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#60 Grave Matters                                                                                      June 1, 2007

Religious Christians, and the rest of the world’s religions all believe that when you die you immediately move on to “heaven” or some other sphere of existence. Any rational person could only conclude that these different groups must have one common source reference of information for this religious belief since it is common to all.  For religious Christians that  source reference of information  cannot be the Bible because God’s Word clearly explains that when a person is dead, they are in fact dead.  The information fostering that belief must come from another source.
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 reason the dead can’t know anything is because they are in fact, dead. Religious Christians cannot claim, from the information in God’s Word, that when someone dies they have “gone on to  their reward” because God’s Word explains that in death there is no reward.  If they make that claim, their information comes from another source other than the Truth of God’s Word.

With one notable exception, ever since Adam, when someone dies they are dead and they will stay dead until the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ when God’s true children will be Gathered Together, those that are alive and remain and those that have fallen asleep, and then in subsequent events, the rest of the dead shall be resurrected in the Resurrections of the Just and the Unjust.  Throughout God’s Word there are numerous records of people who died and were raised from the dead to live again.  But then they died again and were dead again.  The only one, the only man, who died and was resurrected to die no more was the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:22: Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
24  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
Death could not hold him and death could not reclaim him.

Acts 2:32: This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
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,
Note carefully that  verses 33 and 34 clearly state that Jesus Christ
is by the right hand of God in what the Bible calls “heaven” and that the prophet and the king, David, is not.  Where therefore is the great King David?
Acts 2:29:  Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
If David, the man after God’s own heart, didn’t qualify to go to heaven when he died,  no one else certainly could.
Romans 8:34:  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the only man with God in Heaven. 

God’s Word has a very different view of death than that which is held by religious Christians and the religions of the world.
1 Corinthians 15:26: The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
God’s Word says death is an enemy. Whoever wields that power would logically then be the enemy of anyone subject to death, namely, all humankind.
Hebrews 2:14:  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he [the Lord Jesus Christ] also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
God’s Word says the devil has the power of death.  God’s Word calls satan,  who is the devil: “the enemy”.  He wields the power of death over humankind and he has beguiled the whole world into thinking that death is a stepping stone or a door to some other kind of life.  Religious Christians and all the rest of the world’s religions have the same source of information for their commonly held belief as Eve did in the Garden of Eden. She was told by the “serpent”, “Ye shall not surely die.” It was a lie then and it’s a lie now.  When you are dead you are dead. 

God’s sons and daughters are the only humans on the face of the earth today that have any true hope whatsoever regarding life now and death.
I Thessalonians 4:13:  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15  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.
16  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:
17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

I Corinthians:15:54: 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.
55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s sons and daughters are the only humans on the face of the earth now that can live their lives with true hope and should the lord tarry, that can have true hope regarding “grave matters.”  We’re not looking or waiting for grave doors or stepping stones.  We’re waiting and hoping for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.     

Learning remains an exciting adventure.

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