Soul Sleeping Doctrine

But for the unbeliever, sadly, his destination will be hell, as it is stated in the parable concerning a rich and a poor men, told by YAHSHUA:  In time both died. The rich man went to hell and Lazarus went to heaven, carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. And in hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, Father Abraham, have pity and mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame… (Luke 16:19-31). This parable clearly refutes the doctrine of soul sleeping in death for both men: one in hell and the other in heaven. The first was in anguish in the flame of hell, for His soul was awake, feeling pain and torment, while his body was in the grave. His soul was not taking a nap while waiting for judgment. He was feeling the pains of hell right then. Abraham, while listening to the rich man had this to say: Child, remember that you in your lifetime fully received comforts and delights, and Lazarus in like manner the discomforts and distresses; but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed in order that those who want to pass from this to you may not be able, and no one may pass from there to us … The dialogue continued. If their souls were sleeping, there would not have been a dialogue between them. There would not have been recognition of Abraham. Another example we find is when YAHSHUA went up on the mountain to pray; He took Peter, John and James with Him. And as He was praying, the appearance of His countenance became altered, and His raiment became dazzling white and behold, two men were conversing with Him- Moses and Elijah, who appeared in splendor and majesty and brightness and were speaking of is exit, which He was about to bring to realization at Jerusalem (Luke 9:28-31). If Moses’s soul were sleeping he would not have had that experience with YAHSHUA. It would have been impossible for a sleeping soul to be talking, and to be aware of YAHSHUA. Another example we find at Calvary when one of the repentant criminals asked YAHSHUA to remember him when He came into His kingdom. YAHSHUA right then affirmed him: Truly, I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise (Luke 3:43). He did not say, after the resurrection, you will be with in Paradise, but “Today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

Soul sleeping is not biblical. Job confirms that when he said, I know that my Redeemer lives. And at last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God; whom I myself shall behold, and Whom my eyes shall see and not another (Job 19: 25-27). How visible is the truth found in this doctrine? What do they say about Stephen when being stoned, being filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and YAHSHUA standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”…They went on stoning Stephen as he called upon the Lord and said, “Lord YAHSHUA, receive my spirit. And falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” and having said this, he fell asleep (Acts 7:55-60). Yes, he fell asleep to the world to awake in heaven.

In Psalm 17:15 the psalmist registers the most beautiful experience the believer will have after death: As for me, he said, I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness; I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake beholding Your form. When we awake in heaven it will be beautiful to see our Lord and Savior YAHSHUA, It will be wonderful to experience sweet communion with Him, in righteousness and holiness at last. Yes, we have confident and hopeful courage and are pleased rather to be away from home out of the body and be at home with the Lord (II Cor. 5:8). Death of the believer is precious in God’s sight (Ps. 116:15).  There is nothing to fear passing from this earth to our eternal abode; but it is a serious and fearful experience for those who have rejected the gift of salvation through YAHSHUA. It is a fearful thing to incur the divine penalties and be cast into the hands of the living God! (Heb. 10:31). The step after death for a believer and non- believer is not the stage of sleeping of the soul, but heaven or hell. The intermediate state, which is from death to resurrection, is certain for the believers soon after death to pass onto glory, while their bodies wait for the resurrection. The spirit of the believer will be perfect in holiness in the presence of God. To awake from this earth into the presence of the Lord will be the most awesome experience the believer will have. His body rests in the grave still united to YAHSHUA while his soul/spirit is in the presence of the Lord, aware of everything, and very much awake, enjoying being with the Lord. On the other hand, the unbeliever, although his body is in the grave also waiting for the resurrection, which is the second resurrection, his spirit, soul are in hell, as we saw in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, feeling the anguish and torment hell offers.

Life on earth is a preparation for our future destination. Opportunities are given to all and chances to decide where we want to go after death. The Bible says, after death the judgement. There is no other chance in between as in purgatory, for there is no purgatory mentioned in the Bible. Salvation is not purchased with money, only through the blood of YAHSHUA one can pass from condemnation to salvation. The soul/spirit of men will either experience heaven or hell after their deaths. There is no soul sleeping stage. My friend, know the truth and the truth shall set you free!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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