What happens at death? What is the soul? Does any human have an immortal soul, a spirit life containing all a person’s thoughts and memories, that lives forever? What does the resurrection have to do with it? How does this affect other beliefs?
Who should be the authority on this subject? Certainly, a document proven to be inspired from the creator of all life, spirit and fleshly, should be the absolute authority on life and death. The Bible is proven to be inspired of God by the many prophecies it contains that have seen miraculous fulfillment, documented in history, that we might have faith that the Bible is inspired by an Eternal Spirit Personage, God. Regardless of what you have been taught, this is the truthful knowledge beyond what is normal given by God, understanding, insight and discernment is the wealth given by God to those asking and working in harmony with His will and their request. The Bible is a document from the Almighty God answering and explaining many truths of the past, today and the future. Since the Bible is said to be inspired of God, you would expect it to be harmonious throughout, a continuity of line of thought or theme. God states He cannot lie, so the Bible should answer the questions we put to it truthfully, if there is disagreement, our thinking may need more information, adjustment and or meditation. Luke 10:21 What does the Bible say about the soul, immortality and death? The Bible states that the flesh that God formed from the elements we see in dust was dead until God blew the breath of life into it.
This is an important point, the flesh was lifeless, without thought or movement. Genesis 2:7 “And Jehovah God went on to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living person.” (or living soul, a breathing creature) God supplied the dead flesh with life and breath and character. The breath contained the spirit or the force of life that is then passed on in procreation at conception. At some point after conception the body forms, the heart begins to beat in the fetus and a consciousness of life begins and the life can begin to remember and character may begin to be formed. The fetus has become a living soul. From conception, God knows the life that has been created.
1. the flesh was lifeless, without thought or movement, dead, before God blew the force of life into Adam which has been passed on to generations.
The following verses reinforce the same idea, human life begins within flesh, that same life ends when the flesh dies. Ecclesiastes 9:5″For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all, nor do they have any more reward, because all memory of them is forgotten.” 9:10″ Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might, for there is no work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the Grave, where you are going.”
Psalms 146:3”Do not put your trust in princes Nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation.4 His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground; On that very day his thoughts perish” The verses show there is no spirit “life” that leaves at death, so the spirit here must refer to the force that makes our heart beat, our lungs breath in and out without any continuous conscious thought. That the spirit is a lifeless force harmonizes with the description of the Holy Spirt as an invisible force God sends forth to do a particular work, not a living spirit conscious of life. What other verses add weight to this explanation of death?
Genesis 2:17 “But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.” The punishment for disobedience of God’s law (do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and bad) was death, the taking away of thought and knowledge and life sustaining breath from the flesh, all of which made up the soul. The body would return to that lifeless flesh it was before God blew into it the breath of life. Then decomposing to mere inert dust. Nowhere in the Bible is there a suggestion that Adam’s Spirt is roaming Heaven or Earth, the same is true about Eve.
Ezekiel 18:4 “Look! All the souls—to me they belong. As the soul of the father so also the soul of the son—to me they belong. The soul who sins is the one who will die.” God states that the soul, the very being thought to be immortal does die, denying the immortal belief. Since the only sinless man in Eden rebelled against the simple order of God, he sinned and that is all he could pass on to his offspring, SIN. Thus, we have all inherited that sin, the condemnation to death, a lifeless condition. Sin leads to death, the thoughtless, lifeless condition of dust. That dust has no rights, nor is anyone obligated to restore that dust to life as a living creature.
1 Corinthians 15:22 For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive. See also
#2 Romans 6: 23 For the wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord.
2. God, through the verses of the Bible, promises a “Resurrection from the dead”. No resurrection would be needed if man had an immortal soul (a spirit life containing the character and memory of an individual that can live without the flesh). By the gift of resurrection “all” from Abel until today, are made alive, Christ replaces expelled Adam as our initial father, God resurrects the dead to reconcile them preferably to His favor, if not the 2nd death, eternal death, occurs. The final generations of people living in the years before Armageddon chose whether or not to be reconciled, thus the phrase “all will be made alive” is complete, all have chosen Life in God’s favor or death. #Exceptions God being Righteous, meaning fair and just, may make some exceptions for the unborn, mentally ill, etc.…
What is the resurrection?
This is where God would use His memory of a person’s thoughts and memories, their character and implant these into another body, in most cases this is a human body, the exception is a spirit body like the Christ was given after his resurrection and ascension to Heaven. These are given to the 144,000 who have served the true God as a preacher of the Good News of God’s Kingdom and kept their integrity towards His principles of human life until their death, just as Jesus did. For some of the 144,000, just before His Great Day will not taste death, for they will change from one body to the next in a “twinkling of an eye.” All 144,000 will be with Jesus as his rulership begins to encompass every life on Earth, as Matthew 13:43 brings out they will “shine as brightly as the sun”, on day one. Some will not be resurrected, those destroyed by God in the past most likely have seen the 2nd death, the eternal death. Only those attributed with righteousness can be raised to Heaven, these will number 144,000 who were chosen by God because like Jesus, they kept their integrity to God’s principles and served God while on Earth, long enough for Jehovah to see that they, like Jesus, would never turn around and act as men of the nations. These must die after Jesus, for Christ was the first fruit of mankind.
If humans had an immortal soul / spirit, the Bible would be promising an ascension to Heaven, rather than a resurrection from the dead. Even Jesus died, without any life, for 3 days and needed a resurrection to life. Then, later he ascended to Heaven.
The Bible promises a resurrection. Daniel 12:13, John 5:28,29, Acts 24:15. Daniel was told he would sleep and wake up to receive his “lot”, or reward for a lifetime of faithful service. He died long before Jesus, so he has no hope of going to Heaven. He served God for more that eighty years. Daniel 12:13 ““But as for you, go on to the end. You will rest, but you will stand up for your lot at the end of the days.” As Paul was defending himself in court he said at Acts 24:15 states: “And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous”. Because the unrighteous do not go to Heaven, Paul’s words must apply to a fleshly resurrection after Armageddon. Since there is not such a creature in any human today, there are changes we need to make in other beliefs. This also means there is no torturous burning Hell, for the Bible states the Dead really are dead! There is no spirit creature that escapes death and there is no tortuous place where God extracts payment for a person’s sins against His principles. The Bible helps us to understand that after #Armageddon the resurrection to flesh will occur for millions who will face the questions “does God have the right to set standards of right and wrong?” “Will you accept His standards?” It may take some time to educate them about God, Christ and the Ransom and forgiveness of sin for them to show by their actions they will conform to God’s standards or not, especially the #unborn, the #Aborted#stillborn and young #children will have to become old enough to understand thoroughly what the ramifications are. The fact that the dead are acquitted of their sins.
Romans 6:7 “For the one who has died has been acquitted from his sin“. This statement and John 5:28,29 help us to understand that it is the actions after their resurrection is what they will be judged by “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” So, the only ones not returning to the dust are those last ones resurrected to Heaven at Armageddon’s beginning, they will be changed from one body to another in the “twinkling of an eye.”
After Armageddon those who survived and the resurrected will be blessed with flesh that will never grow old or look its age, get sick or die. Their bodies will function perfectly as they were designed. Even the animals will experience the Peace that envelops Paradise as foretold in the following:
Isaiah 11:6″The wolf will reside for a while with the lamb, And with the young goat the leopard will lie down, And the calf and the lion and the fattened animal will all be together; And a little boy will lead them.7 The cow and the bear will feed together, And their young will lie down together. The lion will eat straw like the bull.8 The nursing child will play over the lair of a cobra, And a weaned child will put his hand over the den of a poisonous snake.9 They will not cause any harm Or any ruin in all my holy mountain, Because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah As the waters cover the sea”
Isaiah 65:21″They will build houses and live in them, And they will plant vineyards and eat their fruitage.22 They will not build for someone else to inhabit, Nor will they plant for others to eat. For the days of my people will be like the days of a tree, And the work of their hands my chosen ones will enjoy to the full.23 They will not toil for nothing, Nor will they bear children for distress, Because they are the offspring made up of those blessed by Jehovah, And their descendants with them.24 Even before they call out, I will answer; While they are yet speaking, I will hear.25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, The lion will eat straw just like the bull, And the serpent’s food will be dust. They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,” says Jehovah”.
Youthful vigor will be restored. Isaiah 40:29-31″He gives power to the tired one And full might to those lacking strength.30 Boys will tire out and grow weary, And young men will stumble and fall,31 But those hoping in Jehovah will regain power. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary; They will walk and not tire out”
No more viruses Isaiah 33:24″And no resident will say: “I am sick.”The people dwelling in the land will be pardoned for their error.”
None will die from Adamic Sin. Isaiah 25:8″ He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces. The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, For Jehovah himself has spoken it.” Revelation 21:3-5 “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them.4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new” #Restoration_of_EDENIC_CONDITIONS
Acts 3:21 “Heaven must hold this one within itself until the times of restoration of all things of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets of old”
Matthew 19:28″Jesus said to them: “Truly I say to you, in the re-creation, when the Son of man sits down on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.”
Revelation 14:1 “Then I saw, and look! the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who have his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads” Revelation 7:4 “And I heard the number of those who were sealed, 144,000, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of (spiritual) Israel”
Revelation 7:9-14 “After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands.10 And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.”11 All the angels were standing around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God,12 saying: “Amen! Let the praise and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”13 In response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?”14 So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Daniel 12:1 “During that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of your people. And there will occur a time of distress such as has not occurred since there came to be a nation until that time. “”And during that time your people will escape, everyone who is found written down in the book.””