WHAT IS THE STATE OF THE DEAD?

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 5:28 KJV “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,”

We would look at the case of Lazarus and the rich man to have an insight into the state of those who die. Please read through Luke 16:19-31. In that story or parable, the Lord made mention of certain specific names, like Lazarus, Abraham, Moses and the prophets. The Lord Jesus never makes fables of individuals, more so the Patriarchs. This is an event that took place and should not be interpretated as just an illustration of an idea.

The Lord said the poor man Lazarus died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. The rich man died and was buried, but he went to hell. It was not His body that went to hell but his Spirit. Anyone who dies without knowing Jesus as his Lord goes to hell, to await for the final resurrection of the dead and subsequent judgement for hell and the devil to be cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:12.

In 2 Kings 2: 11, the prophet Elijah was taken bodily to heaven (to be in heaven his body would transform into a celestial one 1st Corinthians 15:40). In Deuteronomy 34:5 Moses also died on the land of Moab. Moses was buried on the Land of Moab. In the days of our Lord Jesus Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus and His three disciples, Peter, James and John. Matthew 17:3 KJV” And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.” Please consider this, Elijah went in body to heaven. Moses died and his Spirit was sent to heaven. In Matthew these two prophets of God came to Jesus. It shows, when Moses died, he went to the same place as Elijah. He did not sleep in the grave.

Why would the dead hear the voice of Jesus and resurrect?

Please understand that all these millions of people dead are all in the form of bones, which may even be rotten, or just ashes. On that resurrection day there would be a recreating and a repossessing of the bodies either from heaven, or hell to be finally judged. They will either go into life or destruction in the lake of fire. The resurrection is a great miracle. Presently there is no spirit of anyone in the grave. When the bible uses the word sleep, it is a figure of speech that means to be dead.

John 11:11″These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep”.

THOUGHT: THE DEAD, EITHER GO TO HEAVEN OR HELL; WHERE DO YOU CHOOSE?

FURTHER STUDIES

John 11:11 KJV” These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.”

Isaiah 5:14 KJV” Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.”

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