Death is a big topic in the Bible and yet it is among the most misunderstood. Do you want to know more about death? Most importantly, do you want to know what the Bible has to say about death? The answer may shock you. Here are the seven most unbelievable truths about death!
Death is real.
No matter who you are, it will come knocking to your door one of these days. Sometimes, it knocks when we least expected it.
Death is said to be the great equalizer. It is no respecter of people. Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, male or female, no one is exempted.
In short: we all have to die.
Hebrews 9:27 tells us:
“And as it is appointed for men to die once.”
Thus, it should not surprise us if a lot of people are curious to know what happens beyond the grave. People want to obtain a reliable explanation to what death really is.
Sadly, they don’t get the right answer. Why? Because they look for the answer at the wrong place.
If we want to obtain factual, truthful, and accurate answers, then we must turn to Word of God, the Bible. It is the source of all truths and should be the ultimate authority in our lives.
In this post, let me share with you seven of the most shocking and unbelievable facts about death straight from the pages of your Bible. You won’t hear these truths preached and taught in churches today.
You are among the few who are about to discover the amazing truths about death!
Are you ready?
Truth no. 1: There is no immortal soul
Yes, you read that right.
As popular as the immortal soul teaching may be, from Genesis to Revelation, you will NEVER 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).
“The soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20).
Man does not have a soul, but he is the soul! Since everyone had sinned, then every soul on this earth is capable of dying.
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: Animals are considered as a soul
Do you know that the animals are also considered as a soul.
I’m not saying that they have a soul, but rather they 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).
In essence, Genesis 1:24, along with other verses, is saying that these cattle, creeping thing, and east of the earth are also considered to be souls.
Here’s another proof that humans don’t have an immortal soul because if they do, then it should follow that animals should also have immortal souls.
Truth no. 3: There is no consciousness at death
Another misconception about death is the perpetual consciousness of a dead person. Most people believe that when a person dies, he continues to live on as a ghost – a spirit being with full consciousness and will of his own.
However, is that what 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)?
There are other passages that prove man does not have consciousness anymore when they are dead. In fact, the Bible likens death to a state of sleep (Daniel 12:2; Job 3:11-17; and John 11:11-14).
This brings us to the fourth point of this blog.
Truth no. 4: 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.
When we are asleep, we are not aware of our surroundings. In the same manner, when we die, we no longer have a knowledge of what is happening in the land of the living.
Truth no. 5: The righteous doesn’t go to heaven after death
The teaching that 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 has 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.
Obviously, if your pastor tells you that people go to heaven when they die, don’t believe this him. Instead, show him the proof that people don’t actually go to heaven. Instead, they wait for the resurrection of the dead in the future (John 5:25).
Truth no. 6: 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 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).
Moreover, consider what Romans 6:23 tells us. It says that the wages of sin is DEATH – not eternal life in the lake of fire. Instead, it is the righteous who will be given eternal life and not the wicked!
If you’re interested to learn more about this topic, please read my blog, 5 Surprising Biblical Proofs that God will not Burn the Wicked Forever in Hell.
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).
We can gain the comfort from the fact that one day God will grant us ETERNAL life – a life free of pain, suffering, and most especially, death.
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.