THE SAD HISTORY OF DEATH
BODY SOUL SPIRIT
Now; these discussions get easy to understand the Bible verse like this: “and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it” Ecclesiastes 12:7. It gets easy also to understand what Salomon has said about men and animals. The soul exists only into the intersection BODY-SPIRIT like showed on graphic above. In this context the Salomon King was not getting mad when said that the animals have soul like us: “said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts for what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts” Ecclesiastes 3:18.
This first rule was very important to God organizes the human rescuing from fallen Eden. The Death reigns because of sin. Without active part and inactive one to the dead is an indispensable to true resting. There are dozens of biblical verses that affirm that the dead does not have thoughts, emotions, works, communication with anybody, conscience; but the best known verse is Ecclesiastes 9:5 and 6 “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 for ever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun”. Any participation or interaction between dead and living man will be forgery. The archenemy can do things like these by your dark powers. He has power to do it and others things; because he can even transform himself like light angel to deceive even the God’s sons.
The second gold rule imposed by God to the Death’s reign – introduced by Lucifer – is NO HAVING NOTION OF TIME TO THE DEATH. The explanation of this rule permit us introduce the third rule: THE DEATH IS A SLEEP. Even being difficult to say, but our experience can show us many things about the time notion. And into the biblical text we can see the chronological time is business for live people and not to dead ones.
Have you already had, in moment of your life, a deep sleep that you laid down, slept, woke up and you got frustrated because the impression was that you had just had gone to the bed? Have you had the notion of the time? The sleeping with notion of time is like that one dreams all the time. To dream during the sleeping is too bad because we don’t relax. A restoring sleep and without dreams is a little showing of what is the death. Then, we don’t need fear it. This aspect of the Dead could not fear anybody. It will not cause pain and the people will not suffer any longer. The biblical idea is of total cessation of activities of the person.
Jesus himself has compared the Dead with the sleeping; “These things said he: and after that he says unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleeps, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep” John 11:11-14.
Jesus has confronted the Dead. It has had nor pity neither piety of Jesus. The Dead has plucked up the tears until the Lord Jesus Christ “Jesus cried out” John 11:37. It is an enemy; the cruel one. It makes us cry out in depth when it takes away our beloved. It is the responsible of the emptiness that invades the millions of people hearts whose beloved has gone away. The Dead is in alliance with the God’s Accuser. It is the tool that the God’s Enemy threats the earth and its inhabitants. Animals, nature and men suffer the pains brought by it.
The good news is that God has a solution to all that. The Bible, God’s Word, shows us wonderful promises. Beyond this narrative of book about death; it shows us the solution to the problem too. The Bible says that “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23. And the way that God met to bring the eternal life to the men was the RESURRECTION. This act makes sense only when we understand the Death through these three bases established by God. If the Death is not a sleep; the resurrection will not have any purpose. The eternal life is a holy hope, and the resurrection is God’s solution to the damage of the Satanic mortal invention.
The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 15 speaks that the people without hope of resurrection in Jesus are unhappy. Read all this chapter and delight in this promise; the wonderful promise. He says yet in other book that “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” I Thessalonians 4:16. All; believers and unbelievers, losers and winners; all people will pass by the resurrection process. Being first, or second one; all we will be resurrected to face the Judgment Day.
Dr. Carlos A. Steger, professor in theological seminary said that “the resurrection, by itself, is not nor a reward neither a punishment. It is a prespecification to receive the eternal life or an eternal condemnation”. This affirmative can help us to understand how it will be; how the God Final Judgment will be. All will hear your own sentence and to that, all have to come back to life again. In this moment the two parts return to the person again. Body and Spirit (breathing) come back to meet and to form the living soul again. This way the same person will see the scenes of all things on the Earth. It is this way that the rule number two and three make sense. All we will come back and will have the sensation as being had just faced the death. For someone, the death was agonizing. For others, the death experience was too good because it was a resting indeed in the Lord and in His hope.
For that reason the Bible is so clear when it says that today we have the chance to decide. There is no second chance. Life is only one. The opportunity to accept Jesus is right now and it is only while the life is in existence. For that reason Jesus gives us the invitation: ‘my son, gimme your heart’. The Bible is clear when says that who accepts Jesus as Savior, this person will not die for second time. All we can die one time, but two times only those who accept not Jesus as Savior and Lord. This is the aspect of the Death that all we could fear. The people could think indeed about the choice they are making today. It is not necessary only to be good citizen (I do not rob, I do not kill, I do not offend my colleague and blablabla). The majority of people that rob, kill, offend are accepting the invitation of salvation in Jesus and they are changing their lives. We have to decide while we live. The unique fear we should have passing by our mind is the fear of get distant of Jesus’ promises. Only Jesus blood has the power to make you rest in peace indeed. It is a personal decision.
The last minutes of the life happen many miracles. Nobody knows about the contents of the dialog between Jesus and the person that is dying. Only the both know. But if we have the opportunity today; we should not let to decide in these last minutes of life. The possibility of to be separated from Jesus is what could fear us. The Death could not terrorize anybody because Jesus has the solution for all these things – the Resurrection in the last day.
The Death is with the day’s countdown. Jesus has already won in the cross for all times and we have the opportunity to life forever and ever, and ever. The Death is so cruel and this enemy that will be defeated in the last moment. “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” I Corinthians 15:26.