Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Buried Truth About the Grave

I am going to address a heavy topic about where we shall go when we die, and debunk the popular and widespread belief about this topic. I will also clarify some things when it comes to seeing spirits, ghosts and so forth. Are there truly lost spirits? Do people immediately go to heaven or hell right after they die? Why does Jesus and the Bible often say that dead people are asleep? If you have asked those questions before, then continue reading please.

One of the popular beliefs say that people die and immediately go to hell, heaven or wander lost on Earth to await judgment. Yet after thinking about this intensively, it does not make any sense for people to go straight to heaven or hell without being judged. The whole point of Judgment Day is to determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell right?

Here is what the Bible says about this:

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" Hebrews 9:27

So, it is appointed for us to die once, then there is the judgment. But when does the judgment take place? Please read Revelations chapter 20 for a great explanation!

Verses 4-6 show that the dead in Christ shall rise and then they shall reign with Christ for a thousand years. This is called the Millennial Reign. The rest of the dead lived not again until AFTER the thousand years were over.

Verses 11-15 reveals that the Judgment Day takes place after the millennial reign with Christ and it is for those who died without Christ. They will be judged for their works. Those who are judged lived not again until after the Millennial Reign and they were delivered up from the sea and hell (graves) unto the Great White Throne.

But where are the people who die? What are they doing as of right now? Check this Out!

"Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb." Job 21:32

"For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. 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." Ecclesiastes 9:5,6,10

"His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." Psalm 146:4

The Bible says that those who are in the grave remain in the grave. They have no thoughts, no memory, and they know nothing. They are simply dead and unaware of what is happening in the world and how much time has passed since they died. Keep reading please!

"For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth." Isaiah 38:18

"For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?" Psalm 6:5

If those people went straight to heaven after death, then surely they would remember Jesus their Lord! Surely they would praise Him and give Him thanks! Yet the Bible shows this is not the case because those people are asleep in the grave.

What did I mean by asleep and why does the Bible continually call the dead people "asleep" or "sleeping?" Sleeping means the same thing as death to the Lord. Those two words mean the exact same thing. When we are asleep, we are unaware of what goes on outside. I have been put under for surgery once when I was a teenager and to me it felt like a moment when in actuality, hours had passed. That's why the Bible also calls it "in the twinkling of an eye." Because to the dead, it would feel like just a moment had passed from their death till the moment they see Jesus appear from the sky. They are unaware that thousands of years have passed. Amazing isn't it??

"These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead." John 11:11-14

Here are some examples of prophets and men of God who are asleep in the grave and still dead. They have not gone anywhere else yet.

"Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand" Acts 2:29, 34

"And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead." 1 Kings 11:43

When we die, we await in our graves completely asleep for the resurrection day. We wait until Jesus Christ returns in the foretold second coming to quicken us and give us incorruptible bodies. We wait for that last day!

"Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day." John 11:24

"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me." Job 19:25-27

"Behold, 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." 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

We have not received immortality as of yet. We have received the promise of Christ that He shall return for us. At the last trumpet, when Jesus Christ appears, we will receive incorruptible bodies and immortality! Death shall be swallowed up in victory!

But for the souls without Christ, they shall die. They shall not be quickened unto life. The gift of God is everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord so that is a gift from God himself unto us. Those who reject the gift shall not have everlasting life.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23

"Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die." Ezekiel 18:4

Are you fearful of death, thinking we will be lost and all alone? Forgotten in the graves? This is not the case! Here is beautiful news: Jesus Christ is still with us even in the grave. We will never be forgotten nor alone.

"If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell (grave), behold, thou art there." Psalm 139:8

Now I am going to address ghosts, evil spirits and lost spirits. We must be warned that satan is a great deceiver. Angels are able to transform into anything and appear as a loved one. One third of the angels are fallen angels who serve satan's evil will. Remember what God's Word says in the Bible and do not be deceived!

There are NO ghosts, or dead people wandering the Earth. Those are evil spirits, demons, and fallen angels of the darkness. The dead are asleep, awaiting Christ's triumphant return. The Lord would not allow souls to wander lost in the dark. Those are evil spirits so do not be deceived but renounce them in the authority and name of Jesus Christ.

In the Bible, Saul of the Old Testament sought a witch to conjure up a "familiar spirit." Saul saw the "spirit" of Samuel back from the grave. It was a demon. This demon looked like Samuel and talked like Samuel but it was not Samuel. The Lord was angry at Saul for getting involved with the devil and witchcraft that Saul knew he would die and he did the next day. (read 1 Samuel 28:7-25)

I have a personal experience to share as well. When I was younger, I woke up from a nightmare and saw my mother standing in the doorway smiling at me. I had a two minute long conversation with her, telling her about my dream, then I watched as she vanished. This spirit imitated my mother while my mother was alive and well, asleep in the next room.

The Bible warns not to be involved with these things and not to trust familiar spirits, or those spirits who look like our deceased loved ones!

"There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer." Deutronomy 18:10, 11

"Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God." Leviticus 19:31

I hope this article has explained a lot for you. I encourage you to seek the Word and go to the Lord for guidance through prayer about this topic. I know this topic can be painful for those who have recently lost a loved one. Let this also encourage you because our loved ones are not aware that they are dead, not aware of the evil in this world, but that in their life, the next moment of awareness, they get to see Jesus in all His glory. What a joyful sight!

*Note: hell in the Hebrew and Greek translations means Sheol which actually means "grave."

A Voice in the Wilderness


Anonymous said...

Here's an opposing view on Saul consulting a medium, with scripture to back it up:
"According to 1 Samuel 28:3–23, King Saul consulted a medium. Saul had banned mediums, but, desperate for advice due to the advancing Philistine army and God’s silence on what to do, he sought out a medium to call up Samuel’s spirit. Samuel appeared and told Saul that he had disobeyed God in not destroying the Amalekites in a previous battle, that Israel would fall to the Philistines, and that Saul and his sons would die in battle the next day. This passage cannot be taken to endorse spirit contact at all, especially when the writer of 1 Chronicles 10:13 clearly states, “So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance” (NKJV).

There is debate as to whether the spirit the medium called up was really Samuel or was actually a demon. The Bible, however, specifically says Samuel appeared. Samuel’s accurate and specific predictions furthermore indicate that this was not a demonic spirit. Only God knows the end from the beginning (Isa. 46:10) and, according to Deuteronomy 18:22, only prophets from God give predictions that consistently are 100 percent correct. The medium’s surprise to see Samuel strongly suggests that God brought up Samuel in an unprecedented miracle for the specific purpose of rebuking Saul."
From by Marcia Montenegro.

A Voice in the Wilderness said...

Thank you for sharing Marcia. I wanted to point out that God states in the Bible that the dead are asleep in the grave until His appearing. I also wanted to point out that the devil also has power of imitation (appears as men, angel of light, etc) and power to predict things as well. It's a subject that has been debated about many times, whether the spirit was Samuel or a demon, but I personally believe that God is consistent and kept the law of the grave in this situation.

Anonymous said...


I am John England,

This is an interesting discussion. You have illustrated many scriptures that speak of death as sleep. And I can see in your example about anesthesia that even Paul's statement "to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord" can be viewed differently.

There are some other scriptures, though, that seem to speak otherwise.

First, there is the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:20-31). This is not a parable. It is a true story! He even gave us the beggar's name, while withholding the rich man's name to protect his family from shame.

Jesus told the thief on the cross beside Him that, that very day, he would be with Him in Paradise (Luke 23:43).

Also, Hebrews 12:1 speaks of the great cloud of witnesses (departed saints) who are beholding as our lives play out.

And Revelation 6:9-11 speaks of saints who have been slain for the Lord, and they are speaking and hearing, given white robes and told to rest for a little season until the rest of their number should be fulfilled.

We know from the scriptures that there is a place called Hell in the bowels of the earth (it's naturally hot down there), and that it enlarged itself (Isa 5:14) after Paradise (Abraham's Bosom) was emptied of the souls of the righteous dead, when they went with Jesus to heaven after His resurrection, the blood sacrifice for remission of their sins having been accomplished. In Psalm 16:10, Jesus testified that God would not leave His soul in Hell. Psalm 55:15 asks God to let the wicked go down quickly into Hell. Eze 32:21 says the strong among the mighty shall speak out of the midst of Hell. And Rev 29:14 makes it clear that Hell is not the Lake of Fire when it says that Death and Hell are cast into the Lake of Fire.

Some points to ponder.

Anonymous said...

Like your site and you guys have done a great job. But I have found out that you can scream this from the roof tops and people still don't have a desire or reason for this knowledge, so please be patient with them.

Some comments on John England comments:
The story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:20-31), IS A PARABLE BECAUSE JESUS DIDN'T SPEAK UNLESS IT WAS A PARABLE, Jesus was not talking to the world nor did he pray for the world, ONLY THE ELECT GIVEN TO HIM FROM GOD.

Another: Jesus told the thief on the cross beside Him that, that very day, he would be with Him in Paradise (Luke 23:43).
Watch translations, this is a prime example, it should read (this day I tell you, you will be with me in paradise). People don't understand that Jesus said he goes to prepare a place then he will come again, so until he comes back we will remain in sleep.



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