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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Do we go to heaven when we die?

John 8:23:"And He saith to them,Ye are from beneath,I am from above,Ye are of this world :I am not of this world.

Many people (Christians included) are of the notion that it is when our earthly lives are terminated (death of our bodies) that we are taken by God to heaven. These people believe that all their loved ones that have died irrespective of their beliefs are in a better place (which some of them call heaven). Is this notion true? Let us check to see what God's word has to say on this matter:

Gen 2:7:"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into His nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul". 
If you carefully examine the  Bible verse that I quoted above, you would realize that God formed man of the dust of the ground (He was an earthly being, 1 Cor 15:47. Note that the Hebrew meaning of His name: Adam means Dust, Ground) and breathed into his nostrils the "breath of life" (Breathed His Holy Spirit into the man's soul) and as a result of this, the man "became" a living soul. i.e the breath gave Him life:

"Became a living soul" means that God's Breath (The Holy spirit that was introduced into the man) transformed him from being an earthly and dead soul into a heavenly and living one. i.e the man had to depend on God's Spirit for life.

And that is the reason why God told Adam that the consequence of disobedience was death. The implication of foregoing the tree of life (God's Holy spirit) and choosing the tree that empowers  you to explore your beastly self  i.e makes you control your own life and choose what is good and evil for yourself outside of God's will (garden, consciousness: i.e. the tree that separates you from God and makes you non reliant on Him) is that you will be eternally dead to God unless you repent and eat God's life.

Gen 2:15:"And the Lord God took the man and put Him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it".
 The verse above tells us that "the Lord took the man and put Him into the garden". Where do you think God took Man from? He took Him from the ground from "whence he was taken": From his earthly state of death and darkness and put him into His Garden: Heaven. This should show us that only God can lead us into His paradise. All our good works, religion etc can never lead us back to God.

Why do you think that God breathed his Spirit into the man before (and not after)  putting him into the garden ?  It was because that was (and still is) the only condition for man to enter and experience God's Paradise. We can only experience Paradise if we have God's Spirit in our hearts: Only those who have denied themselves in order to accept and experience God's Spirit have access to His Paradise.

God's Judgment

Gen 3:19: "In the sweat of Your face shall You eat bread till You return to the ground,for out of it You were taken for dust You art, and unto dust shall You return."
 In the Bible verse above,  we see how God pronounces judgment on Adam for His disobedience: He says in the sweat of your face (work of your hands) you shall eat bread.

Abide in God

 When God put man in His garden, there was an eternal supply of food in the garden. All he needed to do was abide in God's presence and obey His commandment not to eat of the forbidden fruit. However, man chose to reject the free gift of eternal life that God gave Him and chose instead to explore his beastly and earthly nature (the ground He was taken from)
Gen 3:23:"Therefore the Lord God sent Him forth to from the garden of Eden to till the ground from whence He was taken.
 So instead of having free access to God's free eternal bread (food, life) in the garden, he was sent out of Eden (Heaven, God's presence) unto the ground He was taken from (separation from God, return to his original state)
And instead of relying on God for the food and life for his soul, he had to till (work i.e religion, self works etc) the cursed ground (nature) that he was taken from in order to eat (live) and unfortunately, the ground Adam was taken can never bring forth heavenly fruit (Gen 3:18, Heb 6:8).

That is why all the works of our hands our religious obligations, our good works, philanthropy outside of God are filthy rags to God (Is 64:6) We need to let God breathe His Holy spirit into us and submit to His inward presence in order to be transformed into His heavenly image. (Romans 12:2) That is the only way we would be able to godly bear fruit and re-enter His Paradise.

For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. John 6:33.

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. John 3:13.
God needs to come down to bring us to His Heavenly paradise, the same way He had to come "down" to bring the earthly Adam into His heavenly paradise.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.Gen 3:19

And that was why he came down in the form of His Son  to elevate us (those who accept his Son into their hearts) into His heavenly realm:
All the seed of Adam who refuse to repent and die to self will return to dust, they will never ever return to God when they die a physical death:
They will return to the earth (place of separation from God) from whence their souls were taken from.
John 8:21:"Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come".
That is why Jesus says in John 8:21  ":..Where I go you cannot come". All unrepentant souls would never have access to God's garden (Heaven) They will all remain in Hell (separation) from God unless  they willingly choose to die to their beastly and rebellious nature and accept God's breath during their earthly life (John 12:25)

-Col 3:3:"For ye are dead and your life is hid in Christ in God".

Lev 22:8:"That which dies of itself,or is torn with beasts,He shall not eat to defile himself therewith:I am the Lord.

That is the symbolism of Lev 22:8.  Anyone that dies a natural and physical death without repenting is an abomination to God and is totally unacceptable to Him.
We need to "die" of our own freewill to our beastly/earthly nature while we are alive here and submit to God if we want to enter His Kingdom. That is the reason why Jesus submitted Himself to death for us like a lamb that was dumb before her shearers (Is 53).

He willingly submitted to God's judgment on His flesh and He made it clear that unless a seed (soul) falls into the ground (God's divine nature) and dies (dies to its fallen nature) it would remain the same but if it dies it would bear much fruit (would become renewed by a new life from God and would thus produce fruit acceptable to God) :

We need to take up the cross like Jesus did and die to our earthly (dusty) nature of our own freewill if we ever want to ascend to God's Paradise. Since man chose to die to God of his own freewill, he has to die to sin of his own freewill. and that is why Col 3:3 says:  
"You (Christians) are dead (to their carnal nature) and your life (breath) is hid with Christ with God."

Lev 17:14:"...Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh, For the life of all flesh is in the blood,Whosoever eats it shall be cut off".
 The verse above says we should not " eat anything with its blood in it. Our earthly blood (life, spirit) has to be 'drained out' completely by the willing sacrifice of ourselves if we want to partake of God's kingdom, or else we would be inedible (unacceptable) to God.

In our sinful state, our souls are banished to the ground from "whence we were taken" The only way back to God's paradise and righteousness is to die to self and submit to God while we are alive here.

Do not allow the devil to fool you. If you do not submit to the Cross and Spirit of Christ during your earthly life,  you will remain in Hell where your soul was banished to. Hell is simply an "underworld": A place of separation and banishment from God's upper world (Heaven)

Prov 15:24 says: "The way of life is above to the wise that "he may depart from hell beneath" also, Psalm 16:10-11:"For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore":

Only God's Holy ones (who submit to Christ the Holy one) will not be left in the hell that they were banished to and God alone can show them the path of life, which is the Cross of Christ (death to self). No one can ever discover the path of life by themselves.

Satan's Strategy of Deceit

Satan's strategy is to fool you to think that you can live as you like here and enter paradise when you die a physical death. As you must have seen above, the only way to depart from Hell is to willingly die to yourself, accept Jesus into your heart and submit to God's spirit "right now".

That is why John 5:24 says: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."

Your passage from death (hell) to life (heaven) begins to happen the minute you submit to Jesus and obey His words, not when you die. So do not wait till the day you die, accept God's free gift and re-enter His paradise now.

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