Life after Death Part II
Bible Study 06/08/05
1. To recap when a believer passes away, there is a separation from Spirit and Body at resurrection, then at the time of rapture, there is a rejoining of the body and spirit only it will be a new body without limitations.
I. What Happens when non believers die?
1. There is an intermediate place of death: In the Old Testament, it was called Sheal. In the New Testament, we call it Hades.
2. Hades is not Hell. Hell is really called Gehenna-place where condemned souls abide.
3. New Testament says Hades is paradise, but for the non believer somewhere quite the opposite. Hebrews 9:27 – And forasmuch as it is the portion of men once to die, and after this judgment -you have a choice if you die once or die twice. You can be born once die in the earth realm and then die again or you can be born once and die once in the earth realm, to live again in Christ.
II. What happens to the non believer?
1. A nonbeliever is person that we call, “The lost”. Luke 16:19 – 19 Now there was a rich man and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, making good cheer in splendour every day. 20 And [there was] a poor man, by name Lazarus, [who] was laid at his gateway full of sores, 21 and desiring to be filled with the crumbs which fell from the table of the rich man; but the dogs also coming licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass that the poor man died, and that he was carried away by the angels into the bosom of Abraham. And the rich man also died and was buried. 23 And in hades lifting up his eyes, being in torments, he sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he crying out said, Father Abraham, have compassion on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Child, recollect that *thou* hast fully received thy good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things. But now he is comforted here, and *thou* art in suffering. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm is fixed, so that those who desire to pass hence to you cannot, nor do they who [desire to cross] from there pass over unto us. 27 And he said, I beseech thee then, father, that thou wouldest send him to the house of my father, 28 for I have five brothers, so that he may earnestly testify to them, that they also may not come to this place of torment. 29 But Abraham says to him, They have Moses and the prophets: let them hear them. 30 But he said, Nay, father Abraham, but if one from the dead should go to them, they will repent. 31 And he said to him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, not even if one rise from among [the] dead will they be persuaded. – The moment a person dies they close their eyes here and open their eyes in Hades. Remember Hades holds soles of the condemned. Abraham tells the rich man that if the lost soles won’t listen toe the prophets, they certainly won’t listen to the dead.
2. What some characteristics of Hades?
i. Is a conscious place
ii. A place of recollection-you remember
iii. A place of torment.
iv. A place of immediate access-you close your eyes and when you open them and you are there.
III. What is does Hades look like?
1. It has 2sides- Abraham’s bosom (side 1) and torment (side 2). There is a Gulf separating the two.
2. The only person talking is the one in hell (or torment). The rich guy, in torment, is not doing the talking in the in the begging of the scripture. This does not mean you can’t be rich and make into heaven. However, Jesus does talk about it being hard for a rich person to make it in. Mark 10:25 – It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
IV. What happened to soul’s before Jesus came?
1. Those believers went to Hades also.
2. The bosom of Abraham represents Paradise.
3. In the beginning, Jesus hadn’t come. So the righteous folk went to Abraham’s bosom. The lost went to torment. Both are Hades. One simply is a desired state (paradise) and the other is not (torment).
V. Why did Satan try to kill Jesus at birth?
1. Satan knew Jesus came to take control of Hades. 1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; Hades ( Prison )-again Hades is simply a holding place ( good or bad ).
2. In the rapture, those that passed on and those who die in him will come back with him. Those that passed on are those that were righteous, who died before Christ came. Those who died in Christ are those who died righteous, after Christ came.
3. Being saved, we have been sealed and written in the Lambs book of life. Resurrection doesn’t faze us. The fact that we didn’t wake up in torment, let’s us know we made it.
4. The Devil tried to kill Jesus, because he knew what he was going to be. His dying gave us more to look forward to in eternity. Instead of dying and going to the Bosom of Abraham, we live in the company of Christ.
5. I have to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. John 3:18 – He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
6. When I am saved, I have to know that my sins are forgiven. Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Psalms 103:11-12-For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
7. Non believers go to torment, but believers go to Paradise. Both are considered Hades.
8. When Jesus saw the place where they prosecuted the criminals, Jesus said “This place looks like what Hell looks like”. This is where Hell gets its name.
9. Judgment, fire, and prison are all types of Hell. Hell is simply the separation of us from God.
10. When the son of man returns, he will reward us for some of our works. Matthew 16:27 – For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done. Romans 2:6- Something will be given in rapture that has to do with our deeds. Romans 2:5-9 5 But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 For he will render to every man according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness, there will be wrath and fury.
11. Notice, in the previous scripture, the rich man that was in torment saw Lazarus (Paradise or the bosom of Abraham), but the scripture doesn’t make mention that Lazarus saw the rich man. This leads us to the final point.
VI. Are there days you wonder if your deceased loved ones are missing you the way you are missing them?
1. When you die, if you are in paradise, you must put on immortality, and then shall the past be gone. In death, Jesus’ goes to Paradise (the bosom of Abraham) and says come go with me. When you put on corruption, you won’t age, have pain, or any worries1 1 Corinthians 15:53 – For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?” In Luke 16, the beggar never said anything; he had no awareness of hell or earth. If you died and had consciousness of what you left or what caused you to leave, it would worry you half to death. What kind of paradise would that be? Ex. Mother dies and leaves her children behind. How could she enjoy paradise, if she is worried about her children she left behind?
2. The issue is not them (the deceased) letting us go, but us letting them go. Job 14-says let it go. We try to bring heaven into the earth realm or carnality, but heaven is too big for that. 18 “But the mountain falls and crumbles away, and the rock is removed from its place; 19 the waters wear away the stones; the torrents wash away the soil of the earth; so thou destroyest the hope of man. 20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passes; thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away. 21 His sons come to honor, and he does not know it; they are brought low, and he perceives it not. 22 He feels only the pain of his own body, and he mourns only for himself.”