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Funerals are sad experiences. It's heartbreaking to pay your final respects to someone you knew and loved.

Perhaps you've had to say farewell to a mother or father, laid to rest a brother, sister or perhaps say goodbye to a spouse or best friend. Have you wondered: What's happened to them? Where have they gone? Why do I doubt?

You may feel unexpected emotions such as shock and disbelief—making it difficult to accept what's happened.

You desperately want to know the truth. Supposing the person is safe and looking down from heaven is just not enough. You're skeptical, not completely satisfied with mere speculation. And you think: What about me? What will happen to me when I die?

You need to know what God has said. Is there a sure word from Him that will help you?

Going to heaven at death—truth or empty hope?

Sometimes you have a need to believe, especially at those times in life that force you to think about your mortality. We all know that in the end no one beats death. But it's one thing to know it in the back of your mind, and something else to come face to face with it.

When you're looking in the face of death, the idea of heaven can seem comforting. It can seem beautiful—but does that make it true? Is it just wishful thinking, or can you know the facts? Is it just a matter of faith?

Now here's what may be surprising: What the Bible says about death and heaven is probably quite different from what you may think you know or what you believe.

So how can you be sure of what you believe? The majority of Americans and Britons still believe in life after death. According to a Gallup poll, 81 percent of Americans and 55 percent of Britons say they believe in going to heaven.

We want to believe that our loved ones who have died are okay and that we'll be okay. So surveys show that most people are confident, or at least they have a feeling, that life doesn't end at the grave.

Only Jesus has gone to heaven

How would you answer this question: Where do your ideas about heaven come from? Most Christians would say they come from the Bible. Yet some have an image of floating on clouds. Some believe they'll be given wings like angels. Others believe that they'll gaze into the face of God for eternity.

Yet did you know that none of these are what the Bible actually says is in store for us? None of these are ideas that God has given us in the pages of His Word. It's time to examine your concept of death and your belief in going to heaven!

Don't just believe what someone else has said, or what a Sunday school teacher may have taught you, or what a church or religion says, or what this article says. Why not? If it's not based on the truth, what good is it? So don't believe any person's opinion—believe your Bible! You must believe what God says in the pages of His Word. That's the challenge today. Are you willing to look at what Scripture actually teaches? That's where our understanding of life and death must come from—the Word of God!

Notice what is stated in John 3:13 John 3:13And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
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(emphasis added throughout): “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven” —and that one Being is Jesus Christ, who has returned to heaven!

Now that may be startling to you—but the Bible here is clear and plain. How does what it teaches here compare with what you've thought was true? If you look in the New International Version, it renders the statement as, “No one has ever gone into heaven.” The Message says, “No one has ever gone up into the presence of God.” God's Word Translation says, “No one has gone to heaven.” The only exception is Jesus Christ Himself!

Jesus' disciple Peter echoed this sentiment in Acts 2: “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day … For David did not ascend into the heavens” (Acts 2:29 Acts 2:29Men and brothers, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us to this day.
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, Acts 2:34 Acts 2:34For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he said himself, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit you on my right hand,
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So Jesus' disciples did not teach that life beyond the grave meant going to live forever in heaven. Jesus Himself never promised that Christians would go consciously to heaven at death!

Hebrews 11, speaking of great men and women of faith of past ages, tells us that they are still awaiting their future reward of being made perfect in God's Kingdom: “And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise … that they should not be made perfect apart from us” (Hebrews 11:39-40 Hebrews 11:39-40 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
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Death compared to sleep—that is, temporary

So why haven't they yet received the promise of eternal life? And if they aren't in heaven, where are they?

When Jesus' friend Lazarus died, Christ's reaction was very telling. Jesus Himself said, “'Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.' Then His disciples said, 'Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.' However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, 'Lazarus is dead'” (John 11:11-14 John 11:11-14 11 These things said he: and after that he said to them, Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. 14 Then said Jesus to them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
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That tells us something important. How does Jesus Himself describe death? He doesn't say that people who died immediately went to heaven or hell at death. He simply compares it to  sleep.

So let's think of that comparison for a moment. When someone is in a deep sleep, they have no awareness of the passing of time or any knowledge of events that are occurring while they're asleep. It's like they're unconscious. They're oblivious to circumstances. So throughout the Bible, we see that it describes the dead as figuratively in a state of sleep. They're unaware. They're waiting in the grave.

King Solomon confirmed the fact that death is like a deep, unconscious sleep: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 Ecclesiastes 9:10Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, where you go.
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). Just before that he wrote, “For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing” (Ecclesiastes 9:5 Ecclesiastes 9:5For 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.
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So it becomes clear that the Bible consistently teaches that good people don't go to heaven or anything like heaven at death—instead they sleep in the grave. All of the dead—the good and the not-so-good alike— wait in the grave.

Now that's quite a change in perspective! We don't have to be overwhelmed and consumed by grief because we're told that even in death there is hope. As the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 1 Thessalonians 4:13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
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, “I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.” So instead of the chilling thought of our loved ones having ceased to be, we're told that we can be comforted. We can be encouraged by thinking of them as being asleep in Christ!

A greater promise than heaven as commonly imagined

Think of the common concept of heaven. Supposedly heaven is where you, your best friends and your relatives go after you die. Many believe that their departed family members are looking down on them from paradise.

But if so, have you ever wondered what that paradise would really be like? Would it really be a place of perfect happiness? Would it really be a place of ideal joy and bliss? Imagine if it were true: How could it really be heavenly?

Imagine if you were in heaven, looking down and seeing this world. What would you see? You'd see a world of pain. You'd see a world of war and grief. Imagine watching your loved ones—seeing their shortcomings, seeing their blunders, watching them go through terrible trials, seeing their sinful acts—witnessing a world of evil! Would that be paradise? No. That would be torture and misery. Rather than some dreamy paradise, it would be your worst nightmare!

The Bible reveals a much greater truth and fate for those who die. Let's see again what Jesus Himself taught.

Since the dead are waiting in the grave as if asleep, what are they waiting for? When and how will they be awakened from that sleep?

The answer to that question is one of the great revelations of Scripture. God's promise of the resurrection of the dead truly brings us hope. It is not just a resurrection to life, but to a life of meaning and purpose with Jesus Christ here on earth, ruling for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4 Revelation 20:4And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
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). This all begins with the return of Christ, at which point His faithful followers are resurrected (1 Thessalonians 4:16 1 Thessalonians 4:16For 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:
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The Old Testament patriarch Job understood the gravity and full meaning of this future resurrection. Notice what he said in Job 14:14 Job 14:14If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
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: “If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come” (King James Version). Job understood that he would one day be resurrected.

Even more importantly, he understood that a change would occur. This same change is described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 as a change from mortality to immortality—from physical, mortal flesh to immortal, glorified spirit. That is what the coming resurrection of the dead in Christ is all about—not an aimless eternity in heaven, but a real change to becoming like Jesus Christ (1 John 3:2 1 John 3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does 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.
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Change your life now to be part of the change at the resurrection

This is the wonderful truth of God's plan for His people. It's God's purpose for your life. The Bible speaks clearly of a resurrection and a change from physical life to spiritual life. Understanding how one can have a part in that resurrection is so very important to having an understanding of what our life today is about and certainly a genuine hope for the future.

It tells us how we need to live right now. Our understanding of and belief in God's plan should make a difference in who we are and how we live our lives. Jesus clearly showed us what our priorities in life should be: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33 Matthew 6:33But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
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When you look to the truth of the Word of God instead of human tradition, you can have hope. You see that death, like sleep, is not permanent. You see that there will be an awakening and a change to an incorruptible life with Jesus Christ as your King!

This beautiful picture of the future is not a figment of your imagination. It comes directly from the Bible—the Word of God.

When you look to the one true source, the source of all things, you find incredibly good news. The time will come when the dead in Christ will be resurrected from sleep to immortal life at Jesus Christ's return to earth.

So be faithful. Look forward to His return!

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    Comments

  • Arrott
    I have a problem with this sentence you just stated above. And I quote “—from physical, mortal flesh to immortal, glorified spirit. That is what the coming resurrection of the dead in Christ is all about—”. My problem is I believe in a physical resurrection that Jesus taught, he told his disciples to touch him after his resurrection to prove to them he was not a spirit or ghost, he had a physical body read Luke 24:39 Luke 24:39Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see me have.
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    . Also read Job19:25-26, Job said he would be raised in his skin and in his flesh he would see God. Most everyone denies a physical resurection but Jesus show us we would be physical and in the book of Isaiah it talk about building the old ruins and planting gardens, spirt dont need food and shelter.
  • Juma
    . . What a great article! This is so amazing to know what the bible really says about death.. Thank you mr Myers…
  • vums16
    You make the truth so plain. Truly, the vast majority aren’t called. When you show these scriptures to others…..they get angry. They just DON’T want to believe the Bible.
  • Raj Singh
    iF what you are saying is true than how would you interpret Matt 18 Vs 3-4 : and Matt 19 Vs 23 - 24, I have read your comments but Jesus (God of Isaac, Abraham and Jacob) spoke himself in the 2 scriptures that I have listed and makes no doubt that man will enter into heaven, so i will appreciate your explanation so that I can understand your view, looking forward to reply so that I can understand better.
  • Malachi 3_16-18
    Hi Raj Singh, The terms “kingdom of God” and “kingdom of heaven” are at times used interchangeably in the Bible. For proof of this, compare Mt 5:3 and Mt 5:10 with Lk 6:20. Perhaps the following link to a recent article I read on this site will help: http://www.ucg.org/bible-faq/what-kingdom-heaven I would also re-read the above article, which makes it plain that no one except Jesus has ever gone to heaven.
  • DanielSnedden
    Raj, The article is not saying heaven does not exist, heaven does not exist in the way most people think. The Kingdom of Heaven, Paradise, Kingdom of God are all referring to God’s coming kingdom which will be established on earth. Jesus Christ inself will rule with the help of the saints from the first resurrection after the tribulation. It also includes the spirit world that God resides in. We will be in His Family as spirit beings. The writer was trying to convey the message that you must be resurrected as the Bible states. You do not just go to heaven when you die. If you go to heaven after death then why would you need to be resurrected? Here are some direct links to our booklets which will give you more detail than the above article. http://www.ucg.org/booklet/what-happens-after-death/ http://www.ucg.org/booklet/gospel-kingdom/ http://www.ucg.org/booklet/heaven-and-hell-what-does-bible-really-teach/… All church literature, booklets, articles, magazine, Beyond Today TV program are all free. Members and supporters of UCG pay for these through our tithes and offerings. Jesus commanded His people to preach the Gospel of His Kingdom.
  • Joshua Infantado
    @Raj Singh, While it is true at first glance you can assume that people can go to heaven with the verses you cited, but one good question here is, “Where is the heaven Jesus is pointing out here?” It is obvious that Jesus prayed in Matthew 6:10 Matthew 6:10Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
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    , “thy Kingdom come”. So with this in mind, Jesus understood that there will come a time when the Kingdom of heaven will be established here on Earth. This is supported by Revelation 21:1-3 Revelation 21:1-3 1 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. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 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.
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    where God will live with men. We need to remember that the scripture cannot be broken and if your interpretation of Matthew 18:3-4 Matthew 18:3-4 3 And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
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    is righteous men going to heaven, then it will directly go against the obvious verses which tells us that the righteous will be resurrected to reign here on earth.
  • Steven Britt
    Arrott, The bible indeed teaches a resurrection from death to a physical existence, but this is not what God has promised for His people today. The following is a fairly extensive article on the subject that explains that there is actually more than one resurrection revealed in the bible: http://www.ucg.org/doctrinal-beliefs/resurrection-dead-what-does-bible-r… 1 Corinthians 15:44 1 Corinthians 15:44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
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    shows clearly that the resurrection that God’s people today look forward to is resurrection to a spiritual body. The amazing truth is that God promises a physical resurrection to all mankind as an opportunity to come to know the truth about who God is and what He expects from us - not a “second chance,” but a first chance for those who never knew the true way of God, which is for now only given to those few “elect” that God has chosen. This is the difference between the resurrections spoken of in Revelation 20:5-6 Revelation 20:5-6 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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    , where the “second death” has no power over those in the first resurrection (because they are spirit), but the rest of the dead must be judged over a period of time.
  • Malachi 3_16-18
    Hi Arrott, Your problem is resolved by looking more closely at the Scriptures. There will be more than one resurrection (Revelation 20:4-6 Revelation 20:4-6 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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    ). The first resurrection will be the firstfruits, those who died in the faith. This resurrection will indeed be to IMMORTAL spirit bodies (Isaiah 30:20-21 Isaiah 30:20-21 20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not your teachers be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers: 21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
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    ; 1 John 3:2-3 1 John 3:2-3 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does 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. 3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.
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    ; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 50 Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 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. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 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.
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    ). The next resurrection occurs after the 1000-yr beginning of Jesus’ and the transformed saints’ reign on earth as teachers of those yet physical (Isaiah 30:20-21 Isaiah 30:20-21 20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not your teachers be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers: 21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
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    ). These people will be the majority of mankind who have lived and died without having received their chance for salvation. They will be raised to PHYSICAL life (Ezekiel 37:11-14 Ezekiel 37:11-14 11 Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 And shall put my spirit in you, and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall you know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, said the LORD.
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    ; Isaiah 65:19-25 Isaiah 65:19-25 19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. 20 There shall be no more there an infant of days, nor an old man that has not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. 21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. 22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and my elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. 24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, said the LORD.
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    ), later to be changed to spirit upon their deaths, if they’ve been faithful (Revelation 20:12-15 Revelation 20:12-15 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
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    ). Jesus wasn’t raised to physical but spirit life. That’s why He suddenly appeared in the midst of His disciples following His resurrection – He obviously was spirit because He passed through the walls and totally took them by surprise (John 20:26 John 20:26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the middle, and said, Peace be to you.
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    ). Spirit beings, incl. angels, are usually invisible to mankind, but are able to manifest themselves visibly to certain humans if God so desires (Acts 9:3-7 Acts 9:3-7 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecute you me? 5 And he said, Who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom you persecute: it is hard for you to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what will you have me to do? And the Lord said to him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told you what you must do. 7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
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    ; Numbers 22:21-35 Numbers 22:21-35 21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. 22 And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his ass, and his two servants were with him. 23 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. 24 But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. 25 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself to the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again. 26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. 28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said to Balaam, What have I done to you, that you have smitten me these three times? 29 And Balaam said to the ass, Because you have mocked me: I would there were a sword in my hand, for now would I kill you. 30 And the ass said to Balaam, Am not I your ass, on which you have ridden ever since I was your to this day? was I ever wont to do so to you? And he said, No. 31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. 32 And the angel of the LORD said to him, Why have you smitten your ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand you, because your way is perverse before me: 33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain you, and saved her alive. 34 And Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that you stood in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease you, I will get me back again. 35 And the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak to you, that you shall speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
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  • Ivan Veller
    Dear Arrott, Did not Christ pray, “‘Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was’” (John 17:5 John 17:5And now, O Father, glorify you me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was.
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    , ESV 2011)? “[A]s the Father raises the dead and gives life,” does not “the Son [who] gives life” have “everlasting…life in Himself” (John 5:24-26 John 5:24-26 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death to life. 25 Truly, truly, I say to you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;
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    NKJV)? Is not “the power of his resurrection” (Philippians 3:10 Philippians 3:10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death;
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    , NIV 2011) “the power of an indestructible life” (Hebrews 7:16 Hebrews 7:16Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
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    )? “[W]ill [He not] transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21 Philippians 3:21Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like to his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things to himself.
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    )? Will we not “be united with him in a resurrection like his…[to] eternal life” (Romans 6:5 Romans 6:5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
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    ,22)? So regarding “the first” (Revelation 20:6 Revelation 20:6Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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    NIV) “resurrection of the dead” – the one at Christ’s return – we find that “[w]hat is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable…dishonor…glory…sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body…flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God…at the last trumpet…the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality…thanks be to God’” (1 Corinthians 15:42-57 1 Corinthians 15:42-57 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 However, that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 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. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 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. 55 O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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