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Isaiah 65:24 -

?And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.?



Joshua 1:9 - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

Psalm 37:5 -

"Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."



Jeremiah 17:7 -

"Blessed is the man  that  trusteth  in the LORD, and whose hope  the LORD  is."



1 John 4:19 -

"We love because he first loved us."NIV



Romans 8:35, 37-39 - "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No way! in all these things we are more than conquerors through HIM that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:35, 37-39)

John 11:25-26 - "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me,though he were dead, yet shall he live.  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"

Ephesians 6:10-11 - "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. "

Proverbs 14:29 -

"A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly."



Luke 6 :38 -

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."



1 Thessalonians 4:14 -

"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."



Psalm 23 -

A Psalm  of David.   

1.The LORD  is my shepherd; I shall not  want. 

2.He maketh me to lie down  in green  pastures:  he leadeth  me beside the still  waters. 



1 John 1:9 - "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."NIV

Psalm 121 -

A Song of degrees.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.



Psalm 28:6-7 -

"Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him."



2 Corinthians 9:7 - "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."

Psalm 46:1 - "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in truble." 

John 14:1-3 -

 "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3) 



1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud.It is not rude, it is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered, It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, But rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, Always hopes, always perserveres." (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Philippians 4:8 -

?Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.?



Matthew 20 -

Mat 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which went out early in the morning  to hire  laborers into his vineyard.

Mat 20:2 And  when he had agreed  with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Mat 20:3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,



Lamentations 3:26 -

?It is good that a man should both hope  and quietly wait  for the salvation  of the LORD.?



Jeremiah 31:3 - "The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."

Jeremiah 29:11-13 -

       " For I  know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give  you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon  me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when  ye shall search for  me with all your heart."

 



Matthew 5:5/NIV - "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5/NIV)

Revelation 1:3/NIV - "Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near."   (Revelation 1:3/NIV)

John 3:16 -

 "For God so loved the world,that he gave his only begotten Son,that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting life."

Lamentations 3:22-23 -

?It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. ?



Revelation 3:20 -

?Behold,  I stand  at  the  door,  and  knock:  if  any man  hear  my  voice,  and  open  the door,  I will come in  to  him,  and  will sup  with  him,  and  he  with  me.?



Proverbs 22:1 -

"A good  name is rather to be chose  than grea  riches, and loving favor rather than silver  and gold."



Jeremiah 33:3 -

"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."



2 Peter 3:9 -

 

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men  count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."



Philippians 4:6-7 -

"Be careful  for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. "



Isaiah 43.2 - When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire,thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Isaiah 26:3 - "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."

Col 4:2 - "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving "

Ephesians 2:8 and 9 - "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith? and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God? not by works, so that no-one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8 and 9)

Proverbs 10:30/NIV - "The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land." (Proverbs 10:30/NIV)

Philippians 4:13 - ?I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.?   

Psalm 119:105 - "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."

Psalms 143:10 -

"Teach  me to do thy will; for thou  art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness."



Ecclesiastes 3:1.11 -

?To every   thing there is a season, and a time to every  purpose  under  the heaven. He hath made   every thing beautiful  in his time:  also  he hath set   the world  in their heart,  so that  no   man  can find out   the work that God  maketh  from the beginning to the end.?



Hebrews 13:8 -

?Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.?



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What happens after death?

Are the dead living in another world? Can the dead see, hear, and know what is going on in this world? When a good man dies, does his soul go immediately to heaven?  When a bad man dies, does his soul  go immediately to hell? Do the dead go first to a stopping-off place called purgatory?  When a amn dies, does he go off to a spirit world where he his able to send mesages to his loved ones? Or could it be that when a man dies, he peacefully sleeps until the resurrection day? Let us see what God, the Author of live, has to say on this subject.

How did man come into being?
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7).
Note: God did not give Adam a soul, but it says "man became a living soul." The combination of the body that God mad made for Adam made him a living soul. According to this text the living soul was the living Adam.
Acts 27:37 tells us, "And we were in all the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls." Now these souls were not spirits hiding in a living in a little corner somewhere but  living people on that ship.

Are there other creatures besides man called "living souls"?
"The sea...became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea" (Revelation 16:3). Today's English Version translates it: "Every living creature in the sea died." This has definite reference to animal life in the sea.

Is it possible for a living soul to die?
"The soul that sinneth, it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4). Here the soul has reference to a living person. "All have sinned" (Romans 3:23). "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23).

Man became a living soul, or a living person, by a combination of dust and breath of life, but what happens when he dies?
" Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit return unto God who gave it" (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Other Bible translations read "breath" instead of "spirit." It is the breath that returns to God who gave it.

Do other Bible texts indicate that the word spirit in Ecclesiastes 12:7 means that when a man dies, it is the breath of life that returns to God who gave it?
"His breath goeth forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish" (Psalm 146:4). "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." (James 2:26).
The spirit of beath os life by which an lives is only lent to him of God and at death goes back to the Great Author of life.  When this spark of life goes back to God and the body returns to dust, the individual no longer exists as a living, loving, conscious, thinking being; however, he does not lose his identity or character - the personality is safe in the hands of God. Man, thouth, is no longer conscious, because the life-giving, life-maintaining union of body and breath has been broken until the resurrection morning, when the reunion will once more make man a living soul.

After the body returns to the dust and the breath returns to God, are the dead able to send messages to the living?
"His breath goeth forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish" (Psalm 146:4). Without thoughts there is no communication. "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing" (Ecclesiastes 9:5). If the dead were sending messages tot he living, they would have to know something.

How does Jesus picture death for us?
" Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go that I may awake him out of sleep" (John 11:11). The sleep that Jesus is speaking of is death. "Then siad his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken og taking a rest in sleep.  Then siad Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead" ( John 11:12-14). When one is sound asleep, he is entirely unconscious of everything that goes on around him, and hours fly by like a split second.

We see then that the Bible is plain: man is totally unconscious after death; he knows nothing; he is not able to communicate with the living, for he is not in existence after death. The question that comes to us is, Who is it that sends messages from the dead to the living?
"For they are spirits of devils, working miracles" (Revelation 16:14). "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves imto apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transforming into an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:13,14). The devil and his angels can transform themselves into beings that look nd speak like any dead person they want to imitate. this they do to make men believe that the dead come back and communicate with the living. Don't be deceived by this miracle working devil; believe what the Bible says - that the dead are dead indeed, totally unconscious.

Where does man go at death? Is it directky to heaven if he has accepted Jesus as his Saviour? Is it to a place of burning if he has rejected Him?
"Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch david, that he is bith dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day" (Acts 2:29). When Davis died, he was buried in a grave. Acts 2:24 reads: " For David is not ascended into the heavens.". David did not go to heaven upon his death. His body returned to the dust, and the breath of life returned to God.
While David was alife, he told us that he expected to go to heaven when he awakened on the resurrection day: "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness" (Psalm 17:15).

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