The Biblical Truth on Life after Death for the Righteous
by Bob De La Torre
These texts have a deeper reference and meaning than what was defined in the 'What Does God Say About Breath' article. These verses specifically teach a NEW doctrine that is as foreign to man as who God is and who He is NOT, These texts tell us that at the First Resurrection, life, will be as NEW as if we had never been alive before. We will have NO memory or recollection of our previous life whatsoever. This does, of course, include our loved ones that have since died. Otherwise, how could the Saved be happy residents if they were able to think of their loved ones and friends who were not saved? That also would be the only way that the Saved could be able to adequately confirm God's final decisions on the lost...by reviewing their deeds and thoughts and not by who they were related to! The Saved will be indeed a new creation from the hand of God Himself. This may be the best time to point out that there will be no First Resurrection as far as the end of time is concerned. This teaching is a fabrication, a myth. The First Resurrection occurred at Christ's resurrection when He and many deceased righteous individuals were awakened by their Heavenly Father and were presented as the Wave Sheaf Offering before His throne.
Yet, the Bible distinguishes the Elect as a special group. They will be the only representatives of a sin-filled world and the fact that Christ ransomed all those saved in heaven, by His very own blood. They will in effect be the only True witnesses of what really happened on Earth. They saw it from it's worst to it's BEST, they also saw Him come in His full power and glory upon the clouds.
At the same time, it is very conceivable and understandable that the Righteous will meet and thankfully embrace each other as they are made aware of each other and learn by whom and by what means that individual was able to make the Godly choices to assure their presence in Heaven.
Doesn't this basically say that family members will not be reunited or that babies and children will not be presented by an angel into their parent's arms? Or, should I remind you of where these teachings came from? How well does this new understanding play into what Deuteronomy 18:22 clearly states?
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
The reason why the Just or Righteous will not have any memory of their past Earthly lives, is because they will also judge the wicked. Or, rather they will confirm God's just judgment of their deeds and that it did indeed merit the ultimate punishment, the Death Sentence. What better appeals system can God have than newly re-created human beings with no recollection of their past lives, nor any biases or memories of their friends and families, or those that did evil to them? The very fact that the Just are saved and that those being judged are Lost will convey the commonly held expression: "There but for the grace of God, go I," from the lips of the Jury. It is as far distant from God's character to control a Jury as the east is from the west. Is it possible to even consider that God, in the very end, would change His character in order to violate the very core of His eternal plan and take away an individual's freedom of choice? The heavenly Jury, spoken of in 1 Corinthians 6:2,3 (see below) will be the Appeals system that the wicked will have and it will be a Jury of their peers, as they too were tempted and sinned, yet they sought forgiveness and mercy under God's plan of approaching Him through and only through His One and only Son, who plainly said to all who would listen that He, too, had a Father, the everlasting God and that in no way was He to be considered as God (John 20:17; Revelation 3:12). What good would it achieve to have a memory of their past lives once everything that ever existed in their past is eliminated by brimstone?
Let us review what we know about the few occasions when an individual was raised from the dead during the Old as well as the New Testament. We can all remember the stories of Elijah and the Widow who fed him during the famine and then losing her son and Elijah raising him back to life; then the time that Jairus' daughter was gravely ill and he begged Jesus to heal her then being told by a servant that she had died, then Jesus along with close disciples at His side going to the home and bringing her back to life. Yet on this occasion, Jesus tells all to say nothing about this. There is also the story of Christ raising the young man as his funeral procession passed by him; and finally His friend Lazarus dies and He takes His time coming to see Lazarus' sisters.
The context in all these examples is of a corruptible resurrection as opposed to an incorruptible resurrection. All these people died again. In their first deaths being a corruptible death, they remembered their families and their surroundings. While I am certain that being restored to life made their bodies new again, it did not equal a new creation where there is no sin present ... as the Righteous are promised at the First Resurrection. I believe that this belief is also a concept to be considered in the truth about soul sleep or immortality of the soul. Only an individual that had never died could claim to have immortality of the soul; Which even Christ could not claim; Which also defines the inherent difference between the Father and His Son, for those that think that Christ is also God; In other words, if the body and mind is completely remade and made with no presence of sin, what is there to hold onto regarding soul sleep? Does not the individual's soul die as well with the old body?
These revelations also do away with the common belief that the saved will have to live sinless lives AFTER and DURING the Probation period! That is a belief that is firmly grounded by those that believe and teach that Salvation comes by our 'works'. It is our faith in Jesus that assures our salvation during the probationary period of time that He is absent from the Most Holy Place within the Sanctuary. It is the very act of throwing down the censor, as described in Daniel 12:1, that guarantees those that will be saved, that they are sealed in His saving Grace and that the heavenly judgment, of the Just, is over. WOW! Wait a minute! Did I actually say PROBATION? Funny thing is that NO WHERE, in the Bible, Did I ever find a word or phrase indicating that a Probationary period takes place at anytime before the Second Coming of Jesus! Yes, I too had a difficult time absorbing that realization, and trust me, it made me more diligent in making sure that what I was understanding was correct! Talk about indoctrination, my oh my! I understood that I had whether willingly or otherwise, I had indeed drunk of the Kool-Aid offered me! This says so much about putting ANY book or set of books ahead of the Scriptures. People will not comprehend this until they submit themselves to the Higher Power and are willing to remove their filthy garment and lay it at the door step of Truth.
Another point to consider is that the Saved are not in heaven by any merit of their own, as is borne out by the common beliefs of many church's ministers and missionaries. I would dare say that Christ looked more kindly on the work of Mother Theresa, who went without many of life's basics so that the less fortunate who lived in squalid conditions could have a better life. Many, many missionaries who strove to serve in the mission fields and were adequately compensated by their churches; this is nothing more than a temporary lifestyle change as compared with those that literally had no measurable life. Judgment does not occur after a certain period of time, it happens at the moment that a sin is committed and forgiveness is sought after and provided by God, BUT, the RECORD is kept in YOUR OWN MIND, not in God's! A God of LOVE does NOT need to keep a record in any book - It is in YOUR OWN mind that ALL records are kept - and when the time comes, you WILL remember your Sins, as He Comes with Heavenly Clouds around Him.
What does Scripture say in Hebrews 9:27 that man is given only ONE life on this earth?
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Most of the people that I have known that have died, believed, beforehand, that they would come back to life again in the Second Resurrection and that they would once again see their loved ones. How is that belief any different than the beliefs in modern Christianity? Perhaps they believe it a bit differently, some that after being purified in purgatory, they will be in heaven, or, that after death they go straight to heaven to be by God's side, but regardless of which version you may believe, Adventism's beliefs are just as corrupt as the rest of Christianity. I was recently at my Aunt's funeral and heard the pastor repeatedly say that she was now with God! Most SDAs will counter that what he meant is that because she made the decision to accept Christ into her life that she is dead, but assured to be with God at the end of time. Excuse me, but NO ONE other than God know who will be saved and who will not, even if the person has accepted Christ into their life! In other words, even with the security that Christ made to all that follow Him, no one is assured of life eternal until Heaven and only Heaven has approved. This is because God does NOT have a religion, He only has a PEOPLE! Which are chosen from all ranks and nations. Many, many Christians cannot understand this and thus put more confidence in their Church than they do in Christ and His Father. What if this is not the case? I ask this for two reasons: The primary reason being that they were duly deceived by Satan in every possible way, especially those that died as Adventists; secondly, they also believed that if they lived good lives with a good, Christ-like character, that they had fulfilled their duty. Is that not a Salvation by Works mentality? Did they strive to overcome their deceptions once they became Adventists? Or, would they have had a better chance in remaining an RC or even an agnostic? Or is the belief that the Sabbath alone will always be the Seal of God, still a stumbling block in your mind? Consider the single word, LOVE, for God and fellow-man as the One and Only Seal of God that is worthy of our attention and devotion! Is it not embedded into all Ten of His Laws?
A major conceptual error that I have just discovered, is about what I thought was the special resurrection of the wicked to see Christ come in the clouds. That again is a very sectarian belief! What was Christ's last request of His Father before breathing His last? Luke 23:34:
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
There is quite a story in the thief's merciful cry for forgiveness and all the angles will be covered in an upcoming article. But, please allow me to just say that the reason why Rev. 1:7 carries quite a punch is because it is Christ's dying request of His Father that portrays what John is writing about in Revelation 1:7:
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindred's of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Many Christians have determined that this verse clearly states that those that pierced Him will not be among those saved at Christ’s Second Coming. But I beg to differ. As humans, what is our tendency towards our own children, even after they have committed a wrongful act? Would not our Creator and the heavenly Father of Jesus Christ do even more for His sinless Son, who vindicated His Father's honor by His very own selfless death? Did these Roman soldiers know who they were crucifying? What did the centurion proclaim out loud for all to hear? Now, did the Jews know Who they were crucifying?
It was the House of Israel which boars the brunt of guilt for Christ's cruel death, not the Romans. Recall that the same Jewish people, only a few days before, had shouted “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” (John 12:13). Had they not just condemned Him to death by their cries of “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”?
Had not the thief accepted Christ then and there? Was he not assured of salvation at that moment? So then, why is it so hard to understand that he was at that moment in paradise? Wasn't’t he being crucified next to his Lord and now his Savior assuring him that he would see Him again? Was not Christ's promise and ensuing forgiveness to this thief any different than asking His Father to forgive those that were nailing Him to this cross? The story that He gave about the Prodigal Son is worth remembering. What would be the very next moment that he would realize after his death? At that moment the thief was granted access to the Tree of Life, but then he died, and his sanctification was accomplished to await the redeemed thief's glorification at the Second Coming and his access to the Tree of Life would become a reality. Would it not be the same as His Lord's, who was also dying next to him? What important doctrine did Christ give us in Matthew 5:18?
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
What was Christ's last request of His Father before breathing His last? Luke 23:34
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Now, compare it with Revelation 20:6:
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Do we ever consider if being deceived is considered a sin by God, punishable by eternal death? Is that not the same as choosing between God and Satan and attempting to choose what is Truth and what is error? Why is the First Commandment, the First Commandment? ... If not, consider Christ's many warnings regarding false prophets; such as Matthew 24:24.
For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very Elect.
I also know that the Church that had my membership for so many years, believed that they WERE the VERY CHOSEN or ELECT! Talk about being deceived! Why not also predict the Day and Hour of His Coming?
Now, try this interesting exercise: Goggle these words "Close of Probation" and look at the related links to see where they originate. To say that this is an established Christian doctrine may be hard, but to admit that this is a specific church's doctrine that has not been discovered by others would be closer to the truth! Hopefully, this will awaken the reality that God's Truth is not given to any ONE group of people, but that God loves and has opened salvation to all of mankind equally is God's Truth.
As an ex-Adventist, and I am not ashamed to admit this, because of the similarities that it has with all Christian religions (preferring instead to be known as a Follower of Christ), I can honestly state that a general belief exists that they, alone, have that quality of faith that they are the 'latter rain' group that will see Jesus again and that He is their Redeemer and Best Friend, that at death they will have nothing to fear. They never mention about what Christ says about not being deceived and how important it is to not be under deception at all costs. Of all the denominations in this world the Adventist were the best prepared to understand that God had no favorite religion, that there was only One Faith; that they, the Adventists, were within grasp of Him and yet they rejected Him and His Truths and relied on only one of His Commandments as their assurance for eternal life. They, like the rest of the world, had put their confidence in someone else. They preferred to believe a lie and be deceived!
But, what can be said to anyone that is deceived and does not recognize that he is deceived and in most cases strongly resist even the consideration of this possibility? Change is very difficult, regardless what your name or title may be! Friends, salvation is not dependent on what your religion is, nor on which day you worship God. It has everything to do with whether you are deceived or not and keeping His Commandments for His sake rather than your own, because if you are NOT deceived, everything else will fit into it's appropriate place and God will continue to erase your sins as you ask Him to do so. TRUTH and not a false faith will formulate this foundational basis for us all. Will Christ be correct when He says to them: "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity"? There will be a large host in heaven that never kept the Sabbath, yet what separates them from those that did keep the Sabbath and are lost, is that they did not reject God or the Truths that He allowed them to know about.
So much for the belief of being PERFECT during probation! Because of my past beliefs, I can put this under my list of "Ellenisms"! Another thought just came to me and as I checked into it, I can now add this phrase "stars in my crown" to this list, as well! If we haven't yet learned this, we should start today: If anyone were to deserve stars or jewels in their crowns, it would have to be Jesus Christ, because it is only through His Holy Spirit's influence that anyone can be saved. Have you ever pondered the question of why if we are supposed to be given jewels for our crowns, why jewels are not to be worn on Earth? Doesn't it really come down to where your beliefs came from and if they are biblical? But then, this is an assumption which is not confirmed by the Bible.
The Bible does speak of crowns, but it does not mention anything about the jewels or 'stars' adorning the crowns. I invite you to read a short blog that a friend of mine posted on an atheist site, which I literally had to beg him to allow me to post on this site as well: Let the Dead Bury Their Dead. Don't be so shocked! Christ does say that He would rather that ye be hot or cold rather than lukewarm!
The texts below should help to make clear what the Bible really says about this issue and hopefully it will help lay to rest WHO/who, we should be putting our Trust and Confidences in. (All texts in the KJV)
Ecclesiastes 9:5,6 —
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.
6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.
These verses by Solomon are confusing to many, not on it's face, because it plainly speaks about the state of the dead and that they will have no recollection whatsoever in death. But a closer look along with a little deeper research will reveal that these verses are on with Isaiah 65:17 and all of Christ's words regarding the New Life in heaven. Only one small group in heaven will have any recollection of the past or prior life in the old Earth. The Bible tells us that these individuals will wear a white robe with a scarlet border and that they will spend their time in the presence of Christ. In comparison with the 'Great Multitude' from the entire history of the world, that Revelation 7:9 speaks of; the Elect are a relatively small number.
Once an individual spends some time in studying the Bible and the Bible alone, it becomes a reality that in the New Creation that will encompass this entire Earth, there will be no memory of the old Earth or of sin, which stained the old Earth with the blood of God's only Begotten Son.
Matthew 8:22 —
But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
Isaiah 65:17 —
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
Matthew 12:47-50 —
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Mark 2:33-35 –
33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
Was Christ predicting in advance the state of mind that His earthly mother, Mary and brothers, would be in upon her seeing Him again? Would she / they recognize Him as their Savior or as His mother or brothers, first? If we are to believe what the Scriptures say, I seriously doubt that even His earthly family will remember Him.
But, this reality goes even further, which makes one wonder from what Scriptures the pastors are reading when they are asked to conduct a funeral.
1 Corinthians 6:2,3 –
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
Marriage is mentioned here because in Christ's day the question of death was answered by Him in reference of there not being any marriages in heaven. This article is about the errors being taught about the state of the dead. The texts below specifically refer to the one institution that was established at the beginning of time, marriage. Which may suggest that marriage was designed for the purpose of populating an empty world and not designed for eternal life. And as the marriage vow reminds us the vow is only good until one of the spouses dies, which makes even more sense when Christ was asked this question:
Matthew 22:24-32 –
24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:
26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
27 And last of all the woman died also.
28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,
32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
Matthew 22:30 – (already highlighted above)
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
Mark 12:25 –
For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
Luke 20:34-38 –
34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
37 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.
It is evident to this writer that most Bible believers are really wannabe believers, who find it easier to believe in leaving their personal salvation in their preacher's hands. Yet, it is obvious that the more that one opens the Bible, the more wisdom is conferred on the individual. Wisdom is a relative commodity, meaning that you get out of it what you put into it!
For myself, lately, the study of the Scriptures has been like putting together a large jigsaw puzzle. First, I tried to build the frame, then as I see pictures forming or foundations, I begin to build a puzzle within a puzzle. Eventually, I am able to incorporate the smaller puzzles into the larger puzzle. Often, I wonder if I am missing some pieces, though at the start I may feel like I have more pieces than I need! Studying the Bible in this manner has allowed me to discover things in it that I never knew existed in it before, like most of the findings that I have presented in this study. This is in a stark difference to the way I was trained to study the Bible before, using some unauthorized books that were considered by many to have been inspired, rather than the reverse, checking these books by the Bible itself. The way in which I was trained forced me to take many of the puzzle pieces and skip some corners to make the piece fit the puzzle, which in turn causes the puzzle to look jagged because of the occasional gaps in the picture.
Do we and our children have to continue being deceived by the ignorance of churches that dares to deny God's Holy Word? Countless millions, not to count their children in church schools, have been instructed to move a comma or to believe that Christ was crucified on a Friday and resurrected on a Sunday morning, when even the prophet Daniel clearly states that 'He confirmed the covenant for a week' and when in that week did His 'sacrifice and oblation cease'? While the 'week' can be debated whether it is a prophetic time period, the 'midst' of a week does not come anywhere near a Friday timeline and it fortifies Christ's 'three days and three nights' statement as well supporting the two Sabbaths concept for that week.
Do we have confidence in God that He was directing all the men that have translated the Bible from the original text? Are there errors in the Bible? If you believe in Sola Scriptura, either God is right ALL of the time or He is NOT any of the time! But, that is a far cry from taking the writings of an individual and gauging if the writing is inspired by the author's assertions that angels were by her side directing her when at the same time what she writes does not correlate with the Scriptures!
(Please see: https://a4t.org/Sermons/Misc/Anderson-EGW_Bible_Omissions.html
The Apostle John then wraps up the Bible by his warning in Revelation 22:18,19:
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
I could well continue with 1 John 5:7, but in a day when the trinity concept has taken a center-fold position in our churches, it would be like defining what the word ‘IS, is.
The psalmist said it best when he wrote these words:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (Psalm 111:10)
This is probably the reason why I continue to prod 'believers' about their knowledge of their Lord and His Father, do they really, truly know when and what took place during the week that He gave up His life for our sakes? Or is it rather a well rehearsed tale that covers the basic essentials of His death but lacks the most important ingredients, the specific details and the Truth as is portrayed in His very Word. Remember that His greatest concern was that said they believed in Him would be deceived. If you look up deceived in Webster's 1828 dictionary, one of the 43 definitions given is the word: deludable, which is not a word found in a modern dictionary! I am certain that as Christ look down through history, this one word kept Him up at night.
In whom believeth thou?
Check out also the real story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection and please confirm what is written by what your Bible states.
Also see What Does God’s Word say about Life & the Breath of Life?
You might be interested in a debate of sorts between an ex-SDA (not myself) and a so-called Christian on an atheist's site, in which both are trying to show the world the truth on the subject of death in this instance:
http://isgodimaginary.com/forum/index.php/topic,41173.msg235300.html#new Look for comments by 'Waldo'.
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