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The Bible says in John 14:1-3: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “Where the Dead Are Now (Part 5)” from Dr. Tim LaHaye
One of the many outstanding changes brought about by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is that the believer does not have to go to Sheol-Hades. Psalm 16, as quoted by Peter in Acts 2:25-28, establishes the fact that Jesus Christ is not in Sheol-Hades today. The location of Hades is spoken of as “down,” but we find in Acts 1:9 that the Lord Jesus was “taken up, and a cloud received Him out of [the disciples’] sight. And…they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up.” Second Corinthians 5:8 tells us, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” In other words, the believer at death does not go to Sheol-Hades, but is present with the Lord, who is not in Sheol-Hades because He dwells in heaven. In fact, the Scriptures teach that the Lord Jesus is presently “standing at the right hand of God.” Consequently, when a present-day believer (or any Christian during the church age) dies, he does not go to Sheol-Hades, but his soul proceeds immediately to heaven to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ.
One question naturally confronts us: When did this change take place? We know that the Lord Jesus went to Paradise, for in Luke 23:43 He told the repentant thief on the cross, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” So we know that Jesus went directly from the cross into the Paradise section of Sheol-Hades. Now look at Ephesians 4:8-10. This passage reveals that Paradise is no longer located in Hades, but was taken by Christ up into heaven. This would indicate that a dead believer now goes to heaven, where he is joined with the Old and New Testament departed saints, leaving the former Paradise section of Hades an empty compartment. It is also very possible that at this time the Lord Jesus snatched the keys of Hades and death from the hand of Satan, for we see in Revelation 1:18 that He now holds them.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: “Waiting on the Second Coming — The Mysterious Word (Part 2)” by Ray C. Stedman
MUSICAL SELECTION: “The King is Coming” by Newsboys