the Garden of Eden, "the Lord God commanded the man, saying,
Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for
in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die"
(Genesis 2:16, 17). Eve was deceived by the serpent and disobeyed
the clear instructions of God. Adam also ate the fruit and both
became separated from God. "Sin is the transgression of the
law," therefore death and decay became the lot of all children
of Adam and Eve. Through His divine love, Jesus the Redeemer, the
mighty God, the everlasting Father, "For unto us a child is
born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his
shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The
mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah
9:6) condescended to come to this world took on human nature to
redeem man and bring him once again in harmony with God. Jesus became
the bridge back to God. If man will by faith accept the sacrifice
of Jesus on the cross as his substitute death, he can then once
more become a child of God.
life on this earth, He performed mighty miracles, and the greatest
of them all was to bring Lazarus back to life after being dead
for four days. Jesus said Lazarus was asleep and He was going
to wake him up. Jesus called death "sleep." Why? Because
those that are asleep will eventually wake eventually up when
Jesus returns to the earth.
am the resurrection, and the life," Jesus said to a mourning
Martha. "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the
life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he
live" (John 11:25). This statement assures Christians throughout
the ages that they also will be resurrected and awaken from their
dusty beds, if they put their trust in Christ.
4:13, 141 represents death
as a sleep, and all those that are in the grave shall awake again
by the voice of Jesus calling them from the clouds of heaven (John
5:25, 28, 29 2; 1 Thessalonians
Daniel 12:2 it refers to persons sleeping "in the dust
of the earth" or the grave. At death, all righteous and wicked
alike, go to the same place, according to Ecclesiastes 3:20
"All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to
"His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and
they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them."
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy
might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge,
nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."
"His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that
very day his thoughts perish."
says that the dead do not worship God, they are unconscious, just
as a sleeping person does not know what goes on around him or
her. The dead do not continue living "somewhere," they
are fully unconscious.
we then receive our reward? When will this mortal put on immortality?
I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all
be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must
put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
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.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy
victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:51-55).
last enemy that shall be destroyed is death"
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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. For if we believe that Jesus died and
rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God
bring with him.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming,
and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son
of God: and they that hear shall live. Marvel not at this:
for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves
shall hear his voice And shall come forth; they that have
done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have
done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
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: 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.