No. 672: The State of the Dead

by Epiphany Bible Students


And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen. 2:16-17) “…the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”  (Ezek. 18:4)

Did Adam understand what “sure­ly die” meant? He surely did! However, note that Eve did not exist yet when the Creator gave this one law to Adam. So it is understandable that the serpent could–would deceive her. After all, she did get the law second hand from her husband and oh, that serpent was beautiful and such a charmer. He taught deceivers who came later how to deceive — the popes, bishops, preachers, evangelists, law­yers and politicians among many, many others. Come to think about it, he deceived these most of all. He even tried to deceive Jesus during his First Advent when Jesus was on earth to die Adam’s death; blame­lessly and event­ually to restore Adam and all his progeny for a chance to obtain everlasting life. “Get thee behind me, Satan.” (Mat 16:23)

The Medical Dictionary defines Death as the cessation of all vital functions of the body, the heartbeat, brain activity (including the brain stem) and breathing. In Jewish Law, for whatever the reason, the current definition of "death" is now a composite one. It is deemed that death occurs when there is either irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions (the "old" definition) or irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain including the brain stem. (The new) The principal utility of these second standards permit declaring as dead a comatose, ventilator-dependent patient incap­able of spontaneous respiration but whose heart is still beating due to the provision of oxygen via an artificial breathing apparatus. Judaism does not specifically mention an afterlife, although we think they fully expect a resurrection.

Notice the Creator did not breathe into man an immortal soul. (One could search the Scriptures for that one and find it doesn’t exist.) The thought of an immortal soul was introduced by man much later. It is total nonsense and a big lie, unsupported by scripture and fostered on fallen man by the deceiver; dubbed by the Apostle Paul as the “prince of the power of the air” of this present evil world. (Eph 2:2) The mother of Harlots (Papacy) and her harlot offspring still promote this nonsensical belief. It is almost astonishing that so many otherwise intelligent people cling to this blatant error, inspired by The Evil One. Much additional errors and superstitions have traveled down this avenue. Most people never bother to seek the truth, “precept upon precept;” they daydream through Bible Study as many do on Sunday mornings when the preacher delivers his sermon.

The penalty for Adam’s sin would have been much worse if it had been “living thou shalt live in eternal torment.” This might have been the penalty for sin if the Creator had given Adam an “immor­tal (death proof) soul,” which even GOD could not eliminate. Think about the difference between “Eternal” and “Immortal.” Eternal seems to imply a long indefinite period of time that does not include incorruptibility. There is no other way to consider immortality as anything but incorruptibility – death proof.

Our Lord God, whose major character traits are Love, Power, Wisdom, and Justice, has not extended immortality to the person of anyone except The Christ – the second Adam and his 144,000 strong Bride, the second Eve, gathered during the “Gospel Age.” They will rule the earthly Kingdom of God and lead Adam and his progeny to human perfection with full knowledge of good and evil. Humanity has spent the last six thousand years learning evil and during the Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom will learn the opposite and become gods (mighty-ones)  of this physical universe.

What about NDE? – “Near Death Exper­ience” we occasionally read or hear about in news reports and gossip. One victim said that before her NDE she did not believe in a benevolent God and afterward – she still didn’t. She added, however, she now is convinced there is an “Afterlife.”

When Adam sinned, received the death sentence and passed it on to his progeny, all life as we know it became a Near Death Experience. When a person suffers painfully over a long period, death can become a blessed relief for the patient who will have no pain or knowledge of any kind in the grave and the friends and relatives of the patient who suffer the loss, also are relieved but continue living for a while.

Most of the people, who have accepted the immortal-soul concept with eternal torment for the bad people, never consider they or any of their loved ones would ever experience this forever Afterlife of a burning hell. If it is true we all are condemned by the prospect and God has no love in Him.

We would never enjoy any of the life we have here now for worrying about the “After life” des­cribed. The term should be “After­­ death” for death comes after we have lived for a while. The human race has enough to worry about for we are near death from the moment of our conception within our mother’s womb and every second of our present life thereafter.

The life we now live in this present evil world is a true “Near Death Experience.” Though some are nearer than others, such as those who are approaching death through illness, or a court of law, or who have lived beyond the age where their bodies can no longer support living. Fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is surely allegorical. The provisions for life of the newly created Adam were conditional, dependent upon obedience to his Creator’s law. His instruction was that he could eat the fruit of every tree: that is, he could experience everything within Eden except the “fruit” of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This was the one and only law the Creator gave his Special Creation. The tree with the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil was surely allegorical. Think about what this night have repre­sented. Perhaps it was the act of pro­creation?

Why would the Creator provide the means by which his creatures could self-destruct after HE had already said the creation was “good?” Doubtlessly, the Heavenly Father had a higher purpose for his creation. Though the physically per­fect, Adam was unfinished. He, along with the rest of us, was born needing a proper education. The Crea­tor purposed to give us one and man was to become the god of our universe. In order for this to be, the human needed to have knowledge of both good and evil and voluntarily to eschew evil and accept only the opposite. Note that Adam and his prodigy learn evil first.

“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. (Eccl 9:10)

What is hard to understand about this Scripture and are there not others, which make the same indisputable declaration? The only answer is that there is very little seeking of truth in this Age, it is easier to believe the catechisms of the Man of Sin. Attend any nominal Christian church, and the sermon is a great sleeping pill. But, you might feel that momentarily you are a “Good Christian” and have done your duty-worship.

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.”( Gen 3:19)

This is another nail in the coffin of the “afterlife” belief of the vast majority of human minds, corrupted in the hands of the prince of the power of the air. The death curse includes sweat for food just to stay alive. We were created from the dust of the earth and when death takes us we return to the dust from which we came. Remember, “No knowledge in the grave.” (Eccl 9:10)

Adam and Eve had it so good, everything they would ever want or need right there in Paradise-Eden. The weather was perfect they needed no wraps, clothing or covering of any kind. The animals were their friends and servants, food was plentiful, lots of good apples and other fruits and vegetables, just do not eat the fruit of that one tree – Just one law and what an easy one! Through Moses, God gave the Israelites 10 laws, the obedience to which could gift them life forever. These ten laws are impossible for imperfect men to obey, but this marked the Jews as His “typical” chosen people.

Did The Creator really mean that “surely die” would be a bright light of peace and joy at the end of a tunnel for the good people and the horror of being dragged off into darkness by a couple of the evil one’s henchmen to be seared and burned forever. Did the Creator of every­thing whose chief character traits are Love, Wisdom, Power and Justice actually do that? Did the Creator make man with a death-proof kernel of immortality? Did He plan this horrible method of punish­ment for the disobedient of his crea­tures? Did He plan to turn the bad people over to Satan for everlasting unspeakable tor­ment with no way out, ever? Was that part of God’s Eternal Purpose? After all, when souls are immortal you must have a way to separate the bad from the good.

Notice, it has always been “everlast­ing life” and not “immortal life.” Search the Scriptures and try to find the phrase “immortal soul.” This phrase is not there. We cannot pay attention to the catechism; (A book in question-and-answer form giving a brief summary of the basic principles of Christianity ac­cord­ing to the Papal system,) or bishops, preachers, priests, popes, evan­ge­lists, etc. They are all deceived; under the influence of “That Man of Sin” pointed out by the Apostle Paul.

O, what a tangled web we weave,

When first we practice to deceive!

But when we’ve practiced quite a while

How vastly we improve our style.

Satan, enticed poor Eve like a hand­some lover, telling her she could eat the fruit and become more alive than ever. He appeared to her in the form of a beautiful serpent and enticed poor Eve , which condemned the serpent to forever having to crawl upon its belly like a reptile. Eve had no armor to protect herself. Adam and Eve were two souls who when together were one, a head and body. She went running to Adam and told him the good news; we’ll be like God, “more alive than ever.”

The evil one told her this lie and preachers of all stripes have been repeating it at almost every funeral sermon they preach. Poor father Adam, he was not deceived, but he loved this woman who had been taken from his body and did not want to live without her. He deliberately disobeyed his Creator’s law. Adam and Eve lost their lives, life rights, and their home in Paradise.

“…in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen 2:17) But Adam and Eve didn’t die in a 24-hour day, did they? ―“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”(2 Pet. 3:8) We don’t know how long Eve lived, but we are told Adam lived 930 years, (Gen 5:5) about 928 of which were after being banished from the Garden of Paradise, their wonderful home. Adam’s death was 70 years before the end of a thousand-year Day of the Lord. Adam and Eve’s children never experi­enced life as perfect creations.

They were born in the exact condition as their earthly parents were already—a “Near Death” condition. The human race was already devolving. One of Adam and Eve’s sons, Cane killed his brother and became the first murderer. Their new home, the earth outside of Eden was much different. Food didn’t grow easily and they had to determine which of the plants were nutritious or poisonous and which were just fattening.

They had to learn how to make their food more edible, more near to what had been available in the Garden of Paradise. The Creator knew it all from the beginning as He planned it that way. He permitted Satan to deceive them, for the evil one can do nothing not allowed by The Creator’s “eternal purpose.” Obviously we needed this oppor­tunity to experience evil.

Oh My Lord, we humans had to seek, kill and eat animals upon realizing that growing food from the ground was hard labor and too dependent on things a human cannot control. We became carnivores and lost almost all our animal friends. Down through the years the animosity between man and beasts has grown. Some animals are susceptible to becoming pets and some to slaves, but largely now there is much antagonism between man and the lower animal souls.

But let’s go back a moment. In Gen 1:22 it says, “ fruitful and multiply,” But notice no children were born to Adam and Eve until after the sin and its consequences. Therefore their children were born cursed with a death sentence handed down through their parents, and it has been such ever since. What an inheritance! Instead of evolving from our beginnings, we have been devolving for more than 6,000 years. We are now approaching our extremity and need our Creator’s help.

In the beginning “eternal torment,” was never an issue. The wily deceiver had not invented it yet. Today, many people believe this deception, which has filled them with superstition. First, the evil one had to foster the belief in an immortal soul, which even the Creator, it is implied, could not take from these growing errors in the beliefs of the human race. We have been getting an education in “evil.” Immortal means death proof even though the scriptures tell plainly, “The soul that sinneth shall die.” (Ezek 18:20)

The English word soul is translated from the Hebrew word “Nephesh” meaning a breathing creature, any breathing creature, a man, ape, dog, elephant, horse, etc; all of us earth animals are souls. The root of the word Nephesh is Nêphash, meaning to breathe. The voluntary taking in and letting out of air.  Since Adam and Eve had been perfect earthly physical specimen, it took time for the gradual disintegration to end with death. Also, they did not have the natural nutritious food from the Garden of Eden. Still Adam lived 930 years. Death happens to us all. Yet, He passed from our near death condition to the oblivion of death. We have devolved into much less perfect souls than Adam was before he sinned. God did not suddenly strike Adam dead, but allowed him to die naturally, while gaining knowledge of both good and evil. Where did all the fairy tale beliefs of humanity come from? “The Evil One,” of course. The prince of the power of the Air; (Eph. 2:2.) “More alive than ever” will have believers only in this “present evil World,” (Gal 1:4.)

How many times in “Nominally Christian” funerals have we heard expression from the pulpit, such as; “Our dear departed is now more alive than ever—and is now looking down upon us with love.” They never preach that the loved one has gone to horrible torment and is now looking up at us with hateful, fierce jealousy.

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.”  (Eccl 1:4) The physical earth “God created to be inhabited.” (Isa 45:18) So it will never be destroyed, despite the several diamet­rically opposite conclusions fostered by Satan onto orthodox religions and so called sciences.

A few years ago some scientist were concluding that the solar system was running down and that eventually the earth would become very cold and lifeless. Now, of course they are predicting just the opposite —“global warming.” They sound like pol­iticians, promising one thing today and the opposite tomorrow.

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.”  (Eccl 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.” (Eccl 9:10)

                            MORE ALIVE THAN EVER?

Satan invented this “more alive than ever” baloney and so many people believe it! He is certainly the deceiver, “Prince of the power of the air,” But he can do nothing without The Heavenly Fathers permission who has allowed Satan to acquaint mankind with the evilness of sin.

“Irreversible ending of life and the approach of that end, death, involves a complete change in a living entity— the loss of its essential characteristics. “Death occurs at several levels. Somatic (bodily) death is the death of a living thing as a whole, marked by the stopping of heartbeat, respiration, move­ment, reflexes, and brain activity. After somatic death, several changes occur, which indicate the time and circumstances of death. Algor mortis is the cooling of the body after death. Rigor mortis is the stiffening of the skeletal muscles, begin­ning from five to ten hours after death and disappearing after three or four days. Livor mortis is the reddish-blue discoloration that occurs on the underside of the body, resulting from the settling of the blood. Clotting of the blood begins shortly after death, as autolysis does, the death of the cells. Putrefaction, the decomposition that follows, is caused by the action of enzymes and bacteria.

“Ideas about what defines death vary with different cultures and times. In modern times, death has been thought to occur when the vital functions of breathing and circu­lation stops. As medical advances have made it possible to sustain respiration and cardiac function by mechanical means, the concept of brain-death (the irreversible loss of brain activity) has gained acceptance. Some authorities now challenge the concept of brain-death, arguing that death should be considered as the loss of the capacity for cons­ciousness or social interaction, activities controlled in the higher centers of the brain. “Dying people go through several stages: denial and isolation; anger, rage, envy, and resentment; bargain­ing; depression; and accep­tance. Families and friends also go through stages of denial and acceptance. Grief often begins before a loved one dies. After the death, mourners typically cry, have difficulty sleeping, and lose their appetites. Some may feel alarmed, angry, or betrayed at being deserted. Later, the grief may turn to depression. Finally, the survivors begin to feel less troubled, regain energy, and restore their ties to others.”  Encarta® Encyclopedia ©

Upon the death of a loved one we hear statements from those grieving, such as; “My , [the deceased] is gone and I will never see her or him again.” Frequently these kinds of statements are made by good “Christian” people who are faithful church-goers in the nominal systems and momentarily forget that their sect teaches that the dead go either to Heaven of Hell. If this were true, there would be some chance they might meet up with their loved ones in one of those places.

We’ve heard dying people acclaim, “I’m going to join my Jesus.” We can’t fault them since momentarily at least; they feel better. However, the vast majority of the dying masses are not be members of the “Little Flock,” the “Bride of Christ” for as Scriptures tell us there are only 144,000 of these out of all the billions who have lived since Jesus Christ took upon himself to die for Adam and his progeny. (Eccl. 9:5; Rev. 14:1)

The Christ,” head and body will attain the Divine Plane with The Father of all Creation: “If in this life only we have hope in Christ we are of all men most miserable. (1 Cor 15:19). In other words, if our hope in Christ is merely dependent upon the circum­stances of this present life, we rob ourselves of what little enjoyment and advantage that might be obtained here.

Christ knew not anything in the tomb; he was dead, unconscious, for a part of three days. “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.”  (Eccl 9:10) Con­demned to death and nailed to the cross, perhaps the brief uncons­cious rest was beneficial after what he had gone through. His death was for Adam and all of mankind, Adam’s progeny. But now is Christ risen [raised] from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. —(1 Cor 15:20) The Emphatic Diaglott has it “Christ has been raised.”

It wasn’t God that died and was raised. The love of God was manifested toward us, because God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9) “In the beginning was the Logos and the Logos was with God and the Logos was a God. (John 1:1) (Benja­min Wilson’s Dia­glott) in other words he has it as, Christ was the first in the beginning of God’s creation. He was the first-fruit of all God’s Creation.

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell [the grave].” (Mat. 10:28 KJV) A better translation of this verse is in the Diaglott by Benjamin Wilson: “Be not afraid of those who kill the body, but cannot destroy the [future] LIFE, but rather fear HIM who can destroy life and body in Gehen­na.”[Hell-grave].” (Matt.10:28 Dia­glott)

And no one hath ascended into HEAVEN, except the Son of Man who des­cended from heaven.” (John 3:13 Diaglott)

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.” (Ezek. 18:20) This scripture refers to the coming age, The World to come beginning with Christ’s Millennium.

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