State of the Dead

Q. Where Do We Go When We Die?

A. Jesus compares death to sleep.  The Bible compares death to sleep over 50 times.
John 11:11-14   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.  Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.  Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.  Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

Those asleep in Jesus rise at His Second Coming.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-16  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

There are two resurrections (life and death).
John 5:28-29   Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

God created man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.  God did not put a soul into man.
Genesis 2:7   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.

The body returns to the dust and the Spirit returns to God.  The Bibles does not say the soul returns to God, but the Spirit.
Ecclesiastes 12:7   Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

The Spirit is the same as God’s breath of life or His power.
Job 27:3   All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;

When the breath or Spirit returns to God, the thoughts perish.
Psalms 146:3-4   Put not your trust in princes, [nor] in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Human beings do not have immortality, only God does.
1Timothy 6:16   Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

We seek for immortality.  The Bible uses the word soul 1600 times, but never once uses immortal soul.
Romans 2:7   To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

We receive immortality when Jesus comes again.
1 Corinthians 15:51-54   Behold, I show 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.

The dead do not praise God.
Psalms 15:17   The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

David did not ascend to heaven at death, but awaited the coming of Jesus and the resurrection.
Acts 2:34  For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

In the grave there is no remembrance of God.
Psalms 6:5   For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

The dead do not know anything.
Ecclesiastes 9:5   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.

The righteous will be resurrected to see God at the Last day.
Job 19:25-26  For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

The soul (person) who sins will die
Ezekiel 18:4  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.

The wages of sin is death.  Death is the absence of life.  The gift of God is eternal life.  Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Apostle Paul awaited the coming of the Lord for his final reward.
2 Timothy 4:7-8   have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing

When Jesus comes, His reward of eternal life will be with Him.
Revelation 22:12  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.


[dropcap2]Q[/dropcap2]What About the Resurrection of Moses?

[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]No where in the Bible do you find that Mary of the mother of Jesus appeared to anyone after her death.  In fact, we know that from the words of Jesus found in Luke 11:27-28, we are not to elevate Mary as some tend to do in their worship.  Luke 11:27-28 says:  And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.    But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

On the other hand, the Bible speaks of Moses and Elijah (Elias) appearing on the Mount of Transfiguration in Matthew the seventeenth chapter and verse three.  2 Kings 2:11-12 bears witness to the account that Elijah was translated and taken to Heaven not having seen death.  Here is the account of that even as recorded in 2 Kings 2:11:  And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.  Jude 1:9  gives an account of Christ contending with Satan over the body of Moses.  Here is what Jude says:   Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Apart from Jude’s account, the only scriptural reference to the burial of Moses is Deuteronomy 34:5, 6 where it is recorded that the Lord buried His faithful servant and that his grave was not known to men.  Jude now reveals that the dead body was the subject of dispute between Christ and Satan.  From the fact that Moses appeared with Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration it may be concluded that the Lord triumphed in the contest with the devil and raised Moses from his grave, making him the first known subject of Christ resurrecting power.

Moses upon the mount of transfiguration was a witness to Christ’s victory over sin and death. He represented those who shall come forth from the grave at the resurrection of the just. Elijah, who had been translated to heaven without seeing death, represented those who will be living upon the earth at Christ’s second coming, and who will be “changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;” when “this mortal must put on immortality,” and “this corruptible must put on incorruption.” 1 Cor. 15:51-53. Jesus was clothed with the light of heaven, as He will appear when He shall come “the second time without sin unto salvation.” For He will come “in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Heb. 9:28; Mark 8:38. The Saviour’s promise to the disciples was now fulfilled. Upon the mount the future kingdom of glory was represented in miniature,–Christ the King, Moses a representative of the risen saints, and Elijah of the translated ones.  {DA 421.4}