There is very lengthy an answer that so many other ‘bloggers’ write/answer this question with – my experience.
Very briefly, I did write every now and then…poetry.com, recited poetry…was focused on my career in Surgery….then, my experience!
Very, very briefly…was in a severe motor vehicle accident – trauma, surgeries, comatose… I promised brevity…. MY experience was the start of my true writing ‘career.’ I very simply share on what is!
No matter how rich/popular/famous a person is – they die! So, what next? I was given a peek!
Let us focus on fact:
I think this ‘sums’ it all up very neatly. This is FACT. Is there ONE individual living who can or will dispute this fact? Even in the Bible, people who did not die physically are no longer here on Earth!
Yes! Enoch and Elijah. Even The Son of God – Jesus, suffered was crucified and passed away (for you and I, all Mankind.) But, it was for the ultimate reason! Even in Hades where souls awaited the judgement day.
1 Peter 3:18-20
Jesus Descended into Hell
When Jesus descended into hell, he entered not Gehenna but Hades; in other words, he really died, and it was from a genuine, not a simulated death that he rose (Acts 2:31-32).
1 Peter 3:18-20 tells us briefly what Jesus did in Hades:
- First, by his presence he made Hades into Paradise (a place of pleasure) for the penitent thief and, presumably, for all the others who died trusting him during his earthly ministry, just as he does now for the faithful departed (Luke 23:43; Phil. 1:21-23; 2 Cor. 5:6-8).
- Second, he perfected the spirits of Old Testament believers (Heb. 12:23; 11:40), bringing them out of the gloom which Sheol (the pit) had hitherto been for them (Ps. 88:3-6, 10-12) into this same Paradise experience. This is the core of truth in the medieval fantasies of the harrowing of hell.
- Third, “he went and preached (presumably announcing his kingdom and appointment as the world’s judge) to the spirits in prison” who had rebelled in antediluvian times (presumable the fallen angels of 2 Pet. 2:4-10 who are also the sons of God in Gen. 6:1-4). Some have based on this one text a hope that all humans who did not hear the gospel in this life, or who, having heard it, rejected it, will have it savingly preached to them in the life to come. Peter’s words provide no warrant for this inference: a first, non-saving announcement to a group of fallen angels does not imply a second saving announcement to the whole host of unsaved human dead. Had Peter believed in the latter, surely he would have said it straightforwardly
We are informed that after the physical death of Samuel, Saul summoned him up by means of a seer…
1 Samuel 28:11–20
11 Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” He said, “Bring up Samuel for me.” 12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul.” 13 The king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a god coming up out of the earth.” 14 He said to her, “What is his appearance?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped in a robe.” And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and paid homage.
15 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Saul answered, “I am in great distress, for the Philistines are warring against me, and God has turned away from me and answers me no more, either by prophets or by dreams. Therefore I have summoned you to tell me what I shall do.” 16 And Samuel said, “Why then do you ask me, since the LORD has turned from you and become your enemy? 17 The LORD has done to you as he spoke by me, for the LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David. 18 Because you did not obey the voice of the LORD and did not carry out his fierce wrath against Amalek, therefore the LORD has done this thing to you this day. 19 Moreover, the LORD will give Israel also with you into the hand of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons shall be with me. The LORD will give the army of Israel also into the hand of the Philistines.”
20 Then Saul fell at once full length on the ground, filled with fear because of the words of Samuel. And there was no strength in him, for he had eaten nothing all day and all night.
I share these for many reasons. There are two very separate planes that are interconnected!
Once again, for brevity please may I see a living person who saw when the Earth was made? Even a 200 year old living individual may start to ‘touch’ on my knowledge of ‘life.’
He had the longest lifespan of all those given in the Bible, having died at the age of 969. According to the Book of Genesis, Methuselah was the son of Enoch, the father of Lamech, and the grandfather of Noah. See! There was a ‘limit’ placed on life after the days of Noah. My question to you. Is how old was Noah?
Noah, as the last of the extremely long-lived Antediluvian patriarchs, died 350 years after the flood, at the age of 950, when Terah was 128. The maximum human lifespan, as depicted by the Bible, gradually diminishes thereafter, from almost 1,000 years to the 120 years of Moses. Mind you!
Deuteronomy 34:7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.
So, in short a limit has been placed on life. The ‘after-life‘ seeds so many thoughts/imaginations!
After life here on Earth!
I hope this touches on fact! So, I pray that I have been able to share my experience.