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Where Are the Dead?. Current Theories. Purgatory Where is the Scripture? No Scripture—not revealed by God Reincarnation No credible evidence Humans become angels Where is the Scripture? Already in heaven Hebrews 9:27. Only God’s Word Can Answer This Question.

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current theories
Current Theories
  • Purgatory
    • Where is the Scripture?
    • No Scripture—not revealed by God
  • Reincarnation
    • No credible evidence
  • Humans become angels
    • Where is the Scripture?
  • Already in heaven
    • Hebrews 9:27
only god s word can answer this question
Only God’s Word Can Answer This Question
  • Can’t know by human reasoning.
    • Beyond physical and natural realm.
  • Can’t know from human experience.
    • We’ve never been there—not yet anyway.
  • Must use God’s word to find the truth.
    • A “Thus saith the Lord.”
what is man
What Is Man?
  • “But one testified in a certain place, saying: ‘What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him?’” {Hebrews 2:6}
  • Man is a composite being.
    • “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.” {Ecclesiastes 12:7}

What Is Man?

  • “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.” {Genesis 2:7}
  • Flesh and spirit.
    • “I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.” {Daniel 7:15}
defining life and death
Defining Life and Death
  • “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” {James 2:26}
  • DEATH—separation of body and spirit
  • LIFE—union of body and spirit
the body s destination
The Body’s Destination
  • The body returns to the dust from which it was taken.
    • “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” {Genesis 3:19}

The Body’s Destination

  • Paul compared the fleshly body to a tent—a temporary dwelling place.
    • “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” {2 Corinthians 5:1}

The Body’s Destination

  • The body is only temporary.
    • It will perish
    • It will decay
    • It will grow old
    • It is corruptible
  • In asking, “Where are the dead,” we must ask “Where do our spirits go?”

The Body’s Destination

“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory.” {1 Corinthians 15:53,54}

the spirit s destination
The Spirit’s Destination
  • The spirit does NOT go:
    • To the GRAVE.
      • Only the body is in the grave.
      • No Biblical proof
    • Directly to HEAVEN or HELL.
      • Contradicts other Bible teaching.

The Spirit’s Destination

  • Where does the spirit go?
  • Christ promised the penitent thief that he would be in Paradise.
  • Christ said TODAY.
    • “And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.’” {Luke 23:43}
    • “… Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” {John 20:17}

The Spirit’s Destination

  • Christ said He was going to Paradise.
  • He DID NOTgo to the Father.
  • The Father is in heaven.
    • Matthew 6:9
  • Therefore, Heaven and Paradise can NOT be the same place.
    • Christ did not go to heaven when He died (Acts 1)
where did our lord go
Where Did Our Lord Go?
  • Two things to notice:
    • The Lord’s body would not see corruption.
    • His soul would not be left in Hades.

“I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” {Psalm 16:8-10)


Where Did Our Lord Go?

  • Hades- A Greek word that means “unseen realm.”
    • “He, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.” {Acts 2:31,32)

Where Did Our Lord Go?

  • When Jesus died, His soul went to Paradise.
  • When Jesus died, His soul went to Hades.
  • Paradise = Hades!
    • Realm of disembodied souls awaiting final resurrection.
    • Christ was NOTleft there; He arose the third day. {Matthew 28:1-6}
the spirit s destination1
The Spirit’s Destination
  • Jesus’ body—grave
  • Jesus’ spirit—hades
  • Our bodies—grave
  • Our spirits—Hades
characteristics of the hadean world
Characteristics of the Hadean World
  • The rich man and Lazarus
    • Luke 16:19-31
consciousness of the dead
Consciousness of the Dead

“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.” {Luke 16:25}


Will You Remember?