What Is Death?
by Alan Horvath | AlanHorvath.com
Merriam-Webster reveals what most people believe about death, defining it as: a permanent cessation of all vital functions: the end of life.
You'll notice that the Merriam-Webster definitions are focusing narrowly and only on the state of the human body and, although the definitions are accurate ones, they miss the Father's truth by a thousand miles! And I don't know about you, but I am much more interested in what the Father says about the world we live in than I am in mankind's limited understanding of things.
Having been indoctrinated into thinking only in terms of the physical body, the world generally thinks of death as though it were a light switch on the wall - it's either on or off ... a person is either alive or dead; existant or non-existant. And in terms of the physical body, in and of itself, this is an accurate understanding.
However, when you look more deeply into what the Word has to say about death, you very quickly realize that the definition given by man (as Merriam-Webster reveals) is absolutely mistaken; incorrect; blunderous; confusing, and wrong! Wrong, because you and I are quite a bit more than just flesh and bone!
According to the Father's Word, no one ever ceases to exist; everyone will exist forever ... it's just a matter of where - in Paradise or in The Outer Darkness.
Regarding Death: Some important points from the Word:
For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Ruach is hai and peace.
Note: "Ruach" = "Spirit" ... "hai" = "life"
Romiyim (Romans) 8:6
That is why He says, "Wake up, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Mashiah shall shine on you."
Eph'siyim (Ephesians) 5:14
But she who is living in luxury is dead while she lives.
Timotiyos 1 (1 Timothy) 5:6
For this reason the Good News was also brought to those who are dead, so that, whereas they are judged according to men in the flesh, they might live according to Elohim in the spirit.
Kepha 1 (1 Peter) 4:6
I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.
Hazon (Revelation) 3:1
From Eph'siyim (Ephesians), above, we see that some are sleep-walking ... still dwelling in darkness, without being born from above; not having His indwelling Ruach and, therefore, dead. Not buried ... but dead, nonetheless, as is pointed out in the quotes from Romiyim (Romans), Timotiyos 1 (1 Timothy), Ya'aqob (James), and Hazon (Revelation).
Next, take a look at the quote below from Tas'loniqim 1 (1 Thessalonians) and you can see that there will be some people who will never know what it is like to experience a physical death at all! Ever!
Because the Adon Himself shall come down from the shamayim with a shout, with the voice of a chief messenger, and with the trumpet of Elohim, and the dead in Mashiah shall rise first. Then we, the living who are left over, shall be caught away with them in the clouds to meet the Adon in the air - and so we shall always be with the Adon.
Note: "Adon" = "Master" ... "shamayim" = "heavens" ... "caught away" = "netchatef; kidnapped!"
Tas'loniqim 1 (1 Thessalonians) 4:16-17
There are different kinds of death. There is the Spiritual death that came to all of mankind through Adam, where all of us are without the Father's indwelling Ruach (see "Regarding the Spirit" below) ... there is a soul-death, where the soul (life experience) can be full of darkness ... and, as we are all well aware of, there is a physical death as well.
Death is: Existing without the Father's indwelling Ruach; being separated from our Creator; lacking joy and well-being, being angry and unhappy.
Therefore, you see, death is much more than a physical burial and you and I are much more than a physical body ... we are triune beings, with a soul and a spirit as well as a body.
Death: Everyone exists forever; there is no such thing as non-existance. The true definition of "death" is: Being alive but separated from our Creator; having our eyes, our ears and our hearts (our understanding) closed; experiencing the absense of joy, the absence of peace, and experiencing confusion and misery.