Q. My question is about people in hell. How can unbelievers be in torment if they are not in human fleshly bodies? Wasn’t the Rich Man in agony in the flames? How could a spirit be in agony from flames? And in the Lake of Fire, human fleshly bodies would be immediately destroyed in flames once and for ever. So do unbelievers in the Lake of Fire have resurrected bodies too?
Q. Thank you for your ministry. I have had a question about death of Lazarus for some time. It would appear from the text that Mary and Martha were concerned that Lazarus had died because Christ wasn’t there. True statement. But Christ had already raised two people from the dead, which I assume Mary and Martha knew. I think we have got ‘their problem’ wrong. I believe they were concerned about Lazarus ‘that he had lain in the grave four days already’ and ‘Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days’. The issue was whether Christ had authority over someone being dead 4 days. Am I over complicating this or did the Jews have issues with someone being dead this long ?
Q. It is my understanding that OT Saints went to paradise when they died and that they did not go to Heaven until after Christ’s resurrection. Yet, an OT Saint was “snatched” away (raptured). Did he go to heaven before Christ ascended to sit at the right hand of God? What about the Thief of the Cross? Did he go to Paradise or Heaven?
Q. I understand that when a believer dies the spirit goes to Heaven. Is our spirit already working for God? Are we like Jesus as he was when he revealed himself to the disciples after rising from the tomb? Is our spirit restricted from leaving the new Jerusalem before the rapture? I understand that at the rapture our new immortal bodies will join with our spirit that has been in Heaven. Thank you for your insight.
Q. When a believer dies supposedly his/her spirit goes directly to the presence of the Lord but in what form? Some say we receive a perfect body at death but if so what is the purpose of the resurrection then? It appears that when we die as believers we have some sort of conscious awareness but do we have a temporary body?
Q. Thank you so much for your wonderful teachings, and sharing your knowledge of biblical prophecy. My question is: If after the crucifixion Jesus descended into hell for 3 days, how is it He told one of the men being crucified with Him they’d be together in Paradise before the day was over?
Q. I have thought long and hard about the ‘predestination’ argument and I think that ‘pre’ meaning before, and ‘destination’ meaning ‘the end of the journey’ simply tells us that those of us He foreknew would reach our destination, previously prepared for us. Does this fit with the Greek of which I know nothing? Continue reading…
Q. You’ve written that the story of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke16:19-31) is the clearest teaching we have on the after life. So, can we assume from this teaching that those that have passed away during the church age are completely aware of what has happened? And of everything, everyone and every situation they have left behind at the moment of their death? It appears that both Lazarus and the rich man were well aware of these things.
Q. I just finished listening to a pastor talking about Luke 7 – the story of Jesus raising the widows son. Farther along in his message, he related an experience about praying for his deceased wife, for the Lord to Bless her, and used 2 Timothy 4:19 in conjunction with 2 Timothy 1:17,18 to say that Onesiphorus had died and that verse 18 was a prayer for him. Therefore, praying for the dead has precedent in the Bible. I don’t know exactly what the original language actually states – was Onesiphorus dead? Or is this just an extrapolation from the use of past tense words?
Q. I read in your answer to Where Were Their Spirits posted on 4-10 that you mention Tabitha’s spirit having not departed. And that Eutychus’ spirit also had not departed before he was raised from the dead. But I’ve always understood that (2 Cor. 5:8) “absent from the body, present with the Lord” meant just that. Once a believer dies their spirit is immediately transferred to Heaven and does not linger around for even one second much less a few days. Have I misunderstood this? And if I have where can I find evidence for this in scripture.