Jesus taught that there is life after death and He assured that no one needs to fear death (John 11:25). Jesus lived, died, and was raised from death in order to give people eternal life (Romans 5:8). He promised that just as He conquered death, He will also give this same victory to all His children at the Great Resurrection Day at His Second Coming (John 14:1-3). Why should we believe this? Because no other man in history ever spoke the words He did (John 7:46, Matthew 7:29), lived the life He did (Heb. 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22), perform the supernatural works He did (John 5:20; 14:11), or fulfill the prophecies He fulfilled (Luke 24:26,27; John 5:39). Therefore, His words are true and we can trust Him.
The scriptures teach that the dead are sleeping, and will remain that way until resurrection day. In death, humans are totally unconscious with no activity or knowledge of any kind. At death an individual: returns to dust (Psalms 104:29), knows nothing (Ecclesiastes 9:5), possesses no mental powers (Psalms 146:4), has nothing to do with anything on earth (Ecclesiastes 9:6), does not live (2 Kings 20:1), waits in the grave (Job 17:13), and continues not (Job 14:1, 2) until the resurrection.
The good news is that the dead will rise at the Resurrection, “…We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51); “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” (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17). In His service,
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