A Peaceful Rest ~ gathered scriptures by Eudora

Ecclesiastes 9:4-6 ¶ For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

The dead know nothing.

Psalm 146:4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

The dead have no thoughts.

Isaiah 26:19
dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

The dead are in the grave awaiting resurrections call.

Daniel 12:2
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

The Prophets spoke of the resurrection of the dead.

John 3:13 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 5:28-29
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.

All whom are in the grave are called forth to resurrection.

Acts 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

Even King David is not in heaven.

Acts 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

This was taken from the words of Peter on the day of Penticost (Feast of Weeks) when Jesus had come and gone back into the heavens and had sent His Spirit. Again, a mention that King David has not yet ascended from the grave.  Peter knew that even those who came out of the grave on the day of the crucifiction had not ascended with Jesus when He had.  Many people teach this theory but Peter says differently.  I believe Peter’s testimony.

1st Thessalonians 4:16
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:

The folks who died in Christ are awaiting resurrection.

1st Corinthians 15:20-23
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Man will be made alive when called from the dead just as Jesus was,  He being the first fruit, everyone else in their proper order when they are begotten from the grave.

It is possible that Paul wrote this letter between Passover and the Feast of Weeks, (Pesach & Shavu’ot) during the season for presenting first fruits of the harvest at the Temple in Jerusalem. (Lev 23:9-15) We know that Paul sees the types and shadows of what is prescribed in the prefigurative events of the Holy days that point to specific shadows that Yahushua has and is yet to fulfill in history so it isn’t surprising when we see Paul pointing out that Yahushua is the first of the first fruits of all whom have died.

In verse 23, Paul points out that not only is Yahushua the first of the first fruits of the dead, but that those who are His will join Him at His coming, each in his own order. Then the end comes as He delivers up the kingdom to God. The culmination of life as we know it. Every rulership, authority and power in the spiritual realm which is not of God, all the enemies shall be put under His feet and the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. See scriptures 1st corinthians 15: 24-26  We know that Paul did not begin his ministry until after the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus Lord Yahushua, so Paul is speaking here to a future time and place.

Hebrews 11:39-40 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

No one is made perfect until all are made perfect together even the patriarchs of our faith will not be made perfect ‘without us’.

1st Thessalonians 4:13-17
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 bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain 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.

We don’t have to worry about those who have gone before us.  When Jesus is ready,   we will all together rise up to meet Him and accompany Him as we all journey to the new heaven and the new earth together where He will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Revelation 20:4-6
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 worshipped 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.

Notice,  the vision John had were of ‘souls’ in heaven.  These are souls and not folks with new bodies like the one that Jesus had that the disciples  witnessed after He was resurrected from the grave.

Revelation 20:11-15
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

We know that this is a future vision seen by John because the sea has not yet given up the dead.

There is no sense of the passage of time. There are no emotions. There is no travel. The dead know nothing.  The dead,  rest in  peace. No one is made perfect until we are all made perfect at the same time.  We either wake to everlasting life or everlasting contempt. At the sound of the shofar,  we will rise up to meet Him and accompany Him as we all journey to the new heaven and the new earth together where He will reign as King.

Luke 23:42-43 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Two things I would point out,

#1. The thief asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus came into His kingdom.  Jesus has not yet come into His kingdom. We still pray, “Thy kingdom come”.

#2. Jesus did not ascend to heaven until 50 days after He was resurrected from the grave.

I believe the promise to the thief on the cross was that Jesus promised him ‘that day’ that he would indeed be with Jesus when Jesus came into His kingdom, just as the thief requested. It was by faith that the thief believed that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, the long awaited Messiah, thereby he received the promise of salvation.

Romans 13:11 ¶ And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

The Old Testament and the New Testament reveal that man is composed of both soul/spirit and body. Humankind’s body does not have a living soul until they receive the breath of life.

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 soul.

Zechariah 12:1 ¶ The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell

1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

At death, the spirit separates from the body and is saved unto Jesus. The soul is taken back to where it was first given, to God who gives the breath of life. The body rest’s in peace as has been promised,  until the day of resurrection when called forth to everlasting life or everlasting contempt.

1st Corinthians 15:12-19 ¶ Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

1st Corinthians 15:51-53 ¶ 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.

When Christ Jesus returns, those who are dead will arise and then those who are still alive will ‘all be changed’ together in the twinkling of en eye, at the sound of the last trump. Not before like most folks teach or believe.

Too many scriptures to deny truth yet too many believe and are taught otherwise.

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. ~ Psalm 118:8

I have even been told that when we die we go to a place called Abraham’s bosom. When I hear this, I can not help but think that folks must be really desperate because this is no where I would want to go.

Luke 16:19-31 ¶ There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And 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. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

I believe in the promise of rest. I don’t want to go to a place where I can look across and see people suffering and tormented in hell. I think this is a teaching by Jesus describing that there is a distinct difference between the two places that one will end up when all is said and done, being comfort and torment. Besides a drop of water on the ‘tip of his finger’ really isn’t going to cool a mouth.  I believe that the whole reason that Yahushua spoke on this is because the Pharisees taught that prosperity was an earthly reward for righteousness and it isn’t.  (See the passage in Luke 12: 13-21)

But like Jesus said, folks do not listen to what Moses and the Prophets taught, why would anyone belive Him and be persuaded if someone were to rise from the dead.  Jesus taught repentance and remission of sin (forgiveness), just like Moses and the Prophets with the promise of resurrection unto everlasting life.

To learn about repentance, see my article on Repentance, Remission, Persistence unto Salvation below.

https://eudoranachand.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/repentance-remission-persistence-unto-salvation/

PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

The photo’s that I have used in this writing are from my brother Harry Alan’s funeral. I wanted to also share some reflections I had regarding his funeral here in this same post.

Ecclesiastes 7:1

A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

The minister reflected that when someone dies, sometimes the life they lived and how we felt about them might fade away like perfume does but we will always remember their name. We are to enjoy what we have while we can but realize that when adversity strikes, we can loose so easily what we have been given. Life is short and adversity teaches us that we should live wisely in servant hood to others and to enjoy the time we spend with each other. This is something that Tracy had shared with me on the way to the funeral that Dad had taught Tracy. That our name (Nachand) was a good reputation and that it stood for something. Our name should be protected and honored. It seemed kind of interesting that this minister used this scripture at his service because Harry Alan must had remembered being taught this from our dad.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. ~ Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

The minister reflected that there is a plan for everyone’s life and that God’s timing is important, even though we do not know the whole picture, one day God will share with us and we will understand then. The secret for us now is to accept His plan and appreciate His timing and His purpose in our lives. The danger is to doubt His plan and His perfect timing.

She also mentioned several times that God gives breath and God takes away breath. Harry Alan just quit breathing. The autopsy showed no immediate reasons for his death. The paramedics even said that he just quit breathing. When the minister shared this I did not believe her that it was in scripture that God takes breath away. I knew of course that He gave breath but I had not read that He takes away breath. After the burial, I got on biblegateway.com to check this out in their search engine, looking up the word breadth.. The only scripture I could relate this understanding came from the following verse:

Psalm 104:29
Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

Sometimes mankind seems to think arrogantly that we do not need God. Our every breath depends on the life that He breathed into us. Not only do we depend on Him for our very life itself, but He wants us to have a life full of what He has to offer us, in that for each and everyone of us, He has a plan, not only over all but in every single day that we have breath. Every day has purpose until our life is spent.

Every day that Harry Alan had breath, was spent in servant hood to others. If someone needed something, and they asked him, his reply was, “I will be right back”. He would come back with what ever it was that they had asked for. What amazed me is that he always seemed to know right where to find it. One girl, her name was Carmen shared with me that he always kept a Bible in what he called “his office”. (the lunchroom) Instead of bringing and eating a lunch, he would read scripture. This was his daily bread. This is what she shared with me.

His wife shared with me that she used to get so angry with our brother because he was always helping others and she even remarked that one time she told him that they would never see to his needs. He said, “maybe not, but God will see to all of my needs”.

She didn’t realize the extent of who her husband was until the folks at his funeral shared their testimonies about him or what he had done for them. The funeral by the way was packed with a few friends but most of them were his co-workers or people that he had worked for.

Our brother was so right when He said that God would see to all his needs. God had obviously had enough provision to provide for all those folks who needed something, surely God would take care of He and Ruby, who really only had each other and basically nothing else but a roof over their heads.

A fella at the buriel, told Tracy (my younger brother) that he had been friends for the last 20 years with our brother Harry Alan. He had introduced our brother to his current boss. Every Saturday they would get together and do a few things and then they would share a meal. Harry Alan went there to help this fella who by the way was a doctor. He introduced himself to Tracy and myself saying later on saying,  “I am a friend of your brother”

This fella had called Ruby (Harry Alan’s wife) after he had died and offered to do anything for her. Ruby told him that she didn’t have the money to pay for his funeral. This fella went to our brothers boss and explained his conversation with Ruby in that she didn’t even have the money to bury her husband. His boss, paid for every single thing. Ruby didn’t even spend one dime. It was ‘all’ taken care of from the casket that you see in these photo’s right down to the place where he was laid. God had surely provided and seen to all of my brother’s needs.

May I grow and aspire to live in the image of Jesus, just like that of the life of my brother.

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About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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