Life After Death Will Be Exactly as the Bible Has Portrayed It

There is no need to be ignorant or agnostic about what will happen to us when we die.  The Bible is clear:  Everyone Is Going to Heaven.

If it were not so, Jesus would have told us.  After all, He was the One who gave Himself for our sins so that we could go to heaven.  Before Him, there was no place for us there.  On the contrary, everyone who died went below to Hades (the Hebrews called it Sheol).

The whole story of our redemption has been laid out for us in the Scriptures.  We may know for a fact that it will turn out for us exactly as the Bible has described it.

This fact, by the way, has nothing to do with whether you go to church or whether you are a Christian.  It applies to everyone.

Let us therefore love God with all our heart, and soul, and mind, and strength – and our neighbor as ourselves – just as Jesus commands us.

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9 Responses to Life After Death Will Be Exactly as the Bible Has Portrayed It

  1. TruthOverfaith says:

    “If it were not so, Jesus would have told us.”

    Well, he was sorta wrong about that whole kingdom of god thing coming soon.
    How’s that rapture thing working out for ya?

  2. Steve says:

    So, if all people go to heaven when they die and you are claiming the bible tellsbus so, then can you explain through the scriptures:
    1. Why Lazarus never spoke about being in heaven or Hell when Jesus resurrected him.

    2. Why Dorcas never spoke about being in heaven or Hell when Peter resurrected her.

    3. Why Jarvis’s daughter never spoke about being in heaven or Hell when Jesus resurrected her.

    4. What about the man Paul resurrected after falling out the window.

    None of these people spoke of being in a firery place of torment or in heavenly paradise. This is something I am sure they would have spoke about.

    Based on your understanding of the scriptures, can you explain this?

  3. Steve says:

    Mike,

    Sheol is a Hebrew term and Greek. The examples I supplied were all from the Greek. And the person that Paul brought back to life was done so after Jesus was in heaven. The same for Peter.

    None of these people that were brought back to life went to heaven, nor did they claim to be rescued from a fiery place of torment.

    We have had conversations in the past on Sheol, Hades, Pit, Grave, and Hell. All of these words or translations refer to mankind’s grave. Jehovah stated to Adam and Eve that from dust you came, dust you will return. He did not say they would be living in heaven or a firey place of torment.

    The earth was created from man. The bible states it will last forever. If Jehovah wanted man to live in the heavens like the other spirit creatures, he would have not created earthly man such as you and I.

    I agree with you that some will go to heaven. But they will be king and priest over the earth. The vast majority will be resurrected to life on earth. Jehovah’s original purpose for the earth has not changed. It will be made a paradise by humans just has Jehovah has stated.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      Sheol is a Hebrew term and Greek. The examples I supplied were all from the Greek. And the person that Paul brought back to life was done so after Jesus was in heaven. The same for Peter.

      None of these people that were brought back to life went to heaven, nor did they claim to be rescued from a fiery place of torment.

      As I mentioned, none of the four went to heaven in those experiences and none of them went to hell. They went to Sheol, a place which now, through the work of Jesus Christ, has been abolished.

      We have had conversations in the past on Sheol, Hades, Pit, Grave, and Hell. All of these words or translations refer to mankind’s grave. Jehovah stated to Adam and Eve that from dust you came, dust you will return. He did not say they would be living in heaven or a firey place of torment.

      Steve, you really should read The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven. Until you do, you are going to continue to misunderstand the issue of Sheol (Hades).

      The earth was created from man. The bible states it will last forever. If Jehovah wanted man to live in the heavens like the other spirit creatures, he would have not created earthly man such as you and I.

      God’s purpose in creating earthly man was to solve the problem of evil in heaven, which existed before the earth was created. Thus, earth was intended to only be a temporary location for us until our resurrection.

      I agree with you that some will go to heaven. But they will be king and priest over the earth. The vast majority will be resurrected to life on earth. Jehovah’s original purpose for the earth has not changed. It will be made a paradise by humans just has Jehovah has stated.

      I can only find one destination for resurrected humanity that is taught in the Bible: heaven.

  4. Steve says:

    Mike, 

    At this point, I do not know what to tell you. I believe you are sincere. You write a lot of blogs in an effort to educate people on spiritual matters. 

    However, the danger I see in your view points is that all are not supported by the entire Bible.

    For instance, you state the earth is a temporary residence for humans, that Jehovah created the earth for man in order to solve the evil in heaven.  You stated that this evil in heaven existed before the earth was created. Additionally, you stated that the earth is temporary home for humans. 

    Where is this supported in the Bible? You just can not pull a verse out of the bible and use it to support you opinion. Whatever verse you use must be in harmony with the rest of the Bible? 

    Ps 37:29 states that righteous will possess the earth and reside in it forever.  There is no other thought process being taught from the Bible contradicting this thought. But you are stating that Ps 37:29 and all the other scriptures that harmonize with it should be ignored. Forever is not forever, it mean temporary according to you. This is not what the bible teaches. 

    Isaiah 45:18 state Jehovah created the earth to be inhabited. But you state that the earth is a temporary home for man and that God eventually wants humans in heaven with him. No where in the Bible does this thought ever appear. From the moment that Jehovah began creating, he knew exactly where man was going to live. It is man that is created in God’s image, not the angels.  

    Matt. 6:10 states about God’s will taking place on the earth as is in the heavens. Based on this scripture, Jehovah’s will shall be on earth just like in heaven. What ever is going on in the spirit realm, Jehovah will correct according to his timetable. His purpose for the earth has not changed. It will become a paradise with humans on it, and the heaven will be rid of those disobedient spirit creatures. This is what the Bible teaches. 

    There is no evidence that evil or the angel that made himself Satan and a Liar had this mental disposition prior to the the earth being created. The bible clearly states that each created day was good from Jehovah’s point of view.  So how can you come along an say that evil existed during the six created days (time period)? Where is your authority on this?

    Also, I have commented extensively on your “who goes to heaven” subject. 

    If this thought process of heaven and mankind’s eventually is what you are promoting, then there is no agreement between us or the Bible.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      However, the danger I see in your view points is that all are not supported by the entire Bible.

      Anything that I teach that is not consistent with the Bible should be ignored.  The only value I provide to readers is when I testify faithfully about what the Bible says. This is my goal in every sentence of every blog post I write.

      The most important thing to understand about the Bible is that it testifies to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Every other truth it contains is supportive of, and subordinate to, this primary point.  Therefore, unless our study of the Bible leads us to better understand, appreciate, and obey the Lord Jesus, we are missing its point.

      For instance, you state the earth is a temporary residence for humans, that Jehovah created the earth for man in order to solve the evil in heaven.  You stated that this evil in heaven existed before the earth was created. Additionally, you stated that the earth is temporary home for humans.

      Where is this supported in the Bible? You just can not pull a verse out of the bible and use it to support you opinion. Whatever verse you use must be in harmony with the rest of the Bible?

      In Matthew 22:23-33, Jesus astounded the biblical scholars of His day by declaring that the resurrection of the dead led not to earth but to heaven.  I elaborate on this in Chapter 7 of The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven.

      Ps 37:29 states that righteous will possess the earth and reside in it forever.  There is no other thought process being taught from the Bible contradicting this thought. But you are stating that Ps 37:29 and all the other scriptures that harmonize with it should be ignored. Forever is not forever, it mean temporary according to you. This is not what the bible teaches.

      Isaiah 45:18 state Jehovah created the earth to be inhabited. But you state that the earth is a temporary home for man and that God eventually wants humans in heaven with him. No where in the Bible does this thought ever appear. From the moment that Jehovah began creating, he knew exactly where man was going to live. It is man that is created in God’s image, not the angels.

      Matt. 6:10 states about God’s will taking place on the earth as is in the heavens. Based on this scripture, Jehovah’s will shall be on earth just like in heaven. What ever is going on in the spirit realm, Jehovah will correct according to his timetable. His purpose for the earth has not changed. It will become a paradise with humans on it, and the heaven will be rid of those disobedient spirit creatures. This is what the Bible teaches.

      Your references to these scriptures are correct in some regards, but you seem to be unaware that Jesus came to give us a spiritual rather than a fleshly understanding of the Scriptures.  The Old Testament as originally written – that is, according to the flesh – applied only to the fleshly descendants of Abraham.  As such, Jesus qualified for its promises.  However, once He was raised from the dead and made Lord of all, those promises – spiritually understood – became available to the people of all nations.  This is the what the New Testament explains.  You are retaining an “earthly” or “fleshly” orientation in your thinking which is obscuring your view of some important biblical truths.

      There is no evidence that evil or the angel that made himself Satan and a Liar had this mental disposition prior to the the earth being created. The bible clearly states that each created day was good from Jehovah’s point of view.  So how can you come along an say that evil existed during the six created days (time period)? Where is your authority on this?

      Do you really think that when the serpent tempted Eve that was the first evil thought he’d ever had?  Eve’s sin was indeed born of naivete, but the devil’s temptation of her was born of cunning.

      Also, I have commented extensively on your “who goes to heaven” subject.

      Indeed you have, but you do not seem familiar with the logic of The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven.  It is, after all, a biblical case, and, as such, draws from imagery and vocabulary used throughout the Bible – not just a few selected verses.

      If this thought process of heaven and mankind’s eventually is what you are promoting, then there is no agreement between us or the Bible.

      Paul supported Jesus’ contention that resurrection leads to heaven when he wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 that we will be “caught up…in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.”  Even the Old Testament testified that Jesus would rise to heaven (Malachi 4:2) and that He would be joined there by human beings (Daniel 12:3).  This is not surprising, of course, because Jesus got all His teaching from the Old Testament books.  He just read them differently than anyone else before Him.  That is, He read them spiritually.

  5. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    ‘Let us therefore love God with all our heart, and soul, and mind, and strength – and our neighbor as ourselves – just as Jesus commands us.’
    Without the help of Christ’s Spirit I would never be able to love anyone even a wee little bit. And God knows one should never say never on their path home to heaven…

    Lately I asked myself whether there is still something that would belong to me here on earth, and I wondered, “Is there anyone who can say that our time is really ours? What can one do but offer their life, heart, soul, and mind to the Son who came alive?” Eventually, He gave His life for us out of eternal love, so that we might live for and with Him (Rom 6:4, 1 Thes 5:10) all the time…

    ‘The whole story of our redemption has been laid out for us in the Scriptures. We may know for a fact that it will turn out for us exactly as the Bible has described it.’

    Precisely. Where would we be today without the Bible, without the letters written by the apostles, so that we may have faith to believe in the written truth?

    Sometimes a letter is better than a call…
    Videlicet, once for all!
    Just go ahead now… and study His Word
    So you can mount up with wings like a bird… 😉

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