April 23, 2020 – Avoidthemark.com
One of the most predominant lies that the beast system has perpetrated on mankind is to believe that, as believers in Christ, our souls go to Heaven after we die.
Most believers falsely assume that the Kingdom of God is synonymous with Heaven.
But what the Bible actually teaches us is that, upon the second coming of Christ, God’s Kingdom will be established right here on earth.
So what happens to Christians after death before the King of King’s return to earth?
Do Christians really go to Heaven when they die?
To answer this question, we have to look at what the Word of God has to say; while leaving our false, preconceived notions or the things we were taught in Sunday school behind.
The Bible completely refutes the common notion of “going to Heaven” after we die.
On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached to the crowd and said:
David, known as a “man after God’s own heart” is not in Heaven, but still in the grave.
Our Savior confirms this in John 3:13:
“No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.”
According to Ecclesiastes 9:5-10, the saints from the Old and New Testaments alike are sleeping in graves, eagerly awaiting the return of the Messiah and the great resurrection.
They are without consciousness.
Job describes awaiting the resurrection as such:
“If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes. You shall call, and I will answer You.” Job 14:14-15
There are many verses throughout the Bible that refer to the dead in Christ as “sleeping.” This analogy is synonymous with the idea that when an individual is in a deep sleep, time passes outside of consciousness.
Similarly, after we die we will not have consciousness or awareness of the time that is going by. Years, decades or centuries may elapse between the time of our death until our resurrection in Christ.
But we won’t be aware of the passing time.
Instead, it will be as though we merely blinked, then are alive once again.
From a personal perspective, it’ll be as though we have immediately gone from our physical bodies and were transformed into our spiritual bodies in an absolute instant; in spite of how many years that separate our deaths and resurrections.
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul teaches us that the resurrection will not occur until the return of Christ. It’s at this time when the dead in Christ will rise again and be transformed into spiritual bodies.
Believers who are alive at the time of the resurrection will be changed into their spiritual bodies “in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52)
If, as believers, we were to go to Heaven immediately after we die, what need would there be for the coming resurrection in Christ?
In 1 Corinthians 15:53, Paul explains that the mortal will have to “put on immortality,” which means that we don’t presently have it. (See also, Romans 2:7)
At present, only God has immortality, as explained in 1 Timothy 6:15-16.
In Matthew 5, Jesus Himself tells us that the poor in spirit shall inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and the meek shall inherit the earth. Would it make sense that God would divide the “meek” saints from the saints who are “poor in spirit” and send them to two different places?
If a saint is both poor in spirit and meek, will he inherit both earth and Heaven?
The answer, obviously, is no.
We can dissolve this foolish conundrum by realizing that Matthew 5 uses the phrase “Kingdom of Heaven,” whereas other writers of the Gospels refer to the “Kingdom of God.”
The Kingdom of God is not located in God, but rather it belongs to God. In a similar way, the Kingdom of Heaven means that the Kingdom is owned by Heaven; where God’s throne exists.
The meek will inherit the same Kingdom that the poor in spirit will; the coming Kingdom that will be set up by God upon the earth.
In Galatians 3:29 we learn that if we abide in Christ, we are considered the seed of Abraham. This makes us heirs (though not yet inheritors) of the promises God made to Abraham.
In other words, what Abraham inherits in the resurrection, we also inherit. Genesis 13:15 tells us that the inheritance is eternal, while Romans 4:13 explains that the promise is expanded to include the entire world through the righteousness of faith in Christ.
As you can see, “Heaven” wasn’t a part of the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Therefore, it isn’t a promise that’s made to us either.
The New Jerusalem
The Bible clearly tells us that the Kingdom of God will be set up on earth:
“And You have made them a kingdom (royal race) and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth!” (Revelation 5:10, The Amplified Bible).
Note that in Revelation 11:15, it’s prophesied that Christ’s Kingdom will take over all of earth’s kingdoms:
“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!'”
There are three instances in the book of Revelation that the apostle John describes the holy city, the New Jerusalem, descending down from out of Heaven rather than being in Heaven. (Revelation 3:12, 21:2, 21:10)
The New Jerusalem will be set up on the new, purified and cleansed earth. God Himself will dwell with us; not in Heaven but in the New Jerusalem here on earth:
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away… He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.'” (Revelation 21: 1-4, 7)
For centuries, pagan traditions have taught us that Heaven is our home and reward after we die. However, the Biblical record is plain to see: God’s Kingdom will be established here on the earth that He created.
And it will be an everlasting Kingdom.
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