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By Chuck Henry
rev. 9/13/2014



Gen 3:19 (Yahweh speaking to Adam)

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.


Deu 31:16

And Yahweh said to Moses: Behold, you will rest with your fathers; and this people will rise and play the harlot with the mighty ones of the foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them, and they will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them.


Job 3:11-19 (Job speaking)

11 Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?

12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?

13 For now I would have lain still and been quiet, I would have been asleep; Then I would have been at rest

14 With kings and counselors of the earth, Who built ruins for themselves,

15 Or with princes who had gold, Who filled their houses with silver;

16 Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, Like infants who never saw light?

17 There the wicked cease from troubling, And there the weary are at rest.

18 There the prisoners rest together; They do not hear the voice of the oppressor.

19 The small and great are there, And the servant is free from his master.


Job 14:1-15 (Job speaking)

1 Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble.

2 He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.

3 And do You open Your eyes on such a one, And bring me to judgment with Yourself?

4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!

5 Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.

6 Look away from him that he may rest, Till like a hired man he finishes his day.

7 For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease.

8 Though its root may grow old in the earth, And its stump may die in the ground,

9 Yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant.

10 But man dies and is laid away; Indeed he breathes his last And where is he?

11 As water disappears from the sea, And a river becomes parched and dries up,

12 So man lies down and does not rise. Till the heavens are no more, They will not awake Nor be roused from their sleep.

13 Oh, that You would hide me in the grave, That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past, That You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!

14 If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes.

15 You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall desire the work of Your hands.


Job 34:12-15 (Elihu speaking)

12 Surely the Mighty One will never do wickedly, Nor will the Almighty pervert justice.

13 Who gave Him charge over the earth? Or who appointed Him over the whole world?

14 If He should set His heart on it, If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,

15 All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.


Psa 6:5

For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?


Psa 13:3

Consider and hear me, O Yahweh my Mighty One; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death.


Psa 30:9

What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth?


Psa 73:25

Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.


Asaph recognized there were no deceased relatives already in heaven waiting for him.


Psa 88:10-12

10 Will You work wonders for the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise You? Selah

11 Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or Your faithfulness in the place of destruction?

12 Shall Your wonders be known in the dark? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?


Psa 115:17

The dead do not praise Yahweh, Nor any who go down into silence.


Psa 143:3

For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in darkness, like those who have long been dead.


Psa 146:2-4

2 While I live I will praise Yahweh; I will sing praises to my Mighty One while I have my being.

3 Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

4 His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish.


Ecc 3:18-22

18 I said in my heart, Concerning the condition of the sons of men, the Mighty One tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.

19 For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity.

20 All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust.

21 Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?

22 So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?


Ecc 9:4-6,10

4 But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

5 For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.

6 Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun.

10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.


Ecc 12:7

Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to the Mighty One who gave it.


Isa 26:19

Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.


Isa 38:18-19

18 For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth.

19 The living, the living man, he shall praise You, as I do this day; The father shall make known Your truth to the children.


Joh 3:13

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.


Joh 11:11-26, 34-35

11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.

12 Then His disciples said, Master, if he sleeps he will get well.

13 However, Yeshua spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.

14 Then Yeshua said to them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

[Note: Yeshua plainly stated, “Lazarus is dead” (that is, not alive). This, then, gives insight into Yeshua’s understanding on the matter.]

15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.

16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him.

17 So when Yeshua came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.

18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.

19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

20 Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Yeshua was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.

21 Now Martha said to Yeshua, Master, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.

22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of Yahweh, Yahweh will give You.

23 Yeshua said to her, Your brother will rise again.

24 Martha said to Him, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

[Note: Martha’s also understood that Lazarus was dead, and that the dead are in the grave until the resurrection.]

25 Yeshua said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?

34 And He said, Where have you laid him? They said to Him, Master, come and see.

35 Yeshua wept.

[Note: If Lazarus was enjoying heaven, why would Yeshua weep? The fact that Yeshua raised Lazarus from the dead proves that Lazarus was indeed dead. He was not alive, else the statement is contradictory.]


Acts 2:29

Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.


Acts 2:34a

“…David did not ascend into the heavens…”


Acts 13:36

For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of Yahweh, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption.


Cp 2 Sam 7:12 (Yahweh speaking to David)

When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.


1 Cor 15:19-23

19 If in this life only we have hope in Messiah, we are of all men the most pitiable [RSV: “most to be pitied”].

20 But now Messiah is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah all shall be made alive.

23 But each one in his own order: Messiah the firstfruits, afterward those who are Messiah’s at His coming.


1 Thes 4:13-14

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, even so Yahweh will bring with Him those who sleep in Yeshua.


Yahweh will bring those asleep in Yeshua up from the grave with the coming of Yeshua (1Cor 15:12-23, 51-52; 1 Thes 4:16-18).


All of these Scriptures when taken together show that before Yeshua, during His life here on earth, and even after His resurrection, the dead are asleep; that is, they are dead, not alive.


Rev 11:18

The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.


What dead? If a person goes either to heaven or hell when they die, there would be no dead to be judged.


Rev 20:4-5

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Yeshua and for the word of Yahweh, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years.

5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.


If the dead go either to heaven or hell to continue living after they die, there would be no dead to live again after the thousand years are finished.