Having left another comment on one of Notregme’s videos, I thought to leave a slightly refined version of it here. I left the comment in an effort to expose the lie promoted by Hollywood etc... that upon death the righteous remain eternally in Heaven sitting upon a cloud and playing a harp, while the wicked go straight to Hell... neither of which can be supported via the Scriptures of truth.
Additionally, who in their right mind would want to spend an eternity sitting on a cloud playing a harp? If that is salvation I want nothing to do with it, but rather I strive to attain the eternal life promised in Scripture... a life of reigning over this planet [Rev 5:10] for the duration of the Millennium, followed by a new Earth that enters eternity. Even a life with responsibilities, adventure as well as receiving satisfaction and love without measure.
1 Corinthians 2:9
“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
• The Abyss...
is where the bodiless unclean spirits of the Nephilim drowned in the Flood, as well as any angelic entities that have overstepped their authority are cast. Legion who had certainly overstepped their given authority feared that Jesus would cast them into The Abyss, but were shown mercy when yielding to their requests, Jesus allowed them to enter the swine.
They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into The Abyss.
• Hades is...
where the bodiless souls [the dead] of men, whom having rejected Christ’s payment for sin during the days of the flesh... are held until The Judgement, because the penalty for sin is death which having paid, they can by no means rise from being guilty.
Hades is not Hell, for just as on Earth... the guilty can not be sentenced until first being judged, thus Hades is a type of holding cell until the judgement. The authority that allows Hades to detain the guilty in a state of death [bodiless souls] is The Law of Sin and Death. Thus having entered in via death, hades could not detain Christ because of His innocence.
Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades,
Nor allow Your Holy One [Jesus’ Body] to undergo decay.
• Hell is...
where the guilty are cast in their resurrected bodies, having been judged. Unlike Hades and the Abyss... clearly spoken of as being located inside the Earth, Hell is never spoken of as in a location relative to our own, but is quite possibly outside of time itself.
12 - And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.
13 - And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.
14 - Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire [hell]. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
• The Terrestrial [physical] ...
needs no explanation, only to say that this terrestrial can not enter the celestial, thus those mortals who inherit the realm of Heaven have to be changed, first by the regeneration of their souls through faith in Christ Jesus and His redemptive work on the Cross... then when we receive our new immortal and incorruptible bodies at His return, when He establishes His Kingdom upon the Earth.
1 Corinthians 15:50-52
50 - Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
51 - Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep [die], but we will all be changed,
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed [receive new bodies] .
• The First Heaven...
is where Satan caused those who followed him in the rebellion, to be cast...
3 - Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems.
4 - And his tail swept away a third of the stars [angels] of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.
Satan following them sometime later...
And [Jesus] said to them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning.”
Thus Satan is called both ‘the Prince of the power of the air’ [Ephesians 2:2 ] and ‘The god of the World’.
2 Corinthians 4:4
in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Just as the Abyss and Hades, The First Heaven is located in a region relative to our own, even within the the region we call our ‘atmosphere’, though in a slightly higher dimension where we now see the UFO phenomenon propagating a lie. Both Satan and his angels are soon to lose that position of advantage, when cast to the Earth. This is the very reason why we now see Satan forcing Humanity to construct A New World Order, even an authoritative structure his man of sin [antichrist] shall take the reigns of once Satan has been cast down, who shall have only three and a half years to instigate Satan’s penultimate survival plan, which is doomed to failure.
And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
• The Second Heaven...
is what we might call ‘Space’.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;”
Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
• The Third Heaven...
is where God abides, and where Satan once was. It is where today... so long after the Cross, the bodiless souls of the righteous ascend to after death. Whom in life, having trusted in Christ’s payment for sin wait until He brings them back to Earth, to receive eternal life when they receive their incorruptible and immortal bodies, who shall thereafter be able to enter all dimensions, both the heavens as well as the Earth.
2 Corinthians 12:2-4
2 - I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to The Third Heaven.
3 - And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows
4 - was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.
Before the Cross, with all sins still outstanding... everyone who had ever died was detained in Hades below, held there by ‘the Law of Sin and Death’, for our God is a righteous God who will in no way acquit the guilty.
However, those who in life had trusted in the promise that Messiah would not only come and pay for their sins, but release them from that place... were kept separate from the wicked being held in a place called ‘Paradise’. And Jesus their Messiah [Christ] did not fail them [Eph 4:8-10], who having paid for the sins of those who trusted in Him, thereafter entered Hades via the means of death, which being innocent it could by no means hold because it had no legal authority to detain the innocent but the guilty only. Thus Jesus rising from that place, took with Him ‘Paradise’ and all those therein, which now so long after the Cross is spoken of as in the Third Heaven [1 Cor 12:2-4] where today the righteous enter upon death, to await the great day of resurrection at Christ’s return to Planet Earth.
I am the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
I would like to finish this blog by restating that those who inherit eternal life do not sit on clouds playing harps for eternity, that would be hell. We were made to create, work have responsibilities and by such find satisfaction, that is why Jesus is going to bring those bodiless souls who in life trusted in Him, with Him when He returns. Then they shall receive their new incorruptible and immortal bodies, and reign with Christ in His kingdom on this Earth for the duration of the Millennium, which we are told is one thousand years. Thereafter we shall be able to enter all dimensions, both in heaven and on Earth.
It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones”.
“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death [Hell] has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
Then comes eternity, with New Heavens and a New Earth...
1 - Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.
2 - And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 - And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will [a]dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,
4 - and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”