Bible Themes
Last Things


What the scriptures say about
9000 Last things:
9020 Death

9022: of believers

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9020 Death
Death in its various aspects is seen by Scripture as the opposite of God-given life.

9021 Death, natural
The end of life in the present world.

Death is natural to humanity as part of the created world
    Ecc 12:7 See also Ps 39:5; Ps 104:29; Ecc 3:18-21; 2Pe 1:13-14

Death is a result of Adamís sin

Ro 5:12 There is a tension between this text and those which suggest that death is a natural aspect of being human. Some suggest that the death referred to here is spiritual rather than physical.
    See also Ge 2:17; Ge 3:19; Ro 6:23; 1Co 15:21-22
Death is universal
None can escape death
    Ps 89:48 See also Ge 6:3; Jos 23:14; 2Sa 14:14; Job 30:23

Death comes to all kinds of people
    Job 21:23-26 See also 2Sa 12:15-18; 2Ki 4:20; Ps 37:35-36; Ps 49:10; Ecc 3:19; Lk 16:22

Only two people did not die.
Enoch (Ge 5:24) and Elijah (2Ki 2:11) died in the sense that their bodies were transformed from being suited to earthly life to life in heaven. They anticipated the death of Jesus Christ, whose body was not corrupted but transformed, and the transition to the new world of those who are alive when Jesus Christ comes again.
The gathered believers will be transformed before they die, at the Lord's return.
    2 Thess 2:1
Death is irreversible

Heb 9:27 The idea of reincarnation, that after death people repeatedly return to this life in a lower or higher form, is incompatible with death being once for all and an entrance into heaven or hell after the judgment.
    See also Job 16:22; Ps 115:17
Death is an aspect of human frailty
    Ps 146:3-4 See also Isa 51:12; 1Pe 1:24; Isa 40:6-8

Death occurs when God determines it
    Job 14:5 See also Dt 32:39; Job 38:17; Lk 12:20; Rev 1:18

The means of death

Through old age
    Ge 25:8; Ge 35:29; Jdg 8:32; 1Ki 2:10

Through disease and accident
    2Ki 1:2,16-17; 2Ki 20:1; 2Ch 32:24; Mk 5:23; Ac 20:9

Through violence
    Jdg 9:5,52-54; 2Sa 13:28-29; 1Ki 15:28; 2Ki 8:14-15; Mt 2:16; Mt 14:8-11

As a judgment by God
    Lev 10:1-2; Nu 16:31-32; Nu 20:23-24; 1Sa 25:38; 2Sa 6:7; 2Sa 24:15; 2Ch 13:20; Ac 5:5,10; Ac 12:21-23; 1Co 11:29-30

Through a legal penalty
    Ex 21:12-17; Lk 23:32,40-41

The prospect of death affects human attitudes and values
Life is short
    Jas 4:14 See also Job 7:6; Job 8:9; Job 9:25; Ps 39:5; Ps 89:47; Ps 90:10; Ps 102:11; Ecc 6:12; Isa 38:12; Isa 40:6-8

People fear death
    Ps 18:4-6; Ps 116:3; Heb 2:15

People should prepare for death
    2Ki 20:1; Isa 38:1 See also Ps 39:4; Ps 90:12; Am 4:12

The expectation of death is an incentive to serve God
    Ecc 9:10 See also Isa 38:18-19; Jn 9:4

The expectation of death is an incentive to hold material blessings lightly
    1Ti 6:7 See also Job 1:21; Lk 12:13-21; 1Co 7:29-31

Death is sometimes desired to escape problems
    Nu 11:11-15; 1Ki 19:4; Job 3:11; Job 7:15; Jer 8:3; Jon 4:3; Ac 16:27; Rev 9:6

Death was defeated by Jesus Christ
    2Ti 1:10 See also Isa 25:8; Hos 13:14; 1Co 15:24-26; Heb 2:14; Rev 20:14

There is no death in heaven
    Rev 21:4 See also Lk 20:35-36; 2Co 5:1-2