Bible Truth About The After-Life
There are many doctrines today that proclaim various different teachings about the after-life. Some say that we go to heaven or hell when we die. Others say we go to a “waiting place” or purgatory when we die where we can still work our way up to heaven. Some even say that we can gain salvation after death, causing many to sin in this life and await a “second chance” when they are dead. While many of these doctrines ease the minds of men, how can anyone know which one is true? After all, they can’t all be right. For this reason, we encourage you to consider the entire testimony recorded in the holy scriptures. Remember, God’s word is like a two-edged sword, and is sometimes hard to take in.
For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.” ~ Ecclesiastes 9:5
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.“~ Ecclesiastes 9:10
We will refer to these verses again later in this article. This page will examine scripture and what it has to say about the life of “Man”, and what to expect in death. Though there are many doctrines and assumptions about life after death in the Christian world today, we are warned by the Prophet Isaiah:
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” ~ Isaiah 8:20
For this reason, it is necessary to diligently study the testimony found throughout the bible in it’s entirety that gives us the truth on this subject. If we are to understand clearly how everything works in the after-life, we first have to understand the make-up of man, created by God. According to the bible, man is made up of three key components- Body, Soul and Spirit:
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:23
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” ~ Hebrews 4:12
So we can all agree and establish that man is made up of these three things, but what does that mean? What is the difference between body, soul and spirit? They all must play a role, or represent something specific, but how can we know? Again, looking to scripture as a whole, we can see what these things represent in us. Below we will research what scripture has to say about each component of man.
The Old Testament uses the word “Basar” in Hebrew meaning “flesh” or “body”. The New Testament uses the greek words “Soma” meaning “body”, and “Sarx” meaning “flesh”. According to Genesis, we were formed out of the earth from dust, and God breathed life into us and man became a living soul. We are also advised in the bible that after death, the body returns to the earth:
“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” ~ Genesis 3:19
We can deduce that this speaks of our body in the flesh that returns to the earth after death, but are there other types of “body” that we should know about? When studying biblical “Resurrection”, this has to do with the rising of the body back to life in some form. When looking to the bible- it documents two types of “Resurrection of the dead”- the first can be found in the book of John Chapter 11, with the raising of Lazarus from the dead- not into a glorified body, but rather into the same mortal body he had before. In other words, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, but Lazarus would again die someday. A second type of “Resurrection of the dead” found in the bible indicates being raised to an enhanced “Spiritual body”. Let’s examine 1 Corinthians 15:39-54, where Paul gives some extensive insight into the different types of “Body” that exist:
“All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. …... Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (NOTE: This can carry two meanings. First this could mean that if God has a special purpose for one of his servants, he could assign to him a “Spiritual body” upon death, so that he does not “sleep” in order to fulfill God’s purpose- whatever that might be. This would explain the appearance of Moses and Elijah with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, or the “taking-up” of Enoch so he did not die. The second meaning could be referring to the saints that remain living at the end of the age that are alive in the flesh body when Jesus returns- regardless, the dead and the living both will be “changed” or receive the immortal body promised to us by Christ all at the same time. This is tremendous insight into the spirit world) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (NOTE: This verse you should mark, as it reveals to us when the return of Christ will be- “At the last trump.” Notice in the book of Revelation, the sounding of the seven trumpets)
So you can see, we have resurrection into the “mortal body” like in the case of Lazarus, and we have resurrection into the “spiritual body” at the last trumpet. The difference in these two types of bodies is one of the quality of the body. As you read the beginning of the verse, you will see the many different kinds of bodies, celestial, terrestrial, flesh, and you get the point.
There are six instances of actual resurrection of the dead recorded in the Bible prior to Jesus being risen from the dead: the widow’s son from Zarephath (I Kings 17:17-23); the Shunammite’s son (II Kings 4:17-37); the widow’s son from Nain (Luke 7:11-16); the daughter of Jairus (Matt. 9:18-25; Mark 5:22-42; Luke 8:41-55); Lazarus (John 11:1-45); and the saints raised in Jerusalem when Jesus died on the cross (Matt. 27:50-53). However, although they all preceded Jesus, He is called the firstborn from the dead (Col. 1:18; Rev. 1:5) and the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (I Cor. 15:20). This is because he is the only human ever to be brought back to life and given an immortal body. This won’t occur again until the resurrection of the saints at the last trumpet (I Cor. 15:50-54).
Let’s now clarify what we’ve learned about the component referred to as “body.” Body can refer to the natural body/flesh made up of the elements of this world, or could also be a spiritual body not of this world. Angels are examples of beings that posess a spiritual body. The body that Christians seek, is the immortal body that Christ received upon his resurrection that does not die. The immortal body lives forever and never dies. Upon death of the fleshly body, it returns to the dust of the earth and to the elements from which it came. This is why it is said, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, earth to earth.” Now let’s explore the meaning of Spirit.
The human spirit is the non-physical part of man. It comes from God and returns to God or a place called Sheol after death. We will learn more of this place later on this page. It is the human counterpart to the Holy Spirit- or the “mind of God” which is the teacher, comforter etc. Spirit has to do with our breath, life and essence. The verse below gives us some indication about how the “spirit of man” and the “spirit of God” aka Holy Spirit functions:
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9-16
You can see here that the “Spirit” of man, has to do with his knowledge and thinking: “For the man knoweth the things of man, save the spirit of man which is in him”- and the Spirit of God or Holy Spirit- searches the deep things of God and represents the mind of God. When we as Christ’s believers receive God’s “Holy Spirit”, he teaches us and reveals to us things of the mind of God. We can compare spirit with the terms “mind” or “heart”. It is referred to in the Scriptures in several places as the “mind” (Deu. 30:1; I Chr. 22:7; Psa. 26:2; 73:21) or “heart” (Gen. 6:5; Job 17:4; Dan. 2:30; Mark 7:21; Heb. 4:12) figuratively. “Spirit” comes from the Hebrew word “Ruach”and the Greek word “Pneuma”. These words can also mean “breath” or “wind,” things that like the spirit, can be felt but not seen (John 3:8). When the body dies, the bible tells us that the spirit then returns to God who gave it to us:
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” ~ Ecclesiastes 12:7
“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.” ~ Matthew 27:50
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” ~ John 19:30
“And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” ~ Acts 7:59
You can see, that in these examples, they aren’t yielding up their “souls”, rather they are yielding up the spirit, which goes back to God who gave it in the first place. There is no mention of the soul leaving the body, rather it is the “spirit” portion of our make up that returns to the Father/Sheol. The spirit, or the breath of God as mentioned in Genesis is necessary for life to be possible. Without the spirit, the body is dead:
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” ~ James 2:26
This verse is clear, that the body without the spirit is dead, and both are necessary for life as the spirit through interaction with our physical brain becomes our mind and heart. Only when these two components are united, is “soul” established. Without a living “body” (either flesh/mortal or spiritual) for the “spirit” to interact with, according to the bible we are dead- or in a state of sleep or unconsciousness as we know it. As you read further on this page you will see a huge amount of scripture that explains the different “states” of death further. For simplicity, we can relate to death using the example of a computer that doesn’t have software. Without software to tell it what to do, it is dead and doesn’t function. The “spirit” can be compared to the software, and the computer can be compared to the “body” whether it be a mortal body, or a spiritual body. Spirit and body need to be united with each other to create life. In the example below, we can see that in the end, God will reunite our spirit with either a mortal body or the immortal glorified body so that we can arise to life. Also please note, that in certain instances in scripture, the dead experience a form of consciousness that can’t be conclusively known or understood by the living, which we will discuss later in this page. Now let’s look at another example of Jesus raising someone from the dead:
“And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.” ~ Luke 8:55
So again here you can see another example from Jesus- it wasn’t her soul that returned to her body, rather her “spirit came again”, and was reunited with her body to create life. We can conclude that “Spirit” is the key component to life, in that it comes from God, and the body can’t live without it. Now let’s examine the meaning of “Soul.”
It appears throughout scripture, that the “soul” is the combination of the Body and the Spirit, when they are joined together. The soul could be characterized as the personality, nature, disposition etc. that is created when spirit and body are joined together. According to scripture, man doesn’t “have” a soul, rather man “IS” a 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.” ~ Genesis 2:7
“All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils“ ~ Job 27:3
“The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.” ~ Zechariah 12:1
You see here- God formed the flesh from the earth, then God provided the spirit via the “breath of life”, and man “became” a living soul- in other words, the living man “IS” a living soul. To explain further, you can’t separate the soul from the man, because the living man is the soul. There are many teachings today that indicate that the soul lives on after the death of the body, yet as you will see further down on this page, the soul dies along with the body, leaving only the spirit which returns to God, or a place known in the bible as Sheol. You can also see that in Zechariah, God formed the “spirit of man within him” not the soul. To summarize: When God puts a spirit within the flesh of a person, they become a living soul. When a person dies, that spirit is taken back by God, and because the spirit and the body have been severed, the soul also experiences death.
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” ~ Ecclesiastes 12:7
“Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.” ~ Psalm 104:29
Below, we will list some verses that explain where the bible indicates that the “Soul” does die, so that you can see that the spirit remains and returns to God or Sheol, but the soul and the fleshly body experience death.
“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” ~ Ezekiel 18:4
“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” ~Ezekiel 18:20
“And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?” ~ Ezekiel 1:19
“And they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish.” ~ Joshua 10:35
“And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Hazor with fire.” ~ Joshua 11:11
“For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?” ~ Job 27:8
“All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.” ~Psalms 22:9
“For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.” ~ Psalms 44:25
“He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence.” ~ Psalms 78:50
“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” ~ 1 Peter 3:20 (Indicates that the remainder of the souls on the earth during the flood perished or died)
“And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.” ~ Revelation 16:3
These texts reveal- “Soul” is represented in the unity of “Body & Spirit”. Without either one of these components, the soul dies. Without “Spirit”, both body and soul will die. Without Body, Soul is dead and Spirit is returned to God via Sheol. Consciousness as we know it is tied to the “Soul”, the uniting of a body (whether natural or spiritual), and spirit. A spirit without a body is “sleeping” or at rest because of the fact it has no body or brain to interact with, and the bible has many references to death as a state of sleeping or “rest”. This rest takes place in a place called Sheol. When we die- our soul remains in a state of death until our bodies are resurrected, transformed and reunited with our spirit in the end of the age. Irenaeus of Lyons, and early Christian writer also explains this biblical concept of body, soul and spirit, and teaches what it means to “walk in the spirit.” His writings come from 185-190AD, and Irenaeus was a Bishop in Lyons France. He grew up listening to the Bishop Polycarp, who was discipled directly by John the Apostle:
“…..there are three things out of which, as I have shown, the complete man is composed-flesh, soul, and spirit. One of these does indeed preserve and fashion [the man]-this is the spirit; while as to another it is united and formed-that is the flesh; then [comes] that which is between these two-that is the soul, which sometimes indeed, when it follows the spirit, is raised up by it, but sometimes it sympathizes with the flesh, and falls into carnal lusts. Those then, as many as they be, who have not that which saves and forms [us] into life [eternal], shall be, and shall be called, [mere] flesh and blood; for these are they who have not the Spirit of God in themselves. Wherefore men of this stamp are spoken of by the Lord as “dead; “for, says He, “Let the dead bury their dead,” because they have not the Spirit which quickens man.” ~ Irenaeus of Lyons- Book V, Chapter IX. Verse 1.
Are We Conscious in Death?
As we explore a massive amount of scripture, it seems the consensus according to the majority of God’s word in the bible is that death is an “unconscious” state of being. It is also known in the bible as “rest” or “sleeping”. There are however a few key sources that indicate cases of consciousness in death, which we will discuss later on in this page. The righteous consistently are shown in a state of unconsciousness, peace and rest in death, while the unrighteous dead are shown to have a form of consciousness in that they experience pain and torment. We can get a glimpse into the unconscious state of death beginning in the book of Job 3:11-19:
“Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck? For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves; Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver: Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light. There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.” ~ Job 3:11-19
Job was a righteous man of God. Here, Job is wondering why he was brought into this world. He was suffering and figured- the sleep that is found when the spirit is not united with the body is a nice quiet place. In this place, the wicked “cease from troubling”, and the weary “be at rest”- showing that there is no interaction between the wicked and the righteous. The text also indicates “They hear not the voice of the oppressor”, in other words- again there is no interaction between the oppressed and the oppressor. There is no decisions to be made, no persecution, rather all of the righteous whose spirits have returned to the father are at a state of rest. According to this text, both wicked and righteous, and both small and great are in this place together. Job 14:10-14 reads:
“But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” ~ Job 14:10-14
Here you can see, Job is saying he will remain at rest until the appointed time- when as he puts it: “my change come”. In other words, he is referring to the time when we are changed and our spirit is united with our new immortal bodies at the last trumpet. In this scripture reference, Job also indicates “till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.” Job is even viewing the grave as a good place to be while God’s wrath comes upon the earth. He prefers rising after God’s wrath is completed. Notice he isn’t just speaking of himself, but of “man” in general. This word of Job is prophetic and forgotten. But this also indicates that death is a place of sleep, and they will not awake or be raised out of their sleep until that “change” comes- the receiving of a new body whether it be mortal unto death, or immortal unto everlasting life. Let’s look at Job 19:25-27:
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” ~ Job 19:25-27
Here again Job speaks of the resurrection in the end when we will all be risen and see God in our transformed bodies in the “latter day”, or at the end of the age. Notice- “in my flesh shall I see God”- in other words, the spirit reunites with a body in order for consciousness as we know it to come into being- to see, hear, touch, feel, taste, etc. Another indication that there is a state of unconsciousness after death is in Ecclesiastes 9:2-5, where he mentions “the living know that they shall die, but the dead know not any thing”:
“All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath. This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.” ~ Ecclesiastes 9:2-5
A KEY INDICATOR- that there is no work to be done in death, and that there is an unconscious state that exists in death until the Resurrection at then end of the age, comes from Ecclesiastes 9:10:
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”~ Ecclesiastes 9:10
So you can see, work, device, knowledge and wisdom all require interaction with “body”. In death, according to this verse all of these things cease, and this scripture reference warns us to do everything with all our might while we are alive in the flesh. This does suggest that salvation is to be realized during life, not death. Even in the biblical cases of consciousness after death that we will discuss later on this page, there is no indication of salvation after death, but rather there is a clear message that salvation must be attained in life on this earth. Bishop Clement, a bishop in Rome ordained by Apostle Peter, also had something significant to say on this topic which can be found in early Christian writings:
“For after that we have departed out of the world, we can no more make confession there, or repent any more.” ~ 2 Clement 8:3
Let’s investigate further by learning about this “place of the dead” Sheol.
What Is Sheol?
Sheol in the original Hebrew bible represents the place of the dead, and there is a large amount of scripture that describes what it is, where it is, what it’s like, etc. It is also referred to in scripture as Hades, Hell, the Pit, the Grave, and Dust. Because of the large amount of scripture involved, we will just list the characteristics along with the bible verses for your own study. Then we will take a look at what the Book of Enoch has to say about Sheol.
Location, Shape, and Purpose:
- Sheol is located beneath the earth (Isaiah 7:11, 57:9; Ezekiel 31:14, Psalms 86:13)
- It is very deep (Proverbs 9:18; Isaiah 57:9), and possibly as far away from heaven as is possible (Job 11:8, Amos 9:2, Psalms 138:8)
- In Job, Sheol is called a “land” (Job 10:21-22). Isaiah and Ezekiel refer to its “farthest corners” (Isaiah 14:15, Ezekiel 32:23)
- There are references in scripture to it’s “gates” and “compartments” (Job 17:16, 38:17; Isaiah 38:10; Psalms 9:14; Proverbs 7:27)
- It is referred to as a pasture for sheep with death as its shepherd (Psalms 49:15)
- It is dark and dreary (Job 10:21, 22) and it is like dust (Psalms 30:10)
- It is silent (Psalms 88:13, 94:17) and sometimes called “Dumah” or “the abode of silence” (Psalms 6:6, 30:10, 94:17, 115:17)
- God is not praised there (Psalms 115:17; Isaiah 38:15)
Descent into Sheol:
- The dead are described as descending into Sheol, or being made to go there (1 Samuel 2:6; Job 7:9; Psalms 30:4; Isaiah 14:11, 15)
- In Sheol the dead are gathered (Ezekiel 32; Isaiah 14; Job 30:23) whether they are righteous or wicked, rich or poor (Job 3)
Experience Of the Dead in Sheol:
- The fate of the dead in Sheol is often described in terms of “sleep” (Jeremiah 51:39; Isaiah 26:14; Job 14:12)
- Sheol is decribed as shades or shadows (“Rephaim”; Isaiah 14:9, 26:14; Psalms 88:5)
- There is no knowledge or feeling in Sheol (Job 14:13)
- They are consigned to oblivion in Sheol (Psalms 88:13, 94:17)
- King David resides in Sheol in peace (1 Kings 2:6)
Additional Information About Sheol:
- Sheol is the final appointed house for the living (Job 30:23)
- As a rule, no one returns (2 Samuel 12:23; Job 7:9-10, 10:21, 14:7, 16:22)
- Sheol is hungry for the dead and her desire is never satisfied (Proverbs 30:20, Isaiah 5:14)
- God rules over Sheol (Amos 9:2; Hosea 13:14; Deuteronomy 32:22; 1 Samuel 2:6; Proverbs 15:11)
- God also has the power to save the pious from Sheol if He so wishes (Psalms 16:10, 59:16)
- When someone is revived, it is described as ascending from Sheol, or being lifted up from it (1 Samuel 2:6; Job 7:9; Psalms 30:4; Isaiah 14:11,15)
- Others may have the power to lift someone from Sheol (although this is referred to in scripture as forbidden, sin and an abomination to God), in the case that Samuel was called by the witch of Endor (1 Samuel 28)
- In general, Sheol does not give up her inhabitants, as they seem to be held captive with ropes (2 Samuel 22:6; Psalms 18:6)
The Book of Enoch
While the majority of the bible indicates no consciousness in death, there are three sources that do indicate some form of consciousness in certain cases. These can be found in the Book of Enoch, in Jesus’ parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, and in Revelation’s mention of the martyrs under the altar. The Book of Enoch gives us some very valuable insight into Sheol. Remember, that the Book of Enoch was widely available to the early Christians, as Jude of the bible refers to this book and the prophecies of Enoch in Jude Chapter 1. According to the Book of Enoch, there are four separate chambers of Sheol:
“And thence I went to another place, and he mountain [and] of hard rock. And there was in it four hollow places, deep and wide and very smooth. How smooth are the hollow places and deep and dark to look at. Then Raphael answered, one of the holy angels who was with me, and said unto me: ‘These hollow places have been created for this very purpose, that the spirits of the souls of the dead should assemble therein, yea that all the souls of the children of men should assemble here. And these places have been made to receive them till the day of their judgement and till their appointed period [till the period appointed], till the great judgement (comes) upon them.’ I saw (the spirit of) a dead man making suit, and his voice went forth to heaven and made suit. And I asked Raphael the angel who was with me, and I said unto him: ‘This spirit which maketh suit, whose is it, whose voice goeth forth and maketh suit to heaven?’ And he answered me saying: ‘This is the spirit which went forth from Abel, whom his brother Cain slew, and he makes his suit against him till his seed is destroyed from the face of the earth, and his seed is annihilated from amongst the seed of men.’ Then I asked regarding it, and regarding all the hollow places: ‘Why is one separated from the other?’ And he answered me and said unto me: ‘These three have been made that the spirits of the dead might be separated. And such a division has been make (for) the spirits of the righteous, in which there is the bright spring of water. And such has been made for sinners when they die and are buried in the earth and judgement has not been executed on them in their lifetime. Here their spirits shall be set apart in this great pain till the great day of judgement and punishment and torment of those who curse for ever and retribution for their spirits. There He shall bind them for ever. And such a division has been made for the spirits of those who make their suit, who make disclosures concerning their destruction, when they were slain in the days of the sinners. Such has been made for the spirits of men who were not righteous but sinners, who were complete in transgression, and of the transgressors they shall be companions: but their spirits shall not be slain in the day of judgement nor shall they be raised from thence.’ Then I blessed the Lord of glory and said: ‘Blessed be my Lord, the Lord of righteousness, who ruleth for ever.’ ~ Enoch 22:1-14
Enoch indicates 4 distinct and separated chambers, so that the “dead may be separated”:
Chamber 1– Reserved for the Righteous spirits of souls of men, where also there is a bright spring of water.
Chamber 2– Reserved for sinners when they die and judgment has not been executed upon them in their lifetime. This place is referred to as a place of great pain, and torment for the spirit.
Chamber 3– Reserved for spirits who make their suit, who make disclosures concerning their destruction when they were murdered in the day of sinners. These are those that have been wrongfully murdered.
Chamber 4– Reserved for men who were not righteous, but sinners who were complete in transgressions and of the transgressors they shall be companions. These will remain where they are, and will not even rise at judgment day in the end.
The angels through Enoch revealed a rare glimpse into the inner workings of Sheol. Here we can see in some cases, consciousness, but to what extent we can’t know. Chamber 2 refers to pain and torment of the spirits there, meaning that even with the limited to non-existent consciousness, there must be some level of pain and discomfort there. One can only know exactly what this means if they actually go there. Chamber 3 is the most convincing case of consciousness, where the dead that have been murdered are claiming suit against those that murdered them. Again, to what level of consciousness, it remains unknown. Chambers 1 and 4, reveal no indication of consciousness, although if I had my choice, I think I’d pick Chamber 1. According to the book of Enoch, these spirits are bound to their respective chamber, and are not free to move between the different chambers of Sheol. Jesus also gave us some insight into the afterlife, with his parable of Lazarus and the rich man.
Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man
“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 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 seeth 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 thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” ~ Luke 16:19-31
There are several things that we can conclude from Jesus’ parable here.
- The place of Lazarus is referred to as “Abraham’s Bosom”, and sounds like a very peaceful place of rest.
- Lazarus doesn’t speak, only Abraham addresses the rich man. This indicates the state of “rest” of Chamber 1.
- The rich man was in a place of torment and heat. This indicates some form of consciousness similar to Enoch’s Chamber 2, but not one that I’d like to be a part of.
- These places were separated by a gulf, and they were not permitted to go from one place to the other, or vice versa. They remain separate.
- The rich man was bound to his place, and though he seemed to be in a state of repentance, it didn’t matter. He remained where he was and Lazarus remained where he was.
- Abraham’s message to the rich man regarding sending a warning to his family- is that if they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets (Old Testament), then they probably won’t heed the word of a dead man that is raised to life (which would later be Jesus).
- The message of Moses & the prophets, and the message of Jesus are one and the same- repent and obey God.
This description in Jesus parable is strikingly similar to the description of Sheol’s chamber 1 and chamber 2 in the Book of Enoch. This reveals to us our potential future, should we die before the return of Christ. The only chamber that seems to consistently indicate there is no consciousness, is the Chamber of the Righteous. This parable in no way indicates that one can attain salvation after death, rather the rich man is stuck where he is in pain and torment. It does however indicate that his family would have to come to salvation during their lifetime on the earth.
The “Martyrs Under The Altar”
In Revelation, according the the fifth seal, there is an indication of a form of consciousness in the martyrs that are under the alter. Let’s read what Revelation had to say:
“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.” ~ Revelation 6:9-11
This was a vision given to the Apostle John and we must keep in mind that it was a vision. However, this description of those murdered for the testimony of Christ bares a striking similarity to Enoch’s chamber 3 which holds those that were murdered and declare suit against their murderers. That is exactly what these martyrs are engaged in doing in this text. They ask “how long Lord before you avenge our blood”, which is a declaration of suit. This does indicate a form of consciousness within this chamber. There is a mention that John saw the “souls” of these, which is inconsistent with the entire bible’s meaning of soul. According to the vast majority of texts in the bible, it is the spirit that enters into Sheol, however the spirit is unseen by the human eye. Remember it is felt, but not seen. We can assume due to the overwhelming amount of scripture referring to “spirits in Sheol”, that these martyrs were revealed to John as souls in the vision, so that he could see them and understand. Please note this is the only mention of spirits in Sheol as “souls” in scripture, while a vast amount of scripture makes clear it is the spirit that resides there.
Some interesting additional bible verses about Sheol:
“As the cloud fades and vanishes, so those who go down to Sheol do not come up.” ~ Job 7:9
“They spend their days in prosperity, and in peace they go down to Sheol” ~ Job 21:13
“Who can live and never see death? Who can escape the power of Sheol?” Psalms 89:48
“For Sheol cannot thank you, death cannot praise you; those who go down to the Pit cannot hope for your faithfulness” ~ Isaiah 38:18
This last verse from Isaiah indicates that we all go down to the Pit/Sheol when we die, yet those in Sheol can’t hope for the faithfulness of those that are are still alive. This indicates that there is no hope in Sheol, and is also a possible indicator of unconsciousness there. Let’s now examine the case of Jesus on the cross with the two criminals, and the topic of “Paradise.”
There is one more point we must make- and that is regarding the saying of Jesus when he was hanging on the cross next to the two criminals on either side of him. He mentioned to the one criminal as it is written in the NKJV of the bible:
“And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” ~ Luke 23:43
This verse has led many to believe that when believers die, they immediately go to paradise, or heaven. When we look at the entire testimony of the bible, a very different story is told- as when Jesus died, he did not go to heaven, rather he “descended”, to speak to the “spirits in prison” (which we will explain later on this page), then Christ rose from the dead, and then he ascended to his father in heaven so that he would “fill all things.”
“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)“ ~ Ephesians 4:8-10
So then what does this verse in Luke 23 mean? To find the answer, we have to go back to the original Greek text. In the original Greek text, there is no punctuation. The punctuation that you see in all of today’s translations was inserted by translators and isn’t a part of the original text- and as you know punctuation can totally distort the meaning of any sentence. According to the Greek with no punctuation, it should read:
“And Jesus said to him “Assuredly I say to you today you will be with Me in Paradise.” ~ Luke 23:43
Do you see the difference? Jesus wasn’t telling him that this same day they would be together in paradise, rather Jesus was telling him a very different message- to make clear the effects of punctuation, let’s move the comma- “Assuredly I say to you today, you will be with me in paradise.” Do you see the completely different meaning when comparing the original text in Greek with the translations derived from it. Of course the Greek has no punctuation in the original text, and because punctuation was inserted, a major deception has transpired. Knowing from scripture that Jesus didn’t go straight to the Father in heaven, we can see that Jesus was making a promise to this man for a future date, and based on the remainder of scripture we can assume this man would go to Sheol to rest, until the time when we all rise to meet Jesus in the air at the end of the age.
Additional Bible Texts
There are many other references in the bible concerning this topic, and we’d like to share with you a few more relevant pieces of scripture:
“The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence.” ~ Psalm 115:17 (Note- again this indicates the unconsciousness of death)
“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” ~ Psalm 146:3-4– (Note- This clearly indicates unconsciousness as thoughts cease to exist during that time period)
“For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand.” ~ Acts 2:34– (Note- Speaking of King David, this indicates he did not “ascend into the heavens” like Jesus did, therefore showing us that we don’t go to heaven either when we die.)
“And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” ~ Acts 7:59-60 (Note- Notice even though Stephen saw into heaven, he didn’t go there, rather he “fell asleep”)
“But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” Daniel 12:13– (Note- Even Daniel who God loved was appointed to “rest” in the unconscious until the “end of the days” when we all rise. It is obvious that Daniel is not “working” in death, rather at rest.)
“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.” ~ Daniel 12:2 – Again revealing the “awakening” / resurrection at the end of days.
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” ~ John 5:28-29– Jesus also tells us what Daniel had already told us
Jesus “Preached to the Spirits In Prison”
Many doctrines site the following verse as evidence that salvation can be received after death:
“He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.” 1 Peter 3:19-20
Many Christian groups have used this to support a “salvation after death” doctrine. However, when looking closely at scripture and the history of the spirit world, a different story is revealed. To summarize quickly- When God created man, he assigned angels to be “Watchers” over man, yet many of these Watcher Angels lusted after human women because they were beautiful. They came down to earth and took them as wives and mated with them in disobedience to God’s rules, making God very angry. Their offspring were “Giants” that were exceedingly evil and they devoured man. This was the reason that God sent the flood in Noah’s time, as he was disgusted with what creation had become. The result, was that the dead spirits of the exceedingly evil giant offspring of Watcher Angels and women who were killed in the flood, were bound to the earth as “evil spirits” and “demons”. They were hybrid and wicked spirits because angels and woman weren’t created to mate. The Watcher Angels were bound in chains in what is called “The Deep” or the “Abyss” due to their blatant disobedience to God. So in the time of Noah, the widespread death on the earth created evil spirits and demons that roam the earth to this day, and fallen watcher angels that are bound in chains in prison. Please note: These Watcher Angels, demons and evil spirits are not the same as Satan and the other fallen angels. To briefly clarify- Satan and his fallen angels rule over this earth. Demons and evil spirits are bound to roam this earth, and the Watcher angels are chained in the Abyss in prison. This will be explained in detail soon on this website. Let’s look at some references to these disobedient Watcher Angels:
“And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great Day.” ~ Jude 1:6
“For indeed God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down in chains of darkness into the low regions and delivered them to be kept for the judgment of torment.” ~ 2 Peter 2:4
We can also see references to these things in the Book of Enoch:
“And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them . . . And they 3 became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed 4 all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against 5 them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and 6 fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.” ~ Enoch 7:1
“And the Lord said unto Michael: ‘Go, bind Semjaza and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves with them in all their uncleanness. And when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgement and of their consummation, till the judgement that is for ever and ever is consummated. In those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever” ~ Enoch 10:11-14
So you can see, when Jesus was preaching to the spirits from “Noah’s time” that were in “prison”, these weren’t human beings. Rather these were fallen Watcher angels that were bound in chains in prison. Notice that Jesus didn’t speak to the spirits from the time of Moses, the Judges, King David and the kings, The prophets etc though all these had also died. Rather he specifically is mentioned as speaking to the spirits in prison from the time of Noah. Note that Jesus didn’t preach to these Angels while he was alive in the flesh and body, rather when he was in spirit after he had died so that he could fill all things. This discounts the doctrines that ministers of today are able to minister to any being in the spiritual realm while in the flesh of this life. There is not a single case found in scripture where the original Apostles interacted with the spirits of the dead. Please also understand, the fallen angels of Satan, the evil spirits, and demons of this world are fully aware of the Abyss and it’s misery. We can see this in the example where Jesus cast out many demons in the book of Luke:
“Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes,which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes,nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.” ~ Luke 8:26-33
You can see here that the demons were terrified of being cast into the Abyss, indicating it is probably a most unpleasant prison. We hope that this clears this passage up for you and we encourage you to study further. We will soon post a page dedicated to Angels & Demons, explaining the history of the spirit world according to scripture.
Below is an interesting documentary on the Fallen Angels/Nephilim:
Baptism for the Dead?
There are several Christian churches that believe that the dead are able to receive baptism in Sheol, and in turn can receive salvation. The text that is used to justify this doctrine can be found in 1 Corinthians 15:
“Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:29-34
This text is used in several doctrines to substantiate calling up the dead for the purpose of baptising them. After studying this entire chapter in context, you will see a very different meaning. In context, Paul is scolding the people because some of the Corinthians no longer believed in the resurrection of the dead. He is saying to them- if you don’t believe in resurrection of the dead, than you must not believe that Christ resurrected and your faith must be empty. Then he goes on to say- Why are we baptized for the dead if the dead not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead. In other words, why are these Christians baptized in the place of Christians that have perished and died, if they don’t even believe in the resurrection. What’s the point, is what he is saying. This entire chapter is Paul scolding the people because of their lack of faith that we will live again and be resurrected just as Christ did. He goes on to say that- hey if we don’t believe in the resurrection, why don’t we just eat and drink and then we die- in other words, just be merry, do whatever, sin it up and then we die. This is nothing more than Paul scolding the Corinthians for thier disbelief in resurrection, and it doesn’t at all indicate or substantiate calling up the dead for any reason. We encourage you to study this chapter in detail so that you can see the truth of Paul’s entire message here. Also please understand, that the act of calling up the dead or “necromancy”, is strictly forbidden throughout the bible. In addition, consider the fact that there isn’t a single case in scripture of any of the original Apostles calling up the dead for any reason.
Gospel Preached to the Dead?
The final text used to justify a salvation doctrine for the dead in Sheol comes from the Apostle Peter:
“For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” ~ 1 Peter 4:6
While this at first glance seem pretty clean cut and dry, to understand this saying we have to study it closely and in context. Let’s look at the verses leading up to this text:
“Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” ~ 1 Peter 4:1-6
Reading the text in context, we can see that Peter was speaking of the sins that the Gentiles walked in, and that the Gentiles that didn’t receive God’s word would have to give an account to God who is ready to judge the living and the dead. He even lists these sins out- lusts, drunkenness, drinking parties, idolatries, etc. This gives us insight into what Peter is referring to when he says “living” and the “dead”. When examining this text in context, Peter is referring to the Gentiles that walked in sin, as those that were dead because as he indicates “for this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead.” In scripture, those that haven’t accepted Jesus Christ, and actively walk in sin refusing to follow Him are referred to as “dead.”
“Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” ~ Luke 9:57-60
Here Jesus indicates that life is found in following Him, and preaching the kingdom of God. He refers to the rest of man as “dead”. Paul also refers to those that are physically living but are dead:
“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” ~ Ephesians 2:1-3
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” Ephesians 2:5
Here Paul not only says that they were all dead in their past, but he explains why. It was because of their trespasses and sins, the lusts of their flesh, and the fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind that they were dead. They walked in sin before, but became alive through Jesus Christ and they no longer walk in sin.
“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” ~ Ephesians 5:14-17
Here Paul indicates God’s chosen are called to “arise from the dead”, and they then walk as wise, not fools, understanding the will of the Lord. This indicates that it happens in this life, not after death. Paul is speaking to the living Ephesian congregation. In Colossians we read:
“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;” ~ Colossians 2:12-13
Paul in a letter to Timothy also writes:
“But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” ~ 1 Timothy 5:6
This clearly points out for us that many that choose to live in pleasure and sin, are “dead while they livith.” There is another reference to the “dead” in Romans:
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” ~ Romans 6:12-13
Here again, we see that living in sin is also known as being dead. There are other references that you can study pertaining to those that are dead in sin, and we encourage you to do so. We hope that you can see that Peter is not speaking of the actual dead in Sheol, but rather he is speaking of the time in the past that the gospel was permitted to come upon the Gentiles who were living in sin. This is why close study of the bible is necessary to understand these sayings. Also taking all scripture of the bible into account, you can better understand the true meaning of this text. Please consider, that none of the original Apostles in scripture ever addresses the actual dead in a sermon or letter. Remember, “living” is tied to soul, the unity of body and spirit. The last phrase of the text says “live according to God in the spirit”. This is referring to those that posess body and spirit on this earth, not the spirits of the dead in Sheol. Even God’s righteous- Job, David, Stephen- are asleep in Sheol, and are not alive. Scripture is consistant that after death, our life doesn’t come again until we are risen at the end of the age according to Jesus, either to everlasting life, or eternal damnation at the judgment.
There are many more examples in the bible referring to death, and we encourage you to diligently study. This should give you a good starting point. Please study God’s word in the bible and consider it’s entire testimony. We can conclude from this study that there are 4 chambers of the dead in Sheol, those that are righteous upon death remain in a state of rest or unconsciousness until they rise at the end of the age to eternal life and an immortal body. Those that die and are unrighteous maintain a form of consciousness in pain and torment until they rise again at the day of judgment. Those that were wrongfully murdered can claim suit in a form of consciousness, against their murderers. There is also a group of spirits of men that have already been judged and will not rise again as they are “complete” in their transgressions/sin. It is the Spirit part of man that is taken into Sheol, while the Body and Soul die. Salvation also must be attained while you are alive, as the state of your Spirit and the location it is sent in Sheol is determined upon the exact moment of your death. The spirits of Sheol are not permitted to move around to different chambers, rather they remain in the chamber they’ve been placed until the end of the age. No work is done in Sheol, rather a waiting for the end of the age when we rise to either eternal life or everlasting damnation. You can see that the scriptures are extremely consistent in their representation of the after-life when you take into account scripture as a whole. It is like a giant puzzle with many pieces, only completed when scripture is examined and closely studied in it’s entirety. Using only a part or piece of scripture to develop an entire doctrine, results in the distortion of the full truth that is available to God’s people through His inspired word.
“Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?….For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” ~ Isaiah 28:9-10
Many deceptions about the after-life have caused an uncountable multitude of people to disobey God in this life with the hope of obeying God and receiving salvation in the after-life. These deceptions are in many cases taught generation after generation, with only a remnant that searches God’s word to see if these teachings are true. We are given one life to live, and then the judgment (According to Apostle Paul). Please do not judge those that follow various afterlife doctrines not taking into account the entire message of the bible, as they believe and speak of what they’ve been told, and these teachings go back hundreds of years. As already mentioned, soon we will post a page to clarify further the “Spirits in Prison”, and we will examine scripture pertaining to Satan, the fallen angels, the angels bound at the abyss, and the difference between an angel and a demon- it is significant. Understanding the spirit world will help us to navigate the natural world for Christ, as we see it for what it truly is. Don’t take my word for it- search the scriptures to see that these things are true. This knowledge is being given out of the grace of God. Pray that he continues to show his wisdom to all of us, and guides us to be his final witnesses on this earth. Remember there are no second chances- please don’t allow salvation to slip away from you. We’ve been given a tremendous gift through Christ- please don’t let it go to waste. For more guidance- please read the “God’s New Covenant”, and “Why Follow the Commandments” pages of this site.
The following is a video interview of Roger Morneau. This man in the 1940’s became a part of a high society satanic cult and was mentored by the satanic high priest himself. After learning many intricate details of Lucifer’s plan for the world, he fled the cult and became a sabbath keeping Christian. This is his testimony and I encourage you to listen. You will see that one of Lucifer’s ultimate deceptions for our time is to get men believe that they have an immortal soul.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” ~ Hebrews 9:27
“And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” ~ John 3:13