The Erroneous Doctrine Of Soul Sleep

While preparing for our next study, I've bumped into a lot of erroneous views from Christians who unfortunately have come to believe that when a person dies, their conscious soul goes to sleep and remains unconscious until the appointed day of the resurrection of the body. They call this, "Soul Sleep."

There is no Biblical justification for this erroneous viewpoint. Jesus told us what happens to the soul after the physical body dies. There is a continuity of ongoing consciousness between our life on the earth and our life after physical death. Only the body sleeps in death. The soul never sleeps. But because there is an appointed day for the resurrection of the body, many Christians get confused about what happens between death and the resurrection.

Our natural body is like 1st generation hardware. It’s the only hardware environment we’ve ever known and we live with it all our natural lives. When it dies, it sleeps in death while our conscious soul (the software) is placed in a new hardware environment, a 2nd generation hardware environment, that is commonly known as a spiritual body.

How the spiritual body moves and works is not something I fully understand, but whenever it was observed and recorded in the Scripture, it appeared to move and look like a normal, natural, human body. This advanced hardware isn’t subject to pain, death or the ravages of time. It surpasses the limits of the natural body in every way with only one problem: it isn’t backwards compatible with the earth as we know it. That’s why we don’t see people in 2nd generation hardware living on the earth.

Only 3rd generation hardware will be able to exist and maneuver in both Heaven and Earth simultaneously! This final upgrade will be necessary when Jesus returns and reunites Heaven with the Earth, fulfilling all of the prophecies from both the Old and New Testaments. This coming final upgrade is what is known as the day of the resurrection.

For those of you who might want to do a little more digging into the subject of the resurrection of the body, Paul explained how it will happen and it’s recorded in 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1st Corinthians 15:51-52.

For the rest of you, stay tuned. We'll be publishing soon a study of Luke 16:19-31 where Jesus gives us details about two men's experiences after physical death. With all due respect to those who have had near-death experiences, this particular story involves two men who died and stayed dead. The only way we would have known about their story is through the direct revelation of Jesus in Luke 16. It's been a tough study to prepare for. But it's on it's way. Stay tuned.