Satan’s original lie [Genesis 3:4] is still taught today. You shall surely not die! You can have whatever you want and be like Yahweh.
Interest in the occult and astrology is exploding today. All over the world, men and women seem to be interested in the subject of life after death.
Originally published in 1975, author Ralph Moody, Jr. wrote a book called Life After Life—the idea is that when a person dies, he leaves his body, goes through a long tunnel, and at the end of that tunnel he meets a being in white. That being in white is always accepting—it assures the deceased that no matter what he’s done, he is loved and accepted.
But is that really true or a lie from Satan and demons!?
What about these near-death experiences? Human beings are interested in knowing the answer to the question, “What happens after death?”
We’re fascinated by death and curious about what really goes on beyond the grave. Where can we find reliable information about what happens in the great “beyond?” are some voices that interrupt death’s silence dangerous? Who are the spirits of spiritualism? Is it possible for the dead to communicate with the living?
I have found that a very fashionable fad among many wealthy people these days was to hire a spiritualist for thousands of dollars and to have that spiritualist attempt to materialize the appearance of a loved one who had died.
Spiritualism was an explosive rampant during the late 80s and early 90s. But has existed for centuries.
There was a major interview done with teenagers recently, and they were asked, “do you believe the dead can communicate with the living?”
These teenagers said, “certainly,” and in fact one girl said, “Sure I do. I frequently see my dead grandmother appearing to me.” But can the dead really communicate with the living? Is there an immortal soul that leaves the body, and can it speak to us at certain times?
Spiritualism is deceptive and dangerous!
What really scares me is that even some corrupted Bishops are dabbling with the idea of communicating with the dead. And these are the people who are supposed to be teaching and guiding others to Yahweh’s truth.
There was once a Bishop called James Pike, who was an Episcopal Bishop of California back in the mid 60s. Bishop Pike’s eldest son James, Jr. Committed suicide in a New York hotel room in 1966. The Bishop was really troubled about the death of his son, and although he believed the Bible had good moral instruction, he rejected some of the teachings of the Bible.
Particularly, he rejected the Bible teachings about death. He actually believed his son might someday try to contact him. He took a sabbatical in England to study the Dead Sea Scrolls, and he often walked along the English Channel. One day the Bishop came back to his room and noticed cards with pictures of his son on them—mementos of his son—and those cards were opened on his nightstand. He also apparently noticed other strange things. The clocks in his room had stopped at 8:20—precisely the time his son had committed suicide.
Strangely enough, safety pins he’d left closed on the dresser were open at a strange angle. He began thinking something odd was going on and wondered what it could possibly be. Mementos of his son continued to appear around the room. The mirror was tilted at that 8:20 angle.
He said to himself, “My son’s trying to contact me. My dead son, Jimmy, is trying to speak to me.” He went to one of London’s spiritualists and had that spiritualist bring up an apparition of his son. The Bishop should have known that rejecting the Bible’s teaching was entering on thin ice—ice that would crack beneath his feet. That London spiritualist brought up the Bishop’s son, and the son said, “Yes, Father. I’m in heaven, an eternal place, but don’t talk to me about a Saviour. Yahshua was a good man, but not the Saviour who died for all mankind. Oh, Father, I want to meet you. I have a message for you. Go to Jerusalem, go out into the desert, and I’ll meet you there.”
So Bishop Pike went to Jerusalem. He and his wife took their car outside the ancient city and began wandering in the Judean hills. The bishop became dehydrated, but he believed he’d actually be taken up to his son outside of Jerusalem. His wife ran for help, but it was too late. Wandering around in the Judean desert, looking for his son, whom he believed had spoken to him in a spiritualistic séance, the Bishop died.
Playing with spiritualism is playing with disaster. It’s downright DANGEROUS! Following the voices of evil spirits is following voices that will destroy your life!
How did Yahweh Himself feel about people trying to contact the dead? Notice these statements from the book of Leviticus. “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am Yahweh your Elohim.” Leviticus 19:31. Again, “A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death.” Leviticus 20:27.
Now, why is Yahweh so opposed to this thing? Why such a severe penalty for engaging in spiritualistic séances? ANSWER: Because it is a lie and it is devil-inspired. It is unsound and anti scriptural throughout.
It is one of the cornerstones of the devil’s kingdom. He has worked powerful miracles down through the ages through people who claim to receive their power from the spirits of the dead. (Examples: Magicians of Egypt Exodus 7:11; Woman of Endor 1 Samuel 28:3-25; Sorcerers Daniel 2:2; A certain damsel Acts 16:16-18.)
Solemn Warning! In the end-time Satan will again use sorcery as he did in Daniel’s day to deceive the world (Revelation 18:23). Sorcery is a supernatural agency that claims to receive its power and wisdom from the spirits of the dead.
Posing as Yahshua’s disciples, posing as loved ones who have died, saintly clergymen who are now dead and sleep the sleep of death [ Psa 13:3] , Bible prophets, or even the apostles or disciples of Yahshua (2 Corinthians 11:13), Satan and his angels will deceive billions.
Those who believe the dead are alive, in any form, will most assuredly be deceived!
Many today are playing with astrology and psychic phenomena, listening for voices beyond the grave but turning away from the Bible’s truth and wisdom. The Bible says in James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of Yahweh, that giveth to all men liberally.” Yahshua says in John 17:17, “Sanctify them through Thy Word: Thy Word is truth.” And in John 8:32 Yahshua says, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” But the pathway of communicating with the dead is the pathway leading to deception.
Spiritualism says that the dead don’t really die when they die. This of course being an extension from Satan’s first lie [Gen 3:4]
I want you to see what spiritualists say because I want to show you how their deceptions are rocking the false church and entering right into corrupt Christian churches today even through the New Age Movement, and, according to Revelation, preparing them for Satan’s final spiritualistic deception.
J. Arthur Hill, on page 25 of the book Spiritism: History, Phenomena, and Doctrine says, “The fundamental principle in spiritualism is that human beings survive bodily death, and occasionally, under conditions not yet fully understood, we can communicate with those who have gone before.”
Spiritualism says that when you die, you’re not really dead. When you die, you have an immortal part of you that lives on and that can communicate with the living. In fact, the second claim of Spiritism is that the dead can communicate with the living. Can you see what Satan has done here?
An English spiritualist Oliver Lodge says, “There is no death in the graveyard. I have frequent talks with the dead. I cannot doubt that people live after death, for I frequently talk with them.” So spiritualism teaches that there’s an immortal part of you that lives on, that there’s no barrier between life and death, and that the dead can communicate with the living.
Spiritualism teaches that a dead person can come back to his house and speak to those still living there. Wouldn’t it be just like the devil to captivate our emotions while we’re grieving over a loved one who died? Wouldn’t it be just like the devil to take advantage of us at a time of grief and sorrow? The devil knows we long to see that loved one again, long to embrace and talk to that loved one again. So he takes advantage of our fondest emotions—of our desire to hug and hold—isn’t he a demon? Indeed, he is!
In fact, the Bible says Satan is “the father of lies.” In John 8:44 (NIV) Yahshua said, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer form the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language: for he is a liar and the father of lies.” What did Yahshua mean, Satan is “the father of lies”?
Who did Satan tell the first lie to? Eve—when he told Eve in Genesis 3:1-4, “You can eat of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and you shall not surely die.” So the first lie in this old world had to do with death. The Bible says in Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death.” But Satan lied and said you could sin and you won’t die because you have a so called immortal soul that lives on. Always remember that he’s the father of lies—and the first lie had to do with death.
The spiritualist says that Satan is not a liar, but he told the truth. Here another spiritualist E. W. Sprague even goes so far as to quote the Bible when he says: “Spiritualism says that the dead know more than the living. ‘And the serpent said unto the woman, “You shall not surely die.”‘ Geneses 3:4.
The devil did not tell the truth, and the Yahweh is not in error! If Yahweh says in Genesis 2:17, “You shall surely die,” you will surely die! And that is exactly what happened that day! Adam did in fact die that day spiritually, and began to die in the body.
Does the Bible say that when a person dies, he can return to his house and talk to the living? Yahweh answers that question in Job 7:9, 10, NIV: “As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so he who goes down to the grave does not return. He will never come to his house again.” So when a person dies, according to the Bible, can he ever come to his house again? No, he cannot.
Yet someone says, “But I saw it. I saw it with my own eyes!” Friend, the devil can masquerade and take the form of a dead loved one. Here’s the way Yahweh’s Word speaks of death in Job 16:22: “When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.” When a person dies, he cannot return.
This reminds me of a situation once I had read about. A man had lost his wife in death. He had just heard a sermon on the state of the dead. He read the Bible and clearly was shown by the Holy Spirit that the dead are dead exactly as Yahweh has taught. He was at home one night and saw a form that resembled his dead wife.
As he looked up, he remembered what the Bible says: “He who goes down to the grave does not return.” He remembered that the Bible says the dead can never return to their house. He remembered a verse from Revelation 16:14, “They are the spirits of devils, working miracles.” He remembered a verse from 2 Corinthians 11:14, “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” He remembered the Bible story which talks about the witch of Endor—how the witch brought up a demon that masqueraded as the dead prophet Samuel and how King Saul listened to the demon, lost the battle, and went out and committed suicide.
And the man understood that this was not his wife, even though it looked like his wife and talked like his wife. And he said, “You are not my wife! In the name of Yahshua, be gone. Be gone, in Yahshua’s name.” And the man said that right before his eyes, the ghostly figure of his wife disappeared.
Yahweh says in Leviticus 20:27, NIV, “A man or woman who is a medium or a spiritist among you must be put to death.” Or Deuteronomy 18:10-12, NIV, “Let no one be found among you . . . who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Yahweh.” Why should Yahweh issue such strong, damning prohibitions against those who might put us in touch with the dead and make it a capital offense—demanding their death?
Why does Yahweh forbid us to consult our departed loved ones, if they’re alive and can talk to us? Yahweh loves us, and Psalm 84:11 says: “No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Why, then, does He withhold from us any contact with our beloved dead? So much comfort and wisdom could be gained if we could talk with a loving parent who now dwells in the very presence of Yahweh! Why should Yahweh mind or care?
Answer: Because Yahweh knows that the supposed spirits of the dead are really spirits of the ENEMY—devils and demons!
Don’t play with spiritualism, whatever your emotions tell you, that form is not your wife, your son, your daughter. The Bible says, “When they go down, they cannot come back.” The Bible, in Isayah 8:20, points us “To the law and the testimony [the law is the Ten Commandments and the testimony is the Bible]: if they speak not according to this word, there is no light in them.” The Word of Yahweh in the Bible is the standard by which we are to test truth. The preceding verse, Isayah 8:19, says: “When they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their Yahweh? For the living to the dead?”
The Bible says, “Don’t go seeking knowledge about the dead from some spiritualistic source. Seek Yahweh. Seek what the Bible says about death. Seek what Scripture reveals about death.”
Let’s go back to creation, to find out what really does happen when a person dies. Maybe if we understand what happened at man’s creation, we can understand something about what happens at death. The Bible says in Genesis 2:7, “Then Yahweh formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Notice, Yahweh formed man out of the dust of the ground. That’s his body, right? Then He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life—the power of Yahweh—and man became a living soul. [Nephesh] NIV has translated the Hebrew word [Nephesh] into the more appropriate English word living “being.”
Does it say that Yahweh put an immortal soul into man? No, it says that Yahweh formed man out of the dust of the ground, breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul, a living being, a living person. We CAN’T read into the Scripture something which isn’t there. In fact, virtually all modern Bible translations render the words “a living soul” as “a living being” or “a living person” for that’s what the text means.
So the formula reads: dust + Spirit = living soul. Or, to translate it another way: elements of earth + breath = living being.
Adam became a living being or a living person. You see, a living soul is a living person. Please may I encourage you to read this with no pre assumptions! Let us allow the Bible to clearly explain itself.
Suppose you went to the supermarket, and when you came home you said to your husband, “There wasn’t a soul there.” And your husband jokingly replies, “Oh, I’m glad there wasn’t any soul there, because that would have scared me!” He knows, when you say that, you mean “There wasn’t a person there.” The Bible says in Acts 27:37 there were 276 souls” on the ship (KJV). What does that mean? There were 276 people or persons.
So it’s theologically correct to say: “That poor soul is struggling along on a fixed income.” The Bible never says a person “has” a soul—as if it were a separate entity we possess. I don’t have a soul, I am a soul, a living creature, a person—and so are you. Rightly so then, the NIV translators translated the verse into the following: (NIV) Acts 27:37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board.
But someone says, “Wait a minute—I don’t want to get caught up in mere words! Just answer me one thing: Our physical bodies die, but our souls can never, ever die, can they?”
Well, Yahweh says quite plainly that they can and do: “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4—repeated for emphasis in verse 20. It was the pagan Greeks—especially the philosopher Plato—who asserted that the soul of man is “imperishable.” If that pagan idea were true, WHY did the Holy Spirit inspire Ezekiel to write those words—twice in one chapter? Some immortal soul that enters man at birth and leaves the body at death is NOT Scriptural.
A soul is a person, and if a person sins, he or she will die. So modern Bible versions render Ezekiel 18:4 as follows: “The PERSON who sins is the one who will die.”—Today’s English Version. “It is for man’s own sins that HE will die.”—The Living Bible. “The SOUL who sins will die.”—New American Standard Bible (a footnote on the word soul says “PERSON”)
The Bible word soul may also mean “life.” For instance, Yahshua taught that “whosoever will save his LIFE shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his LIFE for My sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own SOUL? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his SOUL?” Matthew 16:25, 26 (similarly translated in Mark 8:35-37). In this passage, Matthew wrote the same Greek word psuche four times, but the King James translators twice rendered it “life” and twice “soul.” You can see for yourself that the two words are interchangeable. And you can see, further, that “life” is not something naturally and irrevocably ours—we can lose it, for we’re not inherently immortal.
The word mortal means “Subject to death,” and immortal means the opposite—imperishable. You don’t find the term “immortal soul” or “immortality of the soul” even once in the entire Bible! The Word of Yahweh doesn’t teach such a concept. The Bible uses the expressions “soul” and “spirit” more than 1,600 times, but never once attaches the term “immortal” to either word. If human beings really had an immortal soul or immortal spirit, don’t you think the Bible would use that term at least once out of 1,642 times?
Mankind has the promise of immortality—to be given to the faithful as a “gift” when Yahshua returns. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 says, “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of a eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound . . .and this mortal shall put on immortality.”
You see, we mortals, who are subject to death and decay, have to “put on” immortality at Yahshua’s second coming. But man is NOT inherently or naturally immortal now. In the Bible, human beings are always mortal, never immortal. Job 4:17 asks, “Shall mortal man be more just than Yahweh? shall a man be more pure than his maker?” In Romans 2:7 Yahweh encourages us to “seek for . . . immortality,” but if we were already immortal by nature, why would Yahweh tell us to “seek” it? In the Bible, immortality is something only Yahweh has, something we don’t have, something we always seek for, and something the saved and not the lost will receive only at the second coming of Yahshua.
In fact, the very word immortal in the original languages is used only once in Scripture, and in that sole instance—1 Timothy 1:17—the word applies not to man but to “the only wise Yahweh.” to clinch this point, let’s look in the same epistle—1 Timothy 6:15, 16—where the inspired theologian Paul explicitly declares that “the King of kings, and Yahweh . . . ONLY hath immortality.”
Turn to those texts and read them with your own eyes in your own Bible! When the Bible plainly declares that Yahweh alone is immortal, that “[He] ONLY hath immortality,” we need not waste our time trying to find verses that say MAN is immortal or has an immortal soul—for we won’t find them.
Furthermore, the Bible never says a person “has” a soul that leaves the body at death—a conscious, feeling, thinking kind of an ethereal thing that floats away—that’s man’s idea. Psalm 22:20 prays, “Deliver my soul from the sword.” But if a soul were our non-material “essence,” a sword couldn’t hurt it. Another example: In Ps 7:1-2 we read, “Deliver me: lest he tear my soul [nephesh] like a lion, rending it in pieces.”
Would anyone contend that the soul here mentioned is something “immaterial” and “immortal” that leaves the body at death? If so, how can it be torn by a lion? It is obvious that David is referring to his body, and not to a disembodied shadowy soul!.
Now, what happens when we die? Well, when Adam was created, Yahweh formed his body from the dust of the ground, breathed the breath of life or spirit into his nostrils, and he became a living soul. According to the Bible in Ecclesiastes 12:7, exactly the opposite occurs at death: “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was”—so the body goes to the earth—”and the spirit shall return unto Yahweh who gave it.” What goes back to Yahweh? The spirit, or the breath. The Bible never once says the soul goes back to Yahweh. The Bible uses the term “soul” 857 times, but never once does it say the soul goes back to Yahweh. Only the spirit goes back to Yahweh.
Here’s where people make a mistake: They don’t understand what the “spirit” is. What is the spirit that goes back to Yahweh? Is it something that thinks? Is it something that’s conscious? The word spirit itself comes from the same root as other common words pertaining to “breath” or “breathing,” such as inspire or respiration. The New Testament Greek word for “spirit” is pneuma, which gives us words like pneumonia, the respiratory disease, and pneumatic, the tires we blow up with air etc.
But let’s let the Bible define what the spirit is that goes back to Yahweh. in the Hebrew language of the Old Testament there’s a literary device called parallelism, in which the first phrase says something and the second phrase defines it. Let’s read Job 27:3 and you tell me what the spirit of Yahweh equals: “All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of Yahweh is in my nostrils.”
So the spirit is equal to the breath. Yahweh breathed into man His life-giving spirit. When a man dies, what goes back to Yahweh? The breath of Yahweh, or the power of Yahweh—that spark of life—returns to Yahweh. James 2:26 says, “The body without the spirit is dead.” That’s how we describe death even today: we say, “He died” or “He expired” or He breathed his last.” So the body without Yahweh’s breath is dead, because at death Yahweh’s spirit or His breath goes back to Him.
The unconscious dead cannot think. That “breath” is not a thinking, conscious entity which survives death.
The word of Yahweh specifically precludes any idea of consciousness after death. What happens to us when our breath goes back to Yahweh? Psalms 146:4 tells us that when a man dies, “His breath [his spirit] goeth forth, he [his body] returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” So is a dead man able to think? No! The Bible says that on the day he dies, “his thoughts perish.” Ecclesiastes 9:5 says plainly, “The living know that they will die: but the dead know not anything….Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished.” Friends, no matter what we’ve been taught in the past, no matter what the devil said to Eve in that first lie, the dead know not anything!
Death is a sleep until the resurrection day, an unconscious, dreamless sleep.
The Bible teaches that death is but a sleep that lasts until Yahshua’s second coming. More than fifty times, Bible writers consistently describe death as a sleep. Writing under inspiration, the Psalmist David prayed to Yahweh lest he “sleep the sleep of death.” Psalm 13:3. Later, 1 Kings 2:1 and 10 say: “Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die…So David slept with his fathers, and was buried.” Yahshua Himself spoke of death as a sleep. The Master said, in John 11:11-14 (RSV), when His beloved friend Lazarus grew very sick in a nearby town, “‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awake him out of sleep.
The disciples, said to Him, ‘Yahweh, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.’ Now Yahshua had spoken of his death, but they thought that He meant taking rest in sleep. Then Yahshua told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead.
Fallen asleep (“keomaomai”) Lazarus was sleeping, not singing praises in heaven when Yahshua called him. He was in a sleep state (koimao – to lie down in sleep) and the Yahweh awakened him (exupnizo – arouse)
e.g. “eiro” (to awaken – to rouse from sleep – to raise) is used by John in referring to the “raising” of Lazarus. “anastasis” (standing up), occurs 42 times and is always translated “resurrection”.
Isayah 26:19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead
Ezekiel 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the Yahweh, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves
Ezekiel 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Yahweh have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Yahweh
Can you really imagine if Lazarus was in heaven at the time when Yahshua called him forth? Then Yahshua just played the cruelest trick ever. Can you imagine your in Heaven in a joyful state and and all of a sudden your back in your old body. I will tell you my friends, Lazarus wouldn’t have been too happy with Yahshua.
And how can anyone be in Heaven? That would mean the judgment day has already occurred! No my friend, judgment day is yet to come.
When a person dies, his body goes to the earth and his spirit (or breath) goes back to Yahweh who gave it. Then he awaits Yahshua’s return in a perfectly restful, dreamless sleep. There’s no more pain, no more suffering, no more heartache, no more sorrow. It’s as if we rest in Yahshua’s arms till He taps us on the shoulder and says, “Wake up, My child – it’s time to go home!”
In Job 14:21 (NIV) the Bible says that after a man dies, he doesn’t know what’s happening even to his own family: “If his sons are honored, he does not know it; if they are brought low, he does not see it.”
And if we think it through, we’ll realise that Yahweh’s way is the best way.
Let’s suppose that a mother died and that she does have a conscious, immortal soul in heaven. Let’s suppose she can look down and see every thing that happens on earth. She sees her son in War flying a combat mission. The enemy turn their guns on him, blows his helicopter apart, and he goes down. He’s taken prisoner of war and is tortured.
Do you think that mother in heaven would be happy? Or even as so many believe, those in heaven can actually see the lost burning and turning in agony in some so called “Eternal Hellfire”.
(For more on this, please read my page titled: Does the story of the “Rich man and Lazarus” support eternal hellfire?)
Or can you imagine little boy six or seven years old is playing ball, and the ball goes out in the street. He runs to get it as a car comes down the street, and the car is going to hit him. If his mother were consciously aware of all this in heaven, she’d scream, “Oh, please stop!”Or think of the dead mother whose child is on drugs and she sees him lying in a back alley. He’s destroyed his whole body. Wouldn’t that mother weep and cry to see this? Or a dead husband looks down from heaven and sees his beloved wife suffering terribly from cancer, yet there’s nothing he can do!
Yahweh’s way is that when you die, you just rest—you sleep soundly. It’s a perfect rest in the arms of Yahshua. You’re so secure, and when Yahshua comes again to wake you up, earth’s heartache and suffering will be all over. Our loved ones who have gone to their rest are conscious of nothing—not even the passage of time. They don’t see that child abused. They don’t see that drunk driver hit those kids. They don’t see that man who comes home and beats his wife. Yahshua’ way is so much better!
Let’s read it again—Ecclesiastes 9:5, “The living know that they shall die, but the dead know not anything.” Isn’t Yahweh’s way best? Don’t you thank Yahweh that death is but a deep, unconscious sleep until the resurrection? Psalm 115:17 couldn’t be any plainer: “The dead praise not the Yahweh, neither any that go down into silence.” Yet you know that if you died and immediately went to heaven, you’d praise the Yahweh, wouldn’t you? The Bible says, “The dead know not anything.” The Bible says, “The dead praise not the Yahweh.”
Let’s suppose you take a light bulb and plug it in. When you plug the light bulb in, electric power flows through the cord. The power flowing through the cord comes to the bulb, and the result is illumination or a light. Let’s use the symbol of the light to illustrate our human condition. The bulb represents the body. The electric power represents the spirit, the power of Yahweh.
When the spirit or power enters the body, we have life—represented by the light. If you unplug the light bulb, there’s no illumination—there’s only darkness when the bulb and power which brings about the resultant light. And it’s the combination of body and spirit which produces the soul or living person. Consider the following table:
BULB plus POWER equals LIGHT.
BODY plus SPIRIT equals LIFE—a living soul or person.
BULB minus POWER equals DARKNESS.
BODY minus SPIRIT equals DEATH.
When we turn off the power, the light goes out. We may ask, “Where did the light go?” It didn’t “go” anywhere—he simply ceased to exist. And exactly the same thing happens when a man dies. The soul or person doesn’t “go” anywhere—he simply ceases to exist as a conscious personality until the resurrection. So when we’re “unplugged” from the Source of life, we stop living but rest in the arms of Yahshua. We rest securely until the call of the Life giver.
Where did the doctrine of innate, natural immortality come from? From man—ultimately, of course, from the mind of none other than Satan himself. The pagans worshiped on the day of the sun—Sunday, the first day of the week—and gave allegiance to the sun Yahweh.
In those same centuries the Greeks came to believe in the natural immortality of the soul. They believed the soul lived on outside the body as a separate, conscious entity, an idea popularized by Plato and other heathen philosophers.
When some pagans converted, they carried with them many of their former heathen beliefs and practices. They brought the images and idols of their pagan gods into the church with them. They brought Sunday in as a holy day. And they brought the pagan idea of the natural immortality of the soul into the church. Here’s what William E. Gladstone—four times Prime Minister of Great Britain and a Bible student—wrote: “The doctrine of natural, as distinguished from immortality . . . crept into the Church, by a back door. . . . The natural immortality of the soul is a doctrine wholly unknown to the Holy Scriptures.”
I say it’s time to get back to the Bible! It’s time to get back to what Yahshua says, because once you accept the immortality of the soul and the idea that there’s an immortal soul that can communicate with you, you’re vulnerable to the devil’s deception. According to Revelation the devil is getting ready to deceive millions of people by impersonating their loved ones telling them it’s not necessary to obey Yahweh’s Commandments. We’re going to find the greatest spiritualistic deceptions in these last days. These times are at hand and knocking at the door!
What did Yahshua Messiah Himself, teach about death? I’m always asked about the thief on the cross. What did Yahshua mean when he spoke to the thief on the cross in Luke 23:43 and promised, “Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with Me in paradise”? Did He mean that the thief would go with him to paradise that day? Obviously not, because remember when Mary came to Yahshua on the resurrection morning, she looked at Yahshua through her tears, through her weeping and crying, and thought He was the gardener. John 20:11-17. Mary said, “Master!” and ran to throw her arms around his feet. But Yahshua said, “Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father.”
Yahshua’s promise to the thief appears, on the surface, to present some startling contradictions. First, it seems to contradict clear Bible teaching on the subject of death that man sleeps in the grave until called forth by Yahshua. Second, if Yahshua had not yet ascended to his Father on Sunday morning, how could He have told the thief that they’d be in paradise that day?
Must we believe either Yahshua’s statement to Mary on Sunday morning OR His promise to the thief? When we encounter an apparent contradiction in the Bible, we immediately realise that something is wrong—wrong not with the Word of Yahweh but with our limited understanding or with the translation or something else.
But any apparent contradictions instantly disappear with the simple movement of a comma. The placement of a comma can make a world of difference. We must remember that the punctuation found in the Bible is NOT inspired. In fact, the original Greek New Testament had NO punctuation at all! Punctuation was not added till about the time of the Reformation—A.D. 1500 or so. Even when the King James Version appeared in 1611 with some punctuation, it still had no quotation marks around words spoken—those were added in still later versions.
You see, those who added the commas and other punctuation marks to Scripture had no help from Luke’s Greek manuscript, because Greek was written all in CAPITAL letters, with no breaks between sentences.
in fact, WITHNOBREAKSEVENBETWEENWORDS—in order to save on costly parchments.
So the comma in this verse was not added until many centuries later. Translators used their best judgment in inserting punctuation, but they were certainly not inspired. If their interpretation of the text was colored by their mistaken belief in the immortality of the soul—they’d naturally put the comma in the wrong place—which is exactly what happened.
The comma in this Bible text can be placed either before or after the word “today.”
“Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.”
“Verily I say unto thee today, thou shalt be with Me in paradise.”
“Today” is an adverb of time, telling when something happens.
It may modify the verb “be” and tell when the thief would be with Yahshua in paradise. Or it may modify the verb “say” and emphasize when Yahshua spoke those words to the thief. (Incidentally, Greek, like the Latin languages, has the pronouns COMBINED in the one-word verb form, so in Greek “thou shalt be” is identical to “shalt thou be,” being synthesized in the very same word.)
What did Yahshua really say to the thief? It’s very simple. He boldly made this promise—today, as I die on the cross and My ministry ends in agony; today, as blood runs down My face and nails pierce My hands; today, when it doesn’t look as if I can save anyone and My claim to be the Son of Yahweh appears false; today, when My own disciples have forsaken Me in My darkest hour, amid all these forlorn prospects and blasted hopes—the crucified Yahshua calmly turns to the repentant thief and majestically declares: “Verily I say unto thee today, thou shalt be with Me in paradise.”
The Bible is plain that Yahshua Himself did not go to paradise on that day. On that day, instead, Yahshua would enter the grave and rest in the tomb over the Sabbath. And as we read above, He did not ascend to His Father till some 40 days or so after encountering Mary Magdalene on Sunday morning. [Acts 1:3] All conflict and contradiction disappear when the comma is properly placed.
Because Yahshua burst the bonds of the tomb, because the shattered shackles of death could not hold Him, because Yahshua went into the grave and came out the other side triumphant, you and I need not fear death. The Bible asks in 1 Corinthians 15:55-57, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Yahshua who conquered death will take our hand and guide us through it. Yahshua who resurrected Lazarus from the dead will resurrect us from the dead. Death is but a sleep—a dreamless sleep until the coming of the Yahweh. We needn’t weep and cry and mourn our loved ones as others who have no hope. Certainly, there’s an emotional loss.
Our hearts are broken if a loved one dies, but the Bible says those graves will open at a future day, and you and I can have the absolute assurance that though we go into the grave, Yahshua will take us through death into eternal life after He comes the second time!
Yahweh gave us a promise in 1 Thessalonians 4. Verse 13 says, “I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep.” Don’t be ignorant—don’t be confused by the idea of the supposed immortality of the soul, don’t accept the old pagan idea of natural immortality— don’t be ignorant, because of you’re ignorant, you’ll be deceived. Don’t sorrow as others who have no hope. Then He goes on to say in verse 16, “For Yahweh Himself shall descend from heaven. . . .” Yahshua who died, Yahshua who offers forgiveness, Yahshua who can transform your life, is the Messiah who went into the grave and came out victorious, conquering death!
“Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of Yahweh: and the dead in Yahshua will rise first.” Good news! That little baby’s hands can touch your cheeks again. Good news! You can see the smile on the face of that son or daughter again. You can throw your arms around your wife and look into those eyes again. You can throw your arms around your wife and look into those eyes again. You can hear those words again—”Oh, I love you so much!”
Let us put all our trust in Yahshua Messiah. Lets fully believe and trust in His Words. Yahshua promised us He will come again for us. He promises He will not leave us in the graves.
John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in Yahweh ; trust also in me.
Death is not the end of the road, it’s a sleep. It’s an instant, a twinkling of an eye, for there’s absolutely no awareness of the passing of time in death. The Bible says, “We which are alive and remain [that is, remain alive till Yahshua comes] shall be caught up together with them [the resurrected dead] in the clouds, to meet Yahweh in the air.” We go to heaven when Yahshua comes and the dead are resurrected. The Bible’s whole focus is on that grand, glorious event of Yahshua’ second coming.
But if people died and went immediately to heaven, why should they long for the second coming? They’d already be in Yahshua’s presence and walking those streets of gold! The whole Bible message is based on the fact that the Yahshua who came once is coming again. The Bible mentions the second coming of Yahshua 1,500 times, once in every 25 verses in the New Testament. For every prophecy in the Old Testament about the first coming of Yahshua there are eight on His second coming. The grave is not the end.
Without Yahshua there is no hope. Without Yahshua there is no life—there’s only death. And Yahshua says to you and me, “I want you to live, not merely for time, but for all eternity. You can have the assurance of eternal life. You can have the assurance that though you may go to the grave, you can come out, as I did.” Eternity is a long, long time, it never ends.
Have you settled it in your heart? Are you willing to tell Yahshua that being with Him for eternity is worth everything? Are you willing to tell Yahshua that even if stepping out for Him means following truth you’ve never followed before, if it means making changes and sacrifices in your life, if it means following Yahweh’s Word and not man’s, if it means obeying Yahweh no matter what—whatever it means—are you willing to say, “I love you enough, Yahweh, and I want to spend eternity with You. I want to hear You say ‘Well done thy faithful servant!’
Yahshua is calling you to follow Him. Eternity is worth everything. He’ll give you assurance.
Following Yahshua is everything in life. If you want to live with Yahweh throughout all eternity, and you don’t want to be deceived by Satan, then please pray to Yahweh about this.
We must pray for Yahweh’s guidance. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find.” Matthew 7:7 “Study to shew thyself approved unto Yahweh, …rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of Yahweh.” John 7:17. “Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.” John 12:35. “As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me.” Psalm 18:44.
Yahweh bless you all and may Yahweh guide you into His truth and keep you safe.