FROM?

 

 

So where did the idea that we are immortal come from? Why is it so pervasive throughout humanity? The first reference to not dieing is in Genesis 3:4 but the source of the quote is untrustworthy. I think that you’ll see what I mean when you read it.

 

Genesis 3:1-7

KJV_Strongs(i)

1 H5175 Now the serpent H1961 was [H8804] H6175 more subtil H2416 than any beast H7704 of the field H3068 which the LORD H430 God H6213 had made [H8804] H559 . And he said [H8799] H802 unto the woman H637 , Yea H430 , hath God H559 said [H8804] H398 , Ye shall not eat [H8799] H6086 of every tree H1588 of the garden?

2 H802 And the woman H559 said [H8799] H5175 unto the serpent H398 , We may eat [H8799] H6529 of the fruit H6086 of the trees H1588 of the garden:

3 H6529 But of the fruit H6086 of the tree H8432 which is in the midst H1588 of the garden H430 , God H559 hath said [H8804] H398 , Ye shall not eat [H8799] H5060 of it, neither shall ye touch [H8799] H6435 it, lest H4191 ye die [H8799].

4 H5175 And the serpent H559 said [H8799] H802 unto the woman H4191 , Ye shall not surely [H8800] H4191 die [H8799]:

5 H430 For God H3045 doth know [H8802] H3117 that in the day H398 ye eat [H8800] H5869 thereof, then your eyes H6491 shall be opened [H8738] H430 , and ye shall be as gods H3045 , knowing [H8802] H2896 good H7451 and evil.

6 H802 And when the woman H7200 saw [H8799] H6086 that the tree H2896 was good H3978 for food H1931 , and that it H8378 was pleasant H5869 to the eyes H6086 , and a tree H2530 to be desired [H8737] H7919 to make one wise [H8687] H3947 , she took [H8799] H6529 of the fruit thereof H398 , and did eat [H8799] H5414 , and gave [H8799] H1571 also H376 unto her husband H398 with her; and he did eat [H8799].

7 H5869 And the eyes H8147 of them both H6491 were opened [H8735] H1992 , and they H3045 knew [H8799] H5903 that they were naked H8609 ; and they sewed H8384 fig H5929 leaves H8609 together [H8799] H6213 , and made themselves [H8799] H2290 aprons.

 

It is said that the best lies have truth embedded in them, add a little distraction, and misdirection for good measure to create the whole lie package. I included the whole story for context. Here we find Satan cleverly wrapping the lie that they wouldn’t die, 3:4-5 in the truth that the tree of knowledge would give them the ability to know good and evil. Note they would be as {small g} gods knowing good from evil. Rejecting divine direction by God, and taking the responsibility of moral decisions into their own hands. This is the same power that Satan craved when he rebelled against God. He to, rejected the authority of God over his life.

We are familiar with the idea of original sin. But have we given any thought to the original lie. Where it came from, what it was. As I stated earlier, I do believe that there is a satanic conspiracy to keep us from the truth about Gods love and his plan for humanity. It is the oldest lie, and the most pervasive. Since most people on earth have it engrained into their culture in one form or another. After they die they aren’t finished, “But wait there’s more!” is the most difficult lie to eradicate. And the brilliance of Satan’s lie is that it has a touch of truth to it. Because it isn’t the end of us. We do have an afterlife, but it is dependent upon God to bring us back in his time frame. It’s not something that we have built into us, that will occur naturally by itself. Rather something that God has promised he will do for us.

Once we understand that when we die; we do just that, we die. Then the thoughts of loved ones in the proverbial torture chamber of Hell at the moment of death aren’t disturbing. Because we understand that they couldn’t be there, they are dead in the grave. No medians talking to dead people. They may be talking to spirits pretending to be dead people. But the dead are just that, dead. Not mentally conscious somewhere looking down on us, or in great distress down below.

 

 

Chapter 6: TERMS USED FOR LIVED, DIED, IMMORTAL

 

 

So far we’ve only looked at three small sections of scripture. Let’s continue through the OT and see what else we can find, then we can recap. I know that there are lots of references in the NT and we will get to them and see how they affect the mix. But it is important to know what happened to the people pre Jesus. It gives us the big picture. Maybe we’ll find the key to immortality yet. And please feel free to disagree with the thoughts so far. This is a peripheral topic after all. I do ask that you’ll be gentle in your criticism of the KJV and Strong’s scholars as they are not able to defend themselves over any errors they may have made.

 

Genesis 5:26-27 _Strongs

26 H4968 And Methuselah H2421 lived [H8799] H310 after H3205 he begat [H8687] H3929 Lamech H7651 seven H3967 hundred H8141 H8084 eighty H8147 and two H8141 years H3205 , and begat [H8686] H1121 sons H1323 and daughters:

27 H3117 And all the days H4968 of Methuselah H8672 were nine H3967 hundred H8141 H8346 sixty H8672 and nine H8141 years H4191 : and he died [H8799].

H2421 Chayah – Lived is used 235 times

H4191 Muth – Died is used 694 times

 

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Previous Strong’s #H2420 Next Strong’s #H2422

חיה

châyâh

khaw-yaw’

A prim root (compare H2331, H2424); to live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively to revive

KJV Usage: keep (leave, make) alive, X certainly, give (promise) life, (let, suffer to) live, nourish up, preserve (alive), quicken, recover, repair, restore (to life), revive, (X God) save (alive, life, lives), X surely, be whole.

Previous Strong’s #H4190 Next Strong’s #H4192

מוּת

mûth

mooth

A primitive root; to die (literally or figuratively); causatively to kill

KJV Usage: X at all, X crying, (be) dead (body, man, one), (put to, worthy of) death, destroy (-er), (cause to, be like to, must) die, kill, necro [-mancer], X must needs, slay, X surely, X very suddenly, X in [no] wise.

These words live, and die seem to be in reference to mortal life. I won’t be referencing them again do to time and space. They don’t seem to pertain to immortality, or obtaining it.

Next we find God saying man is flesh. Some insist that God doesn’t say that man isn’t immortal, 0nly that he’s made of flesh, man still could have immortality built in. That logic would also require God to say that reincarnation is false, along with any other belief not found in the bible. God doesn’t tell us what isn’t true. He tells us what is true. We have to follow his truth as it is revealed to us. People trained in spotting counterfeit money don’t study counterfeits, they study the real thing. Then they spot the fake bills by what’s not there.

Genesis 6:3 _Strongs

3 H3068 And the LORD H559 said [H8799] H7307 , My spirit H5769 shall not always H1777 strive [H8799] H120 with man H1571 , for that he also [H8677] H7683 [H8800] H1320 is flesh H3117 : yet his days H3967 shall be an hundred H6242 and twenty H8141 years.

H1320 בּשׂר – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon Number

Previous Strong’s #H1319 Next Strong’s #H1321

בּשר

bâśâr

baw-sawr’

From H1319; flesh (from its freshness); by extension body, person; also (by euphemism) the pudenda of a man

KJV Usage: body, [fat, lean] flesh ed], kin, [man kind, + nakedness, self, skin.

 

Jacob gives up the ghost. KJV uses the word ghost to mean die, or perish. It doesn’t say it is eternal. He gives it up. It goes away from him. He didn’t have it anymore. Which made him dead.

Genesis 49:33 _Strongs

33 H3290 And when Jacob H3615 had made an end [H8762] H6680 of commanding [H8763] H1121 his sons H622 , he gathered up [H8799] H7272 his feet H4296 into the bed H1478 , and yielded up the ghost [H8799] H622 , and was gathered [H8735] H5971 unto his people.

 

Previous Strong’s #H1477 Next Strong’s #H1478

גּוע

gâva‛

gaw-vah’

A primitive root; to breathe out, that is, (by implication) expire

KJV Usage: die, be dead, give up the ghost, perish.

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

גּוע

1. to expire, die, perish, give up the ghost, yield up the ghost, be dead, be ready to die

a. (Qal) to expire, die, be about to die

Origin: a primitive root

TWOT: 328

Parts of Speech: Verb

 

Here is an example for the words life and death. Both referring to mortality.

Deuteronomy 30:19 _Strongs

19 H5749 I call H8064 heaven H776 and earth H5749 to record [H8689] H3117 this day H5414 against you, that I have set [H8804] H6440 before H2416 you life H4194 and death H1293 , blessing H7045 and cursing H977 : therefore choose [H8804] H2416 life H2233 , that both thou and thy seed H2421 may live [H8799]:

 

H2416 Chay – Reference to mortal life. Used 452 times.

Previous Strong’s #H2415 Next Strong’s #H2417

חי

chay

khah’ee

From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively

KJV Usage: + age, alive, appetite, (wild) beast, company, congregation, life (-time), live (-ly), living (creature, thing), maintenance, + merry, multitude, + (be) old, quick, raw, running, springing, troop.

 

H4194 Maveth – Death, or the opposite to life. Used 155 Times.

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מות

mâveth

maw’-veth

From H4191; death (natural or violent); concretely the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively pestilence, ruin

KJV Usage: (be) dead ([-ly]), death, die (-d).

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

מות

 

1. death, dying, Death (personified), realm of the dead

a. death

b. death by violence (as a penalty)

c. state of death, place of death

Origin: from H4191

TWOT: 1169a

Parts of Speech: Noun Masculine

 

Choose life, so you can live. These words talk of physical mortal life. It isn’t referring to eternal life. The Israelites never had eternal life. When Jesus talked about eternal life, the people wanted to know how to get it. {We’ll see those references when we get to the NT.} They knew they had no access to immortality. Only physical blessings with a hope, or faith of more to come in the future.

Joshua is talking of dieing and turning back to dirt. No mention of an eternal afterlife, to be experienced immediately after death.

Joshua 23:14 _Strongs

14 H3117 And, behold, this day H1980 I am going [H8802] H1870 the way H776 of all the earth H3045 : and ye know [H8804] H3824 in all your hearts H5315 and in all your souls H259 , that not one H1697 thing H5307 hath failed [H8804] H2896 of all the good H1697 things H3068 which the LORD H430 your God H1696 spake [H8765] H935 concerning you; all are come to pass [H8804] H259 unto you, and not one H1697 thing H5307 hath failed [H8804] thereof.

 

 

Chapter 7: CAN SATAN RAISE THE DEAD?

 

 

This is a very interesting storey about Saul. It’s the night before he dies. He goes to see a median so that he could talk to the prophet Samuel who was dead. Let’s read it, and then ask some questions about it.

1 Samuel 28:9-20 _Strongs

9 H802 And the woman H559 said [H8799] H3045 unto him, Behold, thou knowest [H8804] H7586 what Saul H6213 hath done [H8804] H3772 , how he hath cut off [H8689] H178 those that have familiar spirits H3049 , and the wizards H776 , out of the land H5367 : wherefore then layest thou a snare [H8693] H5315 for my life H4191 , to cause me to die [H8687]?

10 H7586 And Saul H7650 sware [H8735] H3068 to her by the LORD H559 , saying [H8800] H3068 , As the LORD H2416 liveth H518 , there shall H5771 no punishment H7136 happen [H8799] H1697 to thee for this thing.

11 H559 Then said [H8799] H802 the woman H5927 , Whom shall I bring up [H8686] H559 unto thee? And he said [H8799] H5927 , Bring me up [H8685] H8050 Samuel.

12 H802 And when the woman H7200 saw [H8799] H8050 Samuel H2199 , she cried [H8799] H1419 with a loud H6963 voice H802 : and the woman H559 spake [H8799] H7586 to Saul H559 , saying [H8800] H7411 , Why hast thou deceived [H8765] H7586 me? for thou art Saul.

13 H4428 And the king H559 said [H8799] H3372 unto her, Be not afraid [H8799] H7200 : for what sawest [H8804] H802 thou? And the woman H559 said [H8799] H7586 unto Saul H7200 , I saw [H8804] H430 gods H5927 ascending [H8802] H776 out of the earth.

14 H559 And he said [H8799] H8389 unto her, What form H559 is he of? And she said [H8799] H2205 , An old H376 man H5927 cometh up [H8802] H5844 ; and he is covered [H8802] H4598 with a mantle H7586 . And Saul H3045 perceived [H8799] H8050 that it was Samuel H6915 , and he stooped [H8799] H639 with his face H776 to the ground H7812 , and bowed [H8691] himself.

15 H8050 And Samuel H559 said [H8799] H7586 to Saul H7264 , Why hast thou disquieted [H8689] H5927 me, to bring me up [H8687] H7586 ? And Saul H559 answered [H8799] H3966 , I am sore H6887 distressed [H8804] H6430 ; for the Philistines H3898 make war [H8737] H430 against me, and God H5493 is departed [H8804] H6030 from me, and answereth [H8804] H3027 me no more, neither by H5030 prophets H2472 , nor by dreams H7121 : therefore I have called [H8799] H3045 thee, that thou mayest make known [H8687] H6213 unto me what I shall do [H8799].

16 H559 Then said [H8799] H8050 Samuel H7592 , Wherefore then dost thou ask [H8799] H3068 of me, seeing the LORD H5493 is departed [H8804] H6145 from thee, and is become thine enemy?

17 H3068 And the LORD H6213 hath done [H8799] H1696 to him, as he spake [H8765] H3027 by me H3068 : for the LORD H7167 hath rent [H8799] H4467 the kingdom H3027 out of thine hand H5414 , and given [H8799] H7453 it to thy neighbour H1732 , even to David:

18 H834 Because H8085 thou obeyedst [H8804] H6963 not the voice H3068 of the LORD H6213 , nor executedst [H8804] H2740 his fierce H639 wrath H6002 upon Amalek H3068 , therefore hath the LORD H6213 done [H8804] H1697 this thing H3117 unto thee this day.

19 H3068 Moreover the LORD H5414 will also deliver [H8799] H3478 Israel H3027 with thee into the hand H6430 of the Philistines H4279 : and to morrow H1121 shalt thou and thy sons H3068 be with me: the LORD H5414 also shall deliver [H8799] H4264 the host H3478 of Israel H3027 into the hand H6430 of the Philistines. 20 H7586 Then Saul H5307 fell [H8799] H4116 straightway [H8762] H4393 all H6967 along H776 on the earth H3966 , and was sore H3372 afraid [H8799] H1697 , because of the words H8050 of Samuel H3581 : and there was no strength H398 in him; for he had eaten [H8804] H3899 no bread H3117 all the day H3915 , nor all the night.

Some people may try to use this passage to show that Samuel was conscious somewhere. But note that Saul didn’t see him, but asked the median what she saw. He took it to be Samuel. The woman had a familiar spirit. She talked to satanic forces. That is why God wanted all medians killed. The message that was given was foretold already by Samuel. It was also very demoralizing to Saul and it made him very afraid. Note she said that she saw him rising out of the ground rather than descending out of heaven. As well there is the question can Satan bring people back from the dead? Or more troubling, drag them back to earth from heaven? The implications can get deep if you believe that it was really Samuel. I believe that it was a spirit, pretending to be Samuel, to an ungodly king.

 

 

Chapter 8: SLEEP WITH THY FATHERS

 

 

The next few verses are very similar, so I have lumped them together. 2 Samuel 12 is often used to show that babies go directly to heaven when they die because the passage says David would go to his dead infant son. However we can see by other verses that David is sleeping in his grave along with his relatives. This fact would put the child in his own grave asleep. David would be rightly expecting to go and be with his son, they both are asleep in their graves.

2 Samuel 7:12 _Strongs

12 H3117 And when thy days H4390 be fulfilled [H8799] H7901 , and thou shalt sleep [H8804] H1 with thy fathers H6965 , I will set up [H8689] H2233 thy seed H310 after H3318 thee, which shall proceed [H8799] H4578 out of thy bowels H3559 , and I will establish [H8689] H4467 his kingdom.

2 Samuel 12:19-23

19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.

20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.

22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?

23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

 

1 Kings 2:10 _Strongs

10 H1732 So David H7901 slept [H8799] H1 with his fathers H6912 , and was buried [H8735] H5892 in the city H1732 of David.

 

1 Kings 11:43 _Strongs

43 H8010 And Solomon H7901 slept [H8799] H1 with his fathers H6912 , and was buried [H8735] H5892 in the city H1732 of David H1 his father H7346 : and Rehoboam H1121 his son H4427 reigned [H8799] in his stead.

 

SLEPT. H7901

—Decease, to lie down, to stay.-Used 194 times in reference to people who died. Notably David, and Solomon, two peoplewho you would think would be in heaven. But they are described as sleeping with their fathers. For space and time I probably won’t use this word again. You can see that if nothing else, they aren’t pictured as conscious and aware of their surroundings.

Previous Strong’s #H7900 Next Strong’s #H7902

שׁכב

shâkab

shaw-kab’

A primitive root; to lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose)

KJV Usage: X at all, cast down, ([over-]) lay (self) (down), (make to) lie (down, down to sleep, still, with), lodge, ravish, take rest, sleep, stay.

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

שׁכב

 

1. to lie down

a. (Qal)

1. to lie, lie down, lie on

2. to lodge

3. to lie (of sexual relations)

4. to lie down (in death)

5. to rest, relax (fig)

b. (Niphal) to be lain with (sexually)

c. (Pual) to be lain with (sexually)

d. (Hiphil) to make to lie down

e. (Hophal) to be laid

Origin: a primitive root

TWOT: 2381

Parts of Speech: Verb

 

 

Chapter 9: IN THE MOMENT LIFE RESTORATION

 

 

The soul is the same one that we saw in Gen. Nephesh. God brought the boy back to life, as a mortal. The boy wasn’t from Israel so hadn’t taken part in sacrifices to God. Nor would he have kept the laws of God. He was just the son of the widow that Elijah was staying with in a foreign land. So he wouldn’t have been doing anything Godly or faithful to deserve resurrection.

 

1 Kings 17:22 _Strongs

22 H3068 And the LORD H8085 heard [H8799] H6963 the voice H452 of Elijah H5315 ; and the soul H3206 of the child H7725 came H7130 into him H7725 again [H8799] H2421 , and he revived [H8799].

 

Here is a story of Elisha bringing another child back to life. Again no immortality is mentioned or referred to.

2 Kings 4:32-35 _Strongs

32 H477 And when Elisha H935 was come [H8799] H1004 into the house H5288 , behold, the child H4191 was dead [H8801] H7901 , and laid [H8716] H4296 upon his bed.

33 H935 He went in [H8799] H5462 therefore, and shut [H8799] H1817 the door H8147 upon them twain H6419 , and prayed [H8691] H3068 unto the LORD.

34 H5927 And he went up [H8799] H7901 , and lay [H8799] H3206 upon the child H7760 , and put [H8799] H6310 his mouth H6310 upon his mouth H5869 , and his eyes H5869 upon his eyes H3709 , and his hands H3709 upon his hands H1457 : and he stretched [H8799] H1320 himself upon the child; and the flesh H3206 of the child H2552 waxed warm [H8799].

35 H7725 Then he returned [H8799] H3212 , and walked [H8799] H1004 in the house H259 to H2008 H259 and fro H2008 H5927 ; and went up [H8799] H1457 , and stretched [H8799] H5288 himself upon him: and the child H2237 sneezed [H8779] H7651 seven H6471 times H5288 , and the child H6491 opened [H8799] H5869 his eyes.

 

Sometimes to be restored to life you didn’t need any faith or anything at all. Just the happenstance of touching the bones of a dead prophet of God.

2 Kings 13:21 _Strongs

21 H6912 And it came to pass, as they were burying [H8802] H376 a man H7200 , that, behold, they spied [H8804] H1416 a band H7993 of men; and they cast [H8686] H376 the man H6913 into the sepulchre H477 of Elisha H376 : and when the man H3212 was let down [H8799] H5060 , and touched [H8799] H6106 the bones H477 of Elisha H2421 , he revived [H8799] H6965 , and stood up [H8799] H7272 on his feet.

 

Previous Strong’s #H2420 Next Strong’s #H2422

חיה

châyâh

khaw-yaw’

A prim root (compare H2331, H2424); to live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively to revive

KJV Usage: keep (leave, make) alive, X certainly, give (promise) life, (let, suffer to) live, nourish up, preserve (alive), quicken, recover, repair, restore (to life), revive, (X God) save (alive, life, lives), X surely, be whole.

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

חיה

 

1. to live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, live prosperously, live for ever, be quickened, be alive, be restored to life or health

a. (Qal)

1. to live 1a

b. to have life 1a

c. to continue in life, remain alive 1a

d. to sustain life, to live on or upon 1a

e. to live (prosperously)

1. to revive, be quickened 1a

f. from sickness 1a

g. from discouragement 1a

h. from faintness 1a

i. from death

j. (Piel)

1. to preserve alive, let live

2. to give life

3. to quicken, revive, refresh 1b

k. to restore to life 1b

l. to cause to grow 1b

m. to restore 1b

n. to revive

o. (Hiphil)

1. to preserve alive, let live

2. to quicken, revive 1c

p. to restore (to health) 1c

q. to revive 1c

r. to restore to life

Origin: a primitive root [compare H2331, H2421]

TWOT: 644

Parts of Speech: Verb

 

 

Chapter 10: WHAT DOES JOB TELL US?

 

 

Here man is described as mortal. How can it be that we would be mortal, and immortal at the same time?

Job 4:17 _Strongs

17 H582 Shall mortal man H6663 be more just [H8799] H433 than God H1397 ? shall a man H2891 be more pure [H8799] H6213 than his maker [H8802] ?

 

In this verse Job talks of where he expects to go when he dies. To be fair he was very melancholy at the time. It was a very dark time in his life, and he is talking metaphorically.

Job 10:20-22 _Strongs

20 H3117 Are not my days H4592 few H2308 ? cease [H8798] [H8675] H2308 [H8799] H7896 then, and let me alone [H8798] [H8675] H7896 [H8799] H1082 , that I may take comfort [H8686] H4592 a little,

21 H3212 Before I go [H8799] H7725 whence I shall not return [H8799] H776 , even to the land H2822 of darkness H6757 and the shadow of death;

22 H776 A land H5890 of darkness H652 , as darkness H6757 itself; and of the shadow of death H5468 , without any order H3313 , and where the light [H8686] H652 is as darkness.

 

Here Job talks about waiting for his change, all the days of his appointed time. Definition C relief from death. He doesn’t get that relief instantaneously, he has to wait for it.

Job 14:14 _Strongs

14 H1397 If a man H4191 die [H8799] H2421 , shall he live [H8799] H3117 again ? all the days H6635 of my appointed time H3176 will I wait [H8762] H2487 , till my change H935 come [H8800].

Previous Strong’s #H2486 Next Strong’s #H2488

 

חליפה

chălı̂yphâh

khal-ee-faw’

From H2498; alternation

KJV Usage: change, course.

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

חליפה

 

1. a change, change (of garments), replacement

a. change (of raiment)

b. relays

c. relief (from death)

d. changing, varying (course of life)

Origin: from H2498

TWOT: 666c

Parts of Speech: Noun Feminine

 

Job expecting death to come.

Job 16:22 _Strongs

22 H4557 When a few H8141 years H857 are come [H8799] H1980 , then I shall go [H8799] H734 the way H7725 whence I shall not return [H8799].

Previous Strong’s #H1979 Next Strong’s #H1981

 

I think that he’s saying in a few years he will die and go down a path leading to God and he won’t turn off of it. Look through the definitions and see which one you would use to describe the words.

 

הלך

hâlak

haw-lak’

Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively)

KJV Usage: (all) along, apace, behave (self), come, (on) continually, be conversant, depart, + be eased, enter, exercise (self), + follow, forth, forward, get, go (about, abroad, along, away, forward, on, out, up and down), + greater, grow, be wont to haunt, lead, march, X more and more, move (self), needs, on, pass (away), be at the point, quite, run (along), + send, speedily, spread, still, surely, + tale-bearer, + travel (ler), walk (abroad, on, to and fro, up and down, to places), wander, wax, [way] faring man, X be weak, whirl.

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

הלך

 

1. to go, walk, come

a. (Qal)

1. to go, walk, come, depart, proceed, move, go away

2. to die, live, manner of life (fig.)

b. (Piel)

1. to walk

2. to walk (fig.)

c. (Hithpael)

1. to traverse

2. to walk about

d. (Niphal) to lead, bring, lead away, carry, cause to walk

Origin: akin to H3212, a primitive root

TWOT: 498

Previous Strong’s #H7724 Next Strong’s #H7726

שׁוּב

shûb

shoob

A primitive root; to turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbially again

KJV Usage: ([break, build, circumcise, dig, do anything, do evil, feed, lay down, lie down, lodge, make, rejoice, send, take, weep]) X again, (cause to) answer (+ again), X in any case (wise), X at all, averse, bring (again, back, home again), call [to mind], carry again (back), cease, X certainly, come again (back) X consider, + continually, convert, deliver (again), + deny, draw back, fetch home again, X fro, get [oneself] (back) again, X give (again), go again (back, home), [go] out, hinder, let, [see] more, X needs, be past, X pay, pervert, pull in again, put (again, up again), recall, recompense, recover, refresh, relieve, render (again), X repent, requite, rescue, restore, retrieve, (cause to, make to) return, reverse, reward, + say nay, send back, set again, slide back, still, X surely, take back (off), (cause to, make to) turn (again, self again, away, back, back again, backward, from, off), withdraw.

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

שׁוּב

 

1. to return, turn back

a. (Qal)

1. to turn back, return 1a

b. to turn back 1a

c. to return, come or go back 1a

d. to return unto, go back, come back 1a

e. of dying 1a

f. of human relations (fig) 1a

g. of spiritual relations (fig) 1a

1. to turn back (from God), apostatise 1a

2. to turn away (of God) 1a

3. to turn back (to God), repent 1a

4. turn back (from evil) 1a

h. of inanimate things 1a

i. in repetition

j. (Polel)

1. to bring back

2. to restore, refresh, repair (fig)

3. to lead away (enticingly)

4. to show turning, apostatise

k. (Pual) restored (participle)

l. (Hiphil) to cause to return, bring back

1. to bring back, allow to return, put back, draw back, give back, restore, relinquish, give in payment

2. to bring back, refresh, restore

3. to bring back, report to, answer

4. to bring back, make requital, pay (as recompense)

5. to turn back or backward, repel, defeat, repulse, hinder, reject, refuse

6. to turn away (face), turn toward

7. to turn against

8. to bring back to mind

9. to show a turning away 1d

2. to reverse, revoke

a. (Hophal) to be returned, be restored, be brought back

b. (Pulal) brought back

Origin: a primitive root

TWOT: 2340

Parts of Speech: Verb

 

Here is a great verse supporting a resurrection. His faith is that even though his body will be eaten by worms, he will see God on earth, in his flesh, in the end times. {Day of the Lord} How could this scripture work in the traditional understanding of heaven, and hell?

Job 19:25-26 _Strongs

25 H3045 For I know [H8804] H1350 that my redeemer [H8802] H2416 liveth H6965 , and that he shall stand [H8799] H314 at the latter H6083 day upon the earth:

26 H310 And though after H5785 my skin H5362 worms destroy [H8765] H1320 this body, yet in my flesh H2372 shall I see [H8799] H433 God:

 

This tells us where we go when we die. A physical grave awaits our physical bodies. Nothing about immortality here. The wicked are reserved to the day of destruction, laying in the dust, remaining in the tomb.

Job 21:22-33 _Strongs

22 H3925 Shall any teach [H8762] H410 God H1847 knowledge H8199 ? seeing he judgeth [H8799] H7311 those that are high [H8802].

23 H4191 One dieth [H8799] H8537 in his full H6106 strength H7946 , being wholly at ease H7961 and quiet.

24 H5845 His breasts H4390 are full [H8804] H2461 of milk H6106 , and his bones H8248 are moistened [H8792] H4221 with marrow.

25 H4191 And another dieth [H8799] H4751 in the bitterness H5315 of his soul H398 , and never eateth [H8804] H2896 with pleasure.

26 H7901 They shall lie down [H8799] H3162 alike H6083 in the dust H7415 , and the worms H3680 shall cover [H8762] them.

27 H3045 Behold, I know [H8804] H4284 your thoughts H4209 , and the devices H2554 which ye wrongfully imagine [H8799] against me.

28 H559 For ye say [H8799] H1004 , Where is the house H5081 of the prince H4908 ? and where are the dwelling H168 places H7563 of the wicked?

29 H7592 Have ye not asked [H8804] H5674 them that go [H8802] H1870 by the way H5234 ? and do ye not know [H8762] H226 their tokens,

30 H7451 That the wicked H2820 is reserved [H8735] H3117 to the day H343 of destruction H2986 ? they shall be brought forth [H8714] H3117 to the day H5678 of wrath.

31 H5046 Who shall declare [H8686] H1870 his way H6440 to his face H7999 ? and who shall repay [H8762] H6213 him what he hath done [H8804]?

32 H2986 Yet shall he be brought [H8714] H6913 to the grave H8245 , and shall remain [H8799] H1430 in the tomb.

33 H7263 The clods H5158 of the valley H4985 shall be sweet [H8804] H120 unto him, and every man H4900 shall draw [H8799] H310 after H4557 him, as there are innumerable H6440 before him.

 

What spirit is being referred to? It is the breath of life that comes from God.

Job 27:3 _Strongs

3 H5750 All the while H5397 my breath H7307 is in me, and the spirit H433 of God H639 is in my nostrils;

Previous Strong’s #H7306 Next Strong’s #H7308

רוּח

rûach

roo’-akh

From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions)

KJV Usage: air, anger, blast, breath, X cool, courage, mind, X quarter, X side, spirit (ual]), tempest, X vain, ([whirl) wind (-y).

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

רוּח

 

1. wind, breath, mind, spirit

a. breath

b. wind

1. of heaven

2. quarter (of wind), side

3. breath of air

4. air, gas

5. vain, empty thing

c. spirit (as that which breathes quickly in animation or agitation)

1. spirit, animation, vivacity, vigour

2. courage

3. temper, anger

4. impatience, patience

5. spirit, disposition (as troubled, bitter, discontented)

6. disposition (of various kinds), unaccountable or uncontrollable impulse

7. prophetic spirit

d. spirit (of the living, breathing being in man and animals)

1. as gift, preserved by God, God’s spirit, departing at death, disembodied being

e. spirit (as seat of emotion)

1. desire

2. sorrow, trouble

f. spirit

1. as seat or organ of mental acts

2. rarely of the will

3. as seat especially of moral character

g. Spirit of God, the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son

1. as inspiring ecstatic state of prophecy

2. as impelling prophet to utter instruction or warning

3. imparting warlike energy and executive and administrative power

4. as endowing men with various gifts

5. as energy of life

6. as manifest in the Shekinah glory

7. never referred to as a depersonalised force

Origin: from H7306

TWOT: 2131a

Parts of Speech: Noun Feminine

 

 

Chapter 11: PSALMS AND PROVERBS TALK ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE?

 

 

We have no memory of, nor do we thank God. Sounds like it’s describing a dead mortal. Void of any conscious thought.

Psalms 6:5 _Strongs

5 H4194 For in death H2143 there is no remembrance H7585 of thee: in the grave H3034 who shall give thee thanks [H8686] ?

 

Who is our redeemer? When will we have victory over the grave? As these questions need the NT for a proper answer, we will get to them. But for now, his soul would not be redeemed at death, as his redeemer had not yet redeemed it. Rule two would apply. Mankind is only saved by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. The whole of humanity is saved by Jesus blotting out our sins on the cross. To say that anyone from before Christ could have been reconciled to God makes a mockery of what Christ did for us all, and cheapens his sacrifice. Wasn’t Jesus pleading for another way in the garden of Gethsemane? No other way was found, as there is no other way. But here in Psalms the author has faith that he will be redeemed at some point in the future.

Psalms 49:15 _Strongs

15 H430 But God H6299 will redeem [H8799] H5315 my soul H3027 from the power H7585 of the grave H3947 : for he shall receive [H8799] H5542 me. Selah.

 

I’m including this verse as a representation for the use of the word hell. It was used 63 times. The definitions range from place of the dead, to punishment for the sinful. Both are accurate. It is a place for the dead, the grave. Where the body is consumed by worms and we go back to the earth that we were made from. Later when God brings us back to life, and we see him in our flesh. Then the wicked who reject God, will go to hell. That is their punishment. Till the day of wrath comes we wait in our graves. Some wait for rejoicing, some wait for punishment.

Psalms 55:15 _Strongs

15 H4194 Let death H5377 seize [H8686] [H8675] H3451 H3381 upon them, and let them go down [H8799] H2416 quick H7585 into hell H7451 : for wickedness H4033 is in their dwellings H7130 , and among them.

 

Previous Strong’s #H7584 Next Strong’s #H7586

שׁאל שׁאול

she ‘ôl she ‘ôl

sheh-ole’, sheh-ole’

From H7592; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranian retreat), including its accessories and inmates

KJV Usage: grave, hell, pit.

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

שׁאל שׁאול

 

1. sheol, underworld, grave, hell, pit

a. the underworld

b. Sheol – the OT designation for the abode of the dead

1. place of no return

2. without praise of God

3. wicked sent there for punishment

4. righteous not abandoned to it

5. of the place of exile (fig)

6. of extreme degradation in sin

Origin: from H7592

TWOT: 2303c

Parts of Speech: Noun Feminine

 

I think this verse ties in quite nicely with my thoughts on the above scripture. Judgement is yet to come. The dead have to wait in their graves till then.

Psalms 98:8-9 _Strongs

8 H5104 Let the floods H4222 clap [H8799] H3709 their hands H2022 : let the hills H7442 be joyful [H8762] H3162 together

9 H6440 Before H3068 the LORD H935 ; for he cometh [H8804] H8199 to judge [H8800] H776 the earth H6664 : with righteousness H8199 shall he judge [H8799] H8398 the world H5971 , and the people H4339 with equity.

 

No eternal life mentioned here.

Psalms 115:17 _Strongs

17 H4191 The dead [H801] H1984 praise [H8762] H3050 not the LORD H3381 , neither any that go down [H8802] H1745 into silence.

 

 

This next verse talks about the path to immortality. And how to find it. It doesn’t say that we have it. I have included three modern translations to help clarify the meaning. Google some other translations and see what you come up with.

 

New International Version (©2011)

In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.

New Living Translation (©2007)

The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)

There is life in the path of righteousness, but another path leads to death.

 

Proverbs 12:28 _Strongs

28 H734 In the way H6666 of righteousness H2416 is life H5410 ; and in the pathway H1870 H4194 thereof there is no death.

 

 

Chapter 12: SOLOMON IN ALL HIS WISDOM DIDN’T HAVE IMMORTALITY

 

 

Again I will include some other translations in an attempt to clarify what is being said. Look up alternate translations for yourself and see if you agree. Remember that all of the scriptures should be able to blend together to give the overall picture of our subject.

Ecclesiastes.3:21

New Living Translation (©2007)

For who can prove that the human spirit goes up and the spirit of animals goes down into the earth?

New American Standard Bible (©1995)

Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?

King James Version (Cambridge Ed.)

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

International Standard Version (©2012)

Who knows whether the spirit of human beings ascends, and whether the spirit of animals descends to the earth?

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)

Who knows whether a human spirit goes upward or whether an animal spirit goes downward to the earth?

 

All return to dust. Beast and man. All go to the same place.

Ecclesiastes 3:19-22 _Strongs

19 H4745 For that which befalleth H1121 the sons H120 of men H4745 befalleth H929 beasts H259 ; even one thing H4745 befalleth H4194 them: as the one dieth H4194 , so dieth H2088 the other H259 ; yea, they have all one H7307 breath H120 ; so that a man H4195 hath no preeminence H929 above a beast H1892 : for all is vanity.

20 H1980 All go [H8802] H259 unto one H4725 place H6083 ; all are of the dust H7725 , and all turn H6083 to dust H7725 again [H8804].

21 H3045 Who knoweth [H8802] H7307 the spirit H1121 of man H120 H5927 that goeth [H8802] H4605 upward H7307 , and the spirit H929 of the beast H3381 that goeth [H8802] H4295 downward H776 to the earth?

22 H7200 Wherefore I perceive [H8804] H2896 that there is nothing better H120 , than that a man H8055 should rejoice [H8799] H4639 in his own works H2506 ; for that is his portion H935 : for who shall bring [H8686] H7200 him to see [H8800] H310 what shall be after him?

 

Again the dead are unaware of what is going on in the land of the living. They are described as not knowing anything, and will be forgotten in time, by those left alive.

Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 _Strongs

5 H2416 For the living H3045 know [H8802] H4191 that they shall die [H8799] H4191 : but the dead [H8801] H3045 know [H8802] H3972 not any thing H7939 , neither have they any more a reward H2143 ; for the memory H7911 of them is forgotten [H8738].

6 H160 Also their love H8135 , and their hatred H7068 , and their envy H3528 , is now H6 perished [H8804] H2506 ; neither have they any more a portion H5769 for ever H6213 in any thing that is done [H8738] H8121 under the sun.

 

Spirit is used 348 times. This scripture is talking about death and turning back into dirt. We can probably agree on the first part. To see what is being said about the spirit, we should consult our concordance. What is the spirit, according to the experts who study Hebrew?

Below are the definitions. The first ones say that it is our breath. Next our vivacity or physical attributes. It’s the power that makes us go. Then it could also be our emotions. We have the spirit to win, or we lost our spirit to live when things looked to be too overwhelming for us.

Definition *d. spirit (of the living, breathing being in man and animals)

This is probably not the definition most people would choose as it puts people on par with animals.

Definition *1. as gift, preserved by God, God's spirit, departing at death, disembodied being.

This is probably the definition that most people would use.

So, what is the spirit? Firstly it’s a gift. God gives it to us. It belongs to him, God’s spirit. Not man’s spirit, God’s. It leaves us at death, where does it go? “Shall return unto God who gave it.” God is getting his spirit back from us when we die. It is not man’s spirit. It is not some part of us that is immortal. It is the spirit that God gave us at birth, going back to him. If we were asked to give a short description of God’s spirit. We might say it was a disembodied being.

There are other definitions for spirit in the Strong’s concordance. None of them say that man possesses one that is immortal and belongs to him. Also when coming to your understanding of this verse, don’t forget about fitting it in with the other scriptures on the same subject. Will your understanding blend with what the other scriptures have to say?

Ecclesiastes 12:7 _Strongs

7 H6083 Then shall the dust H7725 return [H8799] H776 to the earth H7307 as it was: and the spirit H7725 shall return [H8799] H430 unto God H5414 who gave [H8804] it.

 

Previous Strong’s #H7306 Next Strong’s #H7308

רוּח

rûach

roo’-akh

From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions)

KJV Usage: air, anger, blast, breath, X cool, courage, mind, X quarter, X side, spirit (ual]), tempest, X vain, ([whirl) wind (-y).

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

רוּח

 

1. wind, breath, mind, spirit

a. breath

b. wind

1. of heaven

2. quarter (of wind), side

3. breath of air

4. air, gas

5. vain, empty thing

c. spirit (as that which breathes quickly in animation or agitation)

1. spirit, animation, vivacity, vigour

2. courage

3. temper, anger

4. impatience, patience

5. spirit, disposition (as troubled, bitter, discontented)

6. disposition (of various kinds), unaccountable or uncontrollable impulse

7. prophetic spirit

*d. spirit (of the living, breathing being in man and animals)

*1. as gift, preserved by God, God’s spirit, departing at death, disembodied being

e. spirit (as seat of emotion)

1. desire

2. sorrow, trouble

f. spirit

1. as seat or organ of mental acts

2. rarely of the will

3. as seat especially of moral character

g. Spirit of God, the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son

1. as inspiring ecstatic state of prophecy

2. as impelling prophet to utter instruction or warning

3. imparting warlike energy and executive and administrative power

4. as endowing men with various gifts

5. as energy of life

6. as manifest in the Shekinah glory

7. never referred to as a depersonalised force

Origin: from H7306

TWOT: 2131a

Parts of Speech: Noun Feminine

 

 

Chapter 13: RESSURECTIONS OF THE DEAD AND WHERE THEY WILL BE LIVING

 

 

The Hebrew words here all refer to a physical, mortal rebirth. It describes them awakening from sleeping in the earth. The dead arising out of the earth to life. Verse 21 of the passage seams to place this event in the end times, during Gods punishment of mankind for their iniquity.

As we are looking for the source of eternal life, this doesn’t seem to be it. It is however a step along the path. If you’d like to, try some other translations on your own for further clarification.

 

Isaiah 26:19-21 _Strongs

19 H4191 Thy dead [H8801] H2421 men shall live [H8799] H5038 , together with my dead body H6965 shall they arise [H8799] H6974 . Awake [H8685] H7442 and sing [H8761] H7931 , ye that dwell [H8802] H6083 in dust H2919 : for thy dew H2919 is as the dew H219 of herbs H776 , and the earth H5307 shall cast out [H8686] H7496 the dead.

20 H3212 Come [H8798] H5971 , my people H935 , enter [H8798] H2315 thou into thy chambers H5462 , and shut [H8798] H1817 thy doors H2247 about thee: hide [H8798] H4592 thyself as it were for a little H7281 moment H2195 , until the indignation H5674 be overpast [H8799].

21 H3068 For, behold, the LORD H3318 cometh out [H8802] H4725 of his place H6485 to punish [H8800] H3427 the inhabitants [H8802] H776 of the earth H5771 for their iniquity H776 : the earth H1540 also shall disclose [H8765] H1818 her blood H3680 , and shall no more cover [H8762] H2026 her slain [H8803].

 

These next verses tell us a bit about what it will be like after Christ returns and establishes the kingdom of God here on earth. Verse 20 shows how those in the second resurrection will live out a full life of up to one hundred years in order to decide if they will choose Gods way of life, or not. We will be revisiting these verses as we get into the New Testament scriptures.

Isaiah 65:17-25

17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.

24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 66:22-24

22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

 

Here during the Kingdom of God. The transgressors of God will be dead. The usage of the word carcases makes it plain that they are dead.

Isaiah 66:24 _Strongs

24 H3318 And they shall go forth [H8804] H7200 , and look [H8804] H6297 upon the carcases H582 of the men H6586 that have transgressed [H8802] H8438 against me: for their worm H4191 shall not die [H8799] H784 , neither shall their fire H3518 be quenched [H8799] H1860 ; and they shall be an abhorring H1320 unto all flesh.

 

פּגר

peger

peh’-gher

From H6296; a carcase (as limp), whether of man or beast; figuratively an idolatrous image

KJV Usage: carcase, corpse, dead body.

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions

פּגר

 

1. corpse, carcass, monument, stela

a. corpse (of man)

b. carcass (of animals)

 

These next verses describe how Ezekiel was shown by God how the resurrection of the dead would occur. Verse 9 is reminiscent of how Adam was formed, and then came to life, after the breath of life came into him. Ezekiel 37:1-14

1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

 

Chapter 14: A WARNING FOR THE UNGODLY OF THE FUTURE WORLD

 

 

God sends a warning to Gog.

Ezekiel 38:1-23

1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:

11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?

15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:

16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?

18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.

19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;

20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.

22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

 

These warnings are forerunners of similar events found in the NT.

Ezekiel 39:1-29

1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:

3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.

4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.

5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:

10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.

12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.

13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD.

14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.

15 And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog.

16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.

17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.

18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.

19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.

20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.

21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.

22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.

24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.

25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;

26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.

27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;

28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.

29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

 

 

Chapter 15: FINAL THOUGHTS FROM THE OLD TESTEMANT

 

 

This is an interesting description of dead people. It talks of them being asleep in the dust of the earth. Then at the time of trouble like never before, they are to be awakened. Some to everlasting life. If they are being woken up to everlasting life at this point, then it stands to reason that they didn’t have everlasting life previously. And if they did. Why would they be sleeping {dead} in the dust of the earth? And then awakened to everlasting life?

Notice also, that those awaken to shame, aren’t said to have eternal life. Only everlasting contempt. Contempt isn’t something that you have. But rather, something that others have towards you. Those with eternal life, can have everlasting contempt for the ones that are dead. They are to awaken and be ashamed that they will be held in everlasting contempt. It doesn’t say that they will have eternal life. Only the wise and righteous will receive eternal life.

Verse 3 gives us a glimpse of what our glorified bodies might look like. Or is it purely metaphorical? Give it some thought. There will be other verses later on the subject.

Daniel 12:2-3 _Strongs

2 H7227 And many H3463 of them that sleep H6083 in the dust H127 of the earth H6974 shall awake [H8686] H5769 , some to everlasting H2416 life H2781 , and some to shame H5769 and everlasting H1860 contempt.

3 H7919 And they that be wise [H8688] H2094 shall shine [H8686] H2096 as the brightness H7549 of the firmament H7227; and they that turn many H6663 to righteousness [H8688] H3556 as the stars H5769 for ever H5703 and ever.

 

Who paid our ransom for sin? Who is our redeemer from death? Christ is the answer. If we are to be redeemed from death, then we have to be dead. Which would preclude eternal life being innate within us.

Hosea 13:14 _Strongs

14 H6299 I will ransom [H8799] H3027 them from the power H7585 of the grave H1350 ; I will redeem [H8799] H4194 them from death H4194 : O death H165 , I will H1698 be thy plagues H7585 ; O grave H165 , I will H6987 be thy destruction H5164 : repentance H5641 shall be hid [H8735] H5869 from mine eyes.

 

 

Zechariah here describes the vision that he had of Christs return. It is interesting that the one fighting against the nations is the LORD. When the NT writings give that role to Christ. Would this make Jesus Christ the LORD of the OT?

Zechariah 14:1-21 Strongs

1 H3117 Behold, the day H3068 of the LORD H935 cometh [H8804] H7998 , and thy spoil H2505 shall be divided [H8795] H7130 in the midst of thee.

2 H622 For I will gather [H8804] H1471 all nations H3389 against Jerusalem H4421 to battle H5892 ; and the city H3920 shall be taken [H8738] H1004 , and the houses H8155 rifled [H8738] H802 , and the women H7901 ravished [H8735] [H8675] H7693 [H8735] H2677 ; and half H5892 of the city H3318 shall go forth [H8804] H1473 into captivity H3499 , and the residue H5971 of the people H3772 shall not be cut off [H8735] H5892 from the city.

3 H3068 Then shall the LORD H3318 go forth [H8804] H3898 , and fight [H8738] H1471 against those nations H3117 , as when H3898 he fought [H8736] H3117 in the day H7128 of battle.

4 H7272 And his feet H5975 shall stand [H8804] H3117 in that day H2022 upon the mount H2132 of Olives H6440 , which is before H3389 Jerusalem H6924 on the east H2022 , and the mount H2132 of Olives H1234 shall cleave [H8738] H2677 in the midst H4217 thereof toward the east H3220 and toward the west H3966 , and there shall be a very H1419 great H1516 valley H2677 ; and half H2022 of the mountain H4185 shall remove [H8804] H6828 toward the north H2677 , and half H5045 of it toward the south.

5 H5127 And ye shall flee [H8804] H1516 to the valley H2022 of the mountains H1516 ; for the valley H2022 of the mountains H5060 shall reach [H8686] H682 unto Azal H5127 : yea, ye shall flee [H8804] H5127 , like as ye fled [H8804] H6440 from before H7494 the earthquake H3117 in the days H5818 of Uzziah H4428 king H3063 of Judah H3068 : and the LORD H430 my God H935 shall come [H8804] H6918 , and all the saints with thee.

6 H3117 And it shall come to pass in that day H216 , that the light H3368 shall not be clear H7087 , nor dark [H8675] H7087 [H8799] :

7 H259 But it shall be one H3117 day H3045 which shall be known [H8735] H3068 to the LORD H3117 , not day H3915 , nor night H6153 : but it shall come to pass, that at evening H6256 time H216 it shall be light.

8 H3117 And it shall be in that day H2416 , that living H4325 waters H3318 shall go out [H8799] H3389 from Jerusalem H2677 ; half H6931 of them toward the former H3220 sea H2677 , and half H314 of them toward the hinder H3220 sea H7019 : in summer H2779 and in winter shall it be.

9 H3068 And the LORD H4428 shall be king H776 over all the earth H3117 : in that day H259 shall there be one H3068 LORD H8034 , and his name H259 one.

10 H776 All the land H5437 shall be turned [H8735] H6160 as a plain H1387 from Geba H7417 to Rimmon H5045 south H3389 of Jerusalem H7213 : and it shall be lifted up [H8804] H3427 , and inhabited [H8804] H1144 in her place, from Benjamin’s H8179 gate H4725 unto the place H7223 of the first H8179 gate H6434 , unto the corner H8179 gate H4026 , and from the tower H2606 of Hananeel H4428 unto the king’s H3342 winepresses.

11 H3427 And men shall dwell [H8804] H2764 in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction H3389 ; but Jerusalem H983 shall be safely H3427 inhabited [H8804] .

12 H4046 And this shall be the plague H3068 wherewith the LORD H5062 will smite [H8799] H5971 all the people H6633 that have fought [H8804]H3389 against Jerusalem H1320 ; Their flesh H4743 shall consume away [H8687] H5975 while they stand [H8802] H7272 upon their feet H5869 , and their eyes H4743 shall consume away [H8735] H2356 in their holes H3956 , and their tongue H4743 shall consume away [H8735] H6310 in their mouth.

13 H3117 And it shall come to pass in that day H7227 , that a great H4103 tumult H3068 from the LORD H2388 shall be among them; and they shall lay hold [H8689] H376 every one H3027 on the hand H7453 of his neighbour H3027 , and his hand H5927 shall rise up [H8804] H3027 against the hand H7453 of his neighbour.

14 H3063 And Judah H3898 also shall fight [H8735] H3389 at Jerusalem H2428 ; and the wealth H1471 of all the heathen H5439 round about H622 shall be gathered together [H8795] H2091 , gold H3701 , and silver H899 , and apparel H3966 , in great H7230 abundance.

15 H4046 And so shall be the plague H5483 of the horse H6505 , of the mule H1581 , of the camel H2543 , and of the ass H929 , and of all the beasts H1992 that shall be in these H4264 tents H4046 , as this plague.

16 H3498 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left [H8737] H1471 of all the nations H935 which came [H8802] H3389 against Jerusalem H5927 shall even go up [H8804] H1767 from H8141 year H8141 to year H7812 to worship [H8692] H4428 the King H3068 , the LORD H6635 of hosts H2287 , and to keep [H8800] H2282 the feast H5521 of tabernacles.

17 H5927 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up [H8799] H4940 of all the families H776 of the earth H3389 unto Jerusalem H7812 to worship [H8692] H4428 the King H3068 , the LORD H6635 of hosts H1653 , even upon them shall be no rain.

18 H4940 And if the family H4714 of Egypt H5927 go not up [H8799] H935 , and come [H8804] H4046 not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague H3068 , wherewith the LORD H5062 will smite [H8799] H1471 the heathen H5927 that come not up [H8799] H2287 to keep [H8800] H2282 the feast H5521 of tabernacles.

19 H2403 This shall be the punishment H4714 of Egypt H2403 , and the punishment H1471 of all nations H5927 that come not up [H8799] H2287 to keep [H8800] H2282 the feast H5521 of tabernacles.

20 H3117 In that day H4698 shall there be upon the bells H5483 of the horses H6944 , HOLINESS H3068 UNTO THE LORD H5518 ; and the pots H3068 in the LORD’S H1004 house H4219 shall be like the bowls H6440 before H4196 the altar.

21 H5518 Yea, every pot H3389 in Jerusalem H3063 and in Judah H6944 shall be holiness H3068 unto the LORD H6635 of hosts H2076 : and all they that sacrifice [H8802] H935 shall come [H8804] H3947 and take [H8804] H1310 of them, and seethe [H8765] H3117 therein: and in that day H3669 there shall be no more the Canaanite H1004 in the house H3068 of the LORD H6635 of hosts.

 

The wicked will be burned up and become ashes under the feet of the righteous.

Malachi 4:1-3 _Strongs

1 H3117 For, behold, the day H935 cometh [H8802] H1197 , that shall burn [H8802] H8574 as an oven H2086 ; and all the proud H6213 , yea, and all that do [H8802] H7564 wickedly H7179 , shall be stubble H3117 : and the day H935 that cometh [H8802] H3857 shall burn them up [H8765] H559 , saith [H8804] H3068 the LORD H6635 of hosts H5800 , that it shall leave [H8799] H8328 them neither root H6057 nor branch.

2 H3373 But unto you that fear H8034 my name H8121 shall the Sun H6666 of righteousness H2224 arise [H8804] H4832 with healing H3671 in his wings H3318 ; and ye shall go forth [H8804] H6335 , and grow up [H8804] H5695 as calves H4770 of the stall.

3 H6072 And ye shall tread down [H8804] H7563 the wicked H665 ; for they shall be ashes H3709 under the soles H7272 of your feet H3117 in the day H6213 that I shall do [H8802] H559 this, saith [H8804] H3068 the LORD H6635 of hosts.

 

 

[Chapter 16: ALTERNATE THOUGHTS
PERIFERAL TOPICS ON IMORTALITY]

 

 

This concludes the scriptures that I could find dealing with eternal life or how and when the dead are resurrected, in the Old Testament. When I analyze them individually, and then collectively as a whole. I can’t find a verse where mankind has immortality, or eternal life innately built into them. Using the concordance and the definitions used by the KJV translators, clearly demonstrates to me that mankind is mortal.

I can find verses where the people look forward to having life again at a future time. I can find hope of a resurrection, and the faith that God will work it out. But none that puts eternal life into mankind’s possession within the time frame of the Old Testament.

So do we have access to eternal life? We most certainly do. But it isn’t made available till the New Testament. So where are those who died in the O/T times? Well as we have read in the previous scriptures, they are dead and in their graves, awaiting their change. Let’s now look through the N/T and find the scriptures that describe this life everlasting, and see who can obtain it, how and when they get it.

My goal here isn’t to convince people into agreeing with me. My main objective is to show that the bible gives clear scriptural direction of another way, other than the traditional thoughts on this subject. My hope is that my arguments will persuade people to at least be less dogmatic in their thinking, and give other scripturally supported ideas a second thought.

When speaking we should use inclusive language. Allowing room for others to have their opinions on peripheral issues. Statements like “the bible says” tend to stop conversation. Or start arguments. “The bible tells me” or “I understand the bible to say” encourages conversation, and makes room for the other party to have a different point of view.

As Christians we should be as inviting and open to the widest range of people as possible, especially other Christians. If we are to learn from each other and let our iron sharpen each other, then we need to be as inclusive as possible. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a point of view, but rather that we should be cordial in our conversations. Letting the Holy Spirit convict, rather than us. When we talk to people like Oprah who aren’t satisfied with our answers. Let them know there are other scriptural possibilities they might agree with. After all, these are peripheral topics, and there are many different purposes, functions, and parts in the Christian body. We are bound to have different ideas. We are to be recognized most of all by our love. Not by our ideology, or theology. But by our love for one another.

 

 

Chapter 17: BOOK OF MATHEW

 

JESUS SAVES

This first verse from Mathew doesn’t talk specifically about eternal life. It does foretell of what is to come. God has already displayed his thoughts on how he feels towards sinners. So if Jesus is to be the one to save his people from their sins, it would be prudent to be one of Jesus’ people.

Matthew 1:21 _Strongs

21 G1161 And G5088 she shall bring forth [G5695] G5207 a son G2532 , and G2564 thou shalt call [G5692]G846 his G3686 name G2424 JESUS G1063 : for G846 he G4982 shall save [G5692]G846 his G2992 people G575 from G846 their G266 sins.

 

BETTER TO LOSE A LITTLE BIT THAN EVERYTHING

In his teaching here Jesus uses the word γέεννα or ge-henna. It is a deep, narrow glen to the south of Jerusalem, where the idolatrous Jews offered their children in sacrifice to Molech 2 Chronicles. 28:3; 33:6; Jeremiah. 7:31; 19:2-6. This valley afterwards became a common receptacle for the bodies of dead animals, criminals, and all kinds of filth, that were cast into it.

It gets translated into hell, by the KJV translators. It is unfortunate the word hell has lots of misleading imagery tied to it. Beliefs from various religions and philosophy’s can be found attached to the word hell. Many of the attributes of hell aren’t biblically based, and are out of context when used in reference to the human experience.

In the OT hell was a place your dead body was put into. It also could be used as a reference to eternal punishment. It could be one or the other, or both. Interesting to note that here our body is to be cast into it. The KJV translators talk of everlasting punishment should we be put there. It doesn’t say it will be everlasting punishing. As described in Mal. 4:1-3 they will become ashes under foot. No other opportunity will be given for redemption. They will cease to exist. Not exist in eternal torment, which would require eternal life which is reserved for the righteous.

12 occurrences of G1067 γέεννα Hell

 

Matthew 5:29-30 _Strongs

29 G1161 And G1487 if G4675 thy G1188 right G3788 eye G4624 offend [G5719]G4571 thee G1807 , pluck G846 it G1807 out [G5628]G2532 , and G906 cast [G5628]G575 it from G4675 thee G1063 : for G4851 it is profitable [G5719]G4671 for thee G2443 that G1520 one G4675 of thy G3196 members G622 should perish [G5643]G2532 , and G3361 not G4675 that thy G3650 whole G4983 body G906 should be cast [G5686]G1519 into G1067 hell.

30 G2532 And G1487 if G4675 thy G1188 right G5495 hand G4624 offend [G5719] G4571 thee G1581 , cut G846 it G1581 off [G5657] G2532 , and G906 cast [G5628] G575 it from G4675 thee G1063 : for G4851 it is profitable [G5719] G4671 for thee G2443 that G1520 one G4675 of thy G3196 members G622 should perish [G5643] G2532 , and G3361 not G4675 that thy G3650 whole G4983 body G906 should be cast [G5686] G1519 into G1067 hell.

 

Previous Strong’s #G1066 Next Strong’s #G1068

γέεννα

ge-hinnom

γέεννα valley of (the son of) Hinnom; ge-henna (or Ge-Hinnom), a valley of Jerusalem, used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment

γέεννα

geenna

gheh’-en-nah

Of Hebrew origin ([H1516] and [H2011]); valley of (the son of) Hinnom; gehenna (or Ge-Hinnom), a valley of Jerusalem, used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment

Was Jesus here teaching about the human fate of eternal punishment? Or was he saying it was better to cut off your arm and throw it away, if it causes you to sin, rather than have your whole body destroyed. Better to suffer a small painful loss, than suffer total annihilation.

Regardless of the way you look at it, it still doesn’t talk of eternal life. We still haven’t found the passage giving us immortality.

 

DON’T FEAR MAN, FEAR GOD

Some people will use this verse to show we have a soul that is eternal, lives on after our bodies die. I think it is making a distinction between our physical bodies, and our emotions and intellect. If we had an immortal soul how could it be destroyed?

Matthew 10:28 _Strongs

28 G2532 And G5399 fear [G5676] G575 G3361 not G3588 them which G615 kill [G5723] G4983 the body G1161, but G1410 are G3361 not G1410 able [G5740] G615 to kill [G5658] G5590 the soul G1161: but G3123 rather G5399 fear [G5676] G3588 him which G1410 is able [G5740] G622 to destroy [G5658] G2532 both G5590 soul G2532 and G4983 body G1722 in G1067 hell.

 

G5590

Previous Strong’s #G5589 Next Strong’s #G5591

ψυχή

breath

ψυχή breath, i.e. (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from G4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from G2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew H5315, H7307 and H2416)

Derivation: from G5594;

KJV Usage: heart (+ -ily), life, mind, soul, + us, + you.

G5594 G4151 G2222 H5315 H7307 H2416

1) breath

1a) the breath of life

1a1) the vital force which animates the body and shows itself in breathing

1a1a) of animals

1a12) of men

1b) life

1c) that in which there is life

1c1) a living being, a living soul

2) the soul

2a) the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.)

2b) the (human) soul in so far as it is constituted that by the right use of the aids offered it by God it can attain its highest end and secure eternal blessedness, the soul regarded as a moral being designed for everlasting life

2c) the soul as an essence which differs from the body and is not dissolved by death (distinguished from other parts of the body)

Notice 2b. We are designed for everlasting life. That is our purpose. That is the destiny God has for us if we choose to live his way. That is what he wants for us. Let’s keep looking, to see how he makes it available to us.

 

WHERE THE WICKED GO

Here Jesus is telling us plainly what will happen to wicked people when the kingdom of God is established. They are to be cast into a furnace of fire, and be burned up, as the tares are in his analogy.

Matthew 13:40-42 _Strongs

40 G5618 As G3767 therefore G2215 the tares G4816 are gathered [G5743] G2532 and G2618 burned [G5743] G4442 in the fire G3779; so G2071 shall it be [G5704] G1722 in G4930 the end G5127 of this G165 world.

41 G5207 The Son G444 of man G649 shall send forth [G5692] G846 his G32 angels G2532, and G4816 they shall gather [G5692] G1537 out of G846 his G932 kingdom G3956 all things G4625 that offend G2532 , and G4160 them which do [G5723] G458 iniquity;

42 G2532 And G906 shall cast [G5692] G846 them G1519 into G2575 a furnace G4442 of fire G1563 : there G2071 shall be [G5704] G2805 wailing G2532 and G1030 gnashing G3599 of teeth

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Searching For Immortality

I believe you and I have been given great potential. Our destiny is to become the children of God. Not only those who believe in him during this present life but all who have ever lived. The new born child, our parent, sibling, or friend who died in unbelief, will at some point in their existence have the opportunity to accept the life giving sacrifice made by Jesus. Those who did not have the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus during this life, will at some point receive their one opportunity from God to come to Jesus. “Searching For Immortality” is a study of scriptures that reveal the plan God and what He has in store for us and when this opportunity for immortality will be available. Christians used to teach that the world was the center of the universe and that all the other planets, stars, and our sun revolved around it. Of course the bible was used to prove this doctrine. All those who taught otherwise were not only considered heretics, but were libel to lose their life. Galileo finally got an official apology from the Vatican in the year 2000, a bit slow since his trial for this kind of heresy was in 1632. I haven't heard this bible truth taught lately. Was the bible wrong? Or was it our understanding of what the bible said, that was wrong? What is essential to be a Christian? For the peripheral topics, why can't we say “This is how I see it.”? If it doesn't make sense to you, that's OK, it's a peripheral subject. Jesus never required passing a test on creation facts, for salvation. There are plenty of verses on love, kindness, forgiveness and generosity, arguably, these subjects are more important to living a Christian life. While visiting with a worship pastor one day after lunch, I asked him what he understood the bible taught about dieing and eternal life. He said he didn't give it much thought. He knew God had it covered, and that it would all work out in the end. This wasn't the answer that I expected. I wanted to know details. My mechanics mind wanted to know how things worked. Later while reading Heb.11, the Faith Chapter, I wondered, did the worship pastor have more faith because he doesn't feel compelled to know? Or am I more studious, because I want to look into the workings of Gods plan? I think the answer is neither. We are all unique, and God leads us, as we willingly follow him, to where ever he wants us to be. We all run the race on the course that he has laid out, especially for us. If you have the essential faith in Christ, then you will have eternal life. Your beliefs and doctrines will determine how you live, and the kind of person you are. Just because a trauma patient, to use a first aid analogy, may have the essential ABC's of life, won’t negate the fact they are paralyzed. Will that affect the way they live their life, or interact with those around them? Of course it will. In the same way, the further our beliefs stray from God's word, the greater the negative affect will be on the way we live our lives, and interact with those around us. Having understanding and knowledge of biblical fundamentals is essential if we are trying to let Jesus live through us to positively influence the people we interact with. We all must make the choice between eternal life and death. God does not leave us adrift on the sea of false hope and fable. "Searching for Immortality" looks at biblical scriptures related to life, death and the afterlife, in chronological order and shows how they fit together to form the plan of God for humanity. Yes, God has a plan for you! As a biblist I regard the bible to be the highest authority on what I should believe about God. I believe that God has given his direction to us in this written form from a collection of books and letters passed down to us from those he used as instruments to write them. The bible is not a collection of fables written by men. It is the written Word of God.

  • Author: Clay Kessler
  • Published: 2016-05-26 07:05:11
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