Where Are the Dead?

The Open Door Bible Studies Number Twenty

By what figure does the Bible represent death?

"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope." 1 Thessalonians 4:13. (See also Corinthians 15:18, 20; John 11:11-14.)

"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake," Daniel 12:2. (See also Ecclesiastes 3:20; 9:10.)

 

Are the righteous dead in heaven praising God?

"For David is not ascended into the heavens:" Acts 2:34. "The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence." Psalm 115:17.

 

How much does one know of God when dead?

"For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?" Psalm 6:5.

 

What does one in this condition know about his family?

"His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them." Job 14:21.

 

What becomes of man's thoughts at death?

"His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." Psalms 146:4.

 

Do the dead know anything?

"For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing," Ecclesiastes 9:5.

 

Do they take part in earthly things?

"Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun." Ecclesiastes 9:6.

 

When is the resurrection of the righteous to take place?

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:" 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

 

What comes to all men as the result of the fall?

"In Adam all die," 1 Corinthians 15:22. (See also Romans 5:12.)

 

In what condition is man while in death?

"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." Ecclesiastes 9:10.

 

Whose voice raises the dead?

"Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." John 5:28, 29.

 

In what words is the ultimate triumph over death and the grave expressed?

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" 1 Corinthians 15:55.

 

After whose body will the resurrected ones be fashioned?

"We look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, Philippians 3:20, 21.

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