This entry is part 7 of 23 in the series The Spirit WorldAbraham’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 [...]
This entry is part 4 of 23 in the series The Spirit WorldHades (This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.) Skipping ahead to the New Testament, the next term to be observed in this work is the Greek term, Hades. [...]
This entry is part 3 of 23 in the series The Spirit WorldSheol (This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.) Giving consideration to the fact that the Bible is translated from the Hebrew and Greek languages (with some Arabic), it [...]
This entry is part 1 of 23 in the series The Spirit WorldWe’re giving away The Spirit World book to ReturningKing.com readers! 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 [...]
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 [...]
Deductions from these texts clearly indicate: Some parts of Hell are worse than others The judgment of the lost will determine their punishment One’s knowledge of right and wrong will determine their punishment The judgment of the Great White Throne, being the judgment of all of the world’s historical lost, then, is the judgment which determines the degree of one’s punishment in Hell.
This is the most ambiguous of the texts, but the other two indicate clearly that discipline is not the purpose of the judgment The timing of this judgment The timing of this judgment is when Jesus “comes” o 1 Corinthians 4:5 (NIV) 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time;
The Resurrections For Believers: (The First Resurrection) The resurrection of the dead is a global occurrence, for believers and non-believers alike. The Church’s Order in the First Resurrection The dead in Christ 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first The “dead in Christ” refer to those have died in the church and are buried (or otherwise remain) on earth in the body The living in Christ 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
Jerusalem is the city of the temple Old Jerusalem is the city of the old earthly temple The Jerusalem “above” is the city of the heavenly temple in “heaven itselfin God’s presence.” Revelation 21:1-27 (NIV) 1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
It is later clear from the text that Paul speaks of himself as the man who went into “Paradise,” which he also calls tritos ouranos, “the third heaven.” Paul clearly helps us establish several things in this text: That the third heaven is “Heaven proper” That the third heaven is the same as Paradise That it exists per his personal testimony Revelation 4:1-2 (NIV) 1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven.