Not many truly are acquainted with the history of Man. In this day. We are driven and affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Have you seriously done your reading/research/focus on history?
The “flu shot”! Why? Spanish flu, also known as the Great Influenza epidemic or the 1918 influenza pandemic, was an exceptionally deadly global influenza pandemic caused by the H1N1 influenza A virus.
And we tend to feel/believe we are ‘restricted’, ‘locked in’, unrightfully treated by the government! Really? Why does the government move to restrict us?
Let us look at our current numbers…
We as the human race; at many times expect reality to bow to our wants/needs. I was presented the approval rating of the president and vice president: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/10/public-view-on-bidens-handling-of-covid-and-the-economy-takes-another-hit-cnbc-survey-shows.html
Yes! Promises were made. Can you truly promise a fight against an unseen assailant? We look at airlines and the Christmas pandemonium. Think! Would you truly do what pilots, their crew and the staff in the airline industry do? There were and are delays, yes! Undeniably so. But why? Again I point my finger at history. A fact overlooked by so many.
And yet, without truly thinking of the healthcare workers, we of course take our loved ones to those who are supposed to help! Ok, given! But, gave we truly thought what a stress filled period this has been for Healthcare workers?
I will not even start at Physicians, Nurse Practioners, Nurses or Physician Assistants. Rather, let us move up from the opposite direction: Remember this???
Almost a year ago! And they are still dealing with what they were dealing with then! So, where is sleep, protection, appreciation? Or the fact the we ‘The people’ need to “put up” with restrictions imposed by?
I will attempt to keep to point! A century ago, we dealt with a very similar pandemic that affects/effects us today over a 100 years later!
Ok! So where to from here? Where did you come from? Where are you headed? To place it even simpler – those who succumbed to covid, where are they?
It definitely races so many questions!
The experience of death differs depending on whether a person is a saint (i.e., saved by faith in the Lord) or an unbeliever, and when in history a person lived.
For all humanity, the Bible teaches that when a person’s body dies, the body returns to dust. The human body grows old and dies because of the curse God pronounced on the earth following Adam’s sin in Genesis 3. The material God used to construct the human body came “from the ground,” according to Genesis 2, therefore, the curse on the earth also condemned the human body to die, since the body is part of the earth. As the earth goes, so goes our physical body. (To learn more about this principle, please listen to our Genesis study.)
While the human body is temporary and eventually dies and disintegrates, the human spirit (also called the soul) is eternal. The spirit/soul exists forever and is always conscious. Our spirit is never “asleep” (as some teach incorrectly) and it was designed to exist within a physical body. Therefore, after a person’s body dies, the person’s spirit will exist somewhere in full consciousness yet without a body until a future day of resurrection, when God gives each spirit a new, permanent body.
At the point of death, a person’s spirit will experience different outcomes depending on whether the person was a saint (i.e., a believer) and depending on when they lived in history.
For the Christian who dies today, his or her spirit moves directly from the body at the moment of death into Christ’s presence in the Heavenly throne room escorted by angels, according to Jesus in Luke 16. As Paul explains:
2Cor. 5:4 For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. 2Cor. 5:5 Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. 2Cor. 5:6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord — 2Cor. 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight — 2Cor. 5:8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 2Cor. 5:9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.
Our physical body is the material, temporary part of our existence, so Paul says it is only a temporary home for our spirit, which is the eternal part of us. Our spirit occupies our body for a time, but when our body dies, our spirit moves to our next home to be present with the Lord (if we are a believer) into the throne room of God.
Paul goes on in 2Corinthians to tell us more about that moment:
2Cor. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
After our physical body dies, Paul says we appear before the judgment seat of the Lord in spirit form to receive our rewards for service to the Lord.
Prior to Jesus’ death and resurrection, the process for a saint operated differently. A story told by Jesus in Luke 16 give us the definitive Biblical account of life after death prior to the resurrection of the Messiah.
Prior to Christ’s death and resurrection, the souls of Old Testament saints could not go directly to heaven at the moment of death, since the atonement of Christ had yet to be made on the cross. Though these saints were saved by their faith, the sacrifice to cleanse their sin had not yet been made by Christ. Because of their faith they were not due to receive
to receive a penalty for their sin, but because Christ had not yet died for them, they had not yet been cleansed from sin.
Therefore, God made a special provision for these Old Testament saints in the time before Christ. God held the souls of saints in a place of comfort, euphemistically called Abraham’s Bosom, where they were waiting until Christ’s appearing. Abraham’s Bosom was the “good” side of a place called Sheol in the Old Testament. Sheol also held a side of torment called Hades, from which we get the word Hell. Abraham’s Bosom and Hades existed side-by-side in Sheol until the time of Jesus’ appearing in the first century.
After Christ’s crucifixion, He descended into the earth following His death. There He preached to the OT saints waiting in Abraham’s Bosom. Like Jesus introduced Himself as the Messiah these saints anticipated in faith, and He explained the Lord’s plan of salvation. At the conclusion of three days time, Jesus ascended into Heaven, and He set these saints free from this place of waiting by escorting them directly into Heaven, as Paul and Peter explain: