One of the most important Truths

Biblical or human truth People have to choose for which Truth they will want to go. Are they willing to clinch to Biblical Truth, gospel Truth or to what churches are presenting as a doctrinal truth? When looking at the present world, we can find lots of people who prefer to believe in not much […]

Deciphering Truth in Word and Concept – That we might see

A man testifying about the Truth The religious leaders had taken care that the Nazarene master teacher could be caught and led from Caiaphas to the hall of judgment (into the Praetorium). There Pilate went out unto them, and asked what accusation they could bring against this man of whom he had heard so many […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 25 The Second Death

The Second Death In the Garden of Eden, death was pronounced as the penalty for the transgression there committed, and the whole of the Adamic race was involved in it. This was the unfortunate result of the first great Judgment of our race. — Rom. 5:12,16. “ Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 24 Stories, first death and heavens

When people ask what happens after death (the passing away) and where the dead are in god believing people can only try to give a picture of what the words in the Bible tell. There are also too many people who call themselves Christian, but do not believe many words of Christ and his heavenly […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 23 The Rich Man and The Beggar

The Rich Man and The Beggar Finally, the superior position of the Pharisees and scribes (rich in spiritual things, clothed in purple and fine linen, representing their own estimate of their righteousness and hopes of royalty, and faring sumptuously every day — Psalm 69:22; Rom. 11:9) is contrasted with the outcast, beggarly condition of the […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 22 The unjust steward

The unjust steward “1  And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward, and he was accused unto him, that he wasted his goods. 2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? Give an accounts of thy […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 21 The Prodigal son

In order to get a clearer picture of what happens to people after death, it is not a bad idea to look at the background of the various parables that Jesus told. Previously we looked at the rich man who ended up in sheol (hell or the grave) and the beggar Lazarus who ended up […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 20 Dives and Lazarus

Many people forget that several stories and parables in the Bible are not to be taken literally and that they are a reflection or a lesson for mankind. Several times, the dead or people are depicted who may be hidden or in the womb of something or someone else. There are also stories of torments […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 19 Body, Soul and Spirit

In the Bible, people are spoken of as souls, living beings, in which case one could also think of soul and body as individuals. Those believing souls, as churchgoers, could form the ‘soul’ of the church community. Yet it had to be realised that when a soul or a person died, the Church did not […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 18 King Saul and the Witch of Endor

Around the 19th and beginning of the 20th century there were still several Biblestudents and Bible researchers who believed in fallen angels. Underneath we look at a vision or view by one of the writers on calling the dead, in the Biblestudents magazine The New Covenant Advocate King Saul and the Witch of Endor In […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 17 Enoch Translated

Enoch Translated “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found because God had translated him.” “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” — Heb. 11:5; Gen. 5:22. Nothing in these texts says that Enoch was taken to heaven; nothing in these texts […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 16 Elijah taken up to Heaven

Answering the question of where the dead are, we look further into Biblical fragments that can shed further light on the condition of the dead and tell us more about where those Biblical figures of antiquity are today. Elijah taken up to Heaven The question is sometimes asked, “Was not Elijah taken to heaven in […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 15 Moses and Elijah at the Transfiguration

In the question of what happens when we die and where all the dead are, one can also turn to the Biblical figures who died in the past. We can then find out what happened to them and what else is written about them. Regarding the state of the dead, our magazine in the 20th […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 14 The Spirits in Prison

Continuing on the posed question of where the dead people might be, we continue to look at some answers given in one of the Biblestudents magazines in 1909 The Spirits in Prison “19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 13 The Souls Under the Altar

The Souls Under the Altar In Revelation 6:9-11 the souls of martyrs “under the altar” are said to cry, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” Some have taken this to mean that the martyrs were enjoying a conscious existence […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 12 The Thief on the Cross

The Thief on the Cross In his dying hours our Redeemer was associated with malefactors — “numbered with the transgressors.” (Isa. 53:12; Luke 23:39-43.) One of these “railed on Him, saying, If Thou be Christ, save Thyself and us.” The other was more kindly disposed. Instead of railing against Jesus, he rebuked the railer, confessing […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 11 Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord

“Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord” “Nevertheless, we are bold, and love rather to remove out of the body, and to dwell with the Lord.” (2Co 5:8 GenevaBible) These words of the Apostle (2 Cor. 5: 8) have been held by some to favour the thought that the faithful are ushered into the […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 10 Depart and be with Christ

Depart and be with Christ “ For I am distressed between both, desiring to be loosed and to be with Christ, which is best of all.” (Php 1:23 GenevaBible) The expression in Phil. 1: 23, of the Apostle’s earnest desire to be with the Lord, has caused considerable discussion, and some have found difficulty in […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 9 The Resurrection of the Dead

The Resurrection of the Dead The Scripture testimony concerning the state of the dead has been examined, and it has been seen that the dead are asleep. The Scriptures have been found to teach that the whole of the race has been condemned to death on account of the one transgression in the Garden of […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 7 Man became a living soul

Man Became a Living Soul “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Ge 2:7 AV) Gen. 2:7, after describing the uniting of the body and the breath of lives, states that the result of the […]