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The soul that sins will die. - Ezekiel 18:4.
When a person dies they cease to exist says the Bible. The Bible teaches their will be a resurrection of both good and bad people.
It teaches some people will be raised to heavenly spirit life as spirit creatures, not as physical humans. It says that those, among whom the apostles
were called, and many other first century Christians, if not all, will reign in heaven with Jesus over the earth as kings and priests during Christ's
thousand year reign over mankind.
It says that they are asleep in death awaiting the return of Christ with his angels in heavens. Then Jesus, at the last trumpet will descend and with
the archangel's voice and the loud sound of a trumpet he will resurrect the holy ones, or saints, to heavenly spirit life with him, as firstfruits
among those raised from the dead.
The Bible needs no interpretation.
This was all written long before men came along with the foolish philosophies and empty traditions and corrupted the word of truth, and began to twist
it to teach false stories.
You don't need an interpretation, nor do I. You just need to believe what God's word is saying to you. God's word does that by means of his holy
spirit. You don't need to look to false religious dogma invented after scripture, that contradicts scripture. You have what is termed in scripture the
"falsely called knowledge."
"Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, turning away from the empty speeches that violate what is holy and from the contradictions of the
falsely called “knowledge.” 21 By making a show of such knowledge, some have deviated from the faith." - 1 Timothy 6:20, 21.
"But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death. 21 For since death came through a man,
resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each
one in his own proper order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who belong to the Christ during his presence." - 1 Corithinans 15:20-23.
If you notice that the firstfruits of Christ will be raised from the dead to spiritual life in heaven during "Chirst's prescence", some translations
state that as his return.
Jesus said his presence and return will be during the last days of the wicked world we live in...
"Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?” - Matthew 24:3.
During Jesus sign of the last days he talks about a great tribulation that will affect the entire world of mankind. After which he will appear in
heaven with supernatural signs and portents. And THEN he will descend and with a trumpet send his angels to all the corners of the world to raise his
holy ones, or saints, from death, to heavenly spirit life:
"Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief, and they will see the Son of
man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a great trumpet sound, and they will gather
his chosen ones together from the four winds, from one extremity of the heavens to their other extremity." - Matthew 24:30, 31.
So as you can clearly see, the Bible teaches that when a person dies he falls asleep in death in the grave. The anointed called and chosen will be
raised to heavenly spirit life with Jesus after the great tribulation, when Jesus appears in heaven with supernatural signs and portents and descends
with an archangel's voice, with a loud trumpet, he will send his angels to all the corners of the world and resurrect the anointed.
There is another resurrection after this one. This is the first resurrection. The second resurrection is of the rest of godly and ungodly mankind to
prospects of perfection of life on earth.