The Soul Sleep Error

apr05b, sky, blue, 10Nov2016Believe it or not, some churches teach that faithful Christians don’t go directly to heaven but sleep in the grave. Some Bible verses seem to teach that doctrine.

One verse which seems to say that our soul sleeps is Daniel 12:2 (KJV) which says, “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

What these preachers of soul sleep don’t realize is that sleep is a metaphor for death. We see this clearly explained in John 11:11-15 (KJV). “These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, ‘Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.’ Then said his disciples, ‘Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.’ Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.'”

The Apostle Paul wrote that we don’t sleep but our spiritual selves are awake in heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV) says, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

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Furthermore, John saw in his vision on the isle of Patmos that believers are in heaven under God’s throne. Revelation 6:9-11 (KJV) plainly shows this to be true. “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?’ And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”

Also, Paul knew he would be with his Lord at death. Philippians 1:23 (KJV) plainly states, “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:”

These verses alone show that we don’t become unconscious but we go to be with the Lord at death. Martyrs throughout the church’s history have held onto this blessed hope. They never felt that they’d just go to sleep like the soul sleep believers think.

I’ll be writing more about our eternal destination in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Since there’s no “do over” when we die, each one of us must make sure we’ll be in the presence of Christ forever. Otherwise, the only other destination for us is hell.

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Do People in Heaven Have Physical Bodies?

oct19Mormons believe that there are physical people in heaven as well as spirits. Doctrine and Covenants Section 129:1-3 reads, “There are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones— For instance, Jesus said: ‘Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.’ Secondly: the spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected, but inherit the same glory.”

Firstly, angels aren’t resurrected saints. Hebrews 1:7 (KJV) explains, “And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.”oct19a

Secondly, Matthew 22:30 (KJV) reads, “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” He didn’t say we’d be identical to angels but that we will be like them in that they never marry. He wouldn’t have said so if they were actual humans who received their resurrected bodies as Joseph Smith claims.

And how could we have bodies before the resurrection when the Apostle Paul explained in 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV), “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”?

We also know that a third of the angels followed Lucifer and became demons. How then can they, if they had material bodies, inhabit people? Mark 16:9 (KJV) reads, “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”

Joseph Smith also wrenched Hebrews 12:23 (KJV) out of its context. “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,” How could they be flesh-and-blood people if they are spirits?

oct19bI’ll be writing more defenses of the Bible and what God revealed to us in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? We need to know how to defend God’s word from error or we’ll be misled. I hope I can help at least some people out of error as I was led to the truth.

Do Our Souls Sleep Until Christ’s Return?

apr04This month, I’d like to move on to the subject of the resurrection. It’s the most important factor in our lives and our eternal destination. But I first want to clear up the matter of what happens before we believers rise from the dead.

I read a blog post recently which claimed that Christians don’t go to heaven when they die. This sounds like the doctrine of soul sleep to me.

One scripture passage which the post claimed to prove soul sleep is 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and 17 (KJV). “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

It’s obvious from the passage that this is speaking of resurrection at the last day. Even so, some people think that the word “sleep” in the previous verses means that the souls of Christians remain in the ground.

But what about John 11:11 to 14? The King James Version renders the words of Christ this way. “These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, ‘Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.’ Then said his disciples, ‘Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.’ Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead.'”
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And what of Revelation 6:9 to 11? The Bible in Basic English reads, “And when the fifth stamp was undone, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been put to death for the word of God, and for the witness which they kept. And they gave a great cry, saying, ‘How long will it be, O Ruler, holy and true, before you take your place as judge and give punishment for our blood to those on the earth?’ And there was given to every one a white robe, and they were ordered to take their rest for a little time, till the number was complete of the other servants, their brothers, who would be put to death, even as they had been.”

Any clear-thinking person can understand from the contexts of those verses that sleep is a euphemism for death. It’s also obvious that the souls of departed believers are in the presence of God. As Paul pointed out in 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV), “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” He never said he or we would rest in the ground.
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Because I was grossly misled by wicked phoney’s, claiming to be advanced teachers of spiritual revelation, I wrote How I Was Razed. This glorious testimony shows how the Lord led me out of a toxic church and into his awesome truth.