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Perhaps while attending a funeral for a loved one you might have noticed that people are more reflective.

1. Have you ever attended a funeral service?

2. What questions did you have about life and death?

3. Explain some of the theories people that you know have about what happens when you die?

In Psalms 8:3-4 Psalms 8:3-4 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; 4 What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him?
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King David marveled: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?”

4. What do you think King David was thinking?

5. Does it seem that there is more going on than what man often sees? How so?

Clue to our destiny

In a prophetic passage in the book of Daniel, God inspired a clue to our destiny that is overlooked by many. Speaking of the resurrection of the dead, read Daniel 12:2-3 Daniel 12:2-3 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
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1. What does it mean in this passage to be “asleep”?

2. What is the difference between “everlasting life” and “everlasting contempt”?

3. Who are the wise?

4. What does this scripture imply about a reward after death?

Purpose of human life

Read Hebrews 2:10-11 Hebrews 2:10-11 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers,
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(NIV) and answer the following questions.

1. Who are “sons to glory”?

2. What family is being discussed?

3. Is it possible that God wanted to add members to His family?

Read Romans 8:29 Romans 8:29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
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and comment.

4. What does “first” imply about more to come after?

5. Who are the “many brethren”? Are they angels?

NOTE: God has designed us to be members of His own family, His very children, possessing His own divine nature (2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Corinthians 6:18And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.
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, 2 Peter 1:4 2 Peter 1:4Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
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Sons to be revealed

Read Romans 8:18-23 Romans 8:18-23 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
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NKJV and comment.

1. Who are the sons of God?

2. What evidence is there that this is an event that the whole creation is awaiting?

3. Would you think this is important? Why?

Note: The entire creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

Changed into Spirit

God will ultimately change our bodies from flesh to spirit (1 Corinthians 15:42-44 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 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.
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) because flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption (1 Corinthians 15:50 1 Corinthians 15:50Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.
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1. How are our bodies corrupted?

2. Can a man live forever in the flesh? Why or why not?

3. Do you think science could keep people alive forever in the flesh?

4. Does God say that death will be destroyed? Read 1 Corinthians 15:53-54 1 Corinthians 15:53-54 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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Is lifestyle important?

God wants us to be a part of His family and to live long and enjoy good things.

1. Do you think God would give the gift of eternal life to anybody no matter how they treated others? Why or why not?

2. Do the commandments make it easier to keep relationships healthy? Explain and give an example.

Note: Take ANY commandment and show what impact it would have if everyone in society followed it.

Satan’s Influence

Satan deceives the world according to Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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1. What does Satan have to gain if people are deceived?

2. Are Satan’s goals to help or hurt? (1 Peter 5:8-9 1 Peter 5:8-9 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brothers that are in the world.
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3. What does it mean to devour?

4. What kind of being is Satan? Read Isaiah 14:12-14 Isaiah 14:12-14 12 How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also on the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
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, Ezekiel 28:13-16 Ezekiel 28:13-16 13 You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created. 14 You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were on the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the middle of the stones of fire. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you. 16 By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the middle of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy you, O covering cherub, from the middle of the stones of fire.
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5. What do these scriptures tell you about Satan the Devil?

Note: Satan is responsible for deceiving and leading the whole world astray and for corrupting and polluting the minds and hearts of people. Satan is called the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4 2 Corinthians 4:4In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.
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Feast Days explain God’s plan for man

God’s feast days, called feasts of the Lord (Leviticus 23:2 Leviticus 23:2Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
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) teach us the great master plan that God has for mankind.

1. List the Holy days (Leviticus 23).

2. In regard to God’s plan, explain the meaning of each of the Holy Days.

Christ atones for man and becomes his Passover Lamb (John 1:29 John 1:29The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.
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Feast of Unleavened Bread
Sin is made analogous to leaven in bread. This festival encourages us to put sin out of our life. Seven is a number representing completion.

Church receives the Holy Spirit, a celebration of the Firstfruit harvest.

Announces the return of Jesus Christ to stop war and usher in a way of peace.

Day of Atonement
Day of fasting. God deals with Satan

Feast of Tabernacles
Seven-day Feast, a special time for assembly and rejoicing. It pictures the 1,000 year rule of Christ as King of kings to continue the harvest of human lives to eternal life (John 4:35-36 John 4:35-36 35 Say not you, There are yet four months, and then comes harvest? behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to life eternal: that both he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together.
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The Eighth Day
Depicts the Great White Throne judgment, described in Revelation 20:11-13 Revelation 20:11-13 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 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.
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Hope for mankind

The knowledge that God is working in the lives of man is most exciting and helpful. Continue your study of God’s way of life to find wisdom and understanding about YOUR future!