DEATH

There are three kinds of death: physical death, spiritual death and eternal death. Physical death takes place when the soul is separated from the body. Spiritual death is dead in sins; the current status of every unbeliever. Every sinner is dead in sins although he may walk and talk. Sinners live in the world without God and without hope. Eternal death is the death in hell body and soul forever and ever – the second death.

1.    I do not know the day of my death.

Gen 27:2, “Isaac said: Behold now, I am old and I do not know the day of my death.”

Note: Even the patriarch Isaac did not know the day of his physical death. Arrogant scientists and scholars do not know the day of their death. No one knows the day of his death.  The smartest man or woman does not know the day of his/her death. No one knows the day of his/her death. Death is unpredictable and sudden. So prepare to meet God. Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ before you die, before it is too late.

2.    He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.

Exd 21:12, “He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.”

Note: Cf. Lev 24:17, Num 35:16, Num 35:21, Num 35:30. Murderer deserves a capital punishment. Gen 9:6, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in His own image.” It was God who instituted death penalty. See my article on  Death Penalty.

Death penalty is necessary and it serves justice. Death penalty is not cruel, murder is cruel. Those who oppose death penalty are on the side of killers, not on the side of victims. A criminal justice that does not execute death penalty invites more murders and killings of the innocent.

3.    He who kidnaps a man…shall surely be put to death.

Exd 21:16, “He who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.”

Note: Kidnapping is a death penalty or deserve death penalty.

4.    Whoever has sex with an animal shall surely be put to death.

Exd 22:19, “Whoever has sex with an animal shall surely be put to death

Note: Animal sex was a capital offense under Mosaic Law.

5.    The adultery and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Lev 20:10, “If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, one who commits adultery with his friend's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”

Note: Under Mosaic Law, adultery is also punishable by death. Mosaic Law is not applicable to secular states. If death penalty is applicable to adulteries, the world population will be reduced greatly instantly, the West and Africa may be depopulated significantly.

6.    If a man has sex with a male as those who have sex with a woman…they shall surely be put to death.

Lev 20:13, “If a man has sex with a male as those who have sex with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.”

Note: Homosexuality is a detestable act; and a capital offense under Mosaic Law. Homosexuals cannot enter heaven. Do you see how grievous that Obama the first American president who supports legalization of same-sex marriage and uses his executive order to help and promote homosexuals?

7.    Let me die the death of the upright.

Num 23:10, “Who can count the dust of Jacob, or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the upright, and let my end be like his!”

Note: Sooner or later, everyone will die. For all have sinned, and the wages of sin is death. To die the death of the righteous is very different from the death of the wicked, it is as different as heaven from hell.

8.    Everyone shall be put to death for his own sin.

Deu 24:16, “Fathers shall not be put to death for their sons, nor shall sons be put to death for their fathers; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin.” Cf. 2Ch 25:4.

Note: Sin is personal, not hereditary. Everyone is responsible for his/her own sin.

9.    I have set before you life and death.

Deu 30:19, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.”

Note: A human being has a choice. You had no choice to be born, but you have a choice how to live. You have a choice to obey God or to reject Him.

10.   Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death.

Psa 13:3, “Consider and answer me, O Lord my God. Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death.”

11.   Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.

Psa 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

Note: This Scripture explains the complete confidence of Christians in Christ. Sooner or later everybody will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, can you do it all alone without the Savior?

12.   God…will guide us until death.

Psa 48:14, “For such is God, our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.”

Note: This is God’s promise to all His children.

13.   You have rescued my soul from death.

Psa 116:8, “For You have rescued my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.”

Psa 56:13, “For You have delivered my soul from death, indeed my feet from stumbling, so that I may walk before God in the light of the living.”

Note: The salvation of your soul is the most important. When you are born again by the Holy Spirit, you have passed from death to life, eternal life. When Jesus returns, it will be the redemption of our bodies.

14.   What man can live and not see death.

Psa 89:48, “What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.”

Note: No one can live and not see death; not scientist, atheist, terrorist, capitalist, imperialist, warmonger, oppressor, or aggressor.

The famous co-founder of Apple Inc., died Wednesday (October 5, 2011) at age 56. All his brilliance and wealth could not save him or prolong his life one minute. For the wages of sin is death. I have been thinking about the crooks and criminals of Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood as well as the crooks and criminals of healthcare providers (doctors, owners of hospitals, drug-makers, insurance and medical suppliers) should have known what would happen to them shortly and unexpectedly. What is the use of all that money, power, and pleasure after all? What is the use of the pride and arrogance of unbelieving scientists seeing they do not even know the day of their death? They cannot by evolution escape death and the judgment to come.

According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the 40 richest individuals on Earth are worth $1.1 trillion. In my estimate, the 1,000 richest individuals in America have more money than 1 billion poorest peoples on earth. You know what is wrong with the world, what is wrong with capitalism, and what is wrong the Western values.

One man who is worth $19.8 billion said he would swap 99 percent of his wealth for 30 years of time. Fatally mistaken, for 100 percent of his wealth he would not even swap one minute of time. When death knocks at your door, there is no escape.

Luk 12:16-21,“And He (Jesus Christ) told them a parable, saying: The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying: What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops? Then he said: This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul: Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry. But God said to him: You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared? So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

At least in ancient times people made money the old-fashioned way through the productive land. Today billionaires make money through speculation in real estate, currency, commodity, etc. and gambling on papers. Not only you cannot swap one minute of your life for $1 trillion, there is judgment after death. There are so many billionaires who store up treasure on earth and they are not rich toward God. At the moment of your death, you are not worth a penny!

15.   Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.

Psa 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.”

Note: Believers in Christ are godly ones.

16.   He who pursues evil will bring about his own death.

Pro 11:19, “He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life, and he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.”

Note: Ahab was an ancient example of a king who pursued evil and brought about his death. Hitler was a modern example.

17.   Its end is the way of death.

Pro 14:12, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

Cf. Pro 16:25.

Note: The way of life that pursues money, power and sex; its end is the way of death.

18.   The fear of the Lord…that one may avoid the snares of death.

Pro 14:27, “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.”

Note: There are many snares of death, namely, money, power and sex. If you fear the Lord, you will avoid them.

19.   The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue…the pursuit of death.

Pro 21:6, “The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.”

Note: Do you know any rich person who acquires wealth not by a lying tongue? American doctors, dentists, hospital owners, labs and medical suppliers, drug and insurance companies acquire wealth by lies, by overcharge, by fraudulent billing, and by predatory practices. American bankers acquire wealth by paying practically zero interest on deposits and charging a lot on loans and various fees. The most surprising and shocking fact is that the government allows all kind monopolistic practices to fleece the people. What a beauty of capitalism and democracy for the rich and powerful 1 percent at the expense of the 99 percent of the population?

20.   I discovered bitterer than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets.

Ecc 7:26, “And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.”

Note: The woman whose heart is snares and nets is a bad woman, like Jezebel, Delilah, Herodias, prostitute, adulterous woman, etc.

21.   No man has authority…over the day of death.

Ecc 8:8, “No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver those who practice it.”

22.   Love is as strong as death.

Sgs 8:6, “Put me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, jealousy is as severe as Sheol; its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.”

Note: Today, the love which is as strong as death is very rare. Men love sex and women love money. Pitiful is the person who mistakes sex for love. Many have sex without love.

23.   I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

Jer 21:8, “You shall also say to this people: Thus says the Lord, Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.”

Note: The way of life is in the opposite direction of the way of death. The way of life does not lie and kill. The way of death is full of lies and murders.

24.   Those who are meant for death will be given over to death.

Jer 43:11, “He will also come and strike the land of Egypt; those who are meant for death will be given over to death, and those for captivity to captivity, and those for the sword to the sword.”

Note: Some people are meant for something, others for other things.

25.   I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies.

Eze 18:32, “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, declares the Lord God. Therefore, repent and live.” Cf. Eze 18:23, Eze 33:11.

Note: God has no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, not just the physical death but the eternal death in hell. God wants people to repent and live.

26.   Like death, never satisfied.

Hab 2:5, “Furthermore, wine betrays the haughty man, so that he does not stay at home. He enlarges his appetite like Sheol, and he is like death, never satisfied. He also gathers to himself all nations and collects to himself all peoples.”

Death is never satisfied. Hell is also never satisfied because it is the Bottomless Pit.

27.   But has passed from death into life.

Jhn 5:24, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

Note: This Scripture refers to spiritual life. To be saved is to pass from death into life. A saved person has passed from spiritual death into spiritual life. So salvation is passing from death into life, eternal life. When you believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, you receive the Holy Spirit and a spiritual life. This spiritual life is the beginning of eternal life. Even though a believer may die a physical death, he will have a resurrection when Jesus returns and receive a spiritual body which will never die.

28.   Putting an end to the agony of death.

Act 2:24, “But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”

Note: Death was impossible to hold Jesus Christ; He rose from the dead by the power of God.

29.   If I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worthy of death.

Act 25:11, “If, then, I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar.”

Note: Paul supported death penalty for anyone worthy of death because God institutes death penaly. If anyone commits a crime worthy of death, then he must be put to death. God instituted death penalty, all nations must observe it.

30.   We were reconciled to God through the death of His Son.

Rom 5:10, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

Note: The substitutionary or vicarious death of Christ reconciles sinners to God.

31.   Death spread to all men, because all sinned.

Rom 5:12, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.”

Note: The only proof that you have not sinned is that you will not die. All will die because all have sinned.

32.   Sin reigned in death.

Rom 5:21, “So that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

33.   Death no longer is master over Him.

Rom 6:9, “Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.”

Note: The Lord of life is not and cannot be held by death.

34.   The wages of sin is death.

Rom 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Note: No sinner can escape death. The richest and most powerful leaders of nations cannot escape death.

A journalist wrote, “Among the attributes I most envy in a public man (or woman) is the ability to lie. If that ability is coupled with no sense of humor, you have the sort of man who can be a successful football coach, a CEO or, when you come right down to it, a presidential candidate. Such a man is Mitt Romney... A marathon of debates and an eon of campaigning have toughened and honed Romney. He commands the heights of great assurance, and he knows, as some of us learn too late in life, that the truth is not always a moral obligation but sometimes merely what works. He often cites his business background as commending him for the presidency. That’s his forgivable absurdity. Instead, what his career has given him is the businessman’s concept of self — that what he does is not who he is. This is what enables the slumlord to be a charitable man. This is what enables the corporate raider to endow his university. Business is business. It’s what you do. It is not who you are. Lying isn’t a sin. It’s a business plan.”

Sad and tragic is the American way of life. Sad and dirty is American politics. Such is the abnormality and absurdity of American mentality. Do you know any American president or who wants to be president that does not lie? Let Christians everywhere beware this is contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ. 

Jhn 8:44,“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” 

1Jo 2:21,“I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth.” 

1Cr 6:9-10,“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the Kingdom of God.” The Word of God speaks clearly; I do not need to explain.

35.   The mind set on the flesh is death.

Rom 8:6, “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”

36.   The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

1Cr 15:26, “The last enemy that will be abolished is death.”

Note: When Jesus Christ returns to save the bodies of believers, He will abolish death so that the children of God will live forever in the Kingdom of heaven.

37.   The sting of death is sin.

1Cr 15:56, “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.”

38.   The sorrow of the world produces death.

2Cr 7:10, “For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

39.   He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death.

Phl 2:8, “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Jesus did not die the death of a victim or martyr.  In obedience to the will of the Father, Jesus Christ humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death so that He can redeem mankind.

40.   Through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death.

Hbr 2:14, “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He (Christ) Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.”

Note: By the power of God Jesus rose from death and renders the devil powerless.

41.   Free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

Hbr 2:15, “And might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.”

42.   When sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.

Jam 1:15, “Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”

43.   He who does not love abides in death.

1Jo 3:14, “We know that we have passed from death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.”

Those who have been saved love brothers and sisters in Christ.

44.   There is a sin leading to death.

1Jo 5:16, “If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this.”

Note: The sin against the Holy Spirit and against the truth is a sin leading to death.

45.   I have the keys of death and of Hades.

Rev 1:18, “And the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.”

Note: Jesus Christ has conquered death and He possesses the keys of death and of hell. Those who reject Christ will be thrown into hell to be tormented body and soul for eternity.

46.   Be faithful until death.

Rev 2:10, “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Christians are not afraid of death. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Those who are faithful until death will receive the crown of life.

47.   He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.

Rev 2:11, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.”

Note: The second death is the eternal death in the lake of fire. Death here does not mean a ceasing of existence, it means continuously and eternally suffering in hell.

48.   This is the second death, the lake of fire.

Rev 20:14, “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.”

Note: Believers had the first birth which was the physical birth from their mother’s womb. Believers have the second birth which is the new birth, born by the Holy Spirit. Believers were born twice, but die once. Unbelievers have only one birth, and die twice. The second death is the eternal death in the lake of fire.

49.   There will no longer be any death.

Rev 21:4, “And He (God) 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.”

Note: This is the eternal life in Christ in the Kingdom of heaven. Death will be no more.  Mortality will be swallowed up by immortality. Eternal life with glory is for all the children of God. No one is good enough to go to heaven. But the grace of God is great in Jesus Christ who died for sinners. By repentance and faith in Jesus Christ you are given the right to become a child of God.

Do you want to live forever? Come to Jesus now to receive the eternal life.

March 16, 2017

Willie Wong

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