Is Elijah In Heaven?
- Part 1
Is Elijah In Heaven? As the Judeo-Christian preachers teach.
Why did Yeashua say: "...No man hath ascended up to heaven, but
he [Christ] that came down from heaven, even the son of man which is [Now;
John's day, And currently, In our day] in heaven." (John 3:13)
Then we have the testimony of Paul in Hebrews 9:27: "...It is
appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."
Yeashua, who had come from Heaven, and who appeared in a human
flesh body, said, plainly, that NO MAN; Not Elijah, Not Enoch, Not ANY
man; was in Heaven. Yet the Bible says: "...and Elijah went up by a whirlwind
into heaven." (2 Kings 2:11)
Is this a "contradiction?" It certainly appears to be so! Surely
Yeashua did not tell an "untruth!" Yet He plainly contradicts what (2 Kings
2:11) SEEMS to say! Where did Elijah go? What did Yeashua mean? The prophet
Elisha, who had followed Elijah doggedly, claiming he would never desist
from following him, was absolutely "Shocked." For while Elisha was asking
for a "double portion" of the spirit of Elijah.
"...it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that behold,
THERE APPEARED a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both
asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." (2 Kings 2:11)
Elisha SAW this happen with his own eyes!
Down through the centuries thousands of impassioned sermons have
been preached using this verse to underscore the "HOPES OF HEAVEN" for
the saved! Who has not heard preacher after preacher, pastor after pastor,
the Clergy of Organized Religion; wax eloquently about the proverbial "pearly
gates," the heavenly city with streets of gold and glittering mansions;
about being in Heaven, forever and ever? Millions believe that IMMEDIATELY
UPON DEATH the "Souls" of Christians "GO TO HEAVEN!" Without ever asking
the question: "If this is so, the WHY IS THERE A RESURRECTION?"
So, this presents yet, another question: Why did Yeashua say that
Elijah [And Christians for that matter] had not? Why did He say, "...No
man hath ascended up to heaven?" After all, He had BEEN THERE, with the
Father, and the 24 elders, and all the angels. He had just come from heaven
to this earth, had He not? And he certainly knew whether Elijah or any
other man had bone there or not. HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN, shouldn't He? HE
HAD BEEN THERE, with the Father, and the 24 elders, and all the angels.
WHY DO literally MILLIONS of church-going, professing Christians
believe Yeashua didn't know what He was talking about; or that He lied?
Do "YOU" believe Christ? Or do you prefer to believe, instead, WHAT YOU
HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TAUGHT BY MEN?
What Happened to Elijah?
Did Elijah DIE and go to heaven? No! Elijah was not even ill;
he was still doing the WORK which Yahweh had set before him and was merely
TALKING with Elisha, walking along engaged in conversation. When SUDDENLY
Elisha saw what appeared to be a FIERY VISION, and Elijah was TAKEN, BODILY,
up into "heaven." No doubt Elisha watched him UNTIL HE WAS TAKEN OUT OF
Where did Elijah go? If it was a bright, clear day, HOW LONG could
Elisha's eyes have followed Elijah as he departed? Probably, if Elisha
had normally good eyesight, he could have seen Elijah, plus the blazing,
glittering spectacle of the fiery chariot and horses, for several miles,
perhaps even as much as 15,000 or 20,000 feet. But, eventually, DISTANCE
would have seemed to "swallow Elijah up," and he would have no longer been
VISIBLE to Elisha's startled eyes!
How many times have you had the experience of hearing the muted
thunder of a jet airplane from very high overhead, only to look up into
the sky and be unable to see the aircraft? Perhaps you remember an occasion
or two when you have been able to see the vapor trail left by the engines
of the aircraft, and perhaps could even see it forming, moving across the
sky high above, and still the airplane was so high your human eye could
not pick it out.
Yet aboard that airplane could be more than 100 people; flight
attendants serving meals, pushing carts up and down the aisle, the flight
crew at their places in the cockpit, an airplane so big that a 6-foot man
could stand up in the intake of only one of its big jet engines, and yet,
because it is so high in the sky, you cannot see it! Now if it were a cloudy
day when Elijah was "taken up into heaven," then Elisha could only see
him for a few hundred, or a few thousand feet.
However, actually, Elijah was only taken up into the air. The
word for "heaven" is "shameh" (pronounced "shaw-meh" and is #8064: Strong's
Exhaustive Concordance) in the Hebrew language, which comes from a root
word meaning "to be lofty." The word means "the sky" (as "aloft") and alludes
to "the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher
either where the celestial bodies revolve." The word means "AIR" as well
One or two examples of the interchangeable usage of this ONE WORD
should suffice, although there are MANY such in the Bible. Notice! "And
the windows of "heaven" were opened..." (Genesis 7:11); "The windows of
"heaven" were stopped and the "rain" from "heaven" was restrained..." (Genesis
8:2); "...Whose top may "reach unto heaven..." (Genesis 11:4)
These are only three examples of literally DOZENS in the Old Testament
where the word "heaven" is OBVIOUSLY referring to this earth's "IMMEDIATE
ATMOSPHERE." In the first few quotations, reference is made to the FLOOD
The "windows of heaven" refer to thunderous RAINSTORMS, and are
therefore dealing with the immediate ENVELOPE OF AIR which covers this
earth like a mantle and is, in fact, a literal PART of our earth and its
The Scripture from Genesis 11 deals with the famed "Tower of Babel,"
when mankind attempted to construct the very first "skyscraper." Now, notice
how the IDENTICAL WORD (shameh) is used for the word "AIR." "The fowl of
the AIR..." (Genesis 1:26, 28); "...and every fowl of the AIR..." (Genesis
2:19); "...gave names...to the fowl of the AIR..." (Genesis 2:20); "...winged
fowl that flyeth in the AIR..." (Deuteronomy 4:17); "The birds of the AIR
rest on them..." (2 Samuel 2:10); "The way of an eagle in the AIR..." (Proverbs
In EACH of these, and in 21 separate examples in the Old Testament,
the IDENTICAL HEBREW WORD translated "heaven" (2 Kings 2:11) is rendered
"AIR." Why? Because the translators KNEW that, when the Bible was referring
to that "firmament" above the earth in which BIRDS FLY, it MUST MEAN "THE
AIR," and not THE HEAVEN OF Yahweh'S THRONE.
Actually, as we shall see, the Bible clearly speaks of THREE "heavens,"
but it does not positively identify the "third heaven" as the heaven of
Yahweh's throne! "I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether
in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell:
Yahweh knoweth;) such an one caught up to THE THIRD HEAVEN." (2 Corinthians
What Elisha saw, then, was the DISAPPEARANCE of Elijah, by a miracle
from Yahweh, in a fiery chariot; up into the AIR, until he was taken up
out of Elisha's sight! ELIJAH DID NOT GO INTO THE "HEAVEN OF? GOD'S
THRONE." For Yeashua of Nazareth SAID SO!
Which Heaven is Being Spoken
of In This Story About Elijah?
Let me repeat what Yeashua says in Matthew Chapter Seven: "Not
every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom
of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in
thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works? AND THEN WILL I [Christ] PROFESS UNTO THEM, I NEVER KNEW
YOU: DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY." (Matthew 7:21-23)
Perhaps we should pause here long enough to clarify Just which
"Heaven" is being spoken of here. For we know by the Scriptures that there
is more than one. "And God called the firmament Heaven." (Genesis 1:8)
Then Yahweh created other Heavens: "Thus the heaven(s) and the
earth were finished, and all the host [MANY] of THEM." (Genesis 2:1)
Is Elijah In Heaven? - Part 2
For a true understanding of the New Testament, it is essential
that the "Word of Truth" should be "rightly divided" (2 Tim. 2:15) as to
the various usages of the word "kingdom" in all the different combinations
and contexts in which we find it. Each has its own peculiar and particular
sense, which must not be confused with another.
As to the word "basileia," it denotes "sovereignty," which requires
the actual presence of a sovereign, or king. There can be no kingdom apart
from a king. We all know of countries which were once "kingdoms" but are
now "republics," for the simple but sufficient reason that they have no
"king," but are supposedly governed by the "public," which is sovereign.
The countries remain the same, have the same peoples, the same cities,
the same mountains and rivers, but they are no longer kingdoms.
The common practice of taking the Kingdom as meaning the Church,
has been the source of incalculable misunderstanding; and not "trying the
things that differ" (Phil. 1:10) has led to much confusion in the interpretation
of the whole of the New Testament.
The following definitions may help you to more clearly understand
many important passages:
1. "THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN." The word "heaven" is generally in
this connection in the plural, "of (or from) the heavens." For the difference
between the use of the singular and plural of this word. This expression
is used ONLY in the Gospel of Matthew, as being specially in harmony with
the purpose of that Gospel.
It is the dispensational term; and is used sometimes of Messiah's
Kingdom on earth, and sometimes of the heavenly sovereignty over the earth.
It is not from or out of "this world." This sovereignty comes from heaven,
because the King is to come from thence (John 18:36). It was to this end
He was born, and this was the first subject of His ministry.
That Kingdom (Matthew 4:17) was rejected, as was also the further
proclamation of it in (Acts 3:19-26) [According to the prophetic parable
of (Matthew 22:2-7)]. Therefore the earthly realization of this Kingdom
was postponed, and is now in abeyance until the King shall be sent from
heaven (Acts 3:20). The "secrets" of this Kingdom (Matthew 13: 11) pertained
to the postponement of its earthy realization, on account of its being
2. "THE KINGDOM OF GOD." Is the sovereignty of Yahweh, which is
moral and universal. It existed from the beginning, and will know no end.
It is over all, and embraces all.
3. "THE KINGDOM OF THE FATHER." (Matthew 13:43) is not universal,
but has regard to relationship, and to "a heavenly calling" (Hebrews 3:1),
and to the heavenly sphere of the Kingdom, in its relation to the earthy.
It is sovereignty exercised toward obedient sons, when the Son of man shall
have gathered out of His Kingdom "all things that offend" (Matt. 13:41;
See also Daniel 7:25-27; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 20:34-36). The way of entrance
into this may be seen in (John 3:3). It is going on now concurrently with
"THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON."
4. "THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF MAN." (Matthew 16:28). This aspect
of "the Kingdom of heaven" has regard to Israel on earth (Daniel 7:13-22),
as distinct from the "sons" who, as partakers of "a heavenly calling" (Hebrew
3:1), will possess the heavenly sphere as sons of the resurrection (Luke
20:34-36; 1 Cor. 15:23; Rev. 20:4-6).
These two spheres are distinct, though they are one. "THE KINGDOM
OF THE FATHER" concerns "the saints of the most high [places]" (Daniel
7:18-24). "THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF MAN" concerns "the people of the saints
of the most high." these have their portion in "the Kingdom under the whole
heaven," which has regard to earthly sovereignty, in which "all dominions
shall serve and obey Him" (Daniel 7:27).
5. "THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON." Generally the Kingdom of the
Son of His love, or of His beloved son (Col. 1: 13), has regard to quite
another sphere, above all heavens, and refers to the sovereignty of Yahweh's
beloved Son is made the "Head over all things to His people, which is His
body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all" (Eph. 1:10, 20-23; See
also Eph. 5:5).
This sovereignty had been "kept secret" (Romans 16:25), "hid in
God" (Eph. 3:9), "hid from ages and from generations" (Col. 1:26); but
after "THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF MAN" proclaimed by the Lord and by "them
that heard Him" (Hebrews 2:4) had been postponed, it was revealed and "made
known" (Eph. 3) for the "obedience of faith" (Romans 16:26). The subjects
of this Divine sovereignty, on (or designated) for their inheritance, which
is to be enjoyed with Christ (Eph. 1:13).
6. "THE EVERLASTING KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST."
(2 Peter 1:11). This has regard to "THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON," but was
then future [not having been revealed when Peter wrote]; but it relates
to the outward display of His sovereignty in millennial glory; while it
relates to the inward position and experimental enjoyment of it in the
7. "THE KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND OF HIS CHRIST" (or Messiah). (Rev.
11:15). This has regard to the end of the present time of abeyance of "THE
KINGDOM OF THE FATHER" and "THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF MAN," and the millennial
manifestation of both by Divine power, and in glory. (See Rev. 19:10).
Now, we have seen that the word "kingdom," like the Greek "basileia," has
regard to sovereignty rather than territory, and to the sphere of its exercise
rather than to its extent.
Using the word "kingdom" in this sense, and in that which is conveyed
in its English termination "dom," which is short for dominion, we note
that the former expression, "the Kingdom of heaven," occurs only in Matthew,
where we find it thirty-two times. Whereas "the Kingdom of God" occurs
only five times (Matt. 6:33; 12:28; 19:24; 21:31, 43).
But in the parallel passages in the other Gospels we find, instead,
the expression "the Kingdom of God" (Matthew 11:11 with Luke 7:28). The
explanation of this seeming difference is that the Lord spoke in Aramatic;
certainly not in the Greek of the Gospel documents.
Now "heaven" is frequently used by the Figure Metonymy [of the
Subject], for Yahweh Himself, Whose dwelling is there. (See Ps. 73:9; Dan.
4:26-29; 2 Chr. 32:20; Matt. 21:25; and Luke 15: 21 ["I have sinned against
heaven" is thus contrasted with the words "and in thy sight"] (John 3:27).
So it would appear that in all the passages where the respective
expressions occur, identical words were spoken by the Lord, "the Kingdom
of heaven;" but when it came to putting them into Greek, Matthew was Divinely
guided to retain the figure of speech literally ("heaven"), so as to be
in keeping with the special character, design, and scope of his Gospel;
while, in the other Gospels, the figure was translated as being what it
also meant, "the Kingdom of God."
Thus, while the same in a general sense, the two expressions are
to be distinguished in their meaning and in their interpretations, as follows:
I. The Kingdom (or Sovereignty) of Heaven.
1. Has Yeashua for its King,
II. The Kingdom (or Sovereignty) of Yahweh.
2. It is FROM HEAVEN; and under the heavens UPON THE EARTH and was
formed at Mt. Sinai,
3. It is LIMITED in its scope,
4. It is POLITICAL in its sphere,
5. It is REGATHERED ISRAEL and EXCLUSIVE in its character,
6. It is NATIONAL in its aspect,
7. It is the SPECIAL SUBJECT of the Old Testament Prophecy,
8. It is ETERNAL in its duration.
1. Has Yahweh for its King or Ruler,
2. It is in Heaven, OVER the earth,
3. It is UNLIMITED in its scope,
4. It is MORAL and SPIRITUAL in its sphere,
5. It is INCLUSIVE in its character.
6. It is UNIVERSAL in its aspect,
7. It is (in its widest aspect) the subject of New Testament REVELATION,
8. It is ETERNAL in its duration.
Is Elijah In Heaven?
- Part 3
Do "Souls" Go to Heaven?
But, some will argue, Yeashua didn't say "NO SOULS" ascended into
heaven! Still others will argue, "...it isn't the MAN who goes to heaven;
it is the "SOUL" of the man!" But wait! Elijah DID NOT DIE. Elijah didn't
even have a headache; he was not ill, or anywhere near death!
Where is Your "Soul" After Death?
A common teaching among the Protestant and Catholic Churches about
the "soul" of man is that it leaves the body at death and goes either to
heaven, if the person is "saved," or to hell, where the "unsaved" are tormented
for eternity. Although there is less "hell-fire" preaching today than in
the past, the priests and preachers still insist, when pressed that "hell"
is a place where unsaved "souls" suffer fire and torture for ever and ever,
an eternity of indescribable pain without end.
Many people have rejected this idea of a torturing "hell." Some
just ignore it and desire not to discuss it, although they accept the other
side of the coin, i.e., the "soul" of the believer going to heaven for
eternity if he has "confessed belief in Jesus Christ" while still alive.
Others, in rejecting this teaching of hell, reject the entire
Christian religion, saying they cannot trust a Yahweh who will torture
billions and billions of people forever just because those people, while
alive, did not know or did not "confess" Him.
So let us examine this "hell," and search the Scripture to find
the Bible Truth on: Where is your Soul after death?
The English word "hell" ("sheowl" or "sheol" #7585; grave, hell
or pit; Strong's Exhaustive Concordance Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary).
appears 31 times in the Old Testament, and every time it comes from
the Hebrew "shoel," but "sheol" is also translated "grave" 31 times, and
"pit" 3 times. To fully understand what the Bible "hell" is, we must understand
what is meant by the Hebrew word "sheol."
The King James translators of over 400 years ago obviously felt
both hell and grave carried the full meaning of "sheol." This is true when
we realize from old English sources that the Anglo-Saxon "helan" or "hell"
meant "to cover" or "to hide out of sight." When ancient farmers and some
modern ones put potatoes or other root crops in an underground cellars
to prevent winter freezing, they called it "helling them," i.e., putting
them into the ground and covering them up. Putting a roof on a new house
was also called "helling." It was entirely natural for the translators
to use either hell or grave for "sheol" SINCE BOTH WORDS MEANT THE SAME
THING! "Hell" is very simply the "grave!"
Reading Scripture where the word "sheol" was used will prove it
means "grave." Jacob expected to go to "sheol" when he died. "And all his
sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him: but he refused to be
comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the GRAVE [Sheol] unto
my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him." (Genesis 37:35); "And he
said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he
is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then
shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the GRAVE [Sheol]." (Genesis
Job, in his sorrow, wished that he had died at birth and gone
to "sheol." "Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost
when I came out of the belly? Why did the knees prevent me? or why the
breasts that I should suck?...There the wicked cease from troubling; and
there the weary be at rest...they hear not the voice of the oppressor...Which
rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the GRAVE [Sheol]."
In those same verses he describes it as a place where "the wicked
cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest...they hear not the
voice of the oppressor." THIS IS HARDLY THE DESCRIPTION OF A PLACE
OF SCREAMS AND TORTURE AND FIRE! Ecclesiastes 9:10 tells us: "...there
is no work, nor device, NOR KNOWLEDGE, nor wisdom, in the GRAVE [Sheol],
whither thou goest." And that: "For the living know that they shall die:
BUT THE DEAD KNOW NOT ANYTHING..." (Ecc. 9:5); Psalm 6:5 says; "For in
death there is no remembrance of thee: in the GRAVE [Sheol] who shall give
thee thanks?" This is similar to Psalm 115:17; "THE DEAD PRAISE NOT THE
LORD, NEITHER ANY THAT GO DOWN INTO SILENCE." "Sheol" is translated "grave
eight times in the Psalms (6:5; 30:3; 31:17; 49:14-15; 88:3-5; and 89:48)
In the New Testament the Greek word "gehenna" [#1067 Strong's
Exhaustive Concordance Greek Dictionary of the New Testament] is translated
"hell" 11 times. It is the name of the burning dump out side of Jerusalem
where refuse and DEAD BODIES OF CRIMINALS WERE BURNED. Christ and the others
used it as a demonstration of destruction, NOT TORTURE! Sinners were NOT
TORTURED THERE; they had already been put to death for their crime, and
then their dead bodies were burned in the dump, because it was thought
they had lost any right to be buried in a regular grave. It was all over
in a few minutes and CERTAINLY CANNOT BE COMPARED TO BEING BURNED ALIVE
IN A CONSCIOUS STATE FOREVER.
Advocates of a tortured existence in a burning hell often use
the Sermon on the Mount to "prove" their theology (Matthew 5). Christ does
warn of the "danger of hell fire" and of being cast "into hell" in verses
22, 29 and 30. In each case it is the word "gehenna." Reading the context,
it is easy to see He was telling His listeners not to sin, for if they
did, they would be in danger of being cast into "gehenna," i.e., BEING
PUT TO DEATH AS A SINNER! And their bodies being cast into the dump or
"PIT," where it would be BURNED IN THE FIRE! This is the SAME exhortation
we read from Peter; "For it is better...that ye suffer for well doing,
than for evil doing." (1 Peter 3:17); "But let none of you suffer as a
murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer..." (1 Peter 4:15) In very simple
words, Christians are not to sin and end up as criminals.
The Greek word "hades" (#86: grave or hell, Strong's Exhaustive
Concordance Greek Dictionary) is translated "hell" 10 times in the New
Testament. In Acts 2, Peter quotes Old Scripture of Christ, that Yahweh
would not leave His "soul in hell [hades]," and therefore, "his soul was
not left in hell [hades]" verses 27 and 31).
The entire story of Christ overcoming death tells us He died and
was put in the grave but did not remain there, but was resurrected. Yet
priests and ministers would have us believe that "hades" is a place filled
with billions of "souls" in horrible torment which will go on for eternity.
Some even tell of Christ going to this place of hellish sights and sounds
and releasing the prisoners there and taking some to heaven with Him, and
all sorts of weird IMAGINED THINGS WHICH HAVE NO BASIS IN SCRIPTURE WHATEVER!
In Rev. 20:13 we read of the day of resurrection, "And the sea
gave up the dead which were in it [These dead are still there; They are
NOT GONE SOME WHERE ELSE]; and death and hell [hades] delivered up the
dead which WERE IN THEM."
The margin in most Bibles has a note for "hell" there, saying,
"or, the grave." The truth is in the Bible; WHY DO PEOPLE REFUSE TO SEE
Is Elijah In Heaven? -
Yahweh's own Law prohibits the torture of men in fire. Israel
was ordered not to do so in Lev. 18:21 and 20:1-5; "And THOU SHALT NOT
LET any of THY SEED PASS THROUGH THE FIRE to Molech..."; "And the Lord
spake unto Moses, saying, Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel,
Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn
in Israel, THAT GIVETH ANY OF HIS SEED UNTO MOLECH; HE SHALL SURELY BE
PUT TO DEATH: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. And I
will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his
people; because HE HATH GIVEN OF HIS SEED UNTO MOLECH, to defile my sanctuary,
and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do any ways
hide their eyes from the man, when he GIVETH OF HIS SEED UNTO MOLECH, AND
KILL HIM NOT: Then I WILL SET MY FACE AGAINST THAT MAN, and against his
family, AND WILL CUT HIM OFF, and all that go a whoring after him, TO COMMIT
WHOREDOM WITH MOLECH, FROM AMONG THEIR PEOPLE."
Then Yahweh says that such a thing never came into His mind: "They
have built also the high places of Baal, TO BURN THEIR SONS WITH FIRE FOR
BURNT OFFERINGS unto Baal, I COMMANDED NOT, NOR SPAKE IT, NEITHER CAME
IT INTO MY MIND." (Jeremiah 19:5)
In Jeremiah 32:35 He says burning their sons and daughters in
"THE FIRE OF MOLECH" was an "abomination" and caused Judah "TO SIN."; "And
they built the high place of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of
Hinnom, TO CAUSE THEIR SONS AND THEIR DAUGHTERS TO PASS THROUGH THE FIRE
UNTO MOLECH; WHICH I COMMANDED THEM NOT, NEITHER CAME IT INTO MY MIND,
THAT THEY SHOULD DO THIS ABOMINATION, TO CAUSE JUDAH TO SIN."
These Scriptures and many other verses give the lie to the hell
of the dark ages, which is taught by so many priests and ministers today.
HELL IS NOT A PLACE OF ETERNAL TORTURE where the damned scream in pain
for eternity; it is a place of silence, of rest, a place where its occupants
know nothing, a place where righteous Job said he would remain until his
Redeemer, "For I know that MY REDEEMER LIVETH, and that he SHALL STAND
AT THE LATTER DAY UPON THE EARTH." (Job 19:25-27)
When we understand the Scripture penalty for sin is simply "death"
(Genesis 2:17; Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23 and others), we realize there
is no foundation for this idea that the penalty is "everlasting torture."
Christ paid the full penalty for our sins, that we might not suffer; What?
Everlasting [permanent] death, NOT EVERLASTING TORTURE! "Then when lust
hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and SIN, when it is finished, BRINGETH
FORTH DEATH." (James 1:15)
Christ: "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also
received, HOW THAT CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS according to the scriptures."
(1 Corinthians 15:3) If the penalty were everlasting torture, would it
not follow that Yeashua would have had to suffer everlasting torture to
pay for our sins? Of course, it isn't, and He didn't. He paid the Scriptural
penalty; DEATH, for: "...HE [Christ] IS THE PROPITIATION FOR OUR SINS:
and not for our's only, but also for THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD." (1 John
So we die once and then we are raised to everlasting life in the
resurrection. Christ's death and resurrection set the pattern for all.
And our resurrection is NOT a spirit resurrection AT OUR DEATH, but is
a literal resurrection; "For as in Adam ALL DIE, even so IN CHRIST shall
ALL BE MADE ALIVE. But EVERY MAN IN HIS OWN ORDER: Christ the firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christ's AT HIS COMING." (1 Corinthians 15:22-23)
The "everlasting punishment" of (Matthew 25:46) and the "everlasting
destruction: of (2 Thessalonians 1:9) are very simply DEATH, for Yahweh's
Law is "everlasting" (Genesis 9:16; Habakkuk 3:6). Notice in (Matthew 25:4)
it is the fire which is everlasting, NOT THE PERSON'S TERM OF PUNISHMENT
In demolishing the "hell" of the Catholic and Protestant Churches
by the Holy Light of the Bible, we find we have also exposed their false
teaching that the "saved" dead go immediately to heaven when they die.
Their condition is the same as the "unsaved" dead; Scripture makes no difference.
That some people go immediately to heaven is an idea taken from
pagan religions that the "spirit" of man lives on after death and never
dies. Man, naturally, does not WISH to die, and this false doctrine gives
him hope that he really will NOT die; just his physical body will die,
but his real "self" will go right on living, now in heaven instead of on
the earth. But peter said on the day of Pentecost that David "...is both
dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day...for David
is NOT ascended into the heavens..." (Acts 2:29-34) This was AFTER Christ
had ascended, and certainly if Peter had believed the "saved" dead were
in heaven, he would have said that David was "now in heaven." But of course
he was not; he was in the same place all the dead are; in the grave [hell].
They are referred to as "ASLEEP" in (2 Kings 21:17-18; John 11:11-14; 1
Thess. 4:13-17; Peter 3:4 and 1 Cor. 15:18).
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul wrote of the resurrection of the dead;
"But if there be no resurrection of the dead...Then they also which are
fallen ASLEEP in Christ are perished." (1 Corinthians 15:13-18)
Where did Paul believe the "saved" dead were? Why, "FALLEN ASLEEP"
in the grave, of course. WHERE HE SAID IF THERE WERE NO RESURRECTION, THEY
ARE "PERISHED!" If the "saved" are all in heaven, as the evangelists preach,
we would need no resurrection, and Paul was lying.
Why did our Lord Yeashua say of the resurrection day. "Marvel not at
this: for the hour is coming, in the which ALL THAT ARE IN THE GRAVES SHALL
HEAR HIS VOICE, And shall COME FORTH [from the grave]; they that have done
good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto
the resurrection of damnation." (John 5:28-29)
How can Yeashua call us from the grave, if the Catholics and Protestants
are right that we will all be in heaven or in torment in hell? Which will
you believe, doctrines of men, or Yahweh's Holy Word?
But some may still say, "Well, alright, so the body remains in
the grave, but what about my soul? Can't it go to heaven, without my body?"
Well, let's find the Scriptural definition of the "soul."
In the creation of Adam we read that Yahweh; "...breathed into
his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a LIVING SOUL." (Genesis
Then for a second witness Paul said: "And so it is written, the
first man Adam was made a LIVING SOUL..." (1 Corinthians 15:45)
Adam was NOT GIVEN A SOUL; he BECAME a LIVING SOUL. The word "soul"
comes from the Hebrew "nephesh," (#5315: Strong's Exhaustive Concordance)
which means a breathing creature, animal, beast, body, breath, man, person,
self, etc. It does NOT mean a conscious entity separate from the body,
in spite of the false teachings to the contrary.
What man received from Yahweh was "the breath of life," often
referred to as the "spirit" in Scripture, from the Hebrew "ruach," (#7308:
Which means mind, spirit or wind) or "neshamah," (#5397: Which means air,
breath, wind, power, animation, etc.) or from the Greek "pneuma," (#4151).
It means air, breath, wind, power, animation, etc.
Animals also have this "breath of life," (Genesis 7:21-22) and
it is the SAME as man's (Ecc. 3:19). It has no consciousness itself, but
it is THE POWER THAT ENABLES THE PHYSICAL BODY AND MIND TO FUNCTION, to
think, to act, i.e., to LIVE. The combination of the "breath of life,"
the spirit, with the physical body makes "a living soul," whether man,
animal, or other. This is NOT the same as the HOLY SPIRIT; that is a different
When the breath of life is taken from a man, he dies (Psalm 104:29-30;
146:4; Job 34:14-15), and the breath of life returns to Him who gave it
(Ecc. 12:7). Being from Yahweh, this breath or spirit is indestructible,
but THE SPIRIT IS NOT THE SOUL. It is NOT a conscious you. YOU DIE. YOU
remain DEAD, until the power of Yeashua comes to RESURRECT you.
That the soul is the living body which can die or be killed is
made plain in numerous verses such as (Lev. 5:1-2; 7:20-27; Psalm 78:50
and Rev. 16:3). Psalm 89:48 says that man shall die and his "soul" goes
to the grave [sheol]. "What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death?
shall he deliver his SOUL from the hand of the GRAVE?"
Look up "soul" in any good concordance and follow it through the
Bible, and you will see it CANNOT mean a separate existence apart from
the living body. Either "life" or "person" can usually be substituted for
"soul," and the correct meaning will still be there. Try it and see how
clear it becomes.
Is Elijah In Heaven? - Part 5
You may still ask, "But my minister is always telling me my reward
is in heaven (Matthew 5:12). Don't I have to go to heaven to receive it?"
It is there, all right, if your name is written "in the Book of Life" (Rev.
3:5; 20:12; Malachi 3:16), but if you have to go there to get it, WHY does
Yeashua say? "...behold, I come quickly; and MY REWARD is with me, TO GIVE
EVERY MAN ACCORDING AS HIS WORK SHALL BE." (Rev. 22:12)
All the writers of Scripture contemplated a reward at the end
of the age, AFTER their resurrection, NOT at their death!
Some have misunderstood Paul to imply that he would be in the
presence of Yeashua as soon as he died, but he knew the truth of death
and the grave, that "the dead know not any thing." He knew that at the
moment of resurrection it would be as if he had the previous moment "fallen
asleep." The dead are not conscious of the passage of time, be it an hour
or a thousand years!
The Great Deceit
So far you have seen from the meaning of the original words and
verses that the doctrine of man's continuing, conscious existence after
death is false. But there is a greater deception here than you perhaps
might see upon casual examination.
Turn to Genesis 3 and read the story of the serpent's deception
of Eve, and then of Adam. Yahweh had told them NOT to eat of a certain
tree "lest ye die." But the serpent said to Eve, "Ye shall NOT surely die...your
eyes shall be opened, and YE SHALL BE AS GODS..." (Gen. 3:4-5)
Yahweh's Word tells us today that all shall die and "the wages
of sin is death," i.e., if you disobey, you shall die!
But the False Judeo-Christian ministers today tell us that only
the body dies, and that the real us will just "Go right to heaven and be
with the Lord." What are they saying? They are saying that "Ye shall not
surely die...but your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods [alive
If there is any teaching of the Catholic and Protestant Churches
that creates an "I couldn't care less" attitude toward the condition of
Yahweh's earth and its people, it is this false doctrine that is but the
slightly altered ORIGINAL DECEPTION OF OUR RACE! The Gospel of the
Kingdom, the True Gospel of the Bible, teaches that men are to be resurrected
"on the earth" (Job 19:25; 1 Cor. 15 etc.), and shall "reign on earth"
(Rev. 5:10) with the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 20:6), for: "The
heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath he given to
the children of men." (Plasm 115:16)
This "gospel" that we are all going to heaven as soon as we die
is the very opposite of Bible truth. By deceiving men about the true nature
of man and death, the FALSE AND TRAITOROUS MINISTERS KEEP MEN'S EYES ON
A HEAVEN AND HELP THE ANTI-CHRISTS TAKE CONTROL OVER THE ENTIRE EARTH!
The entirely human desire NOT to "surely die," but to go on living in some
form, is exploited by them to lead men to believe a lie today, just as
Adam and eve's desire NOT TO DIE, but to "be as gods," led them to be deceived
in their day!
The doctrine that man's "immortal soul" is in danger of eternal
torment unless it is somehow "saved" for heaven by the priests, gives that
priesthood, through fear, domination over those who have succumbed to the
doctrine of immortality.
Through hundreds and hundreds of years, we read of the successive,
ruling dynasties of kings over these separate, individual nations until,
finally, BOTH Israelite Kingdoms [The Northern "ten tribes" with their
capital city at Samaria, and the Southern Tribes of Judah, Benjamin and
portions of Levi, with their capital city at Jerusalem] were taken into
Now that we have the historical setting firmly in mind, turn to
and read Ezekiel's prophecy! "And I will set up one shepherd over them,
and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and
he shall be their shepherd. And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant
David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it." (Ezekiel 34:23-24)
Here is a prophecy, given from Yahweh more than 120 years AFTER
the ruling king of 10-tribed Israel WENT INTO CAPTIVITY, hundreds of years
after David DIED, plainly saying that David will be RESURRECTED! He will
be RAISED FROM THE DEAD to become a prince in the nation of Israel. Peter
spoke of David's future resurrection, and of his PRESENT STATE, in his
famous sermon on the Day of Pentecost. "Men and brethren, let me freely
speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both DEAD and BURIED,
and his sepulchre is with us unto this day." (Acts 2:29)
David is DEAD! He is utterly UNCONSCIOUS: UNAWARE of the passage
of time; HE IS IN HIS GRAVE! Notice how the apostle Paul reaffirms this:
"And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon,
and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel,
and of the prophets." (Hebrews 11:32)
Notice it carefully. Yahweh tells us TWICE in this famous "faith
chapter" that David is DEAD. They have NOT "received the promise." What
was the promise? It was the promise of ETERNAL LIFE; co-rulership with
Christ. "And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received
NOT THE PROMISE: Yahweh having provided some better thing for us, that
they without us should not be made perfect." (Hebrews 11:39-40)
WHY HAVE YOU NOT BEEN TOLD AND TAUGHT THE TRUTH about Elijah and
David? It is because the ENEMIES OF CHRIST have brought damnable heresies
and Jewish Fables into the seminaries, and is thus taught to the Baal Priests;
the Clergy of Organized Religion, to deceive our people; making is more
easy to conquer them. "But there were false prophets also among the people,
even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring
in DAMNABLE HERESIES, even denying the Lord that bought them... And many
shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth
shall be evil spoken of. and through covetousness shall they with feigned
words make merchandise of you..." (2 Peter 2:1); "Not giving heed to JEWISH
FABLES, and COMMANDMENTS OF MEN [The Jewish Talmud], that turn from the
truth [Do not understand? THE JEWS WILL TURN YOU FROM THE TRUTH UNTO A
LIE]." (Titus 1:14)
Peter said: "For David IS NOT ASCENDED INTO THE HEAVENS..." (Acts
Will you, therefore, BELIEVE THE WORD OF Yahweh; will you believe
your OWN EYES, and your OWN BIBLE, or will you believe the oft-repeated
FABLES of IGNORANT MEN and DECEIVERS?
Since much has already been made about the false teachings of
our "Ministers," we will present just one, of many, of those false teachings.
"...for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from
Jerusalem." (Isaiah 2:3)
Jerusalem, Jerusalem. There is probably more confused preaching
in recent years on "Jerusalem" than on any other name from the Scriptures
except perhaps for the word "Jew." Scripture such as that quoted above
is used time and time again to mean the literal city of Jerusalem in old
Palestine. They say Yahweh is going to restore His people Israel and will,
indeed has, already began to set up His earthly kingdom, from which "Jewish"
missionaries will go out to preach the gospel all over the world! Others
claim this "Jerusalem" is a "heavenly" city, located somewhere else other
than on the earth.
It is important that you understand "Historic Jerusalem is not
Prophetic Jerusalem." For one of the major sources of confusion found in
today's preaching comes from "Ministers" who are unable to separate historic
Bible cities from Prophetic cities of the Bible. [That is not surprising
as they can not separate the House of Israel, the House of Judah and the
House of David from one another, either]. They do fairly well with Babylon,
since the actual city has been destroyed and exists no longer. So when
Babylon is used in prophecy, they realize it MUST be something other than
the old city.
But with Jerusalem they are fooled and confused. Because the old
city still exists and still carries its ancient name, they assume prophetic
Jerusalem must have something to do with the ancient city of Jerusalem.
Is Elijah In Heaven? - Part 6
It was Voltaire who is credited with saying, "If you would speak
with me, define your terms." He realized that words must have an understandable
meaning to both parties in a conversation, or one would be confused or
deceived. And so it is with "Jerusalem." Please follow us through the Scriptures
to find Yahweh's TRUE meaning of Jerusalem, when He says, "For out of Zion
shall go forth the law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem."
In the Book of Matthew, from the mouth of Yeashua we find: "O
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them
which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children
together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye
would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto
you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that
cometh in the name of the Lord." (Matthew 23:37-39)
Here Christ was speaking to the city of Jerusalem, while He was
standing and looking at it. Jerusalem, the city that had killed the
prophets of Israel down through the centuries; and He said Jerusalem, "your
house is left unto you desolate." Yeashua could not have been speaking
of prophetic Jerusalem; for it has a glorious future!
Following are some of the Scripture verses used by those who insist
that the old city of Jerusalem will be the Jerusalem that will be "chosen"
and "blessed" of Yahweh. From the first chapter of Zechariah: "...I am
jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy...I am returned
to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it...and the Lord
shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem." (Zechariah 1:14-17)
Those who quote them, say they mean that Yahweh will set up the
Temple [His house] at some future time in the old city of Jerusalem. However,
there are other phrases in the same verses which must be considered. Those
are: "...Thus saith the Lord of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall
YET BE SPREAD ABROAD ...and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion, and shall
yet choose Jerusalem." (Zechariah 1:17)
Since the phrase, "spread abroad" was spoken through Zechariah
while he was IN old Palestine, it MUST mean places OTHER than old Palestine!
Yeashua also gave us an indication that the "cities" of Israel
would be in great number and cover much territory. In Matthew chapter 10
are found His well known instructions to the twelve disciples, where He
tells them to: "But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
Then He said: "...for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have
gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come." (Matthew
The disciples could have gone over the towns in old Palestine
in a matter of weeks, and missionaries still could do so today [But the
present day State of Israel will not allow Christian "Ministers" to preach
to their citizens]. But if the cities were "spread abroad" and in great
numbers, it could not be done so quickly.
It also must be taken into consideration that Zechariah, as a
Prophet to Israel, spoke not only to those in the Babylonian captivity,
but to the millions of Israelites who were at that time in the Assyrian
lands and NEVER returned to Jerusalem or Palestine. That Zechariah's prophecy
was not fulfilled by the return of less than 45,000 Israelites from Babylon
under Ezra and Nehemiah will become clear as we go on. Also, what the "Jerusalem"
is that the Lord "shall yet choose" is made more clear by reading on in
the next verses from the very same prophet. "I lifted up mine eyes again,
and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand. Then said
I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see
what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof. And, behold,
the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to
meet him, And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem
shall be inhabited as TOWNS without walls for the MULTITUDE OF MEN AND
CATTLE THEREIN." (Zechariah 2:1-4)
Boy, that's some description. "Towns" [plural; more than one]
and many men and cattle were to be in it. This is the Jerusalem of prophecy,
and it [Jerusalem] is so large it took an angel to measure it! Thus, it
becomes obvious, this was because it had been "spread abroad" and was prophesied
in (Zechariah 1:17). In Chapter 8 of Zechariah [he has much to say about
prophetic Jerusalem] we find: "Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was jealous
for Zion with great jealousy, an I was jealous for her with great fury.
Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst
of Jerusalem..." (Zec. 8:2-3) So, you see, Yahweh says He will be in both
Zion and Jerusalem. Zion is the seat of government; Jerusalem is the whole
"...and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain
of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain." (Zechariah 8:3) This is similar
to what can be found in Chapter 2 of Isaiah and Chapter 4 of Micah, "the
mountain of the Lord." It will help you understand prophecy, if you know
that "mountain" usually means "nation." Micah, Isaiah, Zechariah, and others
are actually saying that prophetic Jerusalem will be "the nation of the
Lord." Then we read: "Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will save
my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will
bring them, and they shall dwell IN THE MIDST OF JERUSALEM: and they shall
be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness."
Now if we take these prophecies and attempt to put them in little
old Palestine, we are in trouble! It is just not large enough. As these
Scriptures show, the Lord will dwell there, Zion will be there, many from
the east country and the west country, a multitude of men and cattle, and
it will "spread abroad" and be so large that angels will have to measure
it. It is sure that they could not dwell "in the midst of Jerusalem."
Some statistics on the Jewish occupied area of old Jerusalem and
Palestine show it is not of sufficient size for a "multitude of people."
Jerusalem, as it was set aside by the United Nations, has 289 sq. miles.
It is about 20 miles long and 15 miles wide. Which makes it about the size
of Phoenix, Arizona and its suburbs. Other comparisons would be Minneapolis,
Minn. and its suburbs or about twice the size of Baltimore. The entire
country of Palestine, as established by the U. N. Mandate, was 7,993 sq.
Since the so-called "war" in 1967, the area controlled has increased
substantially, but even if they [the Jews] took control of several entire
Arab countries, it would still be smaller than just one of the average
American States! That is hardly fitting for Zechariah's prophecy, is it?
This confusion among our "Ministers" is also caused by their mistaken belief
that Yahweh chose the old city of Jerusalem perpetually as the place where
He would place His Name. But like Shiloh, Jehovah's presence there was
conditional upon Israel obeying Him. This is made very plain in Jeremiah,
where we read: "The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Stand
in the gate of the Lord's house [the Temple in Jerusalem], and proclaim
there this word, and say. Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah, that
enter in at these gates to worship the Lord." (Jer. 7:1-2)
So Yahweh gave Jeremiah a commandment to speak to all those who
worshiped at the Temple. Verses 3 through 10 give a promise that if they
obeyed the Lord, they would then: "...dwell in this place, in the land
that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever." (Jeremiah 7:7)
But then Yahweh accused them of disobeying and said: "Is this
house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes?
Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord. But go ye now unto my place
which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did
to it for the wickedness of my people Israel." (Zechariah 7:11-12)
Then Yahweh pronounced the fate of the Temple at Jerusalem: "Therefore
will I do unto this house [the Temple], which is called by my name, wherein
ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers [Jerusalem
and Judah], AS I HAVE DONE TO SHILOH." (Zec. 7:14)
In order to see what Yahweh has done to Jerusalem, we must see
what He did to Shiloh. Its history as the place where Yahweh had set His
Name "at the first" starts in Joshua Chapter 18: "And the whole congregation
of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the
tabernacle of the congregation there." (Joshua 18:1)