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Death, Judgement, and Resurrection

The purpose of this study is to understand why people die and what happens at death. We will answer the following questions:

  • Is death the fate of all mankind?
  • What happens at death?
  • Do we go to heaven when we die?
  • Do we have a celestial form that leaves the body at death?
  • What is the resurrection?
  • What is the purpose of the resurrection?
  • What is the new body we receive at the resurrection?
  • What’s the difference between the first and second resurrection?

Many religious leaders have presented a heaven and hell theology concerning death that can’t be supported when properly contextualizing scripture. In this study we will analyze all the scriptures dealing with this topic and let the word speak for itself.

    Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this, judgment, (Hebrews 9:27 RNEB)

Death is appointed to all men, then the judgment.

One of the prevalent teachings in many religious bodies is that Chanokh and Eliyahu never died, they were supposedly caught up to heaven. So, is Shaul saying that death and judgment are for every man but Chanokh and Eliyahu?

    No plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for YAH Elohim had not caused it to rain on the earth. There was not a man to till the ground, (Genesis 2:5 RNEB)

There was no man to till the ground, so there was no man to take care of Elohim’s creation.

    Elohim said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Elohim created man in his own image. In Elohim’s image he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27 RNEB)
    YAH Elohim formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7 RNEB)
    To Adam he said, “Because you have listened to your wife’s voice, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground for your sake. In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. Thorns also and thistles will it bring forth to you; and you will eat the herb of the field. By the sweat of your face will you eat bread UNTIL YOU RETURN TO THE GROUND, FOR OUT OF IT YOU WERE TAKEN. FOR YOU ARE DUST, AND TO DUST YOU SHALL RETURN.” (Genesis 3:17-19 RNEB)

In Hebrews Shaul said it is appointed for men to die once and after death judgment, not some men, all men must die, and then there is a resurrection. This verse clearly supports Shaul’s statement by saying we came from the ground, and we will return to the ground.

    This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that Elohim created man, he made him in Elohim’s likeness. He created them male and female, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. Adam lived one hundred thirty years, and became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Shet. (Genesis 5:1-3 RNEB)
    Shet lived one hundred five years, and became the father of Enosh. Shet lived after he became the father of Enosh eight hundred seven years, and became the father of sons and daughters. (Genesis 5:6-7 RNEB)
    All the days of Mahalal’el were eight hundred ninety-five years, then he died. Yered lived one hundred sixty-two years, and became the father of Chanokh. Yered lived after he became the father of Chanokh eight hundred years, and became the father of sons and daughters. All the days of Yered were nine hundred sixty-two years, then he died. Chanokh lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Metushelach. Chanokh walked with Elohim after he became the father of Metushelach three hundred years, and became the father of sons and daughters. All the days of Chanokh were three hundred sixty-five years. Chanokh walked with Elohim, and he was not, for Elohim took him. (Genesis 5:17-24 RNEB)

These were all men, the sons of Adam, which means sons of Man. So, lets look at this verse with the understanding that the family name is “man”.

    Mahalal’el man lived after he became the father of Yered man eight hundred thirty years, and became the father of sons and daughters. All the days of Mahalal’el man were eight hundred ninety-five years, then he died. Yered man lived one hundred sixty-two years, and became the father of Chanokh man. Yered man lived after he became the father of Chanokh man eight hundred years, and became the father of sons and daughters. All the days of Yered man were nine hundred sixty-two years, then he died. Chanokh man lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Metushelach man. Chanokh man walked with Elohim after he became the father of Metushelach man three hundred years, and became the father of sons and daughters. All the days of Chanokh man were three hundred sixty-five years. Chanokh man walked with Elohim, and he was not, for Elohim took him. (Genesis 5:16-24 RNEB)
    By faith, Chanokh was taken away, so that he wouldn’t see death, and he was not found, because Elohim translated him. For he has had testimony given to him that before his translation he had been well pleasing to Elohim. (Hebrews 11:5 RNEB)

Chanokh was translated, but what does that mean? Was anyone else translated? To be translated means to go from one form to another. All mankind are appointed to death, however theologians have said except for Chanokh and Eliyahu. So, these two men must not be part of mankind?

    Then YAH rained on Sedom and on `Amorah sulfur and fire from YAH out of the sky. He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew on the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:24-26 RNEB)

This woman was translated or transformed into salt, she died. Did she see her death? She was instantly transformed, there was no way she could have seen her death, her last memory was of Sedom and Amorah.

Death means the act of dying, the termination of life, lets look at what man goes through at death.

  • Death occurs at several levels. Somatic death is the death of the organism as a whole; it usually precedes the death of the individual organs, cells, and parts of cells. Somatic death is marked by cessation of heartbeat, respiration, movement, reflexes, and brain activity. 
  • After somatic death, several changes occur that are used to determine the time and circumstances of death. Algor mortis, the cooling of the body after death. Rigor mortis, the stiffening of the skeletal muscles, begins from five to ten hours after death and disappears after three or four days. 
  • Livor mortis, the reddish-blue discoloration that occurs on the underside of the body, results from the settling of the blood. Clotting of the blood begins shortly after death, as does autolysis, the death of the cells. Putrefaction, the decomposition that follows, is caused by the action of enzymes and bacteria.

This is what man has to go through at death, however Lot’s wife didn’t see this, she was instantly translated into a pillar of salt. So, what happen to Chanokh, the scriptures said that Elohim took him, when we look at the words, statement, and verse we can parallel it with other instances in scripture where Elohim took men, and find it always meant they died. Lets look at another example.

    Moshe went up from the plains of Mo’av to Mount Nevo , to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Yericho. YAH showed him all the land of Gil`ad, to Dan, and all Naftali, and the land of Efrayim and Menasheh, and all the land of Judah, to the hinder sea, and the South, and the Plain of the valley of Yericho the city of palm trees, to Tzo`ar. YAH said to him, This is the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, I will give it to your seed: I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there. So Moshe the servant of YAH died there in the land of Mo’av, according to the word of YAH. He buried him in the valley in the land of Mo’av over against Beit-Pe`or: but no man knows of his tomb to this day. Moshe was one hundred twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. (Deuteronomy 34:1-7 RNEB)

YAH took and buried Moshe, and no one knows where he is to this day.

YAH told Adam he would die, and we have an apostle confirming that man is appointed to death than the judgment, this is for all mankind no one is exempt.

    YAH spoke to Moshe that same day, saying, Go up into this mountain of `Avarimen, to Mount Nevo , which is in the land of Mo’av, that is over against Yericho; and see the land of Kena`an, which I give to the children of Yisra’el for a possession; and die on the mountain where you go up, and be gathered to your people, as Aharon your brother died on Mount Hor, and was gathered to his people: (Deuteronomy 32:48-50 RNEB)

YAH’s telling Moshe he will die, but our confirmation is in Chapter 34 where YAH brought up, killed, and buried Moshe. This was not the case with Chanokh, he did die, but he was translated from what we see as flesh and blood to immediately being turned to dust. In the twinkling of an eye, he went from one state to another, just as Lot’s wife immediately went from one state to another. Neither went through the pains that are generally associated with the termination of life.

Scripture says that Yahshua was the firstborn among many brothers, he was the first to receive his glorified body, and if this is the case how could Chanokh or Eliyahu still be alive? If this was true it would contradict many other scriptures. We have to trust in what YAH says, when he tells us everyone must die then that’s an unchangeable truth. If we’re being told something contrary to this, there is something wrong with the understanding of the reader or the teacher presenting the information. Scripture never contradicts itself, contradictions come from men.

    As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave shall come up no more. (Job 7:9 RNEB)

This is one of the reasons why the Sanhedrin said there is no resurrection. There are many verses in the scripture that suggest there will not be a resurrection, such as “he will not come up no more.” However if they had continued reading they would have realized that the scripture clearly talks about a resurrection, and it still does not break the context of the verse.

    He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. (Job 7:10 RNEB)

Those who die will no longer return to their house, that includes as a ghost or any type of incorporeal being or spirit. What people see when they insist to have seen a ghost is the work of demons, fallen angels.

    “‘Your hands have framed me and fashioned me altogether, yet you destroy me. Remember, I beg you, that you have fashioned me as clay. Will you bring me into dust again? (Job 10:8-9 RNEB)

We are made from clay, we are not Spirits in a shell or a body house. This theology cannot be substantiated in an exhaustive comparison of scripture.

    Behold, I am toward Elohim even as you are. I am also formed out of the clay. (Job 33:6 RNEB)
    Moreover I saw under the sun, in the place of justice, that wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, that wickedness was there. I said in my heart, “Elohim will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” I said in my heart, “As for the sons of men, Elohim tests them, so that they may see that they themselves are like animals. For that which happens to the sons of men happens to animals. Even one thing happens to them. As the one dies, so the other dies. Yes, they have all one breath; and man has no advantage over the animals: for all is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 3:16-19 RNEB)

Man and beast both have the same breath that gives us life, we just have different bodies. The breath of life is oxygen infused in the blood and carried to all the organs, that’s why scripture says the life of the body is in the blood. Adam was made of the dust of the ground and Elohim breathed into him and filled his lungs with oxygen that was then carried by the blood to all the organs making him a living soul, scripture says nothing about a “soul being” imparted in that breath as an inhabitant of the body. Remember the scripture says animals received life in the same way.

    All go to one place. All are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. (Ecclesiastes 3:20 RNEB)

We all will return to dust, not an incorporeal or spirit form.

    Drought and heat consume the snow waters, as does the grave those who have sinned. The womb shall forget him. The worm shall feed sweetly on him. He shall be no more remembered. Unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree. (Job 24:19-20 RNEB)

The Sadducees had it right in how it applies to the second resurrection and judgment, not the first. In the second resurrection man shall rise no more. There is a first and second resurrection, there is also a first and second death. In the second death, the dead will not rise again, they will no longer be remembered.

    For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know naught, nor do they have any more reward, for their remembrance is forgotten. (Ecclesiastes 9:5 ISR)

For the memory of them is forgotten, now were talking about the divine order remembering them, not Man, Elohim is not even thinking about them anymore, they’re gone, and they receive no consideration on what should be done to them.

    Also their love, their hatred, and their envy has perished long ago; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun. Go your way–eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for Elohim has already accepted your works. Let your garments be always white, and don’t let your head lack oil. Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your life of vanity, which he has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity: for that is your portion in life, and in your labor in which you labor under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in grave, where you are going. (Ecclesiastes 9:6-10 RNEB)
    Return, YAH. Deliver my soul, and save me for your loving kindness’ sake. FOR IN DEATH THERE IS NO MEMORY OF YOU. In the grave, who shall give you thanks? (Psalms 6:4-5 RNEB)

At death there is no memory because we cease to exist.

It’s the fate of all mankind to receive the first death, however some will escape the second death.

    All the rich ones of the earth shall eat and worship. All those who go down to the dust shall bow before him, even he who can’t keep his soul alive. (Psalms 22:29 RNEB)

If the soul is something that lives forever why did we just read that no one could keep alive their own soul?

    I cried to you, YAH. To YAH I made supplication: “What profit is there in my destruction, if I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise you? Shall it declare your truth? (Psalms 30:8-9 RNEB)

So far we have not found the prophets saying anything about going to heaven or an eternal place of torment.

    They are appointed as a flock for grave. Death shall be their shepherd. The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning. THEIR BEAUTY SHALL DECAY IN GRAVE, FAR FROM THEIR MANSION. BUT ELOHIM WILL REDEEM MY SOUL FROM THE POWER OF GRAVE, FOR HE WILL RECEIVE ME. Selah. Don’t be afraid when a man is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased. For when he dies he shall carry nothing away. His glory shall not descend after him. Though while he lived he blessed his soul– and men praise you when you do well for yourself– he shall go to the generation of his fathers. They shall never see the light. (Psalms 49:14-19 RNEB)

They shall never see light, this is referring to the second death. Those walking in lawlessness will see light one more time during the second resurrection at the white throne judgement, then they will be put in the lake of fire where final and absolute death occurs.

    YAH, the Elohim of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you. Let my prayer enter into your presence. Turn your ear to my cry. For my soul is full of troubles. My life draws near to grave. I am counted among those who go down into the pit. I am like a man who has no help, set apart among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, WHOM YOU REMEMBER NO MORE. They are cut off from your hand. (Psalms 88:1-5 RNEB)

If it says he remembers them no more it would have to be referring to the second death, because to bring them back in the first or second resurrection, he would have to remember them.

    You have laid me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. Your wrath lies heavily on me. You have afflicted me with all your waves. Selah. You have taken my friends from me. You have made me an abomination to them. I am confined, and I can’t escape. My eyes are dim from grief. I have called on you daily, YAH. I have spread out my hands to you. Do you show wonders to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Selah. Is your loving kindness declared in the grave? Or your faithfulness in Destruction? Are your wonders made known in the dark? Or YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE LAND OF FORGETFULNESS? But to you, YAH, I have cried. In the morning, my prayer comes before you. (Psalms 88:6-13 RNEB)
    The dead don’t praise YAH, neither any who go down into silence; (Psalms 115:17 RNEB)
    Don’t put your trust in princes, each a son of man in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, and he returns to the earth. In that very day, his thoughts perish. (Psalms 146:3-4 RNEB)

In that day his thoughts perish because we came from dust and will return to dust.

    For the grave can’t praise you. Death can’t celebrate you. Those who go down into the pit can’t hope for your truth. (Isaiah 38:18 RNEB)

We can only hope for and receive truth while were alive.

    The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day. The father shall make known your truth to the children. (Isaiah 38:19 RNEB)

Were actually dealing with and addressing the notions and understandings most people have based on Babylonian, Greek and Egyptian mythology. The Hebrews spoke of nothing of this nature, they said Man needed to live a righteous life while he was alive and wait for the resurrection when he will be judged by his works, which is what Elohim told them.

    Some of the Sadducees came to him, those who deny that there is a resurrection. (Luke 20:27 RNEB)

The Sadducees lacked spiritual wisdom in believing there was no resurrection, by only recognizing the scriptures that speak of not being remembered and never returning from the grave as the end of all men, rather than realizing these verses only applied to the second death. They chose to rely on their traditions rather than seeking a complete understanding in the scriptures.

Man dies, however we need to understand why Man dies and the purpose of the resurrection. We know that one of the purposes for the resurrection is for judgement, where Man is judged by the works of his hand to see if he is worthy to receive immortality, or unworthy and judged with second and final death.

    so man lies down and doesn’t rise. Until the heavens are no more, they shall not awake, nor be roused out of their sleep. (Job 14:12 RNEB)

The Hebrews looked at death as sleep, in fact real death does not occur until after the second resurrection when the unrighteous people are turned over to the second death. There is no coming back from true death, so until the second death the lifeless soul sleeps.

    “Oh that you would hide me in grave, that you would keep me secret, until your wrath is past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my warfare would I wait, until my release should come. (Job 14:13-14 RNEB)
    But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives. In the end, he will stand upon the earth. After my skin is destroyed, then in my flesh shall I see Elohim, (Job 19:25-26 RNEB)

Job is talking about his body rotting, then he makes a reference that he will see Elohim in his flesh. The flesh he is talking about has to be a new body, the old one is rotting, will see this further confirmed in the new testament.

    Whom I, even I, shall see on my side. My eyes shall see, and not as a stranger. “My heart is consumed within me. If you say, ‘How we will persecute him!’ because the root of the matter is found in me, be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishments of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment.” (Job 19:27-29 RNEB)

Shaul confirmed this in the new testament when he said first there is death than the judgement. The Apostles were teaching from the old testament, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that what they were teaching was not new doctrine.

    The hand of YAH was on me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of YAH, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass by them round about: and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and behold, they were very dry. He said to me, SON OF MAN, CAN THESE BONES LIVE? I answered, Master YAH, you know. Again he said to me, Prophesy over these bones, and tell them, you dry bones, hear the word of YAH. (Ezekiel 37:1-4 RNEB)

These people were once alive but are now dead.

    Thus says Master YAH to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. (Ezekiel 37:5 RNEB)

Just as YAH put breath into Adams nostrils, life will be re-given the same way.

    I will lay sinews on you, and will bring up flesh on you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am YAH. (Ezekiel 37:6 RNEB)

We already have bones, then he says he will put sinews (fibrous tissue), then place flesh, then skin, and finally the breath of life. Notice there is no mention of blood and water, all the resources needed to compose a body are present, but not one were accustomed to because our bodies have blood and water.

    So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, an earthquake; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I saw, and, behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh came up, and skin covered them above; but there was no breath in them. (Ezekiel 37:7-8 RNEB)

These people were alive but their dead now, and all that’s left of them is bones. This is actually how Man will be reconstructed when it’s time.

    Then said he to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and tell the wind, Thus says Master YAH: Come from the four winds, breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. (Ezekiel 37:9 RNEB)

To comprehend this, we need to understand where mans last breath of life goes. The breath of life in Hebrew is called Ruach, and it’s synonymous with wind and spirit.

    All go to one place. All are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, whether it goes downward to the earth?” (Ecclesiastes 3:20-21 RNEB)

What does this mean?

First we must realize that nowhere in scripture does it talk about resurrecting and animal or beast, there would be no purpose for this. We receive our life from the breath of life, the oxygen we have in our nostril at this very moment, which is our signature, its unique to us just as the blood that flows through our bodies is unique to the individual at the DNA level. This very same breath will be what returns to our bodies. The scripture says it goes upward, which means it’s blown all over the world.

    Then said he to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and tell the wind, Thus says Master YAH: Come from the four winds, breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. (Ezekiel 37:9 RNEB)

When YAH says prophesy to the wind, he’s talking about regathering the breath of life of these people, each will re-enter a body and give it life.

    So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up on their feet, an exceedingly great army. Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Yisra’el: behold, they say, Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off. Therefore prophesy, and tell them, Thus says Master YAH: Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, my people; and I will bring you into Eretz-Yisra’el. (Ezekiel 37:10-12 RNEB)

At the first resurrection, every man will return to his heritage.

    You shall know that I am YAH, when I have opened your graves, and caused you to come up out of your graves, my people. I will put my Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land: and you shall know that I, YAH, have spoken it and performed it, says YAH. (Ezekiel 37:13-14 RNEB)

We have seen bones, sinews, muscle, and skin, there is no blood or water, and we have a resurrection. We have blood in our current bodies because that’s where the life is, but in the new resurrected bodies the breath of life will be all that’s needed.

    But T’oma, one of the Twelve, called Didymus, wasn’t with them when Yahshua came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen YAH!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” After eight days again his disciples were inside, and T’oma was with them. Yahshua came, the doors being locked, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace be to you.” (John 20:24-26 RNEB)

Yochanan made sure we knew that the doors were shut, then Yahshua just appeared. Yahshua appearing in their midst is unnatural and man is natural. Angels don’t have bodies that have blood and water in them, so when we receive our new bodies they will be like the angelic body types. Remember what Yahshua said, in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are just like the angels, they can’t die, they won’t be hindered by physical things, and they will move from one place to another with a thought, however we will not be angels, we will be new creations, a different creature.

    Then he said to T’oma, “Reach here your finger, and see my hands. Reach here your hand, and put it into my side. Don’t be unbelieving, but believing.” (John 20:27 RNEB)

There wasn’t any blood and water, just a hollowed body with air in it, the same things we see in Ezekiel chapter thirty seven, a prophetic body.

Many say Yahshua was raised as a spirit, however there is only one type of spirit, which are those who make up the divine order, called the malachem. Everything else is terrestrial, the things in the heavenly realm are spirits, then we have types of spirits such as wind and the breath of life, which are both types of spirits because they are an intangible force, but they’re not an angelic creature or part of the divine order.

    As they said these things, Yahshua himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be to you.” But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. He said to them, “Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.” (Luke 24:36-39 RNEB)

When Yahshua was raised from the dead he came with flesh and bones, which is exactly what we see in Ezekiel chapter thirty seven. Yahshua was the first creature to be composed of flesh and bone without water and blood, that’s why scripture says he’s the first born of many brothers, a new creation. We can only receive this body after death.

    He said these things, and after that, he said to them, “Our friend, El’azar, has fallen asleep, but I am going so that I may awake him out of sleep.” (John 11:11 RNEB)

According to scripture true death does not take place until the final resurrection, everyone that has died is considered asleep, we call it death because they have been removed from the living and put in the grave, however since everyone will be resurrected at one point for judgement this is not final death, which is the complete and final removal of a person from existence, never to be remembered.

    The disciples therefore said, “Master, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Yahshua had spoken of his death, but they thought that he spoke of taking rest in sleep. So Yahshua said to them plainly then, “El’azar is dead. I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe. Nevertheless, let’s go to him.” T’oma therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go also, that we may die with him.” So when Yahshua came, he found that he had been in the tomb four days already. Now Beit-Anyah was near Yerushalayim, about fifteen stadia away. Many of the Hebrews had joined the women around Marta and Miriam, to console them concerning their brother. Then when Marta heard that Yahshua was coming, she went and met him, but Miriam stayed in the house. Therefore Marta said to Yahshua, “Master, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. Even now I know that, whatever you ask of Elohim, Elohim will give you.” Yahshua said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Marta said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” (John 11:12-24 RNEB)

Pay close attention to how Marta responded to Yahshua when he said he shall rise again. Marta was aware that he would arise in the resurrection of the last day, she also knew that at this point he was in a state of sleep. If she knew that the soul remains in the ground until the last day, then why do so many religious leaders teach otherwise, and believe Lazarus was in heaven?

    Yahshua said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Master. I have come to believe that you are the Anointed, Elohim’s Son, he who comes into the world.” When she had said this, she went away, and called Miriam, her sister, secretly, saying, “The Rabbi is here, and is calling you.” When she heard this, she arose quickly, and went to him. Now Yahshua had not yet come into the village, but was in the place where Marta met him. Then the Hebrews who were with her in the house, and were consoling her, when they saw Miriam, that she rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.” Therefore when Miriam came to where Yahshua was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying to him, “Master, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” When Yahshua therefore saw her weeping, and the Hebrews weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They told him, “Master, come and see.” Yahshua wept. The Hebrews therefore said, “See how much affection he had for him!” Some of them said, “Couldn’t this man, who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have also kept this man from dying?” Yahshua therefore, again groaning in himself, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Yahshua said, “Take away the stone.” Marta, the sister of him who was dead, said to him, “Master, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Yahshua said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see Elohim’s glory?” So they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. Yahshua lifted up his eyes, and said, “Father, I thank you that you listened to me. I know that you always listen to me, but because of the multitude that stands around I said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “El’azar, come out!” He who was dead came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Yahshua said to them, “Free him, and let him go.” Therefore many of the Hebrews, who came to Miriam and saw what Yahshua did, believed in him. But some of them went away to the Pharisees, and told them the things which Yahshua had done. (John 11:25-46 RNEB)

Lazarus was resurrected, not like the resurrection of the last days, his body was still mortal, flesh and blood. He continued in a normal life then died again. Remember Yahshua was the first one to receive a new type of body.

    “At that time shall Mikha’el stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who shall be found written in the book. MANY OF THOSE WHO SLEEP IN THE DUST OF THE EARTH SHALL AWAKE, SOME TO EVERLASTING LIFE, AND SOME TO SHAME AND EVERLASTING CONTEMPT. (Daniel 12:1-2 RNEB)

This cannot be talking about the first resurrection because there will not be shame and everlasting contempt during this time, so it can only be talking about the second resurrection when judgment occurs and some are found righteous and the rest are not.

    Don’t marvel at this, for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs will hear his voice, and will come out; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. (John 5:28-29 RNEB)

This is speaking of the second resurrection, the same thing we read in Daniel 12:1-2. Notice there is no one in heaven and no one being tormented, everyone is coming from the grave.

    Yahshua cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up his spirit. Behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the holy ones who had fallen asleep were raised; (Matthew 27:50-52 RNEB)

These were people found righteous prior to Yahshua.

    and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, they entered into the holy city and appeared to many. (Matthew 27:53 RNEB)

Notice the holy ones came out of their tombs after Yahshua’s resurrection, this was because Yahshua had to be the first to rise.

    But we don’t want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don’t grieve like the rest, who have no hope. (1 Thessalonians 4:13 RNEB)

Shaul also describes those who have died as fallen asleep, again this is because they need to be re-awakened for the resurrection, if there judged unrighteous they will experience the second and final death.

    For if we believe that Yahshua died and rose again, even so Elohim will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Yahshua. For this we tell you by the word of YAH, that we who are alive, who are left to the coming of Yahshua, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep. For Yahshua himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the chief angel, and with Elohim’s trumpet. The dead in the Anointed will rise first, (1 Thessalonians 4:14-16 RNEB)

This is the first resurrection which is composed of the dead in the Anointed, not those before the Anointed. The ones in the Anointed are those purified in the name of Yahshua the Anointed and have kept all the laws and precepts of YAH. Partaking of the first resurrection is their reward, however we must understand the purpose of the resurrection, it’s not just to raise people from the dead and either say job well done or not. There is a specific reason why YAH has to, and wants to resurrect the dead, which should be clear by the end of this study.

    then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet Yahshua in the air. So we will be with Yahshua forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:17 RNEB)

The righteous will meet Yahshua in the air, then they will come down to the mount of Olives together in Yerushalayim. Remember what we read, YAH said he will open the graves, then bring them to the land promised to their fathers, which is Yisrael.

    Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:18 RNEB)

There were people in Thessalonica that had asked about what took place with the brothers and sisters who have died, and they asked Shaul to explain it. So, Shaul replied to their question, which was about the first resurrection.

    I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. He seized the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole inhabited earth, and bound him for a thousand years, and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were finished. After this, he must be freed for a short time. I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Yahshua, and for the word of Elohim, and such as didn’t worship the beast nor his image, and didn’t receive the mark on their forehead and on their hand. They lived, and reigned with the Anointed for the thousand years. The rest of the dead didn’t live until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over these, the second death has no power, but they will be priests of Elohim and of the Anointed, and will reign with him one thousand years. (Revelation 20:1-6 RNEB)

The second death which occurs after the second resurrection is what all the prophets were talking about.

    I saw a great white throne, and him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. There was found no place for them. I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and they opened books. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works. The sea gave up the dead who were in it. Death and grave gave up the dead who were in them. They were judged, each one according to his works. (Revelation 20:11-13 RNEB)

Shaul said Man is appointed once to die than the judgment, when he gave his discourse to the Hebraic assembly he didn’t say anything about the first resurrection, he talked about the second resurrection.

    Death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:14 RNEB)

This represents finality, there’s no more death. Since there is no more death after the second death occurs, there is no need for the grave. Were throwing death and the grave into the fire, it’s being written here symbolically to show it’s completely destroyed. In other words, after all the unrighteous people are destroyed after judgment, which is the second death, those who remain will become immortal, they were judged as righteous and can be trusted to remain in righteousness, so there is no more need for death and the grave.

    If anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15 RNEB)

Job talked about seeing his redeemer on the last day in a new body and composition. Ezekiel chapter thirty seven talks about the construct or creation of a new body, so lets see about the new body that’s received after the resurrection of the righteous.

    For we know that if the earthly house of our tent is dissolved, we have a building from Elohim, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. (2 Corinthians 5:1 RNEB)

If our current bodies are destroyed, we have another body that’s eternal, not made from hands.

    For most certainly in this we groan, longing to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven; if so be that being clothed we will not be found naked. For indeed we who are in this tent do groan, being burdened; not that we desire to be unclothed, but that we desire to be clothed, that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now he who made us for this very thing is Elohim, who also gave to us the down payment of the Spirit. Therefore, we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from YAH; for we walk by faith, not by sight. We are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with YAH. (2 Corinthians 5:2-8 RNEB)

This is referring to the new body that the righteous receive in the first resurrection, in our current bodies we cannot be in the presence of Elohim, however in the new body we shall be as kings and priests with Elohim and the Anointed. This in no way is speaking about a mystical “spirit being” separating itself from a body as the many religious leaders teach.

    Therefore also we make it our aim, whether at home or absent, to be well pleasing to him. For we must all be revealed before the judgment seat of the Anointed; that each one may receive the things in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:9-10 RNEB)

We currently have a terrestrial body of flesh, bone, water, and blood, the spiritual body the righteous will receive is flesh and bone only, water and blood will not be part of the new creation, though both have the breath of life.

    For we are not commending ourselves to you again, but speak as giving you occasion of boasting on our behalf, that you may have something to answer those who boast in appearance, and not in heart. (2 Corinthians 5:12 RNEB)

It’s YAH’s will that all men live, however, it was Adams free will to commit an act of lawlessness, so now everyone is born into death. What we need to understand is how YAH will bring about his plan to be the Elohim of the living and not the dead.

    For until the law, sin was in the world; but sin is not charged when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moshe, even over those whose sins weren’t like Adam’s disobedience, who is a foreshadowing of him who was to come. But the free gift isn’t like the trespass. For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of Elohim, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Yahshua the Anointed, abound to the many. The gift is not as through one who sinned: for the judgment came by one to condemnation, but the free gift came of many trespasses to justification. For if by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; so much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Yahshua the Anointed. (Romans 5:13-17 RNEB)

Adam brought us into death, however through Yahshua the righteous will be raised to eternal life to carry out the original intent and will of the father, which was to create an everlasting being. In other words, just as the angels were created eternal, Adam was created an eternal being, however after the fall YAH had to set in motion a plan to accomplish his original intent and bring Man back to being an eternal being.

    So then as through one trespass, all men were condemned; even so through one act of righteousness, all men were justified to life. For as through the one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one, many will be made righteous. The law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly; THAT AS SIN REIGNED IN DEATH, EVEN SO GRACE MIGHT REIGN THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS TO ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH YAHSHUA THE ANOINTED OUR MASTER. (Romans 5:18-21 RNEB)

This is the reason there has to be a resurrection, to carry out YAH’s original intent for man to be an everlasting being.

    But now the Anointed has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since death came by man, the resurrection of the dead also came by man. (1 Corinthians 15:20-21 RNEB)

Yahshua became the first to be raised from the dead, death came through man so the resurrection of the dead also had to come through man, it’s the only path to restoration, a man brought us into death and man had to get us out.

The idea that when someone dies, part of them goes to heaven can’t be found in scripture, and it’s foolishness in light of what scripture actually teaches.

    For as in Adam all die, so also in the Anointed all will be made alive. But each in his own order: the Anointed the first fruits, then those who are the Anointed’s, at his coming. (1 Corinthians 15:22-23 RNEB)

This is because he’s the Elohim of the living and not the dead. Each occurs in its own order, first the Anointed, the first of the resurrected, and then the dead in the Anointed at the first resurrection.

    Then the end comes, when he will deliver up the Kingdom to Elohim, even the Father; when he will have abolished all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. (1 Corinthians 15:24-26 RNEB)

The last enemy is death, which was brought by Adam, we call it an enemy because it opposes the will of Elohim who desires all should live. Therefore, when Adam committed sin Elohim began the process to bring a redeemer that could justify Man, so he could receive eternal life.

    For, “He put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when he says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that he is excepted who subjected all things to him. When all things have been subjected to him, then the Son will also himself be subjected to him who subjected all things to him, that Elohim may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:27-28 RNEB)
    But someone will say, “How are the dead raised?” and, “With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish one, that which you yourself sow is not made alive unless it dies. That which you sow, you don’t sow the body that will be, but a bare grain, maybe of wheat, or of some other kind. (1 Corinthians 15:35-37 RNEB)

The body that shall be, is the one Shaul told us about that’s in heaven on reserve, he said although this earthly house is dissolved, we have a building from Elohim, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. This is symbolic of the old body which will dissolve and the new one which we are given at the resurrection.

    But Elohim gives it a body even as it pleased him, and to each seed a body of its own. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial differs from that of the terrestrial. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However that which is spiritual isn’t first, but that which is natural, then that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, made of dust. The second man is the Master from heaven. As is the one made of dust, such are those who are also made of dust; and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. As we have borne the image of those made of dust, let’s also bear the image of the heavenly. Now I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood can’t inherit the Kingdom of Elohim; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:38-52 RNEB)

Our existing bodies are corruptible, weak, and sickly, the blood not only carries the breath of life, it also carries diseases throughout the body. The new spiritual bodies won’t have blood, they will be incorruptible, just made of flesh and bone, and filled with the breath of life. This new body will look like our flesh and blood bodies but move like a spiritual entity, it’s a hybrid, a combination of both. That’s why it’s called a new creation, this type of body never before existed.

    For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “Death, where is your sting? grave, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to Elohim, who gives us the victory through our Master Yahshua the Anointed. (1 Corinthians 15:53-57 RNEB)

The victory is over death.

Summing Up

This study was an attempt to reveal several things concerning the creation of man, which included his purpose and final destination compared to what has been propagated by most religious leaders.

Solely, by disseminating scripture, we have determined:

  • There is no place of eternal torment.
  • Man does not go to heaven when he dies.
  • At death man sleeps until the resurrection.
  • The first resurrection is the reward for the dead in the Anointed.
  • The second resurrection is when Man is judged according to the books of the law.
  • YAH’s purpose for man is everlasting life with him, however we must be deemed righteous.

YAH is the Elohim of the living not the dead!

 

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