Adam was created by God inthe beginning.The spirits of both therighteous and the wickedreturn to God. Their bodiesreturn to dust.There is nothing mysteriousabout the spirit that returns toGod at death. It is the breath of life.
Are The Dead Really Dead
Lesson 10
Death just might be one of the most misunderstood subjects today. To many it isenshrouded in mystery and evokes dreaded feelings of fear, uncertainty, andeven hopelessness. thers believe that their deceased loved ones are not deadat all, but instead live with them or in other realms! "till others are confusedabout the relationship between the body, spirit, and soul. #ut does it reallymatter what you believe$ %es... absolutely! #ecause what you believe about thedead will have a profound impact on what happens to you in the end&times.There's no room for guessing, so this "tudy Guide will give you e(actly whatGod says on this subject. Get ready for a real eye&opener!
1. How did we get here in the first place?
)And the *ord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into hisnostrils the breath of life+ and man became a living soul.) Genesis -.
 God made us from dust in the beginning.
2. What happens when a person dies?
)Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was- and the spirit shall return untoGod who gave it.) /cclesiastes 0-.
 The body turns to dust again, and the spirit goes back to God, whogave it. The spirit of every person who dies&&whether righteous or wicked&&returnsto God at death.
3. What is the "spirit" that returns to God atdeath?
)The body without the spirit 1)breath,) see margin2 is dead.) 3ames -4. )Thespirit of God 1)the breath which God gave him,) see margin2 is in my nostrils.) 3ob-5.
 The spirit that returns to God at death is the breath of life. 6owhere inall of God's book does the )spirit) have any life, wisdom, or feeling after a persondies. It is the )breath of life) and nothing more.
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These four people are four souls.
. What is a "soul"?
)And the *ord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into hisnostrils the breath of life+ and man became a living soul.) Genesis -.
 A soul is a living being. A soul is always a combination of two things-
body plus breath
. A soul cannot e(ist unless body and breath are combined.God's 7ord teaches that we are souls.
!. o souls die?
)The soul that sinneth, it shall die.) /8ekiel 09-:. )/very living soul died in thesea.) ;evelation 04-5.
 According to God's 7ord, souls do die! 7e are souls, and souls die.<an is mortal =3ob >-0?. nly God is immortal =0 Timothy 4-0@, 04?. The conceptof an undying, immortal soul goes against the #ible, which teaches that souls aresubject to death.
#. o good people go to hea$en when the% die?
)All that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth.) 3ohn@-9, . )David ... is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with usunto this day.) )Bor David is not ascended into the heavens.) Acts -, 5>.)If I wait, the grave is mine house.) 3ob 0-05.
 6o, people do not go either to heaven or hell at death. They goto their graves to await the resurrection day.
&. How 'uch does one (now or co'prehend after death?
)The living know that they shall die- but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward+for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished+ neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.) )There is no work, nor device,nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.) /cclesiastes -@, 4, 0:. )The dead praise notthe *ord.) Csalms 00@-0.
 God says that the dead know absolutely nothing!
). *ut can+t the dead co''unicate with the li$ing, and aren+t the% aware of what theli$ing are doing?
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Though millions think it ispossible, the dead cannotcommunicate with the living.3esus calls death )sleep.) It is a stateof total unconsciousness.The righteous will be raised tolife and given immortality at3esus' second coming.The devil's first lie to /ve was)%ou won't die) & a statement
)"o man lieth down, and riseth not- till the heavens be no more, they shall notawake, nor be raised out of their sleep.) )is sons come to honour, and heknoweth it not+ and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.) 3ob0>-0, 0. )6either have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that isdone under the sun.) /cclesiastes -4.
 6o, the dead cannot contact the living, nor do they know what theliving are doing. They are dead. Their thoughts have perished =Csalms 0>4->?.
-. esus called the unconsciousstate of the dead "sleep" in ohn 11:11/1. How long will the%sleep?
)"o man lieth down, and riseth not- till the heavens be no more, they shallnot awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.) 3ob 0>-0.)The day of the *ord will come ... in the which the heavens shall passaway.)  Ceter 5-0:.
 The dead will sleep until the great day of the *ord at the end of the world. In death, humans aretotally unconscious with no activity or knowledge of any kind.
10. What happens to the righteous dead at the second co'ing of hrist?
)#ehold, I come Euickly+ and my reward is with me, to give every man accordingas his work shall be.) ;evelation -0. )The *ord himself shall descend fromheaven with a shout, ... and the dead in Fhrist shall rise ... and so shall we ever be with the *ord.) 0 Thessalonians >-04, 0. )7e shall all be changed, In amoment, in the twinkling of an eye, ... and the dead shall be raised incorruptible.... Bor this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put onimmortality.) 0 Forinthians 0@-@0&@5.
 They will be rewarded. They will be raised, given immortal bodies, and caught up to meet the*ord in the air. There would be no purpose in a resurrection if people were taken to heaven at death.
11. What was the de$il+s first lie?
)And the serpent said unto the woman, %e shall not surely die.) Genesis 5->.)That old serpent, called the Devil, and "atan.) ;evelation 0-.
 "atan told /ve that sin would not bring death. )%e shall not surely
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completely contrary to all"cripture.Those who believe the deadare alive become easy targetsfor the devil's deceptions. All miracle working is not fromGod, because devils alsowork miracles.
die,) he said.
12. Wh% did the de$il lie to $e aout death? ould this suect e'ore i'portant than 'an% thin(?
 It is one of the cornerstones of the devil's kingdom. e has workedpowerful miracles down through the ages through people who claim to receivetheir power from the spirits of the dead. =/(amples- <agicians of /gypt /(odus-00, 7oman of /ndor 0 "amuel 9-5&@, "orcerers Daniel -, A certain damsel Acts 04-04&09.?
A 4ole'n Warning
In the end&time "atan will again use sorcery as he did in Daniel's day to deceive the world =;evelation09-5?. "orcery is a supernatural agency that claims to receive its power and wisdom from the spirits of thedead.
5osing as esus+ isciples
Cosing as godly loved ones who have died, saintly clergymen who are now dead, #ible prophets, or eventhe apostles or disciples of Fhrist = Forinthians 00-05?, "atan and his angels will deceive billions. Thosewho believe the dead are alive, in any form, will most assuredly be deceived.
13. o de$ils reall% wor( 'iracles?
)They are the spirits of devils, working miracles.) ;evelation 04-0>. )Bor thereshall arise false Fhrists, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs andwonders+ insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.)<atthew >->.
 %es, indeed! Devils work incredibly convincing miracles =;evelation05-05, 0>?. "atan and his angels will appear as angels of light = Forinthians00-0>? and, even more shocking, as Fhrist imself =<atthew >-5, >?. Theuniversal feeling will be that Fhrist and is angels are leading out in a fantastic worldwide revival. The entireemphasis will seem so spiritual and be so supernatural that only God's elect will not be deceived.
1. Wh% will God+s people not e decei$ed?
)They received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those thingswere so.) Acts 0-00. )If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.) Isaiah9-:.
 God's people will know from their earnest study of is book that the dead are dead, not alive."pirits of the dead do not e(ist. Therefore, God's people will reject all miracle workers and teachers who
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