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  1. iPerceive: • The Legend of Samarra

  2. Alan Seeger “I Have a Rendezvous with Death”

  3. John 11:1-3, 5 • “Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.

  4. John 11:1-3, 5 • Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, ‘Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.’ . . . Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.”

  5. v 3 —“The one You love is sick.”

  6. “The one You love is sick.”

  7. John 11:6 • “So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.”

  8. Desire of Ages • “God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning, and discern the glory of the purpose they are fulfilling.” (224)

  9. Desire of Ages • “To all who are reaching out to feel the guiding hand of God, the moment of greatest discouragement is the time when divine help is nearest. They will look back with thankfulness upon the darkest part of their way.” (528)

  10. John 11:11-12 • “And after that He said to them, ‘Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.’ Then His disciples said, ‘Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.’”

  11. John 11:13, 14 • “However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead.’”

  12. v 11-14—“Lazarus is sleeping . . . Lazarus is dead.”

  13. A Soul Can Die • Ezekiel 18:20—“The soul [nephesh] who sins shall die.”

  14. A Soul Can Die • Numbers 23:10—“‘Let me [napheshi—“my soul”] die the death of the righteous, and let my end by like his!”

  15. A Soul Can Die • Numbers 35:30—“Whoever kills a person [nephesh—“a soul”] shall be put to death.”

  16. The Bible declares that the soul can die.

  17. 1 Timothy 1:17; 6:15-16 • “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. . . .

  18. 1 Timothy 1:17; 6:15-16 • who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power.”

  19. Genesis 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 being [soul–nephesh].”

  20. Boards + Nails = Box

  21. “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.”

  22. “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.” DUST + BREATH = SOUL

  23. It simply ceases to exist.

  24. Ecclesiastes 12:7 • “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”

  25. Job 27:3 • “As long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God in my nostrils.”

  26. When a man or a woman dies, the body turns back to dust and the breath of life returns to God who gave it in the first place.

  27. “Lazarus is asleep—he is dead.”

  28. Luke 16:19-24 • “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate,

  29. Luke 16:19-24 • desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom.

  30. Luke 16:19-24 • The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

  31. Luke 16:19-24 • Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’”

  32. Dilemmas • #1—Heaven is Abraham’s bosom.

  33. Dilemmas • #1—Heaven is Abraham’s bosom. • #2—Heaven and hell are within • shouting distance.

  34. Dilemmas • #1—Heaven is Abraham’s bosom. • #2—Heaven and hell are within • shouting distance. • #3—Relief in hell is a single drop of • water.

  35. Luke 16:25 • “But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.’”