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? 8 Man in God’s likeness

Man In God’s Likeness Wherein consisted the likeness of the man to his Maker? We see that it was not in that man was given to have “life in himself.” That was originally the quality of Jehovah, solely (John 5: 26), and was given by Him to the Son at His resurrection. It is also […]

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 […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 6 Death for man and beast

Death for man and beast Having noted the Scripture testimony that death is the same for both good and evil men, it is now necessary for us to learn a further lesson; viz., that death as such is the same for man as for the beast — the cessation of life. This may appear humiliating […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 5 Sheol, Hades, Hell, Gehenna

Sheol, Hades, Hell, Gehenna Death is the same for both good and bad men. The same word describes the condition of both, many times over: “Then Abraham gave up the ghost [breath|, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.” (Gen. 25: 8.) […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 4 The Bible’s Answer

The Bible’s Answer Coming to the divine Word, seeking its answer to the great question, we are at once impressed with its candour and simplicity. The Scriptural answer to the problem is direct and straightforward, without appeal to passion or prejudice. Having proved the Bible worthy of all confidence, and having found in it the […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 3 The Spiritualist’s Answer

The Spiritualist’s Answer In the last half century [ed.n.: of the 19th century], the cult of Spiritualism has acquired much prominence. It claims to furnish the answer to the question now before us; in fact, its promi nence and notoriety are based on its dealing with this question, which it regards as its own special […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 2 Scientific Answer

The Scientific Answer The Man of Science also has an answer. He takes man as he finds him, and, after many years examination of living beings and study of practical anatomy in the dissecting room, admits that as yet he knows little or nothing about Life and Death. The following extract from ”The Hospital” quoted […]

The Dead — Where Are They? 1 Universal Inquiry

“Man givit up the ghost, and whore is lie?” — Job 14: 10. Question of Questions! The Universal Inquiry! What is the state of those who have passed away? Not an individual but has been indirectly affected by death, through the loss of dear ones; not one but has to look forward to being directly […]

Justified or Sanctified by the blood

Question. — Is there any difference between the blood that justifies and the blood that sanctifies? — Heb. 10: 20. Answer. — There is no difference whatever. It is the one blood that makes the coiners thereunto perfect viz., the blood of Jesus. In previous Dutch articles, we noted that a covenant victim volunteered to […]

Mediator and advocate

Question.— Itis alleged that God dealt with Abraham without the intervention of a mediator, and that the Church of the Gospel Age, prospective in hours of the Abrahamic promise, as the “seed”, therefore require no mediator, though it is said ” we do need an Advocate.” Is this Scriptural? Answer.— In our articles around “Salvation […]

Armageddon – City of Megiddo

In our last article concerning many questions posted to us, we come to take a look at Megiddo and the “plain of Megiddo” which with its strategic location has been the site of many ancient battles and is described to be part of a later Big Battle. It has been claimed that more battles have been held in Megiddo than at any other place on the earth. Cline (2002) counts a least 34 wars at Megiddo from ~2350 BCE to CE 2000.

The Coining of the Lord Draweth Nigh

We are coming closer to the end of our series on the coming of a Christ or Messiah. Yesterday having mentioned that throughout the ages there have been loads of people who said they were the Messiah or Christ. Even in our present times we can find such figures who claim that they are the […]

Much confusion about the Antichrist

In Christendom, we can find lots of people who do not believe Jesus Christ is the sent one from God (the Word) having come in the flesh. Lots of people who call themselves Christian say that Jesus is God having come in the flesh. Today there are still millions of people (who claim to be […]