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“The Resurrections and Judgments” Vlog Series Now Available

For twenty weeks ReturningKing.com has been releasing the author’s The Spirit World book one chapter at a time.  Very soon this book will be complete in its online free distribution.  The Spirit World systematically traces the abodes of the departed spirits of men and angels throughout scripture.  It examines the nature of Sheol/Hades, the Abyss, the Lake of Fire and numerous other spiritual “containers” which are referenced and described in scripture. 

The second half of the spirit world is concerned with the transference of people from one spiritual abode to another.  In short, it is primarily concerned with the resurrections and the judgments of all mankind as detailed in scripture.

The author recently completed a sermon series at his home church entitled The Resurrections and Judgments which is an oral presentation of the same general material as the second half of The Spirit World.

That series has since been uploaded (unedited) and is now available as a vlog series on our Video Courses page where this video teaching series and others are being regularly added to ReturningKing.com as a extension of our teaching ministries. 

The scripture teaches a fascinating journey, separate for the believer and the unbeliever, involving a very methodical and procedural resurrection and judgment for every human being throughout history.  The scriptures teach that all who have ever lived will one day reconstitute and rise from the dead; some to everlasting life, and some to shame and contempt.  The Resurrections and Judgments series details that process in six sermons which are designed to be heard in order.  We hope you will have an opportunity to listen.

The Spirit World: Ch. 16 (The New Jerusalem)

This entry is part 18 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

New Jerusalem

(This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.)

For purposes of this work, the name of this abode will be rendered “New Jerusalem,” but it is stated in that exact phraseology only one time in scripture.  There are, overall, three unique renderings of “Jerusalem” in a spiritual and metaphorical usage, as it refers to a spiritual abode.  As has been noted, that abode will be demonstrated to be one and the same as Heaven proper. Continue reading

The Spirit World: Chapter Fifteen (Heaven)

This entry is part 17 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

Heaven

(This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.)

In Hebrew, the term translated “heaven” or “heavens” is shamayim, which is used about four hundred times in the Old Testament.  “Heaven” is likewise translated into English from the Greek term ouranos and its derivatives in the New TestamentOuranos and shamayim have three distinct meanings in scripture.  In both Greek and Hebrew culture and language, heaven was distinguished contextually to refer to one of three places. Continue reading

The Spirit World: Ch. 7 (The Migration of Paradise)

This entry is part 9 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

The Migration of Paradise

(This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.)

As has been demonstrated thus far, the righteous are appointed to leave Sheol/Hades at some point in time.  The hope of a future release from Sheol for the righteous is a demonstrated characteristic of their existence there.  Hannah notes in her prayer,

1 Samuel 2:6 (NIV)
6 “The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave (Sheol) and raises up.

The priestly sons of Korah note,

Psalm 49:15 (NIV)
15 But God will redeem my life from the grave (Sheol); he will surely take me to himself. Selah Continue reading

The Spirit World: Chapter Six (Paradise)

This entry is part 8 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

Paradise

(This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.)

“Paradise” is a Greek term literally meaning a “royal park” or a “garden.”  However, the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) translates “the garden of Eden” as “the garden of Paradise.”  Thus it can be gleaned that the Greek understanding of “paradise was more than a mere garden.  It was an exceptional type of garden, denoting a place of peace, innocence and freedom from the sinful realm.  It was a place in some way resembling the character and nature of Eden. Continue reading

The Spirit World: Chapter Five (Abraham’s Bosom)

This entry is part 7 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

Abraham’s Bosom

(This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.)

The Term

The terms “Abraham’s Bosom” are found only in Luke 16, in Jesus’ story of Lazarus and the rich man.  The terms are Greek “kolpos Abraam.”  Kolpos (or kolpon) is rendered “bosom” by the KJV and “side” by the NIV.  “Bosom” is the most articulate and accurate term and the most historically known, thus the term “Abraham’s bosom” is familiar in theology as a designation for this abode.  The definition of kolpos describes the area between the arms, or the chest.  While the English use of “bosom” frequently implies the mammary specifically, it is not intended necessarily as such in Greek, but rather, the general chest area.  Continue reading

The Spirit World: Chapter Three (Abaddon)

This entry is part 5 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

Abaddon

(This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.)

Abaddon is also a Hebrew term, thus is constrained to the Old Testament, except for one occasion when the Hebrew term is referenced in its original language in the New Testament.  Abaddon appears seven times in the Bible.  Since it is used so sparingly, this chapter will examine each use of the term.

Abaddon is translated “destruction” throughout the NIV and KJV, except for the Revelation passage, where Abaddon is rendered in its native Hebrew, as a proper name.

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The Spirit World: Introduction

This entry is part 2 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

Introduction

(This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.)

Numerous are the terms used in scripture to reference the other-worldly spiritual abodes which remain unseen to the human eye.  Some biblical students are content to quickly categorize these many terms into two simple categories: Heaven and Hell.  However upon a thorough examination of scripture it becomes exceptionally clear that many of the abodes of spiritual existence in scripture are not synonymous with either Heaven or Hell.  Hades, is often considered synonymous with Hell, for example, yet numerous Godly men, including Jesus himself, are noted in scripture to have entered Hades upon their deaths.  While there are some who erroneously teach that Jesus went to “Hell” when he died (meaning “the eternal lake of fire”), scripture is unwavering in its clear assertion that in fact, Hell is not yet occupied.  Continue reading

The Spirit World (book): Free to ReturningKing.com readers!

This entry is part 1 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

We’re giving away The Spirit World book to ReturningKing.com readers! 

image The Spirit World is a study of the afterlife in scripture.  Far from simply referring to “Heaven and Hell,” the scripture reveals an assortment of containers which temporarily sort the souls of men and angels prior to the eternal state.  Places such as Sheol, Abaddon, and the Abyss are commonly used interchangeably by well-intended teachers of scripture.  Yet, scripture itself does not use these terms interchangeably at all; for each has a unique characteristic among the others. 

The Spirit World provides a thorough examination of these terms and others, while time lining the course of human and angelic history from creation to the eternal state.  Additionally, The Spirit World will examine the nature of the judgments of the righteous and the wicked, as these actions are the trigger events which relegate men from the temporary to the eternal abodes.

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“The Spirit World” is released by ReturningKing.com

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Confusion abounds concerning the nature of the unseen spiritual worlds of men an angels. Biblical terms such as Hades, Abaddon, the abyss and others are often considered interchangeable by well-intended students of God’s Word. In some cases, the message of the text is no worse for the wear. In others, flagrant apostasy has developed because of a poorly interpreted text.

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