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Life & Eternity
Markus Piercy-Reins

What happens after death? This is moving many people and quite some speculations and theories we will find offered to us today. There is Catholic doctrine teaching a Purgatory… and the fancy promises Universalism offers, saying everybody will be in Heaven in the end. So what to believe?

This whole question is actually solved easily, just not by human speculation and thoughts – even wishful thinking won’t help us here. The source should be no other but God Himself.
We just need to have fundamental understanding about the “Dimension of God” and then everything is clear… and this without any doubt!

Everything is plain, logical and based on what we know from God’s word… just like 1+1=2… a child can understand it! It’s so easy!

Let’s first start with Melchizedek/Jesus as we read in Hebrews:

Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever. – Hebr. 7:3
I highlighted the important part to show:
Jesus (the Son of God) is without beginning
Jesus (the Son of God) remains forever

If something/somebody is without beginning and without end we use the word eternal to describe this unique characteristic.

Though Jesus was born here on earth He preexisted in the realm of God as we read in the Gospel of John:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He (important “the word” is a “HE”!) was with God in the beginning. Through him (again not “it” but the male “him”) all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made… the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-3+14)
Here again we can draw important knowledge about God and Jesus:
We learn that Jesus is the Word of God. By this Word of God everything was created.
We learn that Jesus (the Word) was God Himself.
We learn that though He preexisted He became flesh in the person we know as Yeshua/Jesus!

Therefore Jesus rightfully says: Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. – Joh. 14:9

Now comes the one and only logical conclusion:
If Jesus is without beginning and without end (eternal)… and He as the Word is one with God… God must be eternal, too!
Let’s see if we can validate this conclusion by what the scriptures tell us about God!

In the Old Testament we find quite often the wording “from everlasting to everlasting” (f.i. Ps. 41:14). The Hebrew word used here is OLAM… and Strong’s Ex. Concordance gives us the following definition:

or lolam {o-lawm'}; from 5956; properly, concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e. (practically) eternity; frequentatively, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always:
alway(-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, (n-))ever(-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+ without end).
And so it is no wonder we find the word olam in Ps. 90:2 describing God:
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Here we have it! God is without beginning… and God is without end. God is eternal!

There is more evidence we can find in Ja. 1:17:
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

and Mal. 3:6:
I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.
Here we learn about God’s dimension that He not only is eternal… but He doesn’t change, too!
Change is closely knit to our present dimension of transience. All we know – including ourselves – is subject to constant change. We’re bound in a dimension forcing change on us – we like it or not!

But not so with God! Though God created time – and time and change are inseparable “twins” – He in His dimension isn’t subject to anything!

What have we learned now?
First, God is without beginning and end and so He is eternal.
Second, this eternal dimension has an important characteristic: Change and transience doesn’t exist in it! Forever He is the same:
He also says,In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.
You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. – Hebr. 1:10-12
Ok! We have solved the first important step to gain truth about God! God is - contrary to all we see – without time and change!

Yes, He even says He won’t change what has come from His mouth:
I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered. – Ps. 89:34
Do you know what this means? Right, you can rely on all words spoken by God as eternally unchanging facts!!!
Every word God – and Jesus – speak will never change! For all eternity they will have power and stay valid though they’re spoken thousands of years ago!

And therefore Jesus says today as He said then – yes, He will say it in thousand years, too:
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. – Matt. 24:35
So, forget the thought: God may change His mind… as we love to do in our transient, quickly changing dimension :-)!

When God created the heavens (universe) and the earth He created something you and I can’t exclude from all we can comprehend: TIME!
Time is a creation of God… and time is bound to our level of existence we have here on earth… but it will cease the very moment we will leave this dimension earth (level of existence) after our death!

There is an incomprehensible dimension waiting for every true believer in God. Let’s read:
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. – 1.Jo. 3:2
Wow! Have you really understood what you just read? Right, we shall be like God!
Paul says the same in Ro. 6:5:
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.
We have rightfully concluded – based on evidence given in God’s word - that God/Jesus is without beginning and without end… what does this mean for us now?
Though we definitely have a beginning… everyone planted in the likeness of His death will be in the likeness of His resurrection, too… and “likeness” is the same as John worded it: We shall be like Him… and with this we will exist without end and – this is important – without change!
Like it is with God there won’t be change or transience once we have left this earth.

Have I written some mystical blabla here? No, just simple and plain logical reasoning! As 1+1=2 so the meaning of all we have read till now equals: those being buried with Christ… will live without end and change!

OK, but what is with all the others? What will happen with the ones not being buried with Christ? Do we have information about them, too?

Yes, we have! Firsthand information from the best source possible… a source never changing His mind, always reliable just He is the very TRUTH, speaking words valid for eternity: JESUS!

Once the Pharisees came to catch Jesus with their ridiculous little words they cleverly brewed in their so limited minds. They wanted to hear what will happen to married couples after death… and here Jesus gives us THE information valid for everyone dying – and due to the fact He is the unchanging Word of God by whom everything was made this is rock solid truth – yes, His words will never change:
When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. – Mark 12:25
Wait a moment: Do angels die? No! And so every man being like them after death won’t die… will live on forever!
Logical? Yes, a simple and logical conclusion drawn from the best source possible: Jesus, the never changing word of God for all eternity!

Right, not just the ones being in the likeness of His death will live forever – this is fact for everybody!

Well, they won’t be like God this for sure… but what will happen to them?

The physical death here on earth means we see a person no more. Just the body will stay in our dimension and will decay, but spirit and soul will live on in another dimension… and this dimension is without end and change. It is the dimension of the spirit-world… and time (as we know it) and transience doesn’t exist over there. It is the realm of the Kingdom of God like we express it in the Lord’s prayer… your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (God’s dimension) (Matt. 6:10).
The realm of the spirit-world has just one ruler – and every change there isn’t forced by time and transience at all. God alone is the all-embracing, all-filling, all-powerful, all-knowing, timeless, unchanging ruler holding everything under His control.

Jesus Himself gives us even more details, so let’s listen to Him (please, read the whole passage of in Lu. 16:20-31 because I will just bring the important passage):
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime received 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.
What do we learn from this?

After death there are two places where we will continue to live on!
The first place (where we find Abraham) is a wonderful place of pleasures called Paradise.
(Jesus mentions this at the cross – Lu. 23:43. Please, read 2.Cor. 12:4 / Rev. 2:7, too)
The second is the place where we see the rich man in. It is a place of pain and torment.
Between them is an impassable abyss separating those two realms… but allowing communication between them.
In Hebrew this place is called Sheol (the realm of the dead). Yes, there are two words we shouldn’t mix in Hebrew constantly mistaken by most believers:
1. Sheol the realm of the dead without salvation
2. Gehenna – this is the place we call hell and here the fire burns “forever and ever” (Rev. 20:10). In the Greek language the New Testament is written in we will find the word “aion” at this place… and it has the same meaning as the Hebrew “olam”

from the same as 104; properly, an age; by extension, perpetuity (also past); by implication, the world; specially (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):
age, course, eternal, (for) ever(-more), (n-)ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end)
This place is made for satan and his angels as our Lord Jesus says in Matt.25:41:
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
(the word everlasting is translated from the Greek aionios which is the adjective of aion)
Are you a little confused now? Well, this doesn’t need to be! You just have to discard the wrong teaching that everybody dying without Christ goes directly to hell!

What we call “death” here on earth isn’t what God calls death. When Jesus was confronted with natural death He said: It’s as “sleep” (Matt. 9:24).
When Adam and Eve sinned against God this meant their death… though they continued to live several hundred years thereafter here on earth. Their “death” was the separation from “the true life” they had in God before!
So what we call death is “sleep” with God… and what we call life here on earth is “death” with God!
(Eph. 2:5 / Col. 2:13)
True life, as God sees it, is only possible by being connected with Him. HE IS LIFE – THE ONLY ONE HAVING TRUE LIFE - and everything outside of Him is death! (Jo. 5:26)

The truth we find in God’s word is the following:
If we die in Christ we will come to a temporary place called Paradise. This is a wonderful place… but it’s not heaven!
If we die without Christ we will come to a temporary place called Sheol or the realm of the dead. This is a terrible place… but it’s not hell!
Between both realms is a deep cleft, a huge divide nobody can cross but the pain is intensified by being able to look towards Paradise without any chance to get there.

OK, I know your next question already :-):
But what is about hell and heaven now?

Well, again we have to read in God’s word. We read in Matt. 25:31 that Jesus will return and He will sit on His throne and judge all nations.
This we will find in Revelation 20:11-15 again and here we read in verse 13 that the dead will rise from the sheol to be judged (Second Resurrection)… but what happened to the ones having died with Christ?
They won’t be judged at all… they have risen from Paradise - long time before - as we read in verse 4-6! They have already reigned with Christ for 1000 years and this the Bible calls the “First Resurrection”.

This judgment is a highly delicate and inconvenient place to be found in. Jesus, the TRUTH, knowing EVERYTHING about you will judge you after all you have done in life – even your thoughts aren’t hidden before Him (Matt. 5:28).
I’m convinced you would so love to avoid this highly inconvenient prospect awaiting you after you have suffered in Sheol before, am I right?
See, good news! There really is a way for you – offered by God Himself – and Jesus showed it to us:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. – Jo. 3:16-18

There is no condemnation for those who are IN Christ Jesus (Ro. 8:1 - I recommend to read the whole chapter!)
But as we have read already, there is a positive as a negative aspect waiting after this final judgment of Christ!

Those who rose in the “First Resurrection” will – after the millennium reign - be partakers/inhabitants of God’s “New Heaven and New Earth” (the place Jesus went to prepare for His followers – Jo. 14:2-3)!
Before they will reign with Christ for 1000 years here on earth as we read in Rev. 20:6.

The ones rising in the “Second Resurrection” have to pass the “sheep and goat judgment” of Christ. The “sheep” will inherit the same glory as the ones raised in the “First Resurrection” – but - the “goats” will have to stay eternally separated from this “New Heaven and Earth”.

The word of God is very clear here (Rev. 21:27 / Rev. 22:14+15).

We have learned the dimension/realm of God is without time… and so the ones being one with God will live eternally with Him sharing in the characteristics of His dimension/realm.
We have learned, too, the ones not having passed Christ’s judgment as “sheep” will have to face the “second death”.
The “second death” is the place actually made for death and his realm (Rev. 20:14) and satan and his angels (Matt. 25:41)… but not for him alone… in Rev. 21:8 we read the “goats” will be found there, too!
In Rev. 2:11 believers get informed that you have to be an OVERCOMER to escape this “second death”!

This “second death” is eternal! This has to be so just the realm/dimension of God (the spirit-realm) is without time… without change… without beginning… and without end!

This is the stern reality the word of God shows to us… and all other thoughts based on wish-full dreams and selective perception will be rendered false.

As long as we are here on earth the dimension of our existence allows change. Here we can search the Lord with all that is within us… and so the prospect of our existence in the dimension of God can be changed by believing in Christ Jesus.
However, due to the given, unchanging characteristics of the dimension we’re going to after death change won’t be possible anymore after we’ve done our last breath.
No, this isn’t fear-mongering… this is just bare reality all of us are facing… the unshakable facts existent in God’s realm.

Though we in our present state of limitation, being blinded for the reality with God, having no clue about what is awaiting us after we die, God in His love revealed to us what is awaiting us.
Because God knows we all are heading for the inevitable – death – His love informs us to use our remaining time here on earth wisely by choosing His outstretched arm of eternal salvation He freely offers us in Christ Jesus!

No, this has nothing to do with inflicting fear in us, at all! Rather it is grace and love offering us so important information enabling us to use our present dimension (change being enabled) to change our future status from ending up in Sheol and perhaps later being judged as “goat” - to become a “sheep” of the Good Shepherd’s flock even today!
With the prospect to first end up in Paradise and later living with Him without end in the “New Heaven and New Earth” He has created for all being written in the book of Life before the foundation of the earth (Rev. 17:8):
For he chose us in him (Jesus) before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will -
to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace

that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. – Eph. 1:4-8
There is one unshakable fact every man is heading to:
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. – Hebr. 9:27
But this needs not to be so! Listen to Jesus:
I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. (here He refers to the “First Resurrection”)
For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself.
And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice (now He refers to the “Second Resurrection” and His judgment)
and come out - those who have done good (sheep) will rise to live, and those who have done evil (goats) will rise to be condemned.
By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. – Jo. 5:24-30
So, please, discard all the wrongs you have heard and swallowed as “truth”! Take your time, and slowly read the presented facts and simple logic presented here – again.
Forget about all the different doctrines/theories you’ve heard and start to meditate on the dimension you will enter after your life is done. Ask Jesus to show you His truth.

Everything will be clear for you… simple and easy: 1+1=2!

Become an overcomer! The glory of God is awaiting you!

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