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U.S. to call for pause on Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine: NYT

How long will the American Public Stand for this? These vaccines are KILLERS!

image from external-content.duckduckgo.com(Reuters) - U.S. federal health agencies on Tuesday will call for an immediate pause in use of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine after six U.S. recipients developed a rare disorder involving blood clots, the New York Times reported, citing officials briefed on the decision. 

  All the six recipients were women between the ages of 18 and 48. One woman died and a second woman in Nebraska has been hospitalized in critical condition, the NYT reported. (https://nyti.ms/3g70oLK) 

  The company's shares were down 3% before the opening bell. 

The Food and Drug Administration, Johnson & Johnson and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comment. 

  The move from the U.S. regulators comes less than a week after Europe's drug regulator said it was reviewing rare blood clots in four people in the United States who received th shot. 

  (Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel) 


The ultimate Robinson Crusoe retreat

 

Moonhole resort on Caribbean island Bequia is available to hire

Moonhole is located on the island of Bequia and consists of a collection of villas that offer spectacular sea views. The unique cluster of stone homes were built in the 1960s by a couple who sought to create their dream Caribbean retreat. Living in the front house (left) they built the surrounding villas (top and bottom right) for friends who wanted to enjoy their own slice of paradise. Now five of the villas are available for adventurous holidaymakers to rent. The ultimate Robinson Crusoe retreat: Castaway at a Caribbean island hideaway built under a volcanic arch


Sequoyah: The Man Who Saved the Cherokee Language and the Giant Tree named after Him!

partly written by National Geographic and  BY LUCAS REILLY

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HENRY INMAN, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS // PUBLIC DOMAIN

Sequoyah was one of the most influential figures in Cherokee history. He created the Cherokee Syllabary, a written form of the Cherokee language. The syllabary allowed literacy and printing to flourish in the Cherokee Nation in the early nineteenth century and remains in use today.

In the early years of the nineteenth century, the remarkable inventiveness of one Cherokee man, named Sequoyah, helped his people preserve their language and cultural traditions and remain united with each other amid the encroachments of Euro-American society. Working on his own over a twelve-year span, Sequoyah created a syllabary—a set of written symbols to represent each syllable in the spoken Cherokee language. This made it possible for the Cherokee to achieve mass literacy in a short period of time.  Cherokee became one of the earliest indigenous American languages to have a functional written analogue.

Sequoyah was born in present-day Tennessee in the years preceding the American Revolution. He was afflicted by physical lameness that caused him to limp, and as a young man, he worked as a trader, an industry he learned from his mother. He later became a silversmith and a blacksmith. By the year 1809, he had spent considerable time thinking about the written forms of communication used by European Americans and the power of written language. He began considering how the Cherokee might devise a system of writing tailored to the sounds of their own language. Many of his fellow Cherokees disapproved of the idea of fixing words to paper, and some thought the practice was too close to witchcraft. Despite this disapproval, Sequoyah was determined to give the Cherokee language a written form.

During most of Sequoyah's lifetime, the Cherokee language was entirely oral. According to the Manataka American Indian Council, a written language may have existed centuries earlier, but the script was supposedly lost as the tribe journeyed east across the continent. Sometime around 1809, Sequoyah began working on a new system to put the Cherokee language back on the page. He believed that, by inventing an alphabet, the Cherokee could share and save the stories that made their way of life unique.

At first, some Cherokee disliked Sequoyah’s idea. White people were encroaching further on their land and culture, and they were resistant to anything that resembled assimilation. Some skeptics saw Sequoyah’s attempts to create a written language as just another example of the tribe becoming more like the oncoming white settlers—in other words, another example of the tribe losing a grip on its culture and autonomy.

Sequoyah, however, saw it differently: Rather than destroy his culture, he saw the written word as a way to save it. According to Britannica, he became convinced that the secret of white people's growing power was directly tied to their use of written language, which he believed was far more effective than collective memories or word-of-mouth. In the wordsof Sequoyah, "The white man is no magician." If they could do it, so could he.

Unfortunately, the War of 1812 forced him to put his plans to develop a written Cherokee language on hold. Sequoyah volunteered to fight against the Red Stick Creeks during the war and saw action at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in present-day Alabama. Afterwards, he settled in Willstown (present-day Fort Payne, Alabama) and devoted himself to the task of converting the Cherokee language into written form. 

Sequoyah was monolingual—he spoke only his mother tongue, Cherokee—and thus did not know how to read or write in any language. Despite this, he had an intuitive grasp of the funciton and significance written communication could assume among people who had mastered the skill. His first approach was to draw a visual symbol for every word in the language—a logographic or pictographic approach. Before long, he realized this task would be overwhelming. Instead, he began listening more carefully to Cherokee speech, studying the sound patterns that formed words. He heard vowels and consonants and discerned many variations, finally isolating about eighty-five distinct syllables. He completed the syllabary by assigning each sound a symbol, using a printed Christian Bible for examples of how letters could be shaped.

Sequoyah became further convinced of this in 1813, after he helped the U.S Army fight the Creek War in Georgia. For months, he watched soldiers send letters to their families and saw war officers deliver important commands in written form. He found the capability to communicate across space and time profoundly important.

Sequoyah's first attempt to develop a written language, however, was relatively crude by comparison. He tried to invent a logographic system, designing a unique character for every word, but quickly realized he was creating too much unnecessary work for himself. (According to historian April Summit's book, Sequoyah and the Invention of the Cherokee Alphabet, his wife may have attempted to burn an early version of his alphabet, calling it witchcraft.) So Sequoyah started anew, this time constructing his language from letters he found in the Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic alphabets, as well as with some Arabic numerals.

Sequoyah became more reclusive and obsessive, spending hour upon hour working on his alphabet. According to the official website of the Cherokee Nation, people outside his family began whispering that he was meddling with sorcery. By 1821, Sequoyah was too busy to pay the gossip any mind: He was teaching his six-year-old daughter, Ayokeh, how to use the system.

As one story goes, Sequoyah was eventually charged with witchcraft and brought to trial before a town chief, who tested Sequoyah’s claims by separating him and his daughter and asking them to communicate through their so-called writing system. By the trial’s end, everybody involved was convinced that Sequoyah was telling the truth—the symbols truly were a distillation of Cherokee speech. Rather than punish Sequoyah, the officials asked him a question: Can you teach us how to read?

Once accepted by the Cherokee, Sequoyah’s 86 character alphabet—which is technically called a syllabary—was widely studied. Within just a few years, thousands of people would learn how to read and write, with many Cherokee communities becoming more literate than the surrounding white populations. It wasn’t long before the Cherokee language began appearing in books and newspapers: First published in 1828, The Cherokee Phoenix was the first Native American newspaper printed in the United States.

Sam Houston, the eventual governor of Texas, admired Sequoyah's achievement and reportedly told him, “Your invention of the alphabet is worth more to your people than two bags full of gold in the hands of every Cherokee." Today, while the Cherokee language is now considered endangered by UNESCO, Sequoyah's system remains a landmark innovation—and a source of hope for the future.

Now for the rest of the story:

Imagine a large tree. No, let’s try this again. Imagine a large tree. Now imagine this tree as a branch, not a tree, attached to another much larger tree. Now imagine that much larger tree. That is how the giant sequoia do. 

The giant sequoia is named after Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary. Giant sequoia are really big trees, in fact the very largest trees on Earth and the oldest living thing on earth, some more than 3,000 years old!  

A great tree, named after a great Man!


Questions we should force our leaders to answer

United States Declaration of IndependenceUnited States Declaration of Independence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Bob Barney- The Plain Truth.com

I have a simple question that I hope that one day we would force every single law maker, government executive and judge to answer in writing. I think that it should be required every year in order for these persons to hold public office. I would want them IN THEIR OWN WORDS state why the American Colonists declared war on their own government. I would require these officials to state openly and publicly:

  1. What were the direct causes of the war

  2. Was their action of taking arms against their own government justified, or where they actually criminals that should have been arrested and imprisoned or executed for treason. And if the latter is the opinion of the official's writing the response, should we nullify the Declaration of Independence and declare the United States as a criminal government.

  3. If, as I expect, virtually no one takes this position, that the USA is an illegal criminal government, then they should have to address the items in the Declaration as how they apply today to the laws that they are passing and why Americans would not have the right to take arms against them! After all, those colonialist who signed the Declaration, declared it LAWFUL TO KILL THEIR OWN COUNTRYMEN in what was actually our first Civil War!

  4. What will it take for it to be legal for AMERICANS TO TAKE ARMS against their own Government?

 

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Today is First Fruits

Bob Barney

First Fruits
In Leviticus 23, God gave us His holy days to follow.   The days God chose for us to observe had to do with prophecy and His plan for our salvation.  One cannot understand the mind of God, and God's plan by following pagan days like Halloween, Christmas and Easter.  The Plain Truth is that those days are actually forbidden by God to observe!  God gave these holy days to Moses on Mt. Sinai.  From that moment on, the Tabernacle was constructed and the feasts observed exactly according to the instructions of the Lord, by the true believers.

It is the third feast, First Fruits, which happens today.   Passover week ends which remembers the death of Jesus. First Fruits is much more important, as it represents the day when Christ rose to the Father and became God again. This Feast, Unleavened Bread, demonstrates the time when Jesus was actually BORN AGAIN from mortal to immortal!  Yes the Bible says that Jesus was Born Again, a term that simply means going from a dead mortal body to a resurrected spiritual body.  Paul writes: "And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created by Him and for Him."

Christ is the first born of those who will follow Him on the last great day, a day when all Christians will "hear His voice" and be raised from the dead, ON THE LAST DAY (The Day Christ returns).

Many Christians mistakenly believe that First Fruits, is Easter, an ancient pagan fertility rite  Easter is simply a Babylonian festival with a Biblical holy convocation.

So then, in His Last week as a human, the LORD celebrated the first three feasts, each in the appropriate manner. He was crucified on Passover DAY, answering to the Blood of the Lamb, which had gotten the chosen people out of slavery to begin with; He was buried on Unleavened Bread (“This bread is my body”) — a case of a dead man arranging his own burial at the appropriate time. And He was raised to the Father and became Spirit again on First Fruits, as a demonstration of the future resurrection of the church. That wasn’t the end of the Lord’s ministry on earth, even though we assume He was inactive after that. As a matter of fact, He continued, regarding His promise to the disciples in John 14, to send the Holy Spirit. The fourth feast, Pentecost, occurs 50 days after First Fruits (Lev. 23:15–16), and on that very day, the Holy Spirit attended the Pentecost festivities at the Temple site “like a rushing, mighty wind.” Pentecost represents the summer harvest, a larger harvest than First Fruits, but not so large as the fall crops, and the Holy Spirit harvested 3,000 people (Acts 2:41). On the occasion when the Law came, Israel had made a golden calf, and by God’s direction, 3,000 were killed (Ex. 32:28). And now, on Pentecost, the same number were returned to the Chosen People, “The letter kills, the Spirit gives life.”

The "Word" of John 1:1 is a divine Person, not a philosophical abstraction. In the incarnation, the invisible God became visible in Christ; deity was clothed with humanity (Matthew 17:2). God is in Christ: visible, audible, approachable, knowable, and available. All that God is, Christ is.

Jesus is LORD of Creation
The description "first-born of all creation" speaks of Christ’s preexistence. He is not a creature but the eternal Creator (John 1:10). God created the world through Christ and redeemed the world through Christ (Hebrews 1:2-4). Jesus is the "I AM" of the Old Testament, Yahweh, the God who appeared to Adam and Eve, Abraham, Jacob and Moses. David's Lord!

 

Happy FirstFruits in 50 Days. PENTECOST-- The Birthday of the New Testament Church of God

 


HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-14 Feast of Unleavened Bread & Firstfruits

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Today is the Last Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread - What it means for Christians

article by Vince Szymkowiak

Central to our understanding of the biblical Feast of Unleavened Bread is the realization that the resurrected Jesus Christ lives His life in every individual Christian.   Today ends Passover and Unleavened Bread- Tomorrow is FirstFruits!

What Does the Feast of Unleavened Bread Mean for Christians?
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Growing numbers of Christians around the world are discovering and celebrating the biblical festivals outlined in Leviticus 23. By looking at the symbolism associated with these days, they are coming to view them in light of the life and mission of Jesus Christ.

After all, Jesus Christ Himself commenced the acting out of the plan of salvation by becoming our sacrificial Passover lamb. As the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 5:7, "For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us" (compare Isaiah 53:7-9 ; 1 Peter 1:18-19 ). Furthermore, Jesus started His Church on another of these festivals, the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2). He must have considered them important.

During the spring of the year (April 3-9th in the northern hemisphere), immediately after Passover and before the Feast of Pentecost, falls another biblical feast—the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6-8 ; Exodus 12:17-18 ). Here we'll take a brief look at the greatest event to have ever taken place during this feast—and what it means for Christians today.

The greatest among several great events>>>>>>>

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March saw the most migrant children crossing the border in a month in HISTORY

March saw the most migrant children crossing the border in HISTORY

March saw the most migrant children crossing the border in history, with 18,890 unaccompanied minors being taken into cramped shelters. The previous record was when around 11,000 children crossed the border in May 2019. The March numbers provided by Customs and Border Patrol represented a 100 per cent increase in crossing compared to February.


Why does the Catholic Church use unleavened bread for the Eucharist (host)- Day 6 of Unleavened Bread

In this Article:   Why does the Catholic Church use unleavened bread for the Eucharist (host)

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Many wonder why we say Christians should follow the Days of Unleavened Bread, because the very idea seems foreign to them, yet most Catholics know this feast----- as holy communion! Although the Catholic Church stopped following the Holy Days instituted by Christ himself, the fully admit to the meaning of unleavened bread:

From a catholic source:

Why does the Catholic Church
use unleavened bread for the Eucharist (host)

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian faith, east and west. Therefore, it is not surprising that Orthodox Christians would feel strongly about the levened Eucharist that they have recieved since Childhood and that their Church has used from antiquity. They may feel as Cardinal Cerularius did in 1050 A.D., that no Eucharist that uses unleavened bread is a true Eucharist. He took his army into the Latin Churches in Constantinople and threw the consecrated hosts into the streets.

Most Popes of the past few hundred years, have felt that his subsequent excommunication was not the best move for east-west relations, but there is no doubt that he was in complete odds with the faith of the Early Eastern Fathers, all of whom recognized the validity of the unleavened host. Cerularius died alone and alienated from the Church, both east and west.

The reason why Catholics celebrate an unleavened Eucharist is very simple. We just never changed it from the day of the last supper. We have no problem with the Eastern tradition of levened Eucharist, and its validity, and we have no desire for the east to change. But we also have no desire to change our unleavened host.

If the unleavened Eucharist is invalid, then no Eucharist ever offered in the Western Church, or in Armenia, or the Last Supper itself, (which was a Passover feast, where only unleven bread was available) was ever a true Eucharist.

 

From yet another source:

Why Use Unleavened Bread for Communion?

 
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Leaven is a substance that causes fermentation and spoilage, “Figuratively, an influence that, spreading silently and strongly, changes conditions and opinions” (World Book Dictionary). Literally, when leaven is added to a wholesome substance like bread dough or fruit juices and left unchecked the end result is a sour, smelly product which generally is unfit for any valued purpose. It is a fitting type of what sin does to our individual lives and to our church life when left unchecked or untended.
Leaven is used in both the Old and New Testaments as a type of evil which contaminates and spoils that which is good. It is to be questioned whether it is ever used in any other sense in the Scriptures.
The one reference where Bible scholars sometimes give leaven another application is Matthew 13:33. Here it is felt by some that the leaven “hid in three measures of meal” symbolizes the Good Gospel and the way the Gospel spreads and influences the world for good. But the Gospel message is never spread by hiding it. The very opposite is true. A light placed under a bushel gives no light to the surrounding area, and a hidden witness is no witness at all. This is the very way, however, that the devil works. His agents are the ones who by “cunning craftiness ... lie in wait to deceive” (Eph 4:14), and “who privily shall bring in damnable heresies” (untruths that if believed will damn the soul, 2Pe 2:1). Furthermore, if the meal represents the evil society of the world and the leaven represents the good Gospel permeating the bad meal “till the whole was leaven” we should expect to see the world getting better and better until the whole world is under Gospel control. Again, the very opposite is true. The influence of, and the appeals of “this present evil world” with all its moral corruption has almost completed its leavening process on the professed people of God. When the few remaining “good and faithful” servants of our Lord Jesus Christ are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, the then worldwide professing church left in this world will be a totally corrupted church. The creeping, contaminating effect of the leaven of wickedness will have completed its beguiling influence on the professed “kingdom of heaven” under the direction of the end time Beast’s Minister of Religion, the false prophet of Revelation 13.


1 Corinthians 5 is one of the many New Testament messages which rather vividly identifies leaven as a type of evil. The church at Corinth was knowingly tolerating gross moral wickedness within her fellowship. The Apostle Paul demanded the excommunication of “that wicked person” based on the argument that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” In allowing this evil to go uncorrected their whole professed Corinthian church would become corrupt - the same thing that Jesus taught in the parable of Matthew 13:33. A purging out of the leaven of wickedness was an absolute necessity for the continued spiritual health of the church. Here it is enjoined upon the church to “keep the feast, not with the old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1Co 5:8).ed bread and the sacrifice of a lamb without blemish as being types of “Christ our Passover who is sacrificed for us” (1Co 5:7). The typology here is most beautiful. Even though in His earth life, He “was made in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom 8:3), “In Him was no sin and in Him dwelt all the fullness of the perfection and holiness of the Godhead bodily (Col 2:9). In ultimate perfection He “offered Himself to God without spot” to be our Passover Lamb to save us from death. He was indeed the true antitype of the “without blemish” Old Testament sacrificial lamb and the unleavened bread of the Passover feast. Anyone using leavened bread during the seven day Passover feast would have broken the type and would have done so under penalty of being cut off from the people of God (Ex 12:15,19).  Read the rest>>>

 


The Feast of Unleavened Bread for Christians- Day 5

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Is the Feast of Unleavened Bread mentioned in the Bible for Christians too? The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a 7-day feast that is kicked off the evening of Passover. This is a Biblically-commanded Feast of the Lord. But even though this feast first appears in the Old Testament to the Israelites, did you know that it’s actually a feast that was foreshadowing and celebrating Jesus as Messiah?

In this post I’d like to explore that a little more. How does this Old Testament feast apply to modern day Christians? Is it Biblical to observe it? Is it Biblical to NOT observe it?

Let’s dive into these questions so you can come out with a greater understanding of what God’s desire is for you and your family in regards to the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

The First Feast of Unleavened Bread

In Exodus 12:15-20,39 we find the very first Feast of Unleavened Bread. This happens directly after the first Passover. In Exodus 12:17 God tells the children of Israel why they are observing this feast:

“And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.” – Exodus 12:17

So God is telling them that they are to observe this feast because He has delivered them from Egypt.

You might ask yourself, why? Why do they have to do this because God brought them out of Egypt? Where is the connection?

Well, Egypt, like Babylon, can be used as a metaphor for the world, or sin and bondage to sin. This article does a good job of explaining this. But as that article notes, you can also read Hebrews 3:14-4:11 for a Biblical example of Paul using Egypt as a metaphor for life before salvation in Christ.

We will get into this concept more in a little bit too.

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Judeo-Christian morality and the health of our society

Growing up, I rarely – if ever – heard anyone in authority discuss the relationship between Judeo-Christian concepts of morality and health. Instead, morals were cast as somewhat arbitrary rules that had to be followed to avoid being cast into hell.

1 I can't speak to what may happen in the afterlife. But in my almost six decades on the planet, I have observed that there is a powerful correlation between the foundational principles of morality in Judeo-Christianity and health in this life: physical and spiritual health, emotional and psychological health, and societal health.

The Ten Commandments are an excellent starting point. The simple admonitions contained therein serve as the foundation for a healthy, well-functioning society, set in order of importance. They begin with the relationship between God and man, then allocate time between earthly work and worship, then move to the importance of the nuclear family. From there, they move outward to the relationship human beings have with one another.

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The once and future Sodom- Day 4 of The Feast of Unleavened Bread

image from external-content.duckduckgo.comThere is nothing new under the sun, said King Solomon, who knew from whence he spoke, having departed so far from righteousness in his later years that he instituted Canaanite demon worship on the Mount of Olives (1 Kings 11) that lasted 300 years, until righteous King Josiah ended the practice by, in part, "breaking down the houses of the Sodomites that were by the Temple, where the women wove hangings for Asherah" (2 Kings 23). The Asherah, or Asherim, were huge phallic poles, often carved from oak trees, that adorned the "high places" where Baal and Ashtereth were worshiped through male and female cult prostitution and the sacrifice of children (who were roasted alive).

Solomon lost his regency – for himself and all his posterity – for that idolatry, and David's United Kingdom was split in two, because there are some things that Our God – so longsuffering in so many ways – will not tolerate. Chief on the list is Canaanite demon worship, which has always been characterized by extreme sexual deviance and child murder. Abortion. LGBT perversions. There is nothing new under the sun.

Our great grandparents, no matter where they might have migrated from across the world, shared the universal condemnation of "the love that dares not speak its name." Even as late as the 1950s, homosexuality was so utterly reviled as a form of sexual deviance that it could not be mentioned "in polite company"; thus the absolute primacy of the marriage-based natural family was secure as the foundation and framework of mainstream society.

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The 3rd Day of Unleavened Bread, and the Risen Christ!

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I’m Going to Die- You’re Going to Die -updated

The Bible Plainly Tells us about Death- We just don’t want to believe it!

From June 2019

By Bob Barney

Bible-death

     I am turning 66 in a few months, and honestly the prospect of dying in the next 10-15 years is sobering.  Most of us are living a bit longer than several generations ago, but most die still in their seventies.   The idea that most of your life is behind you is a sobering fact, and believe it or not, The Holy Bible is not as comforting on the subject as many believe, or better yet, led to believe by their church.

    The notion that when we die, we instantly go to heaven (or hell) is very comforting to many people. In fact, I know people who where joyfully waiting to die, so they could be with their loved ones.  That faith in one’s death has comforted many people over the years.  I wish that could comfort me. I probably could accept dying much easier if I believed that I was going to heaven when I die – the sad PLAIN TRUTH of the matter is that I am not, and I know it. I know it because God tells me plainly that when I die, I will rest in a grave (in the King James Version they rendered “grave” as hell, thus giving us the wrong idea of just what “hell” means=simply “a grave.”).

     You see, The Bible compares death to sleep. It does so dozens of times!  Never does the Bible say that a loved one has died and gone to heaven.  After death we are asleep, we are unconscious; we are not aware of the passing of time or of what is going on around us. We cannot see and watch over our loved ones. We can’t interfere in their fate or help them in any way. We are DEAD!   The Bible says:

 “5 Yes, the living know they are going to die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward; they are completely forgotten.” (The Plain Truth Bible – all quotes in this article)

                 The dead have no consciousness. They are in the grave in a deep sleep like a seed (1 Corth 15) and will remain until the Resurrection.  see also Psalm 146:4; 115:17).

Peter on the Day of Pentecost said the same of King David. “Friends let me speak plainly to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb and dead body is with us to this day…For David did not ascend into the heavens…"(Acts 2:29, 34).  Heaven’s!  That’s all three mentioned in the Bible.

     3-heavensThe first heaven is the layer of air around the earth. That’s the “heaven” that Elijah was taken up to (in a whirlwind!).  You are in the first heaven every time you fly in a plane!

     The second heaven is the universe, where the planets and stars are located. Like the first heaven we can plainly see them with our eyes.  Our astronauts have traveled into the second heaven.

     The third heaven is where God lives. It cannot be seen by the human eye.  The apostle Paul knew a man who saw the third heaven in what was most likely a vision or dream. He writes,I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in his body or out of his body I don't know– Only God knows. What I know is that this man–whether in the body or apart from the body (I do not know but God knows)–was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except my weaknesses” (2 Corinthians 12:2-5).

This third heaven is the heaven we think about when we are told that our loved one is in heaven. The sad truth is that they are not. Many Christians think of the soul as an immortal entity within us that goes on living after death. This is not what the Bible says, and I for one don't want to accept this fact, but I have to if I believe God! The Bible plainly says, “And the LORD (Who is Jesus) God formed man from the earth's dirt, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7). The King James wrongly translates the Hebrew “soul.” Read any Bible commentary and you will see that I am correct. God did not put a soul into us, He made us, from the physical elements of the earth – the same way God formed ANIMALS and PLANTS! He breathed His life-giving spirit into the lifeless mortal body—and the result was a living creature- an animal. Man is an animal, just like your dog or that insect you swat and kill. When a person dies, just like in an animal, the reverse takes place. The breath of life departs from the body, and the life of that animal no longer exists. That’s what the Bible says. “The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

If souls existed as separate entities that lived on after we died, that would mean we have immortality. However, the Bible says human beings do not have immortality. Only God is immortal (see 1 Timothy 6:15, 16). Paul says that the righteous “seek for glory, honor, and immortality” (Romans 2:7). If we had immortal souls, why would the righteous seek after something they already have?

So friends, you can see why I fear my death.

1I fear death because I realize that I am going to sleep, and the control freak that I am can';t accept the fact that I will have no control over anything that happens the second I die. What will happen to my wife, my loved ones, our business that I helped create, our farm -anything! That scares the hell out of me.

Yes, I know many are not worried about dying because they don't understand what death is! The Bible says that death is NOT good, nor a friend to look forward to. Death is the enemy and we should never forget that. 1 Cor 15:26 “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”

 What the Bible says about death and life after death:

I realize that this will surprise many, but the Bible does promise a life after death to everyone who wants it. It also promises eternal death to those who choose it! Eternal death means what it says. DEAD forever, burned up gone. No suffering in some place called “hell.” That “hell” is a lie that churches has told you. The Bible does not offer an ever burning hell of torment to sinners.

There is an order of when we have the chance to live again. When Christ returns, only true Christians will be resurrected from the dead, to immortal life! We will be in the God family. “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead that where Christians will rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16).

Christ tells us that then (Revelation 20:4-6) "And then I saw thrones to those given authority to judge. And I saw the dead bodies of those who had been slain because of their testimony about Jesus, and because of the word of God. These had had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came back to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.(The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years."

     So, what happens to the rest that do not believe, and are not Christians, or had no chance to learn the way of God? Again, Jesus says through His angel in Revelation 20:11-15 : "Then I saw a great white throne and He who was sitting on it. The earth and the heavens ran from His presence, and there was no place for them to hide. Then I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and the graves gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.Then death and the graves were thrown into the lake of fire.The lake of fire is the second death.Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire."

The wicked are raised to life in a separate resurrection—the resurrection of condemnation. Jesus said, “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28, 29).

The last sensation was we know is the pang of death, the last thought that we have --- the fear that we are falling beneath the power of the grave, but then, imagine, when we arise from the tomb to the shout,

“O Death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55).

That brings me comfort- in the end, but my death does not. It is the final battle I must defeat--- not I, but Jesus Christ, who has already done this for me- and you! Thank you my heavenly God, both father and Son for the love that Jesus has shown us.

Take the time and Read 1 Corinthians 15- The resurrection chapter that most churches simply will not read to you:

 

From The Plain Truth Bible with study notes:

Chapter 15:

The Resurrection Chapter!

1Friends, I'm making known to you the Good News which I already told you, which you received, and on which your faith is based.

2 In addition, you are saved by this Good News if you hold on to the doctrine I taught you, unless you believed it in vain.

3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me -- that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.

4 He was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said.

5 He was seen by Peter and then by the twelve apostles.

6 After that, he was seen by more than five hundred of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died by now.

7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles.

8 Last of all, I saw him, too, long after the others, as though I had been born at the wrong time.

9 For I am the least of all the apostles, and I am not worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted the church of God.

10 But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me -- and not without results. For I have worked harder than all the other apostles, yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.

11 So it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach. The important thing is that you believed what we preached to you.

12 But tell me this -- since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead?

13 For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not risen either.

14 And if Christ was not raised, then all our preaching is in vain, and your trust in God is in vain.

15 And we apostles would all be lying about God, for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave, but that can't be true if there is no resurrection of the dead.

16 Certainly, if the dead don't come back to life, then Christ hasn't come back to life either.

17 If Christ hasn't come back to life, your faith is worthless and sin still has you in its power.

18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ have perished forever!

19 And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most miserable people in the world.

Death is a SLEEP:

20 But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has becomehas become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

23 But each one in their own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.

24  Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, having put down all enemies of every kind.

25 For Christ must reign until He humbles all His enemies beneath His feet.

26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is DEATH.

27 Clearly, God has put everything under Christ's authority. When God says that everything has been put under Christ's authority, this clearly excludes God, since God has put everything under Christ's authority.

28 But when God puts everything under Christ's authority, the Son will put himself under God's authority, since God had put everything under the Son's authority. Then God will be in control of everything.

29 If the dead will not be raised, then what point is there in people being baptized for those who are dead? Why do it unless the dead will someday rise again?

30 And why should we ourselves be continually risking our lives, facing death hour by hour?

31 For I swear, dear friends, I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what the LORD Jesus Christ has done in you.

32 If I have fought with wild animals in Ephesus, what have I gained according to the way people look at things? If the dead are not raised, "Let's eat and drink because tomorrow we're going to die!"

33 Don't be fooled by those who say such things, for "bad company corrupts good character."

34 Come to your senses and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don't even know God.

35 But someone may ask, "How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?"

The Mystery of the Resurrection:

36 What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn't grow into a plant unless it dies first.

37 What you plant, whether it's wheat or something else, is only a seed. It doesn't have the form that the plant will have.

38 God gives the plant the form He wants it to have. Each kind of seed grows into its own form.

39 Not all flesh is the same. Humans have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds have another, and fish have still another.

40 There are bodies in the heavens, and there are bodies on earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the beauty of the earthly bodies.

41 The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their beauty and brightness.

42 It is the same way for the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies, which die and decay, will be different when they are resurrected, for they will never die.

43 When the body is buried, it doesn't have any splendor and is weak. When it is raised again, it has splendor and is strong.

44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

45 The Scriptures tell us, "The first man, Adam, became a living person." But the last Adam -- that is, Christ -- is a life-giving Spirit.

46 What came first was the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later.

47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven.

48 Every human being has an earthly body just like Adam's, but our heavenly bodies will be just like Christ's.

49 Just as we are now like Adam, the man of the earth, so we will someday be like Christ, the man from heaven.

50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. What decays cannot inherit what doesn't decay.

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed--

Raised to life AT CHRIST'S RETURN (on the Feast of Trumpets):

52 It will happen in an instant, in a split second at the sound of the last trumpet. Indeed, that trumpet will sound, and then the dead will come back to life. They will be changed so that they can live forever.

           The Feast of Trumpets! The trumpet was sounded to convoke the people on solemn feasts, especially on the    first day of the seventh month (the type of the completion of time; seven being the number for perfection; on the tenth of the same month was the atonement, and on the fifteenth the feast of tabernacles, commemorative of completed  salvation out of the spiritual Egypt, compare Zechariah 14:18 Zechariah 14:19 ); compare Psalms 50:1-7 . Compare   His calling forth of Lazarus from the grave "with a loud voice," John 11:43 , with John 5:25 John 5:28 . TheFeast of Trumpetsteaches us that Jesus Christ will visibly return to the earth at the end of this age. At that time He will resurrect the saints who are no longer living and instantly change those saints who are still alive to immortal spirit beings (Matthew:24:31 -And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together  his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

53 For our perishable bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies and our mortal selves must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible body of ours has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then it shall be brought to pass that the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."

55O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"

56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.

57 How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our LORD!

58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the LORD's work, for you know that nothing you do for the LORD  is ever useless.