Into The Wilderness

On July 27, 2011, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

Revelation 12:13-17
 
[13] And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
 
[14] And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
 
[15] And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
 
[16] And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
 
[17] And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of YAH, and have the testimony of Yahusha Messiah.
 
Isaiah 35:1-9
 
[1] The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
 
[2] It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the power of Yah, and the excellency of our Mighty One.
 
[3] Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
 
[4] Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your Mighty One will come with vengeance, even Yah with a recompense; he will come and save you.
 
[5] Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
 
[6] Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert
 
[7] And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
 
[8] And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
 
[9] No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
 
[10] And the ransomed of Yah shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
 
Ezekiel 20:35-38
 
[35] And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.
 
[36] Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith Yah.
 
[37] And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:
 
[38] And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am YAH.
 
Daniel 11:32-35
 
[32] And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their Mighty One shall be strong, and do exploits.
 
[33] And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
 
[34] Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
 
[35] And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
 
Matthew 24:15-21
 
[15] When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
 
[16] Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
 
[17] Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
 
[18] Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
 
[19] And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
 
[20] But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
 
[21] For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

An Entrance of Hope

Joshua 7:24 Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his cattle, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had; and they brought them up to the valley of Achor.

Joshua 7:26 They raised over him a great heap of stones that remains to this day. Yahweh turned from the fierceness of his anger. Therefore the name of that place was called "The valley of Achor" to this day.

Joshua 15:7 The border went up to Debir from the valley of Achor, and so northward, looking toward Gilgal, that is over against the ascent of Adummim, which is on the south side of the river. The border passed along to the waters of En Shemesh, and ended at En Rogel.

Isaiah 65:10 Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down in, for my people who have sought me.

Hosea 2:15 I will give her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope; and she will respond there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

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The Second Exodus

On July 20, 2011, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

PREPARING FOR THE GREAT TRIBULATON
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Disclaimer: Kingdominfo.net is not associated with nor do we support all of the teachings of Lew White and Fossilized Customs. This article is used solely for the purpose of illustrating a specific teaching of the Bible on The Second Exodus.

Second Exodus? Could Scripture refer to a second, and greater deliverance that overshadows the first Exodus from Egypt? Indeed, and it is referred to in many places. One of the prophets of the Babylonian Captivity, “Jeremiah” (YirmeYahu), wrote of it extensively. Certainly, YAH brought out the tribes of Israel from Egypt, along with a mixed multitude that engrafted into the nation. There is a future, and final Exodus just ahead, at the end of the Great Trib (distress), also known as “Ya'aqob's trouble”. The Second Exodus will be so incredible and miraculous, the first Exodus will pale by comparison:

Jeremiah 16:14-16: “'Therefore see, the days are coming,' declares YAH, when it is no longer said, ‘YAH lives who brought up the children of Yashara'al from the land of Mitsrayim,’ but, ‘YAH lives who brought up the children of Yashara'al from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I shall bring them back into their land I gave to their fathers. 'See, I am sending for many fishermen,' declares YAH, 'and they shall fish them. And after that I shall send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

The following describes the second coming of Yahusha, and the Second Exodus:

Jeremiah (YirmeYahu) 23:3-8: “Therefore I shall gather the remnant of My flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and shall bring them back to their fold. And they shall bear and increase. And I shall raise up shepherds over them, and they shall feed them. And they shall fear no more, nor be discouraged, nor shall they be lacking, declares YAH.

See, the days are coming,” declares YAH, “when I shall raise for David a Branch of righteousness, and a Sovereign shall reign and act wisely, and shall do right-ruling and righteousness in the earthIn His days Yahudah shall be saved, and Yashara'al dwell safely. And this is His Name whereby He shall be called: 'YAH is our Righteousness.’ (Transliterated in Hebrew: YAH Tsediqenu; this is Yahusha's "new Name")

Therefore, see, the days are coming,” declares YAH, “when they shall say no more, ‘As YAH lives who brought up the children of Yashara'al out of the land of Mitsrayim,’ but, ‘As YAH lives who brought up and led the seed of the house of Yashara'al out of the land of the north and from all the lands where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell on their own soil.”

ALSO NOTICE HOW IT IS DESCRIBED HERE:

Jeremiah (YirmeYahu) 31:1-40 “At that time,” declares YAH, “I shall be the Elohim of all the clans of Yashara'al, and they shall be My people.” Thus said YAH, “A people escaped from the sword found favor in the wilderness, Yashara'al, when it went to find rest.”

YAH appeared to me from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I shall draw you with kindness. I am going to build you again. And you shall be rebuilt, O maiden of Yashara'al! Again you shall take up your tambourines, and go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.

Again you shall plant vines on the mountains of Shomeron (popularized, “Samaria”, the area of the “Samaritans”, or ten northern tribes; Ephraim was the dominant tribe over them). The planters shall plant and treat them as common.

For there shall be a day when the watchmen (Hebrew, “Natsarim”) cry in mountain Ephrayim, ‘Arise, and let us go up to Tsiyon, to YAH our Elohim.’ ” (mountain is metaphoric for “nation”, and with the next verse informing the meaning, Ephraim resides in the chief of the nations when this occurs)

For thus said YAH, “Sing with gladness for Ya'aqob, and shout among the chief of the nations. Cry out, give praise, and say, ‘O YAH, save (deliver) Your people, the remnant of Yashara'al!’ (read Psalms 80, keeping in mind it is the “cry” of Ephraim)

See, I am bringing them from the land of the north, and shall gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together – a great assembly returning here.

With weeping they shall come, and with their prayers I bring them. I shall make them walk by rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they do not stumble. For I shall be a Father to Yashara'al, and Ephrayim – he is My first-born.

Hear the word of YAH, O gentiles, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Yashara'al gathers him, and shall guard him as a shepherd his flock.’ For YAH shall ransom Ya'aqob, and redeem him from the hand of one stronger than he.

And they shall come in and shall sing on the height of Tsiyon, and stream to the goodness of YAH, for grain and for new wine and for oil, and for the young of the flock and the herd. And their being shall be like a well-watered garden, and never languish again.

Then shall a maiden rejoice in a dance, and young men and old, together. And I shall turn their mourning to joy, and shall comfort them, and shall make them rejoice from their sorrow, and shall fill the being of the priests with fatness. And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness,” declares YAH.

Thus said YAH, “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing, bitter weeping, Raḥĕl weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.”

Thus said YAH, “Hold back your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work,” declares YAH, “and they shall return from the land of the enemy.

And there is expectancy for your latter end,” declares YAH, “and your children shall return to their own country.

I have clearly heard Ephrayim lamenting, ‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised, like an untrained calf. Turn me back, and I shall turn back, for You are YAH my Elohim. (Note similar wording at Psalms 80)

For after my turning back, I repented. And after I was instructed, I struck myself on the thigh. I was ashamed, even humiliated, for I bore the reproach of my youth.’

Is Ephrayim a precious son to Me, a child of delights? For though I spoke against him, I still remembered him. That is why My affections were deeply moved for him. I have great compassion for him,” declares YAH.

Set up signposts, make landmarks; set your heart toward the highway, the way in which you went. Turn back, O maiden of Yashara'al, turn back to these cities of yours!

Till when would you turn here and there, O backsliding daughter? For YAH has created what is new on Earth: a woman encompasses a man!” Thus said YAH of hosts, the Elohim of Yashara'al, “Let them once again say this word in the land of Yahudah and in its cities, when I turn back their captivity, ‘YAH bless you, O home of righteousness, mountain of set-apartness!’ And in Yahudah and all its cities farmers and those who journey with flocks, shall dwell together.

For I shall fill the weary being, and I shall replenish every grieved being.” At this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was sweet to me. See, the days are coming,” declares YAH, “that I shall sow the house of Yashara'al and the house of Yahudah with the seed of man and the seed of beast.

And it shall be, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict, so I shall watch over them to build and to plant,” declares YAH. In those days they shall no longer say, ‘The fathers ate sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are blunted.’

But each one shall die for his own crookedness – whoever eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be blunted.

See, the days are coming,” declares YAH, “when I shall make a new covenant with the house of Yashara'al and with the house of Yahudah, not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Mitsrayim, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares YAH.

For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yashara'al after those days, declares YAH: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.

And no longer shall they teach, each one his neighbor, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know YAH,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares YAH. “For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember their sin no more.”

Thus said YAH, who gives the sun for a light by day, and the laws of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who stirs up the sea, and its waves roar – YAH of hosts is His Name: If these laws vanish from before Me,” declares YAH, “then the seed of Yashara'al shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.”

Thus said YAH, “If the heavens above could be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I would also cast off all the seed of Yashara'al for all that they have done,” declares YAH.

See, the days are coming,” declares YAH, “that the city shall be built for YAH from the Tower of Hanan’ĕl to the Corner Gate. And the measuring line shall again extend straight ahead to the hill Gareb, then it shall turn toward Goah.

And all the valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the wadi Qidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, is to be set-apart to YAH. It shall not be plucked up or thrown down any more forever.” See also Isaiah (YeshaYahu) 43, Jeremiah (YirmeYahu) 25

Jerermiah 3:14-18: “Return, O backsliding children,” declares YAH, “for I shall rule over you, and shall take you, one from a city and two from a clan, and shall bring you to Tsiyon.And I shall give you shepherds according to My heart, and they shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. And it shall be, when you have increased, and shall bear fruit in the land in those days,” declares YAH, “that they no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of YAH.’ Neither would it come to heart, nor would they remember it, nor would they visit it, nor would it be made again.

At that time Yerushalayim shall be called the throne of YAH, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the Name of YAH, to Yerushalayim, and no longer walk after the stubbornness of their evil heart.

In those days the house of Yahudah shall go to the house of Yashara'al, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.

COMPARISON OF FIRST EXODUS AND SECOND EXODUS

There is a difference in the sealed and re-gathered tribes of Israel when we compare Revelations 7:4-8, and Ezekiel 48:30-35.

By looking into these details, YAH is preparing us for the Second Exodus, and the work ahead during the Great Trib (distress).

Instead of 6 million Israelites as was in the First Exodus, there are now perhaps 6 billion to be redeemed from captivity, from the ends of the Earth, scattered people who are lost to their identity – but YAH remembers them. The sealing, gathering, and gating in the First Exodus informs the events of the Second Exodus. There was protection during the distress in Egypt, then a gathering as they departed, and a gating reflected in the camp of Israel around the Tent of Meeting. The tribes assembled their tents in a large square:

The First Exodus involved serious distress for the unprotected Egyptians, because YAH made a distinction (a type of sealing for protection) between “My people and your people”. They were protected from the worst plague of all by their obedience in marking their doors at the first Pesach (Passover). Likewise, there will be various plagues during the Great Trib (distress), but the people sealed prior to the Second Exodus will have the “distinction” of the Name, YAH, and be restored and living in Yahusha’s Covenant. In the First Exodus, the distinction between the Israelites in Goshen and the rest of the Egyptians caused those receiving the plagues to pay attention to those who were protected, as it will also be for us of the Second Exodus.

Exodus 8:22, 23: “And in that day I shall separate the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there, so that you know that I am YAH in the midst of the land. And I shall put a distinction between My people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall be.”

In the sealing (for protection during the distress) Dan and Ephraim are not mentioned, so the major portion of those descended from these 2 tribes are not protected from the plagues during the Great Trib. Yosef’s descendants would include both Ephraim and Menashah, however since Yosef and Menashah are listed as sealed, there must be some portion of Ephraim with a resistance to receiving the Name. Moreover, Yosef may have had other sons, and though they are not mentioned in the blessing, they may exist, and receive the Name prior to the Great Trib. The Name is a strong tower, and in one of these texts we see that it is a refuge in the day of my “distress” (tribulation):

Proverbs 18:10: “The Name of YAH is a strong tower; The righteous run into it and are safe. Psalms 59:16: “And I, I sing of Your power; And in the morning I sing aloud of Your kindness; For You have been my strong tower And a refuge in the day of my distress.”

In the re-gathering process, at the end of the Great Trib (distress), we see that Dan and Ephraim are restored. This is the Second Exodus, at Yahusha’s return to gather us from the ends of the Earth - Christians call it the “rapture”. They’ve been taught not to believe they will endure the Great Trib (distress); but they must be sealed because they will be alive for this period, and on Earth to do a most important work -- otherwise they will receive the plagues and have to repent during the Great Trib (distress). Many will repent and accept the Name and Covenant during the Great Trib, due to the work we will be doing among them, because the bulk of them are believers, but not yet Covenant observing people; so we will have a great purpose for being on Earth to help guide them. The Second Exodus will occur after we have accomplished our work, and it is us who are “those who lead many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” – which we will do during the “time of distress”. Notice this end-time revelation given to Dani’el:

Daniel 12:1-3: “Now at that time Mika’el shall stand up, the great head who is standing over the sons of your people. And there shall be a time of distress, such as never was since there was a nation, until that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book, and many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth wake up, some to everlasting life, and some to reproaches, everlasting abhorrence. And those who have insight shall shine like the brightness of the expanse, and those who lead many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”

Those of us who are sealed (with the Name) for protection from the plagues during the Great Trib (distess) will produce much “fruit”. The following text describes an uncountable number which those who are sealed have been able to help (also referred to at Daniel 12:1-3):

Revelations 7:9, 10: “After this I looked and saw a great crowd which no one was able to count, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Deliverance belongs to our Elohim who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

At Revelations 7, Dan and Ephraim are not listed as being sealed (for protection). Yet through the work of those sealed during the Great Trib, an uncountable number will be gathered at the return of Yahusha, which will be the time of the Second Exodus. He's coming back to redeem the descendants (and all those "lost" that didn't know they were descendants of Israel):

Ezekiel 48:31-35: “The three gates northward: one gate for Re’uben, one gate for Yahudah, one gate for Lui. And on the east side, four thousand five hundred cubits, three gates: one gate for Yosef, one gate for Binyamin, one gate for Dan. And on the south side, measuring four thousand five hundred cubits, three gates: one gate for Shimon, one gate for Yissaskar, one gate for Zebulun. And on the west side, four thousand five hundred cubits with their three gates: one gate for Gad, one gate for Asher, one gate for Naphtali. All around: eighteen thousand cubits. And the name of the city from that day is: YAH is there!” (In Hebrew: YAH Shammah!)

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Do You Have An Immortal Soul?

On July 10, 2011, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

Few beliefs are more widely held than that of the "immortal soul." Virtually everyone is familiar with the concept. The average religious person, if asked, would state it something like this:

We are composed of a body and a soul. The body is the physical flesh-and-blood "shell" temporarily housing the soul. The soul is made of spirit. At death the soul leaves the body, and lives on consciously forever in heaven or hell as a spirit.

Some form of this concept is found among all peoples and religions in the world today. The average religious person generally takes the idea for granted.

How can one know whether or not you really has an "immortal soul"?

Few have stopped to ask where the concept came from in the first place. Many simply assume it has its origin in the Bible.

Let The Scriptures Speak

Genesis 2:17
"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shalt not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shalt surely die"

Genesis 3:4
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

THE GREATEST LIE EVER TOLD!

In general people are afraid of death. Some fear death because they fear the unknown and some because they simply do not want to leave this life.

As a result of these things, immortality of the soul came into play to prey upon these fears. People have gone to great lengths pains in trying to capture immortality in one form or another.

Yet in spite of what the word says, religion tells us that there is a portion of mortal man that is immortal. The concept of an immortal soul hinges on what people conceive as a difference between the undeniably mortal body and the life force that causes that mortal body to function in the manner with which we are all familiar. The question here is what that difference is, if any. To really understand this concept, let us go back to Adam in the Garden of Eden.

Genesis 2:7
And Yah formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Now, notice how the scripture is saying, "Man became a living soul". It does not say he was given a soul, but that he became a living soul.

It is this breath of life that man perceives as the soul. Also, the body of Adam without this breath of life would have decayed right back to the dust it came from; which is exactly what happens to a lifeless body today. It is therefore evident that it is this "Breath of Life" that actually causes us to breathe, think, and function as living human beings. Now, we can ask, was this breath of life, we call a soul, given as and meant to be immortal? We can find out how Yah answers that question in the following verse:

Genesis 2:17
"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die"

This breath of life was not meant to be immortal, or Yah would not have said that it could die. Just the same, it means something else also. It means that that breath of life did not have to die. It means that Nephesh or soul, or could go on eternally in Adam providing he did not eat from the forbidden fruit. But man did eat from that forbidden fruit, and just as Yah said he would, Adam died both spiritually and physically.

But what about the soul of Adam? What happened to the breath of life Adam was given? The Word of Yah answers this also

Ezekiel 18:4
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins, it shall die.

Ecclesiastes 3:18-19
[18] I said in my heart, “Concerning the condition of the sons of men, Alahiym tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.” [19] For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath (Ruwach meaning spirit); man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 9:3-6
[3] This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. [4] But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. [5] For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten. [6] Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 12:7
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit (can be translated to mean breath) shall return unto Alahiym who gave it.


 
The body turns to dust again, and The spirit (Breath of life) of every person who dies whether righteous or unrighteous returns to YAH at death.

Questions you need to ask but didn't know to ask

#1. If the dead know nothing, but the spirit (man's spirit) goes to heaven to be with The Most high, then how can you know that you are in heaven?

#2. Why would the unrighteous spirit go to heaven with YAH?

Consider carefully: Man formed of the dust of the ground, not out of spirit, "became" a living soul. A soul is what man is. It is not something a man has.

The Hebrew language further proves this point. The Hebrew word translated as "soul" in Genesis 2:7 is nephesh.

Nephesh means that which has temporary physical life. It means a creature whose life source comes through breathing. This is the same word used frequently in the first chapter of Genesis and elsewhere in reference to animals.

For example, Genesis 1:24 "And Yah said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature [nephesh] after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so."

Here the word creature is the identical Hebrew word that is used in Genesis 2:7 and throughout the Old Testament for "soul." In biblical usage, a brute beast is also a "soul"!

In Leviticus 21:11, Numbers 6:6, Haggai 2:13 and elsewhere, the word nephesh is even used with reference to a dead body

Nephesh clearly has nothing whatsoever to do with any sort of immortal soul in man. The soul is not a separate entity from the body. Man is a nephesh. He is a living soul (living being)!

Let The New Testament Speak

What about the New Testament? Surely here we find biblical proof for an immortal soul. Right?

In the New Testament, "soul" is a translation of the Greek word psuche. Psuche is generally equivalent to the Hebrew word nephesh. Like nephesh, psuche is frequently rendered "life" in addition to "soul."

Psuche is twice used in the New Testament for the lower animals, exactly in the same way as the Hebrew nephesh can refer to the life of animals. In these two scriptures (Rev. 8:9 and 16:3), psuche is rendered "life" and "soul" respectively, with reference to the life of sea creatures.

The word psuche has no connotation whatsoever of "conscious spirit of man" or "immortal soul"!

Yahusha, in fact, declared that Yah is able to destroy one's soul (Greek psuche, or life) in Gehenna fire (Matthew 10:28).

The words immortal soul cannot be found nowhere in the Bible; Old Testament or New. The word immortal occurs only once in the entire Bible in 1 Timothy 1:17, where it refers specifically to The Messiah!

In Romans 2, Paul ask believers to "seek immortality". If man already had immortal soul already in him, he would not have to seek for it!

Romans 2:6-13
[6] Who will render to every man according to his deeds: [7] To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life: [8] But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, [9] Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; [10] But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: [11] For there is no respect of persons with The Most High. [12] For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; [13] For not the hearers of the law are just before The Most High, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

1 Corinthians 15 of the Bible shows that a believer "puts on" immortality at a future resurrection of the dead!

1 Corinthians 15:50-54
[50] Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. [51] Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. [53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. [54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

As Yahusha clearly stated: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3:6). "For dust you are, and to dust shall you return," Yah told Adam (Genesis 3:19).

Only when mortal man is "born again" in a future resurrection will he finally put on immortality and be spirit! Why would a resurrection of the body be needed if the soul were already in heaven? The soul does not go to heaven! The mortal soul, man's physical life, dies and turns to dust.

The New Testament, then, teaches the resurrection as a rising from the dead in direct opposition to having an immortal soul. The resurrection is our only hope of eternal life! Yahusha The Messiah's resurrection was a type or forerunner of the resurrection Yah promises to all who obey him (John 5:28-29; 11:25; Romans 8:11; Philippians. 3:10-11).

The "Spirit in Man"

Now understand an additional basic truth. Since man's "soul" and its physical life is corruptible and perishes after death, how is it possible for Yah to resurrect an individual? If everything is physical and turns to dust, what is there that remains of a person to be "brought back"?

How about his personality, his memory and his character preserved by Yah until a day of resurrection?

The answer is simply that not everything about a man is physical! The Bible calls this non-physical component the "spirit [Hebrew ruach, Greek pneuma] in man" (Job 32:8; Zecharias 12:1; 1 Corinthians 2:11). It is not the man. It is in man.

This spirit in man, however, has no consciousness apart from the physical human brain. It is not to be confused in any way with the fictional concept of a conscious "immortal soul." "The dead know not anything," the Bible declares (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10). In the day of a man's death, "his thoughts or plans perish" (Psalms 146:4). The Bible clearly pictures death as a sleep; a state of unconsciousness (Daniel 12:2).

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Destroying the soul and the body in hell?

Is The Messiah teaching in this verse that the soul lives on after death and is immortal? Not at all. If you look at this scripture closely, you see that Yahusha is actually saying that the soul can be destroyed. Yahusha is here warning about the judgment of YAH. He says not to fear those who can destroy only the physical human body (soma in the Greek), but fear Him (YAH) who is also able to destroy the soul (psuche)—here denoting the person's physical being with its consciousness.

Simply stated, The Messiah was showing that when one man kills another the resulting death is only temporary; YAH can raise anyone to conscious life again either soon after death or in the resurrection.

Matthew:9:23-25
{23} And when Yahusha came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, [24] He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleeps. And they laughed him to scorn. [25] But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

John:11:43-44
[43] And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. [44] And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Acts:9:40-41
[40] But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. [41] And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
When The Messiah returns to the earth. The person who has died is not gone forever. Only YAH can remove one's physical life and all possibility of any later resurrection to life. When YAH destroys one in "hell," that person's destruction is permanent.

What is the "hell" spoken of in this verse? The Greek word used here is gehenna, which means "Valley of Hinnom." The term originally referred to a valley on the south side of Jerusalem in which pagan deities were worshipped.

Because of its reputation as an abominable place, it later became a garbage dump where refuse was burned. Gehenna became synonymous with "a place of burning"—a site used to dispose of useless things.

Only The Most High can utterly destroy human existence and eliminate any hope of a resurrection. The Scriptures teach that YAH will in the future burn up the incorrigibly wicked in an all-consuming fire, turning them to ashes (Malachi 4:3) And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, says YAH of hosts.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very Alahiym of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray YAH your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Master Yahusha The Messiah.

Spirit, soul and body? What does Paul mean by the phrase "spirit, soul, and body"?

By "spirit" (pneuma), Paul means the non-material component that is joined to the physical human brain to form the human mind. This spirit is not conscious of itself. Rather, it gives the brain the ability to reason, create and analyze our existence (see also Job:32:8) But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding.

1 Corinthians 2:11
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of YAH knoweth no man, but the Spirit of YAH.

By "soul" (psuche), Paul means the person's physical being with its consciousness. By "body" (soma), Paul means a physical body of flesh. In short, Paul wished for the whole person, including the mind, vitality of conscious life and physical body, to be sanctified and blameless.

Revelation 6:9-10: Souls of slain crying out?

"When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of YAH and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, 'How long, O YAH, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?'" (Revelation:6:9-10).

To understand this scripture, we must remember the context. John was witnessing a vision while he was "in the Spirit" (Revelation 4:2). Under inspiration he was seeing future events shown in symbolism. The fifth seal is figurative of the Great Tribulation, a time of world turmoil preceding The Messiah's return. In this vision, John sees under the altar the martyred believers who sacrificed their lives for their faith in YAH. These souls figuratively cry out, "Avenge our blood!" This can be compared to Abel's blood metaphorically crying out to YAH from the ground (Genesis:4:10) And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.). Though neither dead souls nor blood can actually speak, these phrases figuratively demonstrate that YAH will not forget the evil deeds of mankind perpetrated against His righteous followers.

This verse does not describe living souls that have gone to heaven. The Bible confirms that "no one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven [Yahusha Ha Mashiach]" (John:3:13) And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven). Even righteous King David, a man after YAH's own heart (Acts:13:22) And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will, was described by Peter as being "dead and buried" (Acts:2:29) Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day, not alive in heaven or some other state or location (verse 34).

Whole World Deceived

There is no scriptural basis whatever for belief in an "immortal soul" surviving consciously after death.

The doctrine of the immortal soul is built on a foundation of biblical mistranslations, false premises and sloppy scholarship. Few had the spiritual courage to take a fresh look at the question and accept the true Bible teaching.

Satan the devil has succeeded for the time being in deceiving the whole world (Rev. 12:9). It was he who first introduced the idea that man does not really die, but is inherently immortal. "Ye shall not surely die," Satan lied to Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:4).

It is time to cast off the fables and traditions of men and understand the great meaning and purpose of human life as revealed in the Bible!

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