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Monday, June 9, 2014

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE: PART:II:BY THOMAS KALAPPURAYIL

Now let us examine whether our spirit praise or worship God after we die. Eccle. 9:5 says “For the living knows that they will die; but the dead know nothing, and they gave no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten”. Also in Eccle. 9:10 we read “whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work of device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going”. Again in Psalm 115:17 the scripture says “The dead do not praise the Lord, not any who go down into silence”. Also Isaiah 38:18 & 19 say “For sheol cannot thank you, death cannot praise you; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your truth. The living, the living man, he shall praise you, as I do this day”. Psalm 6:5 says “For in death there is no remembrance of You,in the grave who will give You thanks?”. So we have seen that the dead people do not praise God, nor do they have any knowledge or wisdom.

Now we shall look whether we are going to heaven or hell at our death. First, let us look at what Christ himself says in John3:13 “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is , the Son of Man who is in heaven”. Then how can we go to heaven immediately after we die.

Then what happens to us when we die? The Bible calls the death a sleep/rest. When Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned to death, Acts 7:60 records like this “Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not charge them with this sin’, and when he had said this, he fell asleep”. Daniel 12:13 records what is said about his death as this “But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days”. A prophecy about last days is recorded in Daniel 12:2 as this “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt”. This is what God said to Moses about his death in Det.31:16 “And the Lord said to Moses ‘Behold, you will rest with your fathers”. Now look at what Peter tells about David (many years after David’s death) in the book of Acts 2:29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried and his tomb is with us to this day” and again in verse 34 he adds “For David did not ascend into the heavens….”. Also in the book of Acts we read this “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption”(Acts 13:36), and talking about Jesus’ resurrection, he continues in Verse 37 “But He whom God raised up saw no corruption”. Now look at what is written about King Solomon, the wisest man ever lived on earth. 1 Kings 11:43 reads “Then Solomon rested with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father”. Let us also look at what Peter calls death in 2 Peter 3:3&4 “Knowing this first; that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of His coming?, for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation”.
Now let us study when we are going to wake up from the sleep of death. We shall start with Christ’s own words in John 6:39-40. “This is the will of the Father who sent me , that of all He has given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day”. In John 6:44 Christ says again, “…… And I will raise him up at the last day”. This is what Paul has to say about his reward in 2Tim.4:6-8 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved his appearing”. Paul believed and taught that we receive our crown on Christ’s second appearing.

(Will Continue)

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