Death is very real. No matter who you are, it will visit your door sooner or later. Thus, it is no wonder that many people would like to have an explanation about its nature. Sadly, they don’t get the right answer. In this post, let me share with you sure, factual and truthful facts about death straight from the Bible.
Truth no. 1: There is no immortal soul
As popular as this teaching may be, from Genesis to Revelation, you will not find a single verse with “immortal” and “soul” written side by side. In fact, a soul can and will die.
“As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die (Ezekiel 18:3-4).
Man does not have a soul, but he is the soul!
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).
Truth no. 2: There is no consciousness at death
Most people believe that when a person dies, he continues on as a ghost. The Bible tells us:
“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6).
The dead can’t even worship God.
The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence (Psalm 115:17).
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks (Psalm 6:5)?
Truth no. 3: Death is likened to sleep
Do you wonder how it feels to be dead? Well, you don’t have to think too deep since we all have experienced it every time we sleep.
Our friend Lazarus is fallen asleep…Lazarus is dead (John 11:11-14).
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:2).
Also read Job 3:11-17 and I Thessalonians 4:15-17.
Truth no. 4: The righteous doesn’t go to heaven after death
The teaching the good people go to heaven is not based on the Bible, but on ancient pagan teachings. The scripture tells us that, as of now, it is only Jesus who have ascended to heaven.
“If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And NO MAN hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven” (John 3:13).
Also, read Acts 2:29. Even David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), was not ascended to heaven.
Truth no. 5: The incorrigibly wicked doesn’t burn forever in the lake of fire
There are people who question the love of God because of the deceptive teaching that the wicked will burn non-stop in the lake of fire. How can a loving and caring God look at His children suffer forever in hell? Thankfully, this demonic doctrine is not true. The Bible reveals that the death of the an unrepentant person will be quick.
“And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 4:3).
Truth no. 6: Animals are considered as a soul
Surprisingly, the Bible uses the Hebrew word “nephesh” (Translated as “soul” in English) to refer to animals as well.
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature (nephesh or soul) after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so” (Genesis 1:24).
Truth no. 7: Death will be conquered
As awful and dreadful death can be, there will come a time when it will become a thing of the past.
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?… But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:51-57).
Death is temporary. There will be a time when we all shall awake and the dead in Christ will be resurrected to everlasting life. There is no such thing as an immortal soul. Once you die, you lose consciousness and your next waking moment is during Christ’s return or during the time when Jesus establishes His kingdom here on earth.
We can all have the faith and hope in God. Though we may die, we will still live. Until then, we must continue in following God’s will and purpose for our lives.
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