Heaven
Parts 7 through 9 (Last One)
By Willie Martin

Jew Watch

Heaven - Part 7

Yes, as the Virginia Slims cigarette ad once put it, "You've come a long way, baby!"  Like the ancient nation of Israel we have been blessed like no other nation. But also like Israel we have turned our back on the One who provided us with these blessings.

 We have become an arrogant and carnal nation wallowing in materialism and indulging in the pursuit of pleasure. In the process we have become the prime moral polluter of the plant earth. Judeo it is. Christian it is NOT!!!

 And like Israel of old the wrath of God is hanging over our nation. God is calling us to repentance through natural signs like the drought of the past few years. But like Ancient Israel we have become spiritually blind while listening to the swan song of the Prophets of Baal; the Clergy of Organized Religion. And now we are being lulled into a deeper sleep by the anti-Christs of the Zionist led nation of Russia, as they cry peace, peace when there is no peace until "sudden destruction" comes upon our people.

 Can you not see the so-called "Ministers" the Clergy of Organized Religion are teaching false doctrines to our people. As a result the Christians of America and the other Christian Nations of the Western World is all too much like the fellow in the following story.

 A man was once taking a trip to Boston, Mass. from his home town and was to take the 3:15 train to Boston. He's all packed up, has his luggage with him at the station and is ready to go. As he is heading to the train gate to catch the 3:15 to Boston he notices a machine on the wall of the station which had a sign stating that for one dollar it will tell you your weight and fortune. Well he just couldn't resist so he put a dollar in the machine. Out popped a card saying he weighed 180 lbs. that he was dressed in a brown suit and was going to catch the 3:15 to Boston. He looked around to see if someone might be watching him and was pulling a trick on him. Not seeing anyone he scratched his head and put in another dollar into the machine.

 Out popped a card saying "you still weigh 180 lbs. dressed in a brown suit and are going to catch the 3:15 to Boston." Well this just floored him. He then got a bright idea and he ran to the rest room and changed his clothes so that he now had on a blue suit. Looking in the mirror and satisfied with what he saw he ran back to the machine and waited while a couple of people put a dollar into it. Then when his turn came he put in another dollar. Out popped a card which said "you still weight 180 lbs. but you have now changed into a blue suit and have just missed your 3:15 train to Boston. So, you see the teaching about a Christian being caught up in a Rapture and be transferred to heaven is merely a diversion and has served its purpose with great success. That purpose to deceive Christians into standing back and doing nothing to oppose Satan and his Children and their take over of the Earth.

 Have you ever asked yourself the question: Why is there no segregated graveyards? Have you ever seen an indication on a tombstone that some of the bodies there, were only the physical relics of souls which are now screaming in hell fire, while others are in spiritual bliss in heaven?

 Yet, such is the belief millions who confidently assume the teaching of a heavenly home, or an ever-burning hell. No matter how sinfully or depraved the recently departed might have lived, many a pastor seems able to comfort distraught loved ones with the thought that, at the very last moment, cantankerous and crusty old Uncle so and so somehow made it through the pearly gates!

 I would like for anyone to come up with the words "immortal soul," "When we get to heaven," "I will see you in heaven," and "We go to heaven when we die."

 Some will state at this point: "You are only repeating yourself." Well how many times have you heard a so-called "Minister" of the Clergy of Organized religion repeat the same message Sunday after Sunday and never make that statement to him/her. What we are attempting to do, in perhaps a clumsy way, is to present yet another side to the same question. And in that way try to cover all the bases, so that you will understand the scriptures better.

 Now back to those questions we just presented. You will never find them in the Holy Bible because they are not there. There are simply no such words in the Bible!!! The Bible is God's handbook to man -- the revelation of knowledge man could not otherwise discover for himself. The Bible is REVEALED knowledge!

 It does not purport to be a textbook on science, mathematics, geology, astronomy, biology, or physics. However, it is that ONE BOOK from which and through which ALL STUDY should be approached.

 God did not waste time and space in His Word repeating for man, endlessly, thousands of things man could easily discover for himself. He did, however, REVEAL to the willing hearts and minds of those who are NOT HOSTILE to God's Word a precious fund of knowledge which we could not discover for ourselves!

 But the deeper truths do not come easy; they come with intense study. We know this to be true because the scriptures say: "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing..." (Proverbs 25:2)

 The Bible has been PROVEN to be the divinely-revealed Word of God? Paul said, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 The divinely-revealed Word of God is the ultimate source to which we must go to discover the REAL TRUTH about the reward of the saved, about what happens at death; about the promise of "heaven," or the threat of "hell."

 Wouldn't it seem logical to you that "if" heaven is the reward of the saved; that "if" hell is the reward of the sinners; that "if" the saints are RAPTURED away to heaven; there would at least be ONE SINGLE SCRIPTURE somewhere in the Bible PLAINLY SAYING SO?

 Is it LOGICAL that of ALL THE DOCTRINES OF THE BIBLE, these main-line, trunk-of-the-tree "doctrines" of a "rapture," or "going to heaven," or an "ever-burning hell," should be TOTALLY ABSENT from the Bible?

 Millions of churchgoers have sat in the church pews of America and heard graphic descriptions of heaven. They have heard one tear-jerking story after another of the death of saintly elderly persons; visions of heaven, last-moment death-bed repentance, and stories of people who have been revived, supposedly from death, of people who have gazed upward as they died and said they saw Jesus coming!

 But for all this gingerbread and euphoria around the edges of the subject, these same church-going people have NEVER in their LIVES have sat down at a lengthy Bible study or church serve where they heard a minister WADE THROUGH dozens of SCRIPTURES IN THE BIBLE promising "HEAVEN" as the reward of the saved!

 They have heard hundreds of VAGUE ALLUSIONS from only a few scriptures which are capable of several interpretations! But they have NEVER heard a patient, careful, well-organized, THOROUGH Bible study or sermon PROVING FROM THE BIBLE that "HEAVEN" is the reward of the saved! Why haven't they? The reason is simply because IT CANNOT BE PROVED!

Heaven - Part 8

Why Did Christ Teach the Resurrection?: Why did Jesus continually speak of a RESURRECTION? For He said; "Verily, verily, I say unto 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." (John 5:25)

 He described those who were in their graves, DEAD, knowing nothing, at the time of the second coming of Christ. "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; 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)

 These scriptures plainly refer to a FUTURE event. Jesus spoke of a general RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD, which He called a resurrection "of life." He clearly spoke of the opposite of death. He spoke of life.

 God's word says: "...the living know that they shall die: but THE DEAD KNOW NOT ANY THING..." (Ecc. 9:5)

 David, in the Psalms, relates: "The dead praise not the Lord..." (Psalms 115:17)

 Thus, we can clearly see that David is explaining that death is a completely mindless state; an ABSENCE of knowledge and awareness.

 Solomon, David's son, explained that men die a death exactly as do beasts: "For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, THEY HAVE ALL ONE BREATH." (Ecc. 3:19)

 God's Word reveals that human beings live a physical, chemical existence. We are mortal, temporary, transitory creatures; sustained by the material elements of this physical creation. We are water-drinking, air-breathing, food-ingesting creatures whose life is dependent solely upon our bloodstream and the foods [as fuel] we take into our systems.

 When we die, a total cessation of this physical, chemical existence occurs. Death is the ABSENCE OF LIFE. The Bible describes those who go down into their graves as being just as DEAD as any animal is dead! "...yea, they have all one breath; so that A MAN HATH NO PREEMINENCE ABOVE A BEAST..." (Ecc. 3:19)

 But Jesus Christ spoke of a time when they will be raised up TO LIFE! Notice, He did not describe a supposed "immortal soul" being placed back into a formerly dead body!

 Read the entire fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians. This is called the "resurrection chapter." In this marvelous portion of scripture are found some of the most important and plainest doctrines of the Word of God. Not only is the resurrection described in great detail, but even "foolish questions" are answered. Continually, people think they have discovered a question too difficult even for God.

 They will relate, tiresomely, the devouring of bodies buried at sea by sharks. Then they describe how the sharks are finally caught by a fisherman, and their livers sold in the market. They then say that some other human being eats the shark's liver, and therefore, a portion of the bodies of the dead, by providing fuel for a shark's stomach, being absorbed into its body and becoming a part of its liver, now becomes a part of the body of another living person! So how does God solve the problem, they ask?

 They will go on to describe what happens when people are fused into nothingness in an atomic explosion, burnt in a crematorium and their ashes scattered over the mountains, in the air, or at sea; or even puzzle endlessly over what happens to those who died centuries ago where even the bones themselves have turned to nothing but dust.

 To such questing minds, it seems impossible for God to "resurrect" the body that was. The Apostle Paul shows these are "foolish question," and answers them thoroughly in the famous "resurrection chapter of (1 Corinthians 15).

 "But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest NOT THAT BODY THAT SHALL BE, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a NATURAL body, and there is a SPIRITUAL BODY." (1 Corinthians 15:35-44)

 Notice first that the Apostle Paul refers to carnal human reasonings about just HOW God is going to bring back an utterly corrupted and decayed human body as a question proposed by a fool.

 Then, he shows that through the unlimited miracle working power of God a completely corrupt, dishonorable, NATURAL body which can waste away to become fused once again with the elements of this earth:

 "...for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3:19)

 And is to be resurrected as a SPIRIT BEING?

 "Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord FROM heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that FLESH AND BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." (1 Corinthians 15:46-53)

Heaven - 9 (Last One)

 You need to read and study ALL of this marvelously revealing chapter in your own Bible. Read it slowly, accept it on face value, as it is, and believe it as the very Word of God! Which it is. If you do, you will never again be confused about the RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD.

 This chapter plainly shows that, at death, your physical, temporal bodies, sustained in a chemical existence by the natural elements of this earth; food, water, and air, completely cease to function, and that total unconsciousness and oblivion results! Not only is there a complete cessation of life -- there is a total loss of consciousness! Then, within moments after death, the physical body begins to decay.

 This chapter also explains that no matter how rapidly that decaying process [whether being blown to bits in an atomic explosion or slowly decaying in a normal grave] God is capable of completely RE-CREATING a new SPIRIT LIFE, giving the individual brand-new SPIRIT body! The Apostle Paul went to great pains to explain it is not the old, decaying, "corrupted" body which is raised, but a SPIRITUAL body. There are literally dozens of scriptures in the Bible which speak of this great resurrection.

 Notice another of the most important.

 "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto 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 worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:4-6)

 Just as Jesus spoke of a resurrection to "life" and a resurrection to "judgment," this scripture reveals that the DEAD in Christ as being resurrected at the second coming of Christ, and then reigning with Jesus Christ for a thousand years, while "the rest of the dead," [those who were NEVER CONVERTED], remain totally oblivious to all this passage of time until after the thousand years are over.

 Beginning in verse 11 to the end of chapter 20, the picture of the "great white throne judgment," or the great latter day resurrection of perhaps billions of human beings will take place to be "judged every man according to their works."

 Now, let's read the Thirty-seventh Chapter of Ezekiel in the light of the last part of Revelation Twenty. This is the famous "dry bones" chapter of Ezekiel and the bones shown are said, by Almighty God, to be "the whole house of Israel" who are to be resurrected.

 "Then he [God] said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel..." (Ezekiel 37:11)

 Then God goes on to relate:

 "...Behold, O my people, I will open [what will God open? -- He will open] YOUR GRAVES [and then what will God do? -- He will], and cause you to [what?] COME UP OUT OF YOUR GRAVES [in other words be RESURRECTED; from what? FROM THE DEAD and if one is to be resurrected FROM THE DEAD they cannot be present with the Lord!!!]..." (Ezekiel 37:12)

 Here again, you see two OPPOSITES: death, complete unconsciousness; human bodies by the millions decaying, or having already decayed, forgotten IN THEIR GRAVE, in contrast to a great future RESURRECTION TO LIFE.

 Time and time again, the Bible speaks of the FIRST RESURRECTION at the precise instant of [what?] THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST!!!

 In this regard, we will study carefully one of the cherished scriptures used by the proponents of the "hope of heaven" doctrine.

 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning THEM WHICH ARE ASLEEP, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also WHICH SLEEP in Jesus will God [what?] BRING WITH HIM [Who? The Lord Jesus Christ upon His Second Coming!!!]. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain [where do those which are alive remain; ON EARTH, until when?] UNTO THE COMING OF THE LORD shall not prevent them WHICH ARE ASLEEP. For 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: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

 This text is used over and over again to imply that Christians GO to heaven. But what does it really say? It says BOTH the "DEAD in Christ [who have been completely DEAD, oblivious, unconscious of the passage of time in THEIR GRAVES] and the living Christians will "be caught up together with them IN THE CLOUDS, to meet the Lord IN THE AIR..."

 While you may think of clouds as not being literally composed of matter, if they were not particulate matter, they would be invisible, and you could not see them. Even so, the air itself is, in practical fact, "material," meaning it occupies space, has weight, is subjected to certain rigid and unalterable laws, and is composed of a wide variety of gases. Our "atmosphere" is a thin envelope of life-supporting gases which are held close to the surface of the earth by gravity. Living plants produce oxygen, which is necessary for human and animal survival.

 Whereas clouds are merely vapor, formed by condensation and the forming of tiny ice particles when moisture-laden air is subjected to changes in pressure and temperature. Most jet air travel is well above the majority of all clouds. Certainly, all of the orbital satellites are far above the clouds, and yet are held in an orbital pattern above the earth, established by the pull [law] of gravity.

 So when the Bible speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ RETURNING TO THIS EARTH it is plainly revealing He is coming ALL THE WAY BACK DOWN, just as He left.

 In the First Chapter of Acts is related the very FIRST message that Jesus was to return to the earth from heaven after He had ascended to His Father, Almighty God:

 "And when he [Jesus] had spoken these things, while they [the disciples] beheld, he was taken up; and a CLOUD received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up FROM you into heaven, shall so COME in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:9-11)

 They watched Jesus being enveloped IN THE CLOUDS only a few hundred feet above their heads! Jesus would have been completely INVISIBLE if He were only a very FEW THOUSAND feet from them. The scripture plainly shows He was STILL VISIBLE until CLOUDS obscured Him from their view. The Bible then says He will COME BACK TO THIS EARTH, "in like manner" as they saw Him GO into heaven.

 Now turn back to First Thessalonians Four and read those passages quoted earlier again. Notice what it DOES NOT SAY. It does NOT say anything whatsoever about "going to heaven." It says nothing whatsoever about "an immortal soul!"

 Rather, as plainly corroborated by many other scriptures, it shows the resurrection of THE DEAD in Christ, and the instantaneous change (1 Corinthians 15:50-52) of those who are "alive and remain," to be caught up together AS ONE GROUP "in the CLOUDS," and finally concludes by saying, "...and so shall we ever be with the Lord." And where will the Lord BE on that same day?

 Remember, He is COMING BACK [to earth], He is not merely going to "visit the general vicinity" of the earth, catching away saints in a so-called "rapture" and take them off to Heaven!

 Don't you see the proof, that is presented to you, FROM YOUR OWN BIBLE!!!

 "Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem (The United States of America which is the New Jerusalem as spoken of in the Scriptures) to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the woman ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south." (Zechariah 14:1-4)

 The setting of this prophecy is the DAY OF THE LORD. The day of the Lord is that period of time immediately following the heavenly signs of Revelation Seven, and the first five "seals" of Revelation Six, or the GREAT TRIBULATION as prophesied by Jesus in Matthew Twenty-four.

 The gathering of all nations against Jerusalem to battle is the same great battle depicted in (Revelation 19:11-21)
 

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