Let’s kick off 2010 with a dose of Bible truth!
A man who claims to be a Biblical expert sent me an email. I wanted to share my response with you to remind you why you need to PROVE every doctrine you have been taught by your churches or are picking up on the Internet. Please don’t WASTE your hard earned money on books that are full of lying doctrines! This man claims to be an enlightened teacher of God’s Word, but the truth is, he has his head where the sun doesn’t shine! (I call ‘em as I see ‘em.)
Dear Mr. X,
Regarding your statement that all spirits sleep until the resurrection – this only refers to believers (Revelation 6:9-11). The spirits of unbelievers are left to roam the earth (Luke 11:24-26).
‘Sleeping in Christ’ after death is a privilege given to those who are faithful to the truth of God’s Word and keep His commandments while they are alive on earth. After death, the opportunity to receive this privilege is gone.
BEWARE: Many Christian teachers and their followers will not be given this privilege (Matthew 7:23) because ‘another gospel’ has been preached for 2,000 years! (2 Corinthians 11:4)
You can check out Elijah’s interview on YouTube: What Happens When We Die which is a correct analysis of what happens to human beings at death.
Regarding Adam, I do not agree that Adam does not get eternal life. The Tree of Life is a code word for Jesus, who is the Word of God, who is a Living Spirit who lived during Old Testament times (e.g. Melchizedek).
Adam was the first prophet of God. He sinned, and just like all the other prophets who sinned after him (including King David), received the privilege of sleeping until the Messiah arrived (Deuteronomy 31:16, 2 Samuel 7:12).
Christ’s death for sin is retroactive provable by Matthew 27:52 – the reference to ‘saints’ in this passage can only be referring to O.T. Jewish folks. Thus, these O.T. spirits received the promise God made to Israel concerning the Messiah, the salvation of Israel, and the promise of eternal life.
Also, it is a common misconception that Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden, but it is Cain who was driven from the garden.
If Adam and Eve were banished from the garden, how could they remain in contact with the Lord? The Lord who made them coats of skin and taught Adam how to do the animal sacrifice? The Lord who blessed them with another ‘prophetic’ seed – Seth! Seth’s blood line can be traced all the way to the Messiah!
The Hebrew word ‘adam’ which is used for ‘man’ throughout the Old Testament can be referring to a singular individual (Adam) or to mankind (see the plural use of ‘adam’ in Genesis 5:2). Thus, one cannot assume the use of the word ‘man’ is applying to the individual named Adam – a fatal mistake made by many so-called Biblical experts!
I followed up with several scriptures that further prove all spirits DO NOT receive the privilege of ‘sleeping in Jesus’ after they die:
“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented.” ~Luke 16:22-25
“And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name.” ~Revelation 14:11
torment for ever and ever = eternal torment = no rest forever
If a spirit is not resting, it’s roaming.
Keep in mind that the doctrine of ‘eternal judgment’ is a foundational New Testament doctrine (SEE Hebrews 6:1-2). As Jesus said to the religious leader named Nicodemus concerning his lack of understanding on a basic doctrine, you’re a master (teacher) in Israel and don’t know these things?
Love to all of you who love the Truth!