The Stone Cold Bible Truth about #death and #resurrection is taken from the authoritative, inspired word of God without any philosophy of men. Fulfillment of prophecy gives evidence that God’s Word is Truth! What is the condition of the dead? What is the FIRST resurrection? What is the SECOND Resurrection? When will the resurrection occur?
Why does the Bible say there will be a resurrection from the dead if your soul lives on?
Of all those who have died : Of those who died before Jesus, 100% are still dead in the grave awaiting the second resurrection. Of those who died After Jesus, 99.99% are still dead in their grave awaiting a resurrection. (grave/Hell/Hades/Sheol meaning a place of total inactivity where a dead person was buried or cremated or buried at sea) Can you believe these facts? The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians in his second letter chapter 13:1 “This is the third time I am coming to you. “On the testimony of two or three #witnesses every matter must be established.” God used other men and writers to bear witness to the truthfulness of these statements. Why do the Churches say that a person goes to Heaven or Hell at death? It may be that if everyone knew that the masses of people who die must wait for Jesus to remove all current day opposers before a resurrection takes place, attendance at Church would dwindle to nothing because the clergy will have no influence then, in fact they will all be destroyed as false teachers! As weeds sown by the devil to counterfeit the One True Religion. There are some dead who will not be given the gift of resurrection because of previously being judged worthy of death.
One Witness :The prophet Daniel testifies to the timing in Daniel 12 “During that time Michael / Jesus will stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of your people. And there will occur a time of distress (Armageddon) 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.”
After a Great Tribulation on Earth, some of the living will survive the Great Day of God Almighty (Armageddon). Sometime afterwards people will begin to be resurrected back to human life. This seen in the next verse:
Daniel12:2 states: “And many of those asleep in the dust of the earth will wake up, some to everlasting life and others to reproach and to everlasting contempt.” As the angel told Daniel here that Michael/Jesus will “stand up” or assert his kingly authority over the Earth. Then after that a resurrection will take place. What will determine whether one keeps living or just dies again for all eternity? It will be their reaction to what they are taught after their resurrection. This is what the Apostle John bears witness to at John 5:28,29. At Daniel 12:13 the aged prophet Daniel was told: “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.” Daniel would die, but stand up again, not in Heaven, but he would stand up on Earth and be given a lot, an allotment of land, such as the Israelites received when the entered the Promised Land. This resurrection as flesh and blood on Earth is the 2nd resurrection. John 11:24, See Acts 17:31
Another Witness the Apostle Paul states at Acts 24:15 “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.” This is not a Heavenly resurrection because the unrighteous are being resurrected along with the righteous.
Jesus with many angels collect the weeds first:
Another Witness, Jesus: When Jesus stands up, he and many angels will descend on the Earth and destroy everyone not in agreement with Jesus removing every government and ruling as King. This is described at Matthew 13:36-43 “Then after dismissing the crowds, he went into the house. His disciples came to him and said: “Explain to us the illustration of the weeds in the field.”37 In response he said: “The sower of the fine seed is the Son of man;38 the field is the world. As for the fine seed, these are the sons of the Kingdom, but the weeds are the sons of the wicked one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is a conclusion of a system of things, and the reapers are angels.40 Therefore, just as the weeds are collected and burned with fire, so it will be in the conclusion of the system of things.41 The Son of man will send his angels, and they will collect out from his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling and people who practice lawlessness,42 and they will pitch them into the fiery furnace. There is where their weeping and the gnashing of their teeth will be. 43 At that time the righteous ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Let the one who has ears listen.” All of the 144,000 will come with Jesus and the angels to collect all who cause stumbling and practice lawlessness at Armageddon. *Many criminals were burned outside Jerusalem instead of being buried.
King Solomon, under inspiration from God bore witness to the statement the dead have no thoughts or visions and every thought stops at death at Ecclesiastes 9:5,10 “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.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.”
A Psalmist bore witness that the dead have no thoughts at Psalm 146 the psalmist begins with “Praise Jah” then in verse 3 he writes “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”. Why is this comforting to us? It helps to rest assured our dear loved ones are not suffering anymore. Too, we have nothing to fear from the dead, they cannot even think about harming anyone anymore. This also means there are not any ghost coming from dead humans, this too is a misconception of human death, the Churches have borne witness to this falsehood by asserting that humans have a soul that escapes death and goes to heaven or hell. Why would there be a resurrection after Armageddon if everyone has a soul that survives death?
The Next Witness the prophet Ezekiel quoted God as saying”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”. This helps us to understand the soul is the person who died, the soul is the personage being referred to. The Bible states that Adam became a “living soul”, the entire personage, not a separate spirit that escapes death and goes to Heaven.
The Bible states that the first man disobeyed God by eating from the tree in the center of the Garden of Eden, God warned Adam the punishment for disobedience would be death, nothing else. Death is the opposite of life, the ultimate punishment was/is death. There is no mention anywhere in the Bible that Adam’s soul was being tortured by God through eternity, no, death is the end of life. The Bible also states that we are all born into that death, as the offspring of Adam, a prison that no man can escape by themselves. See Romans 5:12. Even Jesus needed God to resurrect him from the prison of death (he did not have a soul flying around, he had to be resurrected to life as a spirit by God) after he gave his sinless human life in exchange for Adams, that we might be pardoned and gain a release from the eventuality of death. That the sinless human Jesus could not escape deaths grip by himself is stated at Isaiah 26:14 “They are dead; they will not live. Impotent in death, they will not rise up”
The Second Resurrection is Unlimited in number. Resurrection to Life On Earth is promised by God to billions of the dead. Those who die are dead, there is no conscious spirit life that leaves the body at death. That is a teaching of apostate Christian churches who came to dominate the Christian religion in the first century down to today. They make a show of caring for their patrons while reaping the monetary benefits and glory that come with it. They have changed the message that Jesus preached, that is that the Kingdom of God is what every should look to bring the needed relief from pain, sickness, injustice, persecution, iniquity and death, to one that God’s Love will save everyone who make public declaration of repentance. The dead are dead in all respects, only the memory of them in God’s mind gives hope for another breath of life.
The Exception: Jesus and 144,000
The Bible does speak of resurrection to Heaven. The First Resurrection. The number of humans being raised to Heaven with Jesus is limited to 144,000. See Revelation 14:1 Most of these served God many years preaching the Good News of God’s Kingdom door after door, street after street, town after town just as Jesus and the Apostles did in the first century C.E. Just like Jesus, God will create a spirit body for each one of them, then infuse the essence of who they were, their memories and personality into it. Jesus stated these would be Kings and Priests with him in the Kingdom of God. See 1 Peter 2:9 Revelation 5:10 These will rule over the survivors and those resurrected to life for a thousand years after Armageddon. They will teach all these how to gain a better relationship with God and how to live better and longer. Many of them may never die again as brought out at 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.” Also, he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
The soul does not live on, rather the dead are dead, until God takes action in either the First or Second Resurrection.
Where are the 144,000 resurrected to? Serve as Kings and Priests in #Heaven. The 1st resurrection. Re.1:6
When are the 144,000 resurrected? Before the Great Day of #Armageddon
Where will everyone else be resurrected to? The Vast Majority of humans, beginning with Abel down to today, will be resurrected in flesh on Earth , this is the 2nd resurrection.
When will the 2nd resurrection group be resurrected? After Armageddon
How long may individuals live after armageddon? They may gain Everlasting Life, Death will be no more. See Isaiah 25:8,9 , Genesis 5:5-32
What quality of life will they have? Sinless, painless, peaceful, joyous life in increasingly paradisiac surroundings Re.21:3-5
The Stone Cold Bible Truth:
All #Bible verses taken from the Free Online Bible New World Translation