This is to do away the misconception that people goes to heaven when they passed away.
Why when GOD returns is HE going to raise us up from the ground when we are dead? After researching this in the NEW KING JAMES BIBLE , I have came to this conclusion, we are not dead, but in a deep sleep.
When we die our spirit and soul goes into a state of sleep. The spirit is the life force, energy, or active force of a being. The soul is the conscious of the force. Just like our physical has a brain and body. The body is the force and the brain is the control of that force. We have a physical body along with our spiritual body.(SEE 1CORINTIANS 15:44.) The spirit and the soul are linked together just as the body and brain. The spirit and soul both go to heaven or hell.For in EZEKIEL 18:4, speaks about all souls belong to GOD, but the soul who sins shall die. In MATTHEW 16:26, speaks about a man gaining the world , but loses his soul. This proves that the soul will either live forever or die forever.
Establishing from this , we will see that the soul and spirit goes through a state of sleep when the body dies , and will be risen up from sleep for everlasting life or for condemnation.
RESURRECTION MEANS : To rise up from death . The Greek word for RESURRECTION IS (ANASTASIS- LITERALLY MEANS: RAISE UP, STAND UP.
ACTS 24:15 says, I have hope in GOD , which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
PHILIPIANS 3:11 says, If by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. The first resurrection will take place after Satan is bound and before the 1,000 years reign of the saints. See REVELATION 20:4-6. The final resurrection will take place after the 1,000 years and Satan is crushed.See REVELATION 20: 11-15.
We are in a state of sleep in the earth. 1SAMUEL 28:13 Tells us that Samuels spirit rose from the earth when the medium called him up from the death. Samuel asked Saul ” Why had you disturbed me bringing me up? See 1SAMUEL 28:15 .
In MATTHEW 9:24 HE (JESUS ) said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping,” and they ridiculed HIM. They ridiculed JESUS because she was clearly dead, but they didn’t understand that HE spoke about her spiritual and soul state, not her physical state.
In MARK 5:39 When HE came in, HE said to them, ” Why make all this commotion and weep? The child is not dead , but sleeping.”
In JOHN 11:13 However , JESUS spoke of his death , but they thought that HE was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
1CORINTHIANS 15:44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and a spiritual body.
1THESSALONIANS 4:15 say, For this we say to you by the word of the LORD, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the LORD will by no means precede those who are asleep.
With this conclusion it is understandable that we go into a state of sleep when we die, until we are resurrected from sleep.
Also conclude that the spirit rised 1SAMUEL 28:13 and the soul rised REVELATION 20: 4&5.
Donte Lamont Cammon