Sheol and Death.


Their are different beliefs about death and hell or sheol. Most people want to believe that they would not go to hell after death. But it all depends upon what we do on this earth. This is the staging ground for our entrance into heaven. If we don’t accept Jesus here and now, we don’t have any chance of making it into heaven. The bible say in Hebrews 9:27, once we die then comes the judgment.

I have watched people die in hospitals or homes. As I paid attention to the person, I saw their spirit separate from their body. It happened sometimes instantly and sometimes over a period of days or weeks. How I recognized it was talking to them. As their spirit began to separate from their body, there was a delayed reaction in answering me. My grandmother was dying over a period of 2 weeks. I went to the hospital to see her. As I stood in the door of her hospital room. I says to myself in my head, I hate to see you like this. I sat down next to her and she turned to me and said, don’t say that, don’t say that. My great aunt who was sitting there, said she is talking out of her head. But I know that she heard what I said because her spirit was separating from her body. People who are dying can hear and speech to us as their spirit separates from their body. But once the connection is broken between body and spirit, they can only speech to us through the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 12:1-2).

There is a Jewish belief that when a person dies, their spirit lingers on earth for 3 days (John 11:39). This is why Jesus was died for 3 days. When Jesus was on the cross, the thief on the right side of Jesus ask Him to remember him when He enter into His kingdom. Jesus said, this day you will be with me in paradise. Paradise was not heaven. All the saints that died before Jesus died and rose again, where placed in Paradise. The Jewish word for hell is Sheol. As Jesus explained in the parable of the beggar Lazarus, there is the bosom of Abraham or paradise. Hell was split into two places. One was made for the saints before they could enter into heaven. The other was a place of torment with the devils in hell (Luke 16:22-26). Jesus descended into hell to do 2 things. One was to led captivity captive, the people in paradise, back to heaven. And the other was to take the keys of death and hell away from the devil (Ephesians 4:8; Revelations 1:17).

That is why we can say that mortality has put on immortality. O, death why is your sting and grave where is your victory? It is because we have the victory through Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection. The sting of death is sin and we have been forgive through the blood of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).

Today, the place called Paradise no longer exist. When all the saints went to heaven, there was no need for it. On the other hand, hell and torment are still there. Sadly, hell is filling up with people who refuse to hear and listen to God and Jesus. Our chance for redemption is here on this earth. Once we die, there is no more time. The judgment of God is final. This is the story of Sheol and hell.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Christmas Season.


It’s a day before Christmas and it’s mad dash to finish up last minute preparations. Buying those last minute presents and maxing out your credit cards. Is this the real meaning of Christmas? Is it about material wealth? All too often people just ignore the real meaning of Christmas. It is about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We think about our troubles and don’t see what really happened when Jesus was born. His country was occupied by a foreign power. They killed whoever didn’t obey their rules. Jesus was hunted by the authorities to kill Him, even as a child. He had to live incognito for most of His life. But this was the plan of God for Jesus and mankind. When we share with our families the Christmas food and fellowship, let us also share our faith in the Creator of all this, Jesus. I hope and pray that everyone has a blessed Christmas day and New Year. Crain.

Crain Blanchard.

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Peace on Earth.


When the angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the angel of the Lord spoke to the shepherds. It says in Luke 2, that the shepherds were deathly afraid. They had never seen an angel or a heavenly vision. The angel said to them, I bring you good tidings of great joy…in the city of David a savior is born, which is Christ the Lord…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good will toward men. After the angels left and they closed their mouths for they were all flabbergasted. They said to each other, let us go and see this sight. This is the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Have you ever thought about the cost of peace on earth? It is true that Jesus came to bring peace to mankind, but He also said that He brought a sword to set at variance a man with his father (Matthew 10:34-39). The peace that Jesus is talking about is peace with God, not peace on earth. And everyone can have this peace, if they chose it. It comes down to our choice in life. So, what is the cost of this peace that God brings? Not surprisingly, it is the same as the price that Jesus paid, His death. To enter into this peace of God, one must die to themselves. You cannot enter heaven without dying, both spiritually and physically. The spiritual death occurs on this earth and our physical death is the only way to enter into the other side of this world, which is God’s realm. So you see, the cost of the peace of God is death. Jesus is our example, that is why He paid the price for us to have the peace with God. Now, it is up to you what you choose to do. You can have the form of godliness and deny the power or you can have the peace of God, here and now and in the world to come.

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas et Bonne Annee.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Emotional!


It is never good to carry our emotions on our sleeve. To have our emotions exposed to world for everyone to see. We should be cool and calculating about everything. I was told this all my life. I should never get too emotional about any thing. But it’s too late for all of that. God made me emotional. I have the emotions of God. In Galatians 5:22-23, It says. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. These are the emotions of God. I get excited about being like God. It is because I am suppose to. In 1983, during the US Congressional declared Year of the Bible, a Gallup poll was taken in the US. The question was what was the most important 3 things in your life. You guess what the answer was. It was love, joy and peace. The first three emotions of God listed in Galatians 5:22. God has put in place our whole life. It has always been right in front of our face all of our lives. It ranges from life, to health, to prosperity, to wisdom and all the way to emotions. We are to become just like God in this life and in the world to come. We are never to use our emotions as a weapon. This is where they become dark and sinister. If we live with just love, joy and peace, we will do well in this life. Now how do we obtain those emotions? That is easy. We ask God to forgive us of sins and accept Jesus into our hearts. It will change your whole prospective about this life and the world to come. Be blessed in the Christmas season and hope that you have a prosperous New Year.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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