With all the teaching today by the so‑called "Ministers" of America about a Christian accepting Christ and then going to heaven. There is so much of it you would think that there would be at least "one" verse of scripture that would clearly state that a Christian goes to Heaven when he dies.
Now, when asked this question; the first response received was one who quoted part of the verse, "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." (2 Corinthians 5:8).
And when we responded he seemed to be quite put out that we did not fall all over our self and agree with him. But responded that; if he would study the verse he made reference to he would find that it had nothing to do with dying and then being immediately present with the Lord, but that I was trying to make him accept my beliefs.
Then there is some dispute, in ecclesiastical circles, whether the kingdom of Yahweh, so often mentioned by Yahshua, is to be on EARTH or only in heaven. This is based on the above scripture and Matthew, and is only used by him, of the phrase the Kingdom of heaven.
Neither Mark, Luke nor John refer to the kingdom of heaven, but only to the kingdom of Yahweh. Even Matthew uses as an equivalent phrase, the kingdom of Yahwe, four times in Matthew 6:33; 12:28; 21:32 and 21:43. In Matthew 13:43 and 26:29 Yahshua speaks of the kingdom of their Father and My Father’s kingdom. Both of these phrases obviously being equivalent to the kingdom of Yahweh. There is clearly no distinction between the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of Yahweh. Then why were the two phrases used?
These different phrases happened because outwardly pious jews had first taken the name of Yahweh out of the scriptures, substituting the word adonai, meaning lord. This happened in the seventh century B.C. At least as early as 200 B.C., they had begun to substitute heaven for Yahweh. Even today, many Jewish publications will not use the word God, writing it G-d. Funk and Wagnall’s New Standard Bible Dictionary says the following:
“Kingdom of Yahweh, usage of terms: A New Testament phrase based upon and expressing in its final form the Old Testament idea of the spiritual rule of God over men. The phrase, kingdom of heaven, us used in theNew Testament by Matthew only, and is an exact equivalent of the phrase kingdom of God. The subsitution of heaven for God, is based on the popular superstitious feeling, in later Judaism, which led to the avoidance of the divine names in common speech.”
Before we go any further I have been appointed a Watchman on the wall by God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ, after the manner of that spoken of in Ezekiel. "I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel [America]; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth [Study of the Bible], and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul." (Ezekiel 33:7‑9).
So, I merely present what God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ gives me and I care not whether you accept it or not for I have done my duty in presenting those Words to you. It should be brought to your attention also that if one enters the study of the scriptures with a preconceived idea about them it will affect what you believe about them and what you will see revealed in them.
That is why so many people can read the same verse of scripture and come up with different interpretations; they approach it with preconceived ideas about what it says. Usually because some so‑called "Minister" has told them so.
An example would be if you believe in a purgatory, as the Catholics do than many verses will seem to point out that there is indeed a purgatory. But if one will approach the scriptures from a purely studious standpoint he will find that there are no scriptures which confirm either a purgatory or that Christians will go to heaven when they die.
But there is a verse showing that a Catholic cannot pray his/her loved ones out of a so-called purgatory:
“None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him. (Psalm 49:7)
Now back to the verse of scripture in question. Upon study you will soon realize that to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord merely means is to be present with the Lord by thinking about Him or in other words, to be present with Him in Spirit. That this is a true interpretation can be found by study of the following verses, which is not exhaustive, but should be enough to verify that what I am saying is true.
We know the dead know nothing nor do anything until the resurrection by the Lord is proven by the following scriptures: (Job 17:13‑16; Job 19:25-27; Psalms 6:5; 17:15; 49:8‑20; 88:10; 115:17; 141:7; 146:4; Ecclesiastes 9:5‑10; Jeremiah 14:10-15; Isaiah 19:19-20; Daniel 12:13; Hosea 13:14; John 8:13; Acts 2:34; Hebrews 11:13 and 1 Corinthians 15:55).
Then Paul confirms that being absent from the body is spiritual, and no by actual physical death when he said to the Colossians:
"For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit." (Colossians 2:5).
Paul then goes on to tell us when we will be present with Christ, which is after actual physical death:
"When Christ...shall appear, then ye also appear with him." (Colossians 3:4).
Then we have the witness of John the revelator who was in the spirit, or in other words was thinking about God and Christ when he received the visions as recorded in the book of Revelation (Revelation 1:10). As he wrote the book of Revelation after he received the visions in the spirit, it is very clear that he was not physically dead.
Now many who listen probably know the verses of the scriptures much better than I, but we must admit that to "understand" the Bible is a heck of a lot different than just knowing the verses and being able to quote them. And to know the scriptures comes only from a study of them, not in just learning what the scriptures say or think they say.
So, when this question is asked some will come up with the verse as quoted in Revelation Chapter 11:
"And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven." (Revelation 11:12‑13).
Now, one can see at a glance at the preceding verses that this verse is not pertaining to dead Christians. Many will point to:
"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven." (Matthew 5:12).
It relates that a Christians reward is reserved in heaven but it does not say the Christian is to receive his reward there. The scriptures relates:
"...behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." (Revelation 22:12).
Or they will point out:
"But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal." (Matthew 6:20).
The Christians treasure is laid up in heaven but the Christian is not there. Or:
"Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven." (Luke 10:20).
Well now we have a Christians name in heaven the still the Christian is not there yet. Or:
"We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel." (Colossians 1:3‑5).
A Christians hope is laid up in heaven but the Christian is not there yet.
There is not one single verse of scripture which clearly places a Christian in heaven where Almighty God is! It is a diversion which Satan and the anti‑Christs have dreamed up to negate the activities of the Christians of the world.
The so‑called Judeo‑Christian Churches of today constantly teach that this world is not a Christians home; that he is just passing through on his way to his celestial home; that we will leave all this behind. This is exactly what Karl Marx had in mind when he made his famous statement that religion is the opium of the people. Indeed this false teaching drugs them into submissiveness to the propaganda of Satan and his minions.
So instead of taking the dominion of the world into their hands as God promised in the beginning:
"Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion...over all the earth." (Genesis 1:26)
In the name of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ, they have allowed the Communists to take over the dominion of the world in the name of their god Satan or the State. Thus when we really think about it this teaching merely paves the way and makes it smooth sailing for the one‑worlders.
So nothing can be based upon the use of the word kingdom of heaven. But what clues can we find in the
First, Yahweh’s THRONE AND KINGDOM ARE ETERNAL. The following Bible verses all confirm where the kingdom of Yahweh is, on earth.
“O Yahweh, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.”
“Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generatins.”
AN ETERNAL KINGDOM ON THIS EARTH WAS PROMISED.
2 Samuel 7:12-16:
“And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee which shall proceed out of thy bowels, AND I WILL ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM. He shall build an house for my name, and I WILL ESTABLISH THE THRONE OF HIS KINGDOM FOREVER. I will be his Father, and he shall be my son. If he commite iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men (Israelites): but my mercy shall not depart away from him as I took away from Saul, whom I put away before thee. AND THINE HOUSE AND THY KINGDOM SHALL BE ESTABLISHED FOREVER BEFORE THEE: THY THRONE SHALL BE ESTABLISHED BEFORE THEE: THY THRONE SHALL BE ESTABLISHED FOREVER.”
2 Chronicles 28:5 and 29:23:
“And of all my sons (for Yahweh hath given me many sons) he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon THE THRONE OF THE KINGDOM OF YAHWEH OVER ISREAL...THEN SOLOMON SAT ON THE THRONE OF YAHWEH AS KING, instead of David his father, and prospered, and all Israel obeyeth him.”
Psalm 89:3-4, 28-36:
“I have made a covenant with my chosen. I have sworn unto DAVID MY SERVANT, Thy seed will I establish forever, and build up thy THRONE FOR ALL GENERATIONS...My mercy will I keepfor him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand with him. His seed also will I make to endure forever, and HIS THRONE as the days of heaven. MY COVENANT WILL I NOT BREAK nor after the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once I have sworn by my holiness that I will not lie to David. HIS SEED SHALL ENDURE FOREVER, AND HIS THRONE AS THE SUN BEFORE ME.”
Do you want to know why Communism seems to be winning in this war (oh we know that the Jewish owned and controlled mass media says that Communism is dead, but it is far from dead, it is stronger now than at any time in its history), and it is a war, for the control of this world over Christianity? A lot of it, in fact, most of it has to do with the two false teachings of Christians going to heaven and leaving this world behind and the Rapture. This heavenly mentality does not appeal to most because it is a teaching that a Christian must wait until he dies to receive a reward for his attempt at virtuous living. That certainly does not appeal to the young because they are interested in living not in dying.
However, if they were taught the truth, that a Christians final resting place is to be this world in the Kingdom of God on Earth not in some far away place beyond the stars, and that as the descendants of Anglo‑Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, Celtic and Kindred People; that the promises God made to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob/Israel and Joseph and their descendants were promises made to them they would think and react quite different to the threat of the domination of the world by Communism. In fact, Communism would never have become a threat in the first place.
Also the Communists have realized a great truth that the so‑called "Ministers" the Clergy of Organized Religion have not taught our people, that being; It is the people who determines the type of religious leaders we will have; that our religious leaders then determine the type of religion we will have; that the religion we have then determines the political leaders we will have; that the political leaders we have will then determine the economics which we will live under and that the economics which we live under then determines the morality the people will have.
You think that is not true then consider this: Today in America we have more abortions than we ever had before; we have more rapes than we ever had before; we have more crime than we ever had before; we have more dishonest politicians, judges and so‑called pastors than we ever had before; we have more divorces than we ever had before; we have more people on drugs than we ever had before; we have more cancer than we ever had before; we have more sickness than we ever had before; we have more heart attacks than we ever had before; and have you noticed that we have more so‑called "Ministers," Preachers," "Evangelists" and etc. than we have ever had before; we have more churches than we have ever had before; we have more Bible study groups than we ever had before; we have more religious broadcasts on radio and television than we have ever had before.
Think about the changes which have occurred in the United States in just the last fifty years since we as a nation turned from Almighty God and the Lord Jesus Christ and began to worship the people known as the Jews and began blessing the state known around the world today as Israel.
Forty years ago: Abortionists were sent to prison for murder; Pregnancy out of wedlock was thought of as scandalous; Homosexuals were known for what they are: Queers; Pornography was despised and the courts sent those who produced this filth to jail; Marriage was sacred; Living together outside of marriage was considered a shame; Divorce was a disgrace for both parties; Homemaking was honored and day care was provided by mothers in their own homes and not in some anti‑Christ day care center; Ladies did not smoke or curse; "Damn" was considered flagrant language in a movie and was threatened with removal; Houses and Automobiles did not need to be locked; A man's word was his bond and to break it was to being dishonor to himself and his family; Drugs were something you bought at a pharmacy or drug store; Popular music was devoid of demonic jungle beats and words; Eastern religions were still in the east; Child abuse was almost unheard of; Schools were in the neighborhood, and students prayed and read the Bible; The literacy of the American people was the highest in the world; High School Graduates could actually read their diplomas; Creation could still be taught as an alternative to evolution; AIDS was a gift of the God." (1 Corinthians 12:28); Our governments ‑‑ local, state, and national ‑‑ still promoted Christian values rather than the so‑called Judeo‑Christian values of lotteries, horse racing, sports and casino gambling; Christian teaching focused on sacrificing for Christ rather than confessing materialistic success; Governmental authority was respected and the Police were justly held in high esteem; The courts still dispensed justice and the judges were moral men and women, not ungodly anti‑Christs; Socialism and Communism were considered a curse and an enemy of mankind.
Yes, as the Virginia Slims cigarette ad once put it, "You've come a long way, baby!" Like the ancient nation of Israel, we have been blessed like no other nation. But also like Israel we have turned our back on the One who provided us with these blessings.
We have become an arrogant and carnal nation wallowing in materialism and indulging in the pursuit of pleasure. In the process we have become the prime moral polluter of the plant earth. And like Israel of old the wrath of God is hanging over our nation. God is calling us to repentance through natural signs like the drought of the past few years. But like Ancient Israel we have become spiritually blind while listening to the swan song of the Prophets of Baal ‑‑ the Clergy of Organized Religion. And now we are being lulled into a deeper sleep by the anti‑Christs of the Zionist led nation of Russia, as they cry peace, peace when there is no peace until "sudden destruction" comes upon our people.
Can you not see the so‑called "Ministers" the Clergy of Organized Religion are teaching false doctrines to our people. And that as a result the Christians of America and the other Christian Nations of the Western World is all too much like the fellow in the following story.
A man was once taking a trip to Boston, Mass. from his home town and was to take the 3:15 train to Boston. He's all packed up, has his luggage with him at the station and is ready to go. As he is heading to the train gate to catch the 3:15 to Boston he notices a machine on the wall of the station which had a sign stating that for one dollar it will tell you your weight and fortune. Well he just couldn't resist so he put a dollar in the machine. Out popped a card saying he weighed 180 lbs. that he was dressed in a brown suit and was going to catch the 3:15 to Boston. He looked around to see if someone might be watching him and was pulling a trick on him. Not seeing anyone he scratched his head and put in another dollar into the machine. Out popped a card saying "you still weigh 180 lbs. dressed in a brown suit and are going to catch the 3:15 to Boston." Well this just floored him. He then got a bright idea and he ran to the rest room and changed his clothes so that he now had on a blue suit. Looking in the mirror and satisfied with what he saw he ran back to the machine and waited while a couple of people put a dollar into it. Then when his turn came he put in another dollar. Out popped a card which said "you still weight 180 lbs. but you now have now changed into a blue suit and have just missed your 3:15 train to Boston.
So, you see the teaching about a Christian being caught up in a Rapture and be transferred to heaven is merely a diversion and has served its purpose with great success. That purpose to deceive Christians into standing back and doing nothing to oppose Satan and his Children and their take over of the Earth.