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Does My Soul Sleep After Death? // Ask Pastor John

Does My Soul Sleep After Death? // Ask Pastor John


What occurs after we die? Do we go on to be with Christ, or does our soul sleep till Christ returns on the second coming? Gabriel, a listener from the Philippines, asks a quite common query: “Pastor John, after we die, does our consciousness proceed someplace? Or can we simply sleep awaiting the second coming and the judgment? And why is sleep so typically used to explain demise, even by Jesus himself? And the place within the Bible can I be extra assured of what occurs to me or to somebody I like after they die? Should I think about them sleeping, awaiting Christ’s return. Or already in heaven and even in hell?” Episode 832: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/does-my-soul-sleep-after-death Related Resources: “How Do I Overcome My Fear of Death?” https://youtu.be/Q9HsSoOZERk “Will We Meet Jesus as Soon as We Die?” https://youtu.be/AvnGL1FCAWY “Do Pets Go to Heaven?” https://youtu.be/_XYvut9igdU “How Do I Question Someone’s Salvation on the End of His Life?” https://youtu.be/8gfAPOR0K-E Ask Pastor John Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?listing=PLFF7F6AE365DA3564 Find different latest and common Ask Pastor John episodes, http://desiringgod.org/ask-pastor-john
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42 COMMENTS

James Patterson - posted on January 23, 2019 9:41 pm

Luke chapter 16 makes clear there is a hell. Jesus himself described it!! Why is this so hard for Christians and others to accept?! Jesus explains the story of the rich man and Lazarus to remove all doubt of Hell’s existence but still Christians and many others deny it anyway. Just sad!! If people truly accepted there is a hell, it would be much harder for people to indulge in sin!! But instead they want smooth teaching so they may continue in in sin. Don’t allow yourselves to be deceived!! Hell is real and Jesus spoke of it often

Nikki Arthur - posted on January 24, 2019 12:36 am

Death is an enemy, not a friend. Jesus' apostles were changed in a twinkling of an eye. They never saw corruption. They didn't die but went straight to Christ. But there are those in the graves who will hear his voice and come out in the resurrection.

dodiesdiary - posted on January 27, 2019 4:17 am

A dead body when the soul has left it doesn't look like it's sleeping. Far from it.

Placoderm C-Strain - posted on February 2, 2019 2:07 pm

Would you rather stay asleep(non existence) or work(afterlife) for eternity?

Lindo Bushman Petrosillo - posted on March 3, 2019 1:50 pm

To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord

Mickharry Harris - posted on March 10, 2019 3:05 am

I don't have a soul , where just a brain and a body !

Madam Butterfly - posted on March 10, 2019 8:37 am

Thank you pastor for explaining after death what happens. I knew the soul lived on but didn’t know if it immediately went to heaven or hell or stayed in limbo till Jesus 2nd coming to this world. Is this known as the Rapture when all that are sleeping ( dead) rise up to meet Jesus and also those that are still living? Then comes Judgment Day? If the souls are already in heaven or hell WHY is there a Judgment Day? This doesn’t make sense to me, pastor!! After Judgment Day, what next? Tribulation??What is that? Then 1000 years where Satan rules the world?? Then what?? I’m trying to figure out the chronology of all these events, but again mystified of what’s to come in order according to God. Thank you & God bless us all

gordo 1 - posted on April 17, 2019 11:49 am

thess 4 verse 13 to 17 tells us the dead will be caught up with JESUS in the sky eccl.9 verse 5 says the dead know nothing no memory or thought

D W Johnson - posted on April 18, 2019 2:17 pm

Sir!! Can you answer the question first, Does my Soul sleep after death? Yes or No then give your explanation afterwards. to some people you lose their attention because they’re waiting on the answer first then explain why but you saying other things pertaining to the question but never give a direct answer. Are you even comfortable with answering pointed questions, I listen to several of your videos and you never give a direct answer

Rolando Agustin - posted on May 10, 2019 7:33 am

Spirit goes back to God, Body goes back to dust and soul which is the real you goes to heaven if you're saved & hell if you're not saved.

Max Power - posted on May 20, 2019 3:21 am

If it were true that a Christian went to Heaven immediately after death, and he was raised from the dead (Jesus says his people will do this miracle), then that person would be ROBBED of their prize. They would have been very very very disappointed to return to the Earth, after having returned to this ruined corrupt and polluted world controlled by SATAN. And on the other side, if anyone went to HELL after death, and a believer raised him from the dead, GOD would have to apologize to the rich man that asked to return to warn his five brothers of that place We go into a soul sleep to be raised up at the Rapture.

Max Power - posted on May 20, 2019 3:24 am

Nobody goes directly into the presence of GOD. We sleep, and when the rapture happens, it seems like immediately, because "the dead know nothing". Once.we come out of soul sleep, since the day we died, there's no thought of time passing.

Vincent Vuoto - posted on June 2, 2019 3:42 am

I think of Stephen before he died. He saw Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Then, before he died, he said Lord Jesus receive my spirit.

d a m a r i s - posted on June 12, 2019 11:05 am

All I hear is assumptions made from the word of Paul, when Jesus Himself never taught that the dead goes straight to heaven or hell. The immortality of a soul is a foreign concept for the Jews. The parable of Lazarus and the rich man is Jesus' way of teaching the Jews a lesson about salvation. The Jews thought that because they were descendants of Abraham, they are automatically confirmed to be in the Kingdom of God. All the while, they hoarded the knowledge of God, the Scriptures, all to themselves and cared not for the suffering Gentiles. To be at Abraham's bosom means heaven for the Jews while Hades is a concept of hell for the Gentiles. So Jesus brilliantly switched the ending of both characters (Lazarus represents the Gentiles, who are poor in the knowledge of God; the rich man represents the Jews). It is obviously a parable, because if it was a literal event, it contradicts the teachings of the Scriptures (in Jesus' time, it's the Old Testament). The dead does not communicate with each other. Death is an unconscious state.

Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 (UKJV) 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.
Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

Psalms 88:10 (UKJV) Will you show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise you? Selah.

Psalms 146:3-4 (UKJV) Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Psalms 115:17 (UKJV) The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

With that being said, I still think Paul is right. To be absent from the body, is to be with the Lord. When you sleep, you lose track of time. Hours pass in what seems like a blink of an eye. Our next conscious thought after death is hearing Jesus calling and seeing Him in all His glory, and what a wondrous thing it will be!

Anon - posted on June 16, 2019 4:22 am

If there is no soul sleep, why does Jesus himself say (regarding the day of The Lord), "…the dead in Christ shall rise first"…? If your soul is sleeping (in death), after that sleep (during which there is no spiritual awareness or activity with the soul), then to die is essentially, (in Paul's eyes), as good as being with the Lord. I'm suggesting that when He calls forth the dead in Christ, that will be the next moment that they will be aware of, prior to death. He calls the dead first, (before those who are still living). On that Day, those who remain will be the ones who will not taste/experience death/sleep; they alone are the ones who go directly to be with the Lord. (At least, that's my position.)

Lora Durling - posted on June 23, 2019 7:00 pm

My father saw Jesus at the foot of his bed and said
My lord my god.

MrRamyon74 - posted on June 30, 2019 7:28 am

Parables usually mirror some reality, If Luke 16 is just a parable then it is a parable about what exactly?

Marc djb - posted on June 30, 2019 11:00 pm

You are not interpreting the scriptures properly and are leaving out so many other scriptures that clearly teach Paul and Jesus believes that there is a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. That's why death is gain, BECAUSE there is a resurrection, that's what is taught that Paul looked forward to. There is no time consciousness in the sleep of death. Therefore it seems instant from death till we're alive again.

Erik Findling - posted on July 1, 2019 4:40 am

“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” that’s what happens

Leah - posted on July 2, 2019 7:55 am

isnt it like saying dead "passed away"? The old days they called it "sleep".

George Foryan - posted on July 3, 2019 6:04 pm

What about Psalms 139:7-8…. "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens your are there; if I make my bed in the grave (Sheol) you are there." God's presence is everywhere, on earth, in the heavens, and in the regions of the dead, be it the grave, sheol, or hades, the places unknown to us…..but he does not say that a person will be conscious right after death. Jesus and Paul both say we are asleep in death until the resurrection and that settles it! Lazarus was dead for four days and Jesus tells us He has to "awaken" him. Did Lazarus ever tells us where he was for four days? Does the bible tell you where Lazarus was for those four days? We are all asleep in death until the resurrection and don't try to reinterpret what the bible really tells us. Does the bible tells us we will resurrect from heaven or hell? No! It does not! Jesus makes it very clear in John 5:28 that all will hear the call and arise from the GRAVE….Not from heaven or hell. Please, quit reinterpreting what the bible really says…..Amen!

Dennis Datu - posted on July 12, 2019 2:10 pm

Once we die our soul/spirit are no longer operating in time and space and therefore there is no longer a period of waiting. We therefore come face to face with God in judgement.

debraj moirangthem - posted on July 14, 2019 5:08 am

who knows..it is what we believe

aerodave1 - posted on July 18, 2019 12:07 am

1 Thessalonians 4 is saying that we sleep in the grave until the second coming when Jesus comes to get us and take us UP to Heaven to be with Him. "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him (guide or lead) those who sleep in Jesus. The Greek word for "bring" means guide or lead. So he is saying Jesus will lead us UP out of the grave into the air and UP to Heaven. All you have to do is look at the next verse as well. "For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep." So it says the dead rise up first and then the rest of us go UP to meet them in the air. Nothing says that when we die we immediately go to Heaven or Hell. We all wait for the resurrection at the second coming and go at the same time!

aerodave1 - posted on July 22, 2019 2:09 am

Just follow the example of Jesus Himself. Jesus rested in the grave for 3 days before He rose. Jesus Himself didn’t go to Heaven until 40 days after He rose from the dead. He was showing us by example of what happens when we die.

Gary Ellliott - posted on July 28, 2019 6:15 pm

Most people can tell the difference in how a dead person looks as compared to a sleeping person. Also, it is very interesting that of all those in the Bible who were dead or sleeping and brought back to life, none immediately began exclaiming the beautiful experience of a Heaven nor expressed any remorse over being brought back from Heaven.

Juli G - posted on August 7, 2019 2:13 am

Genesis: God said “you will surely die.”

Satan said “you will not surely die.”

We are mortal, not immortal. We die (sleep) and know nothing until the resurrection.

Juli G - posted on August 7, 2019 2:22 am

Paul also said: Romans 2:16. “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”

We cannot go to heaven before the judgement.

He also said in 1 Thes 4 that the living righteous will all see Jesus coming in the clouds and will not proceed the resurrected righteous in meeting Jesus in the clouds. We all meet Jesus together.

Donald Macdonald - posted on August 9, 2019 10:33 pm

…For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?even so the the things of God knoweth no man , but the Spirit of God….1st Corinthians c2 :11-12…..Man’s spirit….and the Holy Spirit…….And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath [ past tense ] rejoiced in God my saviour….Luke c1 46: 47 …My heart hath rejoiced?……….And Hannah prayed and said, My heart hath rejoiced in the Lord…..1st Samuel Ch2 :1…..KJV……need the original Hebrew and Greek words….

NephilimFree - posted on August 13, 2019 1:04 am

All of the kings of Israel are stated to have fallen asleep in the grave (hell):

1Kings 2[10] So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.

1Kings 11[21] And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of the host was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may go to mine own country.

1Kings 2[10] So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.

1Kings 15[8] And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead.

1Kings 16[6] So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah: and Elah his son reigned in his stead.

1Kings 1[21] Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders.

1Kings 22[40] So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.

2Kgs.8[24] And Joram slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.

2Kings 10[35] And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead.

2Kings 13[9] And Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in Samaria: and Joash his son reigned in his stead.

2Kings 14[16] And Jehoash slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel; and Jeroboam his son reigned in his stead.

2Kings 15[7] So Azariah slept with his fathers; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.

2Kings 16[20] And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

2Kings 20[21] And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

2Kings 21[18] And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

2Kings 24[6] So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.

2Chronicles 9[31] And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

2Chronicles 12[16] And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.

2Chronicles14[1] So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years.

2Chronicles16[13] And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

2Chronicles 21[1] Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.

2Chronicles 26[2] He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.

2Chronicles 27[9] And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.

2Chronicles 28[27] And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

2Chronicles 32[33] And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

2Chronicles 33[20] So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

4Ezra 2[31] Remember thy children that sleep, for I shall bring them out of the sides of the earth, and shew mercy unto them: for I am merciful, saith the Lord Almighty.

4Ezra 7[41] Even so now, seeing corruption is grown up, and wickedness increased, and the righteous have prayed for the ungodly: wherefore shall it not be so now also?

Exodus 20[4] Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Job 7[21] And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.

Jeremiah 51[39] In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the LORD.[57] And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.

Job.14
[1] Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
[2] He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
[3] And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?
[4] Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
[5] Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
[6] Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.
[7] For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
[8] Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
[9] Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
[10] But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
[11] As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
[12] So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
[13] 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!
[14] If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
[15] Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
[16] For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?
[17] My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.
[18] And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.
[19] The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
[20] Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
[21] His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
[22] But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.

Ecclesiastes 9 [4] For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.[5] 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.[6] Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.[7] Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.[8] Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.[9] Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.[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.[11] I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.[12] For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

jamie Russell - posted on August 17, 2019 1:49 am

Thank you for atleast being more fair to the importance of the necessity and teaching of the bodily resurrection in scripture.
Often this is neglected as well as leaving open the comment section. Often those wishing to "debunk" soul sleep dont allow comments. I guess they know that some of us are very passionate about this truth. Our only hope is Jesus coming to restore life to those who have fallen asleep in Him.

Paul speaks of, and contrasts, his present body with the body he recieves when he sees Christ. Which seems to be said that this occurs at His appearing. On the last day. Like When Mary soeaks to Jesus about her dead brother. He does not correct her but affirms that His presence is what necessitates bringing life. Where was Lazarus but the grave with our Lord on earth at that time?

Damian Martinez - posted on August 18, 2019 8:56 am

Why does he leave out these and the many more??!
For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:5‭-‬6 ESV

https://bible.com/bible/59/ecc.9.5-6.ESV
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:16‭-‬17 ESV

https://bible.com/bible/59/1th.4.16-17.ESV????
Too me what Paul said was just a mete preference.
You can get the go ahead from the boss on special occasions like the thief on the cross , and Elijah and abraham when they talked to jesus after death.

Gary Southwell - posted on August 20, 2019 11:06 am

What about Lazarus? 4 days in the grave? Brought down from Heavenly Bliss to back on this poor old sinful earth???

Kevin DeVlaeminck - posted on August 20, 2019 6:42 pm

Sounds all heavenly feel good. Im seeking truth not self feeling. So, I die and go to heaven or hell instantly but not with my new resurrected body, that comes later, then the judgements come later too. So the blessed hope of the rapture really doesnt mean anything because you are already in heaven, oh, umm I get my new body then, thats right. This theory doesnt make sense. Sleep is because you look like youre sleeping? really? I see sleep as saying your soul is unconscious or not remembering and will be re-united with your new body being resurrected when the trumpet sounds on the return of Jesus Christ, also known as the blessed hope or rapture, then we are in heaven and then the judgement. I understand that people would want their loved ones in heaven right away but I dont believe that is scriptural. Jesus died and was resurrected in a body which he ascended into heaven, he didnt go straight to heaven then go back to get his body and ascend again, he also arose on the third day. I am not saying that I am right but you must admit that i have a point and I would like to read your opinions

Prof. Lindenbrook - posted on August 23, 2019 1:11 am

Sigh! Why is this so difficult??? Just read the 1984 NIV New Testament. This guy is all wet. The passages DO NOT PROVE HIS POINT. There is NO CONCEPT OF THE PASSAGE OF TIME WHEN THE PERSON IS DEAD. Therefore, the differential between your last moment on Earth, and being with Christ at the Resurrection is instantaneous. It's like a light in a room… You turn it off, it's off. You come back a week later, you turn it back on… it's on. YOU knew the light was off… only because you experience the passage of time, the dead do not. This is why Paul tells them to not grieve for the dead…

1 Thessalonians 4: 13 "Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him."

It's US who have the problem of the passage of time, in which the dead are asleep. They slumber in a dreamless wink of the eye, whether it be a century of ten millennium…

Kyle brewer - posted on August 23, 2019 10:55 am

This dude just rambled on with out awnsering the question lol I mean no afence but you didn’t awsner the question nore gave more than 3 verse out of about 60/70 talking about death lol come on

Roderick Cruz - posted on August 30, 2019 12:59 pm

From Jesus' own words:

John 11:11

These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

COSMIC - posted on September 2, 2019 10:08 am

He sound like the captain from futurama.

Ewald Radavich - posted on September 3, 2019 5:29 pm

No such thing as soul sleep

Shawn Bolin - posted on September 7, 2019 2:07 pm

The person doing this video is asleepmaybe he should read the part where you're supposed to call your father by his true name God is not a name is a title Jesus is not a name it's a title and it wasn't his original name he went by in the first therefore not his real name yahuah the Father and the son yahusha

Jose Sanchez - posted on September 18, 2019 2:22 am

Then what about the resurrection when people will hear his voice

quiet and watch - posted on September 27, 2019 3:36 am

I’m not happy about either explanation that comes from man. ? Neither option sounds good. Those who believe in soul sleep might find that more comforting to know that their unsaved loved ones are not burning in hell but it is also a scary thought to be laying a ditch unconscious. That’s as good as perishing and it does not bring me any comfort but rather makes me depressed. Those who believe in instant resurrection also have unsaved loved ones and it is cruel on the mind the thought of loved ones being tortured. You want to talk about anxiety? That’s mental torture on the Christian who is still alive. My conclusion is that man is not good enough to try to tell anyone what these mysteries mean. We’re just suppose to encourage and uplift one another by our testimonies of faith. I will not lean unto my own understanding and try to say I know the answer. As much as I love and cherish the inspired written word of God, I think that even men in that time era didn’t know everything. And Jesus spoke mysteries. I think he did it on purpose to make us think.
I really love Jesus. I will serve him and love him with all my being. But I am not good enough to say I understand everything when mans understanding is so limited in this realm. We don’t even know 1% of what God the Father knows. Little children do not know and understand much but have strong faith. And Jesus told us to be like little children.


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