biblestudy: Heaven Must Wait

The Bible on the Afterlife
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 26-Jun-10; Sermon #BS-999; 70 minutes

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The notion of going to heaven has been borrowed from pagan notions of Nirvana, Valhalla, or Elysium. In this venue, they will be doing things there that they had not attained in this life, transferring earthly good times to a heavenly setting. Yet going to heaven is not scriptural. The soul is not immortal; it is equivalent to life. Mankind does not have a soul; he is a soul, subject to death. The soul that sins will die. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life when we go through the prescribed process. The body returns to dust, decomposed into its elements. As we reach our prime, we begin degenerating until we expire, turning back into dust. The term Sheol is equivalent to the dust, the grave, or the pit. The body goes back to the earth. There is no consciousness or awareness in death, but resembles a peaceful sleep in which we are "dead to the world." Just as one can be awakened from sleep, one can be resurrected to life. God has appointed specific times for the resurrections. The pathway through eternal life leads through the resurrection, with our following Jesus Christ. When we are resurrected at His coming, we will indeed have access to heaven, but we will join our Bridegroom as He rules on the Earth. The repentant thief expected to join Jesus Christ when He would come into His kingdom, a future event to occur on the earth. Jesus spoke this pronouncement emphatically—I tell you today, you will be with me in paradise. Because Jesus was in the grave for three days and three nights, He did not go to paradise the day He told that to the thief.

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Adam's curse Afterlife Archegos Author of salvation Babylon a heap Beatific vision Commodus Crown of life on that day Daniel 12:2 Dante Deuteronomy 4:40; 6:6;7:11; 8:1; 30:15 Ecclesiastes 3:19-20; 9:5-10; 12:1-5 Elysium Ezekiel 18:4,20; 28:8; 37:7-14 I Corinthians 2:9-10; 11:30; 13:12; 15:52 First resurrection I Thessalonians 4:5,17; 9-10 Gates of Sheol Genesis 2; 3:19 Gladiator Grave Hades Hebrews 2:10-11; 9:27 Heir of the world I announce you today I command you today Immortal soul Isaiah 26:19; 38:17-18; 65:20 Jeremiah 51:37-39, 57 Job 14:13; 17:16; 19:25; 21:23-26; 34:15 John 5:24-29; 11:11 Luke 23:39-43 Psalm 13:3; 22:15; 76:1-5; 90:2; 124:9 Life after death Mark 13:24 Matthew 5:5; 10:28 Maximus Michelangelo Milton Mortality New Heaven Nirvana Pit of corruption Pit of Sheol Prince of Tyre Psalm 6:58; 17:15; 88:10-12 Remember your Creator Repentant thief Revelation 2:26; 5:10; 11:15-17; 14:1-4; 20:4-16; 21:3 Romans 4:13; 6:23 Second death Second resurrection II Timothy 4:8 Sheol Sleep of death Sleep a perpetual sleep Sleep of death Sleep Soul sleep Thief on the cross Valley of dry bones Valhalla When you come into your kingdom Zechariah 9:11-12

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