Life After Death (heaven, hell, and resurrection) – UNLEARN

by on January 30, 2014

Popular Christianity teaches that when we die, we will either go straight to heaven or straight to hell, but is that really what the Bible says? There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about life after death, and in this teaching I plan to address many of questions concerning heaven, hell, eternal life, and the resurrection of the dead.

I want to make sure we understand what the Bible says about these things so that we are not deceived by false doctrines. We must be Bereans and study the Scriptures to find out which things are true and which are not. As with any topic we study, be ready to UNLEARN the lies we have inherited.

The Bible tells us that we will all die because of sin, but God has provided a way for us to have everlasting life. So, what is “everlasting life”?

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2 comments on “Life After Death (heaven, hell, and resurrection) – UNLEARN

  1. Truth Seeker on said:

    Thank you for sharing your current understanding from Scripture on these topics.

    It’s especially interesting to me that the concept of “heaven” is pagan in origin. The way that “heaven” is used in the modern churches does not match up with what we learn from Scripture about the Eternal Kingdom and I think it helps to know that the term really isn’t used in identifying the Eternal Kingdom Scripturally— for clearly communicating among each other within the body of Messiah.

    I have questions about Revelation in relation to some souls being destroyed in Gehenna fire:

    In Revelation 20:15 it explains that those not found in the Book of Life are thrown into the lake of fire.

    Beginning in Revelation 21, we learn that after souls are thrown in the lake of fire, the heaven and earth are renewed. This is the beginning of the Eternal Kingdom.

    The popular understandings about “hell” or souls being destroyed in Gehenna fire teach that only those in the Book of Life remain once the Eternal Kingdom is ushered on the scene.

    However, it seems to be a different case (this is where I’m hoping you’ll share your insight)…

    In Revelation 21 it goes on to describe the New Jerusalem for the Set-Apart ones. In v. 26 It talks about how the sovereigns of the nations will bring the esteem and the appreciation of the nations into it.

    In v. 27 It talks about how whatever is unclean, or those doing abomination and falsehood are not allowed in the gates to the New Jerusalem… only those written in the Book of Life.

    1. Who is still in the nations outside the New Jerusalem?

    2. What is meant by “the esteem and the appreciation of the nations”?

    3. If souls are in “hell” or were destroyed in the lake of fire, why is v. 27 mentioning souls that aren’t written in the Book of Life???

    When we move forward to read in Rev. 22, it talks about the tree of life (Yahshua), which bore 12 fruits (the 12 Tribes of Israel??), and how each of those trees yield fruit each month. These 12 trees are described as having leaves for the healing of the nations.

    Jump down to Rev. 22:14 It talks about those doing His commands and how they are allowed to enter the gates into the city and have access to the tree of life. However, v. 15 explains that there are still souls outside the city…. dogs (gentiles), those who enchant with drugs, those who whore, murderers, idolaters, and those who love and do falsehood.

    1. If souls are either in “hell” or destroyed in Gehenna fire, what is there for the leaves to heal among the nations? It doesn’t seem that it would be the heaven (earth’s atmosphere?) and earth because the beginning of Rev. 21 explains that they have already been renewed.

    2. What/who are these leaves for the healing of the nations? I looked up “leaves” and it’s G5444 phyllon and it’s the same as G5443; a sprout.

    I’m wondering if the “sprouted leaves” may possibly be those who learned Torah in the Millennium??

    3. What do you make of there being months in the Eternal Kingdom? We’ve been taught that there isn’t a concept of time in eternity….

    4. Why would there still be sinning souls outside the city gates if they were sent to “hell” or destroyed in Ghenna fire??? (Rev. 22:15)…

    I’m wondering if the “sprouted leaves” of the 12 trees that bear fruit monthly go outside the city gates to help heal (however that is done?) those souls that seem to still be sinning outside the city gates??

    Other questions:
    1. Could the lake of fire be a refining fire judgement age? Painful? Yes. Physically or emotionally or both? I don’t know. Could it be though?

    When we go to the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, it’s interesting to note the following:

    1. The Rich Man refers to Abraham as “Father Abraham”… so someone who followed Torah? An Israelite?

    2. Lazarus is described as being as one longing to be fed with the crumbs. Where have we heard this scenario before? Matthew 15:27 and Mark 7:28 about the Greek woman who said that even the dogs eat the children’s crumbs from under the table. What does this say of Lazarus? Was he a Greek?

    3. In v. 23, it’s also interesting that Strong’s defines the word “hades” (G86) by explaining what it means to the Greeks vs. going to the Old Testament to explain… letting Scripture interpret Scripture. “Hell” is the English translation and it is defined as something that the Greeks believed (also Roman and Italic mythology).

    4. In v. 23 where it talks about the Rich Man being in “torments”… the Greek word is (G931) “basanos” and the first entry means: “a touchstone, which is a black siliceous stone used to test the purity of gold or silver by the colour of the streak produced on it by rubbing it with either metal”. Was the pain that he was suffering caused by his sins and the possible corrective punishment was to happen for an age until he was humbled and accepted Messiah?

    Today, with testimonies of many people who accept Yahshua as Messiah, we hear that it’s because they were taken through trials (“walking through fire”) and humbled… is it possible that this may be the case for people if there is a lake of fire judgement age for this purpose???

    5. In vs. 24, it talks about the Rich Man wanting a drop of water on his tongue.. he was thirsty. I’m wondering if this is allegorical… that the water he was “thirsting” for was the Living Water Yahshua… and that perhaps the Rich Man recognizing that Lazarus had this… he wanted just a drop of that belief shared with him?

    6. In the Hebrew, there are around 16 different words used for “fire”:

    H784 (Gen. 19:24) several entries for this word “fire” but the last one is “God’s anger”,

    H1200 (Ex. 22:6),

    H801 (Ex. 29:41) in reference to burnt offerings… why the need for a different word for “fire”??

    H4432 (Lev. 18:21) in reference to the fire used for “the god of the Ammonites and Phoenicians to whom some Israelites sacrificed their infants in the valley of Hinnom”,

    H3857 (Deut. 32:22) this is the second word for “fire” used in this single verse,

    H1513 (Pro. 25:22) coals of fire,

    H215 (Is. 27:11) and this means, “to be or become light, shine” or “to be illuminated” among other definitions along the same lines. This is fascinating to try and understand this prophecy! I wonder if it has a connection to the Parable in Matthew 13 about the fiery furnace.

    I’ve been wondering if that parable has to do with a furnace being a “kiln”… in light of Yahweh being a Potter and humanity being clay that he molds two types out of the same lump (Romans 9). And when researching about the process of firing clay, there are very interesting possible parallels….

    H217 (Is. 31:9),

    H224: “Urim = “lights” stones kept in a pouch on the high-priest’s breastplate, used in determining God’s decision in certain questions and issues”,

    H1021 (Jer. 6:1):”Beth-haccerem = “house of the vineyard” a place in Judah”,

    H800 (6:29),

    H254 (Jer. 36:22), “fire-pot, brazier”,

    H6363 (Ez. 20:26) pertaining to birth,

    H1431 (Ez. 24:9) “to grow, become great or important, promote, make powerful, praise, magnify, do great things”

    H5135 (Dan. 3:25) fire,

    H4196 (Mal. 1:10) altar,

    In the Greek there are around only 7 words for “fire”:

    G4442 (Mat. 3:10) “poor; a primary word; “fire” (literally or figuratively, specially, lightning):—fiery, fire.”

    G5457 (Mark 14:54) “anything emitting light” and there are also metaphorical uses listed in the definition.

    G439 (John 21:9) heap of burning coals,

    G4443 (Acts 28:2) a fire, a pile of burning fuel

    G5394 (James 3:6) “to ignite, set on fire to burn up

    figuratively- to operate destructively, have a most pernicious power of that in which the destructive influences are kindled”

    G4448 (2 Pet. 3:12) “poo-ro’-o; from G4442; to kindle, i.e. (passively) to be ignited, glow (literally), be refined (by implication), or (figuratively) to be inflamed (with anger, grief, lust):—burn, fiery, be on fire, try.”

    G4447 (Rev. 8:8) “fiery, shining like fire”

    Questions I have are, why are there so many different words for fire in either language (some are clearer than others in their definitions). How do we know what translates over to the Greek from the Hebrew concept from any of the given Hebrew words for fire for clear understanding?

    Another interesting thing is to see that brimstone is used with some instances of fire…

    G2303 (Rev. 20:10) “brimstone divine incense, because burning brimstone was regarded as having power to purify, and to ward off disease”

    I wonder what to make of it as an incense and having power to purify… with its use in regards to either the concept of “hell” or souls being destroyed.

    Also… another thought about using correct terminology… people say how that since there is heaven for God’s people, there has to be a hell for those who are not His people. Taking the concepts of heaven and hell out our terminology and reading what eternal life is for what it is makes a big difference:

    John 17:3 defines eternal life: “This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent–Jesus Christ.”

    So… destroying souls or the possibility of all coming to eternal life? Colossians 1:15-20 talks about all being reconciled back unto the Father through the Son. Reconcile in these passages is G604 (apokatallasso) and it means: “to reconcile completely; 2. to reconcile back again; 3. to bring back to a former state of harmony”. This is what we are trying to understand from Scripture.

    I have a lot more questions for my studies and thoughts to dialogue about with the heart behind it being to understand and iron sharpening iron, but these are the ones I’d like to start a dialogue about (if you are willing to be someone to aid me in my research to gain understanding about Scripture and what it teaches).

    Thank you for your consideration!

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