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The spiritual man and the physical man
“But a physical man does not accept the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot get to know them, because they are examined spiritually. However, the spiritual man examines all things, but he himself is not examined by any man. For “who has come to know the mind of Jehovah, so that he may instruct him?” But we do have the mind of Christ"
(1 Corinthians 2:14-16)
According to the Bible, the human being is spiritual because he has been created in the image of God, like the angels in the heavens (the word "man" in most cases applies to both man and woman). In the book of Revelation, the glorified Jesus Christ speaks to the seven angels, each responsible for one of seven congregations. They are obviously men or messengers, because sometimes, Jesus Christ reproaches them serious faults, not attributable to heavenly angels (Revelation 2 and 3). In Malachi 2:7, the priests or teachers of the nation of Israel had the status of angels or messengers: "For the lips of a priest should safeguard knowledge, and people should seek the law from his mouth, because he is the messenger of Jehovah of armies". The word "messenger" refers to the word "angel".
In Hebrews 2:5-9, the apostle Paul writes that God created man a little lower than the angels: "For it is not to angels that he has subjected the inhabited earth to come, about which we are speaking. But in one place a certain witness said: “What is man that you keep him in mind, or a son of man that you take care of him? You made him a little lower than angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and appointed him over the works of your hands. All things you subjected under his feet.” By subjecting all things to him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Now, though, we do not yet see all things in subjection to him. But we do see Jesus, who was made a little lower than angels, now crowned with glory and honor for having suffered death, so that by God’s undeserved kindness he might taste death for everyone".
Therefore, given these biblical texts, the human being is fundamentally spiritual in origin, and he is not a "social animal". Man can have close relationships with his Creator, he has the capacity to manifest faith in invisible realities: "Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen. For by means of it, the men of ancient times had witness borne to them. By faith we perceive that the systems of things were put in order by God’s word, so that what is seen has come into existence from things that are not visible” (Hebrews 11:1-3). He has a capacity for understanding abstract concepts, such as time: "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has even put eternity in their heart; yet mankind will never find out the work that the true God has made from start to finish" (Ecclesiastes 3:11). This intellectual faculty allows him to look back in the past, to live the present and to project himself into the future. This God-given mental capacity, which ranges from deduction induction, allowed him to discover the mathematical laws which are the basis of chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy and many other scientific applications and technical processes… He has the capacity to appreciate what is beautiful in creation, and he is able to reproduce this beauty in an artistic way, with the prism of his own sensitivity…
These abilities, both spiritual and intellectual, make the man a separate being, who is not part of the animal creation, but rather, he has been established by the Creator, as the administrator of it. According to Genesis 1:26-28, repeated in what the apostle Paul wrote in Hebrews 2:5-9, God originally created man to set him over the work of his hands. These different elements of biblical information demonstrate that, according to God, man, although made of flesh, he has the status of a spiritual creature with the ability of perceiving and understanding the invisible realities (Romans 1:20; Hebrews 3 :4; 11:1-3).
In general biblical symbolism, the human face represents the main quality of God: love (symbolizing the expression of God's sovereignty through love) (Genesis 1:26-28; Ezekiel 1:5; Revelation 4:7; 1 John 4:8,16). This is what makes that unlike the other faces such as the lion (symbolizing the sovereignty of God by kingship), the bull (symbolizing the sovereignty of God by power (war if necessary)) and the eagle (symbolizing the sovereignty of God through wisdom and insight), man is a being apart. He has a spirituality, and can have a close relationship with God, based on love and trust (faith). This faith is even required by God: "Moreover, without faith it is impossible to please him well, for he that approaches God must believe that he is and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him” (Hebrews 11:6).
As the apostle Paul wrote, under inspiration, the man devoid of this spirituality, becomes an animal-man, while the one who has a spiritual relationship with God, is a spiritual man, devoid of all animality: "But a physical man does not receive the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot get to know them, because they are examined spiritually. However, the spiritual man examines indeed all things, but he himself is not examined by any man. For “who has come to know the mind of Jehovah, that he may instruct him?” But we do have the mind of Christ" (1Corinthians 2 :14-16 "physical man" (Greek: psukhikos; Latin: animalis) = animal man without spirituality the opposite of "spiritual man"). The human face represents what God represents by his sovereignty or his way of governing all of his creation: love: "God is love" (1 John 4:8).
The introduction of sin into the world has dramatically changed the human condition. Through the sin, the death spread into the world: "That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned” (Romans 5:12). This programmed death, from the conception and later the birth, makes the existence of man just as futile as that of an animal which ends up dying: "I also said in my heart about the sons of men that the true God will test them and show them that they are like animals, for there is an outcome for humans and an outcome for animals; they all have the same outcome. As the one dies, so the other dies; and they all have but one spirit. So man has no superiority over animals, for everything is futile. All are going to the same place. They all come from the dust, and they all are returning to the dust" (Ecclesiastes 3:18-20).
The book of Ecclesiastes very well and fully, describes the uselessness of human life, under the law of sin, which inexorably leads to death:“The greatest vanity!” the congregator has said, “the greatest vanity! Everything is vanity!" (Ecclesiastes 1:2). The sin has considerably complicated the human condition: "That which is made crooked cannot be made straight, and that which is wanting cannot possibly be counted" (Ecclesiastes 1:15). Because of this law of sin, human life has taken completely absurd turns: "Everything I have seen during my vain days. There exists the righteous one perishing in his righteousness, and there exists the wicked one continuing long in his badness. (...) There exists a vanity that is carried out on the earth, that there exist righteous ones to whom it is happening as if for the work of the wicked ones, and there exist wicked ones to whom it is happening as if for the work of the righteous ones. I said that this too is vanity" (Ecclesiastes 7:15; 8:14)
In the conclusion of this biblical book, which makes a realistic description of the human condition under the yoke of sin, it is written that the best outcome, is to have a spiritual life based on good relations with our Creator: "The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments. For this is the whole obligation of man. For the true God himself will bring every sort of work into the judgment in relation to every hidden thing, as to whether it is good or bad" (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14).
The law of sin, which genetically leads to death, also has another harmful spiritual consequence which naturally impulses him to do wrong, as it is very well described by the apostle Paul: "However, if I do what I do not wish, I agree that the Law is fine. But now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that resides in me. For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, there dwells nothing good; for I have the desire to do what is fine but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good that I wish, but the bad that I do not wish is what I practice. If, then, I do what I do not wish, I am no longer the one carrying it out, but it is the sin dwelling in me. I find, then, this law in my case: When I wish to do what is right, what is bad is present with me. I really delight in the law of God according to the man I am within, but I see in my body another law warring against the law of my mind and leading me captive to sin’s law that is in my body. Miserable man that I am! Who will rescue me from the body undergoing this death? Thanks to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, then, with my mind I myself am a slave to God’s law, but with my flesh to sin’s law" (Romans 7:16-25).
If a man born a sinner, does not struggle against this inner law which prompts him to do wrong, he will become an "animal" and physical man, to use the expression in 1 Corinthians 2:14. This spiritual origin of man, in one part, and his animal tendencies, linked to his state of sinner, are very well contrasted in the letter of James: "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him by his fine conduct demonstrate works performed with a mildness that comes from wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and contentiousness in your hearts, do not be bragging and lying against the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above; it is earthly, animalistic, demonic. For wherever there are jealousy and contentiousness, there will also be disorder and every vile thing. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, reasonable, ready to obey, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, not hypocritical. Moreover, the fruit of righteousness is sown in peaceful conditions for those who are making peace" (James 3:13-18).
There is the same contrasted biblical description, between the spiritual dimension of man and his animal impulses due to the sinful state: "Now the works of the flesh are plainly seen, and they are sexual immorality, uncleanness, brazen conduct, idolatry, spiritism, hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, dissensions, divisions, sects, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and things like these. I am forewarning you about these things, the same way I already warned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit God’s Kingdom. On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Moreover, those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed to the stake the flesh together with its passions and desires. If we are living by spirit, let us also go on walking orderly by spirit. Let us not become egotistical, stirring up competition with one another, envying one another" (Galatians 5:19-26).
These few biblical texts clearly show that man is a separate being, not part of the animal life, but rather an administrator of the Earth. Man is a spiritual being abble of establishing a close relationship with God. The law of sin has destroyed this spiritual, physical and mental balance of human beings. However, God will restore the good human condition that originally existed: "For I consider that the sufferings of the present time do not amount to anything in comparison with the glory that is going to be revealed in us. For the creation is waiting with eager expectation for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will, but through the one who subjected it, on the basis of hope that the creation itself will also be set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God "(Romans 8:18-21).
Why has God allowed suffering and wickedness?
"How long, O Jehovah, must I cry for help, but you do not hear? How long must I ask for help from violence, but you do not intervene? Why do you make me witness wrongdoing? And why do you tolerate oppression? Why are destruction and violence before me? And why do quarreling and conflict abound? So law is paralyzed, And justice is never carried out. For the wicked surround the righteous; That is why justice is perverted" (Habakkuk 1:2-4)
"Again I turned my attention to all the acts of oppression that go on under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed, and there was no one to comfort them. And their oppressors had the power, and there was no one to comfort them. (…) During my futile life I have seen everything—from the righteous one who perishes in his righteousness to the wicked one who lives long despite his badness. (…) All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm. (…) There is something futile that takes place on the earth: There are righteous people who are treated as if they had acted wickedly, and there are wicked people who are treated as if they had acted righteously. I say that this too is futility. (…) I have seen servants on horseback but princes walking on foot just like servants" (Ecclesiastes 4:1; 7:15; 8:9,14; 10:7).
"For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will, but through the one who subjected it, on the basis of hope" (Romans 8:20).
"When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone" (James 1:13).
The real culprit in this situation is Satan the devil, named in the Bible as an accuser (Revelation 12:9). Jesus Christ, the Son of God said the devil was a liar and a manslayer or murderer of mankind (John 8:44). There are two great accusations that have come to God's attention:
1 - An accusation against the right of God to rule over his creatures, both invisible and visible.
2 - An accusation regarding the integrity of creation, especially human beings, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26).
When a complaint is filed and serious charges are laid, it takes a long time for a prosecution or defense to be investigated, before the trial and final judgment. The prophecy of Daniel chapter 7 presents the situation, in which the sovereignty of God and the integrity of man are involved, at a "Court" where judgment takes place: “A stream of fire was flowing and going out from before him. A thousand thousands kept ministering to him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The Court took its seat, and books were opened. ( …) But the Court sat, and they took away his rulership, in order to annihilate him and to destroy him completely" (Daniel 7:10,26). As it is written in this text, the sovereignty of the earth, which has always belonged to God, will be taken away from the devil and also from man. This framework of a "Court" is also presented in Isaiah chapter 43, where it is written that those who take sides for God, are his "witnesses": ""You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “Yes, my servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and have faith in me And understand that I am the same One. Before me no God was formed, And after me there has been none. I—I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior" (Isaiah 43:10,11). Jesus Christ is also called the "Faithful Witness" of God (Revelation 1:5).
In connection with these two serious accusations, Jehovah God has allowed Satan the devil and mankind time, over 6,000 years, to present their evidence as to whether they can rule or administer the earth without the sovereignty of God. We are at the end of this experience when the lie of the devil is brought to light by the catastrophic situation in which humanity finds itself, on the verge of collapse (Matthew 24:22). Judgment and the enforcement of the sentence will take place at the great tribulation (Matthew 24:21; 25: 31-46). (You can read the whole biblical study, in the page "Why?", of this website (yomelyah.com)).
Fate, Predestinarianism or Free Choice?
Fate or fatalism, Predestinarianism are not Bible teachings. We are not programmed to do good or bad, but according to the "free choice", we choose to do good or bad (Deuteronomy 30:15). This view of fate or fatalism is closely linked to the idea that many people have about the omniscience of God and his ability to know the future. We will see how God uses his omniscience and ability to know events ahead of time. We will see from the Bible, that God uses it in a selective and discretionary way or for a specific purpose, by several biblical examples.
Did God know that Adam would sin? According to the context of Genesis 2 and 3, not at all. How God would have given a command that He would have known in advance that Adam would have disobeyed? This would have been contrary to His Love and everything had been done for this command not to be "burdensome" (1 John 4:8; 5:3). We will take two biblical examples that demonstrate that God uses his ability to know the future in a selective and discretionary way. But also, that He always use this ability for a specific purpose.
The first example is the one with Abraham. In Genesis 22:1-14, there is the very painful account for Abraham of God's request to sacrifice his son Isaac. By asking Abraham to sacrifice his son, did He know in advance whether Abraham would be able to obey? Depending on the immediate context of the story, He did not know. While at the last moment God prevented Abraham from doing such an act, it is written this: “Do not harm the boy, and do not do anything at all to him, for now I do know that you are God-fearing because you have not withheld your son, your only one, from me” (Genesis 22:12). It is written "now I do know that you are God-fearing". The sentence "now I do know", shows that God did not know whether Abraham would fully follow through on this request.
The second example concerns the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Shortly before the destruction of these two cities, Jehovah said this to Abraham: “Then Jehovah said: “The outcry against Sodʹom and Go·morʹrah is indeed great, and their sin is very heavy. 21I will go down to see whether they are acting according to the outcry that has reached me. And if not, I can get to know it.”” (Genesis 18:20,21). The fact that God sent two angels to verify a scandalous situation, demonstrates once again that at first, He did not have all the evidence to make a decision, and in this case, He used his ability to know or to inform himself, by means of two angels.
If we read the different prophetic biblical books, we will find that God always uses his ability to know the future for a very specific purpose. Let's take a simple biblical example. While Rebecca was pregnant with twins, the problem was which of the two children would be the ancestor of the nation chosen by God. For that, God had to use his foreknowledge to designate which of the two unborn children would be worthy of such a privilege: "Re·bekʹah became pregnant. And the sons within her began to struggle with each other, so that she said: “If this is the way it is, why should I go on living?” So she inquired of Jehovah. And Jehovah said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples will be separated from within you; and the one nation will be stronger than the other nation, and the older will serve the younger.”” (Genesis 25:21-26).
The eldest being Esau, ancestor of the nation of Edom, was effectively supplanted in his birthright by his younger brother Jacob, ancestor of the nation of Israel, for having sold him for a simple dish of lentils (Genesis 25:34). This demonstrated that Esau was a man devoid of spirituality, and that God used his foreknowledge to choose the best man, Jacob, to be the founder of his special nation, Israel (Hebrews 12:16,17). This does not mean that Jehovah God interfered in the free choice of Jacob and Esau, to influence them, one to be spiritual and the other fleshly. Jehovah God made a simple observation of each genetic makeup (even if it is not genetics that fully controls future behavior), and then in his foreknowledge, He made a projection in the future to know what kinds of men they were going to become: "Your eyes even saw me as an embryo; All its parts were written in your book Regarding the days when they were formed, Before any of them existed" (Psalms 139:16). Based on this foreknowledge, God made his choice (Romans 9:10-13).
To emphasize this very focused use of the foreknowledge of God, we can take a last example. After the death of the traitor Judas Iscariot, he had to be replaced by another apostle. Now the apostles had to choose between two men, Barsabbas Justus and Matthias. The apostles prayed that God would choose the man: "And they prayed and said: “You, O Jehovah, who know the hearts of all, designate which one of these two men you have chosen, to take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas deviated to go to his own place.” So they cast lots over them, and the lot fell upon Mat·thiʹas; and he was reckoned along with the eleven apostles" (Acts 1:24-26). “You, O Jehovah, who know the hearts of all”, shows that in some cases God uses his foreknowledge to make the best choice over the person, without interfering with the free will of the human being.
What is the sin?
Sin is a generic biblical expression of that which no longer fulfills impersonally (without feeling) the criteria of God's Holiness and therefore is a process which leads to the programmed demise of creation afflicted with sin (which is no longer holy from God's point of view). The attentive reader can get a much more concrete idea of the alternation between what is considered "holy" and, by contrast, sin, from God's point of view, by reading the book of Leviticus. It is very important to understand for the rest of the explanations, that this quality is absolutely not linked to the feelings of God, but rather to what constitutes the essence of his actions and his creation. The disappearance of sin is done by atonement, in order to satisfy the criteria of divine holiness. The Holiness of Jehovah God is directly connected to a constant need of sacrifice for atonement which erases sin, or of what is not in conformity with the divine and everlasting standards of what is holy: "You must be holy, because I am holy" (Leviticus 11:44,45).
It is very important to understand that the Holiness of God is what defines the very essence of all his actions, and that it is devoid of all feeling, it is completely impersonal (on the level of feelings). Which means that all of his creation must be holy and pure. However, if by accident, a part of creation should no longer satisfy these impersonal criteria (without feeling) of holiness, it will inevitably disappear. The accidental appearance of sin in humanity has led to the full destruction of all of humanity (at end), precisely by virtue of this impersonal law (without feeling) of the Holiness of God: "That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned" (Romans 5:12). “For the wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The first part of this verse, shows that the necessity of holiness (impersonal law devoid of feeling), makes that sin leads to death, to make it disappear. Whereas, the fact that God is love, He makes arrangements to give us everlasting life through the ransom (Matthew 20:28).
God has made it possible to reverse a hopeless situation for all of humanity, with a view to its redemption. The expression of God's Love is seen in the specific provisions He has made for the Redemption of humanity lost in a process of irreversible death, caused by sin (John 3:16). The humanity that will obtain everlasting life in the future will belong to God, under this redemption price by the resurrection. (The question of sin, forgiveness by atonement and redemption by resurrection, is in the page of biblical study named "THE GOOD THINGS", of this site (yomelyah.com)).
He is more than the symbol of evil
Jesus Christ described the devil very concisely: “That one was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie" (John 8:44). Satan the devil is not the abstraction of evil, but a real spiritual person (Matthew 4:1-11). Likewise, the demons are also angels who have become rebels who have followed the example of the devil (Genesis 6:1-3, to compare with the letter of Jude verse 6: "And the angels who did not keep their original position but forsook their own proper dwelling place, he has reserved with eternal bonds in dense darkness for the judgment of the great day").
When it is written, "he did not stand fast in the truth", it shows that God created this angel without sin and without any trace of wickedness in his heart. This angel, at the beginning of his life had a "beautiful name" (Ecclesiastes 7:1a). However, "he did not stand fast" in his integrity, he cultivated pride in his heart, and over time he became "devil", which means slanderer, and Satan, opponent; his old beautiful name, his good reputation, has been replaced by one of the everlasting disgraces. In the prophecy of Ezekiel (chapter 28), against the proud king of Tyre, it is clearly alluded to the pride of the angel who became "devil" and "Satan": "This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: “You were the model of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eʹden, the garden of God. You were adorned with every precious stone —Ruby, topaz, and jasper; chrysʹo·lite, onyx, and jade; sapphire, turquoise, and emerald; And their settings and mountings were made of gold. They were prepared on the day you were created. I assigned you as the anointed covering cherub. You were on the holy mountain of God, and you walked about among fiery stones. You were faultless in your ways from the day you were created Until unrighteousness was found in you" (Ezekiel 28:12-15). Through his act of unrighteousness in Eden, he became a "liar" who caused the death of all of Adam's offspring (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12). Currently, it is Satan the devil who rules the world: "Now there is a judging of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out" (John 12:31; Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 5:19). Satan the devil will be permanently destroyed: "For his part, the God who gives peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly" (Genesis 3:15; Romans 16:20).
Is there a Creator?
The answer to this question is based on biblical spirituality. When it comes to examining counterarguments, they will be presented in a simple and concise way, then the reader who wishes, can do his own research to verify the veracity or not.
The biblical answer to this question is exactly in the first verse of the Bible: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). The existence of a Creator is quite logical: "Of course, every house is constructed by someone, but the one who constructed all things is God" (Hebrews 3:4). This logical and simple reasoning respects the scientific way, namely that life can only come from another life and energy from the source of another energy.
The belief in the existence of a Creator is indeed an act of faith because no one on the earth has seen God, the Creator (John 1:18a). However, faith is based on a logical understanding of unseen realities: "Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). In the definition, we can read the word "demonstration", which clearly suggests that faith is based on a logical reasoning.
Likewise, the faith in the existence of a Creator is based on logical reasoning. The reasoning is so logical that the apostle Paul wrote that those in denial would be inexcusable: "For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable" (Romans 1:20). A simple meditative observation of the creation brings the person who is not in this denial, to a logical conclusion: the creation has the signature of ingenuity, beauty, benevolence, allowing plant, animal and human life on the earth. And in space, the planet earth, looks like a precious stone of blue color, in our solar system, made of completely uninhabited planets. Technological progress in scientific matters makes it possible to perceive realities that were invisible, whether in the infinite small (atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons), like the infinite large (our solar system, our galaxy, the millions of other galaxies arranged in clusters).
Either, some might say, however the Genesis narrative of creation does not seem at all believable from a scientific point of view. For example, it is written that God created everything that we observe, in seven days, which is a scientific aberration. First of all, it should be said that although the Bible is completely scientifically accurate, the fact remains that it is not a narrative written for scientific specialists. As with all books, to understand their meaning or logic, one must carefully examine the context. The Genesis creation story (in chapters 1 and 2), has three main parts:
1 – The creation of the universe: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). According to scientific knowledge, currently available, the universe would be approximately 13 billion years old. Thus, Genesis 1:1, a very short Bible verse, summarizes the longest period of the creation of heaven (the universe) and planet earth.
2 – The arrangement of the planet Earth, in order to be able to accommodate plant, animal and human life in six "days" of creations (Genesis 1:2 to 2:3). It is quite obvious that the biblical word "day" is not to be taken in the sense of a duration of 24 hours. The biblical word "day" can have several meanings: the luminous part of a day (Genesis 1:5), a duration of 24 hours (Genesis 2:17), a time contemporary to a character (Genesis 14:1), a duration of 1 year (Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6), a duration of a thousand years (2 Peter 3:8) and in the case of the narrative of the arrangement of the earth to enable life, 1 day corresponds to several thousand years.
The biblical basis for this understanding is found in Paul's letter to the Hebrews chapters 4. In Genesis 2:3 it is written that after the six "days" of creation (the arrangement of the planet Earth), the seventh day, God entered into a rest, that is, He ceased to create new things. About four thousand years after this rest beginning, the apostle Paul, in Hebrews chapter 4, makes it clear to us that at the time they were still in the seventh "day" of God's rest period (as we we are also): "For in one place he has said of the seventh day as follows: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works” (...) ” (…) Let us therefore do our utmost to enter into that rest, so that no one may fall into the same pattern of disobedience” (Hebrews 3:16 to 4:11). This text demonstrates that the six days of creation or periods of the earth's arrangement, one "day" is several thousand years each.
3 – The detailed account of the creation of man, Adam and his wife, Eve (Genesis 2:4-25). Regarding the date of the creation of the human being, there is a huge difference between the biblical chronology and the current scientific world. Indeed, according to the Bible, man has only existed for about more than 6,000 years, while scientific views are in ranges of several million years.
The first proven fact is that the human "historical" period, made of written documents, falls within the period of 6,000 years. The period that goes far beyond this period, is designated as prehistoric. Those who generally believe that man has existed for millions of years are evolutionists who believe that life came, without God, by mere chance, from chaos, from inert matter, from organic soup, which, over millions of years, would have given the entire plant, animal and human beings. Regarding the dating methods, radio chronology, radioactivity (for the prehistoric period) and radiocarbon (for the historical period), are not reliable. For example, by doing a simple internet search dealing with the age of humanity, it does not appear a single figure, corroborated by other different sources, but rather astronomical ages, which range from simple, to double, triple, or even more, starting from hundreds of thousands of years, to several million years. We are, even in this area, in the religious belief...
The observation is simple, the believer in a Creator has faith, in a logical reasoning way. The unbelieving evolutionist has faith, in an unscientific, irrational way, thinking, for example, that one species can evolve into another, while DNA prevents it and confusing variation within a large group of species, in an evolution from one species to another (which is not the case scientifically). And indeed, this evolutionary faith is completely irrational. Therefore, it is up to each individual to make his choice, whether what kind of faith he will have, in a Creator or not...
Who is God?
In the Bible, it is written, that He has the attributes of a person: He has a Name written in the form of a Tetragrammaton (four letters) YHWH, which is found written more than 7000 times in the Bible. This name is vocalized in English, Jehovah: "I am Jehovah. That is my name" (Isaiah 42:8). He has many qualities: "God is love" (1 John 4:8). “Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and abundant in loyal love and truth” (Exodus 34:6). He created all things: "You are worthy, Jehovah our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they came into existence and were created" (Revelation 4:11). He has a presence: "But will God really dwell on the earth? Look! The heavens, yes, the heaven of the heavens, cannot contain you; how much less, then, this house that I have built!" (1 Kings 8:27). The very fact that under inspiration, King Solomon says that the heavens (the universe) cannot contain his presence, suggests that the dimensions of God are immeasurable and difficult to imagine for us, mere humans. The main focus of this condensed answer to this broad question is to bring out the very important idea that God is a spirit, with personal (not impersonal) characteristics (John 4:24). (The question of who God is is fully dealt with on the page entitled "Biblical Teaching" and regarding his Name (YHWH), on the page "Jehovah, Revealed Name", of this site (yomelyah.com)).
Does God Protect Us?
Before understanding God's thinking on the subject of our personal protection, it is important to consider three important biblical points (1 Corinthians 2:16):
1 - Jesus Christ showed that the present life which ends in death has a provisional value for all humans. For example he compared the death of Lazarus to "sleep", which by definition is temporary (John 11:11). Further, Jesus Christ showed that what matters is to preserve our prospect of everlasting life rather than seeking to "survive" a trial at the cost of serious compromise: "Whoever finds his soul will lose it, and whoever loses his soul for my sake will find it" (Matthew 10:39). The word "soul", depending on the context, is to be taken in the meaning of life (Genesis 35:16-19). The apostle Paul, under inspiration, showed that "real life" is that centered on the hope of eternal life in paradise: "safely treasuring up for themselves a fine foundation for the future, so that they may get a firm hold on the real life" (1 Timothy 6:19).
When we read the book of Acts, we find that sometimes God allowed the test of the Christian to end until his death, in the case of the apostle James and the disciple Stephen (Acts 7: 54-60; 12: 2). In other cases, God decided to protect the disciple. For example, after the death of the apostle James, God decided to protect the apostle Peter from an identical death (Acts 12:6-11). Generally, in the biblical context, the protection or otherwise of a servant of God is often linked to his purpose. For example, while it was in the midst of a shipwreck, there was a collective divine protection from the apostle Paul and as well as all the people on the boat: "This night an angel of the God to whom I belong and to whom I render sacred service stood by me and said: ‘Have no fear, Paul. You must stand before Caesar, and look! God has granted to you all those sailing with you'" (Acts 27:23,24). The collective divine protection was part of a higher divine purpose, namely that Paul was to bear witness to kings (Acts 9:15,16).
2 - This question of divine protection must be placed in the context of the two challenges launched by Satan and particularly in the remarks he made regarding the integrity of Job: "Have you not put up a protective hedge around him and his house and everything he has?" (Job 1:10). To answer the question of integrity of Job and all of mankind, this challenge from the devil shows that God had to, in a relative way, remove his protection from Job, which could well apply as well all of humanity. Shortly before he died, Jesus Christ, citing Psalm 22:1, showed that God had taken away all protection from him, which resulted in his death as a sacrifice (John 3:16): "About the ninth hour, Jesus called out with a loud voice, saying: “Eʹli, Eʹli, laʹma sa·bach·thaʹni?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”” (Matthew 27:46). Nevertheless, concerning humanity as a whole, this withdrawal of divine protection remains relative, for just as God forbade the devil to directly kill Job, it is evident that the same is true of all of humanity as worldwide group (compare with Matthew 24:22).
3 - We have examined above, that suffering can be the result of "unforeseen times and events" which make that people can find themselves at the wrong time, in the wrong place (Ecclesiastes 9:11,12). Thus, in general, humans are not protected by God from the consequences of the choice that was originally made by Adam. Man ages, gets sick and dies (Romans 5:12). He can be the victim of accidents or natural disasters. The apostle Paul, inspired, wrote it well: "For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will, but through the one who subjected it, on the basis of hope" (Romans 8:20; the book of Ecclesiastes is a detailed description of the futility of the present life which inevitably leads to death: ""The greatest futility!” says the congregator, “The greatest futility! Everything is futile"" (Ecclesiastes 1:2)).
In addition, God does not protect humans from the consequences of their bad decisions: "Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap; because the one sowing with a view to his flesh will reap corruption from his flesh, but the one sowing with a view to the spirit will reap everlasting life from the spirit" (Galatians 6:7,8). As God has subjected mankind to futility for a long time, it allows us to understand that He has withdrawn His protection from the consequences of our sinful condition. Certainly, this perilous situation for all mankind will be temporary: "The creation itself will also be set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God" (Romans 8:21). It is then that the whole of humanity, after the resolution of the devil's challenge, will find the benevolent protection of God in the earthly paradise: "No disaster will befall you, And no plague will come near your tent. For he will give his angels a command concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They will carry you on their hands, So that you may not strike your foot against a stone" (Psalms 91:10-12).
Does this mean that currently we are no longer individually protected by God? The protection that God gives us is that of our future, in terms of the hope of everlasting life, either by the survival of the great tribulation or by the resurrection, if we endure to the end (Matthew 24:13 ; John 5: 28,29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 7:9-17). In addition, Jesus Christ in his description of the sign of the last days (Matthew 24, 25, Mark 13 and Luke 21), and the book of Revelation (particularly in chapters 6:1-8 and 12:12), show that humanity would go through great misfortunes since 1914, which suggests that for a time God would not preserve it.
However, God has not left us without the possibility of protecting ourselves individually through the application of his benevolent guidance contained in the Bible, his Word. Broadly speaking, the application of biblical principles makes it possible to avoid unnecessary risks which could shorten our life in an absurd way: "My son, do not forget my teaching, And may your heart observe my commandments, Because they will add many days And years of life and peace to you" (Proverbs 3: 1,2). We saw above that fate does not exist. Therefore, the application of biblical principles, the guidance of God, will be comparable to looking carefully to the right and to the left before crossing the street, in order to preserve our life: "The shrewd person sees the danger and conceals himself, But the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences" (Proverbs 27:12).
The apostle Peter insisted on being vigilant in view of prayer: "But the end of all things has drawn close. Therefore, be sound in mind, and be vigilant with a view to prayers" (1 Peter 4:7). Prayer and meditation can have a protective effect on our spiritual and mental balance: "Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6,7; Genesis 24:63).
Some believe that they have been specially protected by God at a moment in their lives. Nothing in the Bible prevents to glimpse this exceptional possibility on the part of God, quite the contrary: "I will declare before you the name of Jehovah; and I will favor the one whom I favor, and I will show mercy to the one to whom I show mercy" (Exodus 33:19). This experience remains in the order of the exclusive relationship between God and this person who would have been protected, it is not for us to judge: "Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for Jehovah can make him stand" (Romans 14:4).
24.10 | 07:22
Hi Jane, thank you very much for your encouragement. Thanks to Jehovah God and Jesus Christ who revealed to us the meaning of the Word (1 Corinthians 10:31). Blessings of God to you, Sister in Christ.
23.10 | 22:27
This is the most insightful explanation of scripture o have ever found! God bless you my brothers …. My eyes are devoid of fog!
26.05 | 10:51
12.03 | 10:37
Hi Fatima, as Jesus said to keep on the watch in view of prayers until the end to have the fulfillment of our Christian Hope, to be saved (Mat 24:13,42). Blessings and My Brotherly Greetings in Christ
"Let us make man in our image,
according to our likeness"
God Created Man in his Spiritual Image
Man and woman were created in the image of God: "Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and the domestic animals and all the earth and every creeping animal that is moving on the earth.” And God went on to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. Further, God blessed them, and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving on the earth" (Genesis 1:26-28). It was to the spiritual image of God that they were created, that is, to say, with the divine ability to "create" life (in their case procreation), by having children, but also to administer the earth, the plant life, animal and human lives, all with the help of God. The action of man and woman would be in the spiritual image of God, imbued with love and wisdom (1 Corinthians 13:1).
How to understand that the man and the woman (the spiritual Man) would be the image of God on the planet Earth? The spiritual Man would have the role of "god", as if Jehovah had been directly on earth to carry out his will. Taking up the main orientations of God for the administration of the Earth by Man, there are two major ones:
- The creation of new human beings by procreation between a man and his wife, united in the sacred bonds of divine marriage and as well as the education of their descent: "Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth".
- The second great divine orientation, for the mission of humans, regarding the Earth, would be to "subdue it": "Have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving on the earth". It is the administration of the wild and domestic animal kingdom with all that this includes, namely the administration of territories and their resources, for humans and wild and domestic animals.
These two great administrative orientations of the Earth could have been directly carried out by God. However, God wanted and wants the Spiritual Man to be the representative of God or the image of God's loving sovereignty over the planet Earth. Consequently, the man and the woman would have the role of the image of God on earth for the children who should honor their father and their mother who will have given them life and administer the animal kingdom which would be subject to them, as the 'one naturally submits to God.
To clearly show that the fact that God delegates some missions to his intelligent creatures, assigning them the function of "god", as a representative in his image, let us take the example of Moses and Aaron who had to appear before the Pharaoh of Egypt. Here is what it is written: “Jehovah then said to Moses: “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your own brother will become your prophet You are to repeat everything that I will command you, and Aaron your brother will speak to Pharaoh, and he will send the Israelites away from his land" (Exodus 7:1,2). We see from this text that Jehovah commissioned Moses to have the function of "God", connected with his mission.
Still regarding humans exercising the function that normally belongs to God, that of judge, here is what is written in Psalms 82:6: "I have said, ‘You are gods, All of you are sons of the Most High'". Moreover, Jesus Christ takes up this text in John 10:34, to show that if it is written in the Bible (the Law), the very fact that Jesus designates himself as the Son of God, was in no way blasphemous (John 10:34-36).
Likewise, the spiritual Man who will administer the Earth, in the future earthly paradise, will have the function of "God", reflecting the loving image of his sovereignty over humans, and over the animal kingdom and as well as for the reasonable administration of the earth's natural resources. Thus the fact that Man is in the image of God means that in certain aspects of his missions entrusted by God, Man will have the role of "god", without usurping, of course, the place of God: "Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus, who, although he was existing in God’s form, did not even consider the idea of trying to be equal to God" (Philippians 2:5,6).
The sacred value of life
Since the man and the woman are in the spiritual image of God, an act of voluntary homicide, even involuntary, is a sin against the spiritual image of God. Anyone who causes the death of another human being, from a atonement point of view, must pay for it with his own life. This is what Jehovah God made clear to Noah and his family, after the flood, on leaving the ark: "Besides that, I will demand an accounting for your lifeblood. I will demand an accounting from every living creature; and from each man I will demand an accounting for the life of his brother. Anyone shedding man’s blood, by man will his own blood be shed, for in God’s image He made man" (Genesis 9:5,6).
The Avenger of Blood
For God, both voluntary or an involuntary manslayer is a very serious act. In the old Mosaïque Law, there was the law of the avenger of blood. Of course, we are no longer, as Christians, under the authority of this set of laws. Nevertheless, we can learn from God's way of thinking about the sacred value of human life:
"You should choose cities convenient for yourselves to serve as cities of refuge, where the manslayer who unintentionally kills someone should flee. These cities will serve as a refuge for you from the blood avenger, so that the manslayer will not die until he stands trial before the assembly. The six cities of refuge that you provide will serve this purpose. You will provide three cities on this side of the Jordan and three cities in the land of Caʹnaan to serve as cities of refuge. These six cities will serve as a refuge for the Israelites, for the foreign resident, and for the settler among them, for anyone to flee there who unintentionally kills someone" (Numbers 35:11-15).
Verses 16-29, it is written about the provisions that allowed to accidental manslayer to find protection in these cities of refuge.
Verses 22 to 25, especially, it is written that a court would rule whether he was a willful homicide or not. In the case of accidental manslayer, he was allowed into the city of refuge to protect himself from the blood avenger until the death of the high priest. Even if this disposition was merciful, it was a very serious obligation because it was so to speak, this man was under house arrest (city of refuge), maybe even until the end of his life, because he had to wait for the death of the high priest. In the case of a murderer, the blood avenger, the closest relative of the victim, could put him to death without incurring a bloodguilt before God (verse 19-21).
We are no longer, as Christians, under this legal procedure because Christ is the end of the law (Romans 10:4). However, these legal provisions allow us to better understand God's thinking about the sacred value of human life and blood (1 Corinthians 2:16). The Christian is no longer allowed to take revenge, especially by using violence: "Return evil for evil to no one. Take into consideration what is fine from the viewpoint of all men. If possible, as far as it depends on you, be peaceable with all men. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but yield place to the wrath; for it is written: “‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says Jehovah.” But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.” Do not let yourself be conquered by the evil, but keep conquering the evil with the good" (Romans 12:17-21).
The Human Body is a Spiritual Temple
The Apostle Paul and also the Apostle Peter emphasized that on an individual level, the human body represents a temple to worship God:
"Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that the spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, and you are that temple" (1 Corinthians 3:16,17).
"But I consider it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you with reminders, knowing as I do that my tabernacle is soon to be removed, just as also our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me" (2 Peter 1:13,14).
If the human body is like a spiritual temple to worship God, it is obvious that the life that animates this "temple" is sacred. This life is represented by the blood: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11). The word soul means that "life" is in the blood. Jehovah asks that everyone take care of this temple: "Therefore, I appeal to you by the compassions of God, brothers, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, a sacred service with your power of reason" (Romans 12: 1). This body was conceived, from the beginning, for a sacred service to God, that is to say, to conform to the plan which he had originally foreseen at the time of the creation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:26-28). Therefore, we must maintain this body in a state of "holiness" according to the will of God. We will also see that we must not only care for the physical and spiritual integrity of our body and our life, but also not harm that of others. We will examine certain biblical principles that will allow us to better respect the sacred aspect of life and blood.
The Respect for the Integrity
of the Human Body
The first commandment based on love for God and the love of neighbor is the fundamental basis of all the principles that govern the sacred value of life: "On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the Prophets" (Matthew 22:37-40).
Deadly hatred is forbidden: "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has everlasting life remaining in him" (1 John 3:15). Murder and willful homicide are forbidden, whether for personal reasons, by religious or state patriotism: "Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword"" (Matthew 26:52).
It is forbidden to put one's life in danger unnecessarily and that of others. The Christian must abstain from practicing dangerous sports, which can cause wounds, to see the death of the imprudent one and that of others (for example the life of the rescuers who would come to assist him), which would constitute a bloodguilt before God: "The shrewd person sees the danger and conceals himself, But the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences" (Proverbs 27:12).
It may be added that a careless attitude, such as driving a vehicle dangerously, which could not only put us in danger, but also endanger the lives of others, even involuntarily mortal wounds, could constitute a bloodguilt before God : "If you build a new house, you must also make a parapet for your roof, so that you may not bring bloodguilt on your house because of someone falling from it" (Deuteronomy 22: 8; Exodus 21:29). Even if we are no longer under the Mosaic Law, and therefore not allowed to apply such a sentence, this law shows God's point of view on murderous negligence...
In the introduction, we have seen that the human body is a spiritual temple to be cared of it (1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Peter 1:13,14, Romans 12:1). Therefore, suicide is forbidden. In addition, all forms of drug use that destroy the body and its mobility, creating physical dependence is prohibited. The Bible condemns the excess of alcohol and not its moderate consumption. In the Bible, the excesses of the table are condemned: "Do not be among those who drink too much wine, Among those who gorge themselves on meat" (Proverbs 23:20 condemnation of excess; 1 Timothy 5:23: moderation in the consumption of wine).
"He will render judgment among the nations And set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, Nor will they learn war anymore" (Isaiah 2:4). To no longer learn warfare, obviously means not to practice at once, combat sports or martial arts, even tinged with religious propaganda which would be to say that it is for a "defensive" purpose. Transforming a human body into a "defensive weapon", can quickly become "an offensive weapon" that can hurt or kill... Christians should not feast on violent sports shows or films extolling gratuitous violence. This is completely detestable to Jehovah God: "Jehovah examines the righteous one as well as the wicked one; He hates anyone who loves violence" (Psalms 11:5).
According to the Bible, the voluntary abortion of an embryo or fetus is strictly forbidden. In the Bible, the child to be born, in the belly of his mother, has his own individuality before God, from conception, whether in the form of an embryo or a fetus: "Your eyes even saw me as an embryo; All its parts were written in your book Regarding the days when they were formed, Before any of them existed" (Psalms 139:16). The New World Translation of the Bible (TMN), uses the word "embryo". The comparison with other translations has confirmed the accuracy of this word. The "Interlinear Hebrew Bible" (OT), based on the Manuscript, Leningrad's Westminster Codex with vowels, translates as "embryo". According to the KJV and the YLT Bible Translations, it is translated as "Unformed Substance" or "Substance". There is no doubt that the Hebrew text describes the baby to be born from conception, as soon as it is hardly an "embryo". Here is what we read in the Mosaic Law, concerning the aggression, even accidental, of a pregnant woman:
"If men should struggle with each other and they hurt a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but no fatality results, the offender must pay the damages imposed on him by the husband of the woman; and he must pay it through the judges. But if a fatality does occur, then you must give life for life" (Exodus 21:22,23).
This law does not fix a minimum number of weeks of gestation, to consider that such an accident, in case of abortion, is a proven homicide on the child. The use of abortion pills is an act of voluntary abortion. The Bible does not prohibit birth control, decided by the couple (they must not provoke the abortion). Abortive methods used as contraception, are condemned in the Bible.
We are the sentinels of our temple
The apostle Paul said that we are soldiers of Christ who fight, not against flesh and blood but against dark spiritual forces: "Finally, go on acquiring power in the Lord and in the mightiness of his strength. Put on the complete suit of armor from God so that you may be able to stand firm against the crafty acts of the Devil; because we have a struggle, not against blood and flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places. For this reason take up the complete suit of armor from God, so that you may be able to resist in the wicked day and, after you have accomplished everything, to stand firm" (Ephesians 6:10-13).
What is the purpose of this spiritual struggle? By maintaining our integrity and faithfulness to God and his Son Jesus Christ, we will have the fulfillment of the hope of everlasting life: "But the one who has endured to the end will be saved" (Matthew 24:13) (Words of Christ). The spiritual stake of this integrity is very important. Job, a man who suffered many cruel attacks from the devil, losing his ten children, all his possessions, he had a serious illness and even being insulted by his own friends, this is what he said: "It is unthinkable for me to declare you men righteous! Until I die, I will not renounce my integrity!" (Job 27:5). Job's second wave of trial, Satan the devil attacked Job's physical integrity with a very serious illness (Job 1:7- 12; 2:2-6).
Integrity is the expression of spiritual completeness (or perfection), which God accepts as such. In the Hebrew text portion of the Bible, the Old Testament, the word "integrity", is translated from the Hebrew "tummâh" (Strong's Concordance (H8538)), which means, "innocence" in the sense of lack of guilt. This Hebrew word comes from another root "tôm" (Strong's Concordance (H8537)), which can mean: complete, integrity, perfect, perfection, right, righteousness: "It is unthinkable for me to declare you men righteous! Until I die, I will not renounce my integrity!" (Job 27:5). Thus, following the example of the faithful servant of God, Job, a human, man or woman, can reach completeness, perfection, integrity, in the eyes of God and of Christ, and this, despite our genetically and spiritually sinful human condition, inherited from Adam (Romans 5:12).
Currently Satan the devil uses deception, through some of his human spiritual sons, to attack our spiritual integrity, which includes our human body (John 8:44 Jesus Christ, speaking to the Pharisees, tells them that their father is the devil). This is why we must put on the spiritual armor mentioned by the apostle Paul: "Stand firm, therefore, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist, wearing the breastplate of righteousness, and having your feet shod in readiness to declare the good news of peace. Besides all of this, take up the large shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the wicked one’s burning arrows. Also, accept the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, that is, God’s word, while with every form of prayer and supplication you carry on prayer on every occasion in spirit" (Ephesians 6:14-18).
By putting these different spiritual elements of the armor of the soldier of Christ, then we can face the spiritual and mental violence of the current attacks of the devil through his earthly agents who are engineers of murderous lies and diversion (John 8:44, in this verse Jesus Christ equates the devil's lie with "homicide" or murder, because he has caused the loss of mankind. Lying and propaganda can cause many deaths).
With this spiritual armor, we will be excellent spiritual soldiers and sentinels of this temple that God has entrusted to us, namely our human body. In the book of Revelation, there is a question of a mark made by the wild beast on the right hand of the inhabitants of the earth, using coercion: "It puts under compulsion all people—the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the free and the slaves—that these should be marked on their right hand or on their forehead, and that nobody can buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name" (Revelation 13:16,17). Let us therefore remain spiritually on the watch like sentinels who watch over the integrity of the temple that God has entrusted to us.
“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy, and say to the shepherds, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel, who have been feeding themselves! Is it not the flock that the shepherds should feed? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, and you slaughter the fattest animal, but you do not feed the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bandaged the injured or brought back the strays or looked for the lost; rather, you have ruled them with harshness and tyranny. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; they were scattered and became food for every wild beast of the field. My sheep were straying on all the mountains and on every high hill; my sheep were scattered over all the surface of the earth, with no one searching for them or seeking to find them”” (Ezekiel 34:2-6).
As we have seen above, the human body was created by God and given to us as a divine inheritance, to take care of it, like a temple that we inhabit and which should be inhabited by the spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 3:16 "The Spirit of God dwells in you"). This body and the life in it, do not belong to any state or entity that would like to be globalist, nor even to any religious organization. The human body we have and the life in it, belong to God, because He is the Source and Creator of the Life (Revelation 4:11).
Jesus Christ said to pay back to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's (Luke 20:25). The Christian who pays back to Caesar what is Caesar's, has a respectful attitude towards the authorities of his country. In 1 Peter 2:17 it is written to fear God and to honor the king. Depending on the context, the king is the repository of the authority of the country over which he reigns. The apostle Paul, in the letter to the Romans (13:1-7), encourages all Christians to respect governments and their representatives, that could be kings, princes, presidents, ministers, deputies… This passage shows that we must respect those who are empowered to enforce the law, namely the police, the military in some countries, judges and various representatives of administrations, such as, for example, teachers, professors, principals, tax inspectors… This being said, Jesus Christ added that we must pay back what belongs to God. Our body and the life in it belong to God. Therefore, if any human government ask us for our life or the life of our children, the answer will be the same as the apostle Peter said in a court: "We must obey God as ruler rather than men" (Acts 5:29).
In what follows, it is not to encourage the disrespect to the governmental authorities in place, but to take note of a situation which seems to be like what it is written in the prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 34, quoted at the beginning of the article, and to take the necessary measures to respect the biblical principles on the sacred value of life and blood. What are the observable facts?
The world is currently living, since November 2019, in fact, a Casus Belli, a CBRN world war (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear), against the integrity of the human body of peoples (the lost and scattered sheep). The human body has been created by God and given to us as a divine inheritance, to take care of it, like a temple that we live in and which should be inhabited by the spirit of God: "Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that the spirit of God dwells in you? " (1 Corinthians 3:16). This human body and his life, do not belong to any state, nor even to any earthly religious entity.
This worldwide Casus Belli against the integrity of the human body, which God has entrusted to us, is not made with tanks, bombs and cannons. It is organized against the backdrop of international trafficking of military viruses (leaving a P4-type laboratory (officially manufacturing military viruses in the context of CBRN-type wars)) and cleverly orchestrated propaganda (social engineering), with the aim of to terrify the people. The basic principle of these death labs is to collect viruses that are normally found in nature, in the animal reign, and which are basically harmless to humans; they are usually not transmissible and if so, they are usually not fatal. These demonic laboratories work to make these viruses transmissible to humans through "sequencing" with an extremely complex manufactoring process that can take several months. The diabolical purpose is to obtain a "gain of function", that is to say, in this case, to make so that this (or these) virus to be fatal for the man, while increasing, of the lethality of this manufactured military virus (references or patents for these military viruses can be found at NIH GenBank or somewhere in the WHO archives (at least from one of these countries). By the way, the NIH has suppressed information from Wuhan labs on the genetic sequencing of the military virus, according to Watchdog's FOIA (March 30, 2022)) (What is Happening in Shanghai?) (Chinese Style Social Credit, Begins in Italy (Bologna)).
(Social Credit with Chinese Style and the 2030 Agenda: This agenda was adopted by the UN in September 2015 after two years of negotiations including governments and civil society. The 2030 Agenda is part of a globalist ideology, particularly in the countries of the NATO zone and its partners (Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand...). It is in these areas of the world that the fundamentalist and sectarian ideology of "Covidism", which undermines the bodily integrity of peoples, has taken root (The situation in Shanghai (China) is an illustration of this taken to its extreme and in many respects, can give us a future glimpse of this kind of dictatorship on the scale of several united states, even world). Situations of a global “pandemic”, or of climate emergency, are ready-made pretexts to establish a dictatorship, in a progressive and hidden way, over all peoples. The “voluntary” establishment of “social credit” in Italy (Bologna and Rome (end of March 2022)), is only the beginning of this process, which is part of the future establishment, latent and perverse, of an obligation"...).
After its spread, obviously "fortuitous" (not checked in one, or the other way), of this lethal military virus, follows a world press campaign, which will certify, that it is a question of a "leak" as a type accident in a nuclear power plant. We must know that a P4 laboratory, is one of the most secure places in the world. They will say, for example, that it comes from the animal reign, which is a half-truth, because it is both true and false, therefore false (true + false = false). A second stage follows, essentially based on propagandist social engineering, based on fear with repeated morbid messages and reports, to frighten the people and above all, to insist on the fact that there is no medical remedy, or even any molecule to be able to cure this military virus. The only solution is to wait for the messianic injectable chemical that will save the life of mankind.
This Casus Belli is accompanied by an experimentation of mass gene therapy on healthy human bodies, not sick, on an international scale, on all peoples (scattered sheep), injectable chemicals, more or less coercive (in defiance of the Nuremberg Code - 1947 (see the 10 articles at the end of the page) (The current worldwide gene therapy, is still officially, in the experimentation phase, therefore, it fits perfectly into the legal framework of the Nuremberg Code - 1947)). Those at the head of nations or groups of nations, who order repeated injections of these poisons into healthy human bodies, have links of financial interest known to all, direct or indirect.
This CBRN-type wars Casus Belli uses the media corrupted by money and coordinated with one another as a propaganda tool with the Goebbel 's process of propaganda (spokesman for the Hitler Nazi regime). It is common knowledge that they are in the pay of many corrupt billionaire oligarchs, who also influence many governments (the shepherds who have been feeding themselves). They create a false reality (a surreality), to frighten the people (the scattered sheep), with the purpose to mislead them psychologically and mentally, in the aim to make them adopt irrational behaviors, by successive contradictory decisions and completely assumed lies. By the administration of this social engineering of harassment and long-term mental torture, these shepherds who have been feeding themselves, obtain the consent by nervous and mental exhaustion of the scattered sheep, with a more or less latent coercion (See Ezekiel 34).
In Isaiah 5:20 it is written: "Woe to those who say that good is bad and bad is good, Those who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, Those who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!". This text describes very accurately the perverse and demonic inversions of values of these engineers of lies and murderous manipulation (John 8:44). These shepherds who are feeding themselves, have forbidden doctors to treat the elderly with inexpensive molecules. Then these same shepherds who are feeding themselves, ask the children to risk their own health, until their life, for these same old people whom they put in danger of death by forbidding the doctors to treat them. These same shepherds who are feeding themselves, ask children to risk their own health, until their lives, for adults when it should be the opposite, namely that it is adults who should be willing to risk their lives for children, representing the future of humanity...
Many doctors, nurses, orderlies and housekeepers, working in medical care, were at the front to provide assistance to people affected by this military virus. Many have paid for it with their lives (What is happening in France regarding caregivers, firefighters and other people (in connection with the medical community), suspended and fired without pay, without unemployment, not reinstated, for refusing the experimental injection? (Video only in French language)). Jehovah God and his Son, Jesus Christ, will not forget them at the time of the resurrection (Acts 24:15; Hebrews 6:10). The courageous men and women who have so far denounced this Casus belli, have paid for it with their lives for some, with solitary confinement and imprisonment for others and they are treated as "conspirators", a coined term by the CIA in 1965, following the Warren Commission (official account of the circumstances surrounding the assassination of JFK).
By the way, the current senatorial commissions are, in fact, real morbid plays. We observe a diabolical role-playing games between these commissions of "inquiries", which make a game of finding fault to the people summoned and questioned, and the latter who, in the end, leave as they came in, that is free to continue their sordid works. These senatorial commissions bypass the role of prosecutors, judges and courts, who should imprison and judge these murderers, these sons of Josef Mengele, who carried out these experimental gene injections of masses, which caused the death of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children around the world, and millions of debilitating consequences for those who survived. These murderous liars apply the logic of the collective suicide of peoples, like Jim Jones and David Koresh, gurus who did not want to die alone, but who wanted to be accompanied in their madness by their hundreds of followers who committed "suicide". We also live, in a logic of global, economic, diplomatic massive destruction which causes wars and the destruction of peoples. They are in the same logic of murderous headlong rush, like these two sect leaders.
As we are very close to the Great Tribulation, a prophecy from Revelation and the book of Daniel is being fulfilled before our eyes: "He also tells me: “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, for the appointed time is near. Let the one who is unrighteous continue in unrighteousness, and let the filthy one continue in his filth; but let the righteous one continue in righteousness, and let the holy one continue in holiness"" (Revelation 22:10,11). "Many will cleanse themselves and whiten themselves and will be refined. And the wicked ones will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand; but those having insight will understand” (Daniel 12:10). Until King Jesus Christ sweeps these scoundrels off the face of the earth during the Great Tribulation (Revelation 19:11-21), those who practice righteousness in their hearts pray this prayer to the Heavenly Father daily, Jehovah God: "Finally, brothers, carry on prayer for us, that the word of Jehovah may keep spreading rapidly and being glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be rescued from harmful and wicked men, for faith is not a possession of all people. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the wicked one" (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3).
In this worldwide diabolical situation, which attacks the bodily integrity of men, women, children and even, unfortunately, that of infants, what must the Christian do, to please Jehovah God and his Son Jesus Christ?
Jehovah asks everyone to take care of the human body as a temple: "Therefore, I appeal to you by the compassion of God, brothers, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, a sacred service with your power of reason" (Romans 12:1). This body has been created for a sacred service to God, that is, to conform to the purpose which he originally made at the time of the creation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:26-28).
Taking medication is a personal decision, weighing the risks for our life. It must be done in a medical setting, to be treated. This medication should not be done under governmental or moral coercion, for example within the framework of a congregation. If this were the case, these governmental authorities, see spiritual, would go beyond article 1 of the Nuremberg Code - 1947, which forbids medical experiments under harassment (Reminder: the worldwide gene therapy in progress, is still officially, in the experimental process, therefore, it fits perfectly into the legal framework of the Nuremberg Code - 1947): "The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion. (…)" (Extract from article 1, of the Nuremberg Code - 1947).
In the current context, Christians must double their vigilance. He should refrain from bringing in experimental chemicals, especially for reasons unrelated to their health and that of their own children. These experimental injectable products have so far caused the deaths of tens of thousands of people around the world, and made thousands more seriously ill (VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (www.vaers.hhs.gov)). Most of these gene injections are made for reasons that have nothing to do with the health of adults and even less that of children, but rather, under non-medical pretexts of privilege, to be able to go to restaurants, bowling or other places of pleasure, justified by completely fallacious arguments and in the form of blackmail. Others have been forced on pain of losing their jobs and source of income. The fact of requiring that in order to go to a place, to have an object or a product penetrate our body, is in no way a medical act, but an act of marking, as one would do for animals, before d to enter an enclosure ; it is a marked violation of the spiritual and sacred dimension of the integrity of the human body.
Parents should seriously consider this issue, for their children and for them, in prayer to face this strange and sometimes distressing situation. Teachers of the Word of God should think seriously, with much prayer, on this question because this situation is not trivial regarding the biblical spirituality and more generally ethics (Romans 14:12). It is quite normal to feel disoriented, perplexed and surprised when faced with this extremely perverse attack from Satan the devil and his human demons. Let us pray to Jehovah God, let us ask for his help, He is merciful. If we think at first that we have not made the best decision, it can happen to anyone. Jehovah God sees our good intentions. Let us be courageous, let us trust in Jehovah God and his beloved Son Jesus Christ and they will support us (Proverbs 3:5,6). Let us not be afraid and be strong, let us support each other, whether with family, friends, or in congregation, let us love each other (John 13:34,35).
Christian Shepherds, how have you behaved in this matter?
The world has been victim to a global experimentation with a chemical that was injected for reasons based on a false claim. Pfizer would not have tested the effectiveness of its vaccines on the transmission of the virus. However, many Christian shepherds have pressured the sheep in their congregation to be injected, based on this false claim of the "vaccine" which would prevent the transmission of the virus. Even more serious, this pressure was exerted on young people who were for the most part not in danger if they did not get injected.
Tens of thousands of people died as a result of this experimental injection. Millions of people around the world have had extremely serious consequences as a result of this experimental injection. And what about this excess of mortality observed in recent times, even among young people? However, to "weight" the seriousness of the after-effects, some analyze the situation in terms of statistics... But for Jehovah God, the death of a single innocent human being, is in no way a "statistic"... In other words, if a Christian shepherd encouraged such an experimental injection, on the scale of the congregation for which he would be responsible before Jehovah God and Jesus Christ, and that this would have caused serious after-effects, until the death of only one of his sheep, in what situation does he find himself before God and his Son?
Here is what we can read in Deuteronomy, regarding the discovery of the body of a dead man in the field: "If someone is found slain in a field of the land that Jehovah your God is giving you to possess and it is not known who killed him, your elders and judges should go out and measure the distance from the dead body to the cities that surround it. Then the elders of the city nearest to the body should take from the herd a young cow that has never been put to work, that has never pulled in a yoke, and the elders of that city should lead the young cow down to a valley running with water where no tilling or sowing of seed has been done, and they should break the neck of the young cow there in the valley. And the priests, the Levites, will approach because Jehovah your God has chosen them to minister to him, to pronounce blessings in the name of Jehovah. They will declare how every dispute involving violence should be resolved. Then all the elders of the city who are nearest to the dead body should wash their hands over the young cow whose neck was broken in the valley, and they should declare, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it shed. Do not hold this against your people Israel, whom you redeemed, O Jehovah, and do not let guilt for innocent blood remain among your people Israel.’ Then the bloodguilt will not be held against them. In this way you will remove the guilt of innocent blood from your midst by doing what is right in Jehovah’s eyes" (Deuteronomy 21:1-9).
For Jehovah God and his Son and King Jesus Christ, the death of even one of their congregational sheep is nothing trivial according to Deuteronomy 21:1-9. It is appropriate, that in each Christian congregation, the shepherds make their examination of conscience, regarding this affair and draw the consequences... Do they fulfill, yes or no, still the conditions of Christian shepherds (Read 1 Timothy 3:1-7) ?
The ten points of the Nuremberg Code - 1947
1 - The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment. The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs, or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.
2 - The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society, unprocurable by other methods or means of study, and not random and unnecessary in nature.
3 - The experiment should be so designed and based on the results of animal experimentation and a knowledge of the natural history of the disease or other problem under study that the anticipated results will justify the performance of the experiment.
4 - The experiment should be so conducted as to avoid all unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injury.
5 - No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects.
6 - The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.
7 - Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to protect the experimental subject against even remote possibilities of injury, disability, or death.
8 - The experiment should be conducted only by scientifically qualified persons. The highest degree of skill and care should be required through all stages of the experiment of those who conduct or engage in the experiment.
9 - During the course of the experiment the human subject should be at liberty to bring the experiment to an end if he has reached the physical or mental state where continuation of the experiment seems to him to be impossible.
10 - During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe, in the exercise of the good faith, superior skill and careful judgment required of him, that a continuation of the experiment is likely to result in injury, disability, or death to the experimental subject.
God Forgives if there is Sincere Repentance
The narrative about King Manasseh, which has shed much blood, is the demonstration of how far Jehovah's mercy can be applied to sincere repentance. In the biblical narrative, it is written about wickedness of King Manasseh: "Ma·nasʹseh also shed innocent blood in very great quantity until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to the other, besides his sin of causing Judah to sin by doing what was bad in the eyes of Jehovah" (2 Kings 21:16). Because of his bad deeds, God punished him: "Jehovah kept speaking to Ma·nasʹseh and his people, but they paid no attention. So Jehovah brought against them the army chiefs of the king of As·syrʹi·a, and they captured Ma·nasʹseh with hooks and bound him with two copper fetters and took him to Babylon" (2 Chronicles 33: 10,11). However, for as incredible as it may be, this king ended up sincerely repenting of his evil deeds and obtaining Jehovah's mercy: "In his distress, he begged Jehovah his God for favor and kept humbling himself greatly before the God of his forefathers. He kept praying to Him, and He was moved by his entreaty and heard his request for favor, and He restored him to Jerusalem to his kingship. Then Ma·nasʹseh came to know that Jehovah is the true God" (2 Chronicles 33:12,13). What is the reason for this biblical example?
Many men and women have made irreversible mistakes, such as killing many humans (in the context of conflict) or taking part in abortions, sometimes even late. Many of them think that it is impossible that God would forgive them. Add to this a deep feeling of remorse and indignity. Regarding Jehovah's immense mercy, this is what it says: ""Come, now, and let us set matters straight between us,” says Jehovah. “Though your sins are like scarlet, They will be made as white as snow; Though they are as red as crimson cloth, They will become like wool"" (Isaiah 1:18). This verse is especially addressed to those men and women who sincerely repent before God, asking for forgiveness: God forgives sincere repentance on the basis of the precious blood of Jesus Christ: "My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not commit a sin. And yet, if anyone does commit a sin, we have a helper with the Father, Jesus Christ, a righteous one. And he is a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins, yet not for ours only but also for the whole world’s" (1 John 2:1,2). Moreover, Jehovah God will resurrect the millions of dead who were victims of the many genocides (John 5:28,29). What is irreversible for man, is not for God (Matthew 19:26 "to God all things are possible").
It is possible that even if the mercy of God applies to sincere repentance, a feeling of remorse and indignity will continue to harass them. However, they must know that God is greater than hearts: "By this we will know that we originate with the truth, and we will assure our hearts before him regarding whatever our hearts may condemn us in, because God is greater than our hearts and knows all things. Beloved ones, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have freeness of speech toward God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we are observing his commandments and doing what is pleasing in his eyes" (1 John 3:19-22).
Life and Death
Everlasting Judgment and
Jehovah God is the Creator of life, He is the Source of Life: "With you is the source of life; By your light we can see light" (Psalm 36:9; Hebrews 3:4; Revelation 4:11).
Jehovah God created the first man and the first woman: "And Jehovah God went on to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living person" (Genesis 2:7,22 (creation of Eve, the first woman)).
The word "soul" applied to both man and animals, comes from the Hebrew word "neʹphesh [נֶפֶשׁ]", the Greek, "psy·kheʹ [ψυχή]" and from the Latin "aʹni·ma" (Genesis 1:20,21,24 (Bible verses where the word "soul" is applied to animals)). It is easy to understand, given the biblical context, that the soul refers to the living being itself, for both man and animal. Therefore, the soul refers to bodily shape of animal and human being.
Still in the biblical context, the word soul can be poetically applied to the "ego" (latin), that is oneself: "How long will my soul have anxious concern, With grief in my heart each day? How long will my enemy triumph over me? (…) My soul has been sleepless from grief. Strengthen me according to your word" (Psalms 13:2; 119:28).
The soul can allude to life itself: "Just as her soul was going out (for she was dying)" (Genesis 35:18) (This quote is according to the death of Rachel, giving birth to her son Benjamin). “Whoever finds his soul will lose it, and whoever loses his soul for my sake will find it. (…) For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Really, what good will it do a man if he gains the whole world but loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?" (Matthew 10:39; 16:25,26). The New Testament was written in Greek, which means that the word "soul" is translated from the Greek word "ψυχή (psukhê)".
The expression "living soul" shows in itself that the soul can die or be destroyed (the opposite would have been a pleonasm in the case of the concept of "the immortal soul"): "putting to death the souls who should not die and keeping alive the souls who should not live (…) The soul who sins is the one who will die" (Ezekiel 13:19; 18:4,20). Many other biblical texts show that the soul can die and, of course, cannot survive (in an invisible way) its own death...
According to the Bible, the soul is different from the spirit ("ruach" in Hebrew and "pneuma" in Greek). The spirit (connected with the soul) refers to the "breath of life". Therefore, the breath, the air, the wind is an impersonal energy which animates the human soul and that of the animal soul. In Genesis 2:7 it is written: "And Jehovah God went on to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life". The Hebrew word for "breath of life" is "neshamah", which is synonymous with the word "ruah" or the Greek word "pneuma". Indeed, in the Septuagint (Greek biblical text, translated from Hebrew), the expression "neshamah" from Genesis 2:7 was translated as "pnoe" (spirit, breath).
The word "spirit" can refer to spirit beings like God (John 4:24), spirit creatures (1 Kings 2:21,22) and the resurrected Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:45). In Genesis (6:3), the expression "my spirit" is a way of referring to oneself.
It is important not to mix up the different meanings of the word "spirit"; the breath of life which animates the soul is an impersonal energy, while the word "spirit" applying to God, to the risen Jesus Christ and to the angels, are beings animated by a personal energy, endowed with a conscience and intelligence.
It is God himself who defines it. Comparing Genesis 2:17 with 3:19, where it is written that if Adam disobeyed the commandment regarding to the forbidden fruit, he would surely die. At end, Adam disobeyed. Here is what it is written in the judgment of God against Adam and Eve: "In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return" (Genesis 3:19). Therefore, death is the opposite of life, and the return to nonexistence (Psalm 146:3,4; Ecclesiastes 3:19,20; 9:5,10). Jehovah God, in his judgment, evokes the return to dust which is more generally designated in the Bible by an expression of symbolic place such as Sheol (Hebrew) or Hades (Greek), or even the "sea" where de very many humans perished (Revelation 20:13). Therefore, it is not difficult to understand and accept this simple biblical teaching point, death is absolute inexistence. The soul dies and the spirit or the vital energy disappears: “Do not put your trust in princes Nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation. His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground; On that very day his thoughts perish" (Psalms 146:3,4).
The Second Death, The Fiery Lake, The Gehenna
The expressions "second death" and "fiery lake", which have been misinterpreted, have led to frightening and unbiblical human dogmas such as fiery hell and purgatory... They are in the book of Revelation: "The one who conquers will by no means be harmed by the second death" (Revelation 2:11; 20:6,14; 21:8). In Revelation 20:14, there is the connection between the second death and the fiery lake: "And death and the Grave were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire". It should be noted that this place is just as symbolic as are (generically) the death and Hades (place of the dead). In what part of the biblical history does the "fiery lake" come from? The book of Revelation mentions both the Ten Plagues of Egypt and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, even to the point of using a cross-referenced expression such as "Sodom and Egypt" (Revelation 11: 8). The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is biblically associated with fire and everlasting judgment (Hebrews 6:2; 2 Peter 3:7).
Therefore, this lake of fire mentioned in Revelation, probably alludes to the panoramic vision that Abraham had of the Dead Sea, after the destruction of all the cities like Sodom and Gomorrah, on its seaside perimeter (the city of Zoar having been spared by God for the sake of Lot (Genesis 19:23)). Here is the account of the awe-inspiring sight of the Dead Sea shortly after the destruction: "Now Abraham got up early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before Jehovah. When he looked down toward Sodʹom and Go·morʹrah and all the land of the district, he saw quite a sight. There was dense smoke rising from the land like the dense smoke of a kiln! So when God destroyed the cities of the district, God kept Abraham in mind by sending Lot out from the cities he overthrew, the cities where Lot had been dwelling" (Genesis 19:27-29). Therefore, the "lake of fire" probably refers to the sight of destruction over almost the entire seaside perimeter of the Dead Sea (an inland sea as a great lake). This destruction symbolizes death, the result of everlasting judgment, that is, without the possibility of resurrection.
The expression Gehenna of fire, used by Jesus Christ, has exactly the same meaning of everlasting destruction or death without the possibility of resurrection. Where was Gehenna? It was located in the south of Jerusalem, outside the city walls. It was simply the dumping ground for the city of Jerusalem, which existed in the time of Jesus Christ and was called, the Valley of Hinnon (Ge Hinnom) or Gehenna. The rubbish of the city were thrown and burned there, as well as the corpses of animals and criminals after their execution, unworthy of a burial (even, in the biblical collective imagination, unworthy of a resurrection ("With the burial of a donkey he will be buried, Dragged about and thrown away, Outside the gates of Jerusalem"(Jeremiah 22:19)).
The translation of the Bible into Latin has created confusion in the understanding of the condition of the dead. As we have seen, it is important to differentiate between the Hebrew word Sheol and the Greek word Hades, on the one hand, with Gehenna on the other. In some translations of the Bible, these three words have been translated as the original Latin word hell (infernus). In doing so, it created confusion in the understanding of the word gehenna, becoming an unbiblical teaching of the existence of a fiery hell.
Jesus Christ used the word "Gehenna" or "Gehenna of fire," as a real place known to all his contemporaries, to illustrate the everlasting judgment and the idea of destruction without the possibility of resurrection, the second death. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ referred to this place three times, without necessarily specifying its meaning. Why ? Quite simply, even in Galilee 100 km north of Jerusalem, this place of destruction was well known and did not require any description or explanation (Matthew 5:22,29,30). Gehenna is associated with a fire that does not put out, why? For the obvious reason that such a place, near a city would have represented a danger to the health of most inhabitants, if it had not been fueled by a permanent or constant fire, based on sulfur, in order to decompose all the waste of the city more quickly (Mark 9:47,48).
Does the lake of fire mentioned in Revelation represent the place of Gehenna? Yes, as to its symbolism of everlasting destruction. No, as to the geographical allusion to this place; Gehenna was not a place like a lake or an inland sea. Moreover, this expression does not appear directly, or even in an enigmatic way, in the book of Revelation.
Salvation By Coming Out Of The Great Tribulation
And By The Resurrection
The Great crowd, in Revelation 7:9-17, are peoples who will come out of the Great Tribulation and will live forever in the Earthly Paradise: "After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” All the angels were standing around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God, saying: “Amen! Let the praise and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power and the strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” In response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?” So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. That is why they are before the throne of God, and they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple; and the One seated on the throne will spread his tent over them. They will hunger no more nor thirst anymore, neither will the sun beat down on them nor any scorching heat, because the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd them and will guide them to springs of waters of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes”" (Revelation 7:9-17).
There will be a heavenly resurrection. Only 144000 people will go to heaven with Jesus Christ (Revelation 7: 3-8; 14:1-5): "Then I saw, and look! the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who have his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads. I heard a sound coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; and the sound that I heard was like singers who accompany themselves by playing on their harps. And they are singing what seems to be a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders, and no one was able to master that song except the 144,000, who have been bought from the earth. These are the ones who did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins. These are the ones who keep following the Lamb no matter where he goes. These were bought from among mankind as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb, and no deceit was found in their mouths; they are without blemish" (Revelation 14:1-5).
There will be an earthly resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous after the Great Tribulation, during the 1000 years reign: "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment" (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15). The unrighteous resurrected will be judged on the basis of their behavior (AFTER their resurrection) during the 1000 years reign (and not on the basis of their past life) (Revelation 20:11-13).