The Remnant Church of Jesus Christ
DEATH
We believe we are all sinners, and that we all must die because of sin. (EZEKIEL 18:4) "BEHOLD, ALL SOULS ARE MINE;
AS THE SOUL OF THE FATHER, SO ALSO THE SOUL OF THE SON IS MINE:  THE SOUL THAT SINNETH, IT SHALL
DIE.”  
(JAMES 1:15)  “THEN WHEN LUST HATH CONCEIVED, IT BRINGETH FORTH SIN:  AND SIN, WHEN IT IS
FINISHED, BRINGETH FORTH DEATH.”
(Rom. 3:23; I John 1:8; Eccl. 7:20).

We believe the soul or spirit is the breath of God (or His Holy Spirit) in us; the spirit of God is what gives us life, and it is his
spirit that sustains us.  When God takes His Spirit or Holy Ghost from us, we die; and it is His Spirit of life that returns to Him,
not our body or souls.
 (GENESIS 2:7)  “AND THE LORD GOD FORMED MAN OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND, AND
BREATHED INTO HIS NOSTRILS THE BREATH OF LIFE; AND MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL.”  

And before that, Adam was a dead soul with no life.  (JOB 27:3)  “ALL THE WHILE MY BREATH IS IN ME, AND THE
SPIRIT OF GOD IS IN MY NOSTRILS;”  
(JOB. 33:4) “THE SPIRIT OF GOD HATH MADE ME, AND THE BREATH OF
THE ALMIGHTY HATH GIVEN ME LIFE.”  
(I Cor. 15:22,45,47).

BODY+MIND+SPIRIT (OR BREATH OF GOD) = A LIVING SOUL

BODY+MIND-(WITH NO) SPIRIT(OR BREATH OF GOD) = A DEAD SOUL
        
(PSALM 104:29-30)  (29)  “THOU HIDEST THY FACE, THEY ARE TROUBLED:  THOU TAKEST AWAY THEIR
BREATH, THEY DIE, AND RETURN TO THEIR DUST.  (30)  THOU SENDEST FORTH THY SPIRIT, THEY ARE
CREATED:  AND THOU RENEWEST THE FACE OF THE EARTH.”  
(ECCLESIASTES 12:7)  “THEN SHALL THE DUST
RETURN TO THE EARTH AS IT WAS:  AND THE SPIRIT SHALL RETURN UNTO GOD WHO GAVE IT.”

We believe that God the Father has given us scriptural proof that it is His Spirit or Holy Ghost only that returns unto Him, and not
any human life spirit form.  When God takes His Spirit or His breath, the individuals die and go into their graves, where they will
remain until the resurrection of the dead, when God will send His Holy Spirit or breath of life once again into their nostrils; and
they will become, once again, living souls,
(LUKE 23:46)  “AND WHEN JESUS HAD CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE, HE
SAID, FATHER, INTO THY HAND I COMMEND MY SPIRIT:  AND HAVING SAID THUS, HE GAVE UP THE GHOST”  
(Mark 15:37; Job 10:18-19)  

This is how God tells us the resurrection will be accomplished in (Ezekiel 37:1-14).

We believe that Jesus did not return to heaven  immediately after His death because His body remained in the tomb; it was God’s
Spirit or Holy Ghost that returned unto Him.  It was not until the third day that God sent His Spirit back into the nostrils of Jesus;  
He resurrected from the dead and, once again, became a mind, body, and living soul.
 (JOHN 20:17)  “JESUS SAITH UNTO
HER, TOUCH ME NOT, FOR I AM NOT YET ASCENDED TO MY FATHER:  BUT GO TO MY BRETHREN, AND SAY
UNTO THEM, I ASCEND UNTO MY FATHER; AND TO MY GOD, AND YOUR GOD.”  
(Luke 24:34-43).

Jesus was not a spirit after His resurrection, but flesh and bone, (LUKE 24:38-39)  (38)  “AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, WHY
ARE YE TROUBLED?  AND WHY DO THOUGHTS ARISE IN YOUR HEARTS?  (39)  BEHOLD MY HANDS AND MY
FEET, THAT IT IS I MYSELF:  HANDLE ME, AND SEE; FOR A SPIRIT HATH NOT FLESH AND BONES, AS YE SEE
ME HAVE.”

We believe that God likens the first death unto sleep because it is only temporary, as we rest in the grave until the resurrection,  
(JOHN 11:11-14)  (11)  “THESE THINGS SAID HE:  AND AFTER THAT HE SAITH UNTO THEM, OUR FRIEND Lazarus
SLEEPETH; BUT I GO, THAT I MAY AWAKE HIM OUT OF SLEEP.  (12)  THEN SAID HIS DISCIPLES, LORD, IF HE
SLEEP, HE SHALL DO WELL.  (13)  HOWBEIT JESUS SPAKE OF HIS DEATH:  BUT THEY THOUGHT HE HAD
SPOKEN OF TAKING REST IN SLEEP.  (14)  THEN SAID JESUS UNTO THEM PLAINLY, Lazarus IS DEAD.”  
(DANIEL 12:2)  “AND MANY OF THEM THAT SLEEP IN THE DUST OF THE EARTH SHALL AWAKE, SOME TO
EVERLASTING LIFE, AND SOME TO SHAME AND EVERLASTING CONTEMPT.”  
(LUKE 8:52-53)  (52)  “AND ALL
WEPT, AND BEWAILED HER:  BUT HE SAID, WEEP NOT; SHE IS NOT DEAD, BUT SLEEPETH.  (53)  AND THEY
LAUGHED HIM TO SCORN, KNOWING THAT SHE WAS DEAD.”  
(Job. 14:12-14; I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:6,16-18;
Acts 7:59-60; II Pet. 3:4; Ps. 17:15).

We believe that  if  people  returned  to heaven shortly after death, then what purpose or need would there be for an end of the
world resurrection of the dead?
 (JOHN 11:24)  “MARTHA SAITH UNTO HIM, I KNOW THAT HE SHALL RISE AGAIN
IN THE RESURRECTION AT THE LAST DAY.”  
(I CORINTHIANS 15:22-23) (22)  “FOR AS IN ADAM ALL DIE, EVEN
SO IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE.  (23)  BUT EVERY MAN IN HIS OWN ORDER:  CHRIST THE
FIRSTFRUITS; AFTERWARD, THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S AT HIS COMING.”  
(ACTS 2:29)  “MEN AND BRETHREN,
LET ME FREELY SPEAK UNTO YOU OF THE PATRIARCH DAVID,  THAT HE IS BOTH DEAD AND BURIED, AND
HIS SEPULCHRE IS WITH US UNTO THIS DAY.”  
(I Cor. 15:51-53; John 6:39-40,44,54; John 5:29; Rev. 20:5-6; I Thess
4:13-16; II Tim. 4:6-8; Acts 24:15; II Tim. 2:18; I Pet. 1:3-5; Rev. 22:12; Rev. 20:12; John 12:48; Job 21:30.)

We believe that there are two deaths for  those  who are lost,
 (HEBREWS 9:27)  “AND AS IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN
ONCE TO DIE, BUT AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT:”  
(REVELATION 2:11)  “HE THAT HATH AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR
WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYETH UNTO THE CHURCHES; HE THAT OVERCOMETH SHALL NOT BE HURT OF THE
SECOND DEATH.”  
(Rev. 20:6,14; Rev. 21:8; Jer. 17:18).

We believe that the  state  of  the dead  is  one  of  complete unconsciousness, without any feelings or senses of any kind, as God
confirms,
(ECCLESIASTES 9:5-6,10)  (5)  “FOR THE LIVING KNOW THAT THEY SHALL DIE:   BUT  THE DEAD KNOW
NOT ANYTHING, NEITHER HAVE THEY ANY MORE A REWARD; FOR THE MEMORY OF THEM IS FORGOTTEN.  
(6)  ALSO THEIR LOVE, AND THEIR HATRED, AND THEIR ENVY, IS NOW PERISHED; NEITHER HAVE THEY ANY
MORE A PORTION FOR EVER IN ANY THING THAT IS DONE UNDER THE SUN.  (10)  WHATSOEVER THY HAND
FINDETH TO DO, DO IT WITH THY MIGHT; FOR THERE IS NO WORK, NOR DEVICE, NOR KNOWLEDGE, NOR
WISDOM, IN THE GRAVE, WHITHER THOU GOEST.”  
(PSALM 115:17)  “THE DEAD PRAISE NOT THE LORD,
NEITHER ANY THAT GO DOWN INTO SILENCE.”  
(PSALM 146:4)  “HIS BREATH GOETH FORTH, HE RETURNETH
TO HIS EARTH; IN THAT VERY DAY HIS THOUGHTS PERISH.”  
(ISAIAH 38:18-19)  (18)  “FOR THE GRAVE CAN
NOT PRAISE THEE, DEATH CAN NOT CELEBRATE THEE:  THEY THAT GO DOWN INTO THE PIT CANNOT HOPE
FOR THY TRUTH.  (19)  THE LIVING, THE LIVING, HE SHALL PRAISE THEE, AS I DO THIS DAY:  THE FATHER TO
THE CHILDREN SHALL MAKE KNOWN THY TRUTH.”  
(PSALM 6:5)  “FOR IN DEATH THERE IS NO
REMEMBRANCE OF THEE:  IN THE GRAVE WHO SHALL GIVE THEE THANKS?”  
(Eccl. 3:20;Job 14:10-14,21-22;
Psalm 104:29; Psalm 30:9,etc.).
 

God says the dead PERISH and there is NO WORK, DEVICE, KNOWLEDGE, THOUGHTS, WISDOM, PRAISE, or ANY
COMMUNICATION in the grave where thou goest.  Hence, THE DEAD KNOW NOT ANYTHING.

We believe that the repentant thief on the cross with Jesus did not go to paradise or heaven the day that Jesus died.  The error is
in the punctuation.  In the original texts and manuscripts, there were no punctuations, they were added  later at the time of  
translation,
(LUKE 23:42-43) (42) “AND HE SAID UNTO JESUS, LORD, REMEMBER ME WHEN THOU COMEST INTO
THY KINGDOM.  (43)  AND JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, VERILY I SAY UNTO THEE, TO DAY SHALT THOU BE WITH
ME IN PARADISE.”

The thief asked Jesus to remember him when He comes into His Kingdom.  We know that Jesus, as  yet, has not come into His
Kingdom because that will not take place until the end of the world, (I Cor.15:22-24).  When we look at the scripture verse
which reads:  “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise”, we are seeing an error in punctuation: this was done at the time of
translation.  The comma was put in the wrong place.  At translation, this was punctuated as:  “I say unto thee(,) to day shalt thou
be with me in paradise.”  The comma should be after TO DAY and not after THEE: “I say unto thee today(,)  shalt thou be with
me in paradise.” All Jesus was telling the forgiven thief was:  I am telling you today, that you will be with me in paradise (or
heaven) when I come into my kingdom at the end of this world when I resurrect the righteous dead in me.

We know that  Jesus could not have said “today  you will be with me in paradise” because, first of all, Jesus was not in paradise
that day.  In fact, His body was placed in the tomb where He remained for three days and three nights.  Even after His
resurrection, He did not return to paradise (or heaven).  In fact, the record does not say the two malefactors died on that same
day.  It would, perhaps, be far more reasonable to believe they did not die on that day, so the repentant thief would not have gone
to paradise because he possibly had not died as yet.  

Death by crucifixion was a slow and demoralizing death, and it probably took one several days to die, which is why they would
break the legs of the individuals when they took them down from the cross so that they would not run away.  The following
morning they would stand their cross back up. However, they would not let anyone hang on the cross over the Sabbath, (John
19:31-33).  

We  know that  Jesus  did  not  lie to the forgiven  thief and neither could He lie, (Titus 1:2) .....(Matt. 12:40; John 19:31-42;
John 20:1-17).  The repentant thief will surely be in that first resurrection when Jesus returns to this world at the last day; then he
will be in paradise with the rest of the Redeemed.