The Believer’s Intermediate State

The Believer’s Intermediate State

          In this chapter we will look at the believer’s intermediate state between death and resurrection. Let’s consider the two views: 1. The traditional view is that the disembodied souls of believers go straight to heaven when they die, awaiting their bodily resurrection. 2. Another view is that, like Old Testament saints, the souls of spiritually regenerated believers go to Sheol at the point of physical decease to “sleep” in death until their resurrection. The latter position is embraced to by many who adhere to literal destructionism, which they support by citing 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 and John 5:28-29. If we genuinely want to know the truth on any given biblical topic it’s important to be honest with the Scriptures regardless of...

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Resurrections: Firstfruits, Harvest & Gleanings

Resurrections: Firstfruits, Harvest & Gleanings

          To tie everything up and see the bigger picture, we’ll focus on the resurrection of the dead in this chapter. Whether believers know it or not, the resurrection of the dead is one of the six basic doctrines of Christianity, as shown in Hebrews 6:1-2. Unfortunately, it’s rarely taught and so the body of Christ is largely ignorant on the topic. This chapter will help rectify the problem. As noted in the previous chapter, the Bible speaks of two types of resurrections…   The Resurrections of the Righteous and the Unrighteous   Jesus and Paul plainly declared two basic resurrections:              “for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice (29) and come out—those who have done what is good...

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Epilogue: The Nature of Eternal Life

Epilogue: The Nature of Eternal Life

              I think it’s only fitting that this two-part study on human damnation — Hell Know and Sheol Know — should close on a positive note by looking at what the Bible says about eternal life in the new heavens and new earth, traditionally referred to as “heaven.” Allow me to breach the topic in an unconventional way by referencing something most of us are familiar with, even if it’s just a little bit.  One invigorating aspect of science fiction shows, films and books is the exciting notion that humankind will one day be able to explore the vast expanses of the universe. I don’t know about you, but when I look up into the night sky and see the vast starry panorama I am filled with awe and...

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