Were Samuel, Moses & Elijah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - Alive Before the Resurrection? Three passages of Scripture are sometimes advanced in support of the view that the dead are alive before the resurrection. 1. The episode related in 1 Samuel 28 concerns a so-called appearance of Samuel after his death. There are good reasons … Continue reading Were Samuel, Moses & Elijah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – Alive Before the Resurrection?
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. This phrase is commonly used to teach that at death a Christian transcends this world to be with Jesus in a bodiless state. But a bodiless state is definitely not what Paul … Continue reading Explanation of “Absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” in 2 Corinthians 5:8
1. The Rapture/Resurrection event will occur at the last trumpet. Scripture knows of only one last trumpet, the seventh trumpet of Revelation 11:15. This trumpet sounds after or “post”-tribulation (Matthew 24:29-31). This is “the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:14), when all the faithful will be rewarded. 2. Jesus spoke of the “elect,” whom he equates with the disciples and their successors in the church. Matthew, who is his own best interpreter, elsewhere means “believers” when he uses the term “elect” (Matthew 22:14): “Many are called, but few are elect” (Gr. eklectos). It is a basic rule of good exegesis that a writer must be allowed to interpret himself.
If you have not read “A Biblical Soul (Nephesh) is the whole Person including the Body” it would be helpful in understanding the definition of Spirit. This post deals with the life giving force of the Spirit and the relationship to our bodies. It will not other attributes like healing, power to move mountains and … Continue reading What is biblical definition of Spirit when related to our bodies?
The Biblical Concept of “Soul” We proceed now to an examination of the Biblical concept of “soul.” It is our understanding of this term which will condition our understanding of the state of man in death. The foundation of the Biblical anthropology is laid in Genesis 2:7: “The LORD God formed man of the dust … Continue reading A Biblical Soul (Nephesh) is the whole Person including the Body
Introduction In our English bibles Sheol (Hebrew) and Hades (Greek) are seen as only something physical. However that is not how the Jews understood these terms. Christians today use words like hell, Hades, Sheol and Gehenna interchangeably but they are not the same. This post will address the difference between Sheol and Hades as they … Continue reading Demystify the Meaning of Sheol and Hades in the Bible
Much has been written on the subject of death, primarily because so many Christians have been led to believe that we don't really die but go on to live with Jesus in Heaven. In John W. Schoenheit's book "The Christian's Hope,*" chapter 7, The Origin of Orthodoxy he says, The vast majority of Christian denominations … Continue reading Greek Philosophy’s Impact on our Understanding of Death
by Anthony Buzzard Note: from this blog site. This post is quite detailed and if you would like a short explanation it is recommended that the reader go down to the conclusion at the end of the post. Introduction Nothing could be of greater importance to the disciple of Christ than to understand the nature … Continue reading What Eternal Life Really Means – Life in the Age to Come – Our Inheritance
The Old Testament made it clear that when a person died, he went to sheol. Neither Greek or English has a good equivalent word for sheol, because it is not a “physical place” where dead people go, like the grave, but rather it is a “state of being;” it is the state of being dead … Continue reading The Hebrew word Sheol shows us Dead People are Dead
“Sleep” is a common biblical euphemism and metaphor for death, and the Bible compares death to sleep many times (cp. Daniel 12:2; John 11:11-14; Acts 7:60; 13:36; 1 Corinthians 7:39, 11:30; 15:6, 18, 20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13). For example, Psalm 13:3 says, “Consider, and answer me, O Yahweh, my God. Enlighten my eyes, lest I … Continue reading Death is like “sleep”