God's Sword of Truth - The Word
Death is not the end, but a change! The body (flesh) is temporary, but the spirit body is forever."Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." - John 8:51
Let's take a look at the word DEATH and what it means to the Christian. It’s a misunderstood word, and has no place in biblical terms.
Death is not an end of life...but the beginning of existence...the true meaning of why we were created. We pass from earthly flesh and blood to spiritual existence. - "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption" - I Cor. 15:42, which is a change of life style. We have limitations in the human state, such as a heart to pump blood for our physical life and the lungs for life breathing oxygen which feeds the blood and tissue. Our life in the human body can be hurt.....it can be damaged, cut, destroyed, etc., and it has limitations. But our spiritual life has no limitations; it can do all things as Jesus did. It can pass through walls...travel at unknown speeds (faster than light)...can live in outer space, and does not need a heart, blood or oxygen to survive.
Jesus called death...a sleep, as He told His disciples and Martha, the sister of Lazarus in John 11:5-45. Also read: John 11:25, 26. You cannot be dead and live...so therefore there are two different life forms: FLESH AND SPIRIT.
The first life form, flesh (death in the flesh) is changed to life (life in the spirit)...it happens instantly, in the twinkling of an eye. The creation of life goes from one state to the next....there is only a change...a transfiguration (Matt.17:2 & Mk.9:2) as Jesus went through at the crucifixion. We all have Body, Soul and Spirit....as Jesus did. In Matthew 27:50, when He gave up the ghost (his spirit), the change took place. He passed from human life to spiritual life. Look at Verse 52...."And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose." This was a special event allowed by the Lord and it will happen again at Rapture.
Once the spirit has left the body, there is no life in the body, it will die, decay and turn to dust of the earth where it came from.
It can be said that the body of a house, or shell that the spirit of the human lives in, until its time on earth is complete, has an appointed time to change from flesh to spirit and this is a fact...."And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" - Heb. 9:27.
The human, who lived in the body and has passed on into eternity, shall stand before the Lord in judgment (not the white throne judgment)....the location of sleep judgment...heaven or hell. This is determined by your life on earth in the flesh...what you chose as your path on earth....your life style, good or evil, free-will choice to accept Christ or Satan...it’s entirely up to each individual. One must be born again in spirit...and not live in the flesh and world.
To the Christian there is no death...only a change as we have shown. "...He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death." - Rev. 2:11. To the non-believer there are two deaths....one to the flesh on earth and the second at the White Throne Judgment when the lost souls are sent to the Lake of Fire...a spiritual death...the second death. "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." - Rev. 21:8
What does a Christian do to a body of another Christian who has left it? Very simple....bury it! Put it in the ground as quickly as possible and as cheaply as possible. No need for a worldly service or memorial. The human who left it is in God’s hands and is alive with Christ and needs no memorial service. It serves no purpose, only to keep worldly ties alive to unbelief and shows a lack of faith. Any type of funeral or service given by relatives or friends can only serve the living and not the one who passed on. It profits only the living and those who take advantage for money, if the event be so. It has no spiritual value, and it cannot help the one who passed on. That person is in God’s hands and shall be judged by the way they lived while on earth.
Rejoice if the one who left this earth knew the Lord. He or she shall be seen again in heaven. If you cry, cry for the living. If you pray, pray for the living still on this earth....they are the ones who need it.
The world knows the word DEATH...it is written that it shall come to all...it cannot be hidden. How many know the word LIFE...life in Christ, eternal life, forever life in heaven. How many live for it? The fact is........NOT MANY! But "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." - John 3:15
Life on earth is short - it is but a grain of sand or as a vapor compared to eternal life ~ forever! Keep in mind..."And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment"....Hebrews 9:27. No one can prevent it...it will come to all.
You can have the best doctor or surgeon in the world...or...the worst, and if it’s your time to die (which is appointed) then you shall change in the twinkling of an eye. Worry will not change it...hanging onto life, body exercise or health food cannot keep you alive.....nothing can.....when it is your time to die, you will stand before the Creator immediately. That’s a fact!!!!!
All will face the change, and you will pass on from this life to the next ~ A FACT! Whether you believe in Christ or not.........Faith or not Faith........It is appointed for each one to face the FACT!
Are you ready! Do you want to go home to be with Christ? Death has no fear, it is true....it is right....it is fantastic......and I can hardly wait to be with Jesus. What are your feelings about it? Would you go now? Or do you say...."I’m not ready", or "I want to stay awhile to see my kids or grand kids grow up or any such thing". If you even think any of the above or believe this way....than it’s true, you are not ready and are not of Christ and hence you are of the world and not worthy to be with the Lord because you have chosen the love of life and flesh over Christ. You must lose life to save it...O foolish man, who bewitched you that you love creation over the Creator? Do you not know who created ALL things?
The world has blinded you to flesh and life and you lose it all......everything......you have chosen both deaths....flesh and spirit, how very sad! You don’t know what you have really lost.........you have lost JESUS!
Remember, Christ went from the cross to the tomb....only His body of flesh went in the tomb. If you have a service, it’s for the living not the one that sleeps in the flesh. There is no need to drain the blood or burn the body. Worldly religions - eastern cults burn bodies. There is no Scripture for burning the body....there is only scripture on burying the body. Here is an important point to keep in mind....Death is the end of living in the flesh.....not the end of life. Death only begins the spiritual side of life. Human life is limited and spiritual life has no limits.
In the human form of life, the spirit is a guide of the inner man. The body is flesh (carnal), but we must look to the soul, the spirit of a man. Our eyes must see as a spirit, the spirit of the Creator whose servants we are. We must see beyond the world, beyond the physical, beyond what appears as life in this universe. We are each given a free will to choose our path in worldly things, but after death the spirit controls and is locked in......and the way we go is determined by our life in this world and the choice we have made. "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." - I Cor. 15:54
What appears real, seems real, and even feels real, is an illusion, a state of Satan’s evil. For the time being he is the prince of this world, he rules and controls this life, it is his short reign of power and believe me, he is after souls, not the material things of this world, but the things of the eternal life to come – OUR ETERNAL SOULS.
We are in a daily battle for our eternal existence, and we have one opportunity, one choice as to where we will spend all eternity, with Satan or the Lord? Will we have peace, love, and a mansion, or will we be in the pit of hell with everlasting pain, heat and darkness? Really, it’s a “no brainer” – Jesus paid the price for our sins and He offers us love and peace. He has prepared a place for us, our mansions (John 14:2-3). People, that which is about to come to pass is upon us right now, and all the signs that have been given us is quite real. I pray you who are reading this can see these things happening. If you think we feel pain now, it is nothing compared to 1/3 of the human population (that’s 2 billion of the 6 billion population on earth right now) that must die a horrible death, like the skin of humans melting off of their bodies - just think of how horrible that will be, and it will happen….read it in the Word of God, the Bible.
Life will never be the same. But, don’t look back! The end must come so that all evil will be done away with, and death conquered. We will have our new bodies, an immortal one, the soul and spirit will continue on. We will not need blood, lungs, or heart. Can you even imagine a world without pain, without death, without sorrow, without sin, no tears? (Read Rev. 21:4). Well, the Word says that God has promised all these things will pass away and He will also create “a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away”. (Rev. 21:1).
There is only ONE defense – our short life on this earth. That’s it! We can’t change after death. There are no special services, minister, priest, holy man, family to back us up, prayers or such to change our choice. Good or bad, we must all give an account. There is no special place to go to, to be burned clean (purgatory) and made better so that we can enter into heaven. You get one life on this earth....you are not reincarnated into some other life form. Reincarnation is a man-made fantasy, suggested by Satan to give false believers hope of a better life to come. How sad! They will find themselves in hell with Satan laughing at them. What a shock it will be! It’s amazing what people believe about the next life and what awaits them. Many fantasies have been fostered by religions of which none want to believe the Word of God on the subject, nor the simple truth of the matter.
It is written - "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." - II Cor. 5:8, and in Christ you are a new creature, - "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." - II Cor. 5:17, also in Hebrews 9:27...it is appointed unto men once to die...but after this the judgment. It’s the simple truth as to what happens.
I say unto you....who has bewitched you? Are you made perfect in the flesh or spirit? How are you living? As you live in the flesh you shall surely die in the flesh. Have you become a new creature in Christ? Are you looking for the life to come in Christ....or hanging onto this life? You can exercise....run, eat, take pills to stay young or healthy, but none of these will ever stop you from your appointed time to die. It is not your flesh life that counts, but the spiritual one. How many are exercising the spirit....living by the spirit....planning for it? Remember, eternity is FOREVER! This short life-span on earth cannot be compared to an eternity forever.
For all that has been written...there is only one important fact...do you know the REAL Jesus? Do you live Him each and every day? Is He in you and are you guided by His Spirit? Are you fully persuaded in your own mind? "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38,39
The Jesus that all the religions have is not the true Christ....they worship an Anti-Christ...a Christ in the flesh...a worldly Christ. Religions have many ways to heaven....many doors, if you will, saying that their way is the only way. Religion does not know the Biblical Jesus. You cannot drink the cup of devils and the cup of the Lord. You can live in the flesh and the world and face a second death for all eternity or you can live in spirit, and for Christ and live forever. You make the decision.
I’ve written about “end times” and “death” many times, but one can’t say enough – it’s a very final thing – for ALL eternity – forever. I have spent almost half of my life trying to reach people to tell them of the price they will pay for missing Jesus and what He has done for US. I am but one small voice with a web site in which I warn all those who read – the info is there, it’s free as it was given to me freely by His Word.
Sin is on the rise and Satan’s demons are busy tempting souls and winning them over for Satan. The price is very high and some just do not realize what is at stake and what they are losing. Jesus wants all saved, but it’s each person’s call. Overcome, persevere!
It is written in His Word and it will come to pass. There is a time for life and a time for death and we will all give an account. We will be judged for our life – stewardship – as to how and what we did with it. It is the Lord’s plan for all things to be complete. If you miss Jesus you have missed it all, forever and ever – the END!
"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death."
I Cor. 15:26
All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE WORD. All Old Testament scriptural references used in this article is Jewish History, not canonical, and is used as additional references.