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I received the following question:

Nathan, I have over time greatly appreciated your help to us in study of God’s Word.

Recently had the pleasure of listening and studying your talk on the Resurrections at the 2015 conference.

I have a question and need for clarifying a couple of points.

You explained that you believed Enoch was translated to heaven without seeing death.

Did you mean that he was translated so quickly he did not see death, or that he is now permanently in heaven with the Lord and did not die, but went thru a change into an immortal body? Some type of out resurrection/translation? Could Paul also have had similar as Enoch translation if he desired?

The faith chapter mentions a number of people of faith, but it says these ….ALL
DIED not as yet receiving the promises, of these, Enoch is mentioned. Was he also one that died not having received the promises, or are we to assume he is excluded from the list that died. It did say these all died?

Thanks for your input on this. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I have a question for you………….

A woman asked me if cremation is proper?

I could find no reference in the bible about the disposal of a dead body.  There are several references regarding burial, but nothing of other means of disposal.  A couple references of the dead being placed in a cave with the entrances covered with rocks.  The only references about death and fire are in Revelations, but it concerns the second death, the lake of fire.

Gen 3:19 tells us,” 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.

Common sense tells us that men have been lost at sea, eaten by predators, burned alive, etc.  But none of this will hinder our future resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »

manwoman02Warning to my readers with young children: this letter contains explicit language.

I received the following question:

I have a question:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and put the two first humans in a garden. After surveying his creation and declaring it good repeatedly, the first fact that displeased God was that Adam was alone. God’s mandates in the Garden of Eden (Eden means pleasure, by the way) were not “remain celibate,” “eat only tasteless grains,” and “submit.”

The God of Genesis is more an Epicurean than a Stoic.  He does not design bodies without pleasure sensors, but instead squeezes onto the human tongue 10,000 taste buds.  He does not make reproduction an onerous or bland affair, but loads human genitals with thousands of erotogenic nerve endings.  In his extravagant kindness, he engineered eating and intercourse to give us pleasure and then commanded his first two humans to engage in both.  It’s no wonder the first two chapters of Genesis declare creation “good” seven times over.  The second chapter of the Bible concludes with two humans, in a garden of Pleasure, totally naked, who are commanded to have sex, eat fruit, and rule the world. Read the rest of this entry »

housepets02I received the following question:

I am wondering what your conclusions are about animals and whether or not we will ever see our beloved pets again. Today, we were listening to some of your lessons in the car, and we heard you say that we don’t know if animals will have “eternal life.”

I think that was the short answer to my question (!!), but I don’t know what Ecclesiastes 3:21 means. Also, in comparing Genesis 9:5 in the KJV and the NIV, the latter makes it sound as though God “will” (in the future, regarding animals) demand an accounting of them if they have taken a human life.

I can see that you also love animals, and it would be such a happy outcome if we do see them in the kingdom. We can’t help but regret that they suffer death because of man’s sin.

Thank you!

Oddly enough 🙂 , I do agree with myself that we simply do not know if any animals will be raised back to life to live again in the Kingdom of God. Many preachers give the foolish answer of quoting Revelation 22:15, “But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.” As if God is condemning people, and He speaks of sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters and liars, and oh, yes, those blasted canine puppy dogs. He really can’t stand the things! It just doesn’t make any sense. I think some preachers need to learn how to use their minds before they ever decide to stand in front of people and pretend to set forth the Word of God. If they would actually have studied their Bibles before they attempted to teach them, they might have read Deuteronomy 23:18, “You shall not bring the wages of a harlot or the price of a dog to the house of the Lord your God for any vowed offering, for both of these are an abomination to the Lord your God.” Then they would have learned that a “dog” is a male prostitute, not a puppy dog. Read the rest of this entry »

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I received the following question:

I was re-reading some Sellers at work the other day on Future Punishment and it was in the article on “More About Gehenna” that I had a question.  Sellers spoke of being tossed into Gehenna as a terrible reputation kind of thing and that not everybody would be done.  It would only be for something that would be of a heinous act deserving for it.  So then this led me to think where is everybody cast.  Everybody is cast into the Lake of Fire right? I would say yes because Hades is tossed there. However, in my mind I always thought that the future Gehenna was the Lake of Fire.  This would make me think differently.  Furthermore, I realized that there is no passage in Scripture linking the two together (even though it might be an obvious comparison).  What do you got for me?

The reputation aspect of being thrown into Gehenna first of all had to do with the day in which Christ was speaking. At that time, the leaders in Israel, once they had executed a criminal, had the right to be able to have his dead body thrown unto the trash heaps of Gehenna. There, he would either be incinerated by the fires that were always burning to consume the trash, or be eaten by the worms that thrived on the garbage that was there. To be disposed of this way marked one out as one of the worst of criminals, and was the ultimate in ignominious ways to die. Read the rest of this entry »

rulerhand02I received the following question:

There has been quite a bit of talk among some folk here about number of resurrections and questions about “if death is the wages of sin then what about different levels of judgement?”  Obviously Sellers hadn’t mentioned it and I have not studied out this aspect of our future but some of my friends are interested so I thought that I would throw it out there to you.  

When every man stands before God in judgment, He will do what is right in regard to each of them.  The ultimate punishment will always be death, but whether or not there might be other penalties exacted before the final one, it is hard to say.  Certainly, in regard to the men who follow the anti-Christ, they are kept alive for five months and tormented.  Revelation 9:4-6.  “They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.  And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months.  Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man.  In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.”  These men, who knowingly reject the Kingdom and choose the anti-Christ instead, are the worst imaginable of sinners, and God sees fit to torment them five months, not allowing them to die.  This seems to be about the worst judgment He ever metes out Biblically, that I can see, that doesn’t involve death, but rather torment before death.  It is a far cry from eternal, conscious torment, certainly, but still is quite a punishment!  I can imagine that, though there may never have been a group of men on earth quite as wicked as these men, that there have been individuals throughout the ages that have been nearly as wicked.  That these might receive some punishment prior to death in the future seems possible. Read the rest of this entry »

goingup02I received the following question:

I have a quick question concerning heaven.  You know how the word heaven is used today in the Christian church how that people say they are going to heaven or that their relatives are in heaven.

I understand that the word heaven appears in the Bible over 600 times, are there any scripture verses that has the word heaven and that believer go to heaven at dead in the same verse?  I don’t think so; just want to get someone else’s opinion.  Appreciate your quick response.

You are correct. No, there are no verses that say this anywhere in the Bible. The verses they stake all on are II Corinthians 5:8, misquoted as “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.” This says nothing about death or heaven, and besides being misquoted is badly translated. John 14:2, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” There is nothing saying the “Father’s house” is heaven. In fact, in John 2, the phrase (the only other place in the Word it is used) is clearly speaking of the temple in Jerusalem. Philippians 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” This verse is the “impregnable fortress” that they try to hide behind to rescue their traditional ideas. However, the meaning of the verse is far from clear, and to say that we wait for a Savior from heaven is a far cry from saying we are going there, either at death or any other time. Other than these few, misused and abused verses, there is no evidence of anyone going to heaven upon death in the Bible.

Thanks for the great question.

trashcan02I received the following question:

Nathan, would you please explain to me your views on hell? Thank you.

I will try to be basic and understandable, yet thorough enough that you get the idea.

The first fact we need to understand is that “hell” is on a much more shaky ground translation-wise even than “baptism.” “Baptism,” as I said, is really a Greek word that is not translated. “Hell,” on the other hand, is a very questionable translation of any word in the Hebrew or the Greek of the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, “hell” is exclusively translated from the Hebrew word sheol. The problem is that sheol is not consistently translated “hell.” It is translated “hell” 31 times, only about half of the time it occurs. It is translated “grave” another 31 times. 3 times (these numbers are from the King James Version) it is translated “the pit.” How a word could mean “hell,” “grave,” and “the pit” all at the same time, I am sure I do not know. Read the rest of this entry »

thedead02I Samuel 28 Continued

15. Now Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?”
And Saul answered, “I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do.”

Here we have a difficulty. We know Yahweh specifically forbade going to mediums. We can read of this prohibition three times in the law. First, in Leviticus 19:31.

31. Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

Next, in Leviticus 20:6.

6. And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.

Here, we read that those who sought after mediums and familiar spirits would be cut off from Yahweh’s people. This was a harsh penalty, but it was necessary to discourage the people from ever indulging in this false and wicked practice. Finally, the prohibition is repeated in Deuteronomy 18:10-12. Read the rest of this entry »

tunnel02I would like to remind my readers that I am a regular column contributor to the Word of Truth Ministry’s Bulletin. This last Bulletin, my article was on “Near Death Experiences,” discussing the common phenomenon of people claiming to have died and then come back with stories of visiting heaven, seeing their loved ones, and so forth. These stories sell books in Christian bookstores, but do they actually match up with Scripture or the truth? Read this article at:

http://www.seedandbread.org/images/stories/bulletins/June_14_2014Bulletin.pdf

In this issue, I also discuss a question regarding the meaning and definition of “sin,” and if it changes between the Old Testament, the gospel period, the Acts period, and the dispensation of grace.