Death Described

  1. INTRODUCTION:

    1. THERE HAS BEEN MUCH MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT DEATH.
    2. THERE IS A VAST DIFFERENCE REGARDING DEATH AMONG THE WORLD 
      RELIGIONS OF TODAY.
    3. THE STUDY AT THIS TIME IS WHAT THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD HAS TO SAY
      ABOUT DEATH.

  2. DISCUSSION:

    1. FIRST WHAT DEATH IS NOT:
      1. It is not the means of allowing a wicked person an opportunity to be converted.
      2. Note: The relationship one had with God when he dies will never change. As one dies so is 
        he. [See Luke 16:19-31, especially v. 26] = "….. And beside all this, between us and 
        you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
        "

      3. It is not a time of man’s extinction.

      Note: Both the good and the bad continue to live after death. Luke 16:22-26 = "And it came to
      pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
      "

    2. DEATH IS AN APPOINTMENT GOD HAS MADE FOR US.
    3. Hebrews 9:27 = "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

      1. Here on earth we are but pilgrims.
      2. Hebrews 11:13 = "These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but 
        having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
        "

        1 Peter 2:11 = "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
        from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
        "

      3. This is not our permanent dwelling place.

      Comment: Down through the centuries the strictest Jews have left unfinished various parts of 
      their homes, usually the cornice or some other conspicuous spot. The purpose of this is to remind 
      them that nothing here is finished, that like Abraham of old they are pilgrims and strangers in a 
      foreign land.

    4. DEATH IS BOTH CERTAIN AND UNCERTAIN:
      1. Death is certain to come.
      2. Genesis 3:3 = "But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God 
        hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
        "

      3. The time of death is uncertain.

      James 4:14 = "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth
      away.
      "

    5. DEATH IS THE END OF LABORS:
      1. What needs to be done, must be done before death.
      2. Ecclesiastes 9:5 = "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.
        "
        Ecclesiastes 9:10 = "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.
        "

        John 9:4 = "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night
        cometh, when no man can work.
        "

      3. The rich man waited too late.

      Luke 16:19 = "There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:Luke 16:25-26 = "But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence."

    6. ONLY THE LORD HAS POWER OVER DEATH:
      1. This power will be manifest at the last trump of God.
      2. 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 = "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but 
        we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
        "

      3. The power of the Lord’s voice will the dead hear and arise.
      4. John 5:28-29 = "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,"And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."

      5. The shout of the voice of the Lord and trump of God will be sounded together.

      1 Thessalonians 4:16 = "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:
      "

    7. DEATH IS THE LAST ENEMY MAN WILL FACE ON EARTH.
    8. 1 Corinthians 15:25-26 = "For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 
      The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
      "

    9. DEATH IS A DEPARTURE:
      1. From the world.
      2. Ecclesiastes 12:5 = "Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:"

      3. From the physical body.
      4. Ecclesiastes 12:7 = "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit
        shall return unto God who gave it.
        "

        James 2:26 = "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."

      5. The silver cord of life will be loosed.
      6. Ecclesiastes 12:6 = "Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern."

        Note:

          1. Song: "SOME DAY THE SILVER CORD WILL BREAK".
          2. A sign in front of a house read: "This house for rent. Is the former tenant dead? No, he has moved to a larger house n a better situation."
    10. DEATH WAS DESIGNED TO BE GAIN FOR MAN.
    11. Philippians 1:21-22 = "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the 
      flesh, this is the fruit of my labour; yet what I shall choose I wot not.
      "

    12. DEATH IS FREEDOM FROM THE STRESSES OF PHYSICAL LIFE. – FORMER THINGS HAVE COME TO AN END [PASSED AWAY].
      1. It is rest from labors.
      2. Revelation 14:13 = "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."

      3. It is freedom from pain, sorrow, tears and death.

      Revelation 21:1-4 = "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

    13. DEATH IS A MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION:
      1. It takes us from the exist of this world to the entrance of another world.
      2. Genesis 35:18 = "And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) 
        that she called his name Ben-oni: but his father called him Benjamin.
        "

      3. It is necessary that we put off this physical body of flesh and blood.

      1 Corinthians 15:50 = "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."

    14. DEATH IS NOT THE END OF WHAT MAN HAS DONE AND HIS INFLUENCE ON EARTH, FOR THEY WILL FOLLOW HIM BEYOND THE GRAVE.

    Revelation 14:13 = "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."

  3. CONCLUSION:

    1. WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT DEATH?
      1. It does not afford man a second chance to be acceptable to God.
      2. It is definite appointment that each of us will keep.
      3. It is the end of physical labors, and stress of man.
      4. It is something that only the Lord has power over.
      5. It is the last enemy of physical man.
      6. It was designed for a blessing to man from God
      7. It is a time of departure and transport to another place.
      8. And there is nothing of this world that we can take with us beyond it.
    2. ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR DESIGNATED TIME OF DEPARTURE?
    3. IF NOT THE ONLY TIME THAT YOU HAVE TO GET READY IS NOW!

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