7-Rapture is real – Saints are Changed

7-Rapture is real – Saints are Changed
This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Death

Biblical Rules of Death, Part 7

The Biblical Rules of Death: Who, What, Where, & Why we have to die

Rule #7: The Rapture is real – The Saints are Changed (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Paul (in the New Testament era) said that he visited Paradise (2 Corinthians 12:4). However, the place he visited was “under the altar” – in God’s heaven. The Bible describes an event during the Great Tribulation when people are kept there (Revelations 6:9). Although that is a future event, the place is performing the same function today and holds millions (billions?) of Christians who died “in Christ.”

During the Great Tribulation, the souls “under the altar” cry out to the Lord for judgment and blood. They do this, not because they are blood thirsty, but because that is when they will receive their glorified bodies (Revelation 6:10) and be complete for all eternity. Keep reading →

6-Paradise is temporary

6-Paradise is temporary
This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Death

Biblical Rules of Death, Part 6

The Biblical Rules of Death: Who, What, Where, & Why we have to die

Rule #6: Paradise is temporary (Matthew 27:53)

The place called “Paradise” is generally understood as a temporary place. It holds the souls of those, who for various reasons, have not yet been resurrected. They are in transition to their glorified bodies.

The original Paradise was the garden of Eden (Ezekiel 28:13). Adam and Eve enjoyed the provisions and the fellowship of God until they sinned. After that, they were cast out (Genesis 3:23). Keep reading →

5-Everyone will go to either Heaven or Hell

5-Everyone will go to either Heaven or Hell
This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Death

Biblical Rules of Death, Part 5

The Biblical Rules of Death: Who, What, Where, & Why we have to die

Rule #5: Everyone will go to either Heaven or Hell

Heaven is generally understood as the place of eternal life for the righteous. That is not precisely accurate since there are several locations identified with eternal life. Also, the present Heaven is replaced (at a later time) with a “new heaven” (Revelation 21:1).

Heaven is the place of God’s throne. So, when we speak of heaven, we are usually talking about the place of eternal life, in the presence of God. The word suggests everything holy and wonderful!

Hell is generally understood as the place of eternal punishment.  Keep reading →

4-Satan claims the souls who sin

4-Satan claims the souls who sin
This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Death

Biblical Rules of Death Part 4

The Biblical Rules of Death: Who, What, Where, & Why we have to die

Rule #4: Satan claims the souls who sin (Hebrews 2:14,15)

God has refused to allow those who die in sin to enter into His presence (compare Rule #2). Satan (a.k.a. “the devil”) holds the power of death over those whose sins have not been remitted (forgiven) (Hebrews 2:14,15).

A clear illustration of this is found in the book of Jude. God (in His sovereignty) called for the body of Moses (to appear at Jesus’ transfiguration, Matthew 17:3). The devil disputed it since Jesus had yet to shed His blood in remission for the Old Testament souls held captive (Matthew 27:52). Keep reading →

3-No Forgiveness Without Blood

3-No Forgiveness Without Blood
This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Death

Biblical Rules of Death Part 3

The Biblical Rules of Death: Who, What, Where, & Why we have to die

Rule #3: There is no forgiveness without blood (Heb 9:22)

In the Old Testament era, priests offered the blood of animals to try to reconcile sinful humans with the righteous God. The offering of innocent blood as a sacrifice for the sins of men was established by God (Genesis 3:21).

Hebrews 10:4 “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”

However, the blood of animals could only postpone the penalty of sin (Hebrews 10:4-1). It was like paying the annual interest on a loan but being incapable of repaying the principal amount. The sacrifice of bulls and goats kept their relationship with God active – but only temporarily. In the end, their sin debt was still outstanding and until it was paid, they could not go to heaven. Keep reading →

2-God cannot look on sin

2-God cannot look on sin
This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Death

Biblical Rules of Death, Part 2

The Biblical Rules of Death: Who, What, Where, & Why we have to die

Rule #2: God cannot look on sin (Hab 1:13)

The holiness of God is so sacred that He is pained to even look at sin. All of us have been proven guilty of sin – either by our own conscience, or by God’s law, or both (Romans 3:23). Consequently, most people feel the need to have their sins forgiven (see remission). Keep reading →

1-Everyone has an appointment with death

1-Everyone has an appointment with death
This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Death

Biblical Rules of Death, Part 1

The Biblical Rules of Death: Who, What, Where, & Why we have to die

Rule #1: Everyone has an appointment with death (Heb 9:27)

When Adam and Eve doubted God and obeyed Satan (the serpent), they committed sin (Genesis 3). In doing so, they brought the curse of sin upon themselves and all their generations. Keep reading →

0-Biblical Rules of Death

0-Biblical Rules of Death
This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Death

Biblical Rules of Death

The Biblical Rules of Death: Who, What, Where, & Why we have to die.

This is a summary list of the articles in the “Biblical Rules of Death” series. Click the link for an article to read it.


Rule #1: Everyone has an appointment with death (Heb 9:27)

Published Oct 20, 2015


Rule #2: God cannot look on sin (Hab 1:13)

Published Oct 21, 2015


Rule #3: There is no forgiveness without blood (Heb 9:22)

Published Oct 22, 2015


Rule #4: Satan claims the souls who sin (Hebrews 2:14,15)

Published Oct 23, 2015


Rule #5: Everyone will go to either Heaven or Hell (Matthew 25:46)

Published Oct 24, 2015


Rule #6: Paradise is temporary (Matthew 27:53)

Published Oct 25, 2015


Rule #7: Rapture is real (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Published Oct 26, 2015


 

2 – Judgment at Death (Where will you go?)

2 – Judgment at Death (Where will you go?)
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Judgments

Judgment at Death

The judgment that determines a person’s eternal destination is, without question, the most significant judgment for each of us. The Judgment at Death is that judgment.

The Judgement of Actions and Consequences could be considered a law (like the law of gravity). It condemns all who commit sin to die a physical death (Romans 5:12). But the Judgment at Death is the point where the consequences of an individual’s sins are dealt with. It is the event where a person is either allowed entry into heaven, or condemned to hell. 

So, how good must I be to enter heaven?

Question: From the list below, pick the person(s) from the Bible who, because of their personal righteousness, God allowed into heaven:

(a) Saint Paul
(b) Apostle John
(c) King David
(d ___(fill in the blank)___
(e) None of above

Keep reading →

Why God Judges Us

Why God Judges Us
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Judgments

Why God Judges Us

The cause of Judgment and death

It just seems that life is not fair. Some folks are smart, rich, and beautiful while the rest of us have little or nothing to brag about. Our jobs are dead-end and our lives are a rat race. Our financial problems lead to family problems which end in divorce and pain. All the while, there are people who inherited money, good looks, and ease. Why do I deserve this? Life is not fair! And after all this life’s problems, we die! WHY?

Why God judges us

Why God judges us is a question of Biblical proportions! Keep reading →