When I speak of an awakening research, I simply mean that over the years that this subject has been of interest
to me I have found, heard and read where more and more of the religious cults have indorsed the idea that salvation can be
had by simply praying a simple prayer requesting our Lord Jesus Christ to come and dwell in their hearts, after this has been
accomplished the person involved is saved, and cannot fall from the grace of God, thus making him a candidate for Heaven and
the life after death.
Even more will teach that they will baptize you, in order that you are recognized as being a member of that
religious society, and that you will never be lost, in short, "once saved always saved." In my best interest I must ask myself,
does God really teach this kind of doctrine in His Word?
Then I speak of an awesome research. By the use of this word I simply mean that by reading Creeds, Manuals,
and by laws of religious institutions. Books written in which the writer or writers offer their opinions of the after life.
Whereas if such person is so evil that God will cast him into torment, then after a period of time on probation, God will
bring him up, and if he desires to do well, God will place the subject in Heaven!
This leaves me in an appalling state, a state of awe, of terror, weird to say the least. Now just what does
all this really mean to the person who is a truth seeker? Well for one thing it brings grief to my heart to even think that
people, God’s creation could take His Word which is clearly written by inspired men, twist, turn, and scramble that
which has been inspired by Him, and try to bring God to His knees, wherein He would submit to their terms of salvation, and
a special place in the after life. During these two paragraphs I have taken leave from expressing myself, have walked and
prayed. I confess that I have a serious problem with what God’s creation is trying to do to Him.
I am made to wonder when in the beginning you created angels in Heaven, and when those angels sinned you did
not hesitate to take extreme and drastic action to cast out of Heaven those angels who had sinned down to pits of darkness
reserved for condemnation, and how that when you brought the flood upon the earth, and destroyed all evil which existed upon
the physical earth. And now conditions of evil exist and are running rampant, your Word being abused, slandered, and blasphemed.
In my little mind I can only imagine two things, which allows for the religions of the world to flourish.
One is that in Genesis chapter six, and verses six and seven, with Godly sorrow you confessed your grief over
fallen man, and in Gen. 8:21, you said as you repented, "And God said to Himself, I will never again curse the ground on the
account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing,
as I have done." I see a love here that is communicative to man. A love that in the fullness of time God could say," God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten so, that whosoever believes upon Him shall be saved." That is a love, which
cannot be assaulted. That is the God who created Heaven for the righteous, and torment for those who refuse to obey Christ
on His terms. Isa. 33:14 describes torment as an everlasting burning. The Apostle Paul describes it in 2 Thes. 1:9, as an
everlasting destruction. Jesus in reference to blasphemy Matt. 12:32, states that the place of torment for the sinner is a
place where one can never repent.
In this study I will give first the opinions of only two renowned scholars who in their own way relate their
beliefs in regards to life after death. From nine hundred and sixty pages of differences of beliefs, I have found that the
two used, represent hundreds within the pages of the book called "That Unknown Country". It is published by C. A. Nichols
and Company, Springfield Mass, and was sold by subscription only, 1888. The Rev. John Coleman Adams, D.D., Pastor of St. Paul’s
Universalist Church in Chicago, IL, states. "Suffering and Discipline for continued sinful choice extend into the future world,
until, in God’s economy, the will finally makes free choice of Good. The losses and penalties entailed by sin in the
moral nature are repaired, in the future life, only after periods of unknown duration."
I suggest that the above cannot be mistaken for what it does not say. It is very clear that one cannot repent
while in the lake of torment, turn to God and be transferred to Heaven!
Then Prof. Joseph Angus, M.A. D.D. Baptist Regents College, London England. writes, "Eternal life for the
righteous, and eternal death for the wicked begin here on earth. Punishment is not reformatory, nor is there any re-adjudication
of destiny in the world to come." And in this statement, Doctor Angus makes his belief very short and to the point.
These statements represent two opposing beliefs in regards to the afterlife. From these points of view, we
may be able, to classify religion based upon what is believed as it relates to the afterlife. I did find that these two men
fully represent, in general terms, what most people today hold as their belief, but with one exception. The afterlife in our
modern society today actually alters the belief of these men. The disobedient never reach the bottomless pit, the pit of darkness.
Their spirits are caught in something like a net, in the world of limbo, and members of their families have the choice to
offer alms to recover them, or they may choose to allow God to cast them into everlasting destruction.
We see these arguments resurfacing in our own generation by the New Age movement, and by change agents within
the Lord’s Church, who are saying we must make it easier for people to come and enjoy salvation by accepting them as
In this way, there is really no concern for their souls, only for their attendance, their money, and their
support of the New Idea. Which makes for the Mega churches. Now schools are geared to teach clinical psychology, which in
turn enables the preacher to control the minds of the flock!
I have found no comprehensive Old Testament term describing the universe as a separate entity being created.
I mention this because; I will be using Biblical words in the balance of this document. Astrophysics, Earth Science, nor Geocentricity,
do not supply the comprehensive term for "Universe." However, we will find our answers within the Old Testament, and that
of the New. Notice what Jesus says, "If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell
you heavenly things?" John 3:12. Jesus is including the earthly things with the heavenly things, which offer creditability
to the fact that the Universe was not created as a separate entity, rather as the creation took on its own order, then the
Universe became a part of the whole.
The Old Testament Apocrypha, King James Version, 1611 Edition.
I will not use the Apocrypha to try to prove anything. Rather, I will use it to show the correlation of words
and events shown in Biblical scriptures. In the Apocrypha we will find statements which use of the words, "heaven" and "world."
The Wisdom of Solomon 1:14 says, "For he created all things, that they might have their being: and the generations of the
world were healthful; and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor the kingdom of death upon the earth." Second Maccabees
7:9-23 states, "But the king of this world shall raise us up, who have died for His law, unto everlasting life." In both places
the word "world" is used after the fact of the creation.
John 17:5 shows two things. One, that Christ requests that he again be glorified with the Father as He once
was. Two, no one should second-guess where God, the Son and the Holy Spirit prepared their abode. "In the beginning God created
heaven and earth." However, neither of the three named above created the earth for their abode, or as some versions have,
"world," for their abode. By Christ using the phrase in John 17:5, "before the world was," it simply denotes the glory they
enjoyed before the creation of the earth, and before sin entered heaven. The sin, which entered in, did not in any way disrupt
God’s plans; sin was no after thought on the part of God. John 21:25 uses the term "world" again here, however, it is
clear here that the visible earth had become the cosmos, that is it was fully established and furnished. The two passages,
which use the word "world", have no connection to each other.
In Acts 17:24, Paul says, "The God who made the world, and all things in it, since He is Lord of Heaven and
earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands." It is made very clear that the word "world" would encompass the sidereal
of heaven and would at the same time use a phrase, which would include the universe as we call it. Notice the words "world"
and "earth" are used under separate terms. He did not say that he made all things in and on the earth, rather he made all
things in the "world." Yet when you read the account given in Prov. 8:22-30, the word used is "earth", and in this case could
include the sidereal of Heaven, and earth. Using the word sidereal, simply put is the Atmosphere, Stratosphere and Ionosphere,
which makes up after the creation,
Rom. 1:20, "For since the creation of the world," indicates "after," which is past tense. Also Matt. 13:35,
has "since the foundation of the world." These passages have the same connotation as Rom. 1:20. However, Matt. 25:34 has "inherit
the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." The word, FROM, denotes a point of beginning, not "since"
Eph. 1:4, "Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world." The word "before" is a crucial
word in this study of "words." Why? For one thing the word used in Prov. 8:22-30 uses the word "earth." Before the foundation
of the earth. Why are these words crucial in the study of life after death? There are several things, which cause them to
be important. I will list the most important one. In the world today, I suppose no one really knows how many Bible versions
are in use, many of them when translated from the original text into English use these words. Many are not accurate, using
the word "world" as "before the world was." Some use the word as if the world was fully established, and some use the word
"world" as the "earth," as before the earth was. It can be confusing to the reader and wanting for understanding. Through
research of ancient writers and the Greek Text, I have tried to remove the confusion of a bad translation.
For another thing, a good translation of these words helps us to better understand the precise time in the
beginning when God created Heaven as His abode, as well as the abode of all righteous spirits thereafter. In such study of
the afterlife, we have a pressing need to know more than just "Well, the Bible says he created heaven, that’s good enough
for me," attitude.
It is also good at this time to notice Eph. 1:4 again, "Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of
the world." We want to look closely at the words, "chose us." God would not be the God of love and mercy if He did not choose
us in Him, and this before the foundation of the world. This choosing shows that God had a priority in creation. God could
not have predestined the creation of man as we are taught today in regards to predestination. When God chose us in Him, He
wanted His creation to be free to worship Him. Therefore, He created man with free moral agency. To say that some will be
saved, and that some will not be saved based upon His statement, "He chose us in Him," would cause God to violate His own
plan for redemption.
In John 15:19, Jesus said to the disciples, " But I chose you out of the world." Christ exercised His choice,
He used no force, neither were they predestined at the beginning to serve Him. It was an agreement of choice on the part of
both parties; Christ said I chose you, now you choose Me.
Residence In Heaven. John 14:1-6.
" I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." The Father is in
Heaven awaiting the return of His Son to that abode, but Christ was going to prepare a place for His disciples. We, too, are
disciples, if we abide in Christ faithfully. So Christ is also awaiting us.
But there is the matter of abiding in Christ and following His terms. For in John 10:1," Truly, truly, I say
to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and robber."
King Solomon said in Prov. 6:20-21," My son, observe the commandment of your father…. Tie them around
your neck." Eph. 5:1, "Be ye imitators of God." 1 Cor. 11:1, "Be ye imitators of me, as I also am of Christ Jesus." One who
cannot be an imitator of Jesus Christ cannot expect a dwelling place in Heaven. One who refuses to come to Christ on His terms
cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven, and remembering also that Christ said, "he who climbs up another way is a thief and robber."
It would seem the whole world is climbing up another way, or trying to.
We can share with God our joy, that Christ the Son of God paid the demanded ransom for the redemption of the
righteous spirits once held in bondage by Satan. Heb. 2:14, but the joy and gladness, and our hope lies in Heb. 2:15, if we
observe carefully that verse 14 does not end with a period. A semi-colon is used at the end of verse 14, so observe what happens
before the sentence is completed: "and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives."
Now we have the sentence complete. The departed spirits were released, set free, and were delivered by Christ to the Father.
Eph. 4:8-9, Hosea 6:1-3, Matt. 27: 51-53. They went to Heaven to be with the Father, and Son. I can say AMEN to that.
Now concerning heaven and looking at 1 Cor. 15:54, can we actually say that Christ won the victory over Satan
and death, or is He at yet some time in the future to win this victory! In Rev. 11:15, did Christ receive all the kingdoms
of earth without becoming partners with Satan to receive them?
A typical introvert will be saying at this time, O well I will keep reading, maybe it will give me hope. But
when you saw the title life after death, did you expect to see easy man made rules to reach heaven? Did you think it might
make you bolder? Or perhaps more obedient, and more committed in expressing your faith? You really don’t want to read
anymore, but you’re thinking, if I can learn some new techniques, it might be that I can be more successful, and see
more results, and God and others will be pleased with me. SORRY—this article won’t go there. Teaching what you
really don’t believe will never get easier if you’re focusing on techniques. If it’s hard for you to read
the proven truth and accept it, perhaps you are trying to do something in ways that don’t match God’s plan for
you. So, yes there is a proven technique that always works. It’s Rom. 12:2, " Prove what is the will of God."
A Prepared Spiritual Body Made Ready.
2 Cor. 5:1-2, "For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from
God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our
dwelling from Heaven." And then in verse 5, " Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit
as a pledge." Now Christ having ratified the Spiritual Covenant after the destruction of Jerusalem, we live and die under
that Covenant, the provisions of that Covenant in regards to life after biological death, is that if the spirit of man is
righteous, then God receives that Spirit in Heaven, where the Spiritual body awaits the arrival of the spirit.
No longer does death reign over the obedient, as it did under the Covenant of law. The unrighteous are cast
into the lake of fire with the Devil, and all the false prophets forever and ever. Rev. 20:10.
Earth, A Place of Preparation.
God created man on the one hand to use each year, each month, each week, each day to prepare himself to meet
God in Heaven, not on earth, nor in the lake of fire. But we ask the question, What are we doing to prepare ourselves spiritually
to meet with God? Would the advice given by the Apostle Paul to the Church at Corinth, 2 Cor. 13:5-6, be of any benefit to
us today, or would we say I don’t have time for that? "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own
selves." Or should we take time to follow the instructions of Paul given in 2 Tim. 2:15, " Study to show thyself approved
unto God a workman which has no need of shame." Paul said study; he did not say read. The one qualification which stands out
above all others in choosing Elders is that he must be able to teach, or apt to teach. How can anyone teach God’s Word
when he has not studied the Word himself? The man who cannot take any subject in the Bible and teach the truth regarding that
subject, should be ashamed of himself, he should resign.
A man who has preconceived ideas about any subject should not be in the teaching business, for every scripture
is inspired by God, and profitable for teaching. Now I have mentioned Elders here, for a very good purpose. Most people respect
elders, and their skills of knowledge, their many years of study. They are able to discuss any issue of the Bible in a Biblical
way, finding the truth, rather than tradition.
Are you surprised that this elder represents what every Christian in that congregation should be? Are you
surprised to know that you are under the blanket statement to study to show thyself approved by God? Indeed, this earth is
a place of preparation for God who is in Heaven. Oh, but the elders are leaders of the church, and besides all that we have
a full time preacher to do our work and study! Any brother who has this ingrained attitude needs to fire the elders, fire
the preacher, and allow himself to repent in ashes, and then let him try doing some preaching. A place of preparation, yes,
yes. For tomorrow you may be dead. It’s too late then, you had your chance while on earth, you blew it, and there is
no repentance after this life.
Heaven, a prepared place for prepared people. Col. 1:5,"Because of the hope laid up for you in Heaven, of
which you previously heard in the word, the gospel."
HOPE in our English language is not strong enough for the Greek word "elpis" translated hope in the Bible.
In our modern society, hope carries the idea of a wish or dream. More times than not, we do not really believe what we hope
for will happen. The Biblical meaning in Col. 1:5 carries the idea of a more favorable and confident expectation. Since the
"elpis" is founded on the promise of God and His power, and not on our personal preferences. It is rather on positive expectations.
In Gen. 1:18,21,25,31 God said that what He had created was very good. Therefore, God did not create evil.
Man has always taken what God has given him and abused it, creating for himself personal evils. Only mankind can change his
personal sins, or forms of evil, and should repent with Godly sorrow. God will not change your evil while you are on earth.
He has given you the earth and life to prepare for life hereafter, but more times than not we hear this sad confession. "I
know that I should, but I will wait till tomorrow!"
Perhaps one of the saddest passages of scripture comes from Psalms 137:1-3. "By the rivers of Babylon, there
we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it we hung our harps. For there our captors
demanded of us songs, and our tormentors mirth, saying, sing us one of the songs of Zion."
Sad indeed, and looking back twenty six hundred years ago, my heart feels their agony, their pain, and their
ignorance. But I must remember; they had their chance. The earth was theirs to prepare for a day just like this one in Babylon.
Our Concept of God.
Who is God? How do we describe God? The Bible uses many names to grasp the different characteristics of God.
We may refer to God as Father, but there’s more to God than that. We may refer to God as omnipotent, but that does not
capture the essence of God’s love for mankind, and His desire to spend eternity with Him in His own Heavenly abode.
God is indescribable. In Ex. 3:11-17, Moses thought he had a concept of God, and Moses said to God, "But who am I that I should
go before Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out?" Moses needed preparation; a better preparation would have resulted in a better
concept of God. It will also help in our own lives.
Doctrines, worship, court decisions, squelching intelligent design in favor of evolution, Islamic terrorism
and persecution, Terri Schaivo and the right to life challenges get us no closer to Heaven. The burgeoning gay rights movement.
The past three years is much like a prizefighter, These blows have pummeled the Church of our Lord and the Christian faith.
But need I remind you that God does not send a storm, without some sunshine, He does not send grief and sorrow, without love.
The earth is man’s place to prepare for God’s testing; the result of testing forms our view of our concept of
A first base beginning in regards to our concept of God would be to understand, that true doctrine produces
true worship, because it reveals God as He really is. Worship that neglects doctrine is distorted. The doctrine of Heaven
is useless unless mankind practices the doctrine. 2 Cor. 5:14-20," All things are made new." We cannot shy away from doctrine
as though it were too rigid, too boring, or too impractical. Doctrine is the only true road map to Heaven. Our concept of
God can change. But we must first change, and begin to live on earth as it would be our last day, prepare for that last day.
The early Church did not make the mistake of not teaching doctrine. They devoted themselves to the Apostles
doctrine. It filled Jerusalem. Paul noted that Roman believers whole-heartedly received and obeyed that form of doctrine.
Love prevailed among the people, the love for God had once again risen above the doctrine of evil. This doctrine of love gave
the people a greater concept of God; they were brought together in multitudes; their persecution, and threat of death brought
about Godly repentance, which resulted in their preparation for life after death, life with God. Even torture and seeing their
children slaughtered before their eyes, and fed to wild animals, only gave them more faith.
However, fifty years before this period of time in history, the people of Israel would not be reconciled to
God under any circumstance; they chose to serve evil, and when you plant the seeds of evil, you will reap a crop of evil.
But when Christ came to the land in flesh and blood, a new wind were blowing, a wind which filled the hearts of people with
the desire to seek God, to prepare themselves for eternity, and life after death.
Heaven, the Abode of God.
It is His Divine temple, Isa. 6:1, Rev. 11:19. This signifies the prototype of the earthly sanctuary. Heb.
8:5, it is the dwelling place of God. Eccl. 5:2, God who looks down from heaven on the earth. Neh. 9:13, God’s Word
spoken from heaven are eternal in their validity. Heb. 12:25 what comes from heaven, comes from God and is binding unconditionally
on the earth and on man.
John 3:13, all deeds done on earth and especially the forgiveness of sins by Christ, bear a distinct relation
to heaven or to God. Luke 11:13, when the exaltation and absolute sovereignty of God are to be emphasized, He is termed, the
God of Heaven. Mark 11:25, is intended to inspire confidence in God, and in His Goodness, especially as He is represented
as saying, for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Heaven, Where Salvation Originated. Heaven, Where Salvation is Continually Enjoyed by the Righteous.
Col. 1:5, 1 Pet. 1:4, all the plans, all the details of the Scheme of redemption, all the plans for violated
justice completed, all the plans for resurrection of the Saints completed through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. The interposing
of the one sinless being, the last sacrifice. Through that shed blood, man no longer is separated from the One God by spiritual
death. 2 Cor. 5:1-9, the Lord our God gave His only Son, that by total obedience, and total commitment to the terms of the
Gospel, may now claim his home in Heaven with God, and Jesus Christ.
Spiritual death is now abolished. Christ brought Life 2 Tim. 1:10, forgiveness, and life comes through baptism,
which the shed blood destroys the old man of sin, and makes a new man, prepared for Heaven; where God abides, a place where
there is no end to love, joy, peace, gladness of heart, and no tears of sorrow. 1 Cor. 6:19-20, gives instructions to the
new man, and informs him that he no longer belongs to self, but was purchased by God. John 6:50-53, you must eat of the bread
of life, this is when you come into direct communion with Christ. Acts 20:7, to break bread. Heaven is the true and actual
salvation. Heaven needs no sun, or moon for its light, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the slain Lamb.
Rev. 21:27, nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it; but only
those whose names are written in the Lambs book of life. The joy of heaven cannot be described by man. Only when we arrive
there can we describe it.
It was a sad day in the life of God when He confessed to Noah that He was sorry that He had made man, Gen.
6:6-7. However, in this confession God sets a pattern for man that would again inhabit the earth, the pattern of confession,
and repentance Gen. 8:21. This also was in God’s original plan for eternity. " I will never again". There was certain
types and shadows in the Ark, which was also in Heaven, and remain there to this day. What did the one window represent? What
did the one door represent? Read John 10:1-9, Heb. 10:1.
The Lake of Fire.
"And the devil that deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the
false prophets are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever." Rev. 20:10. "And if anyone’s name
was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire."
My brother, don’t be fooled, God will not be mocked. Torment is real; it is a prepared place for sinners.
It was prepared from the beginning. It originated in Heaven to hold those who rebelled against God’s terms of salvation
2 Pet. 2:4, Jude 6.
It is a horrible tempest Ps. 11:6. A Devouring fire, Isa. 33:14. A place of sorrow, Ps. 18:5. A place of weeping
Matt. 8:12. A place where they curse God, Rev. 16:11. It is a place of outer darkness Matt. 25:30. A place where they can
never repent Matt. 12:32. A place where they scream for just one drop of water Luke 16:24.
Do you really want to go to a place such as is prepared for those who refuse to follow the Gospel terms of
salvation? You may say, tomorrow. Tomorrow could be too late. Why not just now begin to plan your journey to Heaven? Begin
with scriptural study, and know that God authorizes the plan you seek. Read Acts 4:11-12, know what this really means. If
you need help, call upon someone whom you have confidence in, and one who will apply 2 Tim. 3:16, and Acts 2:38-47.
Many who read this document may call themselves Christians. If Christian; then you have a blanket command
to imitate Christ, Eph. 5:1. If I can, or if I have challenged you to have a better understanding of Christianity, then may
God have the glory.
If you belong to a religious entity that God does not approve, and this document will cause you to stop, and
study God’s plan, and accept Him, then the praise belongs to God, and His Son Jesus Christ. RETURN TO THE BASICS IS
Jessie Mills PH.D.