Can People Die More Than Once?

Q. I have a question about man only dying once. There are many who have died and been brought back to life. Even Jesus brought people who where dead back to life, so wouldn’t they have to die again?  Which would mean they died more than once, wouldn’t it?

A. There are 8 accounts in the Bible of people who were raised from the dead.  They are the widow of Zarapeth’s son, raised by Elijah in 1 Kings 17:7-24, Jairus’ daughter in Matthew 9:18-26, the widow of Nain’s son in Luke 7:11-17, Lazarus in John 11:38-44, all by Jesus, Tabitha in Acts 9:40 by Peter, and Eutychus by Paul in Acts 20:7-12. In addition, although the Bible doesn’t specifically confirm this, I believe both Jonah and and Paul were brought back from death by God. Each one was meant as a demonstration of the Lord’s power, and all of them subsequently died again.

No one knows how many others have been raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit during the Church age.  But they are all exceptions to the statement in Hebrews 9:27 that it is given for man to die once and then face judgment, and do not negate the validity of that principle.

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