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The Bible says in Acts 1:11: “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “Where the Dead Are Now (Part 6)” from Dr. Tim LaHaye
You are probably wondering why the Old Testament saints were sent to the place of comfort or Paradise when they died. Why couldn’t Daniel, David, Abraham, and all those great men and women of God go directly to heaven? After all, they believed in God while they lived. The answer is found in the inadequacy of the covering of their sins. In the Old Testament, sins were temporarily covered by the blood of a lamb without blemish or without spot. But an animal’s blood was not sufficient to permanently cleanse their sins. Sacrifice was an exercise of obedience, in which a person showed his faith that God would someday provide permanent cleansing from sin through the perfect sacrifice of His Son.
When our Lord cried from the cross, “It is finished,” He meant that the debt incurred by man’s sin was paid in full. God in human flesh could accomplish what no animal sacrifice could ever do—atone for the sins of the whole world. After releasing His soul, Jesus descended into Hades and led all the Old Testament believers, who had been held captive up until the time sin was finally atoned for, up into heaven, where they are presently with Him.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: “Waiting on the Second Coming — The Mysterious Word (Part 3)” by Ray C. Stedman
MUSICAL SELECTION: “The King is Coming” by Newsboys