The Unconscious Intermediate State | Scaling the Wall (part 2)

Unconscious Intermediate State

The Unconscious Intermediate State Sleep is the predominant way that the Bible describes death.  That leads conditionalists to assume that death is a period of un-consciousness that everyone will experience until resurrected for judgment.  Yet when we assert that assumption, opponent are often quick to build a wall of evidence, consisting of texts which appear […]

The Unconscious Intermediate State | Scaling the Wall (part 1)

Unconscious Intermediate State

Introduction to the Scaling the Wall series Few people actually take the time to consider arguments for an unconscious intermediate state because as soon as those arguments appear, a wall of contrary evidence is immediately thrown up around them.  Numerous passages from Scripture are used, so that readers are assured that an unconscious sleep until […]

Examining Romans 2:6-8


“(God) will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;but for those who are self- seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury” (Romans 2:6-8 ESV). two questions […]

Analysing Ecclesiastes 9:5

Ecclesiastes 9:5

“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten”  (Ecclesiastes 9:5 KJV). Ecclesiastes 9:5 has been used as a proof-text by conditionalists from the very beginning of the debate on the afterlife.  With texts like […]

It is appointed unto a man once to die


Republished from John Roller’s update #49 see also QUESTION OF THE MONTH Q: The Bible says that it is appointed unto a man once to die and after that the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Does this mean that Lazarus (John 11:43-44), and the people that came out of the graves at the moment of Jesus’ […]

What Happens when we die: The Significance of the Empty Tomb (Part 4)


Related posts: The Unconscious Intermediate State | Scaling the Wall (part 3) What Happens When We Die? Four Tricky NT Passages : Part 3 Go Quickly and Tell by Rev. David W. Davis The Resurrection of Jesus (4): Jewish Propaganda Presupposes an Empty Tomb The Resurrection of Jesus (2): The Empty Tomb

Calvin on Psalm 31:5


“Into your Hands I commit my spirit.” David’s statement of trust in the midst of trial was so spiritually significant that the Lord Jesus himself quoted it on the cross. Later, Stephen quoted the same text at the moment of his own death by martyrdom.  What does it mean to commit one’s spirit into God’s […]

Waking a friend | The dead are sleeping

What happens when we die?

The dead are sleeping : Sleep is the most widely used metaphor for death in the Bible. One of the simplest descriptions of death given in all of Scripture comes from Jesus as he explains his plans to go to Bethany to raise Lazarus.  He tells his disciples “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but […]

Could you shed some light on 1 Peter 3:18-20?


republished with permission from ROLLER UPDATE #42 – May 25, 2011 QUESTION OF THE MONTH Q: Could you shed some light on 1 Peter 3:18-20? A: I’ll try. Bible scholars are nearly unanimous in saying that this is THE most “difficult” and “obscure” passage in all of Scripture! First, let me state a general principle: […]

What Happens when we die: Surveying the Old Testament (Part 1)

What happens when we die

(Genesis 2:4-17) (This message was preached at Hamilton, New Zealand, Church of Christ on the  3rd April 2011) Related posts: Spirit in the Old Testament Soul in the Old Testament Latest Magazine: From Death to Life The Golden Verse of Biblical Anthropology Resurrection: An International Magazine