Human beings have always been interested in the reasons why they are here and what would happen to them after they die.
In our regions the dead are not placed on a fire, but are put in a grave or in an incinerator, according to the Bible to become dust, though the majority of people believe in a sort afterlife, a going to heaven, purgatory or hell, or to have an incarnation..
For many it is difficult to accept that our life would come to a total end when we die. when looking around they may see plants wither but they do not want to see man to deteriorate and certainly not to decay. but in a way for man it shall be the same as for plants and animals. Even going so far that for most people in their death there shall be no remembrance any-more of them. In their life they may put their trust in princes, kings and other world leaders, but also those shall not be able to add anything to their after-life. (Psalm 6:5; 1 Peter 1:24; Psalm 146:3-4).
One thing is sure, as long as we live we can think an do things. At least the living also know they will die, but concerning the dead they have many questions and wonder if they would know anything. A lot of christians think they go to heaven after they die. For many it is even difficult to grasp that they would not be able to have contact with the dead. Though the bible tells us clearly:
5 For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten. (Ecclesiastes 9:5 NASB)
For those who believe that Jesus is the son of God, the sent one from God, the anointed one mediator of God or the Messiah, do know they might have hope for something coming in the near or far future. Real believers in Christ who follow his teachings do know that when they shall be put in the grave, they shall not know anything any more, but be like all the dead, beings who shall decay to dust.
By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19 NASB)
Jesus Christ will return to earth
The Bible teaches that Christ will return personally, visibly and literally.
“While they (the apostles) looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).
Jesus continually taught he would go but later come again.
“For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels; and then shall he reward every man according to his works” (Matthew 16:27).
Jesus spoke of himself in a parable as a nobleman:
“A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return … And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him…” (Luke 19:12-15).
The Apostles preached the Lord’s return.
“He (God) shall send Jesus Christ, who before was preached unto you; whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets” (Acts 3:20).
“The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, with his mighty angels … when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe … Remember ye not that when I was yet with you, I told you these things?” (2 Thessalonians 1:7, 10; 2:5).
Expect and prepare for the second coming of Christ
The Apostles taught believers to expect and prepare for the coming of the Lord.
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of … our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
“To them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28).
“A crown of righteousness… to all them that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).
“He shall judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:1).
“Hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).
The Prophets (Old Testament) foretell his coming in power and great glory.
“That he may send Jesus Christ … whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things… All the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days” (Acts 3:21,24).
“I saw in the night visions and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven” (Daniel 7:13).
“The Lord will come with fire and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury and his rebuke with flames of fire” (Isaiah 66:15).
Not afraid to empty himself
The Nazarene master teacher (Christ Jesus) was not afraid to die for holding firm and fast to Jehovah’s universal sovereignty; he was no materialist. If he was not afraid to empty himself and lay aside his heavenly glory he would not be averse to parting with lesser things, the material earthly things. He totally trusted his heavenly Father.
The promised one from God knew that death was to be brought to nothing — yes, the last hostile power to be destroyed or removed forever is death itself ! (1 Corinthians 15:26) But how? The Bible explains this, saying:
“Through one act of justification the result to men of all sorts is a declaring of them righteous for life.” (Romans 5:18)
People declared righteous
It is the provision for cancelling the sin that all humans inherited from the first man, Adam. The Bible explains:
“The gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Of this provision for declaring people righteous for life, Jesus said:
“God loved the world [of mankind] so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His [a]life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)
The apostle Paul wrote:
“The Son of God . . . loved me and handed himself over for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Believing in the promises made by God
We may trust the Word of God, all His promises, which are handed over by the scribes. The promise in the Garden of Eden having come true in that Word becoming flesh by the birth of Jeshua (Jesus Christ) has brought us the provision of the most worthy ransom. Jehovah God made it possible for us to receive what the first Adam lost, namely, everlasting life in an earthly paradise. To receive this blessing, however, the vast majority of mankind will have to live again.
Jesus being a son of man and not an incarnated god, as an example for us was taken out of the dead. In case Jesus would be God we still did not have any proof that a human being could stand up from the death. Some christians also say Jesus became incarnated. Others told people they are (or where – because they are now death) Christ incarnated (like a.o. Mr. Moon).
Lots of people do not believe in the person of Jesus nor in his resurrection. From Biblical but also worldly writings we can get to know a lot about that Nazarene teacher his life, death and disappearance from the grave. Many people had witnesses incredible miracles. In those resurrections Jesus performed, we also can find a demonstration how millions of humans will eventually “possess the earth” and “will reside forever upon it.” The Bible does not tell that all the dead shall go into heaven. But it tells about those leading God-pleasing people who will inherit God His promised set-apart (or holy) land to settle there forever.
The righteous will inherit the land And dwell in it forever. (Psalm 37:29)
Happily, we as believers in Christ Jesus, can be among those with that grand prospect of living forever if we practice “godly devotion.” Such devotion, the Bible says,
“holds promise not only for this life but for the life to come.”
That “life to come” is also called
Re-creation in coming system of things
Jesus spoke several times of an age to come and a new creation where people would be able to live for ever. (Luke 18:28-30; Matthew 19:25-29.) Believing in the words of the bible we may count on it that humans will be restored to the perfection enjoyed by Adam and Eve prior to their sin. So “in the coming system of things,” there will be “the re-creation” of the Paradise conditions that existed in the garden of Eden.
And for most people that paradise or heaven on earth shall be here on earth, in the Kingdom of God. Let us hope we shall be able to meet each other in that wonderful world of God.
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