Death and Awakening
11/15/04 From The #Lord, Our #God and #Savior
The Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy
For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear
(Regarding the state of the #dead
)Thus says The Lord:
All people #sleep
, both those who have done #good
and those who have done #evil
. In no way are they among the #living
, nor are they aware. They know nothing at all, for all their thoughts have perished with them. All remain at rest, until the day I call them to #awake
; some to the first, the #resurrection
, and many more to the second, the resurrection of judgment. #Blessed
are those who take part in the first resurrection. For over them the second death has no power, as it is written.
You have heard it said:
To be absent from the body
Is to be present with The Lord...
This saying is true...
For all those who die in #Messiah
Indeed look upon Him at the Last Day,
Yet it will be to them as the blink of an eye...
For the dead know not the passage of time,
Nor do they know they have fallen asleep...
Thus there is indeed life after death,
Yet during death there is most certainly not.
For I tell you the truth, if there is #life
, as it is commonly taught amongst the people, then none truly #die
. And if all have the victory over #death
, then all are like The #Messiah
; thereby making The New #Covenant
useless and the resurrection of no effect. This #teaching
is false, denying both the #sacrifice
of The Messiah and the #Word
of God. For if none truly die, then The Messiah is no longer the #firstfruits
of those who have fallen #asleep
. And if He is not the first to be freed from death and the #grave
, then The Messiah did not die. And if The Messiah did not die, then the power of #sin
has the victory and the grave has become your final resting place, leaving you with no hope of #salvation
Yet the #Scriptures
do not lie. The #wages
of sin is death; from the beginning, I declared it! And yet the #churches
continue to stand divided against themselves, corrupting My Word as they fall in line with #satan
, deceiving and being deceived, #preaching
, “You will not surely die,” #teaching
that which runs contrary to the Scriptures.
Therefore, hear the Word of The Lord, O foolish and deceived #generation
: If as you say, there is no death and all continue on as living #spirits
, whether it be in Heaven or in #hell
or in some other place, then you also say there is no God and no Savior who was sent to save you from the penalty of sin, which is death.
Where then does that leave you? You are #lost
, a people without #hope
, multitudes of #deceived
people waiting for their own inevitable #destruction
, a #creation
wrought in vain! Yet The Messiah did indeed pay the #penalty
for your sins, even unto death... He is #risen
, The Firstborn from the dead; by which you are also #delivered
from death, if you so choose to receive of His life, if you so choose to embrace Him as He truly is!
For He alone will stretch out His hand in that day
And lift His #beloved
from the grave in which all must #sleep
Save those who remain awake at His coming, as it is written...
And behold, the time is indeed coming, when all
Who are in the grave will hear His #voice
and come out...
Those who have done #good
, to the resurrection of life...
And those who have done evil, to the resurrection of #judgment
I AM THE LORD.
↑ See: "Q & A: What is the State of the Dead?"
↑ Ecclesiastes 9:5
↑ Psalm 146:4 (ASV)
↑ John 5:29
↑ See: "Regarding the Second Death"
↑ Revelation 20:6
↑ 2 Corinthians 5:8
↑ John 6:40
[9↑ 1 Corinthians 15:20
↑ Romans 6:23
↑ Genesis 3:4
↑ Ezekiel 18:4, Ezekiel 18:20
↑ Colossians 1:18, Revelation 1:5
↑ See: "The Judgment of God Is True and Without Question..."
↑ John 5:29