Deliverance from Death
We all know that: “The living know that they shall die, but the dead know not anything” (Ecc 9:5) and Jesus told us “No man hath ascended up to heaven” (John 3:13). The common idea that at death people go to heaven is completely wrong because the Bible teaches the dead are asleep in the dust of the earth, and when Jesus returns the believers will be resurrected and judged.
So, Brethren and Sisters “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish” (Psalm 146:3-4).
When Jesus was about to leave he requested his Father “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15). “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” (John 5:28-29).
Ten rulers had natural vision. They looked down and saw giants (in the sight of men). Two rulers had spiritual vision. They looked up and saw little men (in the sight of God). The results of the vision by the ten were disastrous: Numbers 14 verses 25,34,37,38.
What then of us? By looking up, with spiritual vision, at the events of our everyday life we shall be able to see lessons which will guide us day by day in God’s service. If we fail to look in this way, our vision will be downward, away from God. The results could be equally disastrous. Certainly we shall not gain the strength that God will give when we think on Him and try to relate our life to His service.
The Bible is clearly against all the philosophical speculations of an active after-life immediately after death, such teachers are false and completely contrary to the clear teaching of the Bible. The Bible indicates death is a total eclipse of conscious being with no thoughts whatsoever until the resurrection at Jesus’ return.
Bro Daka coming from his farm with some produce
Bro Charles Daka (Mufulira, Zambia)